Following my article about the Sandy Row bonfire last week, a fair amount has happened. It was burned down (it wasn’t me), it has been moved (by a few feet), it is going to be bigger in size (the base layer seems at least 30% larger than before), and the level of anti-social behaviour in the area has escalated to new levels.
The response I received across social media was generally one of, to me, common sense… along the lines of “crime is bad,” which it is, of course. There were a sizeable amount of people who seemed to think that I was mistaken with my observations of crime.
I and many other residents of the building I live in and the apartment building adjacent to it have witnessed and logged multiple crimes since then, the amount of youths on the bonfire site seems to have grown and is stable at between 2 dozen and 3 dozen at most hours of the day. And with that, comes crime.
I’m not going to go into the events that have happened since then, for they are too numerous to mention.
The comments section of Slugger can be a dangerous place to hang out, but I saw a diamond in the rough from An Ghobsmacht in reply to the many, many, MANY comments that seemed to suggest either A: I had no right to complain and/or B: There was nothing for me to complain about in the first place –
Kris tweets ferociously as @belfastbarman and runs an associated site, www.belfastbarman.com where he occasionally opines his views. He lived abroad for a while and as such, feels he will never really ‘get’ this place. Formerly a barman, he regularly broke the cardinal rules of, “No politics or religion in the pub,” as such, he turned to writing. Previously a stand up comedian and an animal crematorium assistant, now works in marketing and is a recently joined member of the Alliance Party.