It's been a year since my novella Cat and The Dreamer was published! There have been lots of changes in my own life in that time, and I started to wonder what else had changed...
Thank you Rena for inviting me over today!
Today's topic: Felix Baumgartner!
In February 2012, no one had jumped from the edge of space, and now they have. That's a pretty big change in the world, don't you think? And I'm still trying to get my head around why someone would think it was a good idea.
To be honest, I came to the party late - I only realised he was jumping when the first jump was delayed. The day he jumped, I was sitting with my kids and they were just as fascinated.
The ascent in itself was impressive - two and a half hours watching the balloon gradually getting higher and higher, listening to all the technical info, that none of us really understood, being bandied about between Baumgartner and his ground crew. In fact as someone who's scared of heights, I'd have been happy if he just went up and didn't jump, but...
- Felix jumped from 128,100 feet above ground
- He spent 260 seconds free-falling before deploying his parachute, a total of 119,846 feet!
- He span uncontrollably for 10 - 20 seconds - and I held my breath for all of them
- He hit a world record speed of 833.9 mph
- It took 5 years and 300 people to plan and carry out the jump
- 8 million people world-wide watched, on 40 different TV stations
- It took 10 minutes for Felix to reach the ground, landing - amazingly - on his feet!
Did you watch it? Were you glued, open-mouthed to the footage like I was?
As a teenager, Julia survived a suicide pact, while her best friend Rachel died. Julia’s only escape from her guilt, and her mother’s over-protection, is her imagination. When Adam arrives in the office, Julia’s world takes a startling turn as she realises reality can be much more fun than fantasy. Finally she has someone who can help her make the most of her life. But can she allow herself to be truly happy?
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Annalisa Crawford lives and writes in Cornwall with a good supply of beaches and moorland to keep her inspired. She finds endless possibilities in the relationships between people. Several new projects are on the cards for 2013.
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