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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, February 03, 2003
    Showing restraint in the face of the horror
    Seven hours on Virgin trains today gave me ample opportunity to experience The Fire this Time soundtrack on earphones, and it made the experience all the more searing. The lady opposite me on the way home, reading Maeve Binchy and being politely conversational, must have wondered why I was twitching, tightening up, probably looking very pained at times. I hadn't explained that I was listening to the destruction of Iraq over a fractured, at times brutal soundscape. And from time to time I wondered why I was putting myself through it - on my day off as well!

    The answerÕs inexpressible but somewhere related to the reason I regard Apocalypse Now as the most-essential film of all time, and KurtzÕs Óthe horror, the horrorÓ the best summary of war IÕve yet heard.

    As the reaction to all this brews inside, for the sakes of those whoÕll be listening in to my talks and sermons this coming week, I hope I can show a little restraint.