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

    Sunday, July 29, 2007
    The spiritual heart of Britain - just off the M6
     
    I've just discovered that the ever-stimulating Ian Bradley, in Believing in Britain; The Spiritual Identity of 'Britishness' argues that Liverpool is the most British of UK cities, 'with a regional accent representing a medley of Welsh, Scots, Irish and English'. I'm sold on it already. He also discusses how a small village off the M6 motorway is arguably Britain's spiritual heart; and what theme parks, airport shops and eating habits have to tell us about the contemporary national character. Too late to book him for Greenbelt instead of me, I guess?