Monday, August 08, 2011

London's burning

No blog post today as I'm rather distracted by the fact that violence, looting and arson are going on not far from where I live as well as places across London. 

I'm not inclined to get in a car and move out as cars are being hijacked and set on fire.

I live a mile from where the Olympics are due to happen a year from now.

22 comments:

  1. Katherine, please be safe. The world seems to be especially crazy today.

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  2. Because of your non-post, I stopped at CNN. I hope the needless violence stops soon. Stay safe....

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  3. Its very worrying. I hope it calms down soon and you're untouched by it directly.po

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  4. Thanks for all the good wishes

    They're now overturning cars and looting a few streets away

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  5. Very worrying time.Stay safe. Not good for the Olympics next year. Perhaps we wont make that visit later next year.

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  6. Oh No!! Please be very careful, this is very scary, get together those irreplaceable items just in case you have to leave.

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  7. wow! I am staggered at the awful news. Stay safe!! To think it was only last week I was in London!

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  8. hoping like mad that all will be well with you - fingers tightly crossed

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  9. So sorry this is happening so close to you, hope you and your friends will be safe. Watching it on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14449675 right now.
    Take care Katherine.

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  10. Good Lord, Katherine. Please take care! I lived near the rioting in Kansas City back in the early 70s and remember well how terrifying it is.

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  11. Stay safe Katherine - my thoughts are with you, hope it's under control very soon.

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  12. Thanks for all the comments

    Prime Minister has announced that there will be 16,000 police on the streets of London tonight - probably in recognition that the Met Police lost control of the capital last night

    I'd just like to see some near where I live!

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  13. Stay safe, Katherine. Incredible events there.

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  14. I cannot believe what I am seeing.... Stay safe, Katherine!

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  15. I did in fact start seeing police on the streets near where I live - which was very reassuring!

    Plus London shut down early on Tuesday as everybody scurried to get home and get indoors. The combination of police and local communities who came out to patrol their own streets appears to have had the right effect here in London.

    Just got to get back to a normal sleep pattern now!

    Just a pity that the IOC delegation turned up to do some Olympic testing! http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/davehillblog/2011/aug/09/london-riots-2012-olympic-safety-fears

    I think the Met Police might be about to review their intelligence led approach and invest in a few blackberries!

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  16. I am so sorry to hear about this awful violence near your home! Stay safe.

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  17. A further fall of an 'Empire'. The disenfranchised yoof have energy, anger and no single purpose (ok, no more summarizing why's). It seemed like a time bomb had struck.

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  18. A further fall of an 'Empire'. The disenfranchised yoof have energy, anger and no single purpose (ok, no more summarizing why's). It seemed like a time bomb had struck.

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