Further to my post about the English and their inability to pull off a really good riot, a fellow NIPPLE (Northern Irish Professional Person Living in Exile) contacted me to report on events in Chalk Farm, North London ” Looters raided the bike shop but left their wheels by the wayside when they discovered the display cycles had no pedals–they could hardly go back in the next day and buy some” said Sara with a sniff.
This reminds me that even the most practised Belfast hooligans of the 1970s were known to make mistakes. I worked in a shoe shop on the Shankill Road which had its shop front glass shattered one evening. Thieves stole all the tennis shoes on display–one foot from around 100 pairs. We kept our eyes open for anyone gimping along with one shoe and a shifty expression but the vandals were never apprehended.