“Imagine you were in the tower: what happened and what was it like?” [‘B+’, 2001/2002]


Chris Larham’s piece of A Level French creative writing on the theme of ‘9/11’ [‘B+’-grading, 2001/2002] can be opened in a print-friendly text document format here
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“Imaginez que vous étiez dans la tour: ce qui est arrivé et comment avez-vous ressenti?”

“Imagine you were in the tower: what happened and what was it like?”

Le onze septembre – un jour infâme dans l’histoire des États-Unis, un jour dont on va toujours se souvenir pour les attaques dévastatrices des terroristes du Taliban. Ce jour-là, il faisait beau temps, et tout le monde croyait que notre planète était un endroit sans inquiétude. Pourtant, les vies des New-Yorkais ont changé après que les tours jumelles aient été mises à feu par les avions qui étaient pilotés par les terroristes: ils ont menacé les vrais pilotes et ils ont même tué une hôtesse de l’air.

J’étais dans la première tour qui a été attaquée, quand j’avais besoin de plein air avant qu’ un long jour de travail dur à neuf heures moins vingt le matin. Donc, j’ai descendu le grand escalier et j’étais en train de me promener dans le parc en dehors de la tour quand j’ai vu l’avion à basse altitude qui s’est écrasé contre la tour. J’étais absolument étonné – je ne pouvais pas la croire! J’ai eu de la chance – plusieurs de mes collègues n’étaient pas aussi chanceux.

Ma famille a pensé que j’étais mort – ma fille, mon fils et mon épouse tous pensaient que c’était la fin du monde. Ils étaient si heureux de me voir, et j’étais follement heureux de les voir encore. Pour ma part, j’ai réévalué ma vie: toutes les choses qui étaient une fois si importantes à moi {le foot, mon image de marque, et mon travail par exemple} ne sont plus importantes: je me suis rendu compte du fait qu’on ne vit qu’une fois. [^]

September 11th 2001 – an infamous day in American history, a day that we will always remember for the devastating attacks carried out by Taliban terrorists. On this day, the weather was good and everybody believed that our planet was a worry-free place. However, the lives of New Yorkers changed forever after the twin towers were set ablaze by terrorist-piloted aircrafts; they threatened the real pilots and even killed an air hostess.

I was in the first tower that was attacked, when I needed some fresh air before a long hard day at work – at 08:40. Thus, I descended the large staircase and I was walking in the park outside the tower when I saw a plane at low altitude that crashed into the tower. I was absolutely astonished – I really couldn’t believe it. I was fortunate – several of my colleagues were not so lucky.

My family thought that I was dead – my daughter, my son, and my wife all thought that it was the end of the world. They were so happy to see me, and I was extremely happy to see them once again. Personally, I have reevaluated my life: everything that was once so important to me {football, my personal image, and my work for example} is no longer important – I have realised that you only live once. [^]

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Forty-year-old father of three wonderful children [William, Seth, and Alyssa]. Works as an Assistant Technical Officer in the Sterile Services Department of Treliske Hospital, Cornwall. Enjoys jogging, web design, learning programming languages, and supporting Arsenal FC. Obtained a BA degree in English from the University of Bolton in 2008, and has continued to gain qualifications in a diverse range of subjects thereafter.

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