Letter from London
Dear Mr. Steves,
I am the manager of the Blades Hotel and am writing from London.
The world news is now dominated by the attack on London by terrorists. Even listening to the BBC, I am finding it hard to recognize the London I am in — the reporting implies that all London is under seige, that we are in terror. Actually the terrible attacks were only in limited areas. A few blocks away life is almost normal. The biggest disruption has been the stopping of underground trains and buses.
Last night (Thurs.) the area of the hotel that you visited only days ago, not far from Westminster, was actually 'buzzing'. Bars and pubs were full to overflowing and the atmosphere was very defiant. Of course there is immense sadness at the loss of life in such an obscene attack. This does not mean, though, that we are cowering in fear! London has had the blitz and the IRA — we don't run for cover everytime some swine attacks us.
I have been utterly moved by the number of phone calls and emails from all over the world — even from former guests from China. Most calls and emails though are all ex-guests from the States and fans of yours. We are deeply touched by such kindness and have let them know we are safe, well, and planning day trips for our guests. Life will go on and we will not bow to evil.
Just thought you might like an alternative 'on the ground' vision of London at this time.
Manager of Blades Hotel
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