Friday, 24 December 2010
He was in and out of consciousness and looked to be homeless, so I called an ambulance and tried to bring him round by talking loudly and prodding the poor bloke. Then he rolled to one side and mumbled something, I smelled the alcohol on him but also saw that his trousers were down past his backside. And that's how he'd lain there for what must according to the paramedic who turned up for at least a couple of hours because he was close to being hypothermic.
What got me about that was how I had nearly walked past him, and normally would have done, so this certainly isnt a moralising tale, but the fact was that everyone had done just that. And he could have died. And no-one would have much noticed.
So I started writing about that, and the other experiences I knew I'd come across living here, and indeed have done since. From residents fighting to save their areas from developers, to tragic incidents of senseless crime and of course this year's Battle of the Bush - the general election. And since starting the blog I've also learned a great deal about our communities here in W12 and confirmed my sense that it was one of the best corners in the capital. I've met some fantastic people doing extraordinary things for others.
And from starting out with a couple of hundred readers I now get thousands of people on here every month, most just looking for news about stuff. And most of what does appear on here gets sent by many of you too. Which brings me to my three points at the end of this Christmas ramble ...
1 - Thank-you for reading, particularly those of you who've been here from the start
2 - Thanks to all of you for sending the stories in - please keep it up, it would be a boring site if you didn't
3 - Think of others, like that guy by the library, as we enjoy this season. And if you see someone like him in this weather, do at least make that phone call. You can carry on walking if you like, but you might just save someone's life.
Happy Christmas Shepherd's Bush
Posted by Chris Underwood at 18:16