March 17, 2003
You'd have thought that they'd have told someone
According to CoopBlog, the HMS Belfast is 65 today, and as part of the celebration she will fire her guns at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (The Belfast will, that is, not CoopBlog's author.)
The Belfast is moored on the Thames on the southern edge of The City Of London, (London's financial district) where I work. Now, what with Mr. bin Laden still running around, and Mr. Blair and friends on the verge of bombing the fuck out of Iraq, we are all a little nervy around here. Surely they ought to have told a few people about this - unexpected explosions are going to scare the crap out of everyone.
Having said that, it's now twenty past eleven, and I didn't hear anything. ;-)
Posted to Apropos of nothing by Simon Brunning at March 17, 2003 11:20 AM
Did ya hear them? Bit of a let down in the end, and nearly 45 mins late. But still, nice to see the ol'girl has a bit of life in her yet.
Oooo! I'll post again seeing as I have found a physical neighbour in this city, and can share my fears of any bombing campaign. We have been drilled that in the case of a bomb alert, we are to go into our stairwell for our building is entirely glass and there is no shelter outside. Which leaves the terrifying idea that we'll be inside a building, with a bomb somewhere...waiting for the all-clear, trying to decide if being entombed is better or worse than cut down by flying glass. Not happy times.
Funnily enough, I feel safer than I used to. I used to work for a large American bank - a great target for your more discerning international terrorist. Though I'm now in The City, I work for a tiny little software house. The only ones who might intend us any harm are our clients.
There is always collateral damage I suppose, but I don't feel like a target any more.
I didn't hear the guns at two either. I reckon they must have sent most of the country's gunpowder to Kuwait.