Where There Were No Doors

Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before - Joseph Campbell

Thursday, July 07, 2005

London hit by bomb blasts

Thankfully I work from home.

Unfortunately I live in Aldgate Station.

(no, not really)

Well, needless to say - what with me writing this and all - I haven't been blown up by G8 protesters, Al Qaeda, the Paris Olympic Bid Team, the Real IRA, or whoever it was that decided to plant bombs around London today.

It appears that by timing them to explode during rush hour, the bombs were calculated to cause the maximum damage, injury and loss of life to ordinary Londoners and tourists. I have three wishes to make regarding the aftermath of this despicable act.

1. That the scum who planned and carried out these attacks are brought swiftly to justice.

2. That the government does not use this as a pretext for even more draconian legislation.

3. That this horrible event does not further inflame tension between groups of people who had no involvement in these bombings.

Unfortunately I fear that none of those will come to pass.

Eye-witness news:

I've just got off the phone with my flat-mate, G (this morning he arrived back in London after a month in California!) whose tube from the airport was stopped at Euston Station. An announcement was made that power surges were closing the line and everyone was asked to leave the train. G - inconvenienced but thinking nothing of it - wandered out of the station to catch a bus, at which point all hell broke loose when the muffled sound of a massive explosion from underground was heard.

Not long after getting on a bus, G said that a passenger got on-board with a radio. Almost immediately news of the bus-bombing was announced and everyone piled off the bus unsurprisingly.

He made it to safety and is fine, thankfully.

At least one person is liveblogging the events. Check out Europhobia.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad u r well jim.

ron

7/7/05 14:20  
Anonymous pixeldiva said...

Glad you're ok.

8/7/05 00:42  
Blogger Miguel said...

At least Charles Clarke had the humility to admit that ID cards would have made fuck-all difference.

Not that that's anything other than a statement of the blindingly obvious, but it's good to hear it coming from him.

(And I third the comments above, obviously)

8/7/05 20:14  
Blogger L said...

I'm glad to see that you are still alive over there.

I was very, very sorry to hear about the attacks. I had been moping dejectedly all week over my problems, but they seem so insignificant and petty compared to what people in London must be experiencing.

9/7/05 23:08  

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