Friday, 15 February 2013


This week’s prompt for the GBE2: Blog On Facebook group is ‘Crowd’ and, coincidentally, this fits with my weekly challenge to myself of clicking ‘Random Article’ on Wikipedia and writing about whatever article comes up first.
The ‘Random Article’ this week was ‘Live at Squamish’ which evidently is an annual music festival in British Columbia. It started in 2010, and last year there were 19,000 attendees. I’ve never been to a music festival, and have absolutely no desire to attend one! The thought of being in such a crowd holds no appeal, particularly when, as often happens in the UK, the heavens open, everyone gets soaked, and the whole place turns into a muddy, soggy mess!
About 20 years ago, I went to an event in the middle of my home city. It was in a large open area, but at the end, everyone was trying to leave at the same time, and there simply weren’t enough exit streets. We were ‘funnelled’ into one of these exits, and people were being pressed together and pushed along by others. It didn’t develop into a dangerous crush, but I admit I was frightened that it might and was so relieved when we finally got away safely.
Less frightening, but maybe more frustrating, are the ‘crowds’ we meet in everyday life – in the supermarket, on the trams and buses, and in the shopping malls. Today I went to a museum, and in the lobby area there were crowds of school children (especially in the shop part of the lobby). Fortunately the museum was a big one, and so we were able to get away from the crowds.
At one time I didn’t particularly mind crowds, but the older I get, the more I dislike and avoid them.
Maybe the only time I wouldn’t mind a crowd is if I was holding a book-signing somewhere and there were crowds lined up waiting to buy my book! Well, I can dream, can’t I?
P.S. If you’d like the chance to WIN one of my books, scroll down to yesterday’s post and tell me which one you’d like and why!

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