at the end of the week, a little hope.

It’s not been a very encouraging week in the world, has it? I was up in Manchester on a fundraising training course when the indescribably awful bombs blew up in Boston, and lots of my classmates there (being fundraisers) knew people running the London Marathon this weekend. So there was a lot of uncertainty and anxiety.

But the London Marathon is going ahead anyway, this Sunday. The security forces and police have done a ton of extra work. Prince Harry is coming. And Mo Farah is running. And so are about 37,500 other people.

Wilson Kipsang, the defending champion, has declared that he is going to have no fear during the race; that “we are going to run feeling free”.

I love that. I love the refusal to be scared, and the deciding to live that out, by actually turning up and actually running. Go people.

Best articles on the Boston bombing so far…

“Is that what “terrorism” is? “When multiple (explosive) devices go off”? If so, that encompasses a great many things, including what the US does in the world on a very regular basis. Of course, the quest to know whether this was “terrorism” is really code for: “was this done by Muslims”?”

The Boston bombing produces familiar and revealing reactions | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free |

“What made them suspect him? He was running—so was everyone. The bystander handed the man to the police, who reportedly thought he smelled like explosives; his wounds might have suggested why. He said something about thinking there would be a second bomb—as there was, and often is, to target responders. If that was the reason he gave for running, it was a sensible one. He asked if anyone was dead—a question people were screaming. And he was from Saudi Arabia, which is around where the logic stops. Was it just the way he looked, or did he, in the chaos, maybe call for God with a name that someone found strange?”

The Saudi Marathon Man : The New Yorker

And less depressingly, this

Inspiring Images From Boston – Business Insider

and this:

To Boston. From Kabul. With Love. – Principle Pictures.