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7 July Memorial

Opening ceremony today in Hyde Park, 4 years on from the bombings.

Looks a beautiful memorial from that photo.

RIP
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  • RIP.A God awful day.Don't work in the smoke but my other half and many of my friends do ,and did, that terrible day.Remember a feeling of sheer panic when that story broke.Guess a lot of people here were caught up in it.
  • I flew to Australia that day and used to work in Kings Cross, if I was still working there the bomber would of been on my tube.

    Looks like a wonderful memorial, especially if they each one include an individuals name.

    R.I.P.
  • RIP. The shadows cast by the 52 pillars seem very apt. Quite a remarkable memorial and I can only hope it brings some small crumb of comfort to those still living with the trauma.
  • was a horrific day and one i will never forget, all our Lorries are fitted with Tracker devices and we had one showing up outside the BMA at tavistoc square at the time of the bus bombing what it didnt show us was that it was on the otherside of the square i was working alongside that drivers father and it was a horrific wait of 3 hrs before phone contact could be made.

    there was a 7 7 conspiracy programme on the beeb i think last week that really peed me off until they started to unravel the spineless bstds who compiled the conspiracy theory


    some people should stand back and respect the loss and damage done to our great city that day



    God bless and Rest in piece those lost, chin up and keep going those that were personally affected
  • There is a meeting 2 day in Birmingham of the conspiracy scum bags -------- today chsen for maximum effect.


    My longest day. The largest public building, holding some of the worlds heritage and next to 3 of the bombs. Told at first we were to be hit, then asked to take 100z of the general public in to get as many off the streets as possible. asked if our first aiders could help ( they wanted to go, had to explain what they would see etc,none went). 20 hrs later walked from Kings Cross to Charing cross ------------it was not a straight line walk. next day (because you never let them win), i took the tube to Euston------------just me and 1 ---thats one other guy on that train, when i came out the tube the Worlds press was there. I couldnt speakwas to emotional and i walked that night back to Charring Cross.
  • A very straightforward yet very moving monument. What makes it better is that I've not heard one word of criticism of it.
  • RIP to all who lost their lives, and may their families took solace from todays tributes.
  • [quote][cite]Posted By: nth london addick[/cite]
    there was a 7 7 conspiracy programme on the beeb i think last week that really peed me off until they started to unravel the spineless bstds who compiled the conspiracy theory
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    Saw the start of this but was so angry 15 mins in had to turn it off...

    Shocking day that I will remember for a long time. RIP.
  • A brilliant memorial and one that should be celebrated and perhaps publicised more. I've also been to Ground Zero in NYC and it was quite harrowing. I was in London that morning and it was almost impossible to get home due to the complete shut down of all public transportand the complete shock and panic that day. But we're all still proud of this city and nobody will ever be able to stop that with cowardly acts. Anyone who genuinely believes in a conspiracy theory is seriously misguided. R.I.P
  • I saw that programme.

    Very good demolition group on the conspiracy nutters. One claimed he was Jesus and the other was a holocaust denier.
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  • [cite]Posted By: Blinkant[/cite]
    [cite]Posted By: nth london addick[/cite]
    there was a 7 7 conspiracy programme on the beeb i think last week that really peed me off until they started to unravel the spineless bstds who compiled the conspiracy theory

    Saw the start of this but was so angry 15 mins in had to turn it off...

    Shocking day that I will remember for a long time. RIP.


    Turned into a cracking piece of journo IMO i was really angry that my TV licence had been used to make the programme until the penny dropped taht they were just setting the clowns behind it for a fall shame you turned it off they put to bed all of the so called theories
  • A fitting memorial. RIP to all those who innocently lost their lives.
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    [cite]Posted By: Henry Irving[/cite]I saw that programme.

    Very good demolition group on the conspiracy nutters. One claimed he was Jesus and the other was a holocaust denier.
    Is it being repeated or available on iPlayer?
  • clip with "jesus" here plus link to iplayer

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8124687.stm
  • edited July 2009
    We lost someone from my work.

    An American / Vietnamese called Mike who had originally been born in Saigon in 68, got out when the Americans pulled out and grew up in New York.

    After 9/11, with memories of Saigon the days before its fall, he decided he wanted to move somewhere that would be less of a target, so got a job as a tour guide for an American travel operator who specialised in Vietnam. There he met and English girl, they fell in love and moved here when her visa ran out.

    I actually introduced myself to him in the lift on the way out of the building the night before it happened. I wished him all the best at the door and he said "See you tomorrow Buddy"............

    A birthday I wont forget in a hurry. When I finally got home we cancelled the dinner reservation we had and stayed in as didn't really feel like celebrating too much.

    RIP.
  • One of the despatch riders at my old company was riding behind the bus in Tavistock Square.

    Only for the grace of god, a black cab cut him up forcing him to pull back. He was stopped at a set of traffic lights, but the bus carried on through...

    A few seconds later and those poor people on the bus were gone.

    Strange day, strange times... RIP
  • To the innocent people who lost their lives in London.

    RIP
  • [cite]Posted By: Charlton Dan[/cite]We lost someone from my work.

    An American / Vietnamese called Mike who had originally been born in Saigon in 68, got out when the Americans pulled out and grew up in New York.

    After 9/11, with memories of Saigon the days before its fall, he decided he wanted to move somewhere that would be less of a target, so got a job as a tour guide for an American travel operator who specialised in Vietnam. There he met and English girl, they fell in love and moved here when her visa ran out.

    I actually introduced myself to him in the lift on the way out of the building the night before it happened. I wished him all the best at the door and he said "See you tomorrow Buddy"............

    A birthday I wont forget in a hurry. When I finally got home we cancelled the dinner reservation we had and stayed in as didn't really feel like celebrating too much.

    RIP.

    That is a crazy story. Just shows when him upstairs has your card marked, he will get you eventually. RIP to your colleague and hold your family close tonight Dan.
  • [quote][cite]Posted By: T.C.E[/cite]To the innocent people who lost their lives in London.

    RIP[/quote]

    [quote][cite]Posted By: T.C.E[/cite]To the innocent people who lost their lives in London.

    RIP[/quote]

    Totally agree.
  • I'm sorry I don’t like the memorial. To me it looks just like it is, 316 stainless arranged upright. I wonder whether it looks too much like a piece of modern sculpture and over the coming years its meaning will be lost to future visitors.
    It’s good that some memorial has been erected though I doubt whether it’s any comfort to relatives of all those murdered by those evil animals.
    One of our cleaners was killed and another member of staff lost a leg at Tavistock Square through the acts of these cowardly bastards.
    And now the internet is full idiots inventing conspiracy stories of that horrendous day. They may well be attention seeking nutters but now they have a world audience and I'm afraid they are preaching to the converted and the weak minded.
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  • [cite]Posted By: charltonkeston[/cite]I'm sorry I don’t like the memorial. To me it looks just like it is, 316 stainless arranged upright. I wonder whether it looks too much like a piece of modern sculpture and over the coming years its meaning will be lost to future visitors.

    Visit it and see if you feel the same way. I went to the Oklahoma City memorial a few years ago. A similar idea with a chair structure, one for each person who was killed, a smaller version for the children. I visited almost 10 years after the event and was still extremely moved.

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  • The families were consulted on a weekly basis - through every step of the planning and production of the memorial.
    Individual names are not on the pillars but they are grouped and labelled according to where they fell.
    An excellent memorial, similar to the NZ memorial at Admiralty Arch
  • 5 years today. Can't believe it's been that long. But guess what? I'm sitting on a packed bus in a busy city. You didn't win you cowards.

    RIP
  • ...and they never will.

    For better or worse we've been conditioned to terrorist attacks over the years by the IRA. The sheer bloody mindedness of Londoners to not be beaten by those cowards lives on & will be directed at any future cowardly attackers.

    It's terrible that we've been conditioned like this, but fantastic that we basically say "fuck you" and get on with our lives.
  • I guess it was the blitz which installed this attitude to Londoners.

    R.I.P.
  • was right it amongst it all atthe time, so will never foregt it.

    The Blitz spirit ? didnt see to much the next day when there was only 2 of us on the tube that i got on to Euston . Station was empty and the press were everywhere outside. Thing is when i sat on that tube train with all the "they cant beat us "stuff going through my mind, i was totaly nervous and the fact that it was empty -- i just thought what an absolute mug i was ! that night i walked back from The British Library to Charring Cross.
  • Lost a school mate on the bus. Jamie Gordon. Can't believe it was 5 years ago today. RIP J.
  • Took the tube on the Piccadilly line every day for four years around the time the bomb went off in the tunnel past Russell Square. Left the job a month before the bombings for a different one that involved driving - was just going past Paddington when the radio started reporting about it.

    Went past the memorial on the bus this morning.

    RIP.
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