dc: Me, in a pub.  (Exterminate All Heathens!)
Some of the stuff on LJ in the past couple of days has made me smile, apart from the picture I mentioned in the last post. Here are some of them:

"These terrorists are rubbish." - [livejournal.com profile] bencollier

"Oh, Mother, don't be so sentimental. Things explode every day." - [livejournal.com profile] annlarimer (The Python quote alone deserves recognition.)

[livejournal.com profile] flickgc has produced two neat user icons, "We will fight them in the ticket halls..." and the Blitz/IRA/Silurian/etc one. I also like [livejournal.com profile] lithium_doll's "We've been bombed by a better class of bastard than you."

"I went back home in a taxi and because I couldn't bear to listen to the silence of the car, I turned on my ipod and tried to listen to something, but everything was just British. The Libertines, Badly Drawn Boy, Coldplay, David Bowie — I kept on thinking, "Are they alright? Are they okay? Are Carl and Pete okay? Is... " which continued in a rapid strain of increasing hysteria until it reached "IS JOHN LENNON DEAD??" which obviously, he is." - [livejournal.com profile] ztrin

"Someone on the V who works for BBC Parliament said this was being sent round internal email:

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.

" - [livejournal.com profile] lithium_doll (apparently it originally came from [livejournal.com profile] stu_n)

I almost wet myself at this one, from the long list of quotes at [livejournal.com profile] tyrell's LJ:

"They did their worst, and they managed to disrupt our transport network and get fatalities in the low double figures. That happens on a fairly regular basis anyway, you twits. What's your next trick — a fiendish weather control device which makes it rain on a bank holiday weekend?"

The following are also from [livejournal.com profile] tyrell's accumulation of quotes.

"Al Qaeda say: 'Britain is now burning with fear, terror and panic in its northern, southern, eastern, and western quarters.' ...
"The BBC paused news coverage to show Eastenders. That'd be the nationwide fear, terror and panic, then."

"People have been trying to blow up bits of London for decades. Centuries, in fact. This one's nothing special. It's no different to any of the others. London's reaction to it is typified by my friend Jeff, who was actually running to catch the bus that was blown up.
" 'I went to Euston: went to the tube and there was a loud bang. And we were sent out! Then we were sent out of the station so I half ran to Tavistock Place to catch a bus to Victoria. And then it went bang, so I thought "b****r that'."

"I turned on the radio in the bathroom when I was taking my shower just now, and they were playing "One" by U2.

"I've lived in London for four years, I'm sort of prepared for this sort of thing."

"The stupid buggers blew up a bus right in front of the British Medical Association, meaning there was a building full of doctors right there - I don't call that good planning..." - from a comment by [livejournal.com profile] cara_chapel

dc: (Doctor)
It’s an odd thing, because it’s a long time now since I’ve lived in London, but in some ways I stiill feel a bit like a Londoner. I’ve been thinking about that, obviously, since the bombings on Thursday, the carnage at places I recognise, on Tube lines I used regularly.

I have no idea why it should be the case; the amount of time I lived in London was tiny compared with the time I’ve lived elsewhere. Yet last year, when [livejournal.com profile] rhionnach and I were down there for the PF Convention (which was not terribly good, apart from the Researching Paganisms panel and the opportunity to meet friends), we both felt quite at home. We were getting around as though it had been only yesterday we were taking shortcuts in the Tube stations, hurrying up the escalators and getting annoyed with the tourists. There’s still a bit of me that thinks “home” when I see some parts of London on TV. It’s a little odd. I didn’t feel the same in Birmingham when we were down there a while ago (the weekend the shuttle Columbia burned up, whenever that was), and I lived in Birmingham a lot longer than I did in London.

Yesterday, just before we headed out for a curry with a friend (a bit later than expected, because some tits who thought they were making a point about something were protesting on one of the bridges over the Clyde, so Tina got held up getting back from work), [livejournal.com profile] rhionnach sent me this link:


I roared with laughter. I wouldn’t have thought anything anyone could do with that picture would have been funny; but that is perfect. I thought, “Yep, that’s a Londoner’s response.”

dc: Me, in a pub.  (tanngrisnir)
The BBC reports three controlled explosions were carried out on Princes Street:

Bomb disposal experts have carried out controlled explosions in Edinburgh after suspect packages were found on board a bus and outside a shop....

Two controlled explosions were carried out on the bus and one on the package found on the street. Neither contained explosives.

In London, the plan is for normal bus services tomorrow.
dc: Me, in a pub.  (tanngrisnir)
Latest updated info on the explosions confirmed (BBC):

  • Between Aldgate East and Liverpool Street tube stations
  • Between Russell Square and King's Cross tube stations
  • At Edgware Road tube station
  • On bus at Tavistock Square

There are also reports of an incident at Canary Wharf, possibly someone being shot. This is very much an unconfirmed report at the moment.

A Sky reporter has spoken to a woman who survived the bus explosion, apparently the guy sitting next to her took the force of the blast.
dc: Me, in a pub.  (tanngrisnir)
Something [livejournal.com profile] rhionnach just said: I wonder if this was set up so that whichever city won the Olympics would get hit the next day? I can see why a strategy like that would appeal to Al Qaeda.

Ken Livingstone has just said that this was not a terrorist attack against the powerful, it was an attack on the ordinary people.

Aren’t they always?

Bad news

Jul. 7th, 2005 01:10 pm
dc: Me, in a pub.  (Default)
There are comments on [livejournal.com profile] london_070705 that CNN is reporting fatalities are in double figures from King’s Cross alone.

The Met are now saying (on Sky News) that there were three separate incidents on the Tube and one on a bus. Estimates of 150 seriously injured, a lot more ”walking wounded”. Unconfirmed reports of traces of explosives at some of the scenes. They have no information about warnings having been given, or of any further threats to other cities.

Good news.

Jul. 7th, 2005 12:57 pm
dc: Me, in a pub.  (tanngrisnir)
[livejournal.com profile] highstone is OK, he is on the phone with [livejournal.com profile] rhionnach now.

Update — apparently, as [livejournal.com profile] highstone works flexitime, he hadn’t actually got into work; by the time he got to his local Tube station, the network had already been shut down so he went back home. Good.
dc: Me, in a pub.  (tanngrisnir)
Home Secretary says that the police have confirmed four explosions.

Airports working normally. Tube system shut down. No bus service in Central London. Main line train services — some working normally, some not.

Asks people not to travel to Central London.
dc: Me, in a pub.  (Default)
Charles Clarke is addressing the Commons NOW. Live on BBC 1 (and probably other channels)


Jul. 7th, 2005 12:35 pm
dc: Me, in a pub.  (Default)
Pictures on the BBC site: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/4659489.stm

Picture number 7 shows the bus. “Torn apart” is right; if anyone on that bus survived, it’s a miracle.
dc: Me, in a pub.  (tanngrisnir)
This AP report describes the bus at Tavistock Square being torn open.

This comment by [livejournal.com profile] _hatchelt quotes an American tourist on News 24:

“We saw the bus actually go past us, the one that was blown up, even eyeballed the people going ‘oh how wonderful they’re going to get to see a tour of london, this is great’ and we heard the explosion, turned around and saw the bus go straight up, the whole top of the bus everything. There was metal, there was wood, there was everything just straight up in the air. We did not see any bodies, they got us off the street so fast, they got us round the corner and said there could be a secondary blast, so but it was horrible to think I saw those people alive and now they could be dead.”
dc: Me, in a pub.  (Default)
A spokesman for the Royal London Hospital has spoken of “three double-decker buses” turning up at the hospital carrying casualties.

London Ambulance Service has said people are still trapped at King’s Cross, and rescue operations are under way.

An LJ community, [livejournal.com profile] london_070705, has been set up. One post there quotes a Guardian Online update from 10:55 in its entirety (the Guardian site itself is difficult to get into, understandably enough).

Several eyewitnesses reported that a bus had been ripped apart by a bomb near Russell Square. Police confirmed the explosion....

Laura Matthews, a press officer at Universities UK, with offices in Tavistock Square, said there were bodies lying around the bus explosion, some without arms or legs. “Get people down here quickly,” she sobbed. She thought a bomb had gone off and was trying to evacuate her office.

The official death toll is still two, as far as I know, but it isn’t going to stay that low, I fear.
dc: Me, in a pub.  (Default)
The Met have said the bomb disposal experts are going to conduct a controlled explosion in the Tube system at Edgeware Road station.

The bus which was blown up near Russell Square was the No. 30, Hackney to Marble Arch service.
dc: Me, in a pub.  (Default)
There has been a series of explosions in London (at least six blasts) on the Tube system and on a bus at Tavistock Square. The Tube explosions seem to have been as follows:

  • 08:49 - Report of explosion on Metropolitan Line between Liverpool Street and Aldgate
  • Further explosions reported at Aldgate East, Edgware Road, King’s Cross, Russell Square and Moorgate
  • Two Underground trains collide near King’s Cross

London’s transport system has completely shut down, there are no buses operating in Zone 1 (Central London). People are being told to stay where they are and not attempt to get home, and not to contact the emergency services unless their lives are threatened. I’ve seen a figure of 90 casualties at Aldgate East station, two confirmed fatalities. There was an eyewitness account of someone who got out of one of the Tube trains who said they went through a carriage “littered with bodies”.

[livejournal.com profile] highstone, when you get the chance, let us know if you're OK.

There’s speculation on who might be responsible. Talking heads on the TV have said this bears similarities to the Al Qaeda attack in Madrid. I’ve also heard some wondering what relation this might have to the G8 meeting.

I’ve also heard the first joke, which is typically British, I suppose: “The French didn’t take losing the Olympics very well, did they?”

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