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Everybody in London OK?

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11:37 am on Jul 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi...

is everybody located in London OK? Are you alright folks? Just saw what happened!

P!

12:00 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've just got through to the last of our staff and thankfully no one is hurt for us at Strange Logic.

We have have one visitor / client who was staying in Tavistock Square that we aren't sure about and can't get through to, to find out.

A horrible day!

12:02 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am close to Waterloo station, lots of police around as well and lots of sirens!

London bridge was packed, as I walked to work - never seen so many people on it!

Local London radio seems to have good information.

12:08 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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all WebmasterWorld members I am in contact with in London seem safe and well.

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12:11 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Now thats pretty bad... Ive been hearing fears about edinburgh and glasgow. :(
12:20 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Ditto to what was said above.

Deep condolences to all our friends from London and all over Great Britain from the USA.

12:32 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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We cannot be intimidated.

Thankfully we have a world class emergency service and those brave people who rush to help victims cannot and will not turn away from such incidents. They are our heros.

What these terrorists hope to gain by murdering innocent people no one knows.

Tony Blair has just announced that despite the fact the he will leave Scotland immediately and return to London, the G8 summit will go ahead.

Whilst some would ask how on earth can all these world leaders carry on whilst this suffering goes on, isn't that what the summit is all about?

My thoughts are with every good person involved, especially those friends and relatives of victims.

Yesterday we celebrated our win for 2012, today we mourn.

12:48 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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All good here thanks
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All good here, too (South London)
1:01 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Personally, I wish the media just wouldn't talk about it, I'm sure the UK can deal with this without CNN talking about it all day.

All they're doing is feeding the trolls.

1:14 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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12 confirmed dead.

Its chilling to think that the victims had plans and hopes for the future just like you or I, weddings, childrens birthdays and future holidays and more immediatly what they were going to do tonight.

These humble plans and hopes, which they took for granted when they awoke this morning, will never now be realised due to the petty small minded selfimportance of a vile twisted few.

I dont consider my to be relgious but its times like these that I truly hope for heaven and hell to exist.

God bless, sleep tight youll meet again.

1:16 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A very sad day :(

I am still trying to get hold of some non-SEO people to see if they are OK.

The tube will not re-open at all today:

"Home Secretary Charles Clarke said the Underground would remain closed for some time and would not re-open on Thursday."

[news.bbc.co.uk...]

1:24 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yeah alright here in Aldgate East/Whitechapel :( damn happened only a few minutes walk from where I live and the station I use. Crazy stuff.
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very well put Essex_boy, just thoought the samething as I watched the news this morning.

It's indeed a sad day.

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Sky news: now 45 dead and over 1000 injured

[sky.com...]

Sickening

1:42 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Canadian news is portraying Londoners as "shocked but calm, going about their business as usual". Is that accurate? They keep playing that speech by Blair over and over.

Have all WebmasterWorld folks from London checked in yet?

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Canadian news is portraying Londoners as "shocked but calm, going about their business as usual". Is that accurate?

From what I can see - absolutely spot on.

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Let's remember the Terms of Service [webmasterworld.com] and keep this on topic and off politics please.
2:17 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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..."shocked but calm, going about their business as usual"...

That's a good enough description - for those of us fortunate enough to not be directly affected or harmed. The UK, and London in particular, has a long history of coping with tragic events of this nature. Shortly after lunch BBC Radio 4 - probably the authoritative news source in the country - returned to it's normal programme scheduling with The Archers. Nothing gets in the way of The Archers. As a colleague described it - it is a cup of tea for the nation.

In work now, and in the Old Street area just 10 minutes from Moorgate and the heart of the City - and probably across all of London I expect - everything is so very, very quiet.

Syzygy

[edited by: Syzygy at 2:19 pm (utc) on July 7, 2005]

2:46 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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My wife's sister and her husband are traveling in the UK and Europe for 3 weeks. Their plans included several days in London. We're not certain where they are in their itinerary right now, so we share your anxiety about loved ones. My immediate family is just the tip of the iceberg of connections, which connections include all the decent, friendly people from the UK that I've met at PubCons.

It's a small world.

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Everything here in North London is normal as of now. Although my hospital has been put on a major incident alert (i am a doctor), no casulaties from this incidnt have been clerked in here. The emergency services were quick to react and efficiently dealt with the situation (which is not an easy job in a complex and crowded city like London). BBC has just confirmed that more than 32 people died in these blasts.

I was driving to my workplace when this happened and heard everything on radio. I dropped my friend at a train station meanwhile (I wouldn't have done that if I had any idea of what is happening). Initially authorities attributed it to power surge and after some time they shut down the whole tube transport in London (at 9:30), which sounded like an "overreaction". Only at 10:30, after the blast in the double decker bus on the street, they admitted about the serial explosions. I immediately called my girlfriend, who had to take bus to her work today (as I had to drop my friend). Fortunately both my friend and the GF were safe. Now on hindsight, I think that the authorities did the right thing as they were trying to avoid a state of panic in that morning rush hour.

Anyways, I am totally distraught by this incident. The eyewitness accounts on BBC were nerve rattling even for a medical person like me.

I sincerely hope everyone om WebmasterWorld from London is fine. London is still the same and everyone is going on with their day to day life as usual.

2:56 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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>> It's a small world.

Sure is. My wife happened to be in London this morning, on her way to Edinburgh. Luckily she had arrived at the airport by about 9:15ish.

A friend of hers who is afraid of flying, could not get on the train and had to report back to work at the BBC.

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I was staying in the hotel in Russell square 200 metres from the bus bomb blast last month.

All my friends in London on email have checked in and are OK.

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shocked but calm, going about their business as usual

Very accurate. I've just been out for a walk and you wouldn't know anything had happened. People are going about their business, although the tone seems a little quieter than usual.

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My thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in London.
5:51 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Why the delay in shutting down the transit system? It seems to me that London with its long and tragic experience with terror would be able to react quicker.

Is this part of the discussion over there?

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Why the delay in shutting down the transit system?

The tube was shut down almost immediately. It more or less shut itself down.

I don't know what you've heard, but the first explosion looked, to the controllers, as though two trains in the central part of the system had collided and sent a power surge across the network. This, in itself, enough to put most of the system out of commission.

Because the explosions happened underground, the only initial source of information was through sensing equipment. I think it was only when the bus was blown up in Woburn Place that it was realised what precisely was happening.

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I'm fairly new to WW. So far, it seems to be a community focused on helping others - not just with technical and webmaster related issues - but with real criseses (sp?). I'm very impressed and glad to be a part of a community that cares about it's members :-). I have not seen this on the big corporate forums.
6:22 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I understand now.

So at least the authorites were on the ball to some degree but were limited by the circumstances.

6:24 pm on July 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thats right Avi, we are real people from all over the planet. You just have to be careful when discussing these issues so it does not descend into a political debate.

Welcome to WebmasterWorld, by the way.

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