Thursday, July 07, 2005

London at a standstill

Jubilation to tragedy - all in under 24 hours. Yesterday the only news that mattered to anyone here was how London had pipped Paris to the post and won the Olympic bid for 2012. The party had begun and was expected to go on for weeks. No more.

This morning the city's smile is gone, replaced by a grimace as emergency services spread across the city, sorting out the terror that has shut down our transport system. Scotland Yard has at this time confirmed explosions at Edgware Road, King's Cross, Liverpool Street, Russell Square, Aldgate East and Moorgate. London's much practiced major incident plan is in place. Multiple bombs, fatalaties, walking wounded, casualties, filled hospitals - nothing prepares us for it mentally.

I use Moorgate station regularly. Not today. Thank god.

V is in office, safe. I am thankful that we decided to live close enough to his office to enable him to walk back and forth, rather than brave the tube.

My friend, Shoefiend was in the thick of it all. This is her story. She sounds shaken on the phone and I hope she feels stronger as the day goes on.

I am in shock. This is my city and it's hurt.


  1. Quite shocked to see the developments on TV. Very unfortunate to note that civilians are being targetted.

    Take care!

  2. Anonymous7:23 PM

    We are all very shocked by what happened in London but are also struck by how quickly and efficiently the police and other services responded. The manner in which the authorities anticipated repercussions and addressed issues publicly right at the start to prevent a backlash is remarkable.
    All the best