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We’ve all seen it. Pictures of London being ripped apart by gangs of so called rioters are being beamed all across the world. It even made the front page of The New York Times yesterday. With the Olympics less than a year away, this is highly embarrassing.

Although many people don’t really care about what the world think. For people in London, this is too close to home to even think about international reactions. People’s homes and livelihoods have been lost and many things are irreplaceable.

Last night, a video was shown of a woman in hackney standing up to the youths. She was amazing. Not only because she was standing up to them but because she was the only person yesterday who seemed to really hit the nail on the head.

What are all of these people fighting and causing destruction for? A young man has died, a father of children, a family man. Would he really have wanted his life to end with all of this? People took advantage of people’s upset and turned it into reasonless fighting, hurting even more people.

As the woman in the video says, they don’t have a reason. Maybe people would be able to understand it more. People in Egypt have been fighting for democracy and what are we doing in the UK? Rioting so someone can get some nice new air maxes and then be able to make some money from the Tesco value basmati rice that they also stole?

It’s pathetic. In the current economic crisis that we’re in, people are struggling enough without their businesses being targeted. It’s saddening when you hear tales of businesses that have gone through 5 generations of the family, destroyed by mindless, violence hungry people within minutes. Some people might have saved for years so that they can start their own business and then suddenly it’s gone. Then what about the people who live above the shops? Children’s toys gone, family photos that will never be replaced.

There were also reports of masked people going into a Michelin star restaurant in Notting Hill and making shocked and distressed diners give them their jewellery. It is shocking that a country like the UK is behaving like this. This is something you would expect from a third world country. It is dreadful.

I feel sorry for the emergency services who have to deal with this unnecessary trouble, fixing things that shouldn’t need to be fixed. They are ordinary people trying to do a job that isn’t being made easy by this. They should be helping people who really need help. The police horses that have to deal with rioters throwing stuff at them, and the dogs that have to keep working even as fires blare in the background.

As people are still panicking in London and the violence spreads to Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol, the question still remains, where was our prime minister when we needed him? Why didn’t nick Clegg step up to his deputy role? Rumours are beginning to suggest that the government were warned about dissatisfaction amongst certain communities so why was nothing addressed before it got so serious?

If there is one good thing out of this, it’s the fact that people used twitter to rally together and clean the streets. Not only that but they clapped the police as they drove past. It suddenly reminds you that the people doing the damage to London are a minority while the rest of us are incredibly devastated that this beautiful city is being damaged and victimised.

Tonight, 16000 police officers have been drafted in to help keep London to some kind of normality. I question whether this will truly work, but all I know is that this needs to stop. Innocent people are being harmed and the emergency services are being stretched all for vandalism and damage without a cause.

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So I have spent the past two weeks following one of my favourite bands We Are Scientists. Some people tell me they’re just another generic Indie band but honestly, there’s something more to them than meets the eye. They seem to have something that hooks you and I can’t explain it. I guess part of it is their infectious guitar riffs and the other part is their delightful charm.

I started the tour off in Paris, France in a tiny little venue called Fleshe d’or. We took about an hour to find it and actually realised that we walked past it twice and even stopped outside to look at the map. Danny informed us later that he did exactly the same thing when he was looking for the venue.

The gig was good and involved many things a european gig without a barrier does. Keith’s leap into the crowd for Textbook, stage invasions and the usual almost hitting my head with the guitar. The band left quickly but we managed to talk to Danny after who was lovely as always.

Next up it was Birmingham Academy which was a good show. The guys were really into it and there was more textbook action which saw Keith being pulled into the crowd, him sitting on my shoulders and him hitting my mum in the head with his brand new pointy shoes.

They played a DJ set after the show which I have to admit wasn’t looking forward to or expecting anything as I imagined them to be behind a glass case. At half midnight, they step onstage and oh my, it was incredible. I have never heard a band play so much crap ( apart from Editors Papillion!). Chris came over and said hello and I got the biggest hug – I had to let go because he wouldn’t! Then Keith came over, got mobbed, I got fed up and went and danced with him to What is Love. And yes that is the youtube video. Apparently they’ve seen it. Danny thinks it’s hillarious and Keith only watched half, probably because he was so wasted that he doesn’t want to see the rest of the damage he caused. We then danced to I’m Too Sexy which was incredibly hilarious. We decided to leave them to it as one crazy girl was still trying to mob him and she was making me angry! Apparently after we left, Keith fell on his ass at Danny’s feet and had to be picked up which would have been so funny to watch!

Wednesday was Bristol which was a home gig for me. It took a while for the venue to fill up but when it did, the crowd was rough and there were loads of crowd surfers. Just as Keith and Chris like it apparently. They had pretty much the same setlist apart from Central AC which was good to hear but I was holding out for You Should Learn! Still waiting! Apparently now I find out that they played it in Portsmouth! What a joke! We went and spoke to the band afterwards for a little while before they rushed off to do a DJ set at Propaganda. Keith and Chris left in a hurry and with Danny so we ended up walking him to the club in which we were dancing in the middle of the road pretending to be Cockney geezers. Danny does a mean cockney accent i’ll have you know!

We had a day off before joining the tour again in Norwich at the UEA which was one of the most difficult places to find. Insane. After about half an hour searching through the middle of nowhere, we find it and see that there’s a big queue. No worries. I think it was time for a day off from barrier duties especially as our partners in crime Jo and Tracey weren’t there either. We had a good view on the side which meant we got to see how rough a WAS crowd usually is. There were shoes going around the audience, one of which Keith chucked back and continued to play Nobody Move. It was pretty funny. There wasn’t as much banter as usual but Keith was sick with a bit of a cold and sore throat so that was probably why.

They rushed off after the show to do a DJ set in the centre of town which turned out to be in the tiniest bar I have ever seen. The guys were at a tiny table with people crowding around. They were lovely as always with Keith and Chris giving me the biggest grin as he saw me walk up to them. That’s the thing with these guys, they are so nice, you want to see them every day! I have no idea what it’s going to be like after the tour is over! I’m going to miss them so much!

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