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July 23, 2011

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Darkforbid Homeless blogger?

So what’s this blog about? If I answered “don’t ask me, I only type it” comes to mind, would this be the type of stuff you’d like reading?  Written by me as I survive on the UK streets, so I gave on blogging here but left the Melody Nixon interview up, I find it quite incite-full

But first Melody’s view

Interview with Dark – Melody Nixon

July 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Dark Forbid is a homeless blogger in Oxford, U.K. I found out about him when he linked one of my posts to his blog: “Life on the Streets – down and out and blogging.” Dark lives on the streets of Oxford, sleeping rough and visiting drop-in centers during the day. He says he’s been living on the streets for over 8 years now, after he “gave up on this society’s version of life.”  The homeless life was, at first:

freedom from the relentless pay to exist society the UK has become, not an easy life but hell of a lot cheaper. Freedom from the consumable must haves, a way to kiss goodbye to this [life] in a box society.

…more from Melody

Interview with Dark 2 – Melody Nixon

July 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Dark and I have been in contact to hash out some follow-up questions from our first interview. Dark provides a refreshing point of view that almost fits the idealized version I used to have of homelessness – that is, that homelessness is a choice, a political statement, a way of rebelling from mainstream monotony and choosing to live outside of society. Embodying the statement that ‘society might serve you, but it doesn’t serve me.’ Until about 6 or 7 years ago I thought many homeless people had made a similar choice to rebel, live freely, outside. Now I’ve come to believe that the reasons for homelessness are as multiple and varied as people, and that the circumstances which lead up to life on the streets can sometimes make the descriptor ‘choice’ seem greatly inadequate.

But not so, I think, with Dark. He’s an old-school squatter and street-sleeper, interested in the fact that homelessness is synonymous with poverty these days because while ‘life on the streets is a heck of a lot cheaper than paying bills’ he doesn’t seem to associate it with destitution, pity or heart-ache. In fact I get the sense that he thinks people living within the system are sometimes a lot worse off. Yesterday he sent me this quote, which he particularly loves:

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry , naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is
the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”

Interview with Dark – Melody Nixon (collaboratelaborate.wordpress.com)
Interview with Dark 2 – Melody Nixon (collaboratelaborate.wordpress.com)

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