Firstly, thanks for the concern expressed by each one of you, I still haven’t finished replying to all the sms, emails, phone calls, smoke signals and pigeons sent throughout the day asking if I was still alive. Obviously I was caught in the great chaos here, worsened by the fact that, having spent the night by a friend, I found myself stuck in Swiss Cottage, with no way of going back home. Had I been out 15 min earlier I’d have found myself stuck in the tube and probably evacuating from the tunnels.
Rest of the day was subsequently spent watching the news, coordinating with Mathieu (my flatmate) a feasable route home, but given the sporadic mobile network coverage, and the unlucky location of my house (Angel), which main accesses through the City and Kings Cross were effectively cut off, I decided to travel later in the afternoon. I’ve set off to travel by foot the 7-8 kms but miraculously managed to get myself on a very widely diverted bus that went straight to near my house.
Meanwhile, let me stress that, as a now proud adopted Londoner, I will continue unaffected to live, work, study, party, laze, take the tube and everything else as I’ve always done. Let’s face it: I am still more likely to die from crossing the street than from a terrorist attack, and besides, I don’t want to give the terrorists any satisfaction.
On a final note, for anyone still parroting that Islam is a loving and tolerant but misinterpreted (by bad people indeed) religion, here are a couple of excerpts straight from the Koran, from someone that, for a change, actually read it:
(9.5) Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
(4.74) Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Those who fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.