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Thursday, 8 June 2017

London Bridge

I have found it very difficult to post this week due to the horrific attacks in London last Saturday evening. London Bridge where my son works; the Southwark Tavern where he meets up with friends; London Bridge where my daughter meets up with friends; Borough Market where we all go to eat and socialise; London Bridge where I was on Saturday morning, on my way to Manchester; London Bridge where I would have been on Saturday night had I returned to London as planned.

Yesterday I was again at London Bridge. Part of the area is still cordoned off and Borough Market closed.

I want my family to feel safe and secure where they live and work. The police and security forces protect us as far as possible. In this latest attack it took just 8 minutes from the police receiving the first call to when the terrorists were killed, preventing many more deaths and injuries.
More must be done but I feel it is too late by the time these people come to the attention of the security forces. Their places of worship must do more to understand how to make the young people be part of a multi cultural society and help them respect other views and cultures. A segregated society is a dangerous one.

15 comments:

  1. First I hear of the event was on my way home for Wales on Sunday Morning. Bioth my wife & I were shocked that such a thing could happen again only a couple of weeks after Manchester. We live in a peaceful country but some wish otherwise and the innocent suffer because of they misguided ideas. I can only hope they are caught before more people suffer.

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  2. It is a terrible time for your country. All that hate to hurt and kill people, I don't understand. The world is turning into a wrong direction and nobody knows how to stop this.

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  3. While Australia is far from perfect in such regards, I have never seen in Australia an enclave of Pakistanis such as I saw in Newcastle upon Tyne, possibly second generation. As I always argue, too many immigrants from one country is bound to lead to troubles. A good mix of immigrants from around the world means they become tolerant and integrate much better into society, rather than form enclaves. It was one shocking event after another and I understand your discomfort, buy don't let them win by changing what you do. The odds are very much in your favour. To note, once again Australia has punched above its weight, with two of the eight killed being Australian.

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  4. Marie - didn't realize this was so close to home for you. My heart goes out to you and all affected.

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  5. These attacks have been horrific, and my heart goes out to all who are impacted by them. I thought of you and am glad to know you are all right. I truly wish there were more I could do. :-(

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  7. Again, my heart goes out to you, dear friend. And all Londoners now constantly looking over their shoulder when they are out and about, I'm sure. Eight minutes is an excellent response time, except for those who were involved that night. I have no idea of the solution but the churches and mosques could be a good place to start.
    Borough Market is my favorite place to eat lunch and people watch when I am alone in London. It's not hard at all to imagine it on that evening in my mind.

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  8. I am so sorry. I cannot fathom what it must feel like.

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  9. :(

    maybe, just maybe, giving up on a little of the political correctness, might keep us a bit safer?

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  10. So very sad... I'm SO distressed about all of this... There's just so much bitterness and anger and hatred in our world --and it will continue ( and happen here and in other countries) if people don't start accepting one another's differences. Diversity is so important in all countries.

    We in the USA haven't had the extreme violence here YET ---but the anger and hatred is growing BIGTIME... Political Correctness has done so much damage here... AND--people throw the word racist around constantly. After many years of getting along and accepting one another, many blacks in our country want to kill all of the WHITE people... Very sad and very SCARY.... Why can't we accept one another and all of our uniquenesses and differences, and have PEACE?

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  11. I am so sorry to hear of the terrorist attacks in your City. I know the police can't be everywhere at once but they responded as quickly as possible and did take the terrorists out. I wish there was an way to stop these attacks from happening.

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  12. It must be so hard when things like this happen in your own area.

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  13. So very very sorry. Have no idea what to say.

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  14. I was reading on my tablet when a pop up announced me that sn attack had happened at London Bridge. Terrible ! Now they use cars and knives what next ? Unfortunately there is nothing to do we have to adapt and live like before, and enjoy life despite all that. Otherwise they would win ! Good to hear that nothing happened to your family !!
    One of my painting girls was less lucky, her son is law was in the metro in Brussels when it blew up !

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  15. I have been thinking of you .... We all want our children to be safe and happy; it is hard to imagine that anyone anywhere would not share those feelings. I agree with all you say here. I do not think the political climate on this side of the pond is helpful to anyone.

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