|[ Footlin' ]
Good Heavens - a Monday Missive
again after all this time - who'd of thunk it? Here it is :
During the filming of Werner
Herzhog's 'Aguirre - The Wrath Of God' one of the carpenters working on
the sets in the middle of the jungle was bitten twice on the left foot
by an extremely poisonous snake. He only had a few minutes left to live.
He stared at the bite for a scant five seconds, decisively started up his
chainsaw and cut right through his leg just above the ankle. The poison
stayed in his foot and he stayed alive - phew.
I'm fairly certain that I could
never make that kind of decision. I'd probably just look at the foot, then
look at the snake and then look at the foot and then look up at the sky
and scream 'Oh God, why hast thou forsaken me!' or something else just
as histrionic as that - I'd hazard a guess and say that there'd probably
be a few swear words in there as well.
However, I did feel like cutting
my feet off yesterday after a hard days walking around city streets as
part of 'Sydney Open 2000'. We saw the insides of lots of lovely buildings
ending at the glorious State Theatre built in 1929. Maybe I was delirious
with the beauty of it all or maybe I was just dog tired but the myriad
statues and paintings that adorn this majestic old thing had very prominent
protuberances at the base of the leg. This hallucination was only exacerbated
when they were viewed from a comfy, old chair.
Surprisingly, this wasn't the
case for the bust of Napoleon! In any case, I'm sure he never needed feet
whilst conquering Europe.