Thursday, July 07, 2005

Things are going poorly in the mother-land...

Wow. Things are looking nasty in Great Britian. I heard about the explosions in the London transit this morning while dropping Ian off at work, and was suprised to find my eyes welling up with tears. When I got home, I went to CBC.ca and read a little more about what happened. I remember taking the underground, the first time I ever got on the train in London was at King's Cross station. They are saying now that they think at least 40 people died. I know that it isn't close to what happened in New York, but still, it's horrifying, and seems much more personal to me. I've been to London, I love it there. I have family there. Right now I'm just praying that Karen or her fiancee weren't taking the tube to work this morning. I'll have to call my dad tonight and find out if he knows anything.

Meanwhile, further north in Scotland, the peaceful protesters at the G8 have started rioting. I'm not really sure how I feel about it. I have never been one to protest in the streets, and the thought of being even on the fringe of a riot scares me so much that I don't want to leave my safe little house. I can see why they are protesting, and I understand that a mob of people will do very different things than each individual would ever do on their own. Still though, I really don't think rioting is going to make the G8 nations any friendlier, or liklier to listen to your opinion, no matter how valid it is.

In other, happier news...the swimming lessons are going well, I guess. I have fun at least. I am fairly certain that there are many many things that Mary would prefer to be doing...but she doesn't cry much. I have to admit, yesterday I dunked her whole head under the water. She didnt mind the dunking, but when she comes out of the water, she sniffs, and ends up inhaling the drops of water on her nose. I think we are going to miss the lesson tommorow though, she's got her vaccine appointment first thing in the morning, so we are likely just going to take it easy for the rest of the day.

3 comments:

Anna said...

It's not the peaceful G8 protestors that are rioting. There was a group in the city called the "World Enjoyment" people. My understanding is they're against people needing to work, or some such nonsense. There's also a group of Anarchist Clowns, but again, I'm not sure of all the details there.

The rioters aren't really about G8, but more about Anarchy, and using the G8 as an excuse. The actual people concerned about G8, poverty, and the state of the world have been very peaceful, while the police have been issuing warnings to all the businesses in the area about the antiwork people.

Jenn said...

Antiwork, eh? Wow, that's really strange, I've never understood anarchy, and the whole antiwork thing just seems like the height of laziness, don't you think?

Anna said...

With what bit I've managed to pick up, the prevailing attitude is it's a bunch of college students with nothing better to do with their time.

And then there's the hardcore anarchy groups from Europe, but I don't know much about that...