I had a meeting at a large office building nearby, and the entrance way had the official threat level. It was "severe", but I checked later and severe, nowadays, is normal. It means "that a terrorist attack is highly likely." This is how we live in London today; we just carry on. Just like we did in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, when IRA bombings were going off regularly (I particularly remember the April 1993 bomb in the City, and feeling the ground shake even though I was way across town.)
So, here's to London. And here's to staying alive, to freedom, to diversity, to tolerance, to quirkyness. And here's to the dead, and to the survivors.
“Even after your cowardly attack, you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners and to fulfil their dreams and achieve their potential.
“They choose to come to London, as so many have come before because they come to be free, they come to live the life they choose, they come to be able to be themselves.
“Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.”
Below the fold, my 7/7 posts.
The Day After
Leadership Under Attack
Islamism: A Doctrine of Revenge
Chickens coming home to roost
More chickens coming home to roost
London: In defence of the multicultural
London versus the terrorists
Community of Believers
Terrorists and 'Terrorists'
Another Day After
East London and Stockwell
Fascists? Shrill tone
Les Back: London and the war on terror
Surviving more bombs
One year on