09 August 2011
I suppose there is something paradoxical, if not perverse, about using one type of damage to illustrate a discussion of the most vile damage that has taken part in London over the last couple of days. However, this particular piece of work, a couple of steps away from the wonderful butterflies that appeared the day after Alexander McQueen's death, cheered me and helped to shake off some of the outrage I've been feeling about what has been happening in this corner of London. I'd just cycled along to try and help riotcleanup in Bethnal Green, but it seemed that all the work had been done by the time I got there. Thanks to those people, for showing that for the tiny minority who want to pillage and trash, there are many, many more who do care. And as much as I don't want to preach, we need to remember that, and do what we can to take back control of the places we care about.