I don't know if is useful for anyone but I went to leave candles at each of the bomb sites this afternoon and discovered the followingKings Cross:
flowers/candles/tributes are being left in a cordoned-off area in front of WH Smith. there was a police officer and a member of the Salvation army looking after it and they were really sweet (asking if I was ok, if i knew any of the victims, offering me a lighter when mine broke).
the only problem was there is still a huge press prescence there. As soon as I walked into the area to leave my tribute, cameras started snapping, i couldn't look to the left or right because I knew there were big banks of press watching me do something really quite personal. When i wiped a tear from my eye, I could hear the cameras snapping faster. I don't really resent this - I know from reading my friend's list on here that people all across the world want to know what's going on, but if you're still quite upset by the whole event it may be quite a distressing experience.Tavistock Square:
the entire area is still completely roped off, and the police looking after the entrances innitially told me there was no where there I could leave tributes myself, but if I wanted they'd take my flowers over to the church (forgotten it's name - the big one on the corner of Euston road). However, after a bit of wandering round I discovered that people were leaving tributes in Russell Square Gardens (map here
I'm not sure about Liverpool Street or Edgeware Road.
Also, according to the bbc
there will be a 2-minute silence observed next thursday at midday, though plans to specify a place in London where people can gather have yet to be confirmed.
To UCL alumni
UCL - Getting back to normal
I am writing to all UCL alumni to thank you for the messages of concern that have been flooding in from around the world in response to yesterday's terrorist outrages in London. I am relieved to be able to reassure you that, although these events have inevitably caused distress amongst the UCL community, we have not suffered any direct damage - though we are aware of one member of staff who was seriously injured.
It has been an exceptionally difficult 24 hours for everyone at UCL, but we have managed to keep things running: the true spirit of UCL has prevailed, and I know that you will share my enormous pride in this quality that is so powerful amongst our community of staff and students.
Although it is quiet on the Bloomsbury campus today, things are already getting back to normal, and we expect to be fully operational again next Monday, 11 July.
Please be assured that we are in good shape. We have been fortunate not to have suffered any direct damage. We are not unaffected by this tragedy, but we are now restoring normality and getting on with our daily tasks. We look forward to moving from strength to strength, undented by these barbaric acts.
Thank you again for your thoughts, for your prayers, and for your support.
President and Provost of UCL
friend's father works for the transport police and he said that when the first boomb went off and the police and bbc and everyone was saying it was a power surge. They knew it wasn't, they knew what they were dealing with from the start, though perhaps not the extent. But I guess they said power surge so people wouldn't panic until they actually had to release the entire story. Like when you get a jumper, and they said an incident has happened at so & so station.
And I went on the central line today at 6.30pm. There must have been ooh all of 100 people max on the entire train. I also caught a one train today, there was even less people on that. There were police at hackney downs, bethnal green stations (on the platforms) and loads of police in the main ticket hall and tube ticket hall of liv. st station. But then on the way back, the tube filled up again at about 8.30. Maybe people are putting back rush hour cause they think there's less chance of something happening to them that way?
Sorry if this is inappropriate for this comm. Feel free to delete if you thinkit is.
How you can help
By Jonathan Prynn, Evening Standard
8 July 2005
The Mayor is working with the Red Cross and the Evening Standard to set up a fund to help victims of the London bombings and their families.
The Standard has already pledged £100,000 to the fund and its parent company, Daily Mail and General Trust, will contribute a further £150,000.
Chairman Lord Rothermere said: "Everyone at DMGT feels deeply shocked and sickened by yesterday ' s horrific events.
"We are proud that the company has donated a substantial sum of money to this appeal." He called on other companies to follow suit.
Some have already responded with substantial offers of financial support for the fund, which will be administered by the Red Cross.
Ken Livingstone appealed to the extraordinary generosity of individual Londoners.
He said: "Yesterday a group of cold-blooded murderers attempted to terrorise London.
"They struck at ordinary Londoners without discrimination as to their beliefs, their race, their occupation or anything else. Such pure criminals had no chance of success in defeating our city at all or of diverting it one inch from its course.
"But what they could and did do is to kill or maim individuals.
"I believe it is the wish of Londoners that those who have suffered deaths of their loved ones or serious injury should also be helped by all Londoners. Because they have suffered for an attack on every one of us. It could equally have been your son or daughter, your husband or wife, your loved one, or yourself who was struck.
"The overwhelming majority of us were lucky. But some Londoners paid a price for an attack on all of us.
"I know that the main job in caring for those who suffered must be carried out by the emergency services, by our health and support services all of whom showed again yesterday just what a debt Londoners owe to them. But your contribution now can help make a decisive difference to someone whose life has been changed for ever.
"We cannot make up for what the victims have lost. But every single thing that can be done will be done.
"That is why I have agreed to establish, with the Red Cross, the London Bombings Relief Fund.
"Your donations will be held in trust to assist by any means the victims of the attack, their families and dependants; and to assist with any other appropriate project that the funds allow."
Payments can be made to London Bombings Relief Fund.
Telephone 08705 125 125
Online at www.redcross.org.uk/londonrelief
Post your gift to LBRF c/o Mayor of London, FREEPOST LON18968, Sheffield S98 1ZA
- This is the worst incident in the history of London underground
- The last serious incident was the Kings Cross fire in 1987 when 27 people died after a machine room under a wooden escalator caught fire. This led to a major overhaul of emergency procedures
- There was a derailment at White City on May 11, 2004 but there were no injuries or fatalities
- There was a derailment at Camden Town 19 October 2003 with 7 injuries and no fatalities
- There was a derailment at Chancery Lane 25 January 2003 with no injuries and no fatalities
- Each AM peak 370,000 use the tube.
- London Underground conducted a live emergency exercise at Tower Hill station two and a half weeks ago on 12 June which fully tested the combined emergency services response to an emergency
- Each year LU holds an emergency exercise to test procedures
- There was a multi national emergency desktop exercise, Atlantic Blue, earlier this year which focused on the response to a potential terrorist attack.
- There has recently been a renewed campaign in conjunction with the Met Police to report suspect bags and packages. These posters are highly visible in Tube stations and on buses
- A London resilience team has weekly meetings - London wide resilience plans have been fully tested.
- Approximately 325,000 people travel on buses during the morning peak
- CCTV pictures will be used to assist police.
Probably tangential, but the Beeb did report yesterday that the station at Swindon (and that at Brighton, wh I cannot speak to) had been closed for security reasons.
I shd report that the 'suspicious package' on the platform at Swindon turns out to have been someone's washing. Presuming that there is no threat from someone's smalls, Swindon station was and remains reopened, and the FGW (First Great Western) website are saying that trains to and from the West will run largely to schedule today and henceforward. (Assuming of course there are no leaves on the line.)
Following the disaster in London . . .
East Anglian Ambulance Service have launched a national "In case of Emergency ( ICE ) " campaign with the support of Falklands war hero Simon Weston.
The idea is that you store the word " I C E " in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted "In Case of Emergency".
In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to contact them. It's so simple that everyone can do it. Please do.
Please will you also email this to everybody in your address book, it won't take too many 'forwards' before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest.
For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc
Nigel Rich, the chairman of CP Ships, has reported that all staff and families of CP Ships (UK) are safe.
This was via internal memo from Mr. Rich himself, and frankly I don't know if I'm even allowed to post this, but it seemed to me that it was more important to share this information than to keep it private.
"Security sources" have told the BBC that three of the bombs were not caused by suicide bombers
I'm assuming that they're still working out what happened with the bus bomb
Source: BBC News24 captioning
I'm sorry to post here but I'm really really worried I'm still missing a friend and I was hoping someone here knows her or has heard from her...Hoping I guess.
Angela aka gothindulgence
Sarana (Toronto Canada)
Death toll 'difficult to tell because of the extent of the damage at two of the bomb sites' - BBC Radio 4 news just a minute ago. These are the bus and the Russell Square train.
Also, 'a number of bodies still in the Tube train at Russell Square' from Sir Ian Blair - they don't know how many yet.
Could be some time before we finally know.
LJ is telling me the "memories" feature is temporarily unavailable. Is it something we did?
Edit - no, it's broken for everyone on all journals. Ah well. Links exist to most of the important posts anyway. Thanks for letting us know!
For anyone trying to reach London via the East Coast Mainline (Peterborough, Grantham, Retford, Newark, Doncaster, York, Darlington, Durham, Newcastle, Edinburgh) GNER
GNER Special Timetable: Friday July 8, 2005
Following yesterday’s incidents in London, King's Cross station is now open and trains are running. GNER is operating a limited service and a special timetable will operate throughout the day.
Some services will terminate at Peterborough and passengers may have an extended journey in to King's Cross by changing on to WAGN services.
London Underground services have returned to normal on many lines but services on the lines affected are still severely disrupted.
• Ticket restrictions have been lifted.
• Your ticket is valid tomorrow if you decide not to travel today.
• Our staff are here to help you if you need assistance.
Consult their website for the special timetable.
say that everything is back to normal at Liverpool Street.
is running a normal service.
coaches are back to normal with some concessions for passengers who wanted to travel yesterday:
Normal service now operating
Following yesterday's events in London, National Express would like to advise customers that we are operating a normal service today.
We are offering amendments and refunds to customers with tickets for travel yesterday, 7 July 2005. Our standard amendments and refunds policy will apply to all tickets for travel from today.
National Express would like to thank customers for their continued co-operation.
are running as normal but expecting heavy loads (and presumably tougher security):
08/07/05 - Eurostar Service Announcement
Further to yesterday’s tragic events in London, Eurostar expects to run all its services as normal today and over the weekend. Passengers are advised to check-in at least 45 minutes before departure as trains are expected to be extremely busy.
Those travellers not wishing to use tickets booked for travel before Sunday evening will be able to exchange their tickets for alternative Eurostar services at any point over the next 12 months (subject to availability).
Travellers wishing to rebook should call 08705 186 186
Due to yesterday's disruption, telephone lines are expected to be busy so please bear with us.
Eurostar extends its sympathies to those families affected by today's events.
west coast mainline services into Euston are somewhat disrupted, consult their website for information (they have it in some Flash popup that I can't copy and paste from....)
I was thinking last night about the future of this community - my thoughts are:
- the community has worked best because it was more timely than conventional news media - but now they're very much on the scene, providing a full news and analysis service, and London is trying to get back to normal
- the focus of this community should therefore shift over to being on practical aspects of London's recovery - contact/missing persons, transport problems.
- Relevant news about the attempt to bring those who caused these events to justice, or about persons, places or institutions affected by the explosions, is very much On Topic.
- More General material related to security, civil liberties issues arising from this, etc remain off topic
- "Emotional" responses to these events belong on london_hurts
- It is my hope that the maintenance team can all gradually "stand down" over the next few days as the volume of postings decreases.
- I don't yet have a plan for wrapping up the community - at the moment I would expect that after yesterday's events cease to be "news" and become "current affairs", attracing only occasional new posts, we would switch the community over to a moderated one. This would be done at the "right time", whenever that is.
If anyone has a radically different vision, please suggest it here. I am presenting this as a "straw man" and am willing to listen to alternative visions.
Please scroll down through the community or check the memories before posting hotline numbers.
My apologies if this has been asked before (I went through most but not all of the posts), is there a website or blog for people to share emotional responses yet?
The call centre is still open on 0870 15 66 344. Call volumes are still quite high, so please be patient if you can't get through. This number is the place to call for reporting missing people. They can't provide information on whether if anyone has been found directly. This is also the right place to give feedback if someone reporting missing has since turned up safe and well, so the police can concentrate on contacting those still not found.
For eyewitness information on the bombings, the Met have a call centre on 0800 789123. I have no idea who that is running, as it's nothing to do woth me.
Australian Prime Minister John Howard told a news conference on Friday 52 people had been killed, but British police said the death toll remained at 37, though it could rise because a number of people had been critically wounded.
52 people have been confirmed dead and another 700 injured. 400 of those injured are currently in London hospitals.
Also confirming that 8 Australians have been injured in the blasts, two of those critically.
Source for all confirmations: Channel Ten news in Australia at 5pm.