Why I Love the Brits
Don't know if you've heard about and been following the, um, development of the newly created LiveJournal community called "london_hurts". It's a place started by someone in sympathy with the Brits over the 07/07/05 bombings (how convenient that date listing works for both Europeans and Americans, btw).
Anyway, at the start of the community, there is an image banner of Big Ben with the words across it: "London Hurts. Today I am a Londoner & Today I Hurt".
Well, as you can imagine...
You sort of have to experience this for yourself. The person/people who started it had the very best of intentions, I'm sure, but it's developed into something rather different from what they intended. In short, Londoners have been taking the piss out of it ever since they came across it. ("Right, then. If you're all Londoners today, that's eight quid each for the congestion charge.")
Some of them have prepared their own memorial image banners, of course. My absolute very favorite is this one which introduces itself as follows:
The banners other fellow members (or should that be mourners?) have been posting are inspirational. Even though some of those making them are not in London, or even the UK, or Europe, they really manage to capture the essence of how we all feel here.
Anyway, I made my own, and I hope it gives you as much comfort as your touching tributes have given me. Thanks.
To see it, go here.