Thursday, July 07, 2005


A series of explosions went off this morning in central London, in tube stations and on at least one bus. We are all fine here, although the tube stations affected are ones that we often use on a regular basis. I had vague plans this morning to try and go visit Windsor Castle by train; I'm glad I didn't.

Strangely, this is not the first terrorist bombing I have been present in London for. When my family was here for Christmas in 1983, my father took my then-newborn sister in a stroller to visit the Harrod's department store in Knightsbridge. Streams of people suddenly started pouring towards him, away from the store. It turned out that the IRA had just bombed Harrod's, killing five.

I initially thought that only a few people had died in the bombings this morning, but it now appears that many more have been killed. Scary stuff.


enchantress71 said...

I am so glad that you guys are ok. My best friend Melissa's mom and sister just arrived in London this morning, and she hasn't heard from them, but I am sure it's just because all the lines are tied up. Ugh. How horrible! Though, again, it is good to hear from you!!

Kelsey said...

Phil, I'm so glad you and Mary and everybody else are OK. The whole thing is so tragic, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that the first thing I thought about when I heard the news was you guys. Love to you all.

Marcus Varanus said...

Glad to hear you're okay. Here we go with another round of recriminations and rage. Hope everything else is well.