Thursday, 21 July 2005

Terror Attacks London Redux

I was in the middle of rehearsals in the Sydenham part of London (well out in the South East of the urban sprawl) and a fellow actor's mobile phone beeped with urgent news (he gets news feeds which is very cool indeed) that reported further bombings in London.

Bugger.

We found a TV and watched the unfolding madness, finding it difficult to believe that this was happening all over again. When it said that Oval tube station was hit, it all came flooding home, as that's my nearest tube. Then it also said a bus on its way to Hackney (where I was due to appear tonight) had been attacked.

Bugger.

It seems no one was killed and that the situation is stable but London has once again ground to a halt and the gig I had tonight cancelled with the bus blocking the way to Hackney and massive delays all over.

I'm too annoyed to analyse right now and hard facts are scarce but I will say this: although there is a lot of resolve in the city we are quickly heading for a siege mentality which will make for a grim London. Also, this latest attack was badly done indeed and once again smacks of something not being quite right. Enough of that...

Peace.


11 comments:

  1. Peace be with you and all your countrymen.

    And to all of you who didn't want to be involved in this mess, I apologize for dragging you into it, on behalf of everyone over here do doesn't want to be in it either.


    Yeharr

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  2. Hey Dan..glad you are ok...A few of us from School were stuck in it as we were at Oval rehearsing... it was a bugger as you said and getting home was a nightmare...walked in the end...(why Oval? )....Stay safe man

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  3. Glad to hear you are ok. That sucks that it happened, but it sucks even more when it hits that close to home.

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  4. South London has been hit again this morning...stay safe Dan.

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  5. Daniel, you and I cross at a couple of blog places; I'm relieved that you're OK, but that's a relative term in your situation---I'd be not OK, even if it were not so close to me. Like Sally G said: stay safe.

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  6. "Passengers said a man, who appeared to be South Asian, ran onto a train in Stockwell station. Plainclothes police shot multiple times while he was on the floor, witnesses said.

    'They pushed him onto the floor and unloaded five shots into him,' witness Mark Whitby told the British Broadcasting Corp. 'He looked like a cornered fox. He looked petrified.'"

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8655541/

    I am very confused and disturbed by this. He's on the ground, he's caught, and they pop five caps in his ass. I would like to hear the reasoning behind this. Why was a man on the floor, surrounded by cops, so dangerous that they felt it best to kill him?

    There may very well be a reason behind this action. This action might be justified. But if I was a British subject, I would like to know why they killed someone who could possibly lead them to more terrorists.

    On a brighter note, Daniel, my son is safe ('safe' being a relative term these days, of course) in London with his girlfriend. They're doing all sorts of touristy things. Thanks again for your offer to help. It was appreciated, deeply.

    Yeharr

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  7. My sentiments exactly...why kill him if they had him on the ground? Bloody scary for other passengers...ok, they must of been certain he had a bomb strapped to him (he was wearing a padded coat) nevertheless to kill him in cold blood without questioning him seems a little odd. I am concerned.

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  8. Nothing feels far away any more. I am near Leeds and the atmosphere grows stranger up here the more that goes on in London.

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  9. Just heard in the news that the police cannot link this man they have shot with the Thursdays 'incidents'... they are sending their regrets in shooting dead the man on the tube.... Hmmm. Too late really wouldn't you say? Be interesting to know what happens in the 'independant inquiry'.

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