9.8.11

I'll stand in front of you



I'll take the force of the blow
Protection
Massive Attack.

Last night, whilst curled up on the sofa in my rural idyll, I watched the news unfold. The city I called home for 13 years in turmoil.

My heart goes out to those affected, and my respect and admiration to the firefighters, police and ambulance crews.

images via BBC

10 comments:

Lobster and swan said...

It's so upsetting and even though I'm down here on the coast, somehow I still don't feel safe.

last day of may said...

i feel unbelievably sad. it is like watching another planet...glued to the news and the internet last night. so worried about the loved ones i know there. to try and understand how people...children...can do this. impossible. i hope we see more of the good in people and the communities rising above all that destruction.

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

Born and brought up a Londoner, I am so saddened by these images. My family still live there, and my daughter is due to visit them, can't believe I'm wondering whether it would be too dangerous for her to go. We should be better than this.

Mrs B said...

Thank you for such a respectful post today Miss P. I can't think about it all without welling up. I'm going home this weekend to see my brave big sister who is down there dealing with the rioters. The clean up stories are restoring my faith in the human race. Xx

Mrs Beard said...

This has only strengthened my resolve to permanently return to the city of my birth. I cannot sit and watch this utter shambles from a distance any more.

The rioters are an embarrassment to Londoners and to the UK. Phone calls las night from family and friends describing disenfranchised kids running around in balaclavas ducking out of the way of CCTV cameras is just sickening.

Proud that my local shopkeepers in East London are standing up for themselves.

Worried for my loved ones and my tenants!

Martin & the Magpie said...

Words can't describe my feelings when I saw the images on the news. Deeply shocked and saddened. You do wonder what the future will look like; in what kind of world our children will grow up... Luckily my faith in people has been slightly restored by the people who came out today with their brooms and helped clearing up the rubbish.. There is still good and sensibility in the world...

Mrs T-J said...

So so sad. This has also upset me beyond belief, I struggled to sleep last night as it played on my mind so much.

Mindless, violent opportunist perpertrators ruining the hard earnt homes, places of work/businesses and communities for many decent living people.... and all for what exactly?

Sometimes I just dont understand my own species at all

loveandlilac said...

Working in Islington we are right in the thick of it. I have just been sent home early because of trouble starting up again this afternoon. Shops boarded up, police on the street corner, sirens, eerily quiet for a busy London area.

London is resilient. When we experience the worst we show how great we really are.

Anna Wilson-Patterson said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aWZnHRqIUo&feature=youtu.be

Mother Hen said...

Just think, we used to be proud to be British, so ashamed by all of this and very angry that this is what we have left as a legacy. Too much tolerance in the past has, in my opinion, caused lack of respect and a totally selfish mentality, "I want therefore I shall have". At any cost?