Also known as the London/ Manchester/ Bristol/ Birmingham riots, the news has been awash with news stories of the terrible war zones of England today. Notice I say England as I haven’t heard of many riots in Wales or Scotland yet! Although there was one in Cardiff.
Young persons of dubious morals have been stalking English cities instilling fear into the working, middle and upper classes. Why would this kick-off now, I hear you whisper as you cower under your beds, with a blanket over your heads, surely this is the end of the world? No it is not, it is a result of a lot of factors but the end of the world isn’t part of it.
So what happened? Apparently (I wasn’t there), a man was shot in a minicab by armed police officers. My first thought was, oh no they’ve shot a poor innocent again, I was thinking of the poor Brazillan guy a few years ago, but this poor soul had a gun, so my sympathies withered. There were no shots fired but according to the BBC, a gun was found near the scene of his death.
In this age of political correctness, the police handled it wrong, I don’t know how how but they did. This sparked off a peaceful rally which then turned into an ugly riot. This then spread through London and in the following nights across England. The rest seems to be copy cat riots. More of a case of, ooh, a TV, lets go break in and get it, they’re doin’ it in London so it must be fashionable. Or, we need respect innit, if we steal you ‘ave to respect us, innit.
Of course it could also be government cuts to the police force, the removal of a task unit to look at the disadvantaged and the disappearance of youth clubs to lack of money. What else we gonna do? – innit.
So the riots are a mix of government cutbacks, the disadvantaged seeing an opportunity, copy cats and respect innit..
Fantasy Island Book Publishing News
This weekend I am busy putting the finishing touches to the book cover for the talented author Connie J Jasperson’s The Last Good Knight. If you can’t wait for the print edition why not mooch over to Fantasy island Publishing and get the ebook?
In other related news, I had an interview at Gary Hoover’s blog: http://landofnodtrilogy.blogspot.com/2011/08/ceri-clark.html
And just a reminder of the great books over at Fantasy Island Publishers:
Terps by Elaine Gannon
The Rose Tower by Connie J. Jasperson
After Ilium by S. M. Swartz
Children of the Elementi by Ceri Clark
Emeline and the Muntant by Rachel Tsoumbakos
Miranda Warning by Marilyn Rucker Norrod
Brother, Betrayed by Danielle Raver
Ednor Scardens by Kathleen Barker
Land Of Nod, The Artifact by Gary Hoover
Losing Beauty by Johanna Garth
The King Of Egypt by J. J. Makins
The Last Good Knight by Connie J. Jasperson
The Night Watchman Express by Alison DeLuca
Black Numbers by Dean Frank Lappi
The Lollipop Club by J. Darroll Hall
Vist them now, you won’t be disappointed!