September 9th, 1991
Once upon a time, there were two boys called Colin and Dale.
One day, to kill the boredom of living in a run down area,
they decided to steal a car. As a punishment, the police rammed them
off the road and into a tree. Colin and Dale ceased to be.
400 armed and angry residents sense the atmosphere changing, barriers arraigning
stopping the police with Military precision.
The meadowell estate was home for me. 7 years old and scared.
Watching the news and seeing the flames burn outside the window
as the petrol bombs start flying through the air.
The chip shop burns
The Community Centre burns
The shops burn.
The Cars burn.
The Lesson that day was that things burn.
They knocked down and rebuilt the place but it's face remains hidden.
You can change the buildings, but
it's darkness stays the same.
You can knock someones home down, but they rebuild and the problems remain.