Happy New Year Everyone | London welcomes 2013
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The Elephant House is the birthplace of Harry Potter.
The third picture is the view (overlooking Edinburgh Castle) from the window by which J.K. Rowling used to sit when she was writing Philosopher’s Stone.
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Fun Fact: J.K. Rowling used to sit by the window above the ‘NIT’ when she was writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
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It’s cute how muggles are all over this “entrance” at King’s Cross:
When the actual entrance is over here:
- 4 August - Mark Duggan, 29, is shot dead by police at Ferry Lane, Tottenham. (profile)
- 6 August - Duggan’s family formaly identify his body. Around 300 people gather outside Tottenham police station wanting “justice”. Bottles are being thrown and it begins.
(it’s unclear who started. There are various reports online that give the blame to either the police or the protesters)
Pictures: Tottenham before & after
Article: Tottenham Riots - a peaceful protest, then suddenly all hell broke loose
- 7 August - Investigation starts after all the fires are under control. 26 police officers where injured, 55 arrests where made. Local MP David Lammy tells that community has “had the heart ripped out of it”. Later that day reports come of of windows being smashed and looting has started in various areas of London (Brixton, and more)
Pictures: Further outbreaks of violence and looting in London
Article: Second night of violence in London - and this time it was organised
- 8 August - Various police officers are injured. Scotland Yard talks about “copycat criminal activity across London in small and mobile groups.” Police talks about gangs of youth. Current reports in twitter talk of more riots in London, also possible in Birmingham (x) & Leeds.
Interesting reads (all from The Guardian):
- Brixton: could it happen again? 30 years after the riots
- Looting ‘fuelled by social exclusion’
- There is a context to London’s riots that can’t be ignored
Keep up to date:
Also (unconfirmed), apparently during the two days of riots in London, more has been destroyed than during the demonstrations in Egypt & Tunisia.
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What’s Happening In London:
London (CNN) — There is much speculation surrounding the circumstances of the death of 29-year-old Mark Duggan in north London on Thursday. His shooting at the hands of police while he was riding in a cab sparked a weekend of rioting and looting across the capital that continued into Monday.
How did Duggan die?
There are varying accounts of what happened — initial reports from the IPCC said that during an apparent exchange of gun fire police officers fired two shots and Duggan died at the scene.
There was a suggestion that officers could have come under fire from the car carrying Duggan.
This assumption came from the fact that a bullet had lodged in a police radio worn by an officer at the scene, raising speculation he might have been fired at from the vehicle.
A non-police issue handgun was also recovered at the scene where Duggan was shot dead, the IPCC said.
However, a report in the Guardian Monday said that initial ballistics tests on the bullet found lodged in the police radio suggested it was police issue and therefore had not been fired by Duggan.
The IPCC said it would not comment on the Guardian report until all ballistics and forensic tests were complete.
Some reports suggested that Duggan was held down by police and shot in the head, but the IPCC has denied this.
“Speculation that Mark Duggan was ‘assassinated’ in an execution style involving a number of shots to the head are categorically untrue,” the IPCC said in a statement.
What happened next?
On Saturday evening at around 5.30pm local time about 120 people, including members of Duggan’s family and community workers, marched to Tottenham police station in north London, only a short distance from the scene of the shooting.
The march was peaceful according to reports, with protesters calling for “justice” and an investigation. Local roads were closed and traffic diverted.
About two hours later violence erupted, with gangs attacking police cars, shops, banks and other buildings. There was widespread looting in and around Tottenham.
What sparked the rioting is unclear but police said: “We believe that certain elements, who were not involved with the vigil, took the opportunity to commit disorder and physically attack police officers, verbally abuse fire brigade personnel and destroy vehicles and buildings.”
Why did the riots spread to other parts of London?
On Sunday evening and in the early hours of Monday, rioting and looting was reported from several other parts of London, including Brixton in south London, Enfield in north London and Oxford Street in central London, the capital’s main shopping district.
The rioting also spread to parts of south London on Monday evening, including Lewisham and Peckham, where vehicles were set ablaze and shops looted.
Police said the continued rioting and looting in other parts of the capital were “copycat” events conducted by opportunists and criminals.
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UK Weather knows how to seduce me.
I was supposed to leave earlier this afternoon, but the weather’s so nice, I had to stay.
The forecast for the rest of the week doesn’t look so bright, though, so I’m still leaving later tonight. I can’t keep up with your mood swings, UK Weather.
I’m quitting you.
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