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

    Friday, March 31, 2006
    "Gruelling as four months in captivity must have been for the recently released peace activist Norman Kember, and delighted as we are that it is over, it seems that if he managed to survive the ordeal more or less unscathed, he can thank - at least in part - some particularly rigorous physical and mental preparation. Barely two months before the 74-year-old medical physics professor left for his heroic mission to Iraq, we learn from the Church Times, he was attending the Christian community's annual Greenbelt Festival on Cheltenham racecourse - where, according to Sue Claydon of the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, 'he walked around the site dressed as a tree, getting people to stick things on him'."

    - Jon Henley, in today's Guardian diary. Remember, you saw it here first.