I am at it again. I always pick positives from the worst of situations. Here are 6 things I learned from the UK riots.
#1 When a neighbor’s beard is burning, fetch water and protect yours
Ok, do you remember what the British press said before the world cup in South Africa? Africa was deemed a jungle… where people eat each other. A place where civilization is nothing to write home about….. a place where no football match could be held. Some people even still think Africa is a country. Hmmm…. South Africa was lambasted for all the wrong reasons. In less than a year, the London Olympic Games start. Need I say more? When your neighbor is down, don’t kick him but rather help lift him up. The UK press should take a cue from this. It’s a lesson. A very important one!
#2 Nothing is as it seems
Do you also remember the Royal wedding? It drew the attention of people far and near. The whole world was glued to television sets. Everyone, especially ladies, marveled at the sight of the wedding. My timeline was blazing hot on that very day. You would have thought that everything was perfect in London and in the UK as a whole. A glamorous wedding and one of the most watched in the history of the world. Then there was the phone scandal. That dominated the newspapers and television stations for a while. As soon as that ended…. BOOOOM…. a riot in Tottenham spread to Manchester and many parts of Britain. The bottom line is, accept who you are. Don’t wish to be like any other because nothing is as it seems. We all have our fair share of skeletons and problems.
#3 Quest for money + web 2.0 = Virtual communities!
Bills + Taxes = Hustling! Parents have a lot of bills to pay. As a result they leave the house very early in the morning and forget about their children. Children do not get the best of upbringing. They don’t learn anything that would benefit the society from their parents. The family system is almost dead. Facebook, twitter and Blackberry messenger are the lecturers of the modern generation. The internet teaches a lot. Time is spent on the web more than with parents or family. Our traditional communities are fading away giving room to the VIRTUAL. I could have 5000 friends on facebook but would really know about 500 of them personally. Attitudes are picked. Most of the people who rioted were children, teenagers and young adults. By 2020, there will be more virtual communities in the world than real ones with the advent of web 2.0 so your guess is as good as mine. Social media is awesome but it is about time parents and governments also joined in. E-government and I think e-parenting will go a long way to help curb certain situations. We must be responsible.
#4 Be prepared always because anything can happen
Life is full of surprises. No one knew this was going to happen. London is regarded as one of the most civilized cities in the world. You don’t expect people to be looting shoes and flat screens. Why on earth would someone loot a TV in London? But it happened. People whose shops have been looted are crying. I heard one man who said he doesn’t know how his family is going to survive because his shop is their only source of income. You never know what will strike so it’s imperative to prepare wherever you find yourself. I have this friend who always carries a toilet roll in his bag. Hope you understand what it means. He is always prepared because he has a very delicate stomach. Diarrhea is his friend.
#5 What happens at the North Pole affects those at the South
I was really sad when I read tweets from some people on my timeline. They didn’t care about what was happening in the UK. These people claim they don’t have families over there. You shouldn’t have a family before you know it’s going to affect you. Football fans were “rocked” last week. No EPL matches. I bet some of these unconcerned people on my timeline are football lovers. Ghana vs. Nigeria match was cancelled. Again, we never got to see the greatest rivals on the African continent “slaughter” each other.
Radio presenters, fans and footballers who left Ghana and Nigeria to witness the match lost a great deal. How much is the air fare again? Anyone? Now let me talk about this: Immigration is a political hot potato in British public discourse and always an important and sensitive election issue. These riots, which many allege were carried out mainly by young black men, clearly will feed into this narrative, with dire implications for race relations in the future. There will be extra security in the country now. Police would be vigilant on the documentation of foreigners. Ghanaians who live in the UK illegally will be in trouble.
#6 Rise when you fall
After the riots, some volunteers have come together to clean up. It portrays a sense of togetherness. Life will throw things at you. Some of them could be insipid but your reaction matters more than anything. Don’t just stay on the ground when you fall, rise…. You are a star. Your downfall is not the end of your life. Rise and clean up!
Let’s keep on sharing. Tell us what you learned from the London/UK riots.
Real Madrid trounced a 10-man Spurs side by a score of 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie, rendering the second leg pretty much useless. Still, that first leg was so entertaining that we come back to the old question that keeps popping up around these parts: What if it continued?
97′ — Harry Redknapp shakes his fist at the sky and curses his non-existent tactics for failing him.
101′ — Cristiano Ronaldo’s baby scores to make it 5-0. The baby is shown a yellow card for taking off his shirt while celebrating.
108′ — After getting booked twice in the first 15 minutes and having details of prostitute dealings from a previous Madrid trip leaked to the press, Peter Crouch decides that he never wants to return to Madrid again. Unless his fiance is back home.
115′ — Jose Mourinho wonders if he could rent a double decker bus to park in front of goal for the second leg.
119′ — Kaka rubs the beginnings of his growing beard and wonders how he will round up two of every animal for his ark.
122′ — Gomes spazzes out on a goal kick, somehow scores on himself twice.
126′ — Emmanuel Adebayor, still buzzing from the ovation he got when he came off in the 75th minute, calls Man City to tell them that he won’t be returning from his loan because he got bird flu and died so they should just forget all about him and ignore any headlines about his success with Real Madrid in the future.
131′ — Cristiano Ronaldo’s mystery baby mamma scores, then reveals herself to be Jose Mourinho.
135′ — Jermaine Jenas realizes that he should have been a telemarketer.
140′– With the score at 18-0, Gareth Bale feels Real have a decent enough head start so he can now play his best and not embarrass them too much.
Credit: Dirty Tackle