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Explosions in London

GUEST,KingBrilliant 07 Jul 05 - 05:45 AM
Kaleea 07 Jul 05 - 05:51 AM
George Papavgeris 07 Jul 05 - 05:53 AM
Flash Company 07 Jul 05 - 05:57 AM
GUEST,KB 07 Jul 05 - 05:59 AM
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alanabit 07 Jul 05 - 06:09 AM
Mary in Kentucky 07 Jul 05 - 06:10 AM
George Papavgeris 07 Jul 05 - 06:15 AM
Mary in Kentucky 07 Jul 05 - 06:16 AM
Zany Mouse 07 Jul 05 - 06:17 AM
George Papavgeris 07 Jul 05 - 06:19 AM
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mooman 07 Jul 05 - 06:27 AM
GUEST,Mr Happy 07 Jul 05 - 06:30 AM
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freda underhill 07 Jul 05 - 06:37 AM
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McGrath of Harlow 07 Jul 05 - 06:43 AM
MBSLynne 07 Jul 05 - 06:44 AM
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My guru always said 07 Jul 05 - 06:51 AM
GUEST,Mr Happy 07 Jul 05 - 06:57 AM
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Moses 07 Jul 05 - 07:08 AM
Liz the Squeak 07 Jul 05 - 07:10 AM
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Subject: Explosions in London
From: GUEST,KingBrilliant
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 05:45 AM

Am reading reports of multiple explosions on London Underground + London buses. Very scarey. Hope all our Londoners are alright.
(BBC news site has reports)
blasts
    Related thread here (click) has been closed to avoid splitting the discussion.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Kaleea
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 05:51 AM

Our prayers are with you, your family and friends. I am praying for you all now. We care about you and send to you all the love we can muster. Please take care & let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
    Peace must prevail. Only love can conquer hate. You are loved.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 05:53 AM

OK here. Just angry


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Flash Company
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 05:57 AM

Seems a bit confusing at the moment, London Underground is calling it a 'power surge', Union of Transport Workers is calling it a bomb.
If the story of a bus approaching Russell Square blowing up is true, it aint no power surge. Glad I'm a long way from London at the moment.

FC


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: GUEST,KB
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 05:59 AM

Eyewitness reports from BBC news here : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4659243.stm


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: sapper82
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:03 AM

BBC websites down but R4 11:00 news is bad


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:06 AM

It's several explosions on the underground, and at least one bus explosion (one fatality confirmed so far there)


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: alanabit
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:09 AM

The simultaneous explosions in buses and tube stations suggests this was planned. It is horrible news. I will be hoping casualties are kept to a minimum, as will everyone else here.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:10 AM

CNN reports six explosions.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:15 AM

Excellent response from emergency services so far, the relevant action plans have kicked in. The recent practice runs are paying off.

A number of eye witnesses have reported seeing bodies under sheets on the pavements... I suspect the casualty list to be of some size. But no official confirmation yet.

Clearly terrorist activity, the coincidence makes it hard to imagine anything else. The National Grid already refuted the initial claims of power surges on the underground.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:16 AM

At least three bus explosions, several tube explosions at various stations, according to CNN.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:17 AM

From News 24 at 11.15 am. News at the moment is that there are two bus explosions and 4 tube explosions. Oddly, there is also talk (unconfirmed) of a train crash at Kings Cross. There are fatalities from the bus but no number yet.

Power surge has been excluded now - it was ruled out when the first bus exploded at Tavistock Square.

I think every London commuter knew this would happen one day.

I hope all London Catters are OK.

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:19 AM

There may well be more bombs on buses. The MAdrid model is of backpacks being left on buses and later detonated remotely using mobile phones. As a result, the police has shut down the mobile phone network in several London areas, to prevent any further detonations in case the same model is being used here.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:24 AM

News still fluid...2 bus explosions, 6 tube explosions...Tony Blair to speak at noon London time.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: mooman
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:27 AM

It unfortunately looks very serious from the patchwork of reports I am getting. My sincere thoughts to all London 'Catters and to all that may be caught up in this.

I was due to be travelling back from London to Brussels this morning but my trip was cancelled earlier this week and I would have been using underground and train.

Peace

moo


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: GUEST,Mr Happy
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:30 AM

20 victims killed so far


Lots more info here:



http://news.bbc.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: GUEST,catsphiddle@work
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:34 AM

They are confirmed bomb explosions and at least 20 dead so far. We get rid of the IRA threat adn it is replaced by something else. All OK here but we are 5 miles out. Got friends in the City and they are ok but are on red alert and don't know how they are getting home. Have checked in with Liz the Sqeak...her and paul are ok too.

Will give updates as we get them


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:35 AM

Arab monitors reporting Al Quaida as responsible.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:36 AM

Breaking news is that Al Quaida (is that the correct spellng?) are claiming responsibility.

News source: BBS News 24 at 11.32

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: freda underhill
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:37 AM

This is awful - my thoughts are with you all, what a horrific, evil violation of such a beautiful city.

freda


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: pixieofdoom
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:40 AM

Glad you guys are ok Khatt, tried to call you but phone systems are down. Phot is somewhere in central London too, can't get hold of him for the same reason so all a bit nervous here


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:43 AM

There's no point in picking up on rumours and passing them on. The actual facts of what's happened hasn't happened will be available soon enough.

Just watching the TV coverage, from which it looks as if the response by the emergency servicesm, and people in general seems pretty level-headed. There was an American tourist who was in the street when the first bus bomb went off, and she was favourably impressed by the fact that the police clearing the street didn't feel it necessary to shout. That's how it should be, panic and flap is a killer in these situations.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: MBSLynne
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:44 AM

Will all London Mudcatters please check in so we know you are all ok??

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:45 AM

And at least the Mudcat isn't down...


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: GUEST,catsphiddle@work
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:46 AM

Pixie, let us know the Phot is OK when you here. The mobile networks are down in central London at the moment..including all our work mobiles.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: My guru always said
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:51 AM

Just caught this, dreadful! Thoughts and Prayers for all involved!


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: GUEST,Mr Happy
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:57 AM

Channel 5 live news UK just said they'd been told by Met Police number of dead so far is 2.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: manitas_at_work
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 06:58 AM

I'm Ok so far. I'm not sure how I'll get home _ I knew I should have started cycling!! - but I suspect the buses will be running again by this afternoon. We have just had a rumour of a bomb in nearby Houndsditch but I didn't hear anything even though I can hear the news helicopters overhead. It's a little bit unnerving as I look out over the site of the Baltic Exchange bombing which is now a glass tower known as the Gherkin. The management have ordered in sandwiches so the staff don't have to go out of the office and have moved a meeting to an office away from the Gherkin. Mind you, they haven't moved staff away from the windows yet!


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Moses
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:08 AM

I'm 15 miles outside of London working in a school. A party of our students were due to travel into town by tube this morning but fortunately were to set off after the time that these dreadful events occurred so they are not caught up in it.

I've seen coverage by the BBC of one of the buses with the top blown off.

Those poor people going about their daily business, work, shopping or sightseeing had no chance.

Life is fragile

Peace

Christine


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:10 AM

Most East London Catters are accounted for. We're anxious for news about Phot but suspect being the person he is, he'll be busy helping if he can.

There's a picture of a bus on TV at the moment.. it used to be a double decker.

News reporter has just put into one sentence. "These people are just cowards, they leave these things and walk away"

Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: AlexB
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:16 AM

It is on all the terrestrial channels.

I have a friend I think is supposed to be in London today. Hope he is okay.

My thoughts go out to everyone in the capital.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: MBSLynne
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:17 AM

We have to remember that the vast majority of people in London ARE ok...it's only a minority who have been involved in any way

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:22 AM

All our news stations are carrying this. Although only 2 confirmed dead and 90 confirmed casualties, most predict much higher counts, early reports talking of horrific injuries, loss of limbs, etc. Still conflicting reports of how many explosions. Seems to indicate 7 stations and up to three buses.

Blair just spoke, will return to London in a few hours, then back to Scotland to resume G8 conference. Said all members at conference commiserated (forgot what word he use...sympathized, empathized) with the British people. But our determination to defeat barbaric acts is stronger than their determination to harm innocents. (paraphrased)

Our love to you. I'm signing off now so folks can use this forum for communication. The mobile and land lines around London are clogged, and I suspect the BBC website will be overrun soon.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:24 AM

I was on a train at Neasden when the whole tube system was closed down. It took me an hour and a half to get back to Harrow by bus, and find out how lucky I'd been!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: AggieD
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:26 AM

My deapest sympathy to those involved, hope Phot is OK.

Oh the terrible cowardice of these terrorists, poor innocents always suffer for the warped few.

I know the fear that will stay with the people who have to go to work around these areas every day, I commuted to the City every day during the IRA terrorist days.

Angela


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Fiona
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:29 AM

Mr Blair has just confirmed live on the BBC that it's a terrorist attack.

There's a tube train stuck at Kings X and a rescue operation going on.

Londoners are being asked not to travel, the whole of the underground has been closed and buses in central London have been suspended.

I've just seen a fleet of ambulances from Berkshire going by. There doesn't seem to be much panic, local residents and businesses are rallying round, giving folk hot drinks and looking after those who are just shocked. Walking wounded are being ferried to hospital in buses, saving the trained staff and ambulances for those in greater need. More buses are being used to treat minor injuries at the scene.

Mobiles are still off in some areas and landlines are being affected in some areas too, so don't worry too much if you can't get through.

As Lynne says most of the city is fine just horrified at the news.

Fiona


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: manitas_at_work
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:32 AM

Sadly, these people do not always walk away as there is the possibility of suicide bombings.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:34 AM

Terrible news, but good to hear from those of you in London who have checked in. My love and prayers go out to all of you.

Allison


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: MBSLynne
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:36 AM

Well I hope they go straight to Hell.....


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: GUEST,jOhn
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:37 AM

BBC saying 20 dead and around 100 injured.
my thoughts are with those concerned, hope all our London freinds are ok.

john


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: GUEST,Guy Who Thinks
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:45 AM

CNN and Fox are covering this atrocity to the exclusion of other news. They have high praise for the efficiency of the emergency services.

With no official casualty reports, it is hard to judge the actual damage. Like most terrorist attacks, this was done as much for spectacle, confusion, and psychological damage as anything else. In worse times, a former prime minister said, "London can take it."

As a New Yorker, my sincere condolences go to all the victims and their families.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:45 AM

No mainline train services into Kings Cross, Liverpool St, Euston and St Pancras, they are all being stopped miles before London (probably on the M25 boundary) but they hope to have them working again later to get people out of London.

There are no Underground trains or buses in Central London. Glad to hear some of our west Londoners are OK.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Wolfgang
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:49 AM

My heartfelt sympathies to all those involved or hit.

These attacks rather mirror Madrid than New York. One has to be thankful for this though this is hardly a solace for those who have lost relations or friends or are injured.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: alison
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:57 AM

more thoughts & prayers from Oz...... glad to hear that many of you are OK and looking forward to hearing from the others

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: manitas_at_work
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 07:58 AM

Yes, the timing and style of this suggests it was hastily arranged to put a damper on the Olympic celebrations.

And yes, London can take it but can individuals?


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 08:00 AM

Londoners are no strangers to fortitude and pulling together-- I know there will be abundant courage and effective response. Hardi and I add our prayers and concern to the admiration we have for our British cousins.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: GUEST,Ghettoblaster
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 08:04 AM

Sympathy for the innocent affected.

Tony, George, we told you so.

This also seems to confirm that those responsible are confident that they do not need to worry about identity cards, which the politicians will now ram down our throats, so evidently the really organised terrorist has a plan to get round the security of such cards.

Can we point out to those responsible that (even in the city of London and the heart of capitalism where the UK's shock troops of economic imperialism work) it was not the people of London who made war on Islam - but certain of their leaders? If your religion demands an eye for an eye, you might at least make it the correct eye.


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Pushkin
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 08:06 AM

At the moment the Square Mile is on official terrorist alert. We are presently stuck in our office and not allowed to leave the building. I imagine this is the case with most offices in the city.

Rumours are that Waterloo and Cannon Street rail stations have closed but I think this is probably just as a security measure to check things out before the rush for us to try and get home!

Pushkin


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 08:07 AM

London can take it but can individuals? Not really, if you're watching the news. Individuals are in shock - *I'M* in shock... I've just realised that if I'd gone to work today as planned, I would have been on that train between Aldgate East and Liverpool Street... a Hammersmith and City line train that travels under Aldgate and the City of London.

We're a lot less resiliant than the citizens were 60 years ago... hell, I know people who will not leave their house if they can't find their mobile phone!

"The Secret organisation of Al Qaeda of Jihad" has just claimed responsibility, on a website.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Explosions in London
From: AlexB
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 08:08 AM

But was it them? Could just be wanting to take the credit... or am I just warped to think that?


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