Wednesday, 10 August 2011

London's Burning - Guest Blog

I was hugely honoured to be asked to write a guest blog for Eden Baylee – one of the greatest writers and most vibrant souls I’ve had the pleasure to meet through Twitter.

The spec for to blog was that it should be on the subject of ‘Passion and Compassion’ and I had a few ideas up my sleeve (term of phrase, since I don’t have any sleeves… I usually blog wearing just a top hat), but the shocking events in London, over the weekend – and, now, further around England – had me change track at the last minute.

Passions are flying high… both with the looters, and also in the general public… but what will become of the world if we always fight violence with violence, hate with hate and negativity with negativity?

Compassion is needed, now, more than ever.

You can read my blog – “London’s Burning” – by clicking HERE.

And please follow the amazing Eden on Twitter: @EdenBaylee


  1. You really nailed it, Les. Compassion is always hardest to have in difficult times.

    Thank you so much for writing this. It's brilliant.


  2. Thanks for allowing me to write on your blog, Eden! :-) xoxox

  3. I am SO glad to see this!!! The more voices speaking for compassionate, co-operative, positive action, the better our chances of solving the issues that created this nightmare in the first place. Blaming either side only fuels the problem. Bless you, Les and Eden, for being such voices.

  4. A Heart of Compassion:
    Determine to be tender with the young, compassionate with the elderly, sympathetic to those who struggle, and tolerant with the weak and the wrong...because at some point in your life, you will have been all of these.

  5. A good, well written, article, Les. Compassion and understanding for the young culprits is indeed needed.
    The victims too must be considered There are innocent young people who have now lost their homes, and some who have been murdered in cold blood. Crooks and mischief-makers are taking advantage — this isn't just a young people's 'own back' destructive effort to prove they too have POWER.
    When this is over some of those young rioters may well realise that the storm they raised produced a whirlwind of suffering for many innocent and hard-working people. Thankfully, communities are fighting back to restore wholeness from chaos. Hopefully, underlying problems will be addressed. One thing for certain, over-use of alcohol leads to more problems not solutions.

  6. This was really great writing pleasure to read it !

  7. Fuel on the fire is always a dire mistake. What's happening now is this playing out in real life. How sad it makes me feel to see your elegant country torn asunder in a Dominos effect by what were originally a few outraged citizens, which has now spread like an infectious dis-ease (consciously misspelled) across your beautiful land. Les, I would encourage you to send your blog into the major U.K. news outlets and see if they will run it. A voice of reason and love is called for.

  8. hi Les.. Laura Novak here.. wanted to tell you that is a very great blog. so sympathetic and compassionate. you always bloe me away..dont know why since i love all your blogs.. i know you be a great writer for books and blogs.. i am honored to know you. have a wonderful life.

  9. Nicely put, Les.

    It's hard to understand how I feel about this whole situation. There seem to be many different angles from which to look at it, so many views and opinions flying around with everyone knowing how to fix it...just like that!
    It can't be fixed with a jail term or a water hose, but something needs to happen, else the country or the world will end up like those futuristic films where everyone looks at the screen and says "that'll never happen here"
    It's happening.
    cheers Mate