Riots… what is your view?

Here I am again… blogging.

Today is the 4th day of rioting in London and there is complete anarchy.Tube lines delayed, people being evacuated from buildings and people fearing for their lives. 

The Evening Standard has littered its pages with images from the destruction both within London and other cities around the UK. So what are we to make of all this?

I’ll now present both sides of the argument.

Arguments against:

– The violence is senseless. No one is rioting because of the death of Mark Duggan on Thursday.

– The clean up operation will cost the nation a LOT of money.

– The looters and criminals are selfish. They are causing trouble and milking the situation for what they can get. Sure, many argue that politicians do what is best for themselves, but are you not doing the same thing?

– The looters are greedy.

– Innocent lives are being affected. Eg, loss of jobs, lives, peace of mind. 

– They are a disgrace to London and our generation.

Arguments for:

– Young people cannot get jobs, youth centres are closed and people won’t be able to afford university because of Government cuts. They have been pushed over the edge. 

– Young people are bored.

– Looting is fun!

– Let’s get the Government’s attention.

– My parents asked me to loot.

– You think we’re all criminals, so we may as well get something out of it.

– Let’s see how you like it when you’re not in control.

– My parents have been made redundant and we don’t have much money.

I’ve presented both sides of the argument, where do you sit? 

I’ll leave you with some pictures I’ve taken from the riots on my way home.

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Until next time.

Crystal Debrah

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I have to tell someone!

Hello all

Here I am again, blogging!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and it has been deliberate. I’ve been taking my exams for my legal practice course and I’m pleased to inform you that I have passed all my first year exams! Wohooo. 

I’ve also been working tirelessly on making my book “What They Don’t Tell You About University” a success. On July 8th the book was launched at the prestigious City Hall in London, and the support was great. Thanks to all of you who made and appearance and bought my books. (See http://crystaldebrah.com/events for pictures).

All the above demonstrates that I’ve not had a proper break since early September last year and I deserve one!
Well since the launch I’ve taken time out to review my life and start developing a strong sense of confidence within myself. I’ve done this by pushing myself to undertake further speaking engagements, attend conferences and read books on confidence.

Seeing as I’m such a good person, I’ll share what I’ve learned… are you ready? Ok, read on...

1. If you don’t embark on something because of fear, you’ll never progress. You will regret it when you’re old.

2. Life is for living, not spectating. The way I see it, you get one life and there is no point living a dull one.

3. If your “dream” requires the help of others, then it’s worth doing. If you can do it yourself then you’re not pushing yourself hard enough.

4. Be like a child! Yes, I said it, be like a child. Kids have imagination and believe they can do anything, therefore they have a go and don’t worry about looking silly in front of other people. Such people are unstoppable.

5. Watch out for distractions. I find that when I have to get something done everything tries to grab my attention,
but I condition my mind to remain focused.

Remember, it’s great to dream, but even better to be active about it.

Until next time.

Crystal Debrah

*P.S. you can get a signed copy of my book from http://crystaldebrah.com/buy-book.