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

    Monday, January 30, 2006
    No one I think is in my tree
    One of the legendary places of Liverpool, Strawberry Fields, because it's a childhood haunt which Lennon immortalised on one of the greatest double-A-side singles ever released (twinned with Penny Lane, a song about a suburban street a short bus ride away).

    In Lennon's youth and until very recently Strawberry Fields was a Salvation Army home. Thanks to the efforts of some visionary Salvationists it's been reborn as a 24-7 prayer centre called the Boiler Room. Spent the day there with colleagues today doing team-building stuff, baring me soul, revealing all, drinking tea.

    During this time I revealed that if I was a plant I think I'd be a cactus. Whilst colleagues cheekily decided that in their eyes I am a bonsai. "No one I think is in my tree," John sang. I happily concur.