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London Incidents 7 July 2005
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July 10th, 2005 
More on Brum:

BBC radio news is carrying a story that Birmingham city centre is being evacuated due to "a major threat to public safety". This is being described as a "proportionate response" and a "controlled explosion" has taken place on a bus.

There are apparently very bad traffic jams on the M40, city centre is cordoned off...


More on London:

Thursday's bombs "went off within seconds of each other", btw.
Death toll currently 49 with bodies remaining in the KX/Russell Square train.
Birmingham city centre has now fully reopened following last night's evacuation, with people now allowed back into their homes.

A total of 20,000 people were evacuated from the city centre; Broad Street entertainment district and the Chinese quarter were shut down, and the A38 inner ring road into the city was also closed to traffic by a West Midlands police exclusion cordon.

Four controlled explosions were carried out on a bus in Corporation Street near the Square Peg pub last night, although officers said the item destroyed had not posed a threat.

At 0500 BST on Sunday bomb disposal experts declared that a suspect package at the Travelodge hotel on Broad Street was not a "credible device". The device concerned was apparently a box with wires hanging out and a switch on top that was found to be empty.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said the cordon around Broad Street and the Chinese quarter had now been lifted, and people evacuated from their homes were free to return. Most had spent the night either with friends or else in emergency accommodation provided at Aston University where blankets and pillows were provided for people to sleep in two auditoriums, but most said they were too anxious to rest.

(Sources: BBC, Sky)
10:56 am(no subject)
Is it still continuing coverage over there?
What is wrong with people?
Why do the police have to defend their decision to close down the City centre in the aftermath of the London Bombings.

I just wish people would grow up.
The police and emergency services have had a lot to deal with in the last week. Their decision to close off the city centre in Brum last night is not ours to question. We have to trust that they will look out for us. They obviously believed that there was a significant threat to the safety and well-being of thousands of people last night and they reacted to that threat. If your night out was ruined, then tough...it would have been ruined as well had something happened last night.
Yes it is sad for some people, but the reality could have been way different and instead of celebrating weddings and parties, they could all be grieving at funerals instead.

The emergency services are doing the toughest job in the world.
These threats are not going to go away. We have been hit now - that is a fact. We are not immune - no one is. We could be hit again at any time, and if the police act on information they have, so be it. I for one would rather they close off a city centre, at whatever inconvenience to me, to be on the safe side than to have the alternative - bodies lying in the street, more death, destruction and hatred.

Just be vigilent out there and give the Police a break - they have enough trouble on their hands without Joe Public braying about how their nights out were ruined or how they were inconvenienced because of closures...

The following is something I received in my in-box this morning from a service called Thought for the Day.

The dead weight of our personal histories is like a ball and chain. It stops us from being here now, from seeing what we need to understand here and now and from doing what we need to do here and now. It blocks our ability to meet others with fresh eyes and an open mind. Even worse is when we can’t wait to tell others our story, as we mistakenly think it is vital to their understanding of life. We don’t realize it but the re-running of our personal history is killing our own freedom. Freedom has no history. Besides, most peoples stories are already built on an illusion that they are someone whom they are not! Give up your personal history. If you don’t have a story you do not have to live up to it. Embrace it and toss it…every day. The wake is the trail of the boat not what drives it.


It struck a chord within me and has enabled me to write about how I have felt since the bombs on Thursday. It was of course a terrible occurence which touches us all, whether we were personally involved or not. LJ is a prime example of how we are all connected - on the LJ Group specifically set up for Londoners on Thursday, I read a comment by a complete stranger, which touched me enough to want to look at their profile. Turns out this person has 8 or 9 totally dispersed LJ friends in common with me. I don't know this person's history and I don't need to - the people we have in common speaks volumes and persuades me that this person is someone I would like and trust if I ever met them.

In a similar way, things like the reaction to the Tsunami, and the global coming together of Live Aid and Live 8, prove to me that you are all my neighbours and my family. Like family, I may not get on with you all, or see you as often as I should, but nontheless we are connected, and responsible for each other. If I pollute and rape the planet in the name of my comfort, my brother or sister in the third world suffers as a consequence. If you threaten and mame the innocent with bombs in London or Bali or Bhagdag, in the misguided name of religious zealotry, you are threatening and maiming me, for I am a child of the stars, just as you are.

The quotation above is about letting go your past and allowing the future to take care of itself. I am who I am today, because of my past, but my future is out there somewhere and I'm happy for it to take me where it will. This weekend has been very happy for me, I have worked hard and played hard and whilst remembering the awful suffering of others in London right now, I do not feel guilty. Rather I offer my peace as a spiritual upload to the general karma to balance out some of the negativity.

Last night, robinbloke, vyvyan, razornet and I went for a night punt on the Cam, going to the meadows at Grantchester. We were escorted along the river by a beautiful black swan, who sailed right next to the boat, leaning his neck over the side occasionally, looking for crisps. We arrived at the meadows just as the light was fading from the sky. A small portable BarBQ was produced and we ate sirloin steak and venison, surrounded by tea lights as dark night descended. I drank red wine and shared a joint as we told stories and finally fell asleep where we lay, on a blanket, under a huge willow tree. We dozed through the cold night air, cuddled up for warmth and not even minding the slight misty rain. By half past 3 it was light once more, so we packed up and got once more into the boat. Robin poled us home through the silent dawn waters, reflections of the sky, fractured by the ripples of our passing. Then into the silent world slid the dawn chorus. We passed a song thrush and never such a sweet sound have i heard - his greeting to a new day will live in my heart for the rest of my days. Mist rolled away, dawn turned to day and a flotilla of geese passed us, trumpeting their presence. Black lambs on the bank bleated, and ducks dabbled. As day fully arrived, we disembarked and were carried home to bed in a taxi.

I give you my morning <:@)
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