***Some use of Strong-ish language***
I have a dodgy stomach tonight. It's doing summersaults and my head's spinning. Euuggghh, I feel naucious!! Just wondering whether to phone in sick for work tomorrow....dunno. I'll see how I go eh?
'Meadowhall' Shopping Centre opened it's doors for the first time since last Monday's floods today, and me being the budding journaller went down to check it out. I was kinda disappointed as there wasn't anything to take pictures of. Instead, I was subjected to the WORST smell in history. Ya see, Meadowhall was built next to 'Blackburn Meadows' which is a water reclamation (is that the right word?) plant. All of us locals know it lovingly as 'The Shitbeds'. When the river Don burst it's banks (right next to Meadowhall), the 'Shitbeds' also flooded, causing all the toxic waste filled waters to come pouring into Meadowhall. They've done a good job cleaning up, but it still stinks. All of the shopping centre's bottom floor shops are closed. It's incredible how much damage this has caused. Every shop is boarded up now. Every shop is being re-fitted as all the floorboards have been ripped up, stock destroyed, shelves, carpets...everything is gone. That has to be like....over 500 stores maybe?!! I dunno..maybe that's exaggerated, but I'm not sure.
What's even worse is that there's nothing to stop this from ever happening again, despite them having a £2 million flood defense system put in before last weeks floods!! (So I've been told)
Check this link HERE to see live footage from sky news. Meadowhall comes on about 20 seconds in.
The weekend has gone MUCH smoother than expected. We were subjected to severe weather warnings due to heavy rains, but we've had nothing more than the odd heavy shower now and then. Looks like we can calm down now.
The general atmosphere in Sheffield has been strange this week. Walking through town earlier was so depressing. Looks like the floods affected more than just properties!
I got quite angry earlier when I was in Meadowhall bus station with Anthony. I went to ask a member of staff where I was allowed to smoke now (as the smoking ban came into force on July 1st), and a bunch of 5 staff there told me that I have to walk off the premises. 'But, if I walk from the premises, I'll miss my bus', I said. They all just kinda shrugged their shoulders. That got me angry and led to me to say 'This is F***ing ridiculous!'. I've NEVER swore at staff ANYWHERE like that before and I feel awful now, but it just got me so mad. I wanted a cig OUTSIDE in an area that nobody was standing, yet that's not good enough?! As I've said before, in enclosed areas, yes I do agree with the ban, but certainly not in the outdoors where nobody's going to be in your immediate vicinity! It's a good job my bus came quickly 'cos I was about to sod their policies and spark up! lol! I could've got fined? So what..I'm a gay man on the edge lately..LOL!
Anyways, I'm moaning AGAIN. That's ALL I ever seem to do lately...moan, moan, whinge, whinge..LOL!
Did I tell you my stomach is dodgy tonight?? Did I tell you that we've been flooded lately?? lol!
Anyways, take care!