There was a mass shooting in Keyham today, the sort of thing which is very rare in the UK but unfortunately not eradicated. Currently being reported with the horribly clinical phrase, “a number of fatalities.”
Absolutely awful news. :(
Some absolutely obscene, incomprehensible, I-can’t-believe-I’m-hearing-this scenes in London today.
Get your jab. Thank your doctor. Ostracize these people. I don’t really have much else to say, I’m in that state of appalled-ness where your brain just turns off. Also noting that unlike the Sarah Everard protest, seemingly no-one got smacked around by the police here.
I don’t follow the football, but I caved and turned on the TV to see how England v Italy all played out. (Ironically, I swear an Italian football shirt was the only one my English family owned once upon a time.)
If I’m being totally honest, I’m so constantly disgusted by the behavior of England fans that I don’t even care that we lost. I do care that Marcus Rashford will probably be blamed for it since he missed the penalty and that the disgusting tabloids over here are probably writing up gleeful headlines even now. Oh this country loves football! But it hates black footballers.
It’s gonna be absolute shit for emergency workers tonight too isn’t it? Ugh… Sorry, this is so bleak. I’d feel the same sort of bleakness if we’d actually won, mind you. It’s hard to be too enthusiastic when the pre-game “celebrations” involved somone sticking a flare up their arse after all.
The above article is a work of satire, but it got me thinking about the Blitz. I’m lucky enough to have relatives still alive who were in it. Over the years I’ve learned a few stories about what it was like… and it was awful. It was extremely likely that you would wake up one morning and find your neighbours the next street over were all gone, bombed in the night. I believe my grandmother’s place of work at the time (I think it was a shoe shop?) ended up a pile of rubble and there was obviously nothing anyone could do.
One story my grandmother told me which stuck in my mind – she said a girl she knew just got sick and tired of going to the shelter every time there was an air raid alert. This kid just flat-out refused to leave her bed, so her mother dragged her out of there, I imagine with considerable frustration, and forced her into the shelter. When the family got out of it the next morning, the bed that the girl had been adamant to remain in was ripped to shreds by bombs.
……..And now these days I feel like, that story may be a good illustration of why you should keep wearing a mask.
We’re encouraging schools across the UK to celebrate One Britain One Nation Day on 25 June, when children can learn about our shared values of tolerance, kindness, pride and respect.#OBONDAY21 @1Britain1Nation For more information:https://t.co/y7PQblUeDN— Department for Education (@educationgovuk) June 21, 2021The DoE wants kids to learn about shared British values… not only does this sound…Nationalism — Meerkat Musings
Reblogging this partly because it’s important, and partly because yep, my mind too went straight to Team Rocket.
Who I would still vote for over the Tories.
Pinterest UK rather surprisingly posted this today,
and the responses are absolute gold.
It’s good to know the great British public stand so strongly against cancelling things!
Currently protestors in Leicester are occupying a drone factory which is supplying weapons to the Israeli Defense Forces. I don’t know how far the news about this has spread but the protestors are being treated appallingly, being denied food and water and forced to drink the rain off their tents.
There have been some displays of solidarity-
I’m always so proud of my adopted hometown which is why it’s so galling to know an arms factory is here in the first place.
Ch Supt Mark Sutherland says the pair had to be let go to protect safety and public health.Police release men from immigration van blocking Glasgow street — BBC News – Home
You can’t tell from just the headline, but this is a geniunely good story about people coming together and taking a stand.
The UK has one of the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 of any country on earth (7th), as a direct result of Tory incompetence. Billions have been spaffed up the wall on Track and Trace systems that have taken forever to actually work (and Tory cronyism has seen the mates of Tory ministers get…Epic Rant Time — Meerkat Musings
I agree with this rant. What an incredibly disheartening day it’s been. :(