EDITOR'S DIARY - TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER 2001
Watching Waiting Wondering
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Three weeks on and the world still waits. The clock still
ticks. The hens still lay.
But we all know the chickens are about to come home to roost.
We know it will come. They know it will come. It must be
inevitable. And we are assured it will be fair, just and
But will it be the start of something big?
It wasn't one bomb in one place that burnt. It wasn't one
bullet in one heart that bled.
It was a mighty avalanche into a mighty sea that is sending
tidal waves around the world.
How was it for you?
You may have been unfortunate enough to have lost a friend or
a relative in New York, Washington or Pennsylvania.
You might have had to cancel a flight or give up a holiday.
Or you might have lost your job.
The world economy, that was shaky in places before 11
September, is now deeply sick. The stock markets are lurching up
and down and down.
And on our little doorsteps in Coventry and Warwickshire the
chickens are already getting close.
is teetering on the brink - its share price has collapsed and
prospects look bad. The company says the terrorist attacks have
rubbed salt into their deep financial wounds.
Coventry City Council know that things could go bad. A recent
research newsletter highlights, amongst other issues, potential
losses in the local aerospace and tourism industries.
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Many readers of CWN were personally touched by this tragedy.
Here are just a few excerpts from messages I received after my
I would just
like to say that all my thoughts and love goes out to all
those awaiting news on their loved ones. I am living in NY but
grew up in Coventry. I saw both towers collapse yesterday and
have no way of describing what I saw, how I felt or how I feel
right now. I know one of the firefighters who is currently
unaccounted for. This is a horrific and terrifying time for NY
and must be even worse for the rest of the world sitting as we
are, waiting for news. Please
try to stay strong and hope for as many survivors as possible
from this horrific tragedy.
I have a
stepsister living in Mentor, Ohio. She emailed me today (she
cannot get a phone line) and told me that the Pittsburg plane
flew over within half a mile of her house. Terrifying news. I
agree with your sentiments exactly, and wait for the next
horrific installment, as reprisals are guaranteed.
I have been
living here in the US for 16 years. I was born and raised in
Coventry. My parents still live there. The nature of my
business means I have to fly many times each month, mainly
domestic flights. My local airport, Atlanta, is one of the two
busiest in the World. I take it for granted like most other
business people. As a result of the recent events, we are now
faced with many changes. There will be longer check-in times,
longer lines at the X-ray screening areas, random security
checks, delayed flights, dog patrols etc. There is even talk
of putting an armed person in plain clothes on each flight.
This may be difficult with over 20,000 each day.
was to come over to my best friends wedding in Coventry this
weekend. The flight was due to leave on Wednesday. Of course
it was cancelled. I am also coming to Coventry in November to
see my parents and friends. What has been a routine trip in
the past is now one to be feared. In all of my years of living
in the country, this is the first time that every airport has
been shut down, the stock market has been closed, and all
sporting events cancelled. The country has come together in an
unprecedented way. As evidence mounts in identifying the
perpetrators, it is now just a matter of time before the
resolve of the Americans will be realised. The map-makers of
the World might be quite busy in the upcoming weeks.
Maybe, just maybe, the bad people will be punished, the good
people will shake hands and it will all be over by Christmas.
But I doubt it. This is a deep deep scar across our mind.
This was an event for everyone for all time.
Even my four-year-old daughter, Myfi, felt it. Unwittingly we
subjected her, as it was shown over and over again, of that
fateful montage of the second plane crashing into the second
Now she asks mummy when I leave for my shiny glass office:
"Mummy, what will we do if a plane crashes into
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