"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."