Jethro Tull, in Istanbul. It is a 12 hour bus journey, or a far shorter but more expensive flight. Truth be told neither is really expensive. But then there is the ticket cost, hotel cost, and the money for food and fun in Istanbul. It quickly mounts up.
A few days away in Eğidir. We can go riding, spend time by the lake, go to Sagalassos, visit canyons, caves and all manner of other natural scenery.
Hilary first saw Jethro Tull on February 26th 1971 at the Kilburn State – that was the Aqualung Tour. Steeleye Span were supporting. We saw Ian Anderson at the Hammersmith Apollo and somewhere in the Barbican on an evening for young flautists. He turned up to play with Joe Bonamassa at an extremely memorable gig – again in the Hammersmith Apollo. He’s good, yes, love to see him live, but Hammersmith Apollo was a ten minute walk from one of Hilary’s workplaces and accessed via the season ticket on the Oyster card.
In the past we would not have faced a choice we would have done both. Tickets to a big gig and having a long weekend away a week later was never a problem assuming we could get time off work. Now it is different…. The pensions, as opposed to the salaries, dictate reality. The costs of the two are roughly the same, so initially it was a tough call until we sat down and thought about it. 4 or 5 days of fun, nature, scenery, riding and Sasgalassos, or 2 hours of the wonderfulness of Tull performing Thick as a Brick Locomotive Breath and a day in Istanbul.
So sometime in September we’ll be going to Eğidir.