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

    Thursday, June 05, 2003
    Glasgow, city of culture
     
    Local boy McCartney played Liverpool last weekend; at the same time I was completing the McCartney trail - from Penny Lane to the Mull of Kintyre, a long, long, wondrous journey. Returned tonight, travel-weary, to 75 emails, some of them friendly, half of them spam, having spent the middle of the day at the Iona Community's offices opposite Dixons on sunny, bustling Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

    Liverpool's following Glasgow in being a European Capital of Culture (having got the vote yesterday). What did it do to the Scots city, having that title, I wonder (and will wonder out loud many times to Glaswegian friends between now and 2008)? Plenty of culture there today - as the Publications Committee talked about titles ranging from liturgy to global economics, landscape poetry to 'celtic' music, in our cramped fourth-floor office, buskers on the pavement down below kept our souls fed with a non-stop electric show of rock'n'blues classics (I later rewarded them with 50p); and, at lunchtime, I passed around my latest acquisition, a book called Football Haiku .. about which, more, some other time... now, bed.