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7/7 from Just Down The Road

That day, I was late for work, as I had dry cleaning to drop off. I bobbed back into my flat to collect my work things, and the phone was ringing. A tearful and  upset ex blurted out that he’d been ringing for ten minutes and was I ok? I thought this was a tad too dramatic for being late for work! And so he told me what had happened. I hung up and switched on the TV, to try to find out what had happened.

I work one block away from where the bus was blown up and use Russell Square, where one of the tube explosions was, every day, and lived less than a mile away in Camden.

Then I called work, but of course I couldn’t get through. And so I decided to set off on foot. All the local roads were in complete gridlock. I got about a quarter of a mile from Euston, and was turned back by the Police. Knowing the area well,   slipped through various backroads and tried the Kings Cross approach. Same  thing. Not having seen much on the news (it was all still so fresh), I really did wonder what the hell had happened?

So back to the flat, the phone was ringing again, this time, my anxious parents. Yes, I was fine. No, hadn’t seen anything, no, no idea what was happening. And so back to the TV and the internet to see the full horror unfolding. First the tube, and then the bus.

Eventually I got through to work. Lots of extremely upset guests, most of the foreign ones wanting to go home.  I didn’t get to work that day or the next, it was impossible to pass. For months, my beloved Bloomsbury  was affected. Ditto the tourist industry. Who wants to holiday in a terror area?

But the Brits count among their many talents, resilience. The Celts, the Romans, the Vikings, the Normans and of course, the Nazis, all been and gone. Ditto terrorists.  They may get their fifteen minutes of fame, or fun, but they shall not pass.

This morning I walked the last bit from Euston, to pay my respects at the memorial. Lots of people there. These are the innocent dead : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33259919

In the words of Dave Allen "Thank you, goodnight and may your God go with you" and I hope you understand that no god endorses the murder of innocents. 


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