I had just driven our buyer back to the office and he heard it on the car radio, my mind was elsewhere, when he mentioned it we just sat in the office carpark for some minutes listening to the tragedy unfold.
Strangely, I flew to America on 11/09/2003, exactly 2 years from the date - every time I open my passport and see the stamp I think of the waste of life.
I was camping in the Sahara desert with a mate, a couple of camels some Bedouin and 2 young English girls. We had no idea what was going on until a few days later when we returned to the local town and one of the girls ohoned her mother. The message we got back was that America had been attacked and World War III had been declared and everyone in London was fearing for their lives and under threat of imminent attack. We were in an Islamic country and at the time we recognised that this couldn't be the real situation, that surely this was exaggerated. Eberyone around us seemed fine and at that stage I guess the shock was so great back home and in the US that everyone where we were just seemed very calm. Only a few days after that did we manage to get our hands on a newspaper and saw what was going on. It was then that we had access to the internet and managed to email friends and family back home and wait while the Dialup chugged and chugged to give us limited access to half the BBC News screen that we realised tyruly what had happened. Very eerie...
Sat in my old office and turned on the internet to see a picture of the World Trade Centre with smoke issung from the top. At the time I thought, this could be a good film, wonder what it is? Clicked on to what I thought was the story and just sat there for what seemed several minutes in total disbelief
Sitting in my flat in Dundee with my girlfriend (now wife).... - i was doing my MSc at the time. we watched the nightmare unfold on Sky news. I remember we went out later that day and Michael Jackson's "heal the world" was playing on the radio in the car.
I had just woken up from working a night shift and flicked on the telly thinking there was an action film on. Was expecting Bruce Willis or Arnie to pop up any minute until i realised what i was watching.
I was in Canary Wharf working at the time. Longest train ride home ever... Had many friends in NY at the time, took 4 days before I could contact the last of then. One worked in the tower, and had taken the day off....
On 7/7 I was in Liverpool St Station on the train in front of the one that had been hit. Friend of mine was in the train behind. She got out, but was in quite a bit of state for many years after, and still is. We both refuse to use the underground now.
Making reinforcement cages for foundations for a new house and heard it unfold on SteveWright in the afternoon.
Building site was less than 100yds from main gate of Wattisham air base - big commotion there and big delays getting to work over the subsequent weeks as (understandably) they had a big security lock-down, leading to tailbacks on adjacent lanes.