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FOLLOW THE NEWS IF YOU ARE IN LONDON OR HEADING TO LONDON

Old Jun 4th, 2017, 09:00 AM
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I just saw the picture and read the story of Eilidh. Indeed, a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. Barra is a place of peace and quiet.No better place for a final homecoming.
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Old Jun 4th, 2017, 09:50 AM
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I'm so sorry, Alec. I had missed that you know them.

May they all rest in peace.
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Old Jun 4th, 2017, 10:30 AM
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rmbrmb on Jun 4, 17 at 11:23am, You have to do what makes you feel comfortable but the police are doing an excellent job and have arrested many more today. We just came back from UK. We had just left Paris when the Bataclan shootings happened but would not hesitate to go back. I live very close to the Pulse nightclub and who would have predicted that? We have more gun crimes in central Fl than I care to think about. You just don't know anymore but am not going to stop traveling. I noticed how much protection there was in parliament when in Edinburgh, they are on it and the response time last night said so much about the emergency personal in the UK. Bravo to them.
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Old Jun 4th, 2017, 11:03 AM
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they may have assumed no observant Muslims are likely to be in the vicinity of entertainment district where alcohol is served during the Holy Month.

It was after sunset when the attack occurred
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Old Jun 4th, 2017, 11:44 AM
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Well I live in London and have no choice but to move on. Terrible what happened. But 7/9 million people died. Chances are you won't be caught up in it.

My thoughts are with all those that were caught up into it. Sigh...
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Old Jun 4th, 2017, 12:40 PM
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Sort of an aside - but is there a reason a hotel would evacuate the guests and tell them to run? run where? who knew what other attackers might be out and about - did all the hotels in the area do that? When did they let them back in? I don't know much about how emergency services operate but that seems a bit strange to me.
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Old Jun 4th, 2017, 12:44 PM
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Horrible what happened in London and Manchester and Paris and Istanbul and the list sadly goes on. We were in Paris days after the Nov 2015 attacks and will arrive in London on Tuesday. I will not let these hideous acts determine what I do.
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Old Jun 4th, 2017, 12:50 PM
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The "terrified" masses of London

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-a7772596.html

As a Tweet put it - The only thing that scares the British is the phrase "Rail Replacement Bus".
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Old Jun 4th, 2017, 01:09 PM
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"The only thing that scares the British is the phrase "Rail Replacement Bus"."

Actually, the one between Didcot Parkway and Oxford last year wasn't at all bad. I would think "Southern Railways strike" was a good bit scarier.
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Old Jun 4th, 2017, 01:47 PM
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But 7/9 million people died.>

More danger crossng the street in London than being victim of terrorists actions - really surprising so few were killed -if in U S they would have had semi-automatic weapons anyone can buy at gun shoes and online without any checks -thanks to NRA.

Cops were the only ones to have guns in the London attack.
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Old Jun 4th, 2017, 02:52 PM
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suec1,

Regarding evacuated hotels and instructions from police to run, the news stories I have read indicate that it was police who evacuated hotels and restaurants, not staff, and it is not clear from the stories how much indication they gave of which way to run. For instance, from the above posted news item:

"When guests assembled outside the hotel he said police told everyone to run.

“The police didn’t just give directions, they were yelling ‘run!’,” he said."

While it is not very clearly expressed, I think what the person quoted was trying to say is that the police didn't MERELY indicate where to go and how to leave the area, they were emphatic about speed.

In other news stories I have read that there has been some study of people's initial responses to threats, and some natural responses are either to freeze or to begin asking questions, or get closer to the source of confusion to see more. News stories have talked about how British security services are trying to impress upon the public that running away is the first best safety strategy if you have reason to believe a violent situation in unfolding near you.

In other terrorist attacks that have happened in recent years, news reports often relate that for many people in the area, the first indication they have that something dangerous is happening is that they see many people running, sometimes past them or towards them. So maybe it is obvious which way to run if somebody yells at you to run.
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Old Jun 4th, 2017, 03:07 PM
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I find it very strange that police would evacuate hotels then simply tell people to run. Makes little sense to me unless police were seeking terrorists who they thought were in the hotel. I'd think people would be safer locked in their rooms rather than running willy-nilly through the streets of London especially with the possibility of terrorists still at large. I think there's more to this story.
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Old Jun 4th, 2017, 03:35 PM
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that's what I saw on tv from a Brit -had to evacute less there was a car bomb that may level the hotel. I had the same thought - why have these people running out on the street?
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