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London will recover soon

8 July 2005

Daniel Kramb, 22, German student living in East London

"When I got into the office at around 9.30am yesterday morning there was talk about a power surge at Aldgate East (5 min away from where I work) and that therefore a lot of people would not be able to make it in. From then onwards we watched the tragedy evolving on TV and relevant websites.

As soon as we realised what had happened we called relatives and friends to tell them we are fine and to make sure that they are safe too.

At around 12 o'clock we all decided to go home, most of us by bike, others walking, but most importantly on our quickest way home.

The most bizarre experience was to see Brick Lane, a usually vibrant street in East London, completely deserted and quiet. It was a very strange day.

I think that London will find its way back into normality quite easily. On the one hand because London was in a way prepared for the attack and can therefore deal with it much better and on the other hand because the damages were a lot smaller than what happened in Madrid or New York.

I believe that the British government will use yesterday's attack as an argument to support the War on Terror and probably as a new way to promote ID cards."

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