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Friday, July 08, 2005

It's awfully quiet today

"Whatever they do, it is our determination that they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear in this country and in other civilised nations throughout the world" - Tony Blair, 7 July 2005

It's very quiet out here today. Even though the devastation is not half as bad (thus far) as the Bali or Madrid or New York attacks, I think we're all shocked that it could happen in London, despite all the measures taken against terrorism. We all knew it might happen, and it did. It's a nightmare.

And at such a time. It is good that the G8 summit still carries on, and life in Britain continues regardless.
I am amazed at the stoic faces around me.

Some of us still feel the need to talk about what happened. There's not a single person working here who hadn't, for a few hours, feared for the life of a friend or relative working near the blast areas. Nervously, we all giggle about our reactions to the 'major incident' call that went out on our bleeps - first logging onto the BBC website, then reaching for our mobiles, then gathering in shock in front of the nearest television and finally, running down to the A&E department.

It was so amazing how, in crisis, the whole medical system seemed to come together, work as a team. Porters magically produced trolleys and wheelchairs from thin air. Rehabilitation hospitals managed to create almost 100 beds for anyone who was stable enough but not well enough to go home. Nurses from various wards whipping through the cupboards and pooling together the stock, organising themselves into teams. Doctors lining the emergency department or holding fort in the wards. It was chaos at first...but soon enough, we were all ready.

It was pretty horrible, though.

Sometimes, when it comes down to it, I just have to admit that the world is so full of evil and there is so much darkness in the hearts of men, so much capability for destruction.

I fear that Britain will lash out blindly in revenge, full of hatred and anger.

My thoughts and prayers are with all those whose lives still hang in the balance, all those who mourn, all those who survived and are fearful.

It's a sad time for Britain.

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Blogger John Lim the-one-who-splits-PAP-apart said...

Hang on in there !

We are (or at least I am) with you in support.

5:16 pm  
Blogger tausarpiah said...

It really is awfully quiet, hopefully people will come out over the weekend. But thank you, you are part of what makes London great.

7:32 pm  
Blogger tscd said...

john and wows: cheers, you guys.

10:52 pm  
Anonymous The Void Deck said...

Yup. Hang in there.

'I fear that Britain will lash out blindly in revenge, full of hatred and anger.'

The tricky bit now is how to handle hate rhetoric that is bound to come up in your everyday conversations. Some would naturally be angry and would go on a witch hunt. If you disagree with them, then they might use the senseless "if you are not with us, you are against us" crap. Sianzz.

3:45 pm  
Blogger tscd said...

void deck: yes. People who are angry are difficult to reason with.

5:45 pm  
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