Good Morning, London

By sizemore Last edited 148 months ago
Good Morning, London

Here at Londonist we're still piecing together everything that happened yesterday, still sorting through our email, speaking to the press and keeping an eye on the news.

We will of course be keeping you updated on the hunt for the people responsible for yesterday's attack and keeping you abreast of the latest travel news.

Just like the rest of London we'll also be dusting ourselves off and doing what we'd normally do on any other Friday. That means we'll carry on bringing you our usual nonsense about movies, music, events and other news in and around and about the capital.

We'd just like to thank everyone who emailed, rang and left comments yesterday. People living here somehow found the time to let us know that we were doing a good job and that means us a lot to us. People outside of London reminded us that we were offering an important service once the regular news websites began to load slowly under the strain. The international response was staggering and long after we'd stopped posting the comments kept coming in.

We work for Londonist for the same reasons that you read it: we fucking love London.

We'll get back to business as usual now but we didn't have time to quote Ken yesterday and that's something we'd like to fix right now:

In the days that follow look at our airports, look at our sea ports and look at our railway stations and, even after your cowardly attack, you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners and to fulfil their dreams and achieve their potential.

They choose to come to London, as so many have come before because they come to be free, they come to live the life they choose, they come to be able to be themselves. They flee you because you tell them how they should live. They don't want that and nothing you do, however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to our city where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another. Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.

Last Updated 08 July 2005

Jessica

Came here from This Is Not Over. I want to extend my sympathies to you over here from Tokyo, and to say that you guys are doing a terrific job. Keep it up.

Vik

Being a Londoner in Hong Kong, yesterday was awful. Being away from the people and the city I love so much. I have been here for a year and not a day goes by when I do not think of our amazing city. I am now on a countdown until I come home in September. London is and will always be, to me and to so many others, the place we will always return to.
Thank you to Londonist, after a night of trying to decipher the Chinese news, it was great to get to work, log on and feel a part of London again.
My heart is there. London is within us, no one can take that away.

jamie milne

Everyone knows London is unbreakable, too full of life and vigour to be daunted by the deeds of murderous scum who are but pitiful gnats on the hem of our great city.

Ovid wrote of London in "Metamorphoses""

Even as I speak I see our destiny
The City of our sons and sons of sons,
Greater than any city we have known
Or has been known or shall be known to men.

London has been around for a long time. These people cannot defeat us.

James Cherkoff
Pete

"...When I entered my office to-day, after bombs had fallen two blocks away, and was asked by my English secretary if I'd care for a cup of tea, that didn't come as much suprise. ... To-day I went to buy a hat - my favourite shop had gone, blown to bits. The windows of my shoe store were blown out. I decided to have a haircut: the windows of the barber's shop had gone, but the Italian barber was still doing business. Some day, he said, we smile again, but the food it doesn't taste so good since being bombed. I went to another shop to buy torch batteries. I bought three. The assistant said: 'You needn't buy so many. We'll have enough for the whole winter.' But I said: 'What if you aren't here?' There were buildings down in that street, and he replied: 'Of course we'll be here. We've been in business for a hundred and fifty years.'"


- Edward R Murrow, "This is London", CBS broadcast Sept 13 1940