Tuesday, 9 August 2011

On this gloriously sunny afternoon, local shopkeepers are boarding up their windows; all is peaceful except for intermittent sirens.
I wish I'd thought to ask for a phone number from the lovely couple who gave me a lift home in their cab last night at midnight as we attempted to skirt around the riot.
I know I thanked them. But I was shocked to the core to find riot police gathering at the end of my quiet, leafy street.
I hope they - and the cheerful black-cab driver - got home safely.
And I wish that the BBC would stop talking about protestors.
Because nobody was protesting.
They were looting.

16 comments:

kristina said...

You're so right. It has nothing to do with protesting. So glad you're safe. It all seemed so remote when it started, but not anymore.

K x

mary said...

I was berating myself for coming home on my own so late at night, Kristina, until I realised that if I'd caught an earlier train, I'd more than likely have been right in the middle as it all started.
So I'm staying at home tonight!

Toffeeapple said...

Heartfelt thoughts that you are safe Mary. May it stay that way. I haven't listened to the news all day, I can't bear conflict.

mary said...

I've been hooked to news all day, Toffeeapple; I'm sure it's bad for you.

Sue said...

I've been thinking about you London bloggers all day, mind you it's spread to Brum where my parents are. I don't hear 'protesters' much now though. I think everyone is in agreement that they are criminals plain and simple.

mary said...

I hope your parents are okay, Sue. Everything here is closed and boarded up.

Darlene said...

Thank goodness you got home safely, Mary! I'm going to focus on the good and say how much I appreciate people going out of their way to help others rather than look the other way.

mary said...

I was so glad to have met such lovely people, Darlene, as it would have been unnerving alone.
And don't let it put you off your planned trip ... we are all so shocked because London genuinely is a very safe city. And people out on the streets at midnight are usually perfectly ordinary types like me on their way home!

bookssnob said...

Mary I am so glad you are safe...I thought of you when I saw Ealing Broadway on the news. My best friend lives on Mare Street and she said she was terrified to go outside - I can't believe it. I haven't been able to think of anything else all day. I am hoping tonight will be the end of it, for everyone's sake.

mary said...

Hi Rachel, and you were talking about Harlem! Fortunately, train I was on didn't stop and we were carried on to Paddington - otherwise I'd have walked straight into the worst of it. Rain forecast tonight which will probably drive the hard men off the streets!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Last night we were coming home from the Barbican , having seen Super 8 , and Stoke Newington was surreally like the little town in the film . Pubs and cafes all shut at 9 !
No , it's not protesting . It's theft and I hope no one's hurt .

lifeonthecutoff said...

Please know that prayers and thoughts are coming across the Atlantic for all of you in London and beyond that are being affected by this. Here's praying for peace tonight.

mary said...

What a week you chose for your visit, Sonata.
And thank you, lifeonthecutoff, for your good wishes. Last night was peaceful here, but unfortunately not for others.

Mystica said...

Hope all of you Britishers and your families are ok. I find it very difficult to believe in the extent of looting.

Mac n' Janet said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to you, what's happening is horrible, and they are looters. i feel sorry for the police, damned if they do too little, and dragged into court if they do too much. And the press and tv just sit and pontificate, they make me sick.

mary said...

Thanks for your good wishes, Mystica and Janet. I have huge admiration for everybody who is getting on with business as normal today.