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July 7, 2005

London's Shut

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It's amazing how many of London's businesses, including restaurants and bars, were shut by the time I headed for home. The evening economy was not in full swing.

That said, those pubs that were open were doing a roaring trade.

The big trek home

The big trek home, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

I set out for home at around 6.30pm, fully expecting the streets to be thronged with people walking home. I was wrong.

The staggered departure from London, with many people heading home from 4pm onwards seemed to have take the pressure off, and the streets were busy without being packed. As I approached London Bridge station, it was getting positively quiet.

Congratulations to Transport For London for getting the buses and trains running again so quickly.

Waiting for a bus

Waiting for a bus, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

Tonight, I was very proud of this city. Less than 12 hours after a bomb ripped a London bus apart, London commuters were happily queuing for a bus home.

Comic reaction

John Allison of Scary-go-round fame comments on the day in cartoon form.

Police cars on High Holborn

Police cars on High Holborn, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

Police cars line High Holborn in the aftermath of today's events.

Useful Links

Inspector Sands has compiled some useful links for the difficult journey home here.

Russell Square

Russell Square, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

Adjacent to one of the bombs. Sealed off, of course.

BBC Reporters Log

The BBC Reporters Log is well worth following.

Yet More on the Bombs

Micropersuasion has more links, and one of my pictures.

Matthew Sheffield is collecting news and links here.

Jeff Jarvis is doing the same here.

The London Metblog carries an personal experience here.

More on the bombs

The office is a strange place to be right now. We're only a few minutes away from one of the bomb locations and everyone's pretty twitchy. Small crowds occasionally gather around the big flat screen TV in reception, listening to the latest news and statements.

Some people are pressing on with the issue - it's press day for us. Other are surfing news or trying to contact friends. At least one member of the editorial team has a friend in hospital.

In the background, sirens are heard every few minutes.

It's grim, grim stuff.

Londonist is tracking the lastest news here.

Raw personal reaction from Smacked Face here.

Desperate for news

Desperate for news, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

London commuters, stranded as the public transport network goes down, cram into Dixons to watch the TV, just to get some idea what's going on.

Tube network down

Tube network down, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

We all knew it was coming eventually.

But it doesn't make it any less frightening when it happens.


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