Wednesday, 10 August 2011

BRB; Gone out looting.

This past weekend has been totally shocking, and makes me feel very ashamed to be a Londoner. The mindless thuggery throughout the city was utterly disgraceful, completely inexcusable.

Rumour has it, that this all started because some fella got shot and killed by police on Thursday, and it sparked a unstoppable chain of rioting and looting. I'm sorry, but I know this is bullshit, there is noone way all these children cared about the shooting, they just wanted to run a muck in a seemingly lawless city.

The police did not do enough to halt the violence, I feel this is attributed to them being criticized for 'using too much force' against the students earlier on in the year. So what does that mean Mr Chief of Police, do absolutely fuck all? Wise.

From footage on the news, and what I have seen in my own town or Croydon, many places looked like a warzone, or a scene out of I Am Legend, desolate and empty, police everywhere and buildings smashed up or alight! It is completely despicable. There is no justification for idiotic, sporadic outbursts of aggression! I even heard some fools comparing these past couple of days to the Egyptian protests, is that not one of the most silly things you've ever heard? The Egyptians had something to stand for, they were fighting for a better political state and better human rights! Meanwhile in London, we were fighting for Iphones, T.V's and 14year olds who wanting their taxes back! Hmm.

The main problem this weekend, from what I can conclude, is that these children are not scared of authority, they have no respect for the police. Especially when the police have no power in containing these thugs by using more force, slap them about a bit, if they are big enough to give attitude to the riot police, they should be adult enough to take the beating!

Now for the parents! What the fuck are these infant's parents doing?! Do they not care where their child is? "Where have you been Leeroy? They're nice new trainers!" If the child is not old enough to be arrested, then the parents should be instead, or better yet sterilized, or shot.

As I mentioned before, I am simply embarrassed by the completely ridiculous behaviour over the weekend. I have lost my faith in the police, they were useless, and I believe that the reason it didn't kick off yesterday was because the children's Red Bull rush had run out and they needed a little sleepy, it had nothing to do with the more police on the beat.

One thing that brought a massive positive from a negative situation was the people of the boroughs coming together to either chase off the rioters, or clean up the aftermath.

I feel that we have not seen the end of action like this, I just hope the police are a lot more prepared next time. Oh, and I must extend my gratitude to Mr Cameron for cutting his holiday short to come and ride into town on his chocolate unicorn waving his 'lets all be friends' wand and saving the day, thank you Cam, you're a gent.

Stay safe out there.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Croydon your best clothes and join us for a party.

Hailing from Croydon, I feel I should maybe write a little bit about my hometown and maybe, if only slightly, help to eradicate the gloomy reputation it has gained over the years which means we are looked down upon somewhat by 'proper Londoners'.

After having a discussion with The Half and Half Bar on Twitter about some of the social gems that Croydon has to offer, I've decided to compile a post about my favourite parts of Croydon, and also some of the worst.

Croydon is a huge, bustling town situated a mere 9.5 miles from London's Charing Cross, and as mentioned earlier has a rather tainted reputation, especially in the last few years, mainly because children seem to think it's okay to stab each other over a different school or post code. This is a rare occasion here, although it seems gets more attention than some of the other, more inspiring aspects of this town.

Queens Gardens, Croydon

In center of town there are hundreds of shops, which are more than enough to satisfy your wife or girlfriend for a couple of hours, although seating for bored males leaves a lot to be desired. There are also plenty of eateries for your taste buds to enjoy.

When the sun goes down, Croydon comes into a new, more vibrant self, with Bars, Clubs, Restaurants and hoards of people mingling around getting their party on! (This is most nights of the week, in fact). Many people may know about the clubbing and drinking scene here, what with the Reflex, Lloyds, Yates', and always heaving Tiger Tiger, where cheap drinks, polo shirts, and slick gelled hair is a priority, but however, if you are of an age where loud music, drunk 18 year olds, and the occasional fight just aren't your cup of tea then I would suggest moving your focus away from the center, and more towards the southern end of the High Street. Here you will find a completely different atmosphere, a more relaxed, more adult, a seemingly more sophisticated one. This would start with Black Sheep Bar where the hip, trendy-ites of town go to get down, although I feel this bar has lost it's alternative feel of late, what with the influx of the Dubstep and Drum'n'bass culture that is looming over London, if not the country in general. Onward, slightly, we find a lot of Yuppie-esque bars, and cosmopolitan restaurants where, albeit pricey, food and drink is of top quality!

This part of Croydon seems to me as if it is striving to be as cool and trendy as Clapham South, Balham or even Islington, but something just isn't working. Is it a lack of Advertising? Do people simply not know that beneath Croydon's Chavvy exterior there is a mature, more alternative side waiting to burst out? Or are people just put off by this exterior, and then choose to not give it a chance? Luckily enough, we are getting a massive revamp within the next 10 years, that may help bring the kind of people we need to boost the culture just waiting in the wings for it's chance to shine, and I for one, really hope it works! Although for now, the best thing to come out of Croydon is the Croydon Facelift, and that is truly a shame.

I would advise, anyone reading this from London, and surrounding areas to visit Croydon for a night out, but head away from the hustle and bustle and find yourself a hidden wonder that may shock you and change your opinion of my town. I would advise hitting up Half and Half for a few world beers and tasty cocktails and then just explore and see what you find!

No matter what people say about Croydon, I am proud to be from here, and I hope other people will see it for what it is, and not just the man-made media mockery that it has become.