Its a difficult time being in Manchester at the moment. This time yesterday (Monday 22nd May) there were sirens, helicopters and a general unknowing. I had not heard the bomb blast, as I live quite far away (25mins walk) but can see the area of Victoria from my windows. I was also catching up with Supergirl, so maybe the bang was mixed in with the sound from that.
It was my wonder why there was so many sirens which led me to look at Facebook and Twitter. Before long it was clear something terrible had happened in the Victoria area. Then it became clear it was the Manchester Arena, somewhere I had visited on Thursday (Manchester after hours) & Friday (Silicon drinkabout) last week.
It was clear there were a lot of people and children shocked, hurt and at a lost to what they had seen and experienced. A lot had no way of getting home and just needed to be reconnected with loved ones. There were people posting they had spare rooms, and I really considered doing the same but decided I should go and help out if possible. However, Greater Manchester police’s twitter account told us in no certain terms, stay away and stay safe, this was now a live crime scene.
Police responded to reports of an incident at Manchester Arena. Please stay away from the area. More details to follow….
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017
I stayed up till about 2am, as unconfirmed reports flew in from social media and some news outlets. Although I wanted to stay up longer, I decided this would not be a good idea. So I sent my parents a message saying when they wake up don’t worry I’m fine (which they never saw till they contacted me this morning). Posted a few tweets and went to bed.
I was in London during the 7/7 bombings and experienced similar emotions of not knowing and listening out for more/any-news. It was a terrible time and I think the watching and waiting made things far worst. Its too easy to watch the news and be in a state of panic each time you see the breaking news banner. Or read something someones posted.
This is why the next day, although keeping a slight eye on what happened, I went to work and tried to carry on with my life as best I could. I know Manchester is no stranger to bombings but I felt it was ever so important to try and keep some normality, as thats exactly what the bomber was trying to disrupt.
Of course my heart goes out to everyone involved or loved ones who are still not found like friend Dan Hett.
hi all. we've had no news yet. decided against the vigil given we're still in limbo, but strength and solidarity to everyone tonight. <3 https://t.co/j3kbh2bBd1
— Dan Hett (@danhett) May 23, 2017
But you really see the dark side of organisations, politics and religon in these moments.
I have dealt with 50+ journos online today. Two found my mobile number. This cunt found my house. I still don't know if my brother is alive. pic.twitter.com/NYbLzBsVH0
— Dan Hett (@danhett) May 23, 2017
Maybe democrats will start to realize that hugging extremists & rolling out the red carpet for them doesn't work?#ManchesterBombing
— Scott Presler (@ScottPresler) May 23, 2017
But of course these out weighted by moments of absolute joy and delight by a factor of 10.
— Dr Lauren Gavaghan (@DancingTheMind) May 23, 2017
— mads (@anathemapilot) May 23, 2017
I believe Manchester, like London, like Paris, like many others… won’t let these acts take over our way of life and I’m very happy to be part of a city who come together when it matters the most.
— Amina (@SociallyHowell) May 23, 2017
I have hope people missing will be found, hopefully alive and well. We will not fall down the path
— Karthick Rajan (@ikarthick8) May 23, 2017