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Friday, July 08, 2005

Where freedom is strong and people can live in harmony

London Bike PhotocardKen Livingston

"I want to say one thing: This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty or the powerful, it is not aimed at presidents or prime ministers, it was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners," "That isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith, it's mass murder. We know what the objective is. They seek to divide London."
"Black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindus and Jews, young and old," he said. It was an "indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any considerations for age, class, religion whatever."
Then addressing the attackers Livingston vowed: "I know that you do fear you may fail in your long term objective: to destroy our free society. And I will show you why you will fail. In the days that follow, look at our airports, look at our seaports and look at our railways." "Nothing you do, however many of us you kill will stop that life ... where freedom is strong and people can live in harmony ... whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.”
UPDATE: Mayor condemns 'cowardly' act: London Mayor Ken Livingstone was visibly shaken as he delivered a speech in response to the bombings. Read it in full here

The humble bicycle rises to the occasion....

Bicycles sell out in London
Bicycle stores in Central London reported brisk sales on Thursday as commuters in the capital sought alternative methods of transport, after the suspected terrorist attacks on the city's public transport system. With taxis in short supply and services canceled on both London's underground railway system and its central bus network, commuters are flocking to the city's bike shops in an effort to get home.


Reuters AlertNet - Cycle-mania grips London in wake of blasts
London's streets creaked and rattled with nervous new cyclists on Friday after bicycle sales rocketed in the wake of bomb blasts on three underground trains and a double-decker bus.

BikeBiz: bicycles got commuters home
Following yesterday's terrorist attacks on London's transport network, IBDs and cycle hire shops reported brisk trade as Londoners attempted to get across a city all but closed to cars and with no tube trains running and a bus service not operating in zone 1 of central London. But there was no profiteering from bike shops. Some hotels, on the other hand, tripled their prices within hours of the bomb blasts...


Updates: BBC London - London Homepage :: BBC News :: News Front Page

5 Comments:

  • They are classic quotes and well done on putting a little bit of positive news into this situation. Your blog is always opening my mind and broadening my horizons.

    By Blogger The Daily Magnet, at 1:41 am, July 09, 2005  

  • it is a shame that it would take something like this to present the bicycle as a sensible option for a commute to and from work...

    sadly
    here is the United States I am always telling people I am greater fear of Soccer Moms on cell phones in speeding SUVs than I am of a terrorist attack

    By Blogger gwadzilla, at 7:35 am, July 09, 2005  

  • a Good Thing often comes out of a Bad Thing. Have you enjoyed the hysterical TourDeFrance drinking game as described at Russell Allen's Brisbane Window blog.you will lol.

    By Blogger Brownie, at 8:20 pm, July 12, 2005  

  • Thanx for your kind comments Brownie.
    Cycling and drinking go hand in hand. As the british know about since they haven't had a great cyclist since Sir Francis Drake.

    By Anonymous Russell Allen, at 3:13 pm, July 13, 2005  

  • You can also escape from invading Martians when everyone stands dumbly by their motionless car.

    By Blogger deej, at 12:47 pm, July 25, 2005  

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