It’s one of those glorious British summer days where the sky is basically covered in brilliant cloud that occasionally shifts to reveal the sun still exists, that it hadn’t been extinguished months and months ago as some of us had begun to believe and that there might still be hope of squeezing one solitary barbecue/walk along the river/day in the park out of this year – though probably not today.
As we bask in the beauty of it all, and congratulate ourselves for not living somewhere that has to contend with actual sun, the birds tweet each other #WhatHappenedToThoseBrightBrightDays? and #WhenIWasAChickAllThisUsedToBeFields etc and life is pretty good. We can look out of our windows knowing that the Queen is probably suffering indigestion from all that fois gras and jaw ache from all that talk about ‘ones subjects’ yesterday – and we can smile in thanks. We can probably spend our entire day in thankful contemplation: the summer Olympics are but a stones throw away; London transport will be better than ever and our commutes to work will be painless. Months of standing on over-crowded platforms wondering which of our fellow potential-passengers is most likely contemplating throwing themselves under the forever non-coming train, will be erased as trains will come so thick and fast people will be diving in frenzied glee, just out of joy for the opportunity… Yes, thankful. Thank you, Britain, for the weather, the Queen and affordable and effective transport.
Or we can be ungrateful and cycle. We can shun the union jack and wear shades even though it looks like the dawn of the apocalypse is just one rain drop away and we can stay indoors and make our own fun. Let’s sit down in protest. Let’s sit down and watch protest (actual protest is bad for the larynx):
October 1917 (Ten Days That Shook The World (1928) – Directed by Sergei Eisenstein
Better This World (2011)
Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
Woodstock (1970) – because protest doesn’t have to be hateful.
Before Stonewall (1984)
Guerilla: The Taking of Patti Hearst (2004)
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) but only on video…
posted by Dixie Turner