Monday, 28 October 2019

Down On Your Luck.

We watched the excellent Americas programme on Sunday night presented by Simon Reeve.  In one part of his programme he visited Los Angeles.  He went on a tour of Hollywood and showed us the shop where Brad Pitt worked, the Hollywood walk of fame and Beyonces house.  

Then he showed us the opposite side of the coin.  People who are homeless living in tents pitched on the pavements and a lady who lived in a concrete railway bridge with her dog.  She seemed very articulate, self educated and listened to David Attenborough podcasts.

Homelessness seems to be everywhere these days.  Be it urban or rural.  I have often said that if there was a major disaster like a city being destroyed by natural disaster or by war or terrorism.  The governments would find the money to rebuild the city with infrastructure  and homes.  Why can't  they find homes for the homeless now?  America appears to be a land of haves and have nots?

When I visited Kent this summer.  I saw people sleeping in shop doorways at seven in the morning.  When I was young you would see an odd elderly tramp but there weren't  people of any age sleeping in doorways.  

In Ireland.  People often say good luck when bidding goodbye.  I believe in luck.  Good luck and bad luck.  Some people are just down on their luck.  

It will be interesting if there is a general election which parties will build council houses and establish credit unions to help people to buy and renovate houses?  

Time for a Thin Lizzy song me thinks:



I saw them on the Renegade tour.

21 comments:

  1. Will Meg and/or Harry and kid/s will make the move to Hollywood? Seems she can't hack it with the in-laws. I went on a tour of NY in the 70s. Saw the homeless and the drunks in the Bowery. I wonder what happened to them on/after 9/11.

    Recent concert - Ernst Molden und die Frauenorchester. V Gd.

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  2. Thanks Gwil. I think if I was Meg and Harry I would live on some country estate and spend my time with each other and enjoying life. May be have a go at making home brew and we would have to have a walled kitchen garden and a polytunnel. Maybe an artists studio, a library and a recording studio? California perhaps or Portugal in the sun?

    Could do with Styx or Fleeetwod Mac touring West Cork. Thanks Gwil.

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    1. Be interesting to see where it all pans out.

      Should be 'das Frauenorchester'. Their woman drummer is amazing live.

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  3. You can't beat live music. I see Carlos Santana is playing Vienna in March. That would be a gig and a half. Might go and see him in Dublin.

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  4. The street sleepers I talk to here are mostly drug addicts (very young) and have been left homeless by their families who have chucked them out. There are at least two night shelters in Norwich and I have supported them for years. The men I feel most sorry for are the ex soldiers who have nowhere to go after being in the British Army since they were 16 and have lost touch with family and friends and cannot cope. I wish that this situation did not happen. The same also goes for those released from prison.

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  5. Good on you for supporting the night shelters in Norwich Rachel. I think homelessness is profoundly sad and very complicated. There are people sleeping on the streets, in cars and Van's, on a friends couch, everywhere. High rents, lack of social housing, drink and drug issues and mental health problems too. The Jesuits and the Salvation army are very helpful and have a finger on the homelessness crisis pulse. Thanks for your comments Rachel.

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    1. Things have changed a lot over recent years with drugs being the most common cause of street sleepers here. Drugs are the scourge of modern society. The closure of the large mental asylums meant that also many more people with mental health problems had nowhere to go and ended up sleeping rough when they should be cared for. There might have been lots wrong with asylums but they also helped many people. To do away with them with little or nothing to take their place is a blight on modern society and was ill thought through.

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  6. I agree with you. Even the Draconian workhouses gave people a roof over their heads for the night. Thanks.



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  7. Homelessness is frightening. I wonder what I would do.

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  8. Terrifying Joanne. If you're homeless you need a home today. No later than now. I often worry and think about people sleeping rough, especially in Autumn and Winter.

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  9. Rachel's comments are very good and so true. I have often wondered how people get to be homeless. In this day and age things should have improved so that everyone had a bed to sleep on ... but it's entirely the opposite and I am ashamed that folk are still sleeping rough.

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  10. Hi Valerie. There are lots of reasons for homelessness. Relationships break ups, unemployment, unaffordable or shortage of rentable properties, especially local authority housing. There are homeless everywhere and house prices have become unaffordable for so many. The 1945 British Labour government built a welfare state and houses to rent. Thanks.

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