The Blitz spirit

Normally, I stick to education, but this diary of a survivor of one of the London tube bombings, posted by BBC, is so remarkable I want to share the link, which I found on Roger Simon’s site. In Monday’s entry, the woman writes:

The fear is leaving me and the sense of pride is growing, proud of myself for holding it together, proud of all the people who helped, proud of London, my adopted city. We’re going to put on one hell of an Olympics after this.

By posting online, she reconnected with a man who was in the subway car with her, passing back information from the driver to keep passengers calm.

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  1. I am always heartened by the fact that these types of tragedies usually bring out the best in people. The citizens of England have likely spent the last week reassessing their priorities, and realizing that taking time to “smell the roses” may not be such a bad idea after all.

    Politics generally get thrown aside during these times, and Londoners have a new sense of pride in their heritage and their city.

    My only wish is that the terrorist would realize that their killings are nothing more than murder, as they do nothing to further their cause.

    Thanks for the post.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Sometimes, calmness is not an asset.

  3. nailsagainsttheboard says:

    “We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.”

    “We shall not fail or falter, we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.”

    –Winston Churchill