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Woman who berated London knifemen hailed for 'spirit of London'
Reuters ^ | May 23, 2013

Posted on 05/23/2013 2:11:53 PM PDT by rickmichaels

LONDON - A middle-aged cub scout mistress who gave two bloodied knifemen a stern talking to as a British soldier lay dead on the street was hailed as a hero for embodying the “spirit of London”.

And as some in the capital complained about immigrants after a killing blamed on British Muslim converts with Nigerian roots, it turned out the woman held up as the new face of civic pride in Europe’s multi-ethnic metropolis was herself born in France.

Named by the prime minister from the steps of No. 10 Downing Street, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, 48, said her bus was halted by the incident on Wednesday. She got off to offer first aid to the man lying in the street and found herself confronted by his killer, still wielding a bloody knife and a meat cleaver.

“I was not scared because he was not drunk, he was not on drugs. He was normal. I could speak to him and he wanted to speak and that’s what we did,” the former teacher from southwest England told the Guardian.

Film of Londoners calmly standing by, going about their business, tending to the victim or - in the case of Loyau-Kennett - remonstrating with the killers, captured imaginations of a city steeped in a stoical self-image of the World War Two “spirit of the Blitz” and numerous guerrilla attacks since.

“That’s the spirit of London,” declared the mayor, Boris Johnson.

In fact, like many among the city’s eight million people, Loyau-Kennett was only passing through, visiting her children as she returned from a holiday in France to her home in rural Cornwall, where she helps run a Cub Scout pack for boys aged 8 to 10.

Looking relaxed and playing down her heroics in an interview on national breakfast television, she told ITV her main thought had been to keep the men talking until police could get to the scene, near Woolwich army barracks in southeast London:

“I wanted him to concentrate on me and make sure he doesn’t have a funny idea,” she said in French-accented English. Her son, who helped make her a star by tweeting her name after pictures appeared in the media of her talking to the suspect, told Reuters she moved to Britain as a young woman.

“I had taken a 53 bus to get to Parliament Square, where I was going to meet my children and walk to Victoria coach station before getting the coach to Helston in Cornwall,” she told the Guardian. “I was sitting on the lower deck and the bus stopped. I could clearly see a body in the road and a crashed car.

”I trained as a first aider ... so I asked someone to watch my bag and then got off to see if I could help.“

What she found was an apparently lifeless man and two others with weapons: ”I thought, okay,“ she said.

”I could see a butcher’s knife and an axe - that’s what he had - and blood. I thought, what the heck? I thought obviously he was a bit excited and the thing was just to talk to him.“

Prime Minister David Cameron picked up on her response when one of the men told her their aim was to ”start a war“ in London: ”She replied ’You’re going to lose. It’s only you versus many’,“ Cameron said.

”She spoke for us all.“



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1 posted on 05/23/2013 2:11:53 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

Screw that! That may be the “Spirit of London,” but the “Spirit of Texas” would have been five .45 LC rounds between the eyes.


2 posted on 05/23/2013 2:12:53 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: rickmichaels

“Spirit of London” sounds like “Boston Strong” a B.S. way of pacifying residents after Muslim atrocities.


3 posted on 05/23/2013 2:13:45 PM PDT by usual suspect
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To: rickmichaels

I find the $ sign on the poster hilarious...

Somebody could have come up with a pound sterling symbol for that with very little effort.


4 posted on 05/23/2013 2:15:10 PM PDT by L,TOWM (No one in the US is free of the spirit of entitlement)
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To: rickmichaels

Actually, the spirit of London is better personified in the murderer, since this scum is pushing out the native population and taking over. Londonistan on the rise.


5 posted on 05/23/2013 2:15:50 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: rickmichaels

A whopping berating!

Wait until they pull out the big guns and start calling terrorists names!

Nah; that would be bullying.


6 posted on 05/23/2013 2:16:11 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("The White House can't be trusted." - Ron Fournier, National Journal)
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To: rickmichaels

The “Spirit of London” is to put the killers on welfare and to aapologize to them for the inconvenience


7 posted on 05/23/2013 2:16:17 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: rickmichaels

I listened to her accent. She is not British—at least by birth.


8 posted on 05/23/2013 2:16:47 PM PDT by kabar
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To: usual suspect

Bingo. And this woman wasn’t courageous, she was naive about the danger before her. Some people ignore guns when they are pointed at them because of ‘normalcy bias’.


9 posted on 05/23/2013 2:17:14 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: rickmichaels

“I was not scared because he was not drunk, he was not on drugs. He was normal”.

I got news for you lady. He wasn’t drunk or on drugs 5 minutes earlier when he chopped the guy to pieces.


10 posted on 05/23/2013 2:17:46 PM PDT by Gettin Betta
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To: dinodino

Amen!! Preach it brother!


11 posted on 05/23/2013 2:17:53 PM PDT by L,TOWM (No one in the US is free of the spirit of entitlement)
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To: rickmichaels

Good for her for having the guts to confront the guy.

Too bad she’ll probably be convicted of hate speech, while the two perps are found not guilty by some British judge by reasons pertaining to Sharia law.

Wouldn’t be the first time.


12 posted on 05/23/2013 2:20:35 PM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: mbarker12474

British soldiers will now be given training in Berating tactics.


13 posted on 05/23/2013 2:23:11 PM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: usual suspect
“Spirit of London” sounds like “Boston Strong” a B.S. way of pacifying residents after Muslim atrocities.

BINGO!

I'd prefer more of the spirit the EDL showed with taking to the streets and vocally calling for something to be done about Muslim immigration.

14 posted on 05/23/2013 2:23:19 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: kabar

2nd line in the article. She was born in France.


15 posted on 05/23/2013 2:25:05 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (DONATE!!!)
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To: rickmichaels
“I was not scared because he was not drunk, he was not on drugs. He was normal. I could speak to him and he wanted to speak and that’s what we did,” the former teacher from southwest England told the Guardian.

Shanking head....

16 posted on 05/23/2013 2:25:17 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (The government rejects the natural law because it is an obstacle to its control over us.)
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To: rickmichaels

AMEN. I am sick to death of the p*ssified response to these murdering demons. All the left wing media sh*ts should be swinging from lampposts.


17 posted on 05/23/2013 2:25:56 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: rickmichaels

I like that the police shot them.


18 posted on 05/23/2013 2:26:27 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Gettin Betta

I saw a pic of some gal with her hands in her pockets standing in front of an insane man covered in blood.

I would say she is not very street smart and she is lucky that he did not lope off her neck


19 posted on 05/23/2013 2:26:32 PM PDT by winodog
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To: rickmichaels
And as some in the capital complained about immigrants after a killing blamed on British Muslim converts with Nigerian roots, it turned out the woman held up as the new face of civic pride in Europe’s multi-ethnic metropolis was herself born in France.

Another nominee for "MSM Non-Sequitur of the Year" - as the attempts to denigrate Western Civilization reach new lows.

20 posted on 05/23/2013 2:27:05 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: rickmichaels

The “Spirit of London” is a woman having to approach a bloody terrorist while the men hide behind lampposts and watch? Piers Morgan will be proud.


21 posted on 05/23/2013 2:27:27 PM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: kabar

The posted story says she was born in France and immigrated to Britain.


22 posted on 05/23/2013 2:27:34 PM PDT by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear..."(Glenn Beck))
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To: rickmichaels

Worth Watching. Tommy Robinson (EDL) speaks about Woolwich terrorist attack..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=a7cmijwvpD4#!


23 posted on 05/23/2013 2:28:29 PM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: rickmichaels
who gave two bloodied knifemen a stern talking to

Hey, what the hell are we supposed to use man? Harsh language?

Apparently that is how things work nowadays in Britain.

24 posted on 05/23/2013 2:28:39 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: rickmichaels
NNNNNNNNNNIH! NIH! NIH!

And I'll say it again!

NIH!

25 posted on 05/23/2013 2:30:32 PM PDT by OKSooner
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To: usual suspect

Think of her as a hostage negotiator: she kept them talking for twenty minutes until an armed response arrived.

I would have liked to see a mob response but unless I was sure of my mob, I’d hope to have the guts to keep them talking as she did.

And she was VERY lucky they seem to have regarded women as off-limits.


26 posted on 05/23/2013 2:37:03 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: dinodino

Why didn’t a group gang up on the Islamic wackjob and beat the hell out of him?


27 posted on 05/23/2013 2:38:24 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: txrangerette

“That’s the spirit of London,” declared the mayor, Boris Johnson. Ironic to say the least.


28 posted on 05/23/2013 2:38:52 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Gettin Betta

Scarier is the jihadist .

You can sleep off drunk. You can’t sleep off The Prophet.


29 posted on 05/23/2013 2:39:36 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

“Throw down your arms or I will taunt you a 2nd time!”


30 posted on 05/23/2013 2:41:32 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Harsh language, that will do it. Worked in the movie Aliens.


31 posted on 05/23/2013 2:43:04 PM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: usual suspect

Thank you! What did she do, yell at the filthy animal? please.
Makes me sick.


32 posted on 05/23/2013 2:43:24 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: usual suspect

I think you’ve summed it up. Grinning and bearing it was not the spirit of London under Churchill.

But since a grade school teacher, no matter how idiotic her obvious belief in the “coexist” bumper sticker, had more nerve than any of the men or even the gate officers there sure says a lot about the real spirit of London.


33 posted on 05/23/2013 2:43:54 PM PDT by livius
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To: rickmichaels

They could have easily killed her too. She’s lucky to be alive.


34 posted on 05/23/2013 2:46:29 PM PDT by convocation
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To: rickmichaels

A stern talking to? Next time shell put e Islamic butchers in the comfy chair...


35 posted on 05/23/2013 2:46:53 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: rickmichaels

...and meanwhile David Cameron ought to hang his head in shame for his stupid remarks defending the Religion of Peace, Islam.

What color is the sky in his bizarro world?


36 posted on 05/23/2013 2:51:39 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: rickmichaels

Sorry, but the ‘Spirit of London’ was the dead troop lying on the sidewak.


37 posted on 05/23/2013 2:51:57 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: rickmichaels
who gave two bloodied knifemen a stern talking to

Yeesh. I don't mean to criticize this woman in saying this, but if its considered heroic in Britain to give a killer a "stern talking to", then God help them. You kill killers, you arrest and lock up killers. You don't just give them a "stern talking to."

38 posted on 05/23/2013 3:15:24 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Because a majority of men in our world have been sisified. I’m noticing this more and more - men running and hiding or standing around watching and doint nothing.

It’s a disgrace!

What is it going to take to make men REALLY mad and finally “stand up”?


39 posted on 05/23/2013 3:45:36 PM PDT by diamond6 (Lord, please have mercy on us!)
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To: livius

‘Grinning and bearing it was not the spirit of London under Churchill.’

Yes it was. ‘Keep calm and carry on’.


40 posted on 05/23/2013 4:07:23 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: rickmichaels

I’d have thought the spirit of London would go to her, if she’s smacked one of the yobs upside the head with a cricket bat (only since firearms are outlawed).


41 posted on 05/23/2013 4:07:54 PM PDT by ro_dreaming (G.K. Chesterton, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It’s been found hard and lef)
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it turned out the woman held up as the new face of civic pride in Europe’s multi-ethnic metropolis was herself born in France

Unbelievable. Beyond stupid. Now they're trying to spin this story as a positive for immigration.

42 posted on 05/23/2013 4:33:54 PM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: rickmichaels; All
And as some in the capital complained about immigrants after a killing blamed on British Muslim converts with Nigerian roots, it turned out the woman held up as the new face of civic pride in Europe’s multi-ethnic metropolis was herself born in France.

OMG this is just too much. In their pathetic attempts to continue their failed multicultural BS, these liberal media SMUCKS just compared French people to a bunch of 3rd world immigrant toilethead Muzzie terrorists who behead people in their city streets..... Gee Wiz Louise...

A European of France ancestry mother of two scout leader integrated into British society cause she comes from a Western culture and society who stops to help when she sees someone injured VS. an African of Nigerian ancestry convert Muslim who couldn't integrate into British society so instead he beheads native British people on the streets of London...Oh yeah the multicultural "likeness" between the two is just astonishing. (/sarc)

43 posted on 05/23/2013 5:02:45 PM PDT by apro
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To: apro

UK Scouts let in girls and let the kids have sex, from what I have read.


44 posted on 05/23/2013 5:03:34 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL
UK Scouts let in girls and let the kids have sex, from what I have read.

I don't know anything about that but the fact that the liberal leftist media is at it again trying to sell their failed multicultural lie by pointing out this woman was born is France but now lives in London, is a bunch of Bullshit. France people are Westerners, they have western beliefs and ideology, they don't go around beheading people in the streets. Maybe Reuters should listen to what French people who are also being victimized by the Jihadist have to say about the failed state of multiculturalism.

Assimilation is now impossible in France. It was possible when immigrants came from European countries, because they are like us ethnically and they are like us culturally..We can't live together because we don't have the same way of life we don't have the same values. We have nothing in common, nothing [with Muslims].

45 posted on 05/23/2013 5:27:26 PM PDT by apro
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