Terrorist Attack hits London, City on Alert

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brewnog said:
I've just finally found out that my other friend who lives in central London is ok too, as are all her friends. It was a close call for her, too; her current art exhibition is in the building opposite the bus bomb, but she couldn't get close to it due to the chaos caused by the earlier bombs! The world works in a funny way, sometimes.



Very true. I've heard quite a few jokes (and seen some cartoons!) about this mornings' events already; many of them in pretty bad taste. The odd thing is, where such jokes might normally be so sick as to have them postponed for a week or so, it serves as a nifty form of relief. Even Blair and Livingstone's messages took the form "don't let the bastards grind you down".
Good to hear your troop's doing fine. I've just found out my girlfriend's brother was in one of the areas, yards away when the bomb went off but thankfully unharmed - just stuck in London. Every time I think how lucky I am, I feel sick.

I haven't heard any sick jokes at the expense of victims and their families, I'm glad to hear. Dunkirk spirit is one thing, turning misery into a figure of fun is another.

Did you see Clarke's interview with Paxman? I thought he came across very well. Made me even more glad Blunkett got the elbow.
 

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russ_watters said:
Well, politically motivated or not, mass murders (of more than about half a dozen) generally get international attention. I still remember the coverage of the German copycat of Columbine (though I had to google to remember it was 18 deaths and in 2002).

The general point of your message I agree with though.
Okay...I wasn't really sure how much international coverage there was of mass murders that were not politically motivated.
 
BTW, last count 38 dead, 700+ injured. Some poor soul died in hospital. There are still more deaths suspected as a result of the bus incident, so I don't know where Pengwuino's source of 40 came from but it sounds pretty close.
 

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BTW, last count 38 dead, 700+ injured. Some poor soul died in hospital. There are still more deaths suspected as a result of the bus incident, so I don't know where Pengwuino's source of 40 came from but it sounds pretty close.
40 is what the headlines over here have from an undisclosed US official speaking on the basis of anonymity because he's not supposed to be telling people what the British officials told him until they release the official report themselves. :rolleyes: I have to wonder, do all these officials tell each other stuff with a wink, wink, nudge, nudge to go with it? Or are they all hopeless blabber mouths? Surely the folks in Britain know who they talked to in the US to know who to blame if they wanted it kept confidential until they had more information, or maybe they shouldn't have blabbed to the US in the first place if they still need to verify information.
 
Well look at it this way: round multiples of ten have a 1/10 probability.
 
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well, i'd like to say i'm also very sorry for anyone affected by the tragedy.

I started work at a girl scout camp today, and surprisingly, almost half the staff is from Great Britian. it was so odd, because i heard the news and left the house this morning, thinking, "wow..." but still... not quite affected... and then i got to camp, and i saw all the women crying and making phone calls, and wishing they weren't stuck out in the middle of nowhere in the US away from their friends and families...

It was also harsh, because we were advised not to tell the children. they're leaving tomorrow anyway, so i s'pose it isn't the biggest deal... but it was horrible to look at the little girls, and to realize that they were in first grade for september eleventh, and since then, so much has happened. i wondered if they had been affected more when the attack was directly on the US, or when all their conselors were suddenly sad and melancholy because of what happened in London.

I remember my mum saying about how when sept 11 happened, how she had always wished that her generation would've been the last to see war. that, its funny, because her mum's generation wished that before her.... and then i looked at the girls, and i wished it for them.

i was convinced we should tell them, but it was awful to think of the logic... they'd been through sept 11, they know all about the war. they know what terrorism is, and what it does... they ought know about London because its just one more link in the chain of events that are shaping their lives... they've been through so much similar, why shouldn't they know? but then, maybe they ought keep their ignorance a few more days. perhaps retain their innocence a while longer. we don't need to tell them now, they're at camp, and want to have fun... but they're conselors are so sad... i just hope it doesn't ruin their summers...

At any rate, fortunately, eveyone's relatives seem to be well. and i'm glad to hear no one on here has had any dear one's hurt either... I remember sept 11, my dad was supposed to be on one of the planes... they sent someone else in his place... i remember how sickening it is to recall such close calls... and how selfish it even feels to be glad that other man died.... These sorts of things really stir up a lot of emotions. I do hope that the war isn't worsened... i have friends over there... i hope they stay safe too.
 
so i've heard that 37 people are dead, 700 injured, and 4 confirmed explosions with 2 unexploded devices found

this is horrible.
 

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Gale 17, you are a good soul, let the children be happy, and protect them from
this nastiness.
 

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I just wanted to say to our British members that Tsu and I offer our condolences to all who are affected by this tragedy.
 

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wolram said:
Gale 17, you are a good soul, let the children be happy, and protect them from
this nastiness.
I agree on both points. Their parents can explain when they get home if they wish to do so, but let the children be innocent children for now; they're too young to be burdened with such worries.
 
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very tragic what happened in London. Condolences from myself to everyone over the pond. I hope this day finds loved ones safe.


P.S. Bicycle Tree, you're an insensitive prick using a tragic event as a platform for your agenda. Let us hope a bomb finds you, from me to you.


Cheers.
 

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Things which were overheard in London yesterday
Some of them rather lovely.


Coping with emergencies the British way: The nearest branch of Pret has sold
out of chocolate cake.
---------
These terrorists are rubbish.

They'll be caught next week, having successfully demonstrated that the
British react to terrorism with indifference. We grew up with it, you see.
What with this being a civilised country, they will not receive the death
penalty, but be locked up for the rest of their lives, to be regularly
sodomised by other inmates while they slowly realise that their
interpretation of their religion is a pile of old hokum. Whoops. Meanwhile,
I'll be out in London, partying.
---------
Photo of the statue of Edith Cavell, British nurse who was killed in the
first world war: "Patriotism is not enough: I must have no hatred or
bitterness for anyone".
---------
On days like this, the music radio stations play sad music - if they play
any music at all. I turned on the radio in the bathroom when I was taking my
shower just now, and they were playing One by U2.

HAVEN'T WE SUFFERED ENOUGH?
---------
I'm watching the news, I do it occasionally, it seems like a good time to do
so. And I'm seeing a guy who was blown off his feet by a bus going up, but
basically he's okay and being interviewed. And, shock allowed, he's pretty
much laughing it off. Another interview, a woman who was on the tube, just
the same response but maybe a little more detailed.

I love the UK sometimes, I really do. What happened is horrible, I don't
diminish it and I hope those responsible are suitably punished, possibly
with chainsaws ... but if they wanted terror well, they probably shouldn't
have gone to London. Not because Londoners are particularly braver than
anyone else (although they might be, have you seen the prices there?) but
because they've walked through a helluva lot worse than that.

Nice try, no cigar.
---------
Was at Tavistock Square - close enough to get a nose-bleed, but not close
enough to get showered by debris, which really did travel up high, and also,
far enough to be otherwise absolutely fine. A bit shaken but feeling lucky.
---------
I called in sick with a migraine today. My psychic powers are awesome! [(I
told him my girlfriend also was sick).]

She and I should form a psychic taskforce! Anywhere we don't want to go,
THERE BE BOMBS!
---------
All these explosions are rather scary.
Don't suppose the French are that sore at losing are they?
---------
People saying 'I've lived in London for four years, I'm sort of prepared for
this sort of thing.'
---------
"Speaking on behalf of the people of Essex, we are standing by you the
peoples of Londonia in these trying times. Mainly because Suffolk won't swap
places with us."
---------
Gosh.
Probably not going up to Angel today then.
---------
Got back from a meeting to find 9 missed calls and 12 emails. Thanks for the
concern :)
I'm fine, luckily I get the tube (through liverpool street) at about
7.10am... Tavistock square is GODDAMN CLOSE TO MY HOUSE, dammit.
---------
The witnesses on the news seem to be very calm. Most of the Londoners are
more concerned with how they're getting to work tomorrow, and act as though
it's all a rather distasteful inconvenience.

HURRAH! The great British Spirit triumphs once again! Take that, Al Quaeda.
You tried to spread panic with your terrorist ways, but you hadn't counted
on a nation of repressed, stiff-upper-lip Brits who refuse to show unseemly
emotion in public!

People are generally spooked, but quickly contacting their friends and
making plans to deal with the disruption. Good on you!
-------
BBC Parliament internal email: NEWSFLASH:
There has been a widespread outbreak of grumbling and tutting today in
London, along with a large number of people going home instead of to work,
with a certain amount of guilty pleasure.

Sorry, bad guys. We've been bombed before, and we just adjust our day to
account for it. This is London calling.
-------
It was just announced that the queen is deeply shocked and that it has been
decided that the Congestion charge will not be in place today - how I love
the British.
-------
"I'd like to congratulate today's terrorists for achieving nothing but
instilling a fierce patriotism back into the British Isles, creating a
rather wide-spread rash of Blitz Spirit, and giving me a day off work. I'm a
bit pissed off that you nearly blew up some of my friends, but at the end of
the day - you failed. We're still here, we're not scared of you."
---------
God, I wish I'd brought my decent camera.
-------
The people of London have responded to all this exactly the way I always
imagined we would; with humour, strength and defiance. I've never been more
proud to be British, and never more proud to be a Londoner. Pip pip.
-------
God I love the British...
Nobody does pissed off disdain like 'em...
This *rules*
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Okay: it's ****ing INCREDIBLE what a medium Farmhouse Pizza can do to lift
one's mood at a time like this.
 
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Thank you for posting that, I needed to smile today.
 

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Really lovely, Brewnog.
It really feels like that.
 

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Good pick Brewnog !! :smile:
 

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brewnog said:
Things which were overheard in London yesterday
Some of them rather lovely.
True British style to laugh in the face of adversity.


An aunt and uncle are visiting one of my cousins in London this week. They were at home yesterday, so were not on the trains. They're OK.
 

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All my nearest and dearest are ok, too. Kids on early summer holidays as of 11:00 yesterday, cousins in the city ok, elderly parents finally got their international flight out of here, and hubby finally got home from work late last night. Lots of ringing around and emailing, my heart with those not as lucky.
 

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brewnog said:
Things which were overheard in London yesterday
Some of them rather lovely.


Coping with emergencies the British way: The nearest branch of Pret has sold
out of chocolate cake.
Now that makes me want to be British. Oh, wait, I'm 1/4 British, so I think I'll go have chocolate cake to show my support.

"Speaking on behalf of the people of Essex, we are standing by you the
peoples of Londonia in these trying times. Mainly because Suffolk won't swap
places with us."
That one's just cute. :smile:

The witnesses on the news seem to be very calm. Most of the Londoners are
more concerned with how they're getting to work tomorrow, and act as though
it's all a rather distasteful inconvenience.
Now that's typical British! :biggrin:

It was just announced that the queen is deeply shocked and that it has been
decided that the Congestion charge will not be in place today - how I love
the British.
Of all the strange things to cross my mind, that one actually did yesterday, but I didn't say it because it seemed inappropriate, but maybe it wasn't too inappropriate.

I heard from a friend who works in NYC that traffic was amazingly light today. It seems plenty of NYers are using paranoia of a copycat attack as a good excuse to start their weekend early too.
 

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The congestion charge will be resumed on Monday, can't have too much of a good thing. :smile:
 

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brewnog said:
Things which were overheard in London yesterday
Some of them rather lovely.


Coping with emergencies the British way: The nearest branch of Pret has sold
out of chocolate cake.
---------
These terrorists are rubbish.

They'll be caught next week, having successfully demonstrated that the
British react to terrorism with indifference. We grew up with it, you see.
What with this being a civilised country, they will not receive the death
penalty, but be locked up for the rest of their lives, to be regularly
sodomised by other inmates while they slowly realise that their
interpretation of their religion is a pile of old hokum. Whoops. Meanwhile,
I'll be out in London, partying.
---------
Photo of the statue of Edith Cavell, British nurse who was killed in the
first world war: "Patriotism is not enough: I must have no hatred or
bitterness for anyone".
---------
On days like this, the music radio stations play sad music - if they play
any music at all. I turned on the radio in the bathroom when I was taking my
shower just now, and they were playing One by U2.

HAVEN'T WE SUFFERED ENOUGH?
---------
I'm watching the news, I do it occasionally, it seems like a good time to do
so. And I'm seeing a guy who was blown off his feet by a bus going up, but
basically he's okay and being interviewed. And, shock allowed, he's pretty
much laughing it off. Another interview, a woman who was on the tube, just
the same response but maybe a little more detailed.

I love the UK sometimes, I really do. What happened is horrible, I don't
diminish it and I hope those responsible are suitably punished, possibly
with chainsaws ... but if they wanted terror well, they probably shouldn't
have gone to London. Not because Londoners are particularly braver than
anyone else (although they might be, have you seen the prices there?) but
because they've walked through a helluva lot worse than that.

Nice try, no cigar.
---------
Was at Tavistock Square - close enough to get a nose-bleed, but not close
enough to get showered by debris, which really did travel up high, and also,
far enough to be otherwise absolutely fine. A bit shaken but feeling lucky.
---------
I called in sick with a migraine today. My psychic powers are awesome! [(I
told him my girlfriend also was sick).]

She and I should form a psychic taskforce! Anywhere we don't want to go,
THERE BE BOMBS!
---------
All these explosions are rather scary.
Don't suppose the French are that sore at losing are they?
---------
People saying 'I've lived in London for four years, I'm sort of prepared for
this sort of thing.'
---------
"Speaking on behalf of the people of Essex, we are standing by you the
peoples of Londonia in these trying times. Mainly because Suffolk won't swap
places with us."
---------
Gosh.
Probably not going up to Angel today then.
---------
Got back from a meeting to find 9 missed calls and 12 emails. Thanks for the
concern :)
I'm fine, luckily I get the tube (through liverpool street) at about
7.10am... Tavistock square is GODDAMN CLOSE TO MY HOUSE, dammit.
---------
The witnesses on the news seem to be very calm. Most of the Londoners are
more concerned with how they're getting to work tomorrow, and act as though
it's all a rather distasteful inconvenience.

HURRAH! The great British Spirit triumphs once again! Take that, Al Quaeda.
You tried to spread panic with your terrorist ways, but you hadn't counted
on a nation of repressed, stiff-upper-lip Brits who refuse to show unseemly
emotion in public!

People are generally spooked, but quickly contacting their friends and
making plans to deal with the disruption. Good on you!
-------
BBC Parliament internal email: NEWSFLASH:
There has been a widespread outbreak of grumbling and tutting today in
London, along with a large number of people going home instead of to work,
with a certain amount of guilty pleasure.

Sorry, bad guys. We've been bombed before, and we just adjust our day to
account for it. This is London calling.
-------
It was just announced that the queen is deeply shocked and that it has been
decided that the Congestion charge will not be in place today - how I love
the British.
-------
"I'd like to congratulate today's terrorists for achieving nothing but
instilling a fierce patriotism back into the British Isles, creating a
rather wide-spread rash of Blitz Spirit, and giving me a day off work. I'm a
bit pissed off that you nearly blew up some of my friends, but at the end of
the day - you failed. We're still here, we're not scared of you."
---------
God, I wish I'd brought my decent camera.
-------
The people of London have responded to all this exactly the way I always
imagined we would; with humour, strength and defiance. I've never been more
proud to be British, and never more proud to be a Londoner. Pip pip.
-------
God I love the British...
Nobody does pissed off disdain like 'em...
This *rules*
--------
Okay: it's ****ing INCREDIBLE what a medium Farmhouse Pizza can do to lift
one's mood at a time like this.
You made me cry, Brewey, put on your old tin hat and smile, smile.
 
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that crappy London subway needed complete refurbishment 40 years ago anyway, bad that people died but if one attacks other nations then they should expect counter attack.
 

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