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

    Saturday, March 15, 2003
    Dolwyddelan days a-comin'
    This time tomorrow I'll be on my way to Dolwyddelan, to that old cottage by the stream that's been such a good retreat so many times. Min. Wage means good sense for once - rather than spend time and money mootching around Welsh-language bookshops in Llanwrst, Llandudno, Caernarfon, I'll be taking my reading with me and making do. More than making do, really, with some good muso biography and political polemic, as follows:
      The Billy Bragg biography Still Suitable For Miners "the story behind this one-off man, who has proven again and again that pop music is an art form which still has something to say about political causes, and, thank goodness, a sense of humour";

      Paul Du Noyer's Liverpool: Wondrous Place: Music from Cavern to Cream, in which Du Noyer "makes the connection between the decades, and traces the threads of artistic continuity, setting them in the context of Liverpool as a thriving metropolis Ð BritainÕs umbilical link with America and the countryÕs most notorious, controversial and inimitable city". I'm halfway through and loving it; and

      Tom Nairn's Pariah: Misfortunes of the British Kingdom, "a retrospect of Tony Blair's recent New Labour plebiscite", a "corrosive polemic" arguing for democratic reforms to halt the break-up of Britain.
    May do a bit of walking too. Nothing too strenuous, y'understand. It's a holiday after all.