Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Riots



Yesterday afternoon I was out running some errands on my bicycle when The Actor called telling me to go home as he'd just heard a riot had started in Hackney where I live.  I could clearly see the police helicopters but took no notice as they're out nearly every night and we're used to them.  There's a lot of gun crime round here and clashes between local gangs but there's problems anywhere you go.

I decided not to go the shopping centre in case there was trouble so I headed to Shoreditch.  I rode through London Fields where there were large groups of lads with their hoods up which is also normal for round here.  One of them shouted out "You look nice" and another said "I like your bike" without sounding like they wanted to steal it.

On my back from the shops I saw another big gathering.  A lot of them had balaclavas or bandanas around their faces.  I thought it was time for me to go home for the night.

Hackney last night

I'm shocked at how much mindless and widespread violence there's been in London, Birmingham, Liverpool and other parts of the country.  I know originally it's because the police shot Mark Duggan but it's moved on from that now.  This isn't anarchy, this is people trying to get themselves a new flat-screen telly.  The devastation and damage caused by the violence and fires is terrible and it's tragic that people have lost their homes and businesses.

I thought it would have calmed down today but they're predicting more trouble so now the police have shut all the shops - including my corner shop and my favourite restaurant, A Little of What You Fancy where I was due to have lunch with friends.  AND I'd agreed to go for a swim in the lido but that was shut too.  Typical.

It's a gorgeous sunny day and I really want to go out on my bike.  I'm not sure what to do now but at least I can finally do some blog reading that keep going on about!  I hope everyone's alright.  Stay safe.  Love, Christina xxx


53 comments:

Bourbon&Pearls said...

Exactly Christina, it's not political but en masse neds out on a violent thieving spree which has spread due to the ease of social networking. It's disgusting and I hope the police are better prepared now, I feel utterly ashamed to be British. Glad to hear you're ok I was thinking about your area last night when I was watching it on TV

P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

thought of you in all this-nothing is worse or worth getting caught up in something while running about-trying to keep things normal. stay safe indeed! pgt

Lela said...

Stay safe yourself, darling! I wish this would end.

I shared similar thoughts here: http://www.lelalondon.com/2011/08/london-riots/

Best
Lela x

Christine of Fash n Chips said...

Pff yes, it's insane and it's sad.. Hope things will calm down soon and you can feel normal and safe in and around your neighbourhood again!

X Christine

Alex said...

Ah Christina I'm glad you're alright. I wasn't sure how close it got to your area - there were pictures of groups of residents standing up to and scaring off the gangs in Dalston but I wasn't sure how serious it was.

Fingers crossed it doesn't kick off again tonight.

Spangle said...

What started as a protest with a message has turned into mindless thuggery. I makes me sick that these 'people' are behaving like this. The worst of it is, is that this behaviour is spreading all over England.

Stay safe!

Mrs P said...

I hoped that you were not near all this, my London geography out of the touristy bits is a bit weak I'm afraid. Don't take any risks and if you feel threatened head up to your Dad's place in the country if you can. I can't believe this is happening, I was in London at the weekend and thought how lovely a community it seems, it's really sad.

Ms. Moon said...

I have been so nervous for your safety, dear Christina. Please stay safe. Please. I love you...Mary

Belle de Ville said...

Christina, it's time for you and the actor to get out of town and take a vacation. Doesn't your father's garden need some work?

With the madness of crowds you just never know what area is going to erupt next.

Mrs. Exeter said...

Take care - glad your local businesses are all closed up already and I hope things will soon be back to normal. Its heartening to look at how many people are on the streets with brooms and rubbish bags - there are a lot of good people trying to put this right. Best wishes, xxx

Simone said...

DO NOT GO OUT ON YOUR LOVELY BIKE....PLEASE!!!!!

Stay safe Christina xx

PS On a much less serious note, some of the shops in Muswell Hill are closing early and my bikini wax was cancelled!! What's a girl going to do!!?? Am off to France on Thurs :) XX

Perdita said...

It reminds me of the 80s and not in a good way!! :/ I live above a shop. It's a beauticians so fingers crossed no one wants to loot a display case of plastic nails and china glaze.

Vix said...

Dear Christina, my knowledge of London's geography is shockingly poor but you were first in my thoughts when I turned the news on yesterday. I thought all that crap was well behind us along with the rest of the horrible 1980s.
Birmingham's been a war zone for the last 24 hours, the city centre's been looted and even the Children's Hospital's come under attack.
No danger of anything happening in our high street, it's all boarded up anyway.
Keep safe and stay inside. Love you. x

Penny Dreadful said...

I'm just gobsmacked right now, it doesn't seem real. Glad you are safe, take care dear xx

Caroline, No. said...

I was thinking of you in Dalston! Stay in please!

Your comments today really made me laugh, especially the iPhone one.

Take care!

xx

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Thuggery, pure and simple. It's horrifying. Yes, stay in! Keep yourself safe. I'm thinking of you and Edward sends a toothy grin!

CameronPoe2409 said...

Stay safe and take care. I can't believe how things are escalated, its devasting that people have had their homes and livelihoods destroyed. xx

Dash said...

Christina your so right this is not anarchy this is pure greed, vandalism and mindless destruction committed by a minority who feel that the world owes them a living. I hope that the worst is now over. I deplore the damage and heartbreak that these morons have inflicted on their own and wider communities, undoing years of hard work by thousands. Stay in and stay safe.
XXX

Ickietoriaa said...

I completely agree with you that this is no longer about Mark Duggan, however I do believe that somewhere along the lines this still relates to politics and possibly the cuts which are currently undergoing in both education and the public services etc.
The police are doing the very best they can but are limited through both the resources they have and the guidelines they are expected to follow. Unfortunately they are stuck in a very difficult position.
Hope your okay and stay safe. xx

Sarcastic Bastard said...

So glad you are okay. I have been thinking of you all day. Do be careful.

Smashingbird said...

You stay safe hun, I'm in Kent and my shop was shut early. It's ridiculous. xx

Alison Cross said...

Glad to hear that you're ok.

It's just terrible. All those little businesses that have been ruined. What mindless idiots. Fortunately, many of them are so thick that they are posting up pictures of themselves on social networking sites with their loot. It won't be long before they get the knock on the door.

Stay safe!

Ali x

Splenderosa said...

The Actor was right. You should stay in until this ugliness passes. What tragedies the world sees now, nothing is the same. Do you think it ever will be again?

Slim Paley said...

Mindless, idiot wankers all. Two of my favourite cities in the world; London and Vancouver have both experienced horrible riots this summer. Although Vancouver wasn't on the scale of London, the cause was something as ridiculous as losing the Stanley Cup (Like the World Cup of ice hockey) it hurt my heart-it's the antithesis of what that city is about.
London was my home for many years as well and as I have many friends and family there I still feel very connected to it.
I hope it all calms down tomorrow.

Stay in, stay safe and stock pile some great blog posts!

xx
SP

Faux Fuchsia said...

Am glued to the news- cannot believe it! My mum's due to fly in to London on the w/e. Not sure if she will now. The world has gone mad.

Wildernesschic said...

Its bloody mental and all greed .. I am glad you are ok.. if you need to escape to the country you know you are welcome here.. as long as you need xx

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Take it easy, glad you're ok. Were things any quieter last night? Was better yesterday here (Croydon/S. Norwood) but all shops had grilles down by 3pm. Again, we're used to helicopters but I'm avoiding the shopping areas in the afternoons as I have both kids off school. There was a stabbing down the road last night - he was a looter apparently and ditched his booty in people's front gardens as he ran.

We were planning to move anyway, but this has rather cemented the idea.

janfaw said...

After listening to the news and hearing an interview with two young girls who were happy to score a free bottle of wine and then hearing reactions from the public about the riots, I had to see what you are up to. Glad to know you are alright and filling us in. Stay safe!

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La Dama said...

I am glad you are safe amor.
It is horrible how all this is happeing. innocent people being hurt.
keep us updated.

Michelle Trusttum said...

So glad you are safe, Christina. x

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