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Notes from underground

For once the underground was the central character in a London drama, and for once we hadn't done anything wrong. A few of us were even heroes

By Dan Kuper   August 2005

“All the staff have remained very calm,” a customer told my colleague on the evening of the bombings. “We were expecting it,” he told her. The best trailed terrorist attack in history finally arrived. The predicted horror, terror and grief were all present and correct. I have written before that the worst kind of disruption to the tube is a suicide. How much worse is three suicides, all with explosives attached? Underground staff are typically a stoical bunch, and for most of them Thursday was no more disrupted than countless days in the past when stations have had to be…

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