Thursday, 11 August 2011

Spirit Of The Blitz

We arrived back home today.  Our neighbourhood made the national and international news earlier this week for all the wrong reasons.  Our leafy suburb was visited invaded by mindless thugs and rent-a-mob.

 (images found on flickr)
This afternoon, I nipped up to the shopping centre for a few essentials ...  food, as the fridge was bare after more than 2 weeks away.
And I found this.
And I felt so proud.  Just like Londoners did in the Blitz, we've picked ourselves up and carried on.  A metaphorical two fingers up to those who committed these hideous acts of violence.
Do your worst.
The wonderful, multi-cultural, beautiful city that is London is still here. 
We are still here.
We are Londoners.

16 comments:

Sandra said...

It breaks my heart to see the distinctiveness, but to see communities pull together, really does show there is so much more good out there than bad. I hope it didn't get to close to your home.

Jimjams said...

Heartbreaking images of destruction - I'll bet NE Scotland has never looked more enticing! Great to see that the community spirit is strong - and what stiff upper lips there are!

RobinfromCA said...

It's so senseless. When did rioting and thuggery become the standard way for groups of people to react when they are displeased? It's a worldwide sickness. The renewal of "Keep Calm and Carry On" is very appropriate!

Robin

debs14 said...

it's so scary how it does not take much to tip the balance and for wrongdoers to take over. It must be heartbreaking to see the place in which you live destroyed like this, but so reassuring that the shopkeepers are not giving into them. Keep safe x

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oh my goodness, Ruth. I have been thinking about you and hoping you were ok. It must be heartbreaking to see things in shambles this way. It's so very sad! Glad to know you are ok. Love to you and yours! ♥

Carrie Rosalind said...

I've been keeping an eye on the news to hear of updates - I sure hope the riots stop soon!

So glad to see that you are okay and that businesses are still carrying on as usual! Thinking about you and keeping England in my prayers!

Karen said...

It just goes to show that the mindless yobs cannot win.

Amy said...

We are watching and listening with absolute astonishment - keep safe Ruth.

Beverly said...

Glad that things seem to be settling down a bit, some things are just beyond understanding :(

Riet said...

WE have been following the news all the time and watching what happened to London and all those other cities.It is so unbelievable and heartbreaking..
You Londoners can sure be proud of yourselves that you picked up and went on. Wonderful.
Riet

Ladkyis said...

some of these "thugs" were 11 and 12 years old and there is nothing more dangerous than a child copying what they have seen. They have no concept of danger and death hasn't touched them yet, it is all a comic book to them. The fact that they are out at all speaks volumes for the parents....and breathe........and breathe.
I am so glad you are safe I confess to worrying.

Alison said...

Glad to hear you are home safely, Ruth. It is unbelievable what has happened these last few days, but I'm glad to see your neighbourhood(along with many others) are joining together and 'getting on' with life...stay safe!
Alison xx

alexa said...

So sorry it came so close ... and loving your photos of determination and camaraderie. Great qualities in a nation.

Sian said...

It's just so sad. That's all I can say. Apart, of course, from joining the others in pleasure at your safety!

Photographing Mom said...

Glad you are safe and I can see why you are proud!! Hope things continue to settle down.

Sandie said...

It certainly has been appalling, Ruth. But the community spirit has shone through. I've been reading all the positive things that have come out of it and it feels like hope and pride are being restored.