Overheard on the Web, and other Web links From The Herald's Research Editor
Thursday, July 14, 2005
This morning in London, the entire city stopped for a pause to remember the victims of Thursday's bombings a week later. The Guardian Newsblog reports, and has comments from dozens of people who report what it was like for them. What the Guardian said:
Just before midday today, a steadily growing stream of Guardian staff trooped silently down the five flights of stairs from our offices onto Farringdon Road, normally one of London's busier streets. A crowd gathered in front of the building, matched by similar silent gatherings all along the road. A double decker bus, a No 63, pulled over and switched off its engine. The driver stepped outside his cab and his passengers rose from their seats and stood with clasped hands. Just in front, a taxi driver stood by his vehicle. Cars stopped, and but for the unanswered ringing of a telephone and the incongruous sight of a young man jogging through the crowd, there was, for two brief minutes, silence as this small corner of London paid its respects to the people who died in last Thursday's attacks on our city. It was incredibly moving.
And, from a reader, about another street in London:
Everything seemed relatively normal until all the cars stopped, the buses turned their engines off, people stopped moving, and silence ensued. I've been on Oxford Street at all hours of the day and night and this was the quietest it has ever been. The silence was broken by a solitary bus engine starting and then respectful applause as people recognised London's show of unity.
Elisabeth (Liz) Donovan was a Herald librarian for 10 years, and Research Editor for 13 years. She came to The Herald in 1981, following several years at the
Washington Post. She started blogging in 2000, with a news research blog, followed by the blog at Herald.com in 2003. A frequent speaker and writer on news research, she was honored in 2004 by the
News Division of the Special Libraries Association for her contributions to