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to the terrorist cunts who tried to kill me today:
Fuck you. You missed me. Better luck next time.

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Relieved to see that the cricket is still going on - some sense of normalcy and a pleasing lack of over-reaction.


Public transport is a mundane, ordinary and everyday part of everyone's lives in London. Just over a million people enter central London in the morning peak period everyday and over 85% of those trips are by public transport. It's part of London. So to hear about indiscriminate attacks on public transport that we all so intimately familiar with makes 'it could've been me' all too easy to say.


17:43 - a message to our sensible American friends (and others from around the world), many of whom are posting in the comments:

Cheers for the messages of support. London's grateful. And we're going to keep our heads. Stiff upper lip and all that - wouldn't do to get all emotional. Hardly British - and if we stop being British about it, the bastards have won. So we'll have a few beers, make as many sick jokes about it in pubs up and down the land as we can, and get on with our lives as normal. Other than causing the grief of too many innocent people, these cunts will have achieved precisely fuck all. We shall not be moved.


The victims were being triaged at the station entrance by Tube staff and as I could see little more I could do so I got out of the way and left. As I stepped out people with camera phones vied to try and take pictures of the worst victims. In crisis some people are cruel.

I prayed for the victims and injured, I truly hoped they'd get medical attention quickly, but terrorism isn't about compassion it's about pain and London's poor medical and fire services are being stretched to their limit today.

London Transport should have closed all stations immediately, but didn't. My dice with death could have been avoided with better planning. The design of trains needs to be changed and zero-visibility factored into emergency plans.

I pity the waste and loss, while thanking the gods while wondering why me - why do I get to live another day?

Shot by Both Sides

Tomorrow's Daily Mail
Asylum Seeker Terror Attacks Hit House Prices

London News Review

Because if this is a message to Tony Blair, we've got news for you. We don't much like our government ourselves, or what they do in our name. But, listen very clearly. We'll deal with that ourselves. We're London, and we've got our own way of doing things, and it doesn't involve tossing bombs around where innocent people are going about their lives.

And that's because we're better than you. Everyone is better than you. Our city works. We rather like it. And we're going to go about our lives. We're going to take care of the lives you ruined. And then we're going to work. And we're going down the pub.

So you can pack up your bombs, put them in your arseholes, and get the fuck out of our city.


I just checked in with the office, and thankfully everyone seems to have made it through. 1 person was caught in the Edgware Road blast and has had surgery on his leg this afternoon, which is tragic, but it could have been a lot worse. It sounds like they’ve had quite a crazy day up there, being so close to events. Most people are now trying to make their way home.

flaming kitties

London carries on.
No one has told the Big Brother housemates, have they?
Or have they? This is the first time I've felt sorry for them.

Lisy Babe

Little residential side streets which are usually quiet are full of people trying to walk somewhere. Anywhere. The quiet little café that never has more than 2 people in it was rammed. Strangers sharing tables and lending each other their maps. All frantically trying to use their phones and not succeeding (I can't believe that my panicked mother managed to get through to me).

the urban badger

But it's still more likely that I'll be run over by a bus when I'm on a zebra crossing than it is that I'll be sitting on one when a bomb goes off. I'm quite angry that the office is closed tomorrow, surely that is not showing the proper British spirit of blundering defiance. And as for Bush's statement...

detrimental postulation

Blair’s speeches are insulting. How is it “particularly barbaric” to have a blast during the G8? “It would have been bad to have lost her usually, I admit, but to have it happen while Blair and Chirac were saving the world… it just makes it seem so much worse.” Yeah Tone, I’m sure that’s what the families of the dead will be thinking. How dare you exploit this event for your own political gain within hours; and yet, how unsurprising.

Skip's Acorn Treasury

"Will Inspector Fenner please report to the office" they said over the intercom at Euston.

"Oh," said my flatmate who knows all things. "That's a call sign, you know."

The sirens went off, and they swept us out of the station.

And then there was a very gentle boom.

gia's blog

The Germans tried to terrorise Londoners for 40 nights. Londoners just camped out in the Tube singing songs.

The IRA tried to terrorise the British for decades. The British just used the destruction of buildings as unplanned town planning and revamped their bombed cities.

Now these amateurs think they can scare us by messing up the transport system? Bah. We're just pissed off that we can't meet our friend for coffee in the West End.

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Fantastic roundup, thank you.

said Scaramouch on July 7, 2005 3:12 PM.

You know, it's funny you mention BB, because one of my memories from 9-11 was that it took the producers a few days to summon up the courage to tell houseguest Monica that her cousin was missing in the WTC. All I remember was watching the internet feeds of the BB house with irony as they remained oblivious to the panic that engulfed the country.

said Scaramouch on July 7, 2005 4:27 PM.

Amazing how your government has been on top of this terrorist thing for years now and suddenly SUPRISE! Or was it? With Blair/Bush bashing over Iraq growing louder, isn't it funny that just the moment when the whole world is watching Israel's Mousad, oops, I mean 'Muslim terrorists' managed to crank up the war fervor again? How convenient for our governments, don't you think?

said alexander graham on July 7, 2005 5:23 PM.

yes. we're all very proud of our government and the fine fine work they do.

said bigfatcreative on July 7, 2005 6:09 PM.

You Londoners should be proud of yourselves--what a horrible catastrophe, and yet you all handled it with stoic calm. And yes, piss off to the terrorists. What they are trying to accomplish makes no sense to any rational mind. The G-8 was supposed to help Africans, many of whom are Muslim, and now what is the focus of the summit? Terrorism. Aaaargh....
In tribute to you and in memory of your lost comrades, I will spin the Clash--"London Calling"…
Now it our turn as Americans to stand shoulder to shoulder with our British friends.
Love from Seattle....

said modmartha on July 8, 2005 12:21 AM.

Don't let the bastards get you down, London. Your American friends stand with you. We will fight alongside you, laugh with you and drink with you as you and all of Britain moves on as always--with defiance and zest for life.

said chicagoan on July 8, 2005 2:25 AM.

I was so relieved when I turned on the telly last night and saw Blair doing "angry and resolute, choking with emotion". So nice to see his full reportoire at a time like this. Gosh aren't we lucky to have such an illustrious leader at a time like this?

said Bryan on July 8, 2005 4:50 AM.

Open Letter to Scaramouch and Our Readers:

thanks for the positive response to this post.

For me, it was a Monica Lewinsky moment in blogging... crossing the chasm and all. Suddenly the reality of a chap whose words were reaching me moments after his experience made all traditional media seem like rubbish.

I would love to add to it, but I'm not sure I can at this point. To come up with the quotes I used, I literally read through hundreds of blogs of London Bloggers - a labor (labour) of love.

My instinct to do so was for purely personal reasons. After being horrifyingly close to the WTC in both '93 and '01, I was looking for catharsis and interested to see how others dealt with their own grief, anger and fear.

The resilience and humanity I managed to feebly chronicle yesterday struck me to my very core and I honor and salute those of you who have demonstrated British pluck and resolve for the world to see.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

now please buy a t-shirt and look at some roofing supplies.

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