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I don’t usually write down beat posts, preferring to write my blog as I like to live, by building a protective shield of happiness, simple joys and beauty all around my family, my friends and myself. A way of keeping the often harsh reality of living in this dark and unkind world of ours at bay. But watching the news and reading the updates about this country of ours that is descending into a terrifying chaos at night, I just want to say my thoughts are with all those affected. Feeling saddened, helpless and afraid, even though I am miles away from any serious upset it still feels too close. I am hoping for everyone’s sake that tonight will be different.

  • kelly
    August 9, 2011

    i couldn’t agree more. i don’t remember feeling this shocked in a long time. like you i am now out of the city but i have friends there still. let’s hope the good people can rise above all this. and that those in the thick of it stay safe. x

  • Jane Flanagan
    August 9, 2011

    Sending a big hug your way and lots of hope for a better morning.

  • Jeska
    August 9, 2011

    People have lost their homes and livelihoods all at once, but they are still rallying together to patch up their neighbourhoods and the rest of the city-Amazing spirit. Wish I was closer to help.

  • Rebecca
    August 9, 2011

    I’ve been watching the news with sadness and horror, too, my heart going out to family and friends in London. Take care x

  • Herma
    August 9, 2011

    I read your blog and i was looking on our Dutch website and i understand your saddness.. It is very grief what happens in your country..
    I wish you all the strenght with all that happened!
    Ps:i follow your blog and i like it!!!

  • Emma
    August 9, 2011

    Likewise, very sad. Glad to be out of the major cities, but hoping against hope that things quite down for my friends and family there.

  • Kat
    August 9, 2011

    I think we need to take heart from how dignified the Norwegian people were in the aftermath of the Utoyea tragedy. I was awed by their ability to stay strong in their heart and to use Love for one another to get them through – rather than an outpouring of hatred – hatred being the very thing that caused the killing in the first place.

    They vowed to not let mindless acts threaten what their country stood for. I respected deeply there choice to turn to Love and togetherness and all that their country is about.

    Here in England,we have a wonderful country with so much to be proud and thankful for. It is shocking when things such as this go on. But if possible I think we should try not to let the senseless acts of the minority ruin our feelings of what Britian is all about.
    Kat x

  • Sherri B.
    August 9, 2011

    I am so sorry for your country. We are watching with such saddness for you as we watch our country, the USA, on fire and being destroyed in another way…We must not let the evil ones destroy us…be strong!!

  • YYZ
    August 9, 2011

    It is with horror and sadness that I watch from over in Canada– I feel like England is my spiritual home, as that is where my family came from originally and it has captured my soul with its beauty. I worry for my friends there and for everyone who is caught up in this scary situation. I send my love and wishes that cooler heads will prevail before anyone else gets hurt.

  • Laura@paperthreadjournal
    August 9, 2011

    It’s true, it is very strange and upsetting to see this happen. On the postive side though if you tweet, follow Dan Thompson @artistsmakers who has been spearheading the clean up volunteers today. This is the true British spirit and lead by the creative community!

  • Pamela
    August 9, 2011

    I share your feelings of shock and dismay. Listening to the radio last night guaranteed me hours of sleeplessness. Creating a wall of beauty is completely understandable. With maybe a few cracks to let a bit of it out into the world.
    Take care!

  • Julia @ The Spotted Sparrow
    August 9, 2011

    It’s very shocking, saddening and frustrating. We are feeling the effects all the way up here in Newcastle. I hope this picture cheers you up as much as it did me. :)

  • Jeska
    August 9, 2011

    Yes, great picture Julia, a friend posted it on FB, thanks for sharing it with us here x