London Remembers

Well, like many others in London and across the world, I observed the two minutes silence at midday today. Kudos to Mayor Ken Livingstone, who not only orchestrated the silence, in which buses and tube trains were stopped, but also urged Londoners to leave their offices and come out on to the street. Good call - there was a much greater community feel of solidarity than there would of been had people simply stayed in their offices and not checked their e-mail for two minutes.

In some ways, it feels a shame that it takes a tragedy such as this to get us out there in the street, engaging with other Londoners. It would be great if there could be a London-wide afternoon off, with people playing football in the street and getting pissed with complete strangers.

That said, it was only just over one (long) week ago that there were the short-lived jubillations over the Olympic bid victory (perhaps we can celebrate it again properly in another few weeks).

Tonight there will be a vigil at 6PM at Trafalger Square (which over the past few years has been reclaimed as a community space). Then, on Saturday, the scheduled 'Rise' anti-racist gig (previously 'Respect') takes place in Burgess Park, now under the name of 'London United'.