Finally made it home :)
Everyone here has stayed pretty calm and just got on with work then getting home safely.
It was just weird with all the streets empty except for people walking (all buses/underground out of action)
I live in London, not so far from one of the bombs, and I would like to send out a message to all of you, those honorable members of the media in particular.
I would much appreciate you not making a big fuss or giving much coverage to this at all. I have heard the news a few times already and unless you have a new explosion or a red handed arrest to report, this is old news already!
The more media coverage you give a terrorist, the more you help him. If nobody outside of the UK knew about this, and everyone inside ran it as a minor news item, the terrorists would have wasted their efforts.
>>>I would much appreciate you not making a big fuss or giving much coverage to this at all.
Too late, the North American cable news stations have gone wall to wall with it. Same with news/talk radio I have heard today.
|I have heard the news a few times already |
Some people haven't. Some people don't live in London but have relatives and friends who do, who they may be intensely worried about.
Some people don't have the opportunity to sit and watch the news bulletins all day and if they were to turn on the television or radio and the news wasn't there to give them information about the location of the explosions, the numbers of dead and injured and emergency numbers to call, the media would not be doing their job.
This may be a man-made atrocity rather than a natural disaster but there is no reason to give it less coverage than an earthquake or a tidal wave might receive.
And I might add that the terrorist's aim is a climate of fear which empowers him to achieve his political goals.
Distribution of accurate information does more to encourage informed discussion and dispel any climate of fear than attempts to muzzle the press - which will only lead to the spread of rumours, half-truths and paranoia.
I just wanted to add my voice to others hoping that all of you in the UK and your loved ones are allright. I live a stone's throw from NYC and lost several friends on 9/11. My sincere condolences to those suffered losses in this despicable and cowardly attack!
In the course of searching for news I was just reminded how the British stood up to the aerial bombardment of London during WWII.
What fools the terroist/bombers are to think that that their cowardly actions would alter the course of a city - or nation - that withstood the blitz with such character, determination and courage.
"Never, never surrender . . ." is a speech that inspires me every time I think about its message.
Gang, let's make sure to keep this thread on topic - leaving the politics and speculation out of our discussion and focusing on our fellow webmasters as their lives have been touched by this tragic event.
Okay here in North London too thanks.
Does anyone know if this is where SuzyUk is? Has anyone heard from her, know if she is ok?
No, I'm fairly sure that SuzyUK isn't London based.
The London Bombings Relief Fund [redcross.org.uk] has now been set up in conjunction with the Red Cross.
Just made a small donation.
Its pretty dreadful I agree but after 30 years of living with the IRA I dont see that the UK population is that phased. Most of those that were in the thick of it acted with calm stoisism and the emergency service drills that had been well practised seemed to work very well.
Lets put it into context and consider that there are many more people than that killed on UK roads every week.
I honestly think that the less publicity given to terrorist attacks the better and we should move on as soon as possible but having said that I was impressed by Blairs Churchillian speech delivered shortly after the news had broken.
|I'm fairly sure that SuzyUK isn't London based |
She lives in Scotland.
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