Why It’s Good to Look Up Occasionally

How a giant of the skies can alter your perspective on life

Image credit: British Airways

My tutor was a little ahead of me, at the top of the hill. I’d stopped to wipe sheep poo off my shoe.

“Look!” he said, pointing straight up. A Boeing 747 was about 3,000 meters above his head, on its way from Leeds Airport to some unknown destination, an aluminium cylinder filled with perhaps 300 living people.