Thursday, July 07, 2005


I've never heard a bomb blast before - not in real life, at least.

I knew it was a bomb - I'd had an inkling: I'd heard a stream of sirens, going on for minutes at an end - not like one vehicle approaching or departing, nor one stuck in traffic, but a whole series of emergency vehicles. I'd checked the BBC website, and heard about an explosion at Liverpool street.

I was discussing some catalogue records with a colleague when we heard the retort. Load, sharp and short. Not like all the sundry bangs you hear round London all the time - differnt. We guessed King's Cross; and he looked up at the clock in justifiable worry, wondering if his wife would be getting into that station about then.

It was closer though, it was at Tavistock place. The retort we heard was people being torn apart on a bus. You can just about se my workplace - UCL - just a couple of streets away.

At lunchtime, police and ambulances were everywhere - Gower street was closed to help them access.

We left work early - lots of people we're going to have a hard time getting home. It was raining as well - I thought perhaps God really is on their side then. I've never liked God anyway.

As I walked home down Hampstead road, among the strems of people walking that usually empty route, a quote from T.S. Elliott occurred to me.
A crowd flowed over London bridge.
So many - I ahd no idea death had undone so many.
Least, that's how I remmber it. I'm sure a crowd will have flowed over London bridge today. Just now, I've sen people walking down my strets with maps, clearly walking unfamiliar roads home.

The small mercy is not many sem to have died - many have ben maimed, and the fact it happened at all is bad enough.

I've nothing to add - today - now isn't the time for politics. Bastards.


Blogger Kevin Carson said...

I'm glad you're OK. The Internet certainly brings this sort of atrocity home on a more personal level. After 9-11, I heard a lot from an anarchist comrade on the VCM's discussion list--he lived in Brooklyn, and could see a lot of the smoke and devastation from across the East River.

5:34 PM  
Blogger ReasonInRevolt said...

I was on a plane at JFK on 9/11, my girlfriend's office was in Manhattan and there was no telecom. I was trapped. I was pissed. I hated who I thought did it and for months thereafter spit fire against Muslims. .. And look where that has got me - us. Now IS precisely the time for politics mate. Anytime this stuff happens I have to ask myself - "who's interests are served?" Stay tuned for mass beatings in Scotland.

6:09 PM  
Blogger DespairToWhere said...

Hi Bill,
Glad you're OK and back to blogging duty.
All the best
Stuart (and Dave)

3:00 PM  

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