I've been quiet over the last few days. Plenty happening on the home front, but also I haven't known what the hell to write in the face of the rioting that has swept across much of the UK. Not to acknowledge the nastiness and carry on in my airy-fairy style seems a falsity when much of my time this week has been spent glued to BBC News 24 and Twitter while firing off texts to friends in affected areas checking they are okay. It has been heartbreaking, sickening, gut-wrenching and maddening to watch such vileness unfold, see footage of livelihoods and homes in ruins while various politicians and social commentators drone on in thoroughly uninspiring fashion analysing it all to death. I could ramble at length as to my theories on social deprivation but to be frank even though I'm an understanding, bleeding heart liberal I can't currently wrap my head around it as a justification for any of this. Simply put there is no excuse.
Instead I'd rather focus on the incredible, inspiring actions of the many - and I do mean the many - who are standing firm, carrying on and helping those in need;
Clapham Junction riot cleanup army:
Mexican broom waving:
The now iconic image of a couple serving tea on the back of a riot shield to police: Tea Break
Positive post-it graffiti on boards covering up a Poundland in Peckham trashed by looters (Image via Alokjha)
Manchester riot cleanup
Operation Cup of Tea - click the screen cap to take a peek at their website, click here to visit their Facebook page. Get the kettle on and tweet your own #OperationCupOfTea pictures if you haven't already.
My #OperationCupOfTea snaps from the past couple of days.
Article on the donations of clothes, food, toys, toiletries piling up at Tottenham shelter for those locally who have suddenly found themselves homeless due to the riots: Haringey Independent
Tweet from Nottingham Police thanking everyone for their support, full tweet reads 'Not had chance to reply to you all directly but for those that have brought cakes etc to our stations, you are brilliant. Big boost for our officers and staff, along with the totally overwhelming amount of messages. Thank you so much!'
Louise Smith - the Wolverhampton hair salon owner who stood outside her shopfront to defend it from looters:
One of the most inspiring and commendable statements pleading for peace. Haroon Jahan was one of three men murdered in a hit and run in Birmingham on Tuesday night and today his father gave a statement to the press:
These are just a few of the people (excluding my ugly mug!) who have been showing true British spirit and I have huge respect for them all. Sincerely hoping the worst is over now so that the rebuild and riot cleanup can carry on!
Very much hoping all of you are safe and well!