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One year anniversary of bombings - London

Old Jul 7th, 2006, 03:07 AM
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One year anniversary of bombings - London

My condolences to Londoners - it was one year ago today that the bombings occurred. I was on vacation in Victoria when I woke to hear the awful news. And I spent part of that day trying to reach friends there to make sure they were ok.

I'll have to read the news later - I am sure it's a day of mourning. Will they have another moment of silence like they did last year?
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Old Jul 7th, 2006, 03:24 AM
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Under the circumstances I feel happy breaking my own vow…..

Flygirl: I have just come back to my office from Woburn Place, which is where the bus was bombed.

There was a very moving two minutes silence, with the staff of the various offices, shops, hotels etc standing outside their workplaces.

Just by me were a group of those who had lost loved ones in the bomb. They were left respectfully alone. Each of them had a white balloon for each death. At the end of the silence they released the balloons. I haven’t explained this very well but it was very emotional and moving.

There were representatives of the Emergency Services and community groups there too.

These moved off to St Pancras church where there is a special multi-faith service.

Yesterday there were police all over the transport network, but thankfully it appears to have passed quietly.
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Old Jul 7th, 2006, 04:01 AM
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David, you explained it well enough that I had a tear or two.

We were also away from home and spent some time getting in touch with friends in London.

Our thoughts are there today.
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Old Jul 7th, 2006, 04:09 AM
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I also teared up at your very moving description of the people holding the white balloons. My brother was in London on that dreadful day.

I also thought about 9/11 where my son lives and works.

My sincere condolences.

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Old Jul 7th, 2006, 05:00 AM
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You can see the BBCs coverage of the commemoration here (the video link is under the first picture of the dark haired woman):

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5153678.stm
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Old Jul 7th, 2006, 06:08 AM
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My heart goes out to everyone in London today. I can't believe it has been a year.

David, your description was perfect, and very moving.

Johanna
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Old Jul 7th, 2006, 06:50 AM
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Merci David, I was in London (King's cross)just 2 weeks before it happened and I feel sad today. Je suis de tout coeur avec les Londoniens.
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Old Jul 7th, 2006, 08:39 AM
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I had just returned from London when this awful event happened. It's a shocking, awful thing & I'm very sorry for the loss suffered by so many. May it never happen again.

I watched this AM on BBC America as wreaths were being laid.
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Old Jul 7th, 2006, 08:49 AM
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I work on Conduit Street where many, many people stood outside offices and restaurants to observe the 2 minute silence. I can't believe it has been a year already. My heart goes out to all the people who lost their much loved relatives and friends. This day is very much for them - it's not about politics. It is just very sad for them and for the rest of us it is a chance to pause and reflect and maybe do some good by our fellow man.
 
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I wonder how it must feel to be so frustrated with your lot in life that the only avenue you see to express your dissatisfaction is to blow up yourself and anyone who happens to be nearby.
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Old Jul 7th, 2006, 10:26 AM
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It is a sad day, and I am thinking of my friends in London.

Such a senseless act, and it only succeeded in inspiring some sadness and heartbreak, not terror.

Doesn't look like this has been recently updated, but I think the sentiments expressed are still clear:
http://www.werenotafraid.com/

My thoughts and prayers are with you, today, Londoners.

BC
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Old Jul 7th, 2006, 11:00 AM
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One year ago today I landed at Heathrow airport at 8:30 AM. As our pre-arranged driver got stuck in ever-increasing traffic, we listened to the radio as the various explanations for the shutdown of the transportation network unfolded. We watched the crowds of people at bus stops trying to flag down cabs and wondered what on earth was happening.

By the time we reached our rental apartment in Chelsea, it was clear that there had been bombs and not the electrical malfunctions the news readers were telling us about. The rental agent said, yes, it was probably a terrorist attack, but he said in London people were used to such things and would not let it change their daily lives.

I was very impressed throughout our stay by the positive attitude of the people we met and the nature of the discourse we encountered.

Thank you David for sharing the moving ceremony you witnessed this morning.
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Old Jul 7th, 2006, 05:08 PM
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When asked how serious opposition to antiterrorism measures are in Britain, Lord Carlile of Berriew (Britain's independent reviewer of counterterrorism laws) replied:

"Very. Complacency, tempting though it is, is the worst possible attitude. We've been fortunate we haven't had more attacks. There will be more."

It looks like St. George is fast asleep while the Muslim dragon creeps over the Isles.

God bless Tony Blair and George Bush for trying to defeat our enemy, and seek revenge on those who hate us Christians.

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Uh, actually it's infidels the jihadists hate - particularly those who have been appropriating their turf since the 11th century.
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Uhm, right, those people working in the World Trade Center were appropriating "their" turf. Those people on the tube were appropriating "their" turf.

Robespierre, you need a reality check.

Christine
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