Monday, August 08, 2011

London, My Home

How can London be burning?  

It's all over the news.  It's in every paper.  On every person's lips: London's Burning.  The nursery rhyme has come back to haunt us all, and I've never felt this sense of unease.  My friends that don't originate from London think it's all a hoot, but I find it horrifying that my home town, my roots are in flames.  

I went back today.  At first I didn't notice the difference.  I attempted to venture to familiar old locations but was warded off by police tape, and literal standstills at Underground stations.  When rush hour hit, several lines were either wholly or partially suspended, trains overloaded with business people and shrill conductors trying to maintain order.

The riots started days ago, and yet they still seem to continue, and have now spread up through and fast into Birmingham and Leeds.  And this is somehow connected with the shooting of one man in Tottenham, a neighbourhood that has now become some kind of nouvea war zone full of flame and destruction.  Madness.  The beginning of madness.

I fled, back to my Humdrum countryside convincing myself that, everyone will see sense soon enough.  This will die down, London's seen worse.  It's just such a shock that after everything, it's so easy to resort back to the desperate violent riots that occurred in the 80s and 90s.  Will this event be history?  Will this be a turning point?

Maybe I was right.  You can't go back.  I just never considered that I couldn't go back to the one place I considered home.  



  1. wow! i cant imagine what you are going through! i will keep you and the rest of london in my prayers.

    <3 jaz

  2. Oh no... I am soooo sorry :(
    You are in my thoughts and so is the rest of London.

    Nequia x

  3. Whoa. I'm sorry. Thought's & prayers your way.

    By the way, I saw you as an active commenter on Nequia's blog, so I thought I'd check your's out. Hope that's okay. [:

  4. I'm sorry to hear about this. Just like everyone else you'll be you'll be in my pray along with london

  5. Thanks everyone, it's on everyone's mind and is a bit of a scary time as the hysteria is spreading, but I'm positive everything will all calm down soon, God willing :) X

  6. I am so sorry about all of this tragedy that is taking place =[. I am praying for you and your family and I hope that peace will be embraced much more sooner, than later.

    Kimberly, FWB

  7. What a shame! I could't believe that such a thing was happening. What a world we live in.Stay strong and please do keep us posted. Now following :-)

    Bobbie & Meesh

  8. That looks insane! I can't imagine what it must be like to be living in such chaos. Please be safe, I'll keep you in my prayers and make sure you keep us posted on any updates!

  9. I hate this situation!! It was pretty mad in Manchester yesterday. Am just hoping it will soon just be bad memories..

  10. Its so sad that people could actually do something like this. And even now everyone is blaming each other for what happened. I hope the poepl involed really get what they deserve though, its just disgusting behaviour.
    And I think your right, I can imagine our kids learning about this in their history lessons at some point...
    Hope they didnt affect you too much!

  11. Hey everyone, think things are starting to calm down, the UK isn't really equipped for this kind of madness, so everything seems to be going back to normal, although it is a bit scary, and the media blowing it out of proportion definitely didn't help. X


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