It has been a week of changes, which is one of the reasons for my silence on the blog. The big change came on Monday, when we finally completed the sale of the flat I’ve lived in for the last decade and a half. For a short while, I am no longer a property owner. Instead, I’m a happily renting with my wife in a town on the south coast, and positively relishing not having a home in London for the first time since, as far as I can recall, 1990. After two decades I am officially no longer a Londoner. And yet, I’m not tired of life. 😉
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The London riots sent traffic through the roof, with 35,000 visitors on the Monday, when riots in Lewisham took place and 45,000 visitors on the Tuesday, when Brockley Kate provided coverage of the aftermath and we provided a live report, during which mostly nothing happened. On a good day, the site normally gets 2,000 visitors.
A burned-out car not far from my Lewisham flat, from a photo set by Tom Royal.
A rough night in London, as looters smashed up and burnt high streets all over the capital.
Morning has dawned, with the #riotcleanup hashtag, promoted early on by Dan Thompson, helping people co-ordinate themselves to clean up the damage of the night before. Proof, if you want it, that social media is inherently neutral, and that people can use it for good or ill.
- Brixton yesterday morning, before the next wave of riots.
- Riot damage in Deptford
- The night the looters stole from us all
- Matthew Taylor explores the Prime Minister’s challenge
- Good to see student journalists doing live coverage of the riots
- Bad to see journalists being attacked
- Brockley Central has a time-line of attacks in the south east of London
- Google map of rioting locations
- The story of what’s rapidly becoming the defining image of last night
Clapham looks shut this morning:
More as I find them.
- Guardian news meeting, with a map of London
- Brockley Central lists damaged shops in south east London
People waiting to join #riotcleanup in Clapham, via Simon Parsons
- A first person account of a restaurant being attacked last night
- Facebook page in support of the Police
- Remember you’re a #riotwomble
- The Times is reporting that London’s cells are full [£]
- At times like this no news can be news.
- A tumblr for photos of looters
The Great Harry pub in Woolwich (via @darryl1974)
Feels like a miracle that no-one’s been killed in the riots yet, especially when you see this:
There’s been a definite shift away from recording the damage and arranging positive action, into blame-storming and political posturing, which I’m less interested in chronicling.
Here’s a last link for now, channeling the positive vibe of this morning.