The Funeral of Margret Thatcher…

The funeral of Margret Thatcher has certainly been a contentious issue and the cost staggering.  Her life and death have divided people across the country and certainly the reported £10,000,000 cost for her funeral is defiantly an expenditure that the country could do without.  However, she has been accorded the honor of a Military Funeral and given that the last former Prime Minister to be honored in this way was Winston Churchill over 60 years ago, I felt the need to attend and witness some history in the making.

The Funeral of Baroness Margret Thatcher

The Funeral of Baroness Margret Thatcher

I was a little concerned that some trouble would break out from protestors but apart from a little shouting nothing really happened. The crowd was mainly made up of white, middle aged, middle class men and women whom applauded the coffin as it past and threw flowers.

The Funeral of Baroness Margret Thatcher

The Funeral of Baroness Margret Thatcher

The Funeral of Baroness Margret Thatcher

On the whole, the crowd’s nature was respectful. The armed police did focus their attentions on one poor chap who clearly didn’t look right to them.  He also happened to be the only foreign looking chap in the sea of white faces.  I listened as they questioned him in detail and heard his life story.  He was a hard workingman who wanted to pay his respects and nothing else.  He looked so shocked to be picked out and I felt really sorry for him as everyone stared at him with menace.

The Funeral of Baroness Margret Thatcher

The Funeral of Baroness Margret Thatcher

The military element of the funeral was fascinating to watch and timed to perfection, arriving at exactly 11am with every step planned and every movement practiced.  I managed to speak to a friend of Baroness Thatcher after the ceremony was over and asked how the service went.  She said that it was ‘just how Margret would have wanted it.’  ‘Nice and simple.’  However, I’m not sure 2300 guests, 700 military, 4000 police can be called ‘Nice and simple.’  Not to forget the cost.  It was an interesting experience and one I’m glad I did, as I doubt that I’ll have the chance to do it again.  I doubt many of our politicians will get such an honor.

M

The rest of the set can be found here…

 

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Olympic Flame…

Today was the day that the Olympic flame passed at the end of my road.  It certainly made it easy to get to.  The flame arrived on the Woolwich ferry at 10.10am and then made its way towards me and the waiting crowds that were smaller than I expected for a once in a lifetime event.

Olympic Torch Relay

Olympic Torch Relay

The young girl that was carrying the torch looked so happy and proud to be doing so it made me feel all patriotic.  It was such a shame that the moment passed by so quickly.

M

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Riot Unreported…

After the worst night of rioting in living memory, London this morning wakes up to the remains of cars, home and businesses destroyed by mindless thugs. For me, it was a waste of time going to work. Not because my business was damaged but because the customers simply kept away. People were scared for their safety and only ventured out for distress purchases and things that they can’t live without.

The most striking thing was all the peoples stories that have been told to me today. Most acts of violence don’t get reported and those who commit crimes either get caught or not, however if a major supermarket had 50 people break into it and steal all the electrical goods, that would be very big news. However, that is something that did happen last night and it went un-reported. Major shopping areas like East Ham, Barking, Romford and Ilford had riots in their towns but the press failed to mention it. A retail park security guard was beaten up and slashed with a knife because these idiots felt that he would have the keys to all the shops. He’s alive but in hospital recovering from his injuries. None of these and many more stories have gone unreported in the press and in some cases, unsupported by the police who were clearly dealing with even bigger issues.

However, this changed a little today. A few thugs tried to cause trouble and when I called the police, I had a Terminator 2 moment. When asked, how many people arrived, I said, ” All of the I think” Very impressed with the response and I’m told by some of the officers that things will be different tonight. Lets hope so. I certainly love seeing those pictures of people cleaning up the city together.

Boarding Up

However, it would appear that it’s another night of terror in the UK and Manchester appears to be having its turn tonight. All my business can do now is close early and board up the windows and just get through tonights events.

Moli

London Riots…

The London riots are shocking and up to today, something I watched on TV and updated on Twitter or Facebook. However, all that changed today when I had to evacuate my business due to the threat of attack. The threat was real and actually happend to a business across the retail park, causing thousands of pounds of damage and stealing thousands of pounds of stock with knifes and baseball bats.

London Riot

I managed to evacuate before it happened to me and my team are out safe and sound. I know that the riot police are out trying to deal with it but their is a clear lack of direct action being taken. I’m watching the 24 hour news channel and it would appear that London is falling to the scum of society and nobody is taking charge in prevent it.

London Riot

As Tottenham, Enfield, Hackney, Peckham, Beckton, Ilford, Barking, Croydon are appearing on the news with burning cars, hoodies with rocks and masks across their face, I’m starting to wonder where will it go next and when will it end?

London Riot

I sent a message to Number 10 on Twitter moments ago asking for action to be taken.  I firmly believe that the Army need to take control.  I’m not sure its too much to shoot looters and the scum of the earth destroying London right now.  The kids that have been hanging around the streets being anti-social for the past 10 years or so are now clearly out in the open and now need to be taken out of our society. If animals attack like this we would do the same. These are not people but animals and should be dealt with in the same way.

The right to protest is just that. A right.  But what we see here tonight is trouble making animals that want anarchy and a free TV.

Come on Prime Minister.

David Cameron - The Mall

Get your arse back from holiday and take charge.

Moli

 

Amy Winehouse Dead…

It’s such a sad, sad waste of life and talent when so many artists die young. At the age of 27 I’m certain she had much more to give the world with her unique sound.

Amy Winehouse

Back to Black is one of those amazing albums that when I first listened to it I was hooked and listened to every track over and over again. Like Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Robert Johnson, all of which died at the same age, Amy Winehouse will be dearly missed but her sound and troubled life will be remembered forever.

DAVID CAMERON – THE MALL…

DAVID CAMERON – THE MALL, originally uploaded by MOLIBLOG.

David Cameron made a visit to the crowds along The Mall… The worlds press flew towards him but sadly for them, I was first on the scene. His bodyguards and the massive amounts of press and public kept me there regardless if I wanted to be, It gave me a rare chance to get some great shots of our Prime Minister…

DAVID CAMERON - THE MALL

DAVID CAMERON - THE MALL

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Wedding Prep…

It would be wrong for me not to mention the royal wedding on Friday, after all, everyone else has.

Walking around the route today, I can understand why over 2 billion people worldwide will be watching the big day. The media are everywhere. Covering every angle, with Lights, Cables, Cameras, Reporters, Satellite trucks and Photographers.

PRESS AREA - WESTMINSTER ABBEY

To make everything look great there are Jet washers, Gravel movers, Bin removers, Tree planters, Road sweepers and Union flags everywhere.

THE MALL

To make things safe there are Police, More Police, Helicopters, Soldiers and I’m guessing MI5.

The amount of foreign media was amazing. America leads the way with a reporter on every street asking every passing family why are they there and what does the royal wedding mean to them and their children, especially the ones eating an ice cream. Japan did well too but the language barrier was clearly making things difficult for them. Woyal Redding!!! Oh goodness.

TV JAPAN

Right outside the Abbey the loyal royalist have already parked themselves outside with tents and camping chairs.

ROYAL FAN

Ladbrokes were taking bets on what colour hat the Queen will wear and if Kate will be late.

ROYAL WEDDING BETTING

A man that walks the streets of London drinking his life away with Special Brew told me that normally when he starts to lie on the floor in Westminster he either gets arrested or moved along. Now he can pump up an airbed outside Westminster abbey, surrounds himself with beer and cigarettes and he gets left alone and subsequently interviewed by Sky News on his thoughts.

THE DRUNK

“ I’m just here for the booze darlin”

I noticed Terri Seymour, Simon Cowels ex girlfriend doing some presenting and interviewing for NBC. Mostly talking drivel about Kate Middleton’s style and fashion and how long the kiss will be.

Terri Seymour

I then came across Marco Pierre White lost in his Range Rover around Buckingham Palace and then getting in trouble with the police for parking in the wrong place.

Marco Pierre White

I’m planning on taking pictures on Friday but I’m actually worried that I won’t be able to get anywhere close to the carriages for a decent shot. The crowds of people were already uncomfortable two days before.

So, watch this space and see how I get on.

Invasion Scum…

Greetings,

The east end of London has been my home since birth. It has seen many changes with its identity and outlook and the changes have come in some very small ways and some very big ones. The big changes can be seen in the London Docklands area, which was once a centre of commerce bringing fruit, tobacco and alcohol into the capital. The docks and the river Thames also had a reputation for bad smells. However, the transportation of cargo into docklands came to an end when Tilbury docks opened and adopted the newly invented container system of cargo transportation. This ultimately caused the docks to die in the late 70’s and early 80’s leaving an empty wasteland that has was resurrected in the 90’s into a place for international finance and a great place for me to live. However, the smaller changes are the more concerning. I’m not talking about immigration, as this has always been a founding element of the east end and Throughout history, the area has absorbed waves of immigrants who have each added a new dimension to the culture and history of the area without destroying the existing culture around it. However this has started to change recently. Robins Pie mash shop in East Ham has closed down after trading since 1890.

Robins

This is not the first pie mash shop to close as Goddard’s in Greenwich closed down after trading for nearly 150 years being replaced with a burger chain. However, where Goddard’s closure was as a result of a greedy landlord and a cracking rental offer from Gourmet Burger, Robins was due to it’s location being infested with what can only be described as scum. The shops are indicative of this scum being populated with pound shops, stalls selling corn in a pot, international calling cards, Dixie fried chicken shops, pizza by the slice and several Kebabish kebab emporiums. It’s no surprise that Marks and Spencer pulled out years earlier and I doubt that these institutions will return to the area any time soon. Subsequently a traditional east end pub called ‘The Hammers’ has now closed down.

Hammers

This however maybe more due to the economic crisis but I’m sure the changes in the area did nothing to aid business and is yet another nail in the coffin for the traditional east end.

I’ve decided now to never go back to East Ham. It’s a disgusting place and I like many others surrender it to the hordes of scum that have taken over. I wonder where the line will be drawn?

On a lighter note, Today I noticed a Tate and Lyle truck with a spill kit attached to the side…. What does it contain? Tea and a dash of milk?

Until next time,

M

Curry, Football and Austerity…

Hello Moli blog fans, Sorry I’ve not updated.  I’m sure you missed me…. No?

Here are some rumbling thoughts…

World cup fever is gripping the nation and every other car has an England flag or two hanging on the side. I’ve seen flags attach to houses and I’ve got one strapped to my balcony. The nation is getting behind the England team but the team don’t seem to be behind the manager. I know nothing about football and never watch a game or even have a team to follow. However I have watched every single world cup match and I’ve loved it. Sadly I’ve not loved the England matches with one exception. The one I watched the other day.  The all important win that puts England through to the final 16. I’m not sure how or why but something has changed in the team for the better. Was it a big team talk or a reduction in the noise from those bloody Vuvuzela. I hear the FA want to ban them… Come on England!!!

So, why haven’t I updated my blog?  Well, I’ve been busy working.   However, all work and no play make MOLI a dull boy, so to get away from work Iwent for a great big curry down Brick Lane.

Okay, it was with the people I work with and I’d spent all day with them already but we had a good time.  Yes, the table was heavy with managers at one end and the colleagues down the other but I think it worked out okay.  Who knows if we will ever get the chance to go out again anytime soon…

I’m not sure if it’s meant to be something flattering or taking the piss but while I was giving a briefing the other morning I was being sketched by a member of staff…

You decide…  I’ll either give him a hand shake or punch him in the head!!! The power is in your hands…

A week ago to coincide with the visit from French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the French Navy went past my flat in the Destroyer Latouche-Trevile. I thought it was impressive and the first warship I’d seen go past in ages…

I read in the press that the audience that sit behind the X-Factor judges have to be good looking and any ugly people are turned away.  Well, it would seem that if an ugly person is in the crowd behind them and security can’t get rid of them, just stick a big fake head over them instead… Check out the Daily Mail Website!!!

I’ve decided not to get the new iPhone 4.  I’ve seen one and I’m not that impressed.  It’s expensive with poor data plans and frankly we are in economic austerity.  It would be rude not to save the money for a rainy day and wait for the iPhone 5 which will have a 3D screen, Cook the dinner and be made from Jelly!!!

Well, thats all for now. Back soon.

Much Love,

M