June 10, 2004

guess bloody well who ?

Just spotted in the Guardian Unlimited . . .

"Sir Richard Branston aims to bring space travel within the reach of ordinary people by pioneering space flights at affordable prices.

The thrill-seeking entrepreneur told Guardian Unlimited that Virgin was investing money in "trying to make sure that, in the not too distant future, people from around the world will be able to go into space". He said he hoped to be a passenger on one of the first tourist space flights into space.

Sir Richard refused to be drawn on details of the project, but said the public should expect an announcement revealing Virgin's latest enterprise at some time in the next two or three weeks.

"All will be revealed over the next two or three weeks - but, in a general sense, space is the ultimate frontier, and something we at Virgin have dearly wanted to do is to bring space tourism one day to the masses. Having failed to bring a reliable train service to the west coast of England we thought we may as well branch out into something in which we have even less experience" he said.

Space expert Greg Klerkx, author of the book Lost in Space: The Fall of Nasa and the Dream of a New Space Age, said that, for some time, there had been rumours Sir Richard was very interested in space flight.""

oh oh . . . ever sat in one of his trains for hours while they try and figure out what the problem is ?

Posted by Jem Finer at June 10, 2004 5:46 PM