Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Songs and films pop into my head in troubled times
It is ok on a film but not so good when it becomes a reality. All this is so shocking. There are so many shocking things in the world and I suppose it is a selfish but understandable thing to be most concerned about the one happening just down the road. I went for a little drive today to look at the local area and all the local parades of shops have their shutters down, and many are closed. I have not been personally threatened or anything but it is all most disturbing. In teaching it is the cooperation of the majority of the children that keeps things running smoothly and in society it is the same, but when large groups suddenly realise that they can get away with things, even if in the short term then it is the way to chaos and disaster.
As well as this scene from The Warriors, these two songs keep popping into my head Panic on the Streets of London by The Smiths and London's Burning by the Clash.
Wish London luck for tonight-they are putting 16,000 police on the streets tonight compared to 6,000 last night so they might have a bit more of a chance. Though with all the police being drafted in from other forces let's hope the places they have come from don't have their own riots.
Rain is forecast for tomorrow so that at least would make fires less possible.
Woolwich last night(contains minor swearing and really scary behaviour and completely outnumbered police officers.)
Wetherspoon's pub in Woolwich burning.
This video is a sweet local reporter type.