Panic on the streets of London Monday, December 04, 2006
I was just having a quick drink with an old friend who is a City journalist in a pub near Paddington station in London. She & I were sitting in the window seat when 3 police cars screeched up outside and from one of the cars leapt 3 policeman who quickly armed themselves with machine guns.
So unusual was the sight that people were drawn to stare at the sight, rather than duck from whatever danger presumably warranted such a display.
Evidently it was a false alarm because after a few menacing minutes they left in their cars.
It was only after they'd gone I realised how lucky I am to be living somewhere where guns remain an very unusual sight, given the nightly scenes of horror from different parts of the world shown on the news and where guns appear commonplace.