Normal service is now being resumed here at Anything that defies my sense of reason.... and those interested in what has been going on during the periods of blog silence should check out the Forum of the Antagonised.
For those that can't be bothered, here's a quick update....
On Christmas Day, cult writer and director Alex Cox [he of BBC Moviedrome fame, the director of Sid and Nancy, Death & The Compass and the writer and director of Repo Man] wrote an entry on his blog entitled '7/7 - OUR 9/11?' in which he discussed various perspectives on the horrific events in London on July 7th.
The article followed Alex's reviews of three books on the subject of 9/11 and information from a leaflet collected at a peace march in London in September 2005. The article makes reference to a number of sources of information on the subject of July 7th including none other than The Antagonist's very own musings on the subject.
The article resulted in a discussion on the Alex Cox forum about the very many inconsistencies in what is generally held to be the official narrative of events on July 7th. Such was the response that Alex Cox was once again moved to write about the subject of July 7th, replacing the article he originally had planned for his blog with an article about 7/7 - THE MOVIE.
In it he writes:
Who cares? some may ask. Why bother with this stuff when we could be blogging about our favourite movie, or our next trip to Sundance? Because this stuff is much more important. The right wing (which includes New Labour and the US Democrats, in case you've just woken from a long, long sleep) is hell-bent on depriving us of what civil liberties we have. In the US, the Bill of Rights and Habeas Corpus no longer exist. Blair, Clarke, and their clones in the Tory and Lib Dem parties all seek to ape the New American Totalitarian Way. Bearded pundits such as Timothy Garton Ash (who the fuck is this guy? Why do we have to read his pompous drivel in The Guardian?) say it's now necessary to sacrifice freedom for security.
The Antagonist heartily recommends readers to read both the Alex Cox articles: 7/7 OUR 9/11 and 7/7 - THE MOVIE and the discussions taking place on the Alex Cox Forum.
And, as if being written about by a cult/writer and director wasn't enough (and appearing on Big Brother's radar), hot on the heels of those articles comes a second confirmation from Transport For London that the Piccadilly Line train affected in the incidents on July 7th was in fact train 331, not train 311 as was originally reported.
The driver of train 311 who spent 40 minutes with his train and passengers in almost total darkness tending to the injured in the aftermath of what happened on his train and of whom the Metropolitan Police had no record after interviewing him for three hours, has apparently been acknowledged as being involved in the incidents and is now on the way to receiving compensation for his horrific experience.
However, this leaves the small issue of train 331, the train that Transport for London issued as the corrected number of the affected Piccadilly Line train on July 7th.
In a response to an email by an independent public researcher seeking to clarify precisely which Piccadilly Line train was involved on July 7th, Tranport for London gave the following response:
Our ref: 1084546
Thanks for your further email.
As stated in my previous email, the Piccadilly train involved on 7 July was the westbound train no 331. The initial reports that we received immediately at the time were incorrect and have now been subsequently updated.
Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Please get in touch if I can be of any further help.
Customer Service Centre
The 311/331 July 7th Piccadilly Line train saga continues.