Yesterday one of the highest trending topics on Twitter was #100daystogo
Now this could be the time its going to take before I fit in my favourite jeans again, (sad face) or it could be the time left before the Olympics start.
and seeing as it is going to take me a HELL of a lot longer to fit in my jeans again, we might as well stick with the topic of the Olympics for now.
I actually live in the host borough, (That's Newham for all you stalker types out there) and I have to admit that I am not looking forward to the Olympics in my "manor"
The thing about Newham is that honestly? It's a shit hole. I can't make this any plainer to you. It's friendly, it's multi-cultural, it is full of hidden gems like some excellent green spaces and architecture but I can't lie to you. It IS a shithole.
But it's MY shithole, I like living here. But what I cannot abide is how much Newham residents are being rode roughshod over in order to get the place ship shape (instead of shit shape) for the Olympics.
What has struck me over the last year is how much the media has avoided reporting on all the bad things that have happened in Newham recently.
Murders of children, rapes, shootings, these ARE pretty much a common occurance in Newham and while I concede that this does happen everywhere. It is common knowledge in the area that it has to be something extremely shocking to make the news or papers
Did you hear about the 11yr old getting raped in a McDonalds toilets? Nope? Funny that.
Everywhere I look, Newham is being prettied up, but there are only so many ways that you can glitter a turd. and who is paying the price of the Olympics?
The residents, thats who.
Parking permits for parking outside our own front door, 8 weeks school holidays this summer, companies having to shut down for the whole of the Olympics as the staff won't be able to travel in. These are real things. Yes more money will be spent IN the borough. but where? Westfield Stratford? Do you think John Lewis would have come to Stratford if the Olympics hadn't have been held here? Greedy landlords are throwing families out of their homes so that they can let their property for the Olympics. Or are raising the rent so high, a normal family can't afford it.
THIS is the downside to the Olympics, it is the equivalent of having the shanty towns cleared.
How long until it's over?
Am I being an ungrateful grump?
Do you see where I am coming from?
Let me know
Big Fashionista x x