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  • I was talking to a psychologist about the documentary project I'm helping on, and he mentioned that he'd googled me and seen my short film By The Steps of St. Paul's online just before I came to see him.

    "You'd have trouble making that now," he said "with all those tents in the way."

    "Yeah, I guess I would."

    "What would you have done if they'd suddenly appeared the evening before you got there?"

    "I don't know, maybe filmed around if I could or moved somewhere else instead. There's a few locations nearby that would work."

    He smiled knowingly at me.

    "You know, a friend of mine went down there to offer support to the protesters and thank them for the occupation and drawing attention to the imbalances etc.. and there was nobody there! Empty tents. They were all over in the Starbucks across the church yard, tweeting!"

    "Haha! I don't blame them!" I countered, "That Starbucks is awesome, when we filmed they let us set up a makeup and hospitality corner in there, and we've used it as a base for another film I acted in a few times. They are so nice. Plus it looks right out onto the Church Yard. I could spend all day in there myself."

    "Yes but it's not really occupying is it?" He asked.

    "No. No, I suppose not." I smiled.

    I listened some more and nodded while he spoke about idealism and double standards, and I kind of got his point, but I still didn't blame anyone for sitting in that Starbucks.
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