Genus (Jonathan Trigell)
- Highlight Loc. 925-33 | Added on Monday, August 08, 2011, 09:56 PM
From out of the darkness sprang an enlightenment urge, and while others bunkered down, the residents of The Kross sought self-betterment. The Cash Converters were the first to go. Where people’s own property had long mocked them from behind grilled windows, for want of buy-back money. On Lockerbie Lane a team of four descended within ten minutes of the lights going out, to sledgehammer down the door. Battering rams appeared elsewhere in the shape of scaffolding poles and disused railway track. Those burglar alarms with battery back-up clanged out – at least until they were smashed from the walls – the message that a one-night amnesty had been announced: an opportunity to enter the world of adverts. It wasn’t long before haphazard-stacked shopping trolleys were clattering down The Kross’ tired tarmac streets. Streets soon strewn with goods too heavy to be carried far, abandoned for lighter spoils, or upon sight of a newer busted-open door. A second-hand sofa sat widthways across Smeaton Street, sprawled like some beached water-beast.
The riots of 2011 took place between August 6th - August 10th, which I guess is why I highlighted that passage, when I read it, on August 8th.