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Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 11:42 am

Assuming the crunch position

Now, I like to think of my wife and I as quite calm people, but, in reality, once we are out of our comfort zone we usually resemble Laurel and Hardy in a flap; I’m the one playing with my tie and crying.  The reason I say this, is because the media have just released the audio tape from the heroic plane landing in New York last month. 

How calm was that bloke?  If you haven’t heard the tape, it is like a conversation between two very relaxed people trying to fix a lunch appointment.  “No, can’t make it” “We’ll go in the Hudson” “Ok that sounds reasonable”.  I am paraphrasing but the transcript was not too dissimilar.

Capt Chesley Sullenberger (Sully) was so calm; I reckon he could have told the passengers “Before we assume the crash position if you look out of the right hand side windows you will see the Chrysler Building”.  As in contrast to, if a greedy banker was the pilot, he would have said, “Before we assume the crash position if you look out of the right hand side windows you will see a small yellow dinghy, I am speaking to you from that dinghy”.

I was hoping to do a play on words about “Sully” literally having morals and a compass, where as most people these don’t have a moral compass, but I have stuff to do today, but I am sure you can come up with something.

Anyway, as Rudyard Kipling said “If you can keep your head, when all about you, people are losing it BIG style” – again I am paraphrasing.
I think what I am trying to say is, Sully was so incredibly calm and modest in his media interview in January.  And yet, when a calm and modest Gordon Brown says “we can fix the economy”, suddenly, we are all running backwards and forwards, scratching our heads and adjusting our bowler hats.

That is just my opinion; I could be wrong.

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Don performs as a wedding magician, corporate entertainer, and after dinner speaker at events throughout the country. London Magician, Manchester Magician, Liverpool Magician, Birmingham Magician, Newcastle Upon Tyne Magician, Magician Surrey, Edinburgh Magician, Oxford Magician, Bristol Magician, Magician Milton Keynes, Leicester Magician, Leeds Magician, Magician Kent.