I particularly liked the ice cream van in this photo. There's something very English about splashing through puddles, wearing waterproofs, to buy a lolly!
ENOUGH! No more talk about rain and mud. The music was tremendous and more than made up for all the discomfort. Highlights for me were: Congolese/Kenyan soukous, reggae from both Jamaica and Birmingham, several French/North African groups, and Brazilian samba. We saw Cesaria Evora, Mariza, Baaba Maal and Taj Mahal. The Warsaw Village Band were a revelation, and Daara J put enough energy into their hip hop to power the entire festival. The atmosphere was brilliant, too. This festival seems very family friendly, with a wide spread of ages and a relaxed atmosphere. Loads of food stalls from round the world (Jamaican breakfast, anyone?) and lots of colours. Everywhere there were flags flying. There was even a full scale funfair with steam yachts, helter skelter and gallopers.