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Max Barry wrote the novels Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He also created the game NationStates and once found a sock full of pennies.

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Thu 07
Jul
2005

London bombed; citizens mildly annoyed

Max There is something very special about the Brits. I’ve always admired them, even though I can’t understand their decision to live somewhere with such bad weather and warm beer. Today I’m reminded why. After watching pictures of this horrendous terrorist attack on TV, I jumped on the net to get in touch with English people I know. And as I heard back from them, I realized they seemed… a little miffed. Maybe peeved. But even that might be too strong.

To all Brits: I’m thinking of you guys today. My heart goes out to those personally affected. But it’s also filled with admiration for this incredible British spirit that even a bomb attack can’t dent.

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spinne (#427)

Quote: "I'm not here to cock around."
Posted: 3330 days ago

Are you implying that I've been crying over it more than they have? That's almost comforting, in a way.

the-tine (#472)

Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Quote: "Coming soon to a planet near you."
Posted: 3330 days ago

Those British people are strong. I wonder what will become of Tony Blair after this disaster.

John (#477)

Location: Seattle
Quote: "Did I do that?"
Posted: 3330 days ago

I've always deeply admired the British people. It is events like this that remind me why, as well. Sometimes I wish us Americans were a bit more British.

Yenzo (#829)

Location: Secret underwater pyramid base in the Pacific
Quote: "In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe (Carl Sagan)"
Posted: 3330 days ago

I was deeply impressed by the first press conference, when one of the officials was asked if he believed that islamic terrorists were behind the attacks and the first thing he said was something like "there are no islamic terrorists; whoever commits terrorist acts does this in contrast to the teaches of Islam".

Strong, clever - and by far more reasonable than what other world leaders have to say about these or other attacks.

the-tine (#472)

Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Quote: "Coming soon to a planet near you."
Posted: 3330 days ago

i second that.

Emily (#609)

Location: New York
Quote: "When in doubt, fuck it. When not in doubt, get in doubt!"
Posted: 3330 days ago

I LOVE THE BRITS!

So courageous. This whole thing is such a mess... and they remain steadfastly British throughout.

profane (#1104)

Location: Ottawa, Canada
Quote: "This space for rent."
Posted: 3330 days ago

I'm with you Max. The British people today took all of this in stride, and basically sent the perpatrators a big F... you by being pissed about how long it would take them to get back home. After some 30 years of putting up with IRA bombings, I think it'll take more than a few bombs to shake the British people. We should all take note, and conduct ourselves in the same way should this ever happen to any of us (God forbid).

Phantom Duck (#1017)

Location: Athens, Greece
Quote: "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temprorary problem."
Posted: 3330 days ago

The British are really strong indeed. They weren't annoyed when their troops killed innocent Iraqis either.

saral kaushik (#1249)

Location: United Kingdom
Quote: "Rock!"
Posted: 3330 days ago

I am from Britain and I would just like to say that does coincide with the British feelings at the moment.

Hobbie (#1359)

Location: Cornwall, England
Quote: "There was a little man in his hair!"
Posted: 3330 days ago

Indeed. I believe my response was something along the lines of 'ah well, we knew it was coming anyway.' It's sad... but it could have been a whole lot worse really.

JacksSmirkingRevenge (#1324)

Location: That place where Billy Elliot was comitted, England
Quote: "What can the harvest hope for if not for the care of the reaper man?"
Posted: 3330 days ago

same here, exept I added "why the hell didn't they just bomb Blair instead of damb comuters?" also, I was against the Iraq war,and very much care that british soldiers are killing inoccent Iraqi civillians.

Mick (#1167)

Location: England
Quote: "Reality is that part of imagination we all agree on."
Posted: 3330 days ago

I've got to agree with hobbie too; we knew it was going to happen eventualy.
It's nice to know other countries like us so much.

Tony Quin (#1310)

Location: Plymouth -urgh
Quote: "Yoga is NAILS"
Posted: 3330 days ago

In my typical humour, I cracked jokes about... something, can't remember what. Probably the probable lack of speeding in London yesterday, and how the question of growing obesity had been answered -make them walk across London every day!

But really, it's only to be expected. I feel a bit sad over the victims' families et al. though, and the poor sodding tourists, but at least the place is generally safer than elsewhere. "whaHAhEY!, let's take a trip to the Columbian border this year dear!"

Which is of course, where I will be over the next month. Isn't that so /smart/.

Machine Man subscriber Danni Brennand (#357)

Location: England
Quote: "Eagerly awaiting the European Tour."
Posted: 3330 days ago

I think my response was along the lines of "it's bad, it could have been worse, now I've got to get to the doctors". I was worrying about some people I know down there, but they're all safe. I think ever since the Blitz we've had an attitude of no matter what happens, life must go on. I don't think anything short of nuking the country to oblivion will stop that.

Ross Kilgour (#1452)

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Quote: "Check out www.amplifico.net !"
Posted: 3330 days ago

I just had to tell you how wrong you are, Phantom Duck. Over 50% of the British public were against the invasion of Iraq. There were mass demonstrations all across the UK, like never before. The only reason Blair wasn't voted out this year was because of the pitiful lack of a good alternative (at least that's how most people perceive it). It's not fair of you to band together the whole British population just because of one man's decision.

I'm so glad this week is nearly at an end. Beginning with the positivity of the Live 8 event on Saturday and mass anti-poverty demonstrations here in Edinburgh, moving onto violent 'demonstrations' by anarchists on Monday, getting the Olympic bid for London, then a terror attack and the start of the G8 summit the next day. It's been a hell of a week and I hope it can somehow end well with something positive from the summit.

Becky (#835)

Quote: "Oh! I get it now!"
Posted: 3330 days ago

I wonder if it was the French since they lost out on the Olympics to London.

Sophie (#891)

Location: Devon
Posted: 3330 days ago

I was woken up to the news that my dad was trying to get out of London because his underground line had just been bombed, which was pretty effective at getting me out of bed. But I couldn't manage to feel too much shock or surprise, because terrorism is such an everyday occurrence around the world. Its a very sad fact, but most weeks there are suicide bombs/car bombs/etc somewhere in the world, and the government has been stating for a while now that an attack on London was imminent and inevitable.
I think what surprised me most was how pointless and petty the attack seemed – it seemed to have no motive other than punishing innocent people. My sympathies to the families of those who died.
I hope that the people responsible are brought to justice (and that religious fanaticism fades from the world, but that’s probably too much to hope for).

Tony Quin (#1310)

Location: Plymouth -urgh
Quote: "Yoga is NAILS"
Posted: 3330 days ago

Yes, it was to be expected really. Good thing I don't live in London eh? You must worry about being attacked walking down the street anyway, that happens often enough.

I also thought of the French! ;)

I must go to London tomorrow, but I was far more worried about yesterday's dentist appointment. (Which I passed!)

Rod McBride (#688)

Location: Gardner, KS
Quote: "www.MidwestRockLobster.blogspot.com"
Posted: 3329 days ago

For anyone who thinks the IRA was ever justified in blowing up shopping malls or school busses, this is good food for thought. When the IRA was active this way, a lot of Americans thought it was a good prompt to dust off nationalist Irish songs and sing. After 9/11, Americans seem to understand domestic terrorism a little better.

Now, if we could only apply what we know to 1) not aggravating a major portion of the world with blind, bipartisan support of Zionism; 2) not arming and aggravating Muhajadeen against Commies and then turning our backs when they bring down a reign of terror created in their own image.

All the Americans reading this have concluded I'm either anti-Jewish or pro-Al Queda, so they've stopped listening. They've got their fingers in their ears chanting to keep the sound out, though my point is picking sides and arming them to the teeth is a big part of what starts this nonsense.

If you take race and religion out of it (for Americans), the question is not whether it's okay to blow up a federal building, it's whether Timothy McVey was a random act or if he was committing a horrible crime in reaction to an otherwise legitimate grievance.

nick (#798)

Location: US
Posted: 3329 days ago

Compared to World War 2 and the german bombings of London, this is a mere dusting, those Brits are a stocky breed...

Yenzo (#829)

Location: Secret underwater pyramid base in the Pacific
Quote: "In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe (Carl Sagan)"
Posted: 3329 days ago

weeell... Germany was bombed real bad too, but I don't think they'd be able to handle it as well as the Brits. There is a tendency there to make a big deal out of everything.

Picto (#64)

Location: United Kingdom
Quote: "Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light? - Maurice Freehill"
Posted: 3329 days ago

Phantom Duck said: "The British are really strong indeed. They weren't annoyed when their troops killed innocent Iraqis either."

Actually, about half of us were so pissed about going to war. As Ross said, the alternative was so poor that to keep Labour in charge was probably the safest way to avoid too much change. We are used to what they have (and don't have) to offer us and a change would just add to the demise.

I agree with Hobbie, anyone who mentioned the bombings to me I just replied with, "We had it coming really. Just a matter of when and how." But the scale of it wasn't particularly large at all.

I sympathise for the friends and families of the deceased.




MAX!!! I went to bookstores today only to find out the Syrup is out of print!! :( I am truly upset. Alternatives? Please?

Zach (#897)

Location: Boston, MA, USA
Posted: 3327 days ago

my heart goes out to those who have family and firends that have been affected by the bombings. I would like to point out how Fox news reacted to the bombings http://mediamatters.org/static/video/fox-bombing-200507080005.mov

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 3327 days ago

> MAX!!! I went to bookstores today only to find out
> the Syrup is out of print!! :( I am truly upset.
> Alternatives? Please?

Amazon.com!

"Syrup" has never been released in the UK. It's a glaring blemish on an otherwise great nation.

> http://mediamatters.org/static/video/fox-bombing-200507080005.mov

Wow. That's really... sad.

Picto (#64)

Location: United Kingdom
Quote: "Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light? - Maurice Freehill"
Posted: 3327 days ago

Aww man, just when I thought I could avoid internet. I demand that you get it released in the UK! Heh, at least "I" would buy it. Shame, I guess I will have to resort to using the net after all. Thanks.

Mick (#1167)

Location: England
Quote: "Reality is that part of imagination we all agree on."
Posted: 3326 days ago

I just watched that video... wow. I'm shocked to be honest.

Stick! Government (#1499)

Location: Edmonton ,Alberta, Canada
Quote: ""Hmm, #1499, cool, I took financial management, i always round off. But, thats actually kinda cool, having the last number in the 1400's."
Posted: 3300 days ago

Damn rights mates! 'Stiff upper lip, and all' HooAH! Very British, 50 people get blown to smithreens and they're slightly annoyed that the subway security allowed these idiots in, and that they miss their appointments across town. But seriously, it takes a lot of courage to have that kind of Attitude, Go Britain Go!

Adam Smith (#1505)

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK
Quote: "Rex et Nostra Jura"
Posted: 3296 days ago

Hi there. I love NationStates and this blog. I was on the Kings Cross train in the carrige next to the blast and even the people where I was sitting were not paniced or bothered. We could see the dead people in the carrige next to us and many of us had cuts, bruises and burns. We just walked along the carrige quietly which was incidently full of smoke smashed open the doors and walked down the smoke filled tunnel. Despite the fact that many people were crying there was still and air of calmness. When we got to the surface I was lucky to be alive. I had large cuts along my face and arm and had to go to hospital. The staff were so relaxed and I felt like I was the only one affected. I love Britain and I wouldnt change it for the world. Thanks London.

Galen (#1516)

Location: In a land far, far away, sometimes referred to as college.
Quote: ""It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. " - Oscar Wilde"
Posted: 3291 days ago

My parents were gone that week, leaving me all alone in the wonderful house they've spent way too much of my college fund on. Where did they go? Israel. So deep down in my morbid and evil heart of hearts, I started wondering about the money that could come my way if they were, you know, bombed.

And who gets hit instead? England. Bastards.

Sarah Statham (#1573)

Location: Manchester, England, UK.
Posted: 3266 days ago

What bombs?

:D

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