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We don't normally comment on non-IT matters on this site but tonight is the exception that proves the rule. We found ourselves in deepest Trafalgar Square, the heart of London and about two minutes away from 10 Downing Street, in the middle of a riot. We were not worried about our own safety. The problem is, that tomorrow, a city called Newcastle plays a city called Manchester in something called the FA Cup. As the cops tried to clear up the riot, we found ourselves having to help many elderly people and lots of young and perhaps very confused tourists. The Metropolitan Police shut the tube stations round Trafalgar Square in an attempt to contain the riot. So people that had been to Theatreland found themselves blocked out of the tube, whether old or young. As we helped a 75 year old chap to his line, after we'd insisted that the gates be opened, he was barracked by about 100 football supporters, one of which leapt over the escalator and tried to hit the old codger. Hardly a good advert for London, Whitehall, and 10 Downing Street, is it? The riot was continuing as we left. The football game is at the Wembley Stadium, tomorrow. ®

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