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Fri Nov 24, 2017, 05:35 PM

What the hell happened to the stiff upper lip?!?!

The scenes @ Oxford Circus today?....... good grief. An unsubstantiated something from nowhere starts a panic rippling through the heart of the west end, with people fleeing like frightened rabbits. The Soho bomber never managed to invoke this level of panic. The IRA wished they could have made Londoners react like this. Hitler could not manage it, and yet we see the lock down of the heart of the capital over nothing. No suspects, no shots fired, no casualties and yet there was a human stampede. I get that people are more aware at the moment after London Bridge and Westminster, but it seems to me when we are under attack our stiff upper lip is proudly on display, this afternoon, not so much...no attack and no stiff upper lip. Does anyone else think it a tad embarrassing?

As a caveat I will say I was raised in Belfast in the troubles so I am hardier than most when it comes to 'terror' scares. Been there, done that.....again.....and again....and again.....Also been there and done that for actual terror, of course.

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Denzil_DC Nov 2017 #1
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shenmue Nov 2017 #4
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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 07:10 PM

1. I'm sorry, but what's the context for all this?

I don't live in London and I don't have the broadcast news on 24/7.

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Response to Denzil_DC (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 07:23 PM

2. Reported all over the news

Oxford circus shut down for hours

Feeling and panic over what turns out to be this:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5114827/Hundreds-evacuated-Oxford-Circus.html

An altercation on the tube.....

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Response to Soph0571 (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 07:29 PM

3. Thanks.

It's a big world with a lot going on in it and many sources and priorities of information other than what the MSM chooses to headline.

Not all of us will have known what you were talking about. Now we do.

I can't criticize anyone caught up in something like that for their behaviour with the luxury of hindsight and being some few hundreds miles away, rather than stuck in claustrophobic situations not knowing that was happening.

Certainly not in a city that's had quite a few serious terrorist attacks over decades.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 08:16 PM

4. I don't think that's fair

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Sat Nov 25, 2017, 06:37 AM

5. Can you imagine if Twitter had been around during the Troubles?

Doesn't bear thinking about what the various nasty people would have been doing on social media back then if social media had been around.

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