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So it is just few weeks to #Brexit and few in UK care or want to know how potentially awful it may be.

But I grew up in the Cold War, in the former colonies.

So let me tell you what it triggers!

It triggers little bits of knowledge that few people in UK want to think of: as in fucking stockpiling tampons and napkins.

Oh and cotton wool. And suddenly beginning to save the old clothing that is actually absorbant
It means stockpiling painkillers. And anti-allergic medication. And antacids.

And this is for people who DO NOT NEED TO FUCKING STOCKPILE life saving medications
It's batteries. And water purifying tablets...that's basic survival.

But it is also tea and sugar. And powdered milk
It's candles.

And then it is wire cutters. It's wrenches. And screwdrivers.

It is my father's goddamn entire toolkit. Meant for war zones. NOT for bloody fucking London. And the first world
I have been angry since the referendum but tonight I AM FURIOUS.

Because I moved here. To London. With its shitty weather and its racism. And its delusional shit. Because it was SAFER
But here's the thing: I have lived war zone since I was born. THAT is my normal.

I have the privilege to choose safety. But my fundamental self is PTSDed to kingdom come.
That means I have been stockpiling smart. I have been planning clever.

I am not planning for a bullshit 'dig for victory' bullshit. I am planning for genocide, ethnic cleansing, war.
Because here is the thing: when people lose the basic securities, they don't go all happy clappy leftist bullshit.

They do what they can to stay alive and keep those they love alive. Those circles change/shrink fast AF
So call me a snowflake but I've lived this shit. Over and over again. And I know how this ends.

And I have my grab bag. I know what I can take. And all I must leave behind.
I have done this before. I just never thought I would need to think of these lessons in London rather than Mogadishu.

And given experiences and memories, I would prefer it were the latter any day
But here is the thing: I can stockpile for material shortage.

What changes in hostile environment is safety.

And when you have a xenophobic, racist, nativist project backed by BOTH main parties in the country, then you start rethinking not stockpiling but basic safety
So then we start calculating other basics: I live in a majority Remain constituency. AND my MP @CatherineWest1 has been brilliant about representing us regardless of what St Jeremy and his acolytes have pushed.

My home is set up against casual robbery/theft.

It took me years to drop my history and learn to live in London. Without grills, without walls, without the crazy securit shit that I grew up with.
But now I am not looking at casual robbery.

I am now looking at protecting myself against sectarian bullshit, at potentially government sanctioned militants.
You can tell me that I am going overboard. That it will be fine.

But here's the thing: this is NOT a thread about how bad things could get. It is a thread by someone with PTSD who moved to UK because it seemed safe and no longer does!
I know this is not most in UK can imagine. But I have lived in too many places where people thought the same and were wrong.

And so tonight I am grateful for the privilege that may let me leave this country before the killings begin.......
Btw one measure of how much I love you: I gave you a strip (or more) of water purifying tablets for Christmas.

I never thought I would ever need to do that for London
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