Aliens in This World

An ordinary Catholic and a science fiction and fantasy fan.

Friday, July 08, 2005

London Is Not Amused

Not much to say again today. I loved the picture of the English businessmen and ordinary guys asking the mounted policeman for a briefing. Look at their eyes -- don't they look like soldiers just looking to be pointed in the right direction? Not even grim -- just ready for anything. has plenty of classy political cartoons today on the bombings, including an incredibly touching one from our friends in Jordan. I'm ashamed to say that our own Mike Peters was one of the cartoonists who tried to use murder to make loony political points. He's not on the site, at least today.

Here's my comment. It can't improve on Tim Worstall's description of the London state of mind, but here goes:

We will not give up.
We will not give in.
We will not give over;
We won't let them win.
We'll give all we've got
And we will not forget,
And six feet of England's
Is all their bones'll get.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

No Surrender to Terror

I just heard about the bus and Tube bombings in London, and I can't begin to describe how I feel. Part of me is deathly worried for the Londoners I know, and praying hard. Another part is grimly wishing to wring a few terrorist necks. But part of me...part of me is very proud, because I read this:

I'm writing this sitting in my office in London working as normal.

As I look out the window I see no buses, very few cars but lots of people walking on the streets...Londoners walking left, right, up the street, down the street, going about their normal lunchtime business.

We have faced terror before - Nazi terror, Irish Republican terror - and have not been beaten. This will not beat us either.

The overwhelming feeling round our office is "Is this best they can do?"

You rule, Britannia.

Britannia rules the waves.

Britons never, never, never will be slaves.

UPDATE: Pretty much all the London filkers and fans are present and accounted for! Here's hoping we lucked out....