To everyone who has written, emailed, facebooked and commented – thanks very much for your concern, love and care. We are safe, the riots did not reach us and we only experienced a few incidents of isolated violence and looting which were quickly contained. The situation at the moment is mostly stable although there have been some further incidents of trains being stoned and cars set alight.
The police have arrested a phenomenal amount of people linked to the riots and the courts are sitting all night just to process the cases.
Communities across the UK have come together to clean up and support those who have lost their loved ones and their homes and livelihoods.
We have been incredibly lucky that no more than 5 lives were lost and my thoughts are with those who are dealing with all of those losses and trying to find a way back to normality. I have been deeply touched by so many offers of support and felt quite bizarrely embarrassed because we have not needed it (how weird is that?!).
I have also been deeply amused by this cartoon http://mg.co.za/zapiro/fullcartoon/3526/.
This man, who lost his son, murdered with two other young men by two others in a car, whilst trying to protect people and businesses in Birmingham, is a hero – he could have been angry or bitter, he could have been any number of things but instead, by his comments and his actions, showed us all a way forward. His behaviour, at a time when anyone could be forgiven for turning to anger, was remarkable and truly underlined for me the loss of these young men, to both their community and to the UK as a whole – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAXv5CRocvg.
And finally, here are some photos taken by a friend of mine, the day after, in our home town.
Thanks all of you lovely people – this was a truly scary time and your support and care means a great deal to me.