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TwentyTwelve And SevenSeven: What The Blogosphere Said

By london_will Last edited 139 months ago
TwentyTwelve And SevenSeven: What The Blogosphere Said
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Well. This was meant to be a celebratory photothread yesterday cataloguing London bloggers' reactions to the Olympic decision. (If you don't want to know the result, look away now: we got it.) But, of course, the Britblogosphere barely had time to pop the champagne before more serious news took over.

It's possible that this may come to be a defining moment for British blogs and bloggers, just as the 2004 presidential election was for our American cousins. Certainly, it's not often that this Londonista gets interviewed by Canadian Television. (We'll print/link a transcript if and when we get it.)

With traditional news providers lagging far behind the rapidly changing events - BBC News Online was still reporting a "power surge" when the TV and radio were clear it was bombs and that a bus had been hit - many thousands of people turned to blogs.

So much so that the august Wall Street Journal turned its attention to our humble furrow and povided a thorough and useful compendium of links to blogs and photosites. And the BBC talked about blogs as well, as did the Guardian's own blog.

Similarly, the blogging big dogs turned out in force. BoingBoing compiled its usually thorough and eclectic take on events. Metafilter also has threads about the bombings, all of which have further links (1, 2, 3).

The attack is dominating the Blogdex rankings.

Similarly the Ist Network has pulled together and shown international solidarity - hello New York, hello DC, hello Chicago, howdy Austin, ni how Shanghai, hello Cisco, hello LA, hello Seattle, hello Toronto. Thanks chaps.

It's also worth shouting out to London Metblog, our traditional rival. Thankfully, they're all OK, and have their own take on things.

Thanks also to the UK public (no link available), who put Londonist at Number 2 in the national Britblog rankings for yesterday.

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Diamond Geezer is reflective. And Casino Avenue (not a fan of this blog but that's his perogative) has put up a brilliant post.

Gridskipper has travel updates.

The Plummet Onions is oddly proud of Londoners. Nothing odd about it, mate.

Tom Coates was one of the 50 or so sites to link to our coverage, has more links, and includes to "the world according to LiveJournal", so you can track the moods of the LiveJournalistans. It's worth a fiddle.

Dan Hill's account.

This is from Warren Ellis's mailing list (yes, we know it's not a blog):

I'd remind my foreign readers that, although it's been a while, this sort of thing is not something we're unused to over here. There's not going to be a lot of freaking out from the generations that remember explosives in litterbins and bomb threat drills in office blocks. It was part of the fabric of life for a very long time.

Oh, here we go; footage of Blair being lifted out of Gleneagles by a military chopper.

See, if Paddy Ashdown had become Prime Minister, he'd be in camo gear, carrying a machine gun and clambering into an Apache, proclaiming that he was off to personally hunt down and kill Osama. I think the country really missed an opportunity there.

Shot by Both Sides is being level-headed.

Mad Musings of Me has some great insights.

And a great photo.

What a difference a day makes.

And finally, to insert an unethical, unfair, and generally gratuitous bit of self-promotion, This Isn't London picked the wrong week to make a comeback.

If anyone would like their London, or London-related, blog to go into next week's Blog Roundup, then email Londonist.

London, we're all proud of you.

The image is a cropped version of today's Steve Bell cartoon.

Last Updated 08 July 2005

Jackson West

Not to snark at a time of crisis, but...'Cisco?' Wow. That's a new one on me. Well, at least it's not Frisco (which you're not supposed to call it, but all the kids are these days). Leave it to the Brits to mangle the English language. Oh, "San Francisco" is Spanish, you say? Well, carry on then.

A friend of yours, the Cisco kid.

Will

Cisco, Frisco, Nabisco, it's all Greek to me.

Phil

Please, can we not start refering to this as seven seven?

Thomas

Why the haell arent the Brits bombing the donkey dung terrorist in the Suni Triangle back into the dark ages? What's it going to take?? Are you waiting for an atomic attack before you retaliate?????? Holy God, you have the best planes in the world and MUST hit them back if you are to keep your credibility. The UK should join forces with America and form a joint strike force. WE BOTH HAVE GOT A SCORE TO SETTLE. 911 and 77 adds up to the boiling point.

Linda

ITS TIME FOR ENGLAND TO RETALIATE AGAINST THE TERRORISTS WITH MASSIVE AIR STRIKES OR THEY WILL DEVISTATE YOUR COUNTRY. IF THEY WANT TO MEET ALLAH SO BAD, LETS HELP THEM. ITS TIME TO TERRORIZE THE TERRORISTS. WAR IS WAR. PEOPLE DIE. UNLESS ENGLAND STARTS THINKING OUT OF THE BOX AND WREAKING SOME HAVOC ON THE TERRORISTS, THERE WILL ME MANY MORE BRITTISH BODY BAGS. ITS TIME FOR ENGLAND TO START BEHEADING THE TERRORISTS OR YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO LONDON BRIDGES FALLING DOWN.

Ken

Thomas, Linda - how odd that you both seem to be posting from exactly the same IP address (and share it with a previous commenter on another post).

If you're going to try and provoke us with your comments, at least make them sound like they're coming from adults with a respectable IQ.

Thanks.

Mark

Here's the only civil way to avoid a bunch of blood shed by all sides. England has been very good to let in many islamic peoples from many countries. All of these people must take a large share of responsibily for this tradgic event. Why? Because those who kill, those who plan, those who supply, those who finance, those who hide, all know members of the islamic community in England. It's a brother's friend, a cousin's cousin, a guest at dinner, it's someone(s) well connected to the Islamic community. It is absolutely immparitive that the Islamic community be held accountable, not resonsible, for this tragic slaughter. It is the Islamic communities responsibility for finding these someones and getting their identities to the authorities.

A very sturn warning is here to the muslim community: If you don't want to rat on a neighbor, if you know something and just don't want to get envolved, if you know someone that knows something and you don't say anything....you are guilty of harboring terrorists and the coming backlash and reprisals against your entire community will be harsh and justified.

Cyber-Pope

What nonsense! The "Islamic community", or Muslim community rather, don't sit around a big table and decide whether to tell the police or not.

Whenever terrorists have been arrested in the past, their families are always genuinely stunned to find out one of their relatives was involved. Terrorist cells are of course sworn to secrecy, and don't go around telling people what they are planning.

Perhaps their has been a certain tolerance in some quarters, but only because the attacks were tasking place in the US and elsewhere. Now that they have come to London, where they are equally happy to kill British Muslims, the mood will undoubtedly change.

The IRA cut back on their UK bombing campaigns when they realised that any UK republicans that did exist were turning against them in droves. The problem on both sides is that there are people on both sides who feel utterly certain that their faith is the right one, so what we need is a little confusion, or Confusionism perhaps. Don't know what I mean? You'll have to come visit me by clicking on my name above.