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Thread #84178 Message #1553468
Posted By: GUEST,Dazbo
31-Aug-05 - 08:13 AM
Thread Name: Towersey 05 - Thoughts Of A First Timer
Subject: RE: Towersey 05 - Thoughts Of A First Timer
Well it was my first time too and these are my preliminary thoughts.
I was not overly inspired by the concert guest list prefering the ceilidhs (unfortunately I never got to any sessions in the pub). However I was totally inspired by two, 'unknown' concert acts: Tre Martelli were brilliant; The Devil's Interval, a trio of young English performers singing mainly traditional songs were up there too (in a different way). Didn't bother with Kate Rusby but sneaked a long listen and views over the fence of Rolf Harris - you should have seen the faces of the children when their dads joined in with 'Two Little Boys':-)
I really enjoyed all the ceilidh band apart from the Climax Ceilidh Band, but that was due to only hearing a couple of tunes due to lack of time on my part.
Camping: I was on site three and the camping was very chaotic. Apparently there was only one way out (past my tent) for people on the far side of Site 3. Having said that the situation was not helped by there being no 'roads' marked out on the ground, surely this could have made things easier. Concerning the young adults wanting thier own tent. I would suggest that either there is a limit of one tent/carvan per application form. If the little kiddies want their own tent then they can fill in a separate form and each tent gets a permit; or the application form has a bit stating how many tents are going to be used.
Food: The food was expensive but certainly the Chez-Nous looked best value of the lot and their fruit cake was gorgeous. I did howeve have my own supplies and prepared my own meals.
Toilets: The recirculating toilets seemed inadequate for the demands made on them (I didn't know about the lack of Bog Squad members) but it was worth the extra effort to get to the toilets connected to the mains (urgency and time of day permitting).
Showers: Better than nothing but the 2.5 hours allocated split evenly between the sexes were at, I thought, rather inconvenient times of the day with limited changing space and as the women got the first go at each session there was little hot water left for the men.
I am probably going to go again next year.