Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Okay - movies, books and now anxieties. Oddly enough, an asteroid strike is not one of mine, though it seems to concern Professor Richard Crowther. Neither am I prone to hypochondria, though it's new web incarnation - cyberchondria - sounds entertaining. This was research by Microsoft so it's no surprise that they conclude that desperate surfing to discover the cause of that appalling pain in your chest and a sudden and unprecedented desire to pray can lead to 'significant interruption at work'. My baseline anxiety is a journey that goes horribly wrong - it haunts my dreams - forgotten passports, lost luggage, arrest as terrorist etc etc. This is a very modern anxiety brought on by the cunning way airports have been designed to make you worry about everything. Also, of course, travel often does go horribly wrong so, unlike asteroids, the threat is scarcely remote. Oh and machines breaking down - planes, obviously, and, since a 747 once did when I was on the flight deck, I feel I am being entirely rational. Long term readers will know I have gone some way to solving this problem by always travelling with a poached egg in each pocket.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:07 pm