Why is it that the only youth club in the Newland Avenue area opens at ridiculously limited hours?
I went out for provisions (milk) the other evening and there were four teenagers sat on the outside stairs. I asked them what they were doing, they looked cold. Nothing really, so I asked them if they wanted a cuppa, they ended up coming in and talking, yes talking!
They were very respectful young people and talked a lot of sense. Why did I invite them in? Because I wanted to!
I'm sure a lot of people would say what a good thing to do but they wouldn't have them in their homes!
Anyway I asked them in, yes I actually asked them in and I'm still here to tell my tale.
Why were they hanging about on the street? A valid question I thought. I was informed that there aren't any youth clubs at all in this area apart from the one that is only open for a few brief hours! People complain that these youths are hanging around yet nothing is done for them! What else are they going to do?
The police actually came thumping on my door as well. There had been a complaint of peanuts,
of all things, being thrown at passers by.
Now I know I shouldn't laugh but it's not exactly the crime of the century now is it! Mischievous, at best.
The police strutted in commando style, after I asked them to, and spoke to these teenagers like they'd just killed someone's parents! Ok, yeah abuse at passers by and chairs being thrown. Well lock them up and throw away the key! I don't know if it was these four, I never got a proper chance to ask them!
I was under the impression that this country operated under the innocent until proven guilty policy. Apparently not.
I refused to let them in the next evening when three of them came back. I stand by my decision not to let them in because I think that my home would have been turned into a youth club and to be honest I don't want one in my flat. I don't regret inviting them in though. It was a pleasant unexpected evening.
Too many so called adults condemn young people before even one word is spoken and there are an awful lot of adults who appear to like scoring points, so to speak, off them! Why?
Respect is something that is earned; it's not an automatic right! If you talk down to someone then expect to be treated with respect, it's you who has the problem!
Everything's a learning curve and I for one happen to think that there are some very advanced young people about if anyone actually bothered to listen to them!
The thing that really pisses me off about the no youth club situation is that
the teenagers of today are our future yet no one seems to give a fuck!
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I live abroad due to circumstances beyond my control but come 'ome to 'Ull as often as possible.
I must say that I was surprised at how negatively outsiders seem to view the city. To me it is the friendliest city in the world.
Opinions - Reclaim Your Rights - The Disorganised Collective
Around a 100 people gathered in Pearson Park on Saturday (18th September), for a Reclaim the Streets
protest. Unfortunately around only 30 of those people were protestors,
the rest of the numbers were made up by the police.
Now there are a number of reasons why the ratio between protestors and police
Opinions - QUEER? Queer in the head..! By Rich Mills
I recently picked up a copy of a new zine called Queer.
A new newsletter for the non steryotypes (sic).
A supposed literary publication that can't spell stereotype is a bit crap,
and that is only the front cover. The inside pages, most of them blank
(like the mind of its author) are even
Opinions - What is Reclaim The Streets about Anyway? A Personal Perspective
Many moons ago in my misspent youth, I, like many others, used to have a problem with Authority
and 'fought injustice' wherever I discovered it.
So I joined others in the grand mass of those in the non-conformists uniform, and would
march, relevant placard in hand, most Saturdays.
These days the
Opinions - Musings By Mark Pollard
A couple of things that have perplexed me over the years:
Firstly, why the link between heel bars and key cutting? They always seem to be combined
under the same roof. I don't geddit.
Potential for major calamities, too - imagine going in for a new heel
on your brogues and ending up
Opinions - Pete Docherty Is Dead! By Rich Mills
The headline they all want to see! I've watched the development of what is a disturbing form of hero worship.
The desire to see self-destruction in the flesh, is how I read many of the reviews I've read about
Pete Docherty, Babyshambles, the Libertines new album,
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Recent experiences have spurred me on to write this little piece. In the space of a year or so I've gone from being a community-loving socialist to something resembling an individualist...well in some ways anyhow.
I'll start from the beginning. Having been brought up on an estate with definite community
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In her A Call for Peace, Michelle D Clark covers
much ground as to why we do awful things to each other.
The key is, to quote her, that We are all guilty.
We are. We are all guilty - we make enemies.
We create them out of people who think differently to us, or eat rice, or act in different ways.
We are human; some people annoy us, some wind us up, others
Opinions - The War By Carolyn
Since the war in Iraq has been reported about, I made a silent agreement with myself that
whatever thoughts about the war I have I will not write about or permanently express in any way.
I think this is because of some type of anger that I haven't felt
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The recent programme Posh Plumbers on BBC1 highlighted the growing number of middle class graduates and professionals turning to plumbing for a living. With a national shortage of 32,000 plumbers, and salaries to match those of a decent job in the capital, the profession is changing.
Opinions - Come On You Hull! By Laura Baldwin
So our latest award to sit alongside our much treasured worst city to live in the UK award'
is that of the fattest city in the UK. Yep, not content with telling us that we live in
the most crap city in the UK but apparently we're also a bunch of big lard arses as well. Charming.
It seems that no-one has anything good to say these days about the historic city of Hull.