09 August 2011

every moment


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.

11 comments:

Rattling On said...

Strangely enough I just logged on in order to send you a message checking all was ok with you. Relieved to see you are fine.
The news is truly shocking to watch, so much devastation caused by what we know to be the minority.
My thoughts are with you and all in London.

Felix said...

I too came here to check and see how you are doing; was about to email. I am not at all surprised to learn that you went straight out to help the riot clean up mission in Bethnal Green, and your point about the majority of folks really caring about the places where they live is spot on. My heart goes out to all in London. X Stay Safe X

colleen said...

RO - That is a really kind thought. Thank you so much. We went out last night to meet our friends in the pub for the quiz (don't tell my mum!), but many were frightened to come out, the quiz was cancelled and the pub closed early. Some of my family and friends are really upset by all of this and those living closer to the centre of the troubled areas feel under seige. Let's hope for that it gets better not worse.

colleen said...

Felix - many thanks to you too. I would have been very angry indeed if my favourite wool shop was damaged.

Annie said...

I'm another who logged on to check on my London blog friends, having spent the morning talking to my family in London. I think I may borrow your photograph for my facebook page, with your permission. It will cheer them too I think.
Here's hoping you don't find yourself needing to offer help with another clean up tomorrow morning. Stay safe x

colleen said...

Annie - Thanks. More than happy for you to use the snap. An attribution/ link would be welcome!

Liz said...

Good to hear from you. The violence and destruction is shocking enough when viewed on the TV screen. Can't imagine what it must be like to witness firsthand. Take care.

Annie said...

A link ... goes without saying :)Thanks Colleen, and glad to hear that your LYS is safe ;)

Sue. said...

Please take very good care. Sue.

tut-tut said...

sometimes it's hard to find any joy lately. I can listen to certain BBC radio shows over the Internet and there was just a discussion being held in a pub concerning all the violence, now becoming country-wide. I hope you continue to help and remain safe yourself.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Yesterday in London was weird . Everyone hyper alert . But Stoke Newington remained unscathed and we just listened to the helicopters circling all round us .
I heard lots of people wishing friends and colleagues a safe journey home , last night .
Strange in peacetime .