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Thread #105397   Message #2169068
Posted By: Fossil
11-Oct-07 - 04:48 PM
Thread Name: BS: Six Degrees Of Separation
Subject: RE: BS: Six Degrees Of Separation
Well, I live in NZ, where six degrees is far too many for the natives - everyone seems to know everyone else. But my story is:

Quite a few years ago, back in the 'seventies, I was heavily involved in the UK hang-gliding and ultralight aviation scene. I was the editor of the magazine "Wings!" for a while, Chair of the Southern Hang-Gliding Club, and so on.

Well, time went by, I moved off to Belgium, got into sailing, lost most of my contacts with the flying scene. And one year, my wife and I went to Cornwall for a winter holiday. Rather bad weather, but it cleared in the afternoon and I went out for a long walk on the beach - between Gwithian and Cambourne, on the North Coast. This is a huge beach, five miles or so long, by about half a mile wide, golden sands, very scenic. And the surf was pounding, spray was flying and in a Force 8 wind, it was rough and cold, but exhilarating. I had the beach pretty much to myself and was relishing the loneliness.

Away in the distance, I saw a small figure also walking in the opposite direction along the waterline, amongst the flying spray and sand. We gradually approached each other, It took ages, 15 minutes or so to close the gap. Eventually the other figure got close enough. Instead of the "Afternoon..." I'd expected, the first thing this stranger said to me was "You're Tony Fuell aren't you?"

Turned out he was from the North of England and we had spent one afternoon sitting in line together on a hill at a hang-gliding competition.

Hmm. Coincidence, of course, but the surroundings and the circumstances made it special.

Good thread this!