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

    Wednesday, October 22, 2003
    Watched a church burn tonight
    Watched a church burn tonight. Bonfire night come early at the back of Holy Trinity. Courtesy of local youths creative with cardboard and hardboard. Fascinating watching what happens when a gas main pipe explodes (it's like the eternal flames shooting from North Sea oil platforms). Fascinating observing myself working on a calm exterior in dealings with fire, gas, church people and passers-by. While inside, violent flames licked.

    Thanks to rapid response from the fire brigade and gasmen, the only consequence for the building is a smoke-stained exterior and a few days cold interior (till the supply is restored in safety). Meanwhile, I'm left pondering over the suppression of truthful emotions and the damage that can cause. Especially as, straight after the fire crisis, I was into a challenging meeting on the realities of domestic violence on our patch.