As a "late-shift" person, this is the first opportunity I've had to check in. I'm so glad everyone so far is okay (Abbeycat, I hope you've had good news by now!
I've just spent the last hour+ reading through this thread. Gilly, you've had quite a 24 hours! Good for you for going in to work today...that's the stuff!
I'm so glad you're safe. It was really wonderful of those ladies to give you a lift yesterday. I have to say, the only "nice" part about 9/11 was how nice everybody was to each other, and the outpouring of patriotism...it doesn't last, but it helped. Obviously you're experiencing the same thing there, and I'm glad.
It was odd. Just before I went to bed, I saw the news report about how London got the Olympics, and saw video of all of the celebrations. To wake up to this "sucker punch" must have been like a shot to the heart.
We stand with you all in the UK, just as you stood with us during our dark days