On the Orient Express

An overcast Monday in Sydney. David carried the proofs back to Pan Macmillan for me this morning and now I’m free to return to my artists, all waiting patiently in the Blue Mountains in the Currawong book. I’m eager to lose myself again in their world as I’ve been out of their story for quite a few weeks.

At my daughter’s school assembly this morning the children sang the National Anthem as the flag was hoisted. Swooping over their angelic, Australian voices a flock of brightly coloured parrots dazzled.

Last night I curled up next to David and watched the wonderful David Suchet travel the Orient Express in a documentary. In the show, David Suchet travels to Venice on the Orient Express which is probably the most glamorous way I could imagine of entering that magical city. If I was a passenger, I’d start to be a bit unnerved by ‘Poirot’ suddenly appearing on the train. In one scene, David Suchet drives the Orient Express and my mind of course couldn’t help imagining the headlines if he had managed to crash the train and kill the passengers…

How fascinating that he stayed near the carriage where the fictional Hercule Poirot was described as being by Agatha Christie in her inventive novel, Murder on the Orient Express. When art and reality mesh and mingle in that twisty way I find it so surreal and oddly satisfying. Although ‘real life’ will always win for being the most surreal and twisty over any fiction.

3 Responses

  1. Stephanie O'Connor November 21, 2011 / 10:40 am

    Love the “Orient Express”, remembering in 1985 running along platform after platform in France to see it come into the station…it was like stepping back in time…magic.

  2. pinry November 22, 2011 / 12:21 am

    hello lovely, so sorry i havn’t been visiting so often lately, it’s hard to get online time at the moment. great news that you can get on with your artists and the 1940’s, and that poets cottage is further down the track. the orient express seems most magical to me too, so evocative of a more unhurried age. hope you’re doing ok. jxx

  3. josephinetalepeddler November 22, 2011 / 5:18 am

    Stephanie, sounds so magic. It’s a dream of mine to travel on the Orient Express one day.
    Jennifer, I’m doing okay, loveliest. No need to apologise for not visiting. Life should always come before computer but I’m always very happy to see you here! xx

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