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

    Sunday, April 05, 2009
    M62: the biography
    Nice post from Joe yesterday: M62: the biography, in which he spent the whole of a journey to Leeds and back 'regaling' his friends and colleagues, Kate and Bob, with 'arcane information' about the M62. Not just information but family history, in which the coal seams which cause the subsidence on the Chat Moss section were mined by his granddad, and 'the ruler-straight bit of motorway near Burtonwood services that used to be one of the longest runways in Europe, at the Burtonwood American air base, which is where my granddad met my grandma during the war.' When he's driving this stretch at dusk, he has a vision of the B17 Flying Fortresses taking off in procession in front of him, 'just clearing my bonnet, lit up by bomber’s moons'. Reading this I'm transported back to the Burtonwood and Birchwood legs of my walk and the echoes of past lives on that lonely, mossy ground.