September 17th, 2009
|12:44 pm - Two courageous people|
Two (male) friends made a bet that that if one of them died the other would wear a dress to the funeral. They even chose the dress. Then one of them was posted to Afghanistan. Here is a picture from his funeral. A more wrenchingly emotional image than you probably expect. Respectful condolences.
Also - I don't know, on a similar impeccably courageous theme - what about Eddie Izzard? I don't know if you heard but he ran 43 marathons in 51 days. I would have thought that was literally impossible, and I can't believe he did it, except there he is, he did it. He even rescued a little kitten en route (can't find the link right now). Could he be more impressive?
|Date:||September 17th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)|| |
That really is a heartbreaking image, isn't it?
Eddie Izzard even managed put on an impromptu gig somewhere during his journey. Extraordinary achievement. He's now describing himself as an `action transvestite.'
It's an achievement so extraordinary that one would be surprised if a single person on earth, who specialized in running marathons, did it. I can barely believe our Eddie did it with 5 weeks prep.
|Date:||September 17th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)|| |
I remember a couple of years ago Rannulph Fiennes did seven marathons on seven continents, or something like that, and it was described as remarkable - although to be fair to the man he had just had heart surgery.
The extraordinary thing is that Eddie Izzard seems to have put in reasonable amateur fun-run times in all the marathons. I suspect he was pretty damn fit to start with.
He's always called himself an action transvestite! ("running, jumping, climbing trees"). Gig was in Penrith, I was gutted it was so far away. Following him on Twitter, seeing all the photos he posted, felt like I was with him all the way. He's just amazing. I love him even more now!
I'm afraid I haven't been following it properly. But it's almost superhuman.
"Running, jumping, climbing trees, putting on makeup while you're up there..."
|Date:||September 17th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)|| |
Rescuing the kitten's impressive.
Yes. brisingamen has a link to the story (see next comment)
|Date:||September 17th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)|| |
It also raises at least the possibility of a mention in Sports Personality of the Year. David Walliams got one when he swam the Channel.
|Date:||September 17th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)|| |
Jesus. That's a kitten that's plotting villainy and death.
good can not help but save evil - I'm sure there's a Gaiman story to that effect
Ouch. That photo has strong emotion.
Yes. This is what war leads to, I think is the only message.
How utterly cool that people apparently were welcome to join him for parts if they wanted — one of the commenters on the kitten link says "Such a pleasure to run across Belfast with you." Neat!
I'm taking this as yet another sign from the Universe that yes, I should go buy a sports bra this weekend and start running like I want to.
If you want to you definitely should. What could be a clearer sign?
|Date:||September 17th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)|| |
What a testament of friendship that picture is.
Eddie Izzard? I could not love him more if you dipped him in chocolate.
Thank you for that, I usually miss The Observer, and that makes it even more human