Mud, mirth and beyond

first_imgEver wondered what goes on in those bits of the festival that are rarely shown on TV? Months ago you were up at three in the morning to buy your one festival ticket. You bought all you needed for a weekend camping (one tent, two wellies, and a lot of baby wipes); you set up tent well away from the portaloo and made your way down to the main stage. So there you are with a crowd of expectant faces when Lucie Silvas appears. Disaster! You throw your hands up in frustration, scream with consternation and turn away in disgust. But wait. What do you see but a whole world of other stalls and stands? You’ve found the festival beyond the music.Of course not everyone must go through this strange but comforting ritual to discover the background delights of festivals. Most see them as they walk in, or read about it in the programme, or wake up with a hangover and only one sock in the middle of a circus. But sooner or later everyone comes to explore the other side.And it’s not just a set of empty diversions for those who got corporate tickets, or lost. The other attractions are what give a festival its colour and complexion. After all, they all have big bands, stages, fences, crowds and even bigger security guards. They all make lots of money, though they do give it to different people (Oxfam, Greenpeace and Richard Branson invariably). It’s what they have going on around all this that makes each festival individual and unique.The hippy granddaddy of the festival is, of course, Glastonbury. Originating, no doubt, in ancient times, Glastonbury has long been a centre of the slightly weird to the downright barmy. And the festival, while centering around the music, has a truly awesome amount of space devoted to every form of performing art imaginable, and a few beyond that.There are traditional and folk music acts, circuses, mimes, jugglers, stilt walkers, burger salesmen, hippy priests, and old women who will sell you homemade cookies at competitive prices. In the vast fields devoted to the great, the random, and the odd, you can discover unique politics, philosophies and religions. You can bask in the ludicrous, the self indulgent and the crazy. You can marvel at the talents, abilities and skills on display. You can wonder at why a man taught himself to juggle twelve balls at a time in a perspex box. Truly it is a celebration of the limits of mind, body and soul.As the first of the many fresh-faced festivals, the V Festival is the trendy, easy going, well off, new liberal, middle-class, mud-hating, blow-up sofa bringing place to be on one weekend in mid-August. Not as extensive as Glastonbury, the other side of the V festival is dominated by the absolute basics – food and beer.That’s not to say there aren’t a couple of smaller stages devoted to the up-and-coming or down-and-leaving bands of the day (where else are you likely to see a woman in a heart-shaped hat playing a xylophone?). Their funfair provides endless fun to the drunk and bored, and very reasonable prices if you happen to have lots of disposable income cluttering up your bank account.The skateboarders add a youthful edge (especially if you grew up in the late 1980s) and the padding and armour they wear just adds to the sense of danger and risk, when they stand about doing nothing all day. So, maybe not enlightenment but certainly a lightening of the wallet is the order of the day at V.And finally, the grown-up anarchist rocker enjoying his weekend before being an IT consultant again is the Leeds/Reading chaos. Here can be found plenty of stages, plenty of alcohol and plenty of weirdly, wonderfully and woefully dressed rock fans. Beer riots and tent fires are not unknown. Sporting takes the form of the bottle throw, the fifty metre crowd surf and the classic mud wrestling. All in good spirits (and bad lagers), Reading and Leeds festival-goers have a focus beyond that of the common man.And so, as we reflect on the past festival season and our brief tour, it seems Lucie Silvas has done us a great favour. Exploring the other side of festivals can be more than a way to pass the time, it can be an exploration of the true essence of a festival – get a load of people in a field and let them act like the music-loving crazy people that they are.ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2005last_img read more

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How to stay away from debt in 2020

first_imgHave you ever done a Facebook cleanse, where you start removing these “friends” that you don’t talk to anymore or only met one time at a party? It’s an annual activity for me. Well this year, you need to remove someone from your life that definitely isn’t your friend. It’s name is debt. 2020 is the year to send debt packing! Debt isn’t always evil (if you’ve ever bought a house, you’ve gone into debt). But there is a lot of evil debt. Sometimes we just get in a bad habit of buying stuff. No matter how you’ve acquired your debt, it’s time to get free of it and kiss it goodbye. Here are a few ways you can kick the habit of building up debt…Forget about that extra cash: It’s the first of the year, so there’s a chance you’re starting off the new year with a pay raise. If you’re finding yourself in this situation, do something with that extra cash before you can spend it on frivolous things. Set your budget as if you’re still making what you made last year. You can send that extra cash into your 401k or your emergency fund, or make a new savings account that will help you save for trips or fun things you’d normally put on a credit card.  Even if you only got a small raise, it’ll add up over time.Set goals and stick to them: Money goals are key to keeping your finances on track. Your budget is a big money goal. It shouldn’t be a difficult goal to accomplish. You know how much you make, so it’s time to map out your monthly bills and stick to your spending allowances. Automating bills and savings deposits is one way you can help yourself stay on track.Let your credit card collect dust: Of all the cards in your wallet, your credit card should be the one you reach for least often. If you’d like to see your debt dwindle down to nothing, you’re going to have to start telling yourself no. It’s fun to buy stuff, but how often are those things really worth having more debt over? 106SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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USC welcomes seven early enrollees to roster

first_imgSeven high school athletes have chosen to enroll at USC for the spring semester and will begin practicing with the football team when practice resumes in March.Reinforcements · Members of USC coach Lane Kiffin’s highly touted recruiting class are already on campus after finishing high school early. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanHeadlining the list of new Trojan football prospects is top-ranked quarterback Max Browne of Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash. Browne was named the 2012-13 Gatorade national football player of the year and set state records for career passing yards and completions. He’s expected to compete for the starting quarterback position as a freshman for the Trojans.Joining Browne is a group of talented players on both sides of the ball, particularly in the secondary. Defensive back Su’a Cravens from Vista Murrieta High School (Calif.) was named the USA Today defensive national player of the year and is the top-ranked player at his position according to ESPN. Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga High School) and Leon McQuay III (Armwood High School in Florida.) are four-star recruits who are also poised to join a revamped secondary.USC will get help in the backfield from running back Justin Davis (Lincoln High School in California), and also at wide receiver with the return of 2012 recruit Darreus Rogers. Rogers wasn’t cleared to participate with the team by the NCAA last season but is now eligible to play.Rounding out the list is defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow from Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Md. He is the third-ranked defensive tackle in his class, according to ESPN.The rest of USC’s 2013 recruiting class will be officially announced on Feb. 6. As it currently stands, the Trojans have seven additional verbal commitments. Those recruits have until signing day (Feb. 6) to officially make a decision on where to play next season. Despite facing scholarship restrictions, USC’s class is currently ranked ninth in the country according to ESPN.last_img read more

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Baseball kicks off lengthy homestand against Irvine

first_imgThe baseball team will take on UC Irvine at Dedeaux Field on Tuesday, coming off the heels of a weekend series win over Washington State. The Trojans will gladly welcome the beginning of a seven-game home stand, having traveled to Eugene and Pullman for Pac-12 matchups on back-to-back weeks. Winners of three of their last four games, they will look to build a head of steam with another midweek victory.USC has battled through an up-and-down season so far. Inconsistent pitching has plagued them since the start of the year, but the Trojan pitching staff showed signs of clicking in their last weekend series at Washington State. Lights-out relief lifted USC to an extra-inning victory in the first contest of the three-game set, and eight dazzling innings from senior Kyle Davis gave the bullpen a rest on Saturday. Food poisoning slowed down sophomore Mitch Hart, however, and the USC arms combined to give up 9 to the Cougars in the series finale.On the other hand, the Trojan bats have hit efficiently for most of the season, combing for a .293 team average, and they continued their solid year against Washington State. Four of the nine starters in the USC lineup are hitting over .300, including junior Jeremy Martinez and senior David Oppenheim, who both boast averages over .360. Martinez has also enjoyed a power surge in 2016: The veteran Trojan backstop has already demolished his career-high for home runs (2), swatting five dingers with 18 games left to spare in the regular season.Despite missing out on the sweep on Sunday, the Trojans grabbed another valuable Pac-12 series win in Pullman. A conference with a lot of parity this season means that Washington and Utah share the top spot in the standings at three games over .500, and USC sits just two games off the pace despite owning a 7-8 in-conference record.The squad will be out-of-conference against UC Irvine, however, and the team has played well recently when taking the field under the lights during the week. USC has won four of its last five one-off matchups, with a 12-8 record at home so far this season. Tuesday’s game will be the first of two tilts between the Anteaters and the Trojans this year — the season series will wrap up in late May, as USC travels to Irvine.The Anteaters are enjoying a strong season to date, with a 23-14 record on the year, but they are fourth to last in the Big West with a 6-6 mark in-conference. Their record on the road also hovers around .500.The Trojans, however, haven’t beaten UC Irvine since 2013 and will try to snap a four-game losing streak against the Anteaters on Tuesday. USC will aim to capitalize on its significant power advantage: UC Irvine has hit 12 home runs as a team in 2016 and the Trojans have more than three times that tally with 34. The Anteaters have pitched better as a staff this season, however, with a 4.07 team ERA, compared to 4.96 for USC.First pitch at Dedeaux Field will be at 6 p.m. USC will then host Arizona over the weekend to continue the Trojans’ Pac-12 schedule.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, April 18 – Sunday, April 20, 2014

first_imgSaturday, April 19, 2014•12:17 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•8:49 a.m. Officers investigated burglary and theft in currency and medication the 700 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•9:39 a.m. Officers took a report of an animal complaint by a known owner in the 400 block W. Kansas, Wellington.•10:19 a.m. Officers took a report of a found wallet in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•5:29 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property at the Wellington Lake.•11:45 p.m. Officers investigated minor in consumption of alcohol and driving while license is suspended by a known suspect(s) in the 1300 block N. Day, Wellington.•12:45 p.m. Jarvis J. C. Frakes, 23, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with driving while license is suspended.•12:45 p.m. Juvenile male, 16, Wellington was referred for minor in consumption of alcohol. Wellington Police Notes Friday, April 18 – Sunday, April 20, 2014:•••••Friday, April 18, 2014•11:32 a.m. Gregg Raschke, 54, Wellington was issued a summons to appear for unlawful storage of disabled vehicle and failure to dispose of rubbish.•10:44 a.m. Officers investigated distributing certain depressants and possession of depressants by a known suspect(s) in the 1800 E 16th, Wellington.•12:18 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 600 block N. A, Wellington.•1:42 p.m. Christy Davis, 23, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•1:52 p.m. James A. McCray Jr., 23, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with driving while license is revoked, no proof of insurance, seatbelt violation and driving while a habitual violation.•5:13 p.m. Officers took a report follow-up on a mental subject in the 1500 block N. C, Wellington.•10 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington involved vehicles operated by Christopher M. Eckermann, 23, Wellington and Ty M. Carlson, 18, Wellington. Sunday, April 20, 2014•12:05 p.m. Jarvis J. C. Frakes, 23, Wellington was arrested,  charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended.•10:50 a.m. Jason Ray, Wellington was served a summons to appear, charged with failure to dispose of rubbish.•12:12 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to vehicle windshield damaged in the 300 block W. 8th, Wellington.•7:03 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a iPad in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.last_img read more

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