Manchester, City of Flowers

@Asylum (48278)
Manchester, England
May 28, 2017 8:12am CST
It is now 6 days since the terrorist attack on the concert at Manchester Arena. Thousands of people so far have placed flowers in St Ann’s Square, the place that was designated as a tribute area for the victims of that incident. However, despite the wave of people attending to pay tribute, many people have been unable to attend prior to the weekend due to work commitments. Today I travelled into Manchester on the Metrolink replacement bus. When I alighted in the city centre many other passengers also alighted, many carrying bunches and bouquets of flowers. From there I went to Aldi in the Arndale Centre and then to Tesco’s. In both shops there were numerous people queueing at the checkouts with flowers to purchase. St Ann’s Square is already home to a mountain of flowers, yet more are constantly being brought and laid there. Soon there will be no room for people to enter the area due to the growing amount of floral tributes.
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• United States
28 May 17
It says mountains about your nation. It is well that people are so thoughtful and kind. RIP the victims and it feels so long ago, not just 6 days to me.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
28 May 17
It will seem longer due to the constant coverage by the media. Such incidents always attract vast tributes, but this has far exceeded expectations. Possibly due to most victims being so young plus the wide area over which they resided.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
28 May 17
@TiarasOceanView The usual response is to meet at some fancy hotel in Brussels or Paris to attend a banquet and discuss the matter with other leaders. This is far from a practical approach.
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• United States
28 May 17
@Asylum Ugh it makes me nauseous even to think of them and their lying, greedy ways.
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@Susan2015 (21014)
• United States
28 May 17
May all the victims of this horrible crime rest in peace. I just don't know what the world is coming to.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
28 May 17
It is annoying to listen to our politicians condemning the act but failing to do anything practical to reduce the problem.
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@LadyDuck (163204)
• Switzerland
28 May 17
I understand that people feel the need to place flowers, but I am against flowers tributes. The money could be more useful for those who were hurt or lost a member of their family. It's a shame to waste so much money.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
28 May 17
A fair point Anna, but many people prefer to lay flowers as a token.
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@LadyDuck (163204)
• Switzerland
28 May 17
@Asylum I know, it is more emotional and I imagine I would do the same, because I did in the past when we had bombing in Milan.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
28 May 17
@LadyDuck It is also rapidly becoming a trend and therefore unlikely to change.
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@Shavkat (63439)
• Philippines
28 May 17
I heard about the news. I feel so sorry to the victims of this terrorist.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
28 May 17
I feel for the parents who have to live with loss.
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@Shavkat (63439)
• Philippines
31 May 17
@Asylum I agree. My prayers for the family, too.
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@Mike197602 (13751)
• United Kingdom
28 May 17
personally I'm not a fan of floral tributes unless they are from immediate family. I look at the flowers and convert them to money in my head and knowing they'll die in a day or so doesn't fill me with happiness. I'd prefer to see donations to charity...but not through sites like just giving. I understand the sentiment behind flowers but it just isn't my thing.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
28 May 17
I can fully appreciate what you say since the money would do more good.
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• United States
28 May 17
@Asylum I pray for your nation's safety from any more of these evil attacks and wish I could do more. The loss of so many young lives is such villainy that it truly needs to be stopped. I am glad to see you are back by the way. You have been missed my friend.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
28 May 17
The factor that appalls me is the lack of realistic action by our politicians, who still insist that negotiations are the solution. This denial of reality simply invites further problems.
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@Kandae11 (38558)
28 May 17
I really feel it for the victims families and friends.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
28 May 17
The families will never recover from this.
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• United States
4 Jun 17
It's just awful what is happening over in your neck of the woods. It's good to see how much the people care, but perhaps a bit of organizing is needed. Contributions to a general fund can pay for a large floral tribute that is attractive and honoring to the victims and the surplus money could go to the victims.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 17
Now there has been another terrorist incident in London, with a van driven into several people followed by a knife attack.
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• United States
4 Jun 17
@Asylum I've been watching it closely on the news. You guys are really being targeted. Why do you suppose it has happened again?
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
5 Jun 17
@Jeanniemaries That is one of the greatest problems.
• Peoria, Arizona
28 May 17
The fact that people are still paying respect many days afterwards, triumphs America's thought of memorial and respect. No, a week later in America everyone is bickering at each other and making it political. I love the unity that people are bringing to the ones that lost their lives. People care and people are showing to not be afraid. Showing that people need to be united in the darkest of times and not hating each other. It is great that you took the time to go out and so thoughtful.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
28 May 17
Sadly we fail to make any realistic attempt to avoid a repetition of such an incident.
• Peoria, Arizona
28 May 17
@Asylum We put in fear and that is what they want. So things like this keep happening.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
28 May 17
@DesirousDreamer Yes, this is their target.
@Inlemay (16656)
• South Africa
5 Jun 17
While reading this, I decided to find a lovely photo my hubby had taken of the stralitzias on our travels and share it - flowers definitely make places a little more special. I hope you are feeling better soon. hugs
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
5 Jun 17
Even today I was approached in Manchester by a couple asking where the tribute area was for the recent terrorism. People are still constantly flooding into Manchester to pay their respects.
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@Inlemay (16656)
• South Africa
6 Jun 17
@Asylum it was a very sad thing to happen
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• Preston, England
31 May 17
@Asylum beautiful tributes - hope to see some of it when I visit Manchester in a fortnight
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
31 May 17
Assuming that the flowers remain that long.
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• Preston, England
31 May 17
@Asylum yes they may well be removed by then
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@ShifaLk (7480)
• India
29 May 17
Oh. RIP
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
29 May 17
Sadly the constant repetition of terrorist activity does not seem to allow this to transpire.
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@ShifaLk (7480)
• India
29 May 17
@Asylum yes :(
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@celticeagle (118560)
• Boise, Idaho
29 May 17
That is nice. So sad that their thoughts have to be in such sadness. It seems to be the norm now days.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
29 May 17
It certainly is becoming more commonplace.
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@celticeagle (118560)
• Boise, Idaho
30 May 17
@Asylum .....Sadly so.
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@JudyEv (126014)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jun 17
It is good that people can do this I think. There seems little else they can do to show their outrage at the act and their sympathy for the victims and families.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
15 Jun 17
Yes, it can be difficult to express such feelings any other way.
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@spaceseed (2891)
• India
29 May 17
I thought there would be pic attached
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
30 May 17
The place is to busy to get close enough for a decent photograph.
@PatZAnthony (12772)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
28 May 17
Such a sad thing. May you never have to hear of something like this happening again anywhere @Asylum
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@JediYoda (1718)
• Samoa
28 May 17
I hope effective ways and means could be put in place to prevent any future terrorrist attacks.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
28 May 17
That is looking very unlikely.
@Corbin5 (109440)
• United States
28 May 17
I have seen the photos of that mass of flowers on the news. A lovely sight that does help a bit to comfort all who encounter those beautiful flowers.
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
28 May 17
The mound of flowers is still constantly growing.
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@marlina (74803)
• Canada
28 May 17
No photo?
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@Asylum (48278)
• Manchester, England
28 May 17
I did consider wandering around to take a photograph, but the area is extremely busy.