First of all, you should go read this: ‘She never once cried’
It’s the story of the two in what’s probably the best-known photograph from the London bombings:
A project manager for the AOL telecom network, Paul Dadge was two trains behind the targeted train, sitting in Baker Street station, when all passengers were ordered off.
“The intercom said there had been an ‘incident’ at Edgware Road. I thought nothing of it because there are always ‘incidents’ on the Underground.”
And so he started walking, stopping at Edgware Road when he saw “the staggering image of the casualties piling out.
“You’d expect chaos,” he says. “But no one was hysterical. There was almost a calm order about it all.”
Paul Dadge spent a year with the Berkshire fire department and is still on the volunteer list.
“Maybe my first-aid training kicked in, I don’t know, but I just seemed to know what to do.”
Paramedics at the scene provided Dadge with surgical gloves as well as the burn mask he used to bathe and cover Davinia’s face, and provided the dramatic photograph that captured the horror of the terrorist bombings
(Via Michelle Malkin)
I grabbed the pic of the July 8th Globe and Mail front page from the 7/7 Community (formerly London Bomb Blasts) pool at Flickr. Also found there is this one:
The caption reads
A Muslim in Bahrain expresses his rejection of the London terror attacks. Taken at a candlelight vigil held outside the British Embassy in Bahrain.
And there are more photos from that event here. They were taken and posted by a Bahraini blogger. They are a welcome sight, and we need to see more like it. Many more.
Now, for a little perspective, try Googling for “london bombing” images. Here are the first six (not counting duplicates) at this time:
Now, it’s very possible that more recent photos will rise to the top as time goes on, and that’s as it should be. But London has taken far worse from far stronger and come through still standing. In that way, Londoners are far more prepared in some ways than New Yorkers, for instance, for this sort of thing. Between the Blitz in the 1940s and the IRA more recently, they’ve proven they’re made of stern stuff.
UPDATE: It occurs to me that these are the sorts of pictures that “disappear” from time to time thanks to the efforts of the enlightened enemies of freedom and peace. I hope that Chan’ad Bahraini doesn’t mind, but I’m going to snag a few more of them and post them here just in case. There are many, many more at Chan’ad Bahraini, so be sure to check it out.
Remember, go check out the original source of these photos for more (and higher-res) pics of this vigil at the British embassy in Bahrain.
UPDATE 2: Here’s the Bahrain Gulf Daily News’ coverage of the vigil.
National Democratic Action Society chairman Ebrahim Al Sayed said that he expected over 1,000 people to attend the event.
“We denounce in the strongest terms what happened in London. There is no justification whatsoever for the taking of innocent life and no religion can condone it,” he said.
“We call for a campaign against terror but also against poverty, injustice, diseases and intolerance, because we believe that in order to stop terror you have to look at the root causes.”