Wednesday's horrific attack on the streets of southeast London was more than just a random murder; This murder, like all terrorist attacks, was intended to send a message, one of division and hate. Though the English Defence League is by no means a terrorist organisation, Wednesday's events have not only skyrocketed the movement's levels of support, but have yielded increasing calls for targeted violence against Muslim communities.
Even though I was useless, the adrenalin rush (when Tallulah eventually did break into a canter) was incomparable. Seriously, imagine mastering a sport where it's not *just* your skill, but it's coupled with persuading a wayward quadruped into taking part too. And it's REALLY FAST. Magic.
It is a rather trite observation to state that the term 'terrorism' has become eminently politicised, used much more readily and easily to refer to violence by certain types of political dissidents, such as those whose violence targets the majority, than to refer, as it was originally devised, to states, or groups targeting minorities.
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Calder sees us and represents us struggling with gravity - the gravity of the body, of the world around us. We are all trying to fit into our days all the components that define us or often that we want to be defined by.
And yes. It has emerged. The nice weather that occurred over the May Day bank holiday was actually a PR stunt, orchestrated by 'James Chef' - a new branch of holiday makers. I went to their head offices in Southend to find some answers.
If the murderers do turn out to be Muslims, then they are guilty of committing genocide, as per the teachings of their own faith, for the Quran clearly states that taking even one human life unjustly equates to the killing of all humanity.
The religion of Islam is not to blame for the atrocities last night and yesterday afternoon. Extremism is to blame but that doesn't mean I sanction the damnation and condemnation of every Muslim.
No doubt we will soon get a more thorough idea of the process of indoctrination the killers underwent prior to them carrying out their pointless acts. Until then, don't give the attacks a meaning they don't deserve, and view those who wish to use the attacks to push their own abhorrent ideology with the purest contempt.
After about ten years of waking up every morning - thats 3,650 times - wishing I could go to Prague and wander through narrow cobbled streets, staring up at dolls houses the size of mansions, and pay 50p for a pint of vodka.. I actually went last week. I can now tick that off my bucket list.
The carnage at the Boston Marathon bombings last month and the savage butchering of a solider on a London street just over a month later demonstrate t...
We cannot stereotype, or blame. This is not purely a race issue, or purely a religious issue. And while the English Defence League have every right to feel angry at the unprecedented, vile attack on one of their citizens, it does not give them the right to promote further hate.
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Tonight, instead of crawling home towards our sofas, the comfort of TV and endless calories, the hankering for alcohol begins. Unfortunately for those of us with limited funds it means that fun is pretty much off limits. I've come up with some budget friendly solutions to having a good time.
If people don't go to these venues then they will be unsustainable in the long run. If smaller venues go then it will make it almost impossible for budding musicians to get their first gig. What will happen then? Will we be left with a situation where acts have to audition for talent shows to get their break? It's a depressing thought.
Whilst there is, of course, no way to guarantee SME success, with the right investor, a niche of your own and real desire to integrate with the sector you serve, your chances will undoubtedly increase.