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June 5th, 2017

Dear, dear London…

There it was: during a last-minute pre-sleep check on Facebook at half past midnight today – Kate, my London-based god-daughter announcing she was safe.

No sooner had I checked the breaking news on Twitter, than a worried Whatsapp arrived from Lizzie, my beloved surrogate daughter in the States, checking we were safe.

By the time I woke up, 7 hours later, to go for a run in the Breton countryside, the London Bridge killers were dead, along with their innocent victims.

Every murderous bombing/stabbing/killing in the name of religion is evil and frightening in equal measure. (Actually, to be fair, I don’t actually know if this attack was in the name of religion, but one assumes it was.)
But what makes an attack like London Bridge & Borough Market so terrifying is that it is – selfishly – way too close to home.
My sister & brother-in-law live very close to London Bridge.
Jane & Michael, surprised that I’d never been there before, took me shopping to Borough market just a few days ago, where we bought olives and cheese and ham and saucisson for dinner.
My niece and her husband live close to London Bridge.
One of my oldest and dearest friends from Oxford & her hubby live very close to London Bridge…and so the London near ‘n dear list goes on…
Last week in London, I ran across London Bridge nearly every day.

I would run along the river, past Tower Bridge, onto London Bridge, sprint cross London Bridge, then back towards the Tower of London, and a coffee at St. Katherine’s Dock…
One morning, I even filmed people trudging across the bridge, heading for work, especially for my newly-retired brother-in-law, who is rejoicing in not having to head to an office every day.

I also Instagrammed London Bridge one morning, asking people to guess where I was…

Poor, dear London, targeted yet again.
There is a scary “there but for the grace of God” feeling when you know exactly where innocent people lost their lives, and you were there just a few days earlier.

Sending love to one of the most wonderful cities in the world, where most of my loved ones live.

And please read this moving tribute to London, written by Kate for CNN.

3 comments to Dear, dear London…

  • You’re right – London is a great city. And one of the great things about it is its resilience. The IRA didn’t come close to stopping the city, or even significantly changing it, and I very much doubt that things have changed since then. I don’t live there now, so maybe I shouldn’t comment; but I visit very regularly, and shall carry on doing so. Every death and injury is unacceptable, and heart-breaking for those directly involved; but I don’t think they’ll change Londoners.

  • Eden Brown

    So glad you okay!

  • Jane you’re so right. I hope. I think that Londoners’ resistance is legendary but I live in fear that one day they will decide enough is enough.

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