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“I was bliss­fully read­ing my pa­per and lis­ten­ing to a pod­cast and sud­denly the whole world charged past me down the plat­form, down the Tube. I saw cry­ing women, there was lots of shout­ing and scream­ing, there was a bit of a crush on the stairs go­ing down to the streets. Some peo­ple got pushed over and tram­pled on, I saw two women be­ing treated by am­bu­lance crews.” – Richard Aylmer-Hall, a pas­sen­ger on the Lon­don Tube train hit

by a ter­ror­ist ex­plo­sion

“Dur­ing the last gen­eral elec­tion a teacher told the class of my 13-year-old boy that no­body should talk to him be­cause he’s the son of a Con­ser­va­tive MP.”

– Tory back-bencher Bob Ste­wart

“When you’re deal­ing with some­thing like the loss of a child it’s pretty dis­tress­ing, I won’t lie. It was a very un­pleas­ant place to go to.” – Ac­tor Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, above, on his role as a par­ent who loses a child in a new BBC drama

“I tend to work in a way that when a di­rec­tor calls ‘cut’ that’s the end of that, I don’t take things home with me. It was ac­tu­ally to­tally jovial and lovely on set, con­sid­er­ing.” – Ac­tress Kelly Mac­don­ald who plays the griev­ing mother in the same drama

“These Cologne fans are a dis­grace. Nazi salutes. Pee­ing in doorsteps. My Euro­pean sol­i­dar­ity be­ing tested.” – Arse­nal sup­porter and ITV po­lit­i­cal edi­tor Robert Pe­ston on the crowd at the Emi­rates Sta­dium

“Are we los­ing our irony? I don’t re­ally care. I am sure he’s right be­cause he’s brainier than me. Or maybe I’m be­ing ironic.” – Co­me­dian Harry En­field on fel­low comic Jack Dee’s claim that Bri­tons are los­ing their sense of irony.

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