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Around the World in 80 Days

Day 1: 25 September

Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 DaysThese bags I heave up onto my shoulders as the clock shows ten o'clock. I carry them down the stairs, out of the tall doorway and into Pall Mall. I've eighty days left to get back in again.

Fogg went from the Reform Club to Charing Cross station, I leave from Victoria.

Here I find Passepartout, who will travel everywhere with me. Unlike Fogg's Passepartout, mine is five people, has fifty pieces of baggage and works for the BBC. Roger Mills is the director of this first leg of the journey and is already bemoaning the fact that we've just missed some foul weather in the English Channel. 'If only this had been yesterday.' He draws on his pipe despondently. Ann Holland is his Production Assistant. She will keep full details of all the shots we take, and keep in touch with our base camp in London. Nigel Meakin and Julian Charrington are the camera team and Ron Brown is recording sound. The film equipment is in containers of many shapes and sizes and mostly very heavy. As I help them down the platform with a muscle-tearing case of film stock I think of Phileas - 'one of those mathematically exact people . . . never hurried . . . calm, phlegmatic, with a clear eye' - and how desperately unlike him I am.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Around the World in 80 Days
  • Day: 1
  • Date: 25 September
  • Country/sea: England
  • Place: London
  • Book page no: 15

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