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

    Sunday, September 24, 2006
    An abnormal load
    There's been a police van parked outside the funeral directors' for the past couple of days. Keeping watch. And it'll stay there tonight. The pubs bordering the estate have been told to stay shut tomorrow. And the shops on The Strand, where this graffiti'd memorial to a nineteen year old shot dead last month complements the massive floral displays tied to every pillar along the road.
    At lunchtime when an allegedly lavish cortege will pass by here for a service conducted by my colleagues at St Teresa's, everything else will stop. And the police are on extra duties afterwards, which is when trouble is reportedly due to re-start.
    Most of the time people here exist in relative normality. With the ordinary tensions of a Monday morning post office queue. But when the teenage gangs take up firearms then we all have to bear abnormal loads, and somehow get through days like tomorrow. Thanks, arms traders. And those of us who let arms traders trade.