Comedian: 'Jeff's in space and I'm stuck in traffic at Gallows Corner'

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn

Jeff Bezos on day 13 of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon - Credit: PA/Mike Egerton

Congratulations to Elon Musk for becoming the richest man on Earth for a while.

It happened when Jeff Bezos left the Earth for a while, but you have to take the wins where you can get them.

This week has seen another step forward in humanity’s abilities when the man behind Amazon took a rude-shaped rocket up to the edge of space. He’s not the first billionaire to make a trip like that. It was only the other week that Sir Richard Branson made a space run.

Undated Virgin Galactic handout image, Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson holds a model of the mothersh

In 2008 Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson holds a model of a craft which could take tourists into space - Credit: PA Images

The Virgin trip took over 90 minutes, whereas Jeff’s Blue Origin craft only took 11 minutes. I suppose that’s the benefit of going Prime.

Steve Allen.

Steve Allen says after a few months of living with your partner you’re done with the hugging phase - Credit: Steve Allen

Can you really say you have been to space if you were only there for a few minutes? I once caught a connecting train at Peterborough station but if someone talked about Cambridgeshire I wouldn’t chime in with: “I’ve been there.”


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The cost of a seat on that ship was $28 million. For that much money I’d want them to stretch it out a bit, take the scenic route.

I am amazed that we can send rich humans into space and yet I can’t get down the A12 near Gallows Corner without wasting a quarter of an hour there. That’s four minutes longer than it took Jeff to get into space.

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We’re heading for a time where the ultra-rich have space travel while the rest of us sit in congestion and pay a congestion charge for the privilege.

The only thing that makes me feel better about that is that we won’t be inside something shaped like a blow-up toy you’d see on a hen night.

Good luck to the space travellers, but can’t we have some better infrastructure down here please? It’s literally not rocket science!

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