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Thursday, 7 July 2005

uncertain state

Wow. What a day.

From the first mention of the underground incident this morning until now, as I scan the news pages for the clear details and see that some kind of normality is starting to return, I have been finding it difficult to take in the gravity of the day's events.

Take the rolling TV news coverage, for example. In this digital age, it's probably the first thing one turns to for the emerging details of what's gone on. But what exactly is it, and how does it help? I'm sure I could write a long essay on the addictiveness and value of "car crash television", especially comparing the 'tell the viewer first, then check the facts afterwards' approach of most of the stations. Having been stung before (the Beslan siege was one of the main catalysts) it's reassuring to see that the BBC have instigated a delay in reporting serious events, effectively pulling out of the "race" to see who can break a story first.

While we were at Beth's folks', I took the opportunity to pop to the blood donor centre, during which time I received quite a few texts and phone calls to check I was OK. Thank you to everyone who contacted me - it was really heartening, although certainly put in perspective how much worry and concern there was about all those who work in town.

We had a bit of bad news this afternoon, too, though; Cath has recently had her tonsils out, but something's gone a bit wrong and she was taken back into hospital today to have more surgery. A worrying time - especially since both Martin and Cath are frazzled from Luke's erratic sleeping habits.

Fortunately, she's in hospital in Luton, so we're able to mobilize if there's any babysitting or transportation needed.

Back to work tomorrow - having heard that the tubes will be operating a limited service in the morning, I daresay I'll be going in. There's no way I intend to change my behaviour as a result; more vigilant, yes, but I'm not going to pander to terrorism. Beth and I were intending to see REM on Saturday, but it's been postponed to next weekend (which means it clashes with a family event .. arrgh!), but I'm hoping I'll be able to get the rota of doom finished in the strange calm that's followed today's chaos.

Before I close, I have to show my appreciation for the emergency services, and the co-ordinators of the process for dealing with the horrible incidents today - in spite of the dreadful circumstances, they did this country proud.

Plenty to be praying for tonight, though...

Posted by james at July 7, 2005 7:45 PM

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