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I can report that there were no riots in Cambridge or Kings Lynn, the last time I looked.
Everyone on facebook is being a smuggy smugface joining groups like 'not smashing up your own community coz your not a massive BELLEND' here. Riots, eh.
it wasn't meant that way - it was meant in a light-hearted tone rather than anything else...
Though maybe you should be. Take this opportunity to sit around drinking champagne and laughing at those silly Londoners. Do it. Even if you're at work.
But it seems like a perfectly fair thing to be proud of.
Unless you count Prince of Wales Road, in which case you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference.
and it's festival time, so we win.
Was in a charity shop yesterday where this southern cunt sang along with whatever crap they were playing until the middle aged lady behind the counter asked him "so are you a performer then?" to which he gleefully replied "WHY YES, i AM!"
GO BACK DOWN SOUTH BLUDDY TOURITSTSTSTS
No Greggs in Edinburgh were torched and all our Tesco's are safe.
We also have most of the b-list BBC and C4 celebrities up here, so if London does go completely tits abongo, we can continue to ply low grade light entertainment to the rest of the country.
Which would help create jobs and inflate the already inflated housing markets Edinburgh and Glasgow. Thereby aiding the local economies.
Also, there's tourists here all year round.
Romford got smashed up a bit last night.
I think the town's 3 teenagers have managed to restrain themselves.
you should hop on the guided bus (LOCAL HUMOUR) and join us at the next fenino!
I quite like it here, lots of little winding streets and things. Afraid the guided bus joke is completely over my head, I'm sure it was really funny though.
a decade in the making and largely panned as a white elephant.
Is that up and running? If so I'll definitely give it a whirl before I leave. 'Complete with human driver'!!!1
but apart from that Nottingham seems fine
Sounds like a quiet night to me! (uh oh)
It was quiet in Stirling as well, although some kid shouted 'oh my god, you're SO FAST' in a sarcastic voice when I cycled past him on my way home from work.
I was going fast though, so it was confusing.
Several centuries of being dicked on kind of makes people reluctant to start anything. Plus it's a beautiful day.
If the right bits of the city get ruined i probably won't have to go to work on thursday.
Which is second only to burning down St. James Park here.
the good people of newcastle flock to monument to watch toy story 2 on a big screen.
to disperse any yoot who responded to FB and Twitter riot organisation. Shops on Northumberland St were convinced enough of their safety that they closed early. I'm glad we haven't had trouble, but I don't think we're immune from idiots.
But I cycled up Nunsmoor road (to do some cleaning of our old house, not looting, honest!) and there was nothing.
probably because we have Knight Warrior keeping the streets safe.
But they're always hanging around there.
to collect their pensions
There was nearly a flashpoint last night when The Charcoal Pit closed 5 minutes early, and a guy couldn't get his kebab. The police cleared the street though.
I would be devastated if The Charcoal Pit got smashed up, it's an important part of my history.
Khan's on the other hand... knock yourself out.
There were rumours it had all kicked off here on twitter but I follow a local BBC journalist who kept posting, 'just been out for a walk round the centre: still no rioting.' That's my kind of journalism.
Gonna start that shit if it isn't already. Gonna break into the Tennents factory
Then back through to edinburgh to continue the one-man storm. Gonna find the warehouse where they keep all the 18th century period costumes and burn that shit to the ground in the hope that it will stop the myriad productions of some jane austen or another at this god forsaken festival.
i'm going to start up an AM DRAM group hich focusses solely on period pieces, and then set up an open-air theatre in your bedroom.
if it's in his bedroom it won't be open-air.
you should also put in an application for funding to get you started.
and i'm going to smash his roof off first, so it will be open air. Just off to buy some velvet bonnets.
Give me a shout if you're going to torch it between now and 5pm and I'll come round from work and give you a hand.
it'll probably hit here in about 3 years time. Feral yoof running amok, smashing up the seafront ice cream shops, nicking 99 flakes and candy floss whilst wearing 'kiss me quick' hats. It'll be mental.
I work right near Euston Tower and the Currys, Tesco and Sainsburys at the top end of Tottenham Court Road were smashed up a bit. Some late workers said there were gaggles of yoof roaming around outside our office, overheard "smash anything you can". WTF.
The footage on BBC Breakfast this morning of Clapham Junction was priceless. Thieving idiots milling around outside an electrical store, no masks, laughing, holding what looked like iphone/ipod boxes or walking off with widescreen TV's. Not sure what their politics are, just seems to be random thieving and violence to me. The perfect chance to grab a tracksuit or new trainers from JD Sports, film someone torching some poor sods car, stick it on youtube, get your Mum to send you back down there for a size 12 instead.......possibly.
Do the Met not use tear gas here? Serious question. Water cannons? Or is that too heavy handed for the streets of London or wherever?
There was a very knowledgable ex-Police chief on the radio this morning saying using them can often do more harm than good. He said they would have been useful in Tottenham as the groups were concentrated but ineffectual everywhere else last night. There's also the small matter of them all being in N.I.
As for tear gas, you need to kettle people into a road and tear gas them to disperse them away in differing, fractured directions. Otherwise you risk death or escalation.
Most of the police last night were not trained for this sort of shit. Much as it's sad to say it, there's probably more sense in letting them all 'let off steam' for an hour on a parade of a dozen shops and keeping the trouble localised. Stops it spreading and turning into random attacks and burglaries.
News in from the wife in Westcliff-On-Sea. Someone has nicked the wheelbarrow from our front garden (that's true by the way). It's all going off.
it's easier to fix than the rioting (i've fixed it now).
sorry to hear about your wheelbarrow. that's a bit crap.
Cheers. The bag with a broken hedge trimmer in it has also gone. They left the bag of grass cuttings. Bastards.
Click the rebuild button at the bottom and post again and it *should* fix.
In response to your earlier query, there are no water canons in Britain (aside from Northern Ireland) but I think the Home Sec has ruled out using it.
She clevery didn;t answer the questionmon that, or on the army being brought in as support.
unless the clergy are now involved somehow
although our office manager just had an argument with a supplier over payment of an invoice. I'll keep my eye on her and let you know if it all starts to kick off.
just strapping a knife to my shin as a precaution
no rioting as of yet!
I havent been outside for a while though so this may be unreliable
the people here would never riot.
Village Post Office/Shop unaffected as yet
I'll keep you posted
I think we're far enough away from Bristol to put rioters off coming, but if it's sunny enough they might decide to go for a pleasant cycle and smash up our jack wills...
as I did my recycling.
Rumours of some head-shaking and even tutting at a delayed bus last night have since been dismissed as 'misleading' and 'unhelpful'.
Teacup smashing in Betty's confirmed as 'clumsy tourist'.
can't get enough of those Fat Rascals. MMMMMMM---HMMMM!
You kids are late to the party.
Is your currently non-rioting town/city over-run with made up rumours about how it’s all KICKING OFF? Cardiff is*. It’s quite embarrassing.
* Mind you, we did have some MINOR INCIDENTS last night in which bored youths failed to loot a sports shop, then failed to torch some buildings.
the was a bus accident and a fire, none of which were cause by Rioters
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/9187191.East_Sussex_men_arrested_on_suspicion_of_trying_to_arrange_riots_via_Facebook/ not to say they werent trying
about how gangs of blackj youths were marching through greenwich with sticks, smashing it up on their way throough to park/ to Lewisham. Also unhelpful was teh rapid wildfire tweeting taht the National Feront and BNP were marching on Lewisham to take on some vigilante action. It doesn't help communities relatons one bit when this jkind of stuff is being spouted.
for the record, Lewisham took a bit of a hit on Monday. Greenwich shat its pants and shut *everything* down yesterday afternoon, boarded up all properties, and sped off to its weekend house in Herts. With teh exception of a broken window at teh mobile phone shop in Modnay, greenwich was compeltely and utterly untouched from what I can see, although twitter would have you believe all that's left of it is embers.
The nation riots, Brighton has a tea party
I think that's what should of been tweeted all along, I might turn up myself to get cake
(no more so than normal!)
shame, I wanna go loot the CEX in town, they've put up the prices of all their second-hand 360 games by £2 in the last week :(
Our annual riot season starts on Friday I believe, for the 12th of August orangeman parade.
The masses of knuckle-dragging mouth breathers who reside here are most likely drooling in anticipation with all the TV coverage of the English riots.
There's a storm a-coming.
I can't understand how on earth they are permittied to go ahead, when in any other context it would 100% amount to incitement to racial hatred.
However, I can *sort* of understand some of the people in the marching band, wearing the 'sash their father wore' (sic) and playing an instrument that has perhaps been handed down with pride (misplaced pride in *my* view, but in their view, pride nonetheless) through the generations. I can understand their desire to see continuity of their tradition.
What I cannot understand or condone, any more than I can understand or condone the opportunistic hangers at the riots, is the so called 'blue bag' brigade, who follow the band pushing prams which contain infants clad in Rangers strips, swigging special brew out of a blue polly bag from the Offy (the parents, not the infants, although you never know...), shouting obscenities at the people whose streets they march through, throwing their rubbish in their gardens etc. Year after year trouble starts, and I don't understand why (in the absence of a full ban) they don't at least limit the marches to those who are actually taking part in the organised paegantry of it all. It fucking sucks.
As you mention, yes, a lot of the blue-bag brigade from the Loyalist side see it as an opportunity to drink on the street with a few of their mates, sing a few Glasgow Rangers songs, piss in peoples gardens and dress in their best red, white and blue apparel.
The Nationalist side see it as an opportunity to protest. By protest I mean start drinking as soon as the pubs open, form a big group at a pre-arranged location and walk towards where the march is being held. They stand behind police barricades, arguing with cops, shouting abuse at the marchers and sporadically throwing something when they feel the urge.
The sad thing is that most of these people are in their 30s and 40s, from what Ive seen. Once the march is over, and the barricades come down, and the masses of cops try to leave the city centre, that's when the teenage scallys appear and start attacking them, which usually continues through the night. I live in the city centre, so having to plan your day around this rubbish every year is quite annoying. It sometimes passes off peacefully, but that's a rare thing.
Maybe we shouldn't be offering London those Land Rovers just yet.
Chichester, W.Sussex is quiet.
Protected by God.
..though it is fucking roasting.