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

    Tuesday, July 24, 2007
    Some shine
    The M62 at its best on a shining day today; skies above Scammonden as clear as they get, summit views so breathtaking they made it imperative to pull in to the slow lane to enjoy them, traffic flowing freely all the way from Windy Arbour (J6) to beneath the towers of Ferrybridge power station (J33). I pulled in to a layby on the A1 for a bacon roll and to lean on a fence to take in the view of Megawatt Valley - the cooling towers of Ferrybridge, Eggborough, and Drax dominating the low landscape beneath a currently rare South Yorkshire sun.

    Impossible to think that only a couple of miles from my destination, Henry's, while we enjoyed lunch in a secluded garden corner suntrap, people's homes are still under water and the long, painful process of returning them from mud is just beginning. The flood-hit people of Doncaster, Sheffield and region are angered that the national media has quickly forgotten their plight, which is every bit as serious as in the Home Counties but of course off most journalists' very narrow radar. Expressing this is to invite criticism as Moaning Northerners; so the soaking, homeless, wrecked folks of this region struggle on in silence.