Superstars, poverty and a day in the Golden Circle

Press Gazette’s five Live8 “Golden Circle” ticket winners report back on their experiences:

Rachael Smith, from Felixstowe, editor of Cow Management magazine

How do we make poverty history?: “Strike a global chord and get world leaders on board.”

She said: “It only really sank in that I had been there when I was
driving to the Royal Show the day after, listening to replays on the
radio. It was an emotional, exciting and awe-inspiring day. The music
was amazing, the message was powerful. If Live8 and this week’s
demonstrations don’t galvanise global leaders to do the right thing,
then I don’t think anything will.”

Christoph Enaux, lawyer from Berlin

How do we make poverty history?: “African Big Brother for G8 leaders – who helps stays!”

He said: “It was a wonderful concert. Thank you for letting me be part of Live8.”

Stewart Dacre, magazine distributor from Northampton (pictured)

How do we make poverty history?: “If not now, when? If not us, who? Act now.”

He said: “The day was awesome. The weather was ideal, the atmosphere
amazing, and we were only about 30 yards from the stage. All the acts
were excellent. My hands were bloody sore from clapping so much at the
end. The only downside was having to leave before the end to get my
train home as it was running late. I’ve never been to a live show
before so I’ve not got a benchmark, but its a hell of a first concert
to go to! It was so good I’m looking out for dates for any live shows
from now on.”

Jeremy Palmer, from Bedford, web editor at Cambridge Evening News Online

How do we make poverty history?: “I will donate my pub lunch money for a week.”

He said: “The highlights were probably the fantastic crowd reaction
to Geldof singing I Don’t Like Mondays, Madonna’s crowd clap-along to
Music, Macca and U2 doing Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Oh, and
waving a cold beer at the poor people stuck in the alcohol-free area
behind me!”

Olga Ulybina, student from Cambridge

How do we make poverty history?: “Stop thinking ‘advanced’ versus ‘developing’. One world!”

She said: “For nine hours, I could not take my eyes off the stage: such a breathtaking train of legendary artists.

It
was the Woodstock of 2005! Feelings defy any description when you see
live on a screen hundreds of thousands of people in the USA, Russia,
Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy who gathered at the same time for the
same goal and to share the same ideas. Such campaigns are one of the
few ways to raise awareness on a global scale and make people come
together, express their opinions and act as a whole, without any
national or social boundaries.”

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