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July 22, 2012

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Paul Franklin

The Big Tent also creates the most eclectic mix of people ...
... actually Lesley, it doesn't. We went for the afternoon to hear Ian Rankin and others but were staggered to be asked for £60 entrance fee. £60 probably isn't much to some of the speakers but it was our entire spend for the day including meals and travel back to Glasgow, we just couldn't afford it, so disappointed and humiliated (the wee posh girl on the gate didn't seem to understand that £60 is quite a lot of money for working people) we went home.
BTW please don't describe Ninian CS as the 'Steward', he's the laird and just as good at chiselling money out of the plebs as his illustrious forebears. The Big Tent used to be a community festival, now its for the moneyed baby-boomer pseudo hippies to strut there stuff, the eco bit is just gloss.

Paul Franklin

LOL, just had a look on the Courier site - http://www.thecourier.co.uk/News/Fife/article/24060/big-tent-festival-proclaimed-a-major-success.html - have a look at these 'traditional' Fifers, yeah right. Perhaps for next year the organisers could resurrect the old class slogan favoured by Barbara Cartland and her set before the last war, 'The right crowd and no crowding', might even become a regular fixture with the 'gap yaa' Henrys and Henriettas, simply soopah.

Pamelapaquin

Wow...that first response really hit me hard! I volunteered and so did not pay a fee...but you are right...£60 is a lot! And I've worked with Ninian for years and think he should hear this comment as well. You are right in my view...things cease to be meaningful, useful, or relevant when working folk cannot afford them. As an American I particularly enjoyed Jon Stewart's point that the average american yearly household income (of Mitt's 47%) is around the same amount of money one plate costs at Rommey's fundraising dinners so they can hear him call them victims ;-) Again...that said for years I have heard Falkland demand time and again how they can create an inclusive space. So do call the Centre for Stewardship and speak your mind! Leslie...you were a rock star. What a pleasure...one of the best moderators I've seen in a long while. Well done. Now where is this podcast....I've finally gotten around to looking for it as reccomended.

Pamelapaquin

Wow...that first response really hit me hard! I volunteered and so did not pay a fee...but you are right...£60 is a lot! And I've worked with Ninian for years and think he should hear this comment as well. You are right in my view...things cease to be meaningful, useful, or relevant when working folk cannot afford them. As an American I particularly enjoyed Jon Stewart's point that the average american yearly household income (of Mitt's 47%) is around the same amount of money one plate costs at Rommey's fundraising dinners so they can hear him call them victims ;-) Again...that said for years I have heard Falkland demand time and again how they can create an inclusive space. So do call the Centre for Stewardship and speak your mind! Leslie...you were a rock star. What a pleasure...one of the best moderators I've seen in a long while. Well done. Now where is this podcast....I've finally gotten around to looking for it as reccomended.

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