July 8th, 2005


London Calling

I read this in a Guardian article today:

"For anyone who has lived in London for more than a few years, the tube map is more than a map on the wall. It burns itself into the brain, like the circuit diagram its design is based on. At news of any disruption, little stretches of it flash red, and almost without thinking, you try to chart a way round the obstruction. For the whole system to be sealed up without warning is to find the ground beneath your feet, paradoxically, to be not so solid as it was."
Savagely woken from a pleasant dream: James Meek Full Article

This quote really explains it I think. In London you are just so dependant on the tube... and then something like this happens. I stopped watching the CNN news coverage last night, just couldn't see the same images over and over again. I wanted the BBC to tell me what was happening, I missed the authority and professionalism of the 10 o'clock news. I spent the day surfing between The Guardian and the BBC to get my news.

A very good friend in Zurich emailed me yesterday, to check how I was doing. I told her that I had sent emails to all my friends who work in Central London (heard back from all but 2.... still waiting for them) I wrote to her:
"I feel guilty (in a bizarre way) that I'm not still living in London. I'm sorry I can't be there to give blood, or do extra Voluntary shifts, cos I know they're going to get a lot more calls over the next while."

I'm relieved

I've just had the last text message back from all my friends and colleagues in London who I've been checking up on. All present and accounted for. I feel so desperately sad for all those families who haven't been so lucky, or who are still waiting to hear about their loved ones. Just terrible.

Ken Livingstone's statement

Taken from Ken Livingstone's statement yesterday, 7th July 2005
I never really had an opinion on Ken, but I think he's spot on here....

"Finally, I wish to speak directly to those who came to London today to take life.

In the days that follow look at our airports, look at our sea ports and look at our railway stations and, even after your cowardly attack, you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners and to fulfil their dreams and achieve their potential.

They choose to come to London, as so many have come before because they come to be free, they come to live the life they choose, they come to be able to be themselves. They flee you because you tell them how they should live. They don’t want that and nothing you do, however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to our city where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another. Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail."