A moment’s silence

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Albertine at dusk, 4 June

I wrote yesterday’s post before I had seen the news of the London Bridge attack.

I don’t know why it makes a difference that I know that bit of London very well – it’s near The Globe, where I’ve been a lot, I love Borough Market despite its outrageously high prices: I go there to buy Mrs King’s Pork Pie for Brian Nellist whenever I can, and I’ve often got off the tube at London Bridge when visiting the offices of the Guys and St Thomas Charity Trust.

In Bethnall Green, on Saturday as I left the Ashoka offices and walked to Liverpool Street  Station,  it was sunny, the parks were full of  people: toddlers, weight-lifting men, collapsed-on-the-grass-drunk men, women in shorts, in headscarves, in burkas, in bikinis, babies carefully placed in the shade, old people on benches, young men playing football, families having picnics, girls dancing. There was a joyful, sunny, civil mood: walking up Brick Lane I stopped for street food, the pavements thick with visitors from everywhere. East London on holiday and all the world there.

This is not a place to think about the human problem unfolding before our eyes. Only to be sorry.

Short post today  as out early to catch a train to Sheffield top meet Reader colleagues who work in prisons and other justice settings.



3 thoughts on “A moment’s silence

  1. peter flowerdew June 5, 2017 / 9:27 am

    Thank you for your consideration towards Brian. Moments like you have endured only serve to remember the value of the important people in our lives.

  2. Gerard Morgan June 5, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Hi Jane, I know you don’t do religion, but some simple words from Mother Theresa that are worth sharing.

    Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), founder of the Missionary Sisters of Charity
    A Simple Path, p. 171

    “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace.”

    Works of love are always works of peace. Whenever you share love with others, you’ll notice the peace that comes to you and to them. When there is peace, there is God – that is how God touches our lives and shows His love for us by pouring peace and joy into our hearts.

    Lead me from death to life,
    From falsehood to truth.
    Lead me from despair to hope,
    From fear to truth.
    Lead me from hate to love,
    From war to peace.
    Let peace fill our hearts,
    Our world our universe
    Peace peace peace.

  3. loubyjo June 5, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    That is lovely Gerard , Dont think you have to be religious to like that kind of thing GEORGE Herbert ( think that is his name JANE loves his poetry but as claims not religious !!! went to see romeo and juliet which turned out that julius was Juliet took me awhile to grasp that but went wow but again that dreaded marmite love it hate it or in the middle !!! AS SOME people hated it I was wow because a different take on something so old !!!

    I was talking to my friend generally coming home and a man was shouting about GOD ALL OVER the place she was extremely bothered by it wereas i said be like me in the middle so if turns out be true cool and if not lost nought my dad never puts an each way bet on a horse i do a mixture and i tend to come out on top !!!!!

    I am always amused with comments like I found GOD AS IF HE HAS BEEN playing hide and seek i just like to do my own thing and play own games !!!

    It would be nice if the world was more accepting to people as a whole remember somebody being upset with me at church for getting a novel out an reading that , the reason being wanted to know what happened last bit of chapter of book and i know the bible ( NOT ACCEPTING A T ALL }

    ahhhh got me on religious thoughts !!!!! my dad said the other day to me ” never say anything on religion politics or footie umm but they are my 3 fave things !!! be your own person as ONLY ONE of u someone important said !!! SIGH

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