Does anyone know what's happening and if it's connected to last week?
There is a massive plume of smoke coming from the side of Wembley Stadium, people here reckon it's Wembley Park station, no word at all on the news sites, theories abound...
I took this on my phone:( wembleyCollapse )
OK, it's not a bomb - BBC News Ticker says "Factory on fire in Wembley area - 10 crews attending. More soon."
London bombing victims remembered - BBC report on the 2 minute silence today.
I personally found it quite moving. No sirens, hardly any traffic, not even the police dogs made a sound.
There's also a brief mention of the searching of a house in Aylesbury this morning, but nothing detailed.
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So for how long has London been known as Londonistan cause this is the first I'm hearing of it?
According to Wikipedia
, London has been known as Londonistan in France since the late 90s. Reading this telegraph
article from Oct 13 2001 makes me wonder why I hadn't even heard this term until that particular Guardian article
was brought to my attention
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- Music:Turtles - Rugs of Woods and Flowers
52 died, over 700 injured. 4 cowardly murderers and one man arrested.
Now that London is returning to some semblance of normalcy we show that we are unafraid
of those that would seek to control us through their weapons of terror.
Donations can be made to the Red Cross via London Stands
memoribilia by visiting http://londonstands.blogspot.com
Whatever your sentiments about the mayor, you may support his message - You will fail
by visiting http://www.ywf.org.uk
There will be a two minute silence at noon this Thursday to remember those that fell.
Paraphrasing from live radio broadcast, so no direct quotes (though some are almost direct).
Today six search warrants were issued under Terrorism Act.
All four suspects (who had previously been watched) arrived in London by train on Thursday, July the 7th, appearing on CCTV at Kings Cross station shortly before 08:30. All four are now believed to have been killed in the explosions, with documents relating to the suspects found close to the sites of the three underground explosions, and personal effects found close to the bus explosion.
At Luton a vehicle was found in the station car park.
One man has been arrested in West Yorkshire and will be brought to London for further questioning.
Andy Clarke, Head of Anti-Terrorist Branch
"We have reason to believe that all the 4 of the suicide bombers died in each incident"
"One of the bodies found on the bus have lead the police up into Yorkshire" (to continue their enquiries)
"2 more victims have been named"
Snippets from the LBC 97.3 news update.
Police have sealed off Luton railway station after the discovery of a suspect car they believe may be connected to the London bombs, according to breaking news on the BBC
Train services between St Albans and Bedford are being disrupted due to this security alert in the Luton Airport Parkway area. Short notice alterations, cancellations and delays of up to 60 minutes are currently being experienced. All the lines in the Luton area are now being blocked as of 15:00 (taken from the Thameslink
Both AP and Reuters are reporting that detectives from London, together with local officers, searched four properties in West Yorkshire under warrants issued under the Terrorism Act and were examining a fifth.
The searches were part of a pre-planned intelligence-led operation, a spokeswoman said, but there have been have been no arrests at this stage.
"The searches are in connection with the terrorist attacks in London on July 7," she added.
An anti-terrorist police spokeswoman said the searches were thought to be "significant".
Tuesday's operation was the first reported swoop in what police describe as the biggest crime scene investigation in English history.
I live in East Anglia (Suffolk) and we have a number of US servicemen around here due to the airbase we have here, or have had in the past.
On the local news this morning I heard that the US has ordered troops to stay away from London, or anywhere near the M25. Apparently this is due to security and safety reasons and apparently to keep them out of the way of the police’s clear up opperation. *Shrugs.*
I am not going to comment any further other than to present the facts. You may view that as you will, as will the terrorists no doubt.
The original source was SGR FM Ipswich and later The Times Online
Appologies if this is not the right place to post this, but I thought it was a notable and official reaction to the events of last week.
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I managed to royally screw my ankle yesterday at work, and was reluctant to go along to A&E because I assumed the hospitals would still be up to their ears in problems from the bombings (OK, possibly not the most sensible of assumptions, but I was in mild shock ;)
However, we went to UCL, and their A&E at least seems to be very calm and quiet, and well-staffed - so if anyone else is injuring themselves in non-emergency ways and is worried about making a fuss - don't be daft, they do seem to be coping fine.
It's possibly also worth making sure that if you're going by taxi that the taxi driver drops you off at the NEW entrance - the old one is no longer in use, and is round the other side of the block, which is a long way if you've crippled yourself!
I went along to see if the blood transfusion people wanted me to give blood this evening and found, as I'd half-expected, that they are turning away anyone who hasn't got an appointment since they are pretty much snowed under, including a lot of first-time donors who need extra hand-holding and (occasionally) faint on them etc.
However, the way these things usually work is that there's a big surge in donations immediately after a disaster then a shortfall two weeks to a month later, so the optimum time to go along is probably in a week or two - or leave it for a month or so since they really need a steady supply.
I'm in central London, and things may be different elsewhere, but I'll be surprised if there isn't a similar pattern at all of the donation centres.
Dead toll still at 52, however it will rise though he doesn't expect it to rise into three figures.
Source: BBC News24, press conference with head of the Met Police
Hi. I have a friend in London who's pretty shell-shocked, and I was wondering if any trauma counselling hotlines had been set up? I've had a poke about on the internet, but all I can find is this one
, set up by the Tower Hamlets Council, which seems to be more a re-directing service.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks for any help you can provide : )
As well as the London Bombing related spam I reported
which arrived within 24 hours of the bombing, there is now a London Bombing computer virus being reported by the BBC and ourselves
. More specifically this is a trojan and not a virus, but it is still an unpleasant program you don't want. This arrives in the form of an email claiming to be from CNN offering video footage of the bombings. If the attachment is run under MS Windows, it may place your computer under someone else's control. Since this has now been discovered, it is likely that the author may re-write the program to disguise itself differently.
It is good general practice to never open attachments you weren't expecting, and to use an up-to-date anti-virus system and firewall.
The Met Police are still appealing for information, and have set up an email account on:
for receiving photographs, video footage, mobile images etc...
Please attach your contact name and telephone details so they can ask you any further questions as necessary (such as, time, place time info). This information will be treated as confidential.
If your having trouble/don't know how to download phone images, there maybe a mobile number to forward them directly to in future. But I suspect there's enough knowlegde here directly to be able to help you out anyways.
There is also a 24 hour family assistance centre being set up at The Queen Mother's Sports Centre on Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1 1EL (it's about a 5 minute amble from Victoria). This is for those who want to be able to trace members of their family or loved ones, and also discuss issues, concerns and the like.
This is ONLY for those who have a someone missing. It is not for volunteers or rubber-neckers. They will ask for ID and the name of the person you have previously reported.
The "Birmingham alerts" and "reflections upon a river" threads are off topic
for this community. "reflections upon a river" (constructive and supportive as it is) would be appropriate for londonhurts
; "Birmingham alerts" belongs on a politics blog or the original poster's own journal. Neither will be removed for the time being, although I urge the original poster of "reflections upon a river" to repost to london_hurts
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
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 <:@)
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...
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.
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...http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4668313.stm
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.
After reading the most recent post on the threat of an attack on birmingham,
does any one know if Medway (partically Maidstone) is at any threat of a terrorist attack?
I've been looking around, and after hearing that birmingham may be attacked, I wondered if any other areas may be.. I live in 2 places. London, I come from. I go to school in. Medway, I live in. idk. I'm sorry if this doesn't belong here, I'm just worried. kthx for anyhelp, it's very much appreciated.
Hope that you're all okay && you managed to gain contacts with all your friends & family.
Police in Birmingham evacuated the city centre about an hour ago. Earlier they issued a warning they had received intelligence suggesting a terrorist threat to the area. The BBC are using the words 'critical' and 'specific' threat. (source: BBC Online, 10:00pm News on BBC1 and Reuters)
ETA: No vehicles were being allowed to be moved while helicopters had been hovering overhead since around 2000 BST. (BBC journalist Toby Brown)
ETA 2: Bomb squad officers have reportedly carried out a series of controlled explosions in the Broad Street entertainment district. (Sky News)