Daily archives: October 2, 2006

Heavensent 11.9

The silver arrow head streaked the whole length of the continent, trailing thunder across a clear sky. An S-curve manoeuvre decelerated it and it dropped out of the sky above its target.

No man-made runway was yet big enough for the shuttle to land on. But this expanse of flat hard packed earth was smooth enough. The nose wheel still collapsed, but not until the shuttle had almost stopped.

Vehicles under various forms of propulsion raced across the plain. A section of the fuselage fell away and crashed to the ground as askew steps. Three figures faced the collection of junk that greeted them. The two men descended first. The woman followed at a distance, arm locked tightly by her side.

“No-one has shot us yet.” the short man commented.

“Give them time. Maybe we’re just not in range of their weapons.” his companion answered. The taller man glanced back at the woman, walking sideways so they wouldn’t be between her and the main group of vehicles. “How badly would this mission go if she killed the first batch of natives we met?”

“Try not to think of it.” They raised their hands as an armed group advanced on them.

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I can't imagine the world without me

At the last funeral I attended the coffin was taken out of the church to Barcelona by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe. I haven’t heard it since, but I’d probably still get a lump in the throat.

The top ten funeral songs has been released.

1 Goodbye my Lover, James Blunt
2 Angels, Robbie Willams
3 I’ve had the Time of my Life, Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley
4 Wind Beneath my Wings, Bette Midler
5 Pie Jesu, Requiem
6 Candle in the Wind, Elton John
7 With or Without You, U2
8 Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton
9 Every breath you Take, The Police
10 Unchained Melody, Righteous Brothers

My personal choice would probably be I Can’t Imagine The World Without Me by Echobelly a stonking “fuck you” to mortality and a call to make the most of your life. Frankly, the funeral isn’t for the deceased, it’s for the ones they’ve left behind, and I’d want to remind them to stop moping and get out there and enjoy the fact that they’re still alive.

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