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

    Wednesday, August 30, 2006
    Sydney Carter would love it

    Greenbelt brings surprises. Though at first I wanted to drink up and get out of there, in the end the Beer and Hymns takeover of the Organic Beer Tent was erm... inspirational. The singalong was led by a wonderfully authentic cockney landlord and the beer lubricated even the most reluctant vocalists. From being hunched on my seat as the singing began I ended up, like most others, standing on the table heartily joining in. Through all that remains of my life I'll never forget the riotous rendition of Lord of the Dance in Chas-and-Dave style and thinking that Sydney Carter would be looking down on this scene and loving it. Rachel's picture of the raucous occasion captures it very well.