Mumble Discussions: In Memoriam

  • Annie.G

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    3 years agoReply
    Today is an important day, and one I hope we can all recognise, especially in the light of the recent terrorist attacks in Tunisia. For a decade ago today, 52 people were killed in the centre of London, at Aldgate, Edgeware Road and Russell Sqaure tube stations and on a bus in Tavistock Square. One of those killed was Jenny Nicholson from Bristol, 24 at the time and engaged to be married. I was lucky enough to know this amazing woman while she was alive, an although 16 years in age between us, our mothers were and still are best friends, and we have much in common: a love of literature and music for a start.

    The following extract is taken from my memoire of the occasion and following years, as the 7/7 bombings were one of the very first events where I can remember exactly where and when I was when I heard, as it had such a personal impact.

    'The two boxes came home with my Dad the following week. He worked in Bristol, so picked them up from Julie's house on the way home. It was Jenny's old music.
    My Mum asked me to help her sort through it. She still looked very sad. It was full of mainly song books, quite a good deal of Choral Music and several books of Piano music, around grades five to seven ABRSM and general collections of composers. My favourite.
    "Jenny would have loved you to have these," my Mum assured me, as I cautiously picked out a book of Vaughan-Williams folk songs. I placed it on our small, upright piano and attempted to play it. I couldn't play the piano accompaniment for these folk songs, so I sufficed by playing the tune and singing along quite happily. The only thing that slightly distressed me was the thought that the last time this music had been placed on a piano and played, it had been played by Jenny.
    I had the feeling, then, that someone was watching me.
    I knew it was Jenny.'

    Please take a moment today in your thoughts and prayers to remember the 52 victims, their families and friends, and every single victim of terrorism both before and since this one attack, out of the hundreds more.

    You can also watch Julie's story, Jenny's mother, on BBC iPlayer, a dramatised version of the book she published about the experience and her grief.

    “You must think the world’s a pretty bleak place right now, I just want you to know there’s still some good people left in it. Don’t let them win. Courage.”
    John Bryan
    3 years ago
    I must admit until recently I didn't realise it had been 10 years since the 7/7 attacks, that kind of took me by surprise that it had been that long.

    My mum watched that drama that was on last Sunday, and I saw some of the memorial service on tv this morning.

    My mum said the dram was sad and the parts of the service I saw were very moving.

    Yeah, there are still good people and I hope there are enough of them to stop the ones spreading evil and death.
    3 years ago
    "Jenny didn't hate. So neither must I."
    Thanks John, I really hope there is enough goodness!
    Nina :)
    3 years ago
    This is so sad :(