Limehouse, England, 1932
Limehouse, England, 1932
— Simon King (@SimonOKing) October 17, 2017
The sky in #London has turned into a CRAZY(!) reddish brown colour. It feels incredibly weird…and getting more weird by the minute. So many people are looking at the sky and taking photos. #Ophelia #SaharanDust #FireParticles #RedSun pic.twitter.com/nMQ2e7MdTb
— Tomasz Schafernaker (@Schafernaker) October 16, 2017
— Jonathan Bunn (@JonJBunn) October 16, 2017
— Timothy Powell (@TCP1980) October 16, 2017
— ⛧Loup de Bretagne⛧ (@_ianis_) October 16, 2017
— Lauren Scib (@lscib) October 16, 2017
— Mat Buxey (@MathewBuxey) October 16, 2017
This is London.
Things American legislators are divided about: whether or not the Klan is bad.
Things British legislators are divided about: whether or not turning off a large clock to avoid deafening the workmen is a good thing.
So Big Ben is going to have its bongs turned off today, and a bunch of MPs are going to stand outside the Palace of Westminster with their heads bowed as a mark of respect.
Because apparently an inanimate object is worth their time, whereas the people involved in, for instance, the Grenfell fire aren’t. Given everything else that’s happening in the world at the moment, is a debate about a big clock really what we need?
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, hosts the LGBT Pride 2017 reception for staff and guests at City Hall, and …presumably declares himself a masc. Wouldn’t have thought it.
A beautiful sight over London Pride
This morning we woke up to the fifth terrorist attack in the space of a year: a man drove a van into a mosque at Finsbury Park (North London), killing one and injuring a further nine, most of whom were on their way home after Iftar.
It’s easy to feel as if the United Kingdom is becoming unrelentingly worse, particularly when the fire at Grenfell Tower is added to the mix. After Jo Cox’s murder, the Westminster attack, the Manchester bomb, the London Bridge attack, and now this.
But we also remember the immense compassion that has come out of this past year, too. The Jo Cox Foundation’s Great Get Together, Ariana Grande returning to Manchester just days after to raise money for the victims of the attack, Andy Burnham’s leadership just days after taking office, Sadiq Khan’s dignity under fire from Donald Trump, and of course the small boy who gave the pocket money he had saved to the Grenfell fire relief effort.
It’s been a year of considerable darkness but one in which light has shone through, too. And we have to remember this.
Whoever or whatever you are you will never beat London so fuck off and stop trying