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Charing Cross, 6 July 2005

My condolences to friends in London and all of the United Kingdom after the bomb attacks to the transportation system. We in the United States have suffered similar attacks, and God proved Himself faithful. He will do the same for you too.

Psalm 91:3-5

 

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare

and from the deadly pestilence.

 

4 He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

 

5 You will not fear the terror of night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

 

New International Version (NIV)

On 6 July 2005, London won its bid to host the 2012 Olympics. The capital celebrated, into the evening.

 

This is my picture story... it started on 6 July. After work, I took my mobile phone, a k700i, for an evening wander around Trafalgar Square. The following evening I returned, retracing my steps, retaking some of the images.

 

I didn't know it when I took this photo, but it turned out that the next day, 7 July, was to be a very different one.

 

I have made a set, starting with this image and with the same title as this shot: 'What a difference a day makes' Probably best to view it as a slideshow, although there are comments throughout, because it's really a narrative.

 

The pictures, taken on my mobile, are a kind of tale... my story... over those two days in July 2005.

 

This particular photo, taken in the late evening light of 6/7/2005, was the eve of 7/7... I nearly deleted it... the timing is one of those flukes... but perhaps it's a symbol of hope.

The London tube - shoot from the hip (well, almost).

This one won prize in a Lomo contest and was featured on the official Bmw Magazine.

This was taken at about 3pm, as the standard was adjusting it's print run to cope with the events of the day.

 

Several bombs went off in London on 7th July 2005. One on a bus, ripping it to shreds, others on the underground.

View from my flat inside the area cordoned off by police after the London bomb, looking down Gray's Inn Rd towards King's Cross Station.

This is not me, nor taken by me - this picture was taken by Adam Stacey and was originally uploaded here, with a CC licence.

Tube wasn't working - but I needed to get to White City - so I started walking, trying to find the right bus. I'd taken a picture of a London2012 flag just near this bus stop the evening before... I wondered why the queues...

it's been a busy couple of days in the news...

 

more 7/7 photos here

Despite the horrible image of that bus off Russell Square just hours before, with the entire Tube shut down many Londoners had no option but to take to the buses as soon as they started up again.

 

This was the first one I saw this afternoon. I flinched a little bit.

In memoriam...

  

"Duas coisas são infinitas: o universo e a estupidez humana. Mas, no que respeita ao universo, ainda não adquiri a certeza absoluta..."

  

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe..."

 

Albert Einstein

London, the morning of 7 July 2005, before it became clear why the tube wasn't working; why there were no buses; why there were sirens. Still trying to get to White City at this point (I ended up at back in the Strand).

 

I thought I was taking a last couple of photos - a bookend - for my mobile picture story about London's winning bid...

 

I wasn't.

 

This was a new story. But it was also part of the same story... a story about London which ran over two days in July.

 

What a difference a day makes.

this was on edgeware road around 6pm

 

more 7/7 photos here

Thanks to Glauka and _Granados_. They and their works were who moved me to made anything, to express my emotions.

 

And thaks to all people.

Remenber, we're not alone...

...in pain, in fight, in peace, in our lives...

Police outside station main entrance

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But our city walks tall. London Charing Cross, 21 July 2005, evening.

Helpful Londoners giving directions, There were HUNDREDS of people walking everywhere - since there was no tube or bus. Loads of people out and about with maps and A-Zs. I walked home through Regent's Park - there were loads of people out and about in suits - not what you usually see in parks.

 

Well done Londoners!

London Charing Cross, 21 July 2005

Moblog: london underground

A much quieter and emptier Trafalgar Square on 7 July 2005, than it had been the evening before, when London had won the 2012 Olympics

Making sure no bombs are lying around...

This was taken on the day that London was hit by a series of Bomb blasts. When I went past in the morning they had the guards with their buzbys, when I returned it was guys with machine guns, and the area was cordoned off.

 

This is a cropped and enlarged photo of another photo in the photostream

CNN, corner of Pentonville Rd/York Way

It was a lot to take in.

 

Later on, I saw a girl reading another edition of the paper, with the word "CARNAGE" across the top. I thought that was a bit unwise, as we were on the bus at the time.

Around 17.00: Buses running as normal but tube stations remain closed.

Droves of commuters squeeze through the narrow path on the Thames on their way to mainline railway stations. Sun replaced grey weather and rain to make the walk less arduous.

Police officers walking through the crime scene area

Police officers walking through the crime scene area

Leading to Aldgate East Station.

Usually this road is packed with cars as it is on the edge of the congestion charging zone.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4659093.stm

Some Londoners took to the pubs after work, many still communicating with friends and relatives using their mobile phones

The underground network is out of action until further notice.

 

I was on the Piccadilly Line when the bomb went off at 8.58am, albeit at Knightsbridge.

 

It has been a turmoil few days for London and I am pretty exhausted with the emotional rollercoaster.

 

A sharp contrast to this picture: www.flickr.com/photos/djwhelan/13622528/

This guy was desperate to get rid of stacks of the West End Final edition, which given the importance of the day's events should have been flying through his hands.

 

Instead, there was nobody around to buy them. Ghost town.

 

He was kind enough to let me have one of the posters. I'm not sure I'll ever put it up, though. There's something about "Terrorists Attack London - Many Dead" that might be a little hard to stomach every day.

Victoria Embankment Gardens Memorial to those who died

  

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