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Dustin LindenSmith

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Quite a day yesterday across the pond, eh?

I woke up to the news of the explosions, which they were still being called at the time, and immediately tried to phone my good friend Christian who lives in London. Of course, I couldn't get through because half the world was probably trying to do the same thing, so I sent an e-mail to him instead. Eventually I called his mom, who lives in Surrey (fairly far from London), and she told me that Christian was visiting his girlfriend in Vancouver, so there was nothing to worry about. Whew.

Gwynne Dyer's commentary on the bombings this morning on CBC Radio One was interesting -- especially for the sake of perspective. He said that yesterday's attacks were the 118th, 119th, 120th, and 121st terrorist attacks in London since 1974. Very interesting. He also said that about 400 people die in the natural course of events in London each day, and that yesterday, that number just happened to be about 10% higher -- about 450 instead of 400. He actually said "get a grip" at one point, which made me laugh out loud.

To be sure, suicide bombers routinely kill that many or more on a fairly regular basis in the Middle East, so it's at least ironic, if not insidiously racist, that such a big deal was made of yesterday's attacks.

Isn't it?

In other news, you MUST play with this guy, memed via wickenden. He says it's what music feels like to him. To me, it feels like swimming.

And in yet other news, I'm still feeling pretty sick from the cold I caught earlier this week (all three of us have been taken out with it), but hopefully I'll be feeling better for tomorrow night's gig with our quartet.

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starskin July 8th, 2005
I'll agree that the irony of the hystreria caused by the bombings in London when we barely bat an eyelash at suicide bombers in teh Middle East is not lost on me.
However, I don't know if I'd attribute it to racism so much as I'd attribute it to the fact that England has historically had, and still has in the minds of many, a sense of being an impenitrable island fortress. The terrorism that struck London before always came from schisms within the country itself. It's very unsettling to think of England being attacked by outsiders because they have this half-mythical reputation for being unassailable. I know this is just a holdover from the days of British sea power, and that this idea was rendered null in WWI (first German bombings of London, etc), but still the idea persists. My two cents anyway.

I am still waiting to hear from one of my friends who was going down there to visit. It's nerve-racking.

iamom July 8th, 2005
Mmm, good luck on your friend. That would make me a bit nervous, too.

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