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

    Saturday, July 29, 2006
    Gascam bliss
    It's been a quiet day today. All I have done is:

    Read the weeklies as they fell through my door- New Statesman, Church Times;

    Scanned the LRB and saved it for later as it requires lengthy and devout attention (a 'Dispatches from Beirut' edition plus Eamon Duffy on Lancelot Andrewes);

    Prepared a homily for the Book of Common Prayer devotees and a session for the 11-plus group;

    Produced two baptism certificates and eight godparents certificates;

    Set up in church ready for tomorrow (tealights on tin foil on round-here-essential white lace tablecloths), as I'm doing a foreigner in a neighbouring parish first thing in the morning;

    Written two reviews for Coracle (one on a footballer's autobiography, the other on a collection of cutting-edge liturgy);

    ... and between all that, delighted in following highlights of the arrival of the Clippers, using the fantastic online AISLiverpool Gascam, which gives a (live and archived) view across the Mersey, northwards to the Lennox oil and gas rig in Liverpool Bay. All water and gulls most of the time, but at 11:03:42 this morning the river mouth was full of boats.