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878. Flying
Dundee Stu

878. Flying

17 January 2007

He wanted to fly. It is something that he always wanted to do; at least for as long as he could remember. It was strange, he thought: he was afraid of heights. He remembered when he was training to be a telephone engineer, and he had to climb a telegraph pole at the training school. He had to set his ladder, tie it off, then climb it onto the pole steps, then up to the pole ring at the top, where he was to fasten his safety belt (which was strong enough to lift a Land Rover), lean back and raise his arms above his head. That is what he was supposed to do. Instead, what he did was put both arms around the pole and froze. They had to get a cherry picker to get him down. He was terrified 15ft up a telegraph pole, yet he had absolutely no qualms about sitting in an aluminium tube travelling at 500 mph 30,000ft in the air. And he wanted to fly; he wanted to learn how to fly a light aircraft. He couldn't stand on a 10ft wall, he avoided the ridge on Goat Fell, he couldn't look out the window of his old 13th floor office. Yet he wanted to pilot an aircraft. He concluded that he was a complicated character, and was thus much more interesting.

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bruce berrien21-Jan-2007 01:56
shatterbug20-Jan-2007 20:59
Nicely framed, great sky!
Ann LT19-Jan-2007 00:37
Dramatic. As Laine said,looks like this was shot fr the 40s!
Johnny JAG18-Jan-2007 21:56
LOL @ Zak, nice composition.
laine8218-Jan-2007 21:29
Very 40's, Stu...well done....I would need a cherry picker too :>)
nomadicdragon18-Jan-2007 13:56
Awesome shot. Looks like something out of one of the world wars.
Karen Stuebing18-Jan-2007 11:42
Nice composition. This looks like an old photo from days past. Very dramatic with the cloudy sky.
Sharon Rogers18-Jan-2007 09:17
dive dive dive!!
Zak18-Jan-2007 09:09
you wait all day for 1 to come and then 3 come at once!
Katie Chew18-Jan-2007 03:51
Nice shot! V
suse18-Jan-2007 02:56
Just when Gordon Brown thinks he's safe, the Scots start the bombing.

You be as complicated as you like Stu...We love yer for it.
Guest 18-Jan-2007 00:04
Buz Kiefer18-Jan-2007 00:02
They're over the Channel again?
Very nice image Stewart.
faye white17-Jan-2007 23:58
excellent image!
Shawn Patrick17-Jan-2007 23:57
Cool, Nice Shot. Vote.
J. Scott Coile17-Jan-2007 23:34
So WWII. Timeless.
Victoria17-Jan-2007 23:04
a sham battle? from this tone which makes me think about the war....very interesting treatment
Niall O'Shea17-Jan-2007 23:03
"Now look here, Muldoon, these are the finest damn chaps in the RAF. Fritz is going to be in for a surprise or two, let me tell you!"

Great graphic quality to this, Stu.