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The view from the London Eye just hours before the awful events of yesterday, and this morning watching the news. We had a voucher so we went and once we got back on the tube it was all unfolding. I’ve never really been this close to it before and it is sad, and scary, but mostly we all have to keep being brave, stay together and know that one day terror attacks will be in the past. London friends, stay safe and look after each other. I love this city so much n hate to see it hurting

To cry out in the name of the LORD Jesus, Savior of all, is the hope of everyone. Praying those affected by the London fire receive grace.

Do you watch the news?

It’s said that the fire started around 1am in West London and the building continues to burn as I type. Screams were heard and the news hasn’t released numbers of those rescued or trapped. While we hope that everyone gets safe and well from this, let’s match our concern with prayer.

Prayers of salvation, healing, and recovery for those affected by the London Tower fire - building staff, families, friends, their loved ones and the neighborhood.

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry for help before Him came into His ears. (Psalm 18:6 NASB)

Hey, BBC, you spelt TERRORIST ATTACK wrong

Terrorist attack (noun): the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature.

Oh and stop putting “terrorist incident” is quotation marks. This is a racially and politically motivated act of violence that ticks all the terrorism boxes. The man shouting “I want to kill all Muslims” not enough for you?

And they’re not “worshippers near a London mosque.” They’re Muslims. This monster targeted Muslims. This was a terrorist attack against Muslims.

So disgusted at the media’s double standard and hypocrisy.

All my thoughts and prayers today are with the Muslims affected by today’s tragedy. Feeling so heartbroken for the state of this world.
Police officer stabbed at UK Parliament

Police officer ‘stabbed at UK Parliament’

A police officer has been stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London, Commons Leader David Lidington has said.

He told MPs the “alleged assailant was shot by armed police” following a “serious” incident.
Staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their offices.

The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said police told her someone had been shot and MPs said they heard “three or four gunshots”.

Tom Peck, political editor for the Independent, tweeted: “There was a loud bang. Screams. Commotion. Then the sound of gunshots. Armed police everywhere.”

Prime Minister Theresa May was seen being ushered into a silver Jaguar car as what sounded like gunfire rang out at Parliament during the incident.
A Downing Street source confirmed that Prime Minister Theresa May was “OK”.

Scotland Yard said it was called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge amid reports of several people injured.

Transport for London said Westminster underground station has been shut at the police’s request.

Mr Lidington said: “It seems that a police officer has been stabbed, that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police.

"An air ambulance is currently attending the scene to remove the casualties.
"There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster but I hope colleagues on all sides will appreciate that it’d be wrong of me to go into further details until we have confirmation from the police and from the House security authorities about what is going on.”

An eye witness, Radoslaw Sikorski, a senior fellow at Harvard’s Centre for European Studies, posted a video to Twitter purporting to show people lying injured in the road on Westminster Bridge.

He wrote: “A car on Westminster Bridge has just mowed down at least 5 people.”

A blast on a london tube is being treated as a terror attack

An explosion on a Tube train in south-west London is being treated as terrorism, Scotland Yard has said.
Passengers were injured following the blast at 08:20 BST (07:20 GMT) at Parsons Green District Line station.
Pictures show a white bucket on fire inside a supermarket bag, but do not appear to show extensive damage to the inside of the carriage.
The Metropolitan Police said “a number of people” had been injured and advised people to avoid the area.
It was too early to confirm the cause of the fire and the station has been cordoned off, the statement said.
Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted: “My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and emergency services who are responding bravely to this terrorist incident.”
The government’s emergency committee, COBRA, is meeting at 13:00 BST.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has appealed for calm, saying the city “will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism”.
Witnesses have described seeing at least one passenger with facial injuries.
Others have spoken of “panic” as alarmed passengers left the train at Parsons Green station.
Passenger Peter Crowley said he was sat in the carriage, travelling eastbound from Wimbledon, when the explosion happened.
He said his head was burned by a “really hot intense fireball above my head” and added: “There were people a lot worse than me.”
Passenger Chris Wildish told BBC Radio 5 live he saw a bucket in a supermarket bag with “low-level flames coming out of it” by the door of the rear carriage.

Brilliant way to peacefully combat haters 😃
About 200 people carrying rainbow flags descended on an east London supermarket for a mass “kissathon” after a gay couple were ejected for holding hands.

Thomas Rees, 32, and Joshua Bradwell, 25, were in Sainsbury’s on Hackney Road when a guard told them a woman had complained about their behaviour.

The protestors danced outside the Hackney Road store on Saturday night before kissing in the aisles.

Sainsbury’s apologised for the incident and offered the couple a £10 voucher.

Mr Rees said he had been holding Mr Bradwell’s hand and may have put an arm around his partner’s waist as they were buying food on Monday evening.

But after they paid, a security guard beckoned them outside to tell them about the complaint.

Terror arrest near Houses of Parliament

A man who was carrying knives near the Houses of Parliament has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.
The man, in his 20s, was arrested at 14:22 BST by armed police as part of a stop-and-search operation on Whitehall.

A witness described seeing two knives on the ground, one of which he described as a large bread knife.

A Metropolitan Police statement said there were no injuries. The suspect is in custody in a south London police station.

The statement added: “The man, aged in his late 20s, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism. Knives have been recovered from him.

"Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command are continuing their investigation, and as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat.”

Security remains tight outside Whitehall buildings following the terror attack on 22 March.

Khalid Masood killed four people when he drove along Westminster Bridge on that day. He then got out of the car and stabbed PC Keith Palmer to death at the entrance to Parliament.

'London Spy' Finale Postmortem: Edward Holcroft on Alex's Fate

Warning: This interview contains spoilers for the finale of BBC America’s London Spy.

The wait is over. After five weeks of wondering what happened to Alex (Edward Holcroft), the finale of London Spy gave us answers. And it was even more horrifying and heartbreaking than viewers of the BBC America love story-turned-mystery could have predicted.

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MI6 had placed Alex in that trunk, and when he awoke to find himself there, Frances (Charlotte Rampling), the woman who’d raised him to be a spy, had to try to convince him to move to America and leave behind both Danny (Ben Whishaw) and, more importantly, his work. Though Alex reluctantly agreed, MI6 used his own lie-detection technique against him to determine that he wasn’t being truthful when he said he’d go, never see Danny again, and forget about his work — and when he returned Frances’s “I love you.” Though Frances begged for a chance to speak to him again, she was drugged and driven home while Alex was left to die.    

Holcroft spoke to Yahoo TV about filming that brutal scene.

Take us through shooting Alex’s final scene. Were you actually in a box?
I was. They put me in a trunk, and… yeah, it was hard. I’m not going to lie. I haven’t got a problem with small spaces or claustrophobia or anything like that, but I remember, when we did it, Charlotte Rampling was on the other side of the box to read the lines — it was really quite moving, actually. And when we cut, I got out and I was getting quite upset. I didn’t know why. I was naked, and it was a very comfortable set to work on and everyone was incredibly sensitive and professional. But I remember when I got out, I just wanted space, and I could feel it brewing up in me. Charlotte became my mom almost and was sort of like, “Everyone, get out of the way. Give him space. Leave him alone.” She was so sweet, which made me get even more upset.

Had you been filming the scene for hours?
At least three quarters of a day, so a good five to six hours. I wasn’t in the box for six hours, but it was more the psychological aspect of it —  the thought of, if that could happen to someone, if you could be stuck in the space that small… It was hard, but it looked good, so I’m happy.

And since we don’t actually see Alex take his last breath after he’s left there to die, you can imagine those final moments as a viewer and its haunts you. Did you film his last breath?
No, that was pretty much it. I had friends, people who’ve watched the last episode, saying, “Are you sure you’re dead, or did you come out after?” People didn’t want to fully believe that he’s dead. They still think that there’s a twist. They still think Alex went to America.

Creator Tom Rob Smith has said he never intended for it to be ambiguous, whether Alex was really dead, even when his body was found at the end of the premiere.
The whole story is so ambiguous by nature. When I read the scripts, that was what I loved about it. It was different: you couldn’t place anything anywhere, compared to so many scripts that one reads now, where you can sort of predict things very fast and it’s all kind of the same. I love the unpredictability. It makes it haunting. It makes it uncomfortable. It was sort of quite fitting that it just ended in the way it did.

Going back to the premiere, whenever Alex turned up the radio and told Danny that he couldn’t go anywhere without getting a new battery for his computer… did he know that something was about to happen to him?
I think he knew. He’s a very intelligent man, and I think he knew that his world would be watching him very closely, because of his relationship with Danny and when he started his work on creating this theory of proving lying. I was playing it like he knew that it’s probably just a matter of time before they do something. Whether or not he knew that they were going to the extent of taking him away or killing him, I don’t know. But I think when you work for people like that and there are secrets that are that important, you know the full consequences.

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It’s clear why he wouldn’t want to leave Danny, the only person he’s ever connected with. In your mind, why didn’t he want to let go of the research even when it meant death? Is it because he hated what spies had made him so much that he wanted to destroy their ability to lie?
Scottie [Jim Broadbent] says it at some point during the story: Alex was ashamed of the lies that he had told Danny, and I think this was his proof of true love to Danny, that he could do this, because everything up until then had been a lie — what he told him he did, where he was going, what he was doing.

I think it was his way of telling Danny how much he loved him, because he wasn’t capable of showing it any other way. He was so socially reclusive. This was his way of trying to deal with the shame of the lies that he told him. His whole life had been a lie, and it was his sort of revenge, as it were.