Comic Companion: Riot

Take ten people, one of this group is a creator... the rest destroy or expect something for nothing. Yes, I've gone all topical and political this week! I don't need to tell you that England is going down the poop pipe faster than prunes in a retirement home.

Rioters have been in the streets this week for some reason or another (looting for sports cloths it would seem) but what has it really achieved? At least it might finally highlight how out of touch the government is when it comes to the current state of the country.

That's enough riot talk- lets move onto...

...Middlesbrough!

Now, people of Middlesbrough, before you lynch me or burn me as a witch – Can I just say... I did't mean to offend. I used to live in Middlesbrough, I still have some wonderful friends there, and I know you can get mind altering substances at rock bottom prices – I see what you like about the place.

Middlesbrough has come a long way in the past 10 years (trying to rejuvenate the town, hold festivals, and create a hub for art) but the fundamental problem is the addicts, thieves, muggers, Skesis, etc. It is a real shame that for every good memory I have – there is a bad one caused by these low lives.

Good – walking home from the Empire nightclub on new years day morning and skating along the ice with my good friend. Nights out at the Crown, cheap alcohol, dancing. All good memories involved getting really drunk for about a pound a pint actually!

Bad – Man stabbed on our door step. Robbed by a couple of teenagers. Working girl stole my housemates pizza. Being punched by a taxi driver.

The people who live in Middlesbrough are proud of Middlesbrough, But they also hate the place. Personally, when I lived there, I defended it with gusto but deep inside I knew I hated coming home from a long weekend and thinking myself lucky that I hadn't been robbed.

I will go back and visit soon, and no doubt I will have a fantastic time and maybe even change my opinion of the place, but if I don't make it out alive – tell my family I love them and I was just looking after those 'things' for a friend.

Posted by: Smolemon at 16:24:45 14th Aug 2011

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