We Stand with Manchester
Last night thousands of people, a great number of them children, went to attend a concert by their favourite singer- Ariana Grande. What should have been a joyous and fun night out was marred when at the end of the concert, when people were filling out, someone decided to blow themselves up taking, at most recent count, 22 innocent people with them and injuring scores more. This was a horrific and senseless loss of life on a scale not seen here in UK in over a decade since the 7/7 Bombings on the London Underground.
This was a cowardly targeting of families, of those who just wanted to enjoy a night out, and of children. This can not, must not, be allowed to happen again. There are many questions that we need to ask, and no doubt questions that will be asked, over the coming days and weeks but they are questions for another time.
Today we mourn for all those who have died in such a senseless barbaric manner. Those who died just for attending a concert.
If you live close to Manchester they’re asking for donations of blood. If you’re able? Donate it. There are still 50odd children stranded without parents and if you can help them? Help them. We need to show, as we have done countless times before, that attacks such as this do not scare us. They don’t frighten us. We carry on and they bring out the best in us. They allow our compassion to shine as we seek to do all we can to help those in needs.
This is what the terrorists simply do not get about us. We keep calm. We carry on. We’re better than they are not by nature of where we live, by nature of religion, or colour or creed. We’re better than them because when people need help we help them any way we can. This is why they will never win. For all our faults as a country, and let’s be honest there are many, we come together in times of adversity.
The Spaceman stands with Manchester. The Spaceman stands with humanity and we stand against those who seek the killing of innocent people. There is no place for killing in a good and just society and murder like this is never, ever, justifiable.
i3t & The Analyst
Welcome to bewarethespaceman.com. Founded in late 2011 and officically launching on January 1st 2012, the Spaceman as we affectionately like to call it, sprung from the mind of The Analyst with a little help from isthisthetruth aka i3t. Bringing together The Analyst’s love of all things Retro, check out RetroReaction for a rose tinted view of the recent past, and i3t’s love of comics plus more than a dash of his political writings the site became something of a hodgepodge home for those looking for something a little different.
The site has spawned many things over it’s existence ranging from a short live but popular podcast, The Spacecast, to perhaps the highlight which was The Analyst’s debut novel Hiding from Seagulls. Really we both saw this site as a way to launch new ideas and to push ourselves creatively. The fact so many of you started reading and have stuck with us from the start really was the icing on the cake. We were instrumental in the 2012 campaign to get The Sex Pistols to number 1 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and we helped with the fight against extradition in the case of Gary McKinnon aka the UFO hacker.
We like to think that, in some small way, we’ve helped make the world a little bit of a better place. If just one RetroReaction has managed to raise a smile with the memory of something you’d long forgotten then we’ve done our jobs and we’ve done them well.
Now we face the biggest change since we launched The Spaceman. Hopefully the change to you, Spacefans, will be minimal but what we’ve done is a massive overhaul of the site and we’ve hopefully future proofed it going forward. There are bound to be a few bugs as we transition from old to new but we do hope you keep with us as we’re doing our best to keep any issues to an absolute minimum. We also hope you like our new site style. It’s something of a work in progress, much as the original site was, but we thought what better way to show off the Spaceman that by making it look retro? We could have made it sleek and modern but let’s face it that just wouldn’t be us would it?
Whilst none of us know what the future will bring the one thing we do know is that the Spaceman’s future is looking to be bright indeed.
i3t & The Analyst