London

Will our London friends please speak up so we know you and those you love are safe?

We are all thinking of you today.



“I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson is to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.”

“Hatred can only be overcome by love.”



Mahatma Gandhi

-philosopher known for his belief in political change through non-violence.

81 thoughts on “London

  1. May all those affected by today’s multiple bombings find solace in the words of Winston Churchill-
    “All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”
    May the world find the way to live in peace.

  2. Hear-hear.
    Thanks for putting some words and action onto my sense of “oh, s**t, the whole world is down the drain”.
    Our daughters will have that much bigger of a mess to pick up, it looks like. Good thing we’re all raising them right!

  3. The first thing I saw when I turned on my computer this morning was an email from my son with the subject: We didn’t go today! He and his wife and my precious 2 month old granddaughter were supposed to go to London today to turn in her immigration papers for the U.S. Thank God they changed their mind – they would have been in King’s Cross station!

  4. I was just there at a conference and a week of vacation two weeks ago during the heat wave. The Tube was hot and stuffy but everyone stayed calm and unruffled. We rode the trains so much I started to recognize individual commuters, so to think of the faces of real people in danger is a bit less abstract for me than it might have been.
    I hope all my friends and colleagues over there are OK.

  5. I am happy to announce that my brother and his wife are safe. My brother left the central London area a little before the explosion. All circuits are busy to London (for hours), so I was happy to hear from my sister in law via email.

  6. My prayers go up with the others. I received a call this morning at 6:15 from my sister-in-law, as she had heard about what had happened in London and was concerned as my in-laws live in England. They are safe and sound, thankfully.
    I’ll never understand why any human being feels that violence and murder are the way to solve any problem.

  7. I’m an American who recently moved outside of London. What’s completely remarkable to me is the strength and calm I see in my colleagues. Being from the States, this kind of situation is an utter shock. But someone here reminded me that most of these people grew up with IRA bombings. Yes, it’s a tragedy. But they help each other and steady themselves to continue as they had been. It’s truly remarkable and absolutely affirms that the terrorists? Will never win.

  8. my son’s girlfriend, a young french woman in london for her internship, is shaken but fine. she was sent home from work for the day. sounds as if rumours are flying, much as they were in the united states after the world trade center bombings.

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with those in London. Seeing what was happening there this morning when I first turned on the TV brought back so many memories and feelings of the 9/11 tragedy.
    When will it ever end? ::sigh::

  10. There just aren’t any words to adequately express how I feel, but I wanted to post anyway and say that my thoughts are with all our UK-based friends and all who have loved ones there. This is just insane.

  11. I hope that quotations of peace and non-violence have the desired impact on the cowardly terrorists who have perpetrated this barbaric attack on the working people of London.
    I’m praying for victims, their families, and all in London — a city which has endured so much already.
    Mary

  12. “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
    — Mohandas K. Gandhi
    My thoughts are with my friends and colleagues in London right now.

  13. Thank you for the Gandhi quote. Like everyone else, my thoughts and prayers are with those in London who have been hurt.
    I see the same strength and resilience on photos coming out from London today that I saw on the faces of those in Manhattan on 9/11. The strength and resilience give me hope that someday we won’t awake with news of another terrorist attack.

  14. I and all my friends are safe, although a little shaken up. Thank you so much to everyone for all your thoughts and prayers. It means a great deal to this Londoner, and I’m sure to many others.

  15. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the tragedy in London.
    Strength and courage be with you guys.
    “The willow knows what the storm does not: that the power to endure harm outlives the power to inflict it.”

  16. It’s fear that leads men to violence, obsession that leads them to action and blind faith that causes harm to the innocent.
    For those in London, I’m truly sorry that you ever had to experience anything so frightening. My thoughts are with you all.
    Brittany

  17. Thank you so much for the quotes. No one in my office (in Boston) has even aknowledged that this happened at all, and it’s driving me insane. Knowing that others are clearly as upset and concerned as I am helps provide hope – that we can impact changes towards the positive. Thank you again.

  18. If you are unfamiliar with him, you should read Rabindranath Tagore (he was a mentor of sorts to Ghandi):
    Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
    Where knowledge is free
    Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
    By narrow domestic walls
    Where words come out from the depth of truth
    Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
    Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
    Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
    Where the mind is led forward by thee
    Into ever-widening thought and action
    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country [world] awake

  19. Fantastic quote. Thank you.
    Brings to mind the question, “What do you fear?”
    Think about this today. I invite you to pray that the strength inherent in YOU surfaces to then do something about it.
    Blessed BE, friends.

  20. Thank you for thinking of us. I have spent the whole day with my 2 month old in the house in London, watching the news and listening to the radio. The silly thing is I heard about it from my FIL in Saudi – I’d forgotten to switch on my radio.
    I have to collect my DD from nursery and my DH is on his way home.
    Fortunately I don’t work in London anymore, and my friends are ok or on holiday.
    My thoughts are with those who have been directly affected.

  21. I was impressed and cheered up by the support from around the world after the terrorist attacks in the United States. I reach out to the people of London. The people around the world are here for you.

  22. Hi Steph,
    Here is a note from an MSF colleague in London.
    Ben
    Hello everyone,
    A quick note to let you know that MSF UK is open, and everyone that is in the office today is fine, after a series of explosions across the centre of London. For those of you have visited the Tavistock Hotel, one of the explosions was outside, about 100 metres from where I was standing at the time. My admiration for volunteers in the field, who deal with this in countries like in Sudan, Liberia, Ivory Coast, has increased even higher.
    Best wishes,
    James

  23. Another sad, sad day for the world. Thank you for providing a place for us to join our thoughts and prayers in a great wave of kindness and support for our friends in London and even around the world who are living through this horrible day.

  24. Thanks for the reminder! Also, please remember that their are radicals in almost every religion, please don’t take this out on our friendly friends of different faiths.

  25. My thoughts are with everyone in London — may there be an end to this horror, someday.

  26. The Gandhi comment says it all. Prayers for those in London today, and hopes that someday religion won’t be used to justify hatred of another group of human beings.

  27. If only we could all move beyond anger and truly *see* each other, there wouldn’t be terrorism or war. That is my hope for the world someday.

  28. I was worrid about my dad as he was coming from Oxford through london today but luckily his coach was turned around as it was entering london.
    I feel shocked I suppose but not very, with the way the world is I think nothing will surprise me anymore.

  29. I beleive Londoners are much like thespians. “The show must go on” and all that. I was reading that hours after the blasts, Londoners were moving on with their daily life, which is so unlike us Americans. We suffer loudly, they suffer in quiet dignity.
    My thoughts are with them today.

  30. My in-laws and our friends in London are all safe. Thanks for asking. They are not harlot-stalkers themselves but I will pass on your kind wishes.

  31. The British people ( I am a European import) are very good when dealing with a crisis. They literally pick themselves up, help eachother when needed and although this is a great shock to all of us, it will serve to unite people and not devide them.
    I am about 150 miles from London and can tell you that my children talked about this at school and had a minute silence to reflect and pray for those caught up in the conflict.
    there have been a lot of OT talk on the knitlists and we have been trying to support those in London by diverting their attention from the obvious. Its lovely to belong to this knitting community and on behalf of the London knitters i want to thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

  32. thank you for your support everyone. i am a londoner (and today very proud to be so) who stepped off the tube to get to her west london office at 8.56am. i didn’t even know anything had happened till about 9.30am, but the rest of the day has been a blur. i cannot understand why someone would want to take our safety away from us. all that i know is that we will not let them beat us. london still lives tonight, and we will be stronger after this. we will not let the cowards take away everything we hold dear to us. we will not be afraid.

  33. I am pretty certain that morgan is in italy – otherwise I would be panicking. Not really about her (she wouldn’t be on the tube during rush hour) but about Micha – who would be.
    Nice daughters call from Italy when they know their parents might be panicking. It is possible that she doesn’t even know what happened yet.

  34. As luck would have it instead of being on a tube train as my hubby usually is at that time, he was in Boston. Phew. Life will go on… London is already getting back to normal. Hubby commutes down there every day and I expect him to be heading there on Monday. All employees in the London offices ahve been told not to go into work tomorrow but work from home. So as to give the capital enough space and time to fix the mess.
    Stiff upper lip you know.. besides the IRA didn’t drag us down.. this lot won’t either.

  35. I’m a born and bred Londoner, have lived here all my life, I have childhood memories of the Blitz and WW2, then the IRA bombings, now this. I am glad to say that all my family and friends are safe. Thank you all for your sympathy, concern, and loving thoughts. For an account of what it was like in London today, read Polly Outhwaite’s blog, http://www.alltangledup.com.

  36. Here in NEW London County, where we pronounce our river “Thaymz”, the weather is very grey and British, and has been for days. After Sept. 11, every beautiful, clear, blue sky made me so sad.
    My sister in London has not answered my emails yet today, but maybe that’s because I am low on her priorities and she is over-busy today. I am hoping. She works in Westminster and takes the tube to work. I can probably count on the laws of probability and the vast numbers of people in London to protect her. Still . . .

  37. Anyone still having problems getting through to relatives, the phone networks and internet access are still pretty disrupted in some areas because they’re giving priority to the emergency services. I am thankful because the people I know in London are safe, but terribly sorry for the families of the people who won’t come home tonight.
    I was moved by the letter sent to the Mayor of London by the Mayor of Paris; the Olympic decision yesterday makes it particularly graceful;
    http://tinyurl.com/8ckbp for francophones.

  38. Thank you all for your thoughts and concern. Today has been a shocking and frightening day for us all in London, but we are all carrying on as best we can. Londoners have faced many terrorist threats over the last 20 years and we will overcome this one, as we have others in the past. My family and loved ones are safe, my thoughts this evening are with those who are not so lucky.

  39. Know what’s really ironic? The bus that was bombed was in Tavistock Square, overlooking the park in which there is a statue of…Gandhi.
    I went to graduate school there (UCL) and would likely have been walking by at around that exact time. Best wishes to all in London.

  40. None of my family live in London, and my London friends have reported in safe. My heart goes out to those who won’t have that good news.

  41. I live in London and although I do not know anyone (so far) caught up in the dreadful events of today, I was injured in the IRA bombing of London Docklands in 1996, so I know what people are going through. The people most affected by this are innocent civilians just going about their day-to-day business. Our thoughts are with those hurt and affected. But life goes on despite the tragedy of the day. London will get through this, as it has in the past. The euphoria of winning the Olympic bid yesterday has been eclipsed by the tragedy of today, but London is a city of survivors, and we will recover.

  42. London, you are in our hearts and thoughts.
    Here’s to peace- everywhere and everyone.

  43. My sister is fine, but she and her family had a long walk home today. Relief!

  44. I don’t know how to put this exactly … but this sort of thing is what is happening on a daily basis in Iraq, except there is little infrastructure left there to deal with errant American or British bombs and bullets.
    We just don’t see it, hear it, feel it, smell it.
    No, I am NOT condoning violence (in either place). My sympathy goes out to those who lost someone or who were injured.

  45. “It is a sin to believe evil of others. But it is seldom a mistake.” H.L. Mencken
    “He who does not punish evil commands it to be done.” Leonardo daVinci
    “When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail.” Pearl S. Buck
    and finally, something Gandhi said that I would agree with:
    “I do regard spinning and weaving as the necessary part of any national system of education”
    Let’s hear it for freedom and all those who make it possible.

  46. Ah Mahatma! At times like these,(and doesn’t it suck that there are times like these) Mahatma is the go-to guy.
    “When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it – always.”
    – Mahatma Gandhi

  47. Thanks all for your thoughts. Several of my students travel to and from London every day and the atmosphere in school is very subdued this morning.
    However, we are determined to overcome this. For example,you can be assured that we are now very determined to provide you with a great Olympics in 2012!
    I have never been very patriotic, but I must say I am proud to be British today when I see how we are responding to this insanity.

  48. I am so impressed by the British response – calm, measured, uncowed. They is a people who will not submit to terror. I’d be proud to be a Brit, but I’m not.
    I like the quote: “The enemy is hate. The enemy is fear.” Too many people are taught or encouraged to hate and fear that which is different from them.

  49. By the way, further to my previous posting – you may be pleased to know that the bombs did not stop me getting to my fortnightly knitting group yesterday.
    We all felt that we should carry on and so had chocolate and tea and knitted as usual. As a result we all felt much calmer.
    Don’t let anyone ever try to tell you that knitting is a waste of time!

  50. I say we all knit some squares. Sew em’ all together and send em’ off to London. I’m sure all the knitters out there would be willing to knit for such a worthy cause. What does everyone else think?

  51. I found out this morning that two girls from the US were injured in the subway attacks. It’s especially rattling to me because I knew these girls in high school. I am incredibly thankful that they are still alive and expected to recover.

  52. Not from or in London myself, but I just found out that all family and friends living there are safe and (relatively) uninjured.
    Thanks so much for providing this touchplace. It is more cheering than I can express, seeing so many people checking in and caring.

  53. All my friends that were in London yesterday are safe thanks be. There but for the grace of god as they say, last Thursday I was passing through Kings Cross tube on my way to a seminar…
    thanks for the quotes, last night I sat on my favorite beach, knitting a sock and watching the sun setting and thanked my lucky stars it wasn’t me. My heart goes out to everyone involved

  54. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families in London. It is a terrible tragedy. The steadfast resolve of the British to “keep the show going” is admirable. It reminds me of the movie “Mrs. Miniver”. She knitted in the bomb shelter while explosions occured right outside the door and put on an expression of calm resolve to get through it although very frightened inside…the epitome of quiet courage. Wishing you all peace, hope and love.

  55. Our relatives in London, who both work and live in the centre of all the action, are thankfully okay. One was evacuated from a tube station (where she works in a shop) that was adjacent to one of the explosions, but she (and the baby in her belly) are both fine. Her partner went to work early that morning and was safe at his desk by the time the bombs went off.
    It was a tough morning here for a little while until we got in touch with them. It breaks my heart to think about the families that *didn’t* get in touch with their loved ones, and never will.
    I do have to remind myself though, that while all this happened, many more died of preventable causes like hunger and AIDS in Africa and around the world. It doesn’t make the London deaths any less tragic, but it’s a sad reminder about how we as a society look at the rest of the world. 🙁

  56. Hopefully, during this quiet time of respectul reflection on what has been going on in London,you are working furiously on finishing the BBB (boring baby blanket) so that you will be ready to post the pattern. We are readhy to get knitting it! To all the Brits….who are carrying on….our prayers are with you – and our needles are clicking away – as we hope yours are.

  57. I’m a Boston, Massachusetts, USA native living in London and feel the same maddening helplessness I felt when the US was terrorized on 9/11 as we were evacuated from the Prudential Tower and told to leave the area. My husband’s tube was thankfully stopped at Paddington station just after the first London blast and he walked from the station without incident. I can only say that my heart and prayers go out to all those affected directly and indirectly by this cruel act of terrorism. I have come to learn that the British are a strong and resilient people who will surely overcome this tragedy.

  58. 50 people (at least) died on 7/7/05 and we mourn them and grieve for their families and friends. however – the world’s media has yet to cease exploiting this for their own financial gain – 30 people (at least) died on 7/9/05 in Iraq in bombings – and to my regret – got very little to no coverage and acknowledgement in the media – their pain is not less, their grief not less, their value not less —— I pray and weep for all of these families

  59. I don’t like the term “terrorist”. It seems somehow to ligitimize the acts of people who are criminals and cowards.
    The mention of the people harmed in Iraq is timely. My heart goes out to all people affected by the acts of criminal fanatics.
    I found Ellen Mary’s quote inspiring. I wish I could meet the mothers of the children who are being taught to hate, and say to them, “I don’t hate you, I believe at rock bottom what you believe. Don’t allow these fanatics to kill your children”.
    These tragedies leave me feeling so helpless. Words don’t seem to be able to express enough.
    Barb B.

  60. Stephanie – thanks for your email.
    It’s Monday morning here and Londoners are getting back to work as usual.Some of the underground lines are still out of service,and we are thinking of those who have to clear up the mess. Apparently they have all volunteered to do the job which is a brave and selfless act on their part.
    Best wishes to you all.

  61. You know, I have 2 children. A beautiful 2 year old daughter and an absolutely splendid 1 year old son. But with all that is going on in the world.Why is anyone wanting to bring children into a world that going down the drain. I sit and cry at thinking about my children are going to have to face in the future. The children are OUR future and the people of today are destroying the children’s future.

  62. What we have to remember Greylynn is that every mother in every decade since the beginning of time has thought those very thoughts – what is happening to this world and what are we leaving for our children to grow up in? It is the same and yet different. All we can do collectively as women is try to instill in OUR children what we want them to know and how we want them to be and hope for the best – you never know – one of OUR children may be the next Ghandi or whomever that will make a big difference in the world. But even if they don’t make a BIG diffenence in the world – we can teach them to make small differences every day with love and hope that it has a ripple effect that spreads around the world!!! It starts with one person – we CAN make a difference and you all have proved it here on this site! I believe if the world was run by women there wouldn’t be quite as many problems, because as mothers we feel tradgedy and loss a wee bit more. God Bless you all and prayers to those who experience terrorism all over the world every day!!
    Leanne

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