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

    Thursday, July 20, 2006
    Goole fishing

    After an excellent morning with Henry and Sylvia, the opportunity to do a reccy on some of the M62 route, eastwards - the part less known to me. So, an hour in and around the port of Goole, pondering the relationship between God and the docks...

    ... in this place where the church and the docks share the same ground.

    And one for the collection: what the town's leaders have thought about its people through the years, summarised in Goole's Clock Tower: erected in 1927 to mark the Centenary of the opening of the docks, adapted in the late 1990s to become the base for a huge CCTV camera set. No more potent symbol of how Goole's rulers (like those of most other towns and cities) have moved in attitude from civic benevolent to urban revanchist within a lifetime. From being at one with its citizens to being at war with them...