ICE

Jul. 12th, 2005 02:26 pm
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An email meme circulating, which I've now received two copies of, and seems to be not too daft an idea.

Basically it's a pointer to this suggestion: put your emergency contact details in your mobile under 'ICE' for In Case of Emergency.
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US troops ordered to avoid London.

"While it's important for some to carry on business as usual, the interests in keeping the air force out of harm's way until we have a bit more knowledge about what has happened is greater than the need to send them back into the city."

And yet, President George W Bush has said the US would "not retreat in the face of terrorists".

*shrug* I dunno.

[ EDIT: and lo... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4673987.stm - amid concerns that it 'sent the wrong signals' the ban gets lifted. *chuckle* ]
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Well, here I am in work in Clapham.

Took the usual train in with [livejournal.com profile] djbp: there were at most two or three people fewer in our carriage, if that. Certainly I didn't miss any faces I recognise.

King's Cross Underground station is closed except for the Met line, so [livejournal.com profile] djbp and I walked to Euston, and took the very slightly emptier than usual Victoria line train (my usual) from there instead: he got off at Green Park, to walk to Hyde Park Corner and pick up the bit of the Piccadilly Line that was running. Me, I got into Victoria about 8 mins later than I usually do, and was in the office before 8:15.

Pretty much an ordinary Monday: I've certainly had more disrupted journeys due to overrunning engineering works.

So: how'd the rest of you who commute in to London manage this morning? Post it in your LJ and lets see how much fear, terror and disruption there is burning the length and breadth of Britain, shall we? :)

Friday five

Jul. 8th, 2005 07:59 pm
fleetfootmike: (bombing)
1. How did you learn about yesterday's bombings in London?

Via Fiona at work, who phoned in just after I got to the office to let us know there was a major security alert at Liverpool Street, and she might be late: thence to http://news.bbc.co.uk/ and http://www.skynews.co.uk/

2. Do you have any personal connections to the area?

My morning commute takes me across the middle of London.

3. Do you use public transportation?

Every day I work in London :)

4. Have you ever let threats of terrorism change the way that you live each day?

Hell no. Not from choice, anyway. If terrorism-inspired law/regulation changes force me to, then yes.

5. If you could say something directly to the person or group responsible for this tragedy, what would you say?

I don't think I have anything to say that wouldn't be profoundly un-Christian. In such cases, silence is no bad weapon.
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Home at last.

It appears I didn't cause Euston station to be closed at 3.20, which is a relief. I was walking off the Victoria line train, only to notice, hanging off one of the stanchions that used to hold litter bins, a blue carrier bag, which appeared to be full of rubbish. Now, it's 99% likely that's exactly what it was full of, but just in case, I nabbed the two policemen at the top of the escalator by the ticket barrier and drew their attention to it.

Uneventful journey back, apart from that.

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