Glastonbury Festival 2016 England

Glastonbury Festival Pyramid Stage

Glastonbury Festival Pyramid Stage

For those of you thinking about heading out to Europe next summer, you might want to consider going to some festivals. Although you might think it unlikely because of the unpredicatable weather, most festivals tend to happen in England. From April until October there is almost always a festival every weekend somewhere in the UK. The biggest and best, some say, is Glastonbury Festival which happens almost every year in June. Usually it runs for four consequetive years and then they take a year off to let the land recover. The site of Glastonbury Festival is not the town itself, but a tiny village called Pilton. At Pilton there is a farm, Worthy Farm, which has masses of land which is normally full of cows! Yes it is a proper working farm, but for 3 days in June it hosts one of the World’s biggest music festivals.

If you want to go to Glastonbury Festival, it is not quite as straightforward as just turning up in England and buying a ticket. Luckily I started looking into this last month as I am planning on touring around the UK in an RV and taking it to Glastonbury. In my research I found this page on about Registration for Glastonbury Festival – the actual process is that you have to register for the festival first, before you even try and get a ticket! You can do this now and then the tickets go on sale in October. This is usually the first Sunday in October. But be aware that last year tickets went on sale at 10am in the UK and they were all gone by 11am!

If you live in the US and intend to purchase a ticket in October, this has its own set of problems. Above all it means that you will have to be wide awake at some unearthly time of the night. Be aware too that tickets are not cheap, last year they were about £230 GBP which is around $380. This sounds a lot, but in actual fact there are 100s of bands playing on many many different stages and tons more.The main entertainment is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but you can turn up on Wednesday and get camped up. You don’t have to pay the full amount for the ticket in October, you can reserve it with just a small deposit.

If you don’t manage to get a ticket in October there is usually a re-release of the tickets in April. These are tickets that have been ordered but the purchaser has decided not to go through with the transaction.

In 2013 festival goers were treated to The Rolling Stones, in 2014 UK rockers Kasabian headlined with Dolly Parton on the Sunday. One interesting thing about Glastonbury is that the tickets sell out in October without the line up for the weekend being announced. Because Glastonbury is so huge there is always something that is going to entertain you – guaranteed! One of the main attractions of festivals is that you get to experience new music, groups and acts that you would not otherwise see.

There are plenty of other festivals in Europe that are well worth considering if you don’t manage to get to Glastonbury, such as the Benicassim Festival in Spain and Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Each festival has it’s own flavor, but Glastonbury really does have everything. One thing for sure is that if you do get to go to Glastonbury in 2016, it will be a weekend you will never forget. Highly recommended!

15 Nov 2015

How can you buy ethically sourced chocolate gifts?

chocolate-slaveryEthically sourced products are gaining a lot of popularity in the developed countries like the USA. People prefer to purchase only those products that are sourced by ethical means. This gesture shows their support to using ethical practices in business. Ethically sourced products also promote environmentally sustainable solutions so that our future generations can have access to valuable commodities like Cocoa. The ethically sourced products also cut down on the profits earned by middlemen who are known for exploiting poor people.

So if you want to support the ethically sourced products movement by buying some ethically sourced chocolates then you must buy the chocolate made from ethically sourced cocoa. If you need help in finding ethically sourced chocolate gifts then you should try out the following methods.

  • Visit a Mega Store near you: You should visit a mega store near your locality. There you would have the option of selecting from a wide number of chocolate gifts. All you need to do is to ask the sales person to provide you with the gifts that are ethically sourced. As the sales person would have training in recognizing the ethically sourced gifts, it would not be a problem for him or her to fulfill your request. After you’ve got some options, all you need to do is to select the ones that are most liked by the person you are planning to gift them to. For example: You can purchase almond based chocolate or dark chocolate on the basis of preferences of your loved ones.
  • Buy Online: You can also choose to buy the ethically sourced chocolate gifts over the internet. There are many good companies that sell their products via online shopping sites like and All you need to do is to select the items you like by reading product descriptions. Most of the ethically sourced chocolate gifts would add on this quality in the product descriptions. After you are assured that the products are ethically sourced, you can pay for it via your card. Then the products would be delivered to you or at the addresses of your loved ones. You can also choose to gift wrap these products to enhance its value for your loved ones. You can also browse for companies selling the ethically sourced on various search engines and buy the products directly via the company’s website. It would show your support to ethically sourced products in a better manner.

06 Nov 2014

The joy of discovering Australia with a campervan

Australia with a campervanWіth nеаrlу 8 mіllіоn ѕԛuаrе kіlоmеtеrѕ оf wоndеrѕ to еxрlоrе, Auѕtrаlіа is like nо оthеr hоlіdауmаkіng dеѕtіnаtіоn іn thе wоrld. Onе оf thе best wауѕ tо dіѕсоvеr whаt Auѕtrаlіа hаѕ to оffеrѕ іѕ wіth a саmреrvаn. This wау оf trаvеlіng gives уоu a frееdоm аnd independence you wоn’t be аblе tо gеt wіth рublіс buѕ оr аіrрlаnе. Frоm thе ruggеd оutbасk аnd thе рrіѕtіnе wаtеrѕ аlоng thе Grеаt Bаrrіеr Rееf tо thе ѕорhіѕtісаtіоn оf Sуdnеу, thіѕ соuntrу іѕ lіkе nоnе оthеr. If уоu іntеnd tо vіѕіt аnd еxрlоrе, оnе оf thе bеѕt wауѕ to tаkе аѕ muсh іn аѕ роѕѕіblе іѕ bу tоurіng vіа a саmреrvаn.

Whіlѕt іt’ѕ truе саmреrvаn еxрlоrаtіоn dоеѕn’t nесеѕѕаrіlу offer thе 5-ѕtаr trеаtmеnt оf a luxurу hоtеl, whаt it dоеѕ оffеr іѕ 5-ѕtаr орроrtunіtу tо rеаllу tаkе іn thе splendors оf Auѕtrаlіа аt уоur оwn расе. It іѕ nеаrlу іmроѕѕіblе tо rеаllу “ѕее” Auѕtrаlіа frоm a hоtеl rооm аnd durіng thе соurѕе оf a fеw taxi rіdеѕ. Cаmреrvаnѕ ѕіmрlу ореn uр a wоrld оf роѕѕіbіlіtіеѕ.

Bеlоw I hаvе listed thе 5 joyous reason tо discover Auѕtrаlіа with a campervan:

Rеаѕоn 1: Auѕtrаlіа’ѕ Incredible Gеоgrарhу And Sсеnеrу

With landscapes thаt іnсludе еvеrуthіng frоm mоuntаіn peaks аnd dеѕеrtѕ to rаіnfоrеѕtѕ and mаngrоvеѕ, Auѕtrаlіа hаѕ іt аll. Eасh dіѕtіnсt rеgіоn іn the соuntrу offers іtѕ оwn unіquе drаwѕ as fаr аѕ ѕсеnеrу аnd wіldlіfе аrе соnсеrnеd. Whеthеr уоu’rе рlаnnіng tо tоur juѕt a роrtіоn оf thе соuntrу оr you іntеnd cross-territory trеkѕ, it іѕ іmроѕѕіblе to mіѕѕ the іnсrеdіblе lаndѕсареѕ аѕ уоu drіvе thе tеrrаіn уоurѕеlf.

Rеаѕоn 2: Eаѕе And Eсоnоmісѕ

Whеthеr уоur intent іѕ tо follow wanderlust wіthоut rеgаrd tо a schedule оr уоu hаvе a ѕеt trаvеl рlаn іn mіnd, саmреrvаnѕ рrоvіdе a lоt of соmfоrt and flеxіbіlіtу. Thеrе is nо nееd tо wоrrу аbоut hоtеl сhесk-іn оr сhесkоut tіmеѕ аnd уоu саn еvеn еxtеnd уоur holiday bу ѕіmрlу рісkіng uр a рhоnе. Yоur travel ассоmmоdаtіоnѕ іѕ ѕоrtеd. Nо rеаѕоn tо wоrrу аbоut bооkіngѕ аnd аrrіvіng аt dеѕtіnаtіоnѕ at ѕеt tіmеѕ. Pluѕ, іn уоur tоur to all аrоund Auѕtrаlіа уоu аrе vеrу lіkеlу tо fіnd campervan trаvеl рutѕ mоrе mоnеу іn уоur souvenir budgеt. Wіth nо еxоrbіtаnt
hоtеl fееѕ tо рау and mеаl еxреnѕеѕ sliced dоwn, уоur hоlіdау mоnеу gоеѕ a lot fаrthеr.

Rеаѕоn 3: Aссеѕѕ Tо Lаndmаrkѕ

It іѕ ѕіmрlу much еаѕіеr tо еnѕurе thе tіmе аnd аbіlіtу tо ѕее ѕоmе оf thе biggest landmarks аnd attractions wіthіn Auѕtrаlіа іf уоu’rе іn сhаrgе оf the іtіnеrаrу. Frоm Daintree Rаіnfоrеѕt and thе Grеаt Bаrrіеr Rееf tо Wаvе Rосk аnd thе Sуdnеу Oреrа Hоuѕе, whеn уоu bаѕе уоur hоlіdауmаkіng оut оf a саmреrvаn, уоu саn ѕее іt аll оn your tіmе.

Rеаѕоn 4: Cаmреrvаnѕ Prоvіdе A Fun Altеrnаtіvе Tо Rеgulаr Trаvеl

There іѕ juѕt something іnсrеdіblу lіbеrаtіng аbоut tаkіng a hоlіdау іn a саmреrvаn. Thе frееdоm tо gо аnd dо аѕ уоu рlеаѕе іѕ hаrd tо compete with. If іt’ѕ rаіnіng іn оnе dеѕtіnаtіоn, уоu can turn аrоund аnd head tо thе nеxt wіthоut rеgаrd to tоur lіmіtаtіоnѕ, tаxі еxреnѕеѕ оr thе trаnѕроrtаtіоn ѕсhеdulеѕ оf planes, trаіnѕ оr buѕеѕ.

Reason 5: Abіlіtу To Gо Off Thе Bеаtеn Pаth

Mаnу ѕау thіѕ іѕ thе mоѕt outstanding feature оf саmреrvаn travel іn Auѕtrаlіа. Sіnсе іtіnеrаrіеѕ dоn’t hаvе tо bе rіgіd, уоu аrе frее tо ѕtор аnd ѕее whаtеvеr уоu wаnt. Yоu саn аlѕо tаkе thе lоng, ѕсеnіс rоutе, rather thаn thе ѕhоrtсut. If уоu ѕее a bеаutіful ѕроt fоr a рісnіс оr fоr ѕреndіng thе nіght, уоu саn ѕtор.

Tоurіng Auѕtrаlіа іn a саmреrvаn оffеrѕ lіmіtlеѕѕ possibilities fоr all travellers. Evеrуоnе frоm уоung couples tо families of fоur оr more саn confidently and safely nаvіgаtе Australia аnd саn еxрlоrе all Australia hаѕ to оffеr frоm the comfort оf a mоtоr hоmе that саn fit thе whole fаmіlу соmfоrtаblу wіth аll оf thе comforts of hоmе іn a соmрасt расkаgе. Frоm Eurореаnѕ tо Kіwіѕ tо native Auѕѕіеѕ, аnуоnе can tоur Auѕtrаlіа іn a Campervan – іt саn bе a long wау, but it is dеfіnіtеlу wоrth іt fоr thе еxреrіеnсе оf a lіfеtіmе.

14 Oct 2014

Is it a good idea to choose Fairtrade Flowers for a gift?

Fairtrade Flower WorkerFair Trade products are those products that are purchased from companies following the policy of fair trade. A company can follow the fair trade by ensuring that the laborers are appropriately paid for their efforts. Such a company would also prohibit actions like child labor and would promote policies like equal wages. The concept of fair trade is a new one. It was developed to stop the exploitation of laborers in the underdeveloped countries. Generally it makes sense to use locally grown and picked flowers, most countries tend to have areas that are associated with flower growing, but they aren’t always where you think they might be. For example if you live in the UK, you might like to use as a service that combines flowers with a card. If you are thinking of buying Fair trade flowers and are wondering that whether it’s a good idea then you should have a look at the following:

  • Fair trade products are environment friendly: Most of the fair trade products are grown by considering the rules of sustainable development. So when you buy any fair trade product like a bunch of flowers, you contribute in sustainable development. It means that you are playing a minor role in preserving rare natural resources.
  • Fair Trade products have high quality: Most of the fair trade products would be of superior quality. As the laborer growing them would be more satisfied with his job as he ever as then he would put in some extra effort in producing the products. As a result the fair trade flowers you buy would be fresh and would remain fresh for a number of days if you pay proper attention to them.
  • Fair Trade Products gives you value for money: As most of the fair trade products are sourced from underdeveloped countries, you can be assured of getting value for your money. You would get more of every product without paying anything extra as the value of a single dollar is very high in the underdeveloped countries.

Last but certainly not the least buying fair Trade products would help you to contribute in the wellbeing of poor people in the third world countries. You can play a minor role in ensuring that unhealthy social practices like child labor are reduced.

All in all it can be seen that buying fair trade products would not pose any harm to you. But it would benefit a lot of underprivileged people in the third world countries. So what are you waiting for? Start giving preference to fair trade products today and play a role in promoting welfare of people who have been fighting off exploitation since decades.

25 Jul 2014

Adventures in Baby Shower Shopping

So I am at that age that everyone woman hates but most likely is afraid to admit. That age where all your friends are getting married or having baby showers, while you for the most part are smart enough to stay away from it. Of course this means buying mother and baby products as gifts without knowing what the heck you are getting for the most part. Fear not tho, there are a few things you can if you have the time or care enough to gain some knowledge in order to help in buying mother and baby products that will not only be high quality but will be what your friends actually need.

With the internet knowledge comes easy. Simply look at reviews on the sort of products you are buying and look for verified purchases wile doing so. These reviewers will have the most in depth knowledge of the pros and cons since they actually have hands on experience with the product.

27 Jul 2013

She’s Going to Sleep Away Camp!

My daughter has wanted to go to sleep away camp for many years but we decided that we were going to wait until she was thirteen years old. I thought that it was going to be a great thing to go and sign her up but I did not know if she was going to be ready to go so I talked to her on her own to make sure that she could handle being away for a little while.

13 Jul 2013

Family Values: What They Are and Why They Are Important

Family ValuesFamily values are important at mandrien. While often talked about, family values are one of those terms that many people have trouble understanding. What does it mean, exactly? Values are something that people hold dear to them. They are beliefs regarding what things in life are worthwhile and what things are not. They deal with right and wrong, and they are not the same for every person or every family. In some homes, education is the value that they most want to impart to their family members. In others, it is all about loyalty or responsibility.

Family values are often hard to define because most people don’t spend a lot of time considering what it is that they think is important. However, values are present throughout your day-to-day activities.

26 Nov 2012

Picking a Good Computer Camp

I have a pair of sons. One is already a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the other is an incredibly ambitious young man. Honestly he does not care too much for many of his classes in High School. If he did the colleges would probably be fighting one another to offer him a scholarship. However he is a computer nerd in the true sense of the term. We are trying to pick a computer camp for him and mandrien consulting group to us. We do not allow our boys to misbehave at home and we do not want them to be allowed to do it elsewhere. It is important to us that they be good young men when they grow up and that requires us to be disciplined about the decisions we make.

John Edward is probably qualified to work as an IT professional right now at the age of 16, I already thought so and the guys in our IT department agree with me completely. Last summer he went into work with me about half the time and my boss sort of paid him under the table. He is not the least bit interested in that sort of job. He wants to be a software developer or a software engineer. I am not sure what the difference is. He says that he wants to go a computer camp in New England, but that is not practical for me because most of the other boys will be so much older than him. We are not really sure that John Ed can resist temptation away from home and we are looking for something closer to North Carolina. It seems like there would be something at one of the universities near here or in the Research Triangle thing.

17 Sep 2012

Coupons for Camping Excitement Found Only on the Web

Sending your child off to Summer camp is a big step for any parent, even if it’s not your first time doing so. When camp’s lasting over several days and the bill’s running up, Cottonelle coupons offer some bit of solace in the lasting departure. It’s tough to believe your loved one is going to be safe and have a good time without the mom and dad, but trust me, it’s usually much harder for you than it will be for them. Of course sending the kids away isn’t easy, but after realizing how much fun they were having, I started realizing how much money I was paying. Before your next or first summer camping adventure, take a second to break down the bill and really look at all the charges you’ll be accumulating.

20 Aug 2012

Walk and Jog with Your Little Ones

If you are a busy mom with twin children, you may be looking for a way to get in your daily exercise while still having time for the kids. The city select double stroller is a great way to get your kids out in the fresh air while getting some great exercise in at the same time. The double seating mechanism offers the highest in safety features, and pushing the stroller assists in building upper body strength as well. These strollers are perfect for moms that are taking baby boot camp classes as well, as they are durable and strong, the perfect addition for summer camp excursions like nature hikes.

Double strollers come in a variety of sizes as well. There are double strollers for younger babies as well as toddlers, so they also work well on family outings to the local amusement and water parks.

18 Jul 2012