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9/11 meme

We're a few hours ahead of New York here, but since it's just gone midnight, that means that it is September 11th. Or, to put it another (and more American) way, 9/11.

That means that it is almost ten years since the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. At the time I remember thinking two things. The first was something along the lines of "The world changed today". The second was that this would be one of those events that people are supposed to "remember where they were when they heard".

So that's the meme.

Where were you when you heard that planes had flown into the World Trade Centre? No reaction, no emotion, no comment; just simply where were you and what were you doing when you heard the news? Comment below, and if you like the idea reproduce on your own blog.




Me: At a conference centre in Gloucestershire chairing a week-long JOLF graduate induction course.

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wellinghall
Sep. 11th, 2011 06:48 am (UTC)
We were in Ludlow, having attended a friend's wedding there a few days before. More specifically, we had just come out of a stately home in the middle of the town.
king_pellinor
Sep. 11th, 2011 08:05 am (UTC)
I as at my desk, and got an email from someone in New York saying a plane had flown into the WTC.

When the towers collapsed, I as behind the television in the boardroom fiddling with the very dodgy co-ax lead to try and get a better picture for the assembled JOLF staff watching.
sally_maria
Sep. 11th, 2011 08:17 am (UTC)
I was at work - it had been one of those days, and I finally went for my lunch after 2 o'clock. There had been the odd rumour about a plane flying into the tower but by the time I started watching the coverage the second plane had hit.

I got called back to the shop floor to sort out a problem with a customer and when I got back first tower had fallen.

My first thought was that someone had been reading Tom Clancy - Debt of Honour, which climaxes with someone flying a plane into the Congress building.
ladyofastolat
Sep. 11th, 2011 09:45 am (UTC)
My first thought was that someone had been reading Tom Clancy - Debt of Honour, which climaxes with someone flying a plane into the Congress building.

I was a huge X-Files fan between 1995 and 1998, and the spin-off show, The Lone Gunmen, came out early in 2001, I tracked down the pilot episode out of vague nostalgic curiosity. That episode involved a terrorist plot to fly a plane into the World Trade Centre. So, like you, one of my first thoughts was that this was straight out of fiction.
pellegrina
Sep. 11th, 2011 09:07 am (UTC)
I was having lunch, procrastinating setting off to volunteer at the charity shop because malaheed had taken the day off, looking at the news on Teletext. One of the lines said there were reports that a plane had flown into one of the towers at the WTC, and we turned over in search of news. I can't remember at what point I stopped watching and went to the charity shop, but we all spent the afternoon popping outside to look at the news on the TVs in the window of the Sony Centre next door. Some months later I learned that Lady Blancheflor, of the Arthurian Society, died in the North Tower.

Edited at 2011-09-11 09:09 am (UTC)
ladyofastolat
Sep. 11th, 2011 09:40 am (UTC)
I was at work, at the children's library service HQ. My boss phoned his boss about some problem or other, and his boss said something like, "it could be worse," and proceeded to give a garbled and confusing account of what had happened. We put on the tiny, blurry TV in the staff room to find out more, though events were well advanced by then. But I'd booked a an hour or two off that afternoon, to go Southampton to go to the cinema to see Moulin Rouge. I do like that film a lot, but I can never quite separate it from my memories of that day.
phina_v
Sep. 11th, 2011 09:56 am (UTC)
At home. I had just turned the television on to have a break from working on my MSc dissertation.
jane_somebody
Sep. 23rd, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
I was at home too, working on my DPhil thesis, when phina_v phoned and told me to turn on the television. Like pellegrina it was not until some time later that I learned someone I knew had been killed there. (I knew Lady Blanchefleur through college as well as Arthsoc.)
knirirr
Sep. 11th, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
I was dropping in on on of my D.Phil. supervisors to ask him something (I forget what), and he had the radio on in his office.
knightbane
Sep. 11th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
I was playing Euchre on line when someone announced that a plane had hit one of the towers. So I went into the other room to tune into tv to get more information on what was going on. There was a lot of speculation going on with the anchors/newsreporter until the second plane hit.
firin
Sep. 11th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
At my job running a language 'centre' of audio-visual reference material. 5 minutes after a friend told me by email that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center, I found that about 30 of the faculty's academics were in the centre, turning all the TVs to the English News channel. By an hour or so later, the room was full with closer to 80 people, all silently watching, most with hands over mouths in disbelief.
helflaed
Sep. 12th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Driving home from work to have my first midwife appointment.
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