Wednesday, 19 February 2003
Pix of the Day: Top of the World, Ma! Top of the World!
CREDITS: © OTTTO Holdings (Aust.) Pty/www.BridgeClimb.com
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Visitors with vertigo should look away now. This is the view from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia. For those brave enough, Bridge Climb organizes a stroll to the top: details are on their web site, and you may even buy tickets online. There exists a plethora of rivetting facts about the bridge for lovers of trivia. My favorite is the story of a ticket inherited by Paul Cave, who is the founder and chairman of the Bridge Climb company: as a teenager Paul's late father-in-law lined up for two days from 19th March 1932, the day the Bridge was opened, and purchased the first rail ticket sold to the public for crossing the Bridge on 20th March 1932 - ticket number 00001 from Milson's Point to Wynyard Station. The Bridge Climb web site has a virtual tour of the route across the 1,500 metres of steelwork. Also available is an IPIX panorama of the full 360° view (plug-in required).
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)