Blog 80 – 17.6.17. Out of the ashes….

I know the smell of fire…a small but damaging one broke out at home when I was young. Now I’m imagining my lovely house as a charred, blackened, unrecognisable space…and several members of my family missing. How would that hole in my life be? Burnt out and destroyed buildings would be normal in war-torn or earth-quake prone countries…but now, in Kensington, west London…an unbelievable (and possibly wholly preventable?) tower-block fire. Prayers to all those hurting as a result of this tragedy.

During a property inspection in east London the day before the fire, and whilst the news was blaring on the TV, I had a chat with a tenant and her friend about the recent terror attacks. They too were surprised that 43,000 Londoners were killed during the Blitz..but I was totally taken aback by their thoughts on the attacks. They were absolutely convinced that Members of Parliament (MPs) were behind the terror attacks and were trying to kill members of the public. Whoa!…I asked them why they would do this, when the first job of any government is to protect the people? They don’t care about us, they said. They are only interested in lining their pockets and collecting their huge MP’s salary (about £75K p.a.). People are angry. Anger can be an engine for change and for justice…I just hope it doesn’t make wrong-minded conclusions seem correct.

It would be so easy to buy into a dire vision of the world…the media is saturated with it. But look. Look…there are volunteers from all over London and the UK that dropped everything and have made their way over to Kensington to help. People giving up their time and bringing their own clothes and food for the newly possession-less. All over the place, there are people being great. Firemen being just awesome. Building inspectors and structural engineers looking to make the tower-block safe for investigators. Predominantly, people do good things. Predominantly, people want to do their best. Predominantly, people want to be their best, provide the best service, make things better. Just ask yourself why they would want to do otherwise. There is no satisfaction or joy in doing less. We are built to always be better, do better, seek better.

On the day of the fire, I was with the children of St. W’s primary school on a tour of a building site, getting excited about a crane that could lift 40 cars. Some of those children will be builders and architects…and their buildings will be safer. After the Great Fire of London in 1666, regulations came in (the London Building Acts) that meant that houses had to be brick-built with parapet walls to stop the spread of fire. We are always making mistakes, making improvements… and working towards better…and that’s what we’ll do now.

 

London cranes 16.6.17

jx

 

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About aintwegotitmade

Who am I?.......well, I'm getting to that age where I have to think about that before I answer... My name is J, I'm married to Jay and we live in the great city of London. I started this blog as an update to family and friends when I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon a few years ago. I am so fortunate in every possible way...and in all honesty, I'm just using this blog to remind myself. Why is it called Aintwegotitmade?: this is a line from one of my favourite songs (Sing Baby Sing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtTgtkDLNys). Have I got it made? Well - I've got a roof over my head, running water right into my house, a fully-stocked supermarket round the corner, free and readily available healthcare; and I live with my lovely husband in a great city, in a beautiful country, where I feel safe and secure. I rest my case. Fact or opinion: I am not an expert on anything… but I can confirm that everything in this blog is either fact or opinion. I hope to post regularly...but I won't bother you too much. Thanks for stopping by... jx
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5 Responses to Blog 80 – 17.6.17. Out of the ashes….

  1. Caroline Daws says:

    Thank you Jean, as usual an interesting and thought provoking blog, keep them coming!!!

  2. Thanks for sharing these thoughts, some of them mirror my own. Thought provoking and interesting to read

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