As we try to make sense of the violence and looting that spread accross the UK last week, we wanted to feature here some of the blogs written by you. If you have a post about the riots, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll link to it.
ghostwritermummy: "What kind of world?" Around 10 or so years ago, my husband and I sat in our first little home (sans kids) and watched live coverage as the war in Iraq began. I remember thinking to myself how scared all of the children living there must have been, after listening to a report in which a journalist told the UK about what happens at nghtfall. The bombs start to drop. Children are woken in their beds and screaming in terror as booms and bangs explode into the sky. For an innocent child, there is no reasonable explanation.
mummy vs work: Parental responsibility?
Watching the events unfold last night i was shocked by what i was seeing happening only 40 or so miles from where i live. I could never imagine that would happen in our country in this day and age, yet here it was unfolding live on tv.
From what started out as a peaceful protest has turned pretty much into a war zone, but do you know the thing that shocked me most?
u-ni-k blog: RIOTWOMBLES and other roles models for my Daughter
For those of you new to me, I used to live in Clapham. In fact spent most of my 20s rushing in and around London living the high DINKy (Double Income No Kids) life with my gorgeous boyfriend (who is now gorgeous Daddy DayCare). It was the summer of 2005 that drove us out to the 'burbs, I finally snapped after sharing a blade of grass with 3 other families and a man with a dog on a sting during one particular bright sunny day.
janiscurry: Why are London’s youth terrorising communities without remorse?
Update: To be clear, I have no connection with any gangs whatsoever. The following is my personal take on the London Riots, informed by conversations I have had in the past about crowd mentality and gang behaviour, with people who had first hand experience.
When I was 19 I met a boy. Handsome, clever, with jet-black hair and olive skin, a pensive 16 year old boy called Chris. I remember being fascinated by his eyes: at a glance, a warm deep brown. But as we talked, all I could see was a hollowness, pain, loneliness, anger, desperation.
When I asked him where he was from, he told me the name of his gang.
Ms Green: Day 12 of happiness month - True British Spirit
For the past few days we’ve had rioting and looting in London and other cities across the UK.
Yesterday the trouble arrived in my nearest city; just 10 miles away. Whilst not the same scale as elsewhere in the country, it was undoubtedly very disturbing for local people.
Riot police, police dogs and police helicopters were patrolling the city and eight fire units were sent to put out fires at a disused college, various stores and cars. A total of nine men, aged between 16 and 40, were arrested.
If you read national newspapers or watch the TV news, the media are having a field day. There’s no news like bad news to increase sales, fear and hysteria.
But in amongst all the mindless looting and violence there are beacons of light, love and hope as the true British Spirit shines through.
workingverlinmum: The London Riots - My 10 Pence Worth!
Following my last post about 'The 10 year old Supermodel and the Sexualisation of Girls', I have been going back and forth in my mind whether or not to write a blog post about what is going on in my home country (Britain) at the moment. I am used to writing posts that discuss problems with co-parenting, living as a single parent, dealing with tantrums etc etc but I tend to stay away in the main from political subjects and now I have written about the exploitation of young girls followed by considering writing a post about the social, economic and policitical condition of my country. Those 3 factors are of course all closely linked. So here goes. My 10 pence worth so to speak...
regards rainbow Twitter does it have a social responsibility?
Currently, I sit miles from anywhere on our boat….it’s lovely, a nice sunny day but….
We’re listening to the radio … the news…the news that unfolds around us…
Hubby used to be in the police, not when I knew him, before we met – so thankfully I will never know the fear of waving him off on shift not knowing if he will return injured or return at all. I cannot help but put myself into the shoes of those partners who do this on a regular basis, and wonder how they feel.
lovenikkih And we are a civilized country!
I truly cant believe some of the scenes i have seen on tv over the last few days. We are apparantly a civilized counrty and yet our major cities have nothing more than disgusting hooligans running the streets, burning down peoples livlihoods their homes, and for what?
aspie in the family The aftermath of the riots – is it time to think about how we live?
Like many people across the country, I watched many ugly scenes unfolding on my television screen as scores of people vandalised properties, looted shops, burned down cars and tormented the police. And as I watched young people running off with stolen goods, I couldn’t help but ask why these young people felt it was OK to behave in such an uncivilised manner, a question that took on a particular poignancy as these people are not much older than my own children.
Pond Parleys The London Riots: Is Revenge a Good Idea?
Oddly enough, I am taking the liberal view precisely because I am not a liberal.
Simply put: turfing these people out and taking away their benefits sounds satisfying, but it is revenge pure and simple. And revenge is never a good idea.
Mama and more London Riots - and more parental challenges
Watching the riots this week from the safety of an office computer or a sofa at home, there must have been thousands upon thousands of parents who watched increduously as the hordes rampaged through the streets with little regard for others, the livelihoods of the people whose stores they were destroying, whose homes they were risking - how many people lived above these shops? - or society in general. But with least regard for themselves, for their parents, and for the police who they just saw fit to taunt.
Norhternmum I don't write politics
I don’t write politics.
I write parenting.
I write because I enjoy it, I write because I like being read, I write to leave something for my children one day to read.
I write stories of my day, memories to preserve and I try and entertain the reader with stories of my parenting skills gone astray.
Today I don’t know what to write. The society I am in today is not one I want my children to know about.
Who is to blame for what happened last week? Has society failed the young people that went to the streets last week? How can we make sure this never happens again? We'd love to hear what everyone thinks.