London: You Give Me Riots, I Give You Tea

Photo credit : Joel Goodman/LNP

Camden Town, London: “As looters and rioters smashed up shops, looted and fought with police in Camden Town, Philippa Morgan-Walker, 25 and her husband, Jonny Walker, 31, made tea for the police who were protecting their street. Some of the officers had been on duty for more than 30 hours.”

This is a joke right? A staged photo? Has to be. After the insane popularity of the iconic Love Riot couple from the Vancouver riots, I certainly wouldn’t put it past anyone to set up a photo in hopes that it will capture the good that can come from a situation that is so bad. A riot shield being used for a tea tray? Get outta here. No way. If this isn’t the proper London that the rest of world stereotypically knows, nothing is. “There are riots in London?! But they’re so proper and polite.” “I know, it’s crazy! But don’t worry, the officers are still wearing their bobby hats and the non-looters are serving tea with milk to them using their riot shields as trays.” Best part? This dude up top serving milk and tea is named Jonny Walker. C’mon. I know it’s not spelled the same, and I know Johnnie Walker whiskey is from Scotland, but if the logo for that company doesn’t scream all that’s proper about England…again, nothing does. Be honest, Jonny, you put a little bit of grandpa’s old cough medicine in that tea? I don’t really know what the hell is going on in London right now. You can read about it here. There’s tons of rioting and looting and it’s been going on for days. Definitely scary stuff. I’m not trying to make light of it either. I know it’s serious. I know people are getting hurt. I know there will probably be millions of pounds of damage done. I know that the Olympic Selection Committee must be pissed right now as they prepare for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Here are some of the most telling photos that I pulled from Reuters.

Police officers in riot gear block a road near a burning car on a street in Hackney, east London, August 8, 2011. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Looters rampage through a convenience store in Hackney, east London, August 8, 2011. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Police officers in riot gear block a road near a burning car on a street in Hackney, east London August 8, 2011. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

A council worker clears the remains of destroyed vehicles in Hackney, north London, August 9, 2011. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Seriously, what did the Mini Coopers do to you? Be nice, London.

-bp

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