from her friend prakriti
...Both are in the UK.
just commented on it...
...and I laughed, thought some more about it, and decided to add my own thoughts.Cultural differences
The responses by people today really highlight for me the differences between Americans and English people.
Americans: OMG! there's been a terroroist attack! My prayers are with you!!
English: London's been bombed. Shit. that means the tube is closed. I wonder if I can still make it into town tonite to see that play I have tickets for.Not to say this isn't upsetting or that people aren't worried. There's just a certain lack of melodrama.
Completely and utterly true. I'm sure most of the Americans are mentally equating this with the September 11th attacks, exaggerating it because it's the national capitol, and stressing no end. For many of the Brits I know, however, it's just like 20 years ago, happy fun time with the IRA bombings. Only even more inconvenient, what with most of the being at work and now stuck with the trains and buses shut down. And horrors, no mobiles or Blackberries are working, as the phone network has shifted to emergency mode. The City is probably swearing about that more than anything.
The BBC ran out of material and edged towards waffling about images sent via the public. "And this window may have been cracked by the explosion." No! Say it isn't so! And a chap just came out of one of the bombed trains, dusty and smoky, and told the news crew "Wonder if I ought to go into
work, or just try to find a way to get home."
I love this country."