The crew was sitting at the back of their huge van, and extended from the top of it was a huge massive aerial. After talking with the librarian, I collected the books and left. I decided to walk into the High Road to see what was happening. Yes, at this point, I was curious. There was tape along the road, directing pedestrians off the High road to the back roads which run along with the car parks. It was interesting to see a number of people around and the police interacting with the public. My ‘walk’took me to the far end of Bruce Grove. There was absolutely no where I could access the High Road as it had been sealed off by tape. Eventually, I came out onto the road, and saw part of the 1930s (Carpet showroom) building which had been there well before I was born. Such a shame that the building should be seen as ‘iconic’ now that it has died a death. I read somewhere in one of the papers that how buildings are important to a community; especially if it has history, it should be revered and respected. Now that it has gone, whichever architect is hired, this building cannot be replaced .
I cross over the High Road to Pembury Road, and there are groups of people, just sitting, talking. And each group I pass, there seems to be nothing else to discuss other than the riots. There is a car, totally burnt. People stop, remove their camera phones and take photos. Yet another TV crew are at the end of the road, arguing between themselves about where they should go. I wonder if I should volunteer and talk to them but I say no, as the area has a bad rep as it is. I don’t want to say something that becomes misconstrued and distorted; something that I might have to give lengthy explanations to people.