Thursday, September 11, 2008

My spooky Sept 11th story.

So right now it's September the eleventh. And for many countries around the world they are just waking up to September the eleventh.

This time seven years ago - to the day - I was in an edit suite cutting a story about the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur (they were the world's highest building until Taipei's 101 came along and relegated them to number two. It's a bit like the Olympics, really. How fast can you run? How high can you build? At the end of the day it's all going to come down to how small we can measure , isn't it?)
Anyway, we had been filming them seven years ago this time last week, we were allowed up as far as the bridge bit. It doesn't look that high from this picture, but it felt hellishly scary looking out the window. We all got a weird type of vertigo.
When we were there, base jumpers were jumping off them and one of the lines in my story said, 'Another thing that these towers are good for - jumping off.'
On September the twelfth I woke to the news of the NYC Twin Towers.
Needless to say, my story never went to air.

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