There was a terrorist attack in London. Apparently, there were six explosions in different subways and a bus. There are at least 37 people confirmed dead, and over 700 injured. My prayers are with you all in the UK.
Thank you all for your wonderful words, thoughts and support. In fact, my thanks go out to all the people of the US, the best friends that the UK has in the world today.
We are a robust people. One it is impossible to break. We have a history of more than 1,000 years of conflict to defend our shores. We have stood firm against the Romans, The Vikings, the Angles and the Saxons, the Normans, two world wars, the blitz and best part of 100 years of on/off conflict with the IRA. Those who have perpetrated todays attrocities stand no chance of even bending us. Far better than they have tried repeatedly over the centuries and got nowhere. Those who did get a foothold in our land were simply absorbed into our society and overcome that way.
I like to think of us along the lines of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. The more we are pushed, the greater our resistance.
I am waiting to hear from our friends living in the area and will not settle until they have all reported in. But, from me personally, once again thank you. It is good to know we have such good and caring friends.
p.s. And we mustn't forget all those other nations who are also good and true friends of the UK. Thank you Gerrit.
I would like to extend my heartfelt condolances with he people of the UK, and especially those whose lives have been suddenly turned upside down by the callous terrorist attacks which took place earlier today.
May all of those who lost dear ones find strength and comfort in their faith, and in the compassion that is shown by so many in such days of tragedy.
Many thanks to everybody for their concern and kind wishes following yesterday's events in London. I was beavering away here in the Internet Café in Tottenham Court Road while the bombs were going off, so I only found out about it when I left at about 10am and found London at a standstill.
Anyway, I'm perfectly OK, and transport seems to be getting back to normal this morning, although the affected sections of the Underground are still closed.
My thoughts and sympathy go out to those families affected by the tragedy.
I'm glad to hear that you are safe and well, knowing how often you travel into Central London.
Very sad events indeed yesterday and it must have been a strange feeling to have been close to the middle of it all, as you were. It would be interesting to hear a bit more about your experiences some time, how you eventually managed to get home for example and how long it took.
I did consider the possibility that the weekend's events would be affected but now, as you say, it seems that most if not all events in London will take place as usual. I do not yet know if I can go to the pony centre but if I can, I'll see you and the others there on Sunday - and in any case I will be at Kenwood House on Saturday.
The buses were still running at 10am although the Underground was completely suspended. It took quite a while, but I managed to get home by bus eventually. I didn't find out the full details until I listened to the news on the radio when I got home, but I could make out a few snippets from people talking on their mobile phones.
I hope you can make it to Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre on Sunday, because it's going to be a very interesting and unique event.
So far so good. I am glad to see everyone here seems to be doing OK. I need to reach out to Trixie, though, and make sure that whole family is OK. It is good to see that the British emergency services were able to handle this without the whole city falling apart, and the British people, unlike the cowards in Madrid, have not collapsed into a quivering mass of jelly. I hope they hunt down the slimeballs who did this and blow their heads off. The land that survived the Blitz is sure as the devil not going to be broken by a couple of turbaned whackos with a few pounds of C-4. Come on, Hayley, give us a rousing patriotic song!
It is good to hear from you this morning. From the timing of your posts yesterday, I realised you must have been in the Oxford Street / Tottenham Court Road area at the time of the explosions. I think the closest to you would have been the bus in Tavistock Square but is north of where you were and I could see no reason why you would have gone in that direction.
I think most events will be going ahead as planned over the weekend, but I heard on the radio this morning that the REM concert in Hyde Park has been postponed until Saturday 16th July.
I won't be on line at all tomorrow, but I'll have a session on Sunday morning before I head for Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre. I hope you all have a good time at Kenwood House, and I'll see some of you on Sunday. i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif