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What a Story! - A Remarkable Event Caused by the Wind




To see somebody else in danger and not to be able to do anything about it is a most unpleasant experience. When, as in this case, it is your own daughter who is in danger, the feeling of helplessness is even more acute. On the day when Gerry and his daughter went to make a film for a children's television programme called Magpie, just such a situation arose.

float
repeat the procedure
revived
tremendous gust of wind
unharmed
wrapped round
swept her
uncoiled
shattered
borne aloft
using a Humpty Dumpty
have a harness strapped on you

Teddington is an area of South West London, England. Historically in Middlesex, it has been part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames since 1965.

Magpie was a British children's television programme shown on ITV from 30 July 1968 to 6 June 1980. It was a magazine format show, intended to compete with the BBC's Blue Peter, but it attempted to be more "hip", focusing more on popular culture. The show's creators, Lewis Rudd and Sue Turner, named the programme Magpie, as a reference to the magpie's habit of collecting small items and also because of "mag" being evocative of "magazine" and "pie" being evocative of a collection of ingredients.

A symphysis is a fibrocartilaginous fusion between two bones. It is a type of cartilaginous joint, specifically a secondary cartilaginous joint.

Here are some points for you to track the idea of the story:

Gerry's daughter, Christine, has flown across the Channel twice in a balloon.
When using a Humpty Dumpty balloon, the pilot wears a harness attached to the balloon.
When Gerry and his daughter went to Teddington, they weren't keen to begin ballooning immediately, because it was windy.
They attached a rope to the quick-release devices.
When Gerry shouted 'Cut', Christine undid her quick-releases.
When the rope was snatched out of the hands of those holding it by the wind, it wrapped round Christine and picked her up.
When Gerry saw Christine being carried away, he shouted and tried to follow her.
The rope unwrapped itself from round Christine when she hit the side of the studio.
Gerry was angry with the ambulance men because he was very agitated.
Now Christine is perfectly recovered from her accident.