I’m OK, although I shouldn’t be.
I’m working at Edgware Road at the moment; I overslept but usually I’d get there at 9:30…the time the bomb or whatever it was went off. The people in the building I’m working in felt the blast, and it’s about 5 minutes from the station.
The area in front of the office and around Edgware Road is closed and police are everywhere; I saw press and others there, and the pictures on the BBC website of what happened to the bus at Tavistock Square and at Edgware Road are terrifying, even though they don’t show much. We’ve been told not to go anywhere as there might be other bombs.
I feel sick, I feel scared. The whole city is in lockdown, no trains, no buses, we’re told not to move, 5 bomb blasts across the city and I can’t contact all my friends some of who would have been moving through the zone. I’ m sick with worry, and the feeling that if I hadn’t overslept I’d have been in the midst of it all…as it was the stations closed as I arrived and I had to walk.
Electrical surges? Don’t make me laugh.
So after the ‘elation’ of winning the 2012 Olympics, this is the comedown. WellI wasn’t elated about never being able to buy a house in London, but maybe that will be offset by London being a terrorist target. It’s not the first time, people in London are used to this from IRA and others, but the total lockdown of a city – from blocked mobile phone networks, to buses and trains not running, and no trains in or out of the city, is scary.
Apparently it’s upto 20 dead (after seeing the picture of the packed bus, this will rise), 2 officially confirmed, and Al Qaeda have apparently unnofficially taken responsibility (again unconfirmed).
London is going to be jumpy for some time to come. And I’ll be reticent to use the tube for a while.
EDIT: good places for news:
Everyone I know is OK, unconfirmed rumours about a suicide bomber being shot at Canary Wharf – sounds really way off, but then again after 9/11 who knows. As a friend said ‘The atmosphere is just like 9/11 – Get home soon”.
It’s 13:00 and the sirens are still going and the streets outside are still blocked. Who knows if it is Al Qaeda – they’d claim responsibility for the opening of an envelope. This feels odd.