Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The contract, wonder wire and the manuscript.

1. I always dread the day I've got to alter my phone contract. I try to research what I want, but the website makes my head spin. Then I grit my teeth and make the call. It's easier than I think, and I feel better afterwards.

2. Man on Wire is the story of the man who walked on a high wire between the World Trade Centre towers in 1974. It re-unites the team who pulled off the stunt for an emotional account of an act of wonder. Philippe Petit describes how he first saw a picture of the yet-to-be built towers in a magazine in a dentist's waiting room. He pretended to sneeze so that he could tear out the page without anyone noticing -- and yet he went on to rebel against authority by stringing wires without permission between the high places of public landmarks.

3. Last thing at night, I settle down in bed with The Manuscript Found in Saragossa. It's a tale of ghosts, Gypsies and mystery religions set in Spain. It reminds me in parts of Jonathan Strange; and in parts of Italo Calvino.


  1. I've actually been to Saragosa, beautiful land!

  2. The most remarkable thing about Man on Wire is the amount of planning and logistics involved before the amazing feat was achieved.

  3. Book sounds good. I think you would also like The Girl with Glass Feet.
    Been a while since I checked in. Love the way reading through the posts settles my head.
    Would love to see your mum's fascinator!


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