Update: London’s Burning

July 7th, 2005 at 8:06 pm by james

This inspires an interesting mix of relief, outrage and pity. It was strange to see broadcasters battling to keep the relief out of their voices this afternoon; it’s almost like an attack of this sort is a stamp of approval for a major city, a rite of passage – something we’ve been expecting and anxiously waiting for for years and are surprised to have survived in the event (those of us that did). The perverse result is that the impossibly small-minded wasters-of-space who do this in an attempt to inspire a reaction of fear in fact inspire relief and then rage against them and their cause. I don’t see much fear around. So why do they do it again?

I’m very grateful I didn’t get onto a train this morning. I would have wound up stuck right in the middle of it, and I don’t think there’ll be many hotel rooms available in London tonight. Heather and Phoe tried to travel from Richmond to St Albans this morning. They made it back safely after Silverlink stopped. Heather will be spending an extra night in Richmond.

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