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Resuming normal service

In Dulwich OnView, new content on August 10, 2011 at 8:21 am

There cannot be anyone in London who hasn’t been affected in some way by the recent riots on the streets. The last few days have been exceptional in the history of London – not for generations have so many people joined in such a massive outpouring of frustration and idiocy.

The media has been dominated by bad news this last week. The pictures and footage we’ve seen on our screens have been quite traumatic and have affected us all. But I was in Peckham yesterday and saw something which really lifted me up. Using one of the boards covering a looted shop window some locals invited people to stop by and write a note about why we love peckham.

The range of people stopping by and the comments they wrote were truly heartwarming and I was grateful that the people from Peckham Shed Theatre Company took time out to organise it.

In fact I was so inspired by their actions that I went home and wrote an article for Dulwich OnView. It’s online here: Why We Love Peckham.

It appears now that the wind has been taken out of the looters’ sails and we all hope that this will be the start of the end of the violence across the capital.

It’s been a while since I updated this blog. You’d be forgiven for thinking that I’ve been off enjoying a summer holiday, but actually I’ve just had my head in the sand, working through the summer. But as I love working hard, that’s actually great news. Anyway, things are quietening down a little now, so I too hope to be resuming a normal service as well.

 

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