14 October 2011

#OccupyDameStreet - Unicorns and Sparkles

You are Us, and You are Delicious
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Thursday 13th October
The thing about #OccupyDameStreet is...

It is impossible to stay demoralised. Today was a low point, I've been running on adrenaline and little else for so long and this morning I hit what more sporty types might refer to as The Wall (or rather, The Wall hit me). Writing is very much a release valve for me, so much so that it always surprises me to discover that people actually read what I post, even more so when they take the time to comment or reply in a Tweet with words of constructive criticism, or even better, agreement and support. This afternoon's post saw a lot of agreement and support, and even the criticism was well said, you all are amazing!

From this...
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Thursday 13th October
As I've said before evenings in the Camp are my favourite time, I have already waxed lyrical about last night's musical revelry, but in truth tonight was perhaps even better, and for completely different reasons. This evening saw a flurry of major construction the like of which has not been seen since the golden days of the Celtic Tiger, but no Ghost Estates for us, my friends, for the biggest construction event since the Camp was originally struck, with more ropes, sheeting and cable ties than one human being should be allowed to wrangle, saw a massive expansion of the Camp, almost doubling in size in a single night!

...and this...
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Thursday 13th October
Every day has seen more and more people arrive to join, to the point that General Assemblies had to be moved out of the tent area and onto the main plaza, today it was the turn of the Camp itself to invade that plaza with new windbreaks and ten brand new tents taking up residence. Come the weekend this should swell even further and now there is finally room to accommodate it all. As with the original Camp layout, no entrances to the Central Bank are obstructed, even those not in general use, and no-one entering or exiting the Bank are in any way impeded. This is the biggest sign yet of the success of the Movement, six days on and more people are participating than ever.

...to this...
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Thursday 13th October
If you haven't experienced the Camp and you live in Dublin, you really should come down, especially in the evening when the atmosphere is electric. While I sneak off after midnight to go back home to my own leaba, at 14+ hours/day on Occupied Dame Street it feels more like camping is what I do when I get home. There is a pile of angry looking socks on the floor that glare menacingly at me now as if I am encroaching on their domain, and things could get very ugly, very soon, with the dishwasher. When I do get home I am exhausted, and yet spend another hour or two writing and uploading the days images and thoughts, in fact so much is racing through my mind that immediate sleep would be impossible.

...and this!
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Thursday 13th October
That is the magic of #OccupyDameStreet, no matter how tired, sore or demoralised I may be at stages throughout the day, all that vanishes by the time I hit my pillow. Grab a tent or just come down for an hour or two to see for yourself - this is something that you really should be a part of.

Oh, and when I said in the last post that this one would be all unicorns and sparkles, I was being rhetorical. Somebody needs to explain to the hippies what "rhetorical' means.

But not me, and not tonight. #OccupyDameStreet is amazing!

A non-rhetorical unicorn. Sparkles optional.
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Thursday 13th October

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At 11:57 am, Blogger cactusflower said...

Nice blog. I found it via this thread on Politicworld.org.


If you have time to fill us in on what's happening on our thread on the Occupation, it would be much appreciated.


At 10:58 am, Blogger cactusflower said...

Thanks for your interesting post on the involvement of parties. Personally, while I am not a member of any party or group and I abhor bandwaggoning opportunists trying to benefit from other peoples' efforts, I do think there is a basic freedom of speech and organisation issue involved and that no one should be denied the right to express their political beliefs. People have died for the right to organise their parties over generations and the annoying behaviour of a few political activists should not be used as an excuse to stifle debate. Good luck today, btw.


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