Londoners use social media to show the world that they are unbowed and certainly not reeling in wake of killings

Often, during times of upsetting national news, British social media finds some bleak humour or common theme to rally around. The hours after Saturday nights attack on London Bridge and Borough Market have been no exception.

Scottieboy (@merseytart)

Woman on CNN talking about London’s streets being eerily quiet. Mate, it’s Sunday. They’re not cowering in fear, they’re having a lie in.

June 4, 2017

fervor w measure (@setalyas)

“London should not be cowed” mate the Chicken Cottage by Borough station is already open stop worrying

June 4, 2017

The nation is not for reeling

One headline in particular provoked British ire, from the New York Times, which stated that Terrorist attacks in the heart of London leave 6 dead in a nation still reeling

Robert Harris (@Robert___Harris)

This sort of hyped-up headline does the terrorists’ job for them. UK isn’t “reeling” @nytimes pic.twitter.com/KKesMHHIFY

June 4, 2017

For a start, the word reeling has a very different and meaning distinctive to the British Isles, with the reel being a common folk dance in both Scotland and Ireland.

Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane)

Yes NYT, we are still reeling. #eightsomereel #keepcalmcarryon pic.twitter.com/DpXIUsk80l

June 4, 2017

Mary Branscombe (@marypcbuk)

If London is reeling it means there must be an Irish dance festival in Trafalgar square again 😉

June 4, 2017

Graeme Plunkett (@gplunkett58)

Reeling: a form of dancing. We dance on, unbowed and with customary sangfroid.

June 4, 2017

Other social media users just showed the New York Times that they were getting on with their day, and that London, targeted many times by terrorists over the years, was keeping calm and carrying on.

Sarah Churchwell (@sarahchurchwell)

View of London from the South. No one in this beautiful old city is #reeling. pic.twitter.com/DMFJTHnEtT

June 4, 2017

Jill Twin (@JustJillyDilly)

been for a bike ride, now preparing Sunday lunch #reeling wheeling and peeling

June 4, 2017

Marcus Milburn (@omen121)

Going to IKEA for meatballs and maybe a rug. #reeling

June 4, 2017

Marcus Milburn (@omen121)

Update… pic.twitter.com/Ju4wuCs2oo

June 4, 2017

As one person put it

Jojo Moyes (@jojomoyes)

Nothing makes Brits more resolutely determined to ‘get on with things’ than hysterical commentators trying to suggest we’re reeling.

June 4, 2017

Heres what actually makes the British reel

As with the #BritishThreatLevels hashtag after the Manchester Arena bombing, social media conversation soon moved on to what really does make the British reel

Jerknalist (@Prince_Albert37)

People pronouncing it scone, when it is actually pronounced scone. #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling

June 4, 2017

Craig. (@ContrarianCraig)

Knowing you’re walking in the wrong direction & having to tut & check your watch/phone before changing course #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling

June 4, 2017

Charles Rothwell (@charlierothers)

Toasters that aren’t big enough to fit in the whole slice of toast. What is the point? #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/qj8OsaI2B1

June 4, 2017

Kirsty (@MissHartx3)

The price hike over this little chap #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/e8hpH8wffW

June 4, 2017

Sarah Crook (@SarahRoseCrook)

Not catching someone’s name and having to spend the next three decades avoiding introducing them to anyone #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling

June 4, 2017

Caroline Hills (@CazG1)

Bake Off being sold to C4 #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling

June 4, 2017

Emily Rose (@emilyrosehip)

When people make tea in the microwave #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling pic.twitter.com/M8006Sq8mr

June 4, 2017

The real no go zones of London

A common trope in overseas commentary of Britain from the right has been that there are so-called no go zones in cities, due to apparent radicalisation of the local community. Twitter spent some time today discussing the real no go zones of London.

Stephanie Boland (@stephanieboland)

Love this. Only time Borough Market is a no-gone zone is Thursday evening after work, when you can’t move for the suits spilling out of pubs https://t.co/BuqHBfJScl

June 4, 2017

Stephanie Boland (@stephanieboland)

Actual places Londoners are reluctant to enter:
Covent Garden street performer hell
Madam Tussauds
Breakfast club queue
Changing at Bank

June 4, 2017

stefanie marsh (@MarshStefanie)

Angus Steakhouse Leicester Square

June 4, 2017

Lara O’Reilly (@larakiara)

Ripley’s Believe it or Not
Clapham High Street after 9pm on a Saturday
Primack Oxford Street

June 4, 2017

And finally there were those just laughing about some of the consequences of the attack not quite having the intended effect.

Ben Hammersley (@benhammersley)

Trying to bring about Sharia by causing a lock-in at the Vauxhall Tavern. Uh-huh.

June 4, 2017

A pint of London Pride

Meanwhile, a man who was pictured holding tightly to a half-full pint glass of beer as he fled the London Bridge attack has become an unlikely hero.

Howard Mannella (@hmannella)

People fleeing #LondonBridge but the bloke on the right isn’t spilling a drop. God Bless the Brits! pic.twitter.com/ceeaH0XxeX

June 3, 2017

His actions prompted a twinge of pride in Londoners, who identified with the desire to hang on to a pint at all costs.

m i l l e r (@DrCMiller)

It’s London bridge ffs he’s paid 5.50 for that pint

June 4, 2017

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/05/london-bridge-attack-brings-out-defiant-british-humour

London Bridge attack brings out defiant British humour
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