Day 620

Arthur was 15. He died after sustaining severe head injuries as a result of falling 60 feet from a cliff near Brighton last July. He was Nick Cave’s son. The inquest heard that Arthur had taken LSD with a friend and he was seen “staggering” on his own before he fell off the cliff. The friends went there thinking it would be a safe place to experiment with the drug for the first time.

Many youngsters experiment with drugs they do not understand and then make tragic mistakes. Last year, one in six children aged between 11 and 15 in England said they had taken drugs – nearly a third of a million kids!

Elizabeth Burton-Phillip’s son Nicholas ended his own life following a period of addiction and she found the strength to share their story in a book called “Mum can you lend me 20 quid?” Here is an insightful interview with her.

Into my arms by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. 

I don’t believe in an interventionist God
But I know, darling, that you do
But if I did I would kneel down and ask Him
Not to intervene when it came to you
Not to touch a hair on your head
To leave you as you are
And if He felt He had to direct you
Then direct you into my arms

Into my arms, O Lord

And I don’t believe in the existence of angels
But looking at you I wonder if that’s true
But if I did I would summon them together
And ask them to watch over you
To each burn a candle for you
To make bright and clear your path
And to walk, like Christ, in grace and love
And guide you into my arms

Into my arms, O Lord

But I believe in Love
And I know that you do too
And I believe in some kind of path
That we can walk down, me and you
So keep your candles burning
And make her journey bright and pure
That she will keep returning
Always and evermore

Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms

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