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Villas and terraces with distinguished names like Kensington and Windsor Place were constructed during the second decade of the 19th Century and the street became a quiet and narrow suburban thoroughfare known as Saughie-haugh Road.It was widened in 1846 and then in the 1850’s some of the older buildings were replaced with tenements and in the 1870’s with commercial properties.Recent government action [to guarantee investors' deposits] may indicate that this is the end of a seriously bad beginning, but it may be a warning that this is the beginning of the end! Ondaatje has tried hard not to be defined by money, yet it sticks to him like gold leaf."He declaims each apocalyptic sheet of scrawl in a passionate voice, using his long hands to semaphore disaster – the perils of derivatives, the snare of sub-prime mortgages, the questionable practice of disguising and repackaging debt and the awful lack of transparency about what is really going on. His amazing story is dominated by it – sometimes too little, sometimes too much.She cleaned and scrubbed floors in exchange for a room in the basement and Christopher was given a tiny, triangular attic."Even though we had nothing, she made us feel like princes," he says. She had a great sense of drama but no matter how bad things were, there was never any negativity.She gave us confidence – me to go into finance and Michael [author of The English Patient, which won the Booker Prize], who was 10 years younger, to be this great literary guy."As a young bank employee in London in the 1950s, Ondaatje made a fascinating discovery: that ascribing a piece of paper with a certain monetary value gave it power.She had left her husband ("he was killing himself and killing the family") and come to England with her two younger children, Michael and Janet.Christopher, aged 17, was devastated to leave Blundell's, his surrogate home.
Ondaatje had been fixated by leopards since he saw one as a boy with his father. "This fantastically beautiful thing…" he rhapsodises. "I was standing there with a Canon 300mm lens, only about 12ft away from her. You have this kind of bond." But she was really only a metaphor for something else he was looking for. She should not have to share my madness, sleeping in some filthy dirty tent in the Semliki forest on the Zairean border with insects crawling over you."The limit to loyalty, they both realised, was in December 1996 when they camped in the Semliki the night Laurent Kabila overthrew Mobutu.
While The Power of Paper was at the printers, it did.
Then, another warning tremor: people started queueing to get their money out of Northern Rock branches across Britain.
It’s a long street by Glasgow standards and was renowned for its department stores, hotels, cinemas, restaurants and tearooms as well as art galleries and a range of smaller businesses.
Much of the street is situated on a hillside that was probably once moorland, parts of which may have been wooded and others later cultivated.
"The Government says it will back Northern Rock," he says scornfully. They are desperate to get someone to buy it and get it off their back."His gold cufflinks crash repeatedly across the polished surface of his vast dining table as he pushes sheets of notes towards me, one by one. You won't be too badly hit if you own your own house and you are not in debt."He has three houses – in London, Devon and Nova Scotia – all beautifully appointed, with fine pictures and objets d'art.