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

    Friday, August 20, 2004
    Back in the cheap seats
    Sat in some expensive seats today:

    Southern Trains Haywards Heath - London: fifteen quid;
    Underground Travelcard: nearly a fiver for a few stops on the Northern Line;
    Virgin West Coast Euston - Liverpool Lime Street: fifty-two pound twenty...

    ... and most notably, inbetween these journeys, a seat at The Oval for England-West Indies - forty quid well spent enjoying the easy atmosphere of a cricket match for the first time in my life, England knocking the ball around with relish, West Indian crowd below us providing entertainment, picnic baskets open and champagne corks popping underneath an unstable but fairly constant London sun...

    ... then back home to surround myself with four days mail on the cheapest seat of all: the 25-year-old leather settee given me by friends when our ways parted from Cambridge four years ago.