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13th-Jun-2007 02:30 pm
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Why is it that whenever anything important happens in my city, I don't even notice?

The entire fucking tube system's been down since about 10, but of course this is after many of us had got into work. And I'm sitting here in my office on my own, without any access to the TV or the radio or anything. I didn't even know what the hell was going on until about an hour ago when I went to get lunch and realised the museum was empty. Then I came and checked the internet, and sure enough, there it was.

Come to think of it, an emergency announcement went out at about 10.30 this morning, but I thought it was just a test of the alarm system. Guess I should have noticed when there wasn't a "we are about to test the alarm system" announcement beforehand. I'm supposed to notice these things? Bah, I say.

And yes, I did think the reason the BBC news site has been down all day was a technical glitches.

Meanwhile, the museum itself seems fairly secure. The palaeo department's locked up anyway, and after braining that small child I saw at lunchtime, I haven't seen any myself. Of course I haven't seen anyone all day. But I have a geology hammer I found in one of the labs, and I have about a month's supply of tea and biscuits. And quite a bit of booze. Palaeontologists drink in the office a lot, apparently.

Anyone in London, specifically the Kensington area, fancy swinging by to pick me up? My phone's down, of course, but if you let me know that you're coming down, I'll keep an eye on the windows.

Then, I'm really going to need a drink. Winchester, everyone?

ETA because people were worried:
The specimens are not turning into them. Repeat: the collections are safe. Apparently one has to be alive when bitten to turn into one. So the Natural HIstory Museum is still a haven and anyone who is stuck near a museum needn't worry about zombie dinosaurs.

ETA 2: someone managed to cap the BBC News site before it went down.
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13th-Jun-2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
It didn't even occur to me that there might be a reason to check the Canadian news, because I usually sit out server glitches with F5.

Well, the connection's all fine here, but I don't know what our server is. I haven't heard from my flatmates at all today.

Luckily I know it hasn't hit the 'burbs yet: I phoned the InnerRents to say I was OK, and they had even less idea what was going on than me.
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13th-Jun-2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
You're smarter than me. I didn't even know there was something I should be reading until I couldn't read it anymore.

Kensington's quiet, actually. I think it's because the school trips didn't make it here before it hit London. Except, as I mentioned below, they've swarmed the V&A, but the NHM's off the radar right now. Or something. Do they even have radar?

I just have to hope my mates are OK and someone comes to pick me up before I run out of biscuits.
13th-Jun-2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
I've checked several websites, including the BBC and the London Underground, and I can't find anything amiss about the underground at all.
13th-Jun-2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
It's possible their offices got hit before they had a chance to put anything on the site: I know the traffic's so heavy I can't get on site.

But when I left the museum earlier the tunnel to the Station was locked up with a "This Station is Closed Until Further Notice" sign.

I'm not venturing out there again in a hurry. Last time I looked out of the window, they were surrounding the V&A.
13th-Jun-2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
It's pretty quiet out here at the moment; the site's fairly secure unless they get really determined, though I'm a bit worried about the building site next door - the wooden wall between us suddenly looks really flimsy. One wandered by about half an hour ago, but just rattled the fence a bit and went off in search of easier pickings. There's been a few smallish groups shambling along the railway track towards town, but none have bothered to climb the platforms at Pudding Mill Lane.

About my only source of online news right now is El Jay. Radio isn't very helpful - appeals to remain calm, and the same old advice on emergency measures, but not much in the way of actual news.

Oh, and I've no idea where our security guard got that shotgun, but I'm kind of glad he did ...
13th-Jun-2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, our Security guards have just done a tour of the museum and the remainder of us are currently holed up in Palaeo, which is the most secure building and still the easiest to escape from.

If this had happened a couple of years ago, we'd still have the firearmed guards from Diamonds, but you can't have everything.

Toruble is, we now have more people to share the booze with.
13th-Jun-2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
At least you've got booze. I dread to think what's going to happen here if the coffee runs out. It'll make what's going on in town look like a picnic.
13th-Jun-2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
What can I say? Scientists work here.

Used to work here. Something. I dunno. I've had a lot of port.
13th-Jun-2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
CRAP! You're in the UK? I'm in Minnesota and it's happening here too. I've got reports from Boston, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia and one in Australia so far - it's gone global. It was on the news here at 8am, CST. It seems to have hit many countries all around the same time..
13th-Jun-2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
*nods furiously*

One of the Security guys here managed to get hold of a radio station, but we're not getting anything. Oh, and it's hit New York, too. camwyn's in New Jersey.

And NO ONE on my flist has updated from continental Europe all day.

I never thought I'd envy you guys your Second Amendment. Shit.
13th-Jun-2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
What?! You can't even get a gun over there? Can you get a cricket bat or a shovel?! In all the movies, those make good weapons. I wish this was a movie. I keep trying to convince myself it's some sort of horrible prank George Romero is playing on the world, but.. the sirens just went off outside and there are more guards in the halls now, so.. I don't think it is.
13th-Jun-2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Well, the security guards have truncheons, but nothign like a gun.

I have a geology hammer, and people are scouring the department for a pickaxe or something.

Stay safe.
13th-Jun-2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Well it's very quiet up this end of town atm. Nothing is moving at all.
13th-Jun-2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Does that mean everyone's been killed, or it hasn't hit North London yet?
13th-Jun-2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
Everybody in my office has turned into a zombie, but it took me about four hours to realize it, given that most everyone here shuffles around like a zombie every day anyway.

Fortunately they don't seem to have noticed me yet. You see, I have a special situation: although I work in a building in New York, my boss and all the rest of my department work in a building in Connecticut. Therefore, because I don’t fit into the established local hierarchy of the company, everybody who works here always does their best to ignore my existence. This behavior seems to have carried over to their zombified state; if I go up to one of the zombies and shout a greeting or a question at them, all I get is some guttural mumbling as they avoid eye contact and shamble away – the same reaction I always get.

As long as I stay at work, I guess I should be fine...
13th-Jun-2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
Good to know! *hugs*

That's what I did with the school party at lunch. I just pushed through on my way to the canteen.

Of course, I didn't know they were zombies until I came back and saw them eat their teacher.
13th-Jun-2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
I didn't know they were zombies until I came back and saw them eat their teacher

I still wouldn't count that as conclusive proof
13th-Jun-2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
No. But when one turned to me I brained her with a Megatherium fibula anyway.
13th-Jun-2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
You're alive and in England? Oh, thank God, we're not all dead...

Nobody is updating on my flist, from the UK or otherwise. How many of you are there? Do you know if it's spread worldwide?
13th-Jun-2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
It's definitely worldwide. falcongirl posted a list of events here.

Too much to hope for that the island'd be safe, isn't it? I stil think we're better off than the continent.

BUT there are 8 of us: three scientists, a tour guide and four Security guys waiting it out in the NHM. We're going to try raiding the canteen, then I'm trying to get our situation known now the phone lines are clogged.
13th-Jun-2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
lapifors just posted this. I don't know how she managed to get through to the site, because it's down for me, but I guess the fact that someone can reach the Beeb is good news...

Boy am I glad I've watched so many zombie films, or else I'd probably be dead by now. Thank you, Shaun of the Dead.

Good luck raiding the canteen.
13th-Jun-2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks.
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13th-Jun-2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Oh you got here before I linked.

Good luck.
13th-Jun-2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
*frantic waving*

I'm in Fulham, not far from Kensington, and currently cowering in my flat. I have no car, I'm not sure if there's a safe way to travel - I might have to break into neighbours houses and find some keys to their vehicles or something.

p.s. You don't know me at all, I just did a google search to see if I could find someone else in similar situation
14th-Jun-2007 08:33 am (UTC)
wEr'e alL oKaaa innnn stgralia.

no zZ-s heAR!!


EaT BRAInnsss
14th-Jun-2007 08:36 am (UTC)
I love you the most.
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