I was nearly mugged this morning, a few steps away from my front gate, yes, here in SJW...
Four youths (apply all stereoptypes here) approached me fast, and one elbowed me to the ground.
I shouted at him, "How DARE you!" As the other snatched my bag, I turned round and snatched it back. They ran off - in the direction of the council estate of course, baggy clothing flying out behind and I got up and dusted myself off. Found a cut on my hand and went back home to dress it and tell M. & S.
After I'd caught my breath, I was LIVID. As little respect as I have for youths of that sort, I have tried to give them a chance, and now they've burned even that bridge. I cannot but see them through even cloudier lenses.
Why do they do it? For the thrill. For money I haven't got.
Why weren't they in school? They've got "better" things to do.
And why did the British government, in its infinite wisdom, see fit to inflict decent neighbourhoods with council estates housing the margins of society???
Socialism of course. Oh I didn't mean to make political statements tonight. But I suppose if they didn't spread them around they'd be accused of creating ghettos. So, despite the fact that London has its good areas and its bad, everywhere is closer to equalisation through the presence of the council estate. A notorious phrase in itself.
However, safe or dangerous neighbourhoods - isn't that what naturally happens in the rest of the world?
When I lived in Texas, I once took the wrong exit for downtown and was lost in Houston's Third Ward. (Compare to any city's worst neighbourhood that you WOULD be caught dead in at midnight.) If you don't have to be there, you're not.
Criminals would actually have to make an effort to go out to River Oaks or The Woodlands.
Just when I've spent hours going on about how safe I feel here compared to Hackney. Many incidents happened to me there, but never an actual mugging.
Here, nothing at all happened until this. I think landing hard on the ground is the dynamic which changes everything.
However, any Londoner can tell you, it's bound to happen at least once in a lifetime. Everyone has a mugging or a pickpocketing story to tell.
Oh well. Will make a police report in the morning. Oh joy, I will now be on the record of the British justice system.
I went there this evening, but the sign on the door said hours were 9-5. How typical. While London's office workers and professionals are now working from 6-9.
I had so many interesting things to discuss with you, but they will just have to wait until I am in a better mood.