My family, including 3 kids, will be in London soon. I have seen reports in the Australian press indicating that there is a strong police presence around London town, including police with big, mean looking weapons- a far cry from the coppers on The Bill! Is this true? Are people still uptight about using the tube and buses? The image of the bombed bus is quite pervasive and I wonder if my kids will feel scared. Are people still walking to avoid public transport? What about tourist numbers- are they still down or is it business as usual now? I have lived in the UK during the late 80s/early90s and didn't seem to think that people were to intimidated by the IRA but I wonder hoy things are different now?