9/11 had a half day at work we didn’t have the internet on our desks at the time and no radio or tv in a law office. Jumped on the tube to attend my brothers graduation from UCL, I saw the front of an Evening Standard and said oh a plane into a skyscraper- the person with the paper said no two planes I was like oh gosh, not sure I believed they had the story correct, went on to the graduation ceremony and only picked up the details later when I got home.
London bombings: I was at Waltham Forest magistrates court that morning. At least one of my brothers was working in central London at the time, couldn’t get through to his/their phone or anyone else’s phone for a couple of hours, that was a bit worrying. Can’t remember how I got home that day, I presume all the tube lines shut down?
Diana’s death: we drove up to my mates holiday home in Buxton during the evening. They didn’t (still don’t) have a tv in the place, we had some beers etc and went to bed. In the morning I turned the radio to Radio 1, expecting a few tunes to get us in the mood for a days rock climbing. Very somber music - straight away I said someone’s dead. It ruined my breakfast, but I think we all recovered soon enough to get ourselves out the door for our planned activities.
As far as remembering where you were when these sort of things happen, I was just leaving work when I got a text from a mate saying John Peel was dead. I said no fella you’ve made a mistake he’s just on holiday in Columbia. Worst fears realised when I turned on the radio.