LESS than seven weeks to go before Glastonbury, with Foo Fighters, Kanye West, and The Who confirmed among the headliners. Come rain or...well probably rain, The Capitalist is determined not to repeat past mistakes. Aside from the pharmaceutical-fuelled inappropriate dancing and random 24-hour relationships, there was the tent that never quite survived, the mud-logged trek to the toilets and the perennial question of why denim is strangely not waterproof.
This year, to avoid drowning with the other 175,000 festivalgoers expected to attend, we’re off to Pippa Chambers’ Pennard Hill Farm glampsite, offering hot showers. award-winning food and perfect mobile reception. She still has yurts with proper beds and the ultimate, airstream caravans with everything you need, including a kitchen sink. And all this just 10 minutes walk from the festival site. There are also lifts up and down the hill from camp to festival for those feeling the effects of heavy metal.
Pippa describes it as a calm oasis, away from the frenetic crowds.
What a relief.
She said: “We have the tickets too so come and join us and stay in great comfort whilst enjoying all that this extraordinary festival has to offer.
“We can offer each guest complete luxury and most importantly an incredible experience and the greatest fun.”
Why not join us and her? Prices range from £6,000 for a two-person yurt to £14,000 for four in an airstream caravan. Tipis have already sold out.
■ Seventeen-time marathon runner Martin Winter and his wife Hilary have raised £10,000 for charity through a 10k run in Dete, Zimbabwe last weekend. The two – both law firm partners, he at Taylor Wessing and she at Orrick – were raising money for the Jane Bubear Sport Foundation, which was set up by Martin in 2009. It was seventh annual run to raise funds to provide young people’s sports equipment in challenged communities. The funding comes from clients and contacts in the financial services industry. Martin’s time was 49 minutes, Hilary’s, 51 – obviously a close-run competition in this household. Martin said: “I had been told not to run any more but I was not going to miss this.”
■ Boris Johnson’s Transport for London unveiled its first pop-up garden yesterday. Staff at the Barbican have decorated a disused platform with pots and plants stretching for 100 metres. The publicity material said the garden celebrates the movement of trains arriving and leaving the station. A scheme of red vertical poles and concrete planters filled with trees, shrubs and flowers was created with the Friends of City Gardens. It is part of the annual underground in Bloom competition and will also give the 36,000 daily passengers something nice to view when the signals fail.