On the front page of the Daily Telegraph’s website there is a countdown to the London 2012 Olympics. For me it’s a sort of Doomsday Clock, and as yet another digit flips over to a zero, as that row of zeros lengthens from left to right, an event which I still view with a sensation somewhere between vague disbelief and abject terror inches ever closer.
There’s all kinds of reasons why I feel this way. I’ve tried to unravel them all, to gently tease them out from the furious ball of frustration they exist as, all bunched up in my head. They boil down to three things…
Way back, not long after I started this blog, my girlfriend and I ran into this gentleman on the tube. We talked to him about his picture, but it never occurred to me to actually ask his name, and we only travelled with him for a short time. I was quite surprised to see that he’s painting at the London protests today.
It turns out he is Kaya Mar, an artist with quite a collection of work, much of which you can look at on his website here.
Click here to visit Shelter and help them raise awareness of and tackle housing problems and click here to watch Channel 4’s revealing documentary on the increasingly poor state of some of the country’s rental housing (and the legal problems behind trying to rectify this).
- M&F Properties is pleased to offer this well-presented studio flat in the heart of busy Woolwich. The property benefits from central heating, a fitted kitchen and a separate WC and shower. Rather than the WC and shower actually being in the same room that is the rest of the flat. Which costs £500pw. Unfurnished. No pets. No men. No smokers. No SNP or Plaid Cymru. Professional women only. Please note this is a shared property.
- Buttbunt and Partners are excited to offer for rental this double-bedroom in a modern shared house in Crystal Palace, nowhere near anything. The room features a bed and a window for just £675pw and shared use of a corridor and WC. Good access to local shops, facilities and BNP member’s hall, although please note some of these were bombed in the war and haven’t yet been rebuilt.
- Fudgeplug and Co. are somehow delighted to offer this spacious three-bedroomed property at the heart of vibrant Walthamstow with good views of the local industrial estate. The house has excellent transport access, with bus routes, rail and tube lines running adjacent to (and sometimes through) the property. This lively neighbourhood benefits from a busy nightlife and the property enjoys a regular machine-gunning at least once a week. £2,500pw ono.
The great thing about these riots is that absolutely everybody everywhere knows what caused them, how to prevent them and how to fix the problem behind them.
Fantastic. Good to know.
This much is evident in the gush of commentary on the subject which has been endlessly spurted across every blathering broadsheet, blog and blank page from here to the horizon. No page has been left unturned, no column remains empty. The enormous verbal vomit retched up in response to this unprecedented national unrest is so enormous and so authoritative that one can only wonder how these riots were ever even allowed to happen, as so many people have suddenly demonstrated an intimate familiarity with every aspect of their cause, context and consequence.
Since the first riot, the Guardian has had a field day and, indeed, also a field night and a field week. The Guardian is a paragon of comment and has worked its staff night and day to produce and endless stream of consideration and criticism, climaxing in a well-meaning but rather meandering feature by, of all people, Russell Brand. The Telegraph has reacted with sternful scorn and, as it usually does whenever it runs out of words, always has plenty of shiny pictures to show off, though this time most of them aren’t about people’s dresses. The Daily Mail has, of course, reflexively reacted to everything in the manner of a spasmodic sneeze that has left everything within range covered in an unpleasant film of snot.