The week before the riots was a really happy time for me. I'd been making plans, hanging out in sunny parks, celebrating birthdays on the Southbank, drinking too much cider and admiring London in the sunshine. I feel very, very lucky that I get to enjoy the brighter side of living in London. Boarded up shop windows and convoys of armoured police vans have been a chilling sight and stark reminder that there are two sides to living in this city. Let's hope a way can be found to resolve the situation as peacefully as possible.