I was stupidly thinking about what I was going to write about today. I was also oblivious to what was happening in the capital. After watching University Challenge (yes, I’m a geek and quite possibly a nerd!) we turned the telly to the news. There was destruction everywhere in London, in several locations, and quite possibly, simultaneously. A large group of thugs thought it would be a good idea to trash business establishments and private homes. Store front windows are smashed into nonexistence and the businesses are looted for what they’re worth.
It was horrific because in my head I was thinking, this hasn’t happened to the Philippines. In my head I was thinking that the British were, in my mind, such a genteel society, that surely this was not happening. It was very surreal and I couldn’t really believe what was unfolding right in front of me (on the telly, of course).
And in 30 minutes, this family-owned business that was started in the 1860s was burned down.
I have no words to describe the shock and horror that I feel. I am relieved not to be there, but at the same time, I feel for the people who do.
Please pray for peace in London
Croydon Riots – bbc.co.uk