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  1. Spanner1960 30 Apr 2013, 12:41pm

    I was on Dean Street when I heard the bang. I knew what it was immediately.

    I and a number of others ran into old Compton Street to see a huge cloud of dust and smoke. It was so thick it was difficult to tell exactly where it had happened, and I thought at first it was Clone Zone. As myself and two men walked forward the sight that appeared is something I will remember for the rest of my life.

    I kind of went into “automatic” mode, remembering my friends police training about ignoring screaming people, they will probably live – it’s the quiet ones that need the attention.

    What the media never tell you about is the injuries, the blood and the mess.
    It is something no human being should ever have to witness, let alone experience.

    My sympathies go to the families and friends of those killed and my hopes for the future for all those that survived. You will always be in my thoughts.

    1. I can’t imagine how you must of felt that day. Big hug

  2. Rudehamster 30 Apr 2013, 1:11pm

    I remember it every day of my life.
    I went in and stood at the bar, about to order a pint. But I decided against it & walked to the door. Just as I got to the door, I was blown into the middle of the street covered in dust and debris.
    I didn’t even stop to check for injuries, I ran. I ran like my life depended on it & ended up at Charing Cross Road, feeling like death.
    I fell on the ground and couldn’t stop crying. No injuries apart from a grazed cheek & a few scratches, but I’ll never forget how lucky I was that day. I needn’t mention here all those that are scarred with that event in ways too unbearable to think about. But I do think about them often.

    I’ve never been able to deal with being a nurse but being too frightened for my own life to be able to do anything for anyone else. That I also live with.

    I’d like to meet Colin Chapman. I’d be happy to get the opportunity to rip his rancid fresh from his bones with my bare hands.

    Fourteen years…it seems like yesterday.

    1. Rudehamster 30 Apr 2013, 2:10pm

      Ooops…Copeland. I prefer to forget the bit of svum, so getting his name wrong proves that bit as least is being forgotten.

      1. Spanner1960 30 Apr 2013, 2:53pm

        I think you are thinking of Lotus. ;)

        1. Rudehamster 30 Apr 2013, 11:53pm

          Actually Colin Chapman was an old colleague. I feel bad about that now.

    2. Spanner1960 30 Apr 2013, 3:00pm

      Don’t question your reactions. I almost did the same. People always think they know how they will respond but you never do until it happens to you.
      I just went into adrenaline-rush mode and it didn’t even occur to me until afterwards there might have been a second bomb in there.
      It was only once the emergency services showed up and took over that I moved back, and then the magnitude of the event hit me like another bomb and I sat down in the street and cried.
      I know exactly how you felt, and I know why you did what you did, so please never feel guilty about it. xxx

      1. Rudehamster 30 Apr 2013, 11:55pm

        Spanner, Thank you. Your words hit me where it was required. As with most professionals, I rarely stop long enough to practice what I preach.

    3. A big hug to you to Rudehamster, I can imagine you carry those memories with you more than on just the anniversary. xx

  3. I’ll Never forget this, I was heading into London when this happened. Remembering the lost but never forgotten. x

  4. Has it really been only 14 years. I was meeting my brother who was dating Sinders at the time in there. I remember popping int and telling Veronica (any one remember the lovely Norwegian barmaid/) I would be back in 20 minutes, I had to take my friend to Charing Cross.

    I remember seeing the bag but thought nothing of it other than it was a stupid place to leave it.

    By the time I got to the station I heard the blast. I didn’t know if Sin, my brother or Veronica were alive for 5 hours.

    Its a anniversary that I never forget thats for sure,

    I raise a glass to all those brave lovely people that survived. And remember those that didn’t.

    Nice to see the posts here today.

    1. Rudehamster 30 Apr 2013, 11:58pm

      There is nothing I can say that would help ease your pain in that loss. I can only send my love. xx

  5. Colin (London) 30 Apr 2013, 11:43pm

    A sad day for all involved and their loved ones. Let us never forget and keep fighting for an equal society.

    Spanner1960 and Rudehamster I cannot possibly know how this has affected you but I send you both a massive hug. Best Boys

    1. Rudehamster 1 May 2013, 12:06am

      Thank you Colin.
      But I have survived and whatsmore, I have survived unharmed apart from the mental thing that was at first locked away the, when it was safe, taken out and discussed. It was good that I was getting psychotherapy at the Portman Clinic as part of my work dealing with violent offenders & sex offenders. This helped me enormously.
      I’ve since used my feelings positively in my work when I’ve dealt with victims of terrorism abroad, such as from Irerland, Congo and Kosova. It helped me understand their trauma and therefore help heal mine.
      It’s the others I feel for and remember. And the weight of good luck that was on my side that evening.

  6. Colin (London) 30 Apr 2013, 11:45pm

    Hugs to you too Lee. Sorry mate must have been typing at the time of your post

    1. And to you Colin xxx

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