Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Today


I had a far more light hearted blog post that I was planning to write tonight.  That one will show up in a couple of days, but right now it doesn't feel right to write something like that.

At the time of writing, about six hours ago some form of attack took place in Westminster in the heart of London.  I'm not going to go into depth about it because, although there are lots of stories flying around right now, I suspect it's going to take a little time at least before the facts about today become clear.

I'm not going to go into the details either of why it happened or the motivations behind it, but just to say that it's a sad day.  The injuries and fatalities arising from the attack are deeply saddening, and putting whatever reasoning the attacker had to one side, it is truly dreadful to go out with the intention of hurting others.

I'm sure that I'm wrong, but the world seems more dangerous nowadays, at least compared to when I was young (or perhaps I didn't pay as much attention to the news at the time, or the danger was elsewhere).

I've been to London a few times, mainly for work, and I like it (although it's certainly different to where I live).  It's busy and there's always something happening.  I don't feel a desire to live and work there now, but looking back to when I was younger and single I wonder about how things would have gone if I had spent some years working in the capital.  I love experiencing some of the iconic elements of London - Big Ben (which is actually Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben is just the name of the bell), the London Eye, Marble Arch... and the parks!  You wouldn't believe that you can be right in the middle of London and feel like you're miles away from any traffic, but stand in the middle of Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens on a sunny day and you'd fool yourself that you're in a country park somewhere.

I've been fortunate enough to venture inside the Palace of Westminster once, and it's a fantastic building, full of history and yet very much a wholly active heart of government.

I've rambled a little with this post, but I think that's what is needed. We'll see in the news in the upcoming days and weeks more analysis about this attack, and the motivation behind it. For now - go give your loved ones a hug.



11 comments:

  1. Well said, Mike. I am glad you, Cherise & your son are safe.

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  2. Sane & measured words in a world that's not so sane and measured as it ought to be?

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    1. There's a lot of anger out there right now, and assumptions being jumped to - I've seen various religions and organisations targeted as being behind this attack, but at the end of the day the attack itself was perpetrated by one person. I don't believe that you can blame a group of people because of the actions of one.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting :)

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  4. The world has always been mad. I remember when I was a kid worrying about attacks from the IRA or when we received government leaflets about what to do in the event of a nuclear war. The world had always been mad, it's just the madness has changed - it's darker, not as easy to predict and doesn't have any rules.

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    1. Well said, yes you're quite right - thinking about it I can remember when I was younger the troubles in Northern Ireland, and discussing what we would do in a nuclear war. I guess the fear is now that rather than a traditional war (even a nuclear one) you have to be prepared that one of these attacks may happen anywhere, at any time.

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