10 years since 7/7 bombings

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by marty21, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. pesh

    pesh Well-Known Member

    I was working at the National Theatre that day, we had about 5 or 6 groups of early teens schoolchildren from all over the UK who were studying drama and got to perform their play in the Cotteslow at the NT to mark the end of their course.

    Most of the groups had arrived before anyone really knew what was happening but one group hadn't shown up, I was outside having a cig when they finally did arrive, they'd been on one of the tubes that had been blown up and when the rescuers got to them they had to lead them out through the carrage the bomber had been in.
    I'll never forget the looks on those poor kids faces.

    They got them inside and tried to comfort them as much as you could till their parents arrived to collect them.

    the rest of the groups were basically stuck as public transport had stopped and their families weren't due to arrive till later on in the day when the performances were due to start so we just carried on with their rehearsals to keep their minds off it all, there wasn't really anything else we could do.

    Every theatre in London was closed that night except ours, we'd asked the kids if they wanted to still do their performances and every one of them said yes.
  2. BigMoaner

    BigMoaner Don't kill the lion

    i was working in Minories, just around the corner from Aldgate east. on my first fag break of the day, people were coming from Aldgate east covered in soot, faces black with it. One old dear I asked "said there'd been some sort of crash." then it went off big style with shit going on across the city as the news filtered through. All the youngsters in the office were bricking it and i remember distinctily all the old londoners in the office just laughing it off, saying "they were used to it because of the IRA years." i can remember looking across Tower bridge and the thousands pouring out of the city on foot.

    i know there are two sides to every story and our foreign policy has helped create this mess (and it is a mess), but also i think the cunts who do this sort of thing are just cowards, they could have killed my child that day, or anyone of us reading this message board. Cowards. Weaklings. No other words i can find, i'm sorry. Rest in peace all.
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  3. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    I was a teaching assistant, not working in London, and I was in the playground when another TA came and told me that there had been bombs in London, maybe she told me it had been on the tube. It would have been about 2 or 3 years since I'd lived in London and I knew who would have been on tubes and buses that morning, and I thought, which I still think, that hurting those people was the most pointless and counter productive action, because they would have been good, ordinary people. I remember looking up at that moment and seeing a plane in the sky. Later in the staffroom a woman was worrying about her son I think, who lived in London. I had two friends who lived in London but I knew, it was such a big city, they would probably be safe.
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  4. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    The only person I knew who died worked at the Co-op bank at the Angel was called Shahara Islam & I can't imagine that been seen as a success. R.I.P Ms Islam
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  5. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    There have been some really interesting (for want of a better word) interviews today on radio 5 with tube drivers, survivors, fire men etc.

    Apparently they are online to listen to but on phone atm.
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  6. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    I have found both the 5 live & BBC news interviews most moving. I did not realise how much I was affected by it all until I heard the radio about half six this morning. Have shed a few tears today.:thumbs: There are some very brave people out there.
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  7. 8den

    8den No I'm pretty sure that was 8ball...

    Does anyone have any updates on BK?
  8. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    She liked a post of mine on this thread so has checked in here today, which is not surprising tbh.

    Hope she is ok
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  9. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    AFAIK she's doing fine. No longer living in London :)
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  10. 8den

    8den No I'm pretty sure that was 8ball...

    Yeah trashy I thought as much last post of hers I saw was talking about kids and the Caribbean

    Well Dunno if you're reading this BK but I was thinking about you today when I watched the memorial service, hope today wasn't too rough on you and all the other survivors
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  11. 8den

    8den No I'm pretty sure that was 8ball...

    The night before I came off my 2nd shift ever in Sky News, I was woken at 11am by a friend in Dublin (we're been in London about 2 months) asking if we were okay. I managed to get across London from Seven Sisters to Osterly via bus, walking, and I swear to god I got a black cab somewhere near Oxford St to take me as far as Acton, minicab to Sky News, were they wouldnt let me in because I only had a temp security pass!
  12. stethoscope

    stethoscope Well-Known Member

    I was out the country at a conference, iirc Weds-Sat and 7th July was a Thursday. I'd just got into the conference centre and was drinking a coffee whilst checking emails and internet on a communal access PC.

    I remember trying to ring a few friends and colleagues back in London and really struggling to get through, and was getting pretty worried. Ended up sending some emails.

    My mind was completely distracted from the seminars that day and I just couldn't wait to get back out again to check emails and catch up with what the hell was going on.

    I remember the 7th July thread being one of the first I read when I joined up here (some 5 years later). It really evoked memories of what happened on that day. Love to BK if she's reading, and all affected directly and indirectly.
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  13. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    That must have been horrible. However scary it was, I'm glad I was home.
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  14. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    We should carve this on stone, it is the most perfect expression of my feelings about the day I have read in ten years.

    Thank you for posting the Olympic tribute as well. Made me cry again.
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  15. aqua

    aqua made of cheese and gin

    I was at a conference in Ireland, and this place gave me the news and updates because the BBC kept crashing. I remember walking into the session and saying that I had some news because no one else had heard.

    God just thinking about it makes me shiver again.
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  16. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    Very good feature on Newsnight just now with some of those involved and affected.
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  17. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    I was living in Kings Cross and working in Whitehall. I used to begin my commute at about 8.20 and one of my usual routes to work was to take the Circle line around to Westminster via Liverpool Street and Aldgate. On that day I decided not to go that way but to walk over via Tavistock Square to Gower Street to get the 24 down to Whitehall. So I narrowly missed a couple of the bombs. Remember walking home in the afternoon with all the crowds to find the area where I lived in Kings Cross completely sealed in police tape. Everyone was in shock. Remember getting very drunk in the pub that night.

    "Dem a Bomb We" by Warrior Queen begins with the words: "Bomb this, bomb dat,Bombs everywhere Euston, Kings Cross, Tavistock Square...." and goes on to talk about twitchyness about people with rucksacks on buses and and then anger and includes an imagined and strongly-worded conversation with one of the bombers.

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  18. Hi all
    Thanks for thinking of me.
    I was thinking of urban a lot today; it was a lifeline ten years ago. Being able to write down what had happened that day and press 'post' and share it with sympathetic strangers online was like cleaning the grit out of a wound: painful, necessary, the first steps to healing. Because of u75 the story I told reached a huge audience when the BBC picked it up, and that was how I was able to get in touch with other survivors, and share stories, and arrange pub drinks, and then from that, campaign to get people the help they needed, then ask for an inquiry...ten years later many of the other survivors and I are still friends. Attend each other's weddings type of friends. They all met up as usual at 8.50am today. Spent the day together. I wish with all my heart I could have joined them. I live too far away now. I will always be grateful to urban, to fellow Londoners, to people like wiskey and the NHS and emergency services. I will always remember fellow passengers especially those who never made it home, and their families.
  19. brogdale

    brogdale Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism

    Interesting that the former Terrorist Squad officer has decided to reveal this theory at this time. Sorry for ignorance, but did we (at U75) know about this motivation theory? Anyone a little suspicious of the motive for this news story?
    I suppose the timing might be explained by the final planning appeal loss last week?
  20. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    13 years today. Thoughts with everybody who’s lives were touched.
  21. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Well you would expect a railway tale from me.

    I had a 1000 am meeting in Euston , so for a change went from St Albans Abbey to Watford , for a change and partly to ride on one of the brand new 350/2 sets which I knew was on the 0906 (I had a lot to do with introducing them , and keen to see one in action in the UK)

    Anyway 0906 cancelled (well everything was - on the main line due to a "power surge" - it was in fact the implementation of the "terrorist" plan - so I got the station staff to hold the DC line and got on that. Prudently sat right behind the driver (who was one of my ex staff) ..so we plod along and at Harlesden we are met by a Met Police copper , who speaks to the driver.

    He wants the train evacuated there on his orders , so I get involved and persuade him to come with us in the cab and tip out at Willesden Junction (where there are more buses etc) ,..this he does. We then clear the train , and because we know now there is an "incident" - I volunteer to do detailed search of the 313 and assure the driver it is OK.*

    e head back ety to Watford , stopping courteously to give local free rides such as Kenton to Hatch End.

    At Watford Junction - there is nothing allowed into Euston , so spend much of the rest of the day on passenger assistance (allowed to run an hourly service to Clapham via Kensington - so we put the most needy onto that -but did not broadcast as available - nonethless it left full every time) - by about 1500 it was clear that trains would be allowed back into Euston , so lots of empty trains with volunteer crews were assembled to go in and bring people home. Got home on the branch train.

    All a bit shocking - my office overlooked Russell Square Tube - so it was cordoned off - but allowed in to recover items under police escort. Life carried on.

    (was previously nominated BTP Security contact as Operations Manager - and trust me - have spent a fair time on checking trains for suspect items)
  22. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    It still brings tears to my eyes thinking of the two young women from the CO-OP Bank in Islington. What in any political situation makes it acceptable for them to die or loose their legs & eyesight, Stupid fuckers & I hope their virgins are Anne Whiticombe (Sp).
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  23. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    A work mate was on the Edgware Road Circle train that got hit ...to this day he has not been able to use the Underground.

    Uses the bus in London.
  24. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    My sister's BIL got done on the No 36 so doesn't really help. He moved away from the bomber just before he set it off too. He would be brown bread rather than just loosing the use of an arm.
  25. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Terrible , terrible situation to be in. The pictures of that bus were truly awful.
  26. treefrog

    treefrog Tauiwi

    Took a moment to reflect yesterday, like I do every year. Still remember that day so well :(
  27. That day is a bit hazy but mostly still with me. I was in a bad place at the time but the events of the day put it all very, very much into perspective. A colleague was killed in the attacks but we didn't find out until a day or two after.

    We were sent home early that day and the mood travelling then was indescribable. At the local bar where I was staying, there was a warm atmosphere, though, and that night I felt a brief sense of togetherness. I can't articulate it well enough but despite the horrors of the day it seemed people were close. Regulars and strangers alike.
  28. treefrog

    treefrog Tauiwi

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