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Broadcaster’s view: Maybe we can go to space on a budge

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 June 2018

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

For me I wanted to be all the classics, a fireman or a train driver.

Basically the eight-year-old version of me would have been on strike a few times in the last decade.

Like many people I wanted to be an astronaut, which means I have something in common with Richard Branson.

He is in training to prepare to go into space.

Most of us give up on our dream to be a spaceman before we reach a double-figured age, but Branson is probably a late developer, which would explain the names of his companies.

I imagine he’ll pass the training.

I know being an astronaut is hard but he owns the company so it’s a safe bet they’ll mark him well.

If he fails that examiner will be looking for a job.

He plans to be the first tourist in space when his Virgin Galactic company starts doing the trips.

It would be an impressive holiday but I find all of this worrying.

Not because I’ll only end up going into space on a budget carrier one day and I’ll get an aisle seat and no window view.

The worry is that Sir Richard Branson isn’t the only one.

Elon Musk recently hit the news by launching his latest rocket into space.

When the billionaires are finding ways to get off this planet I think it’s time to worry.

I don’t know if it’s global warming, the Illuminati or bees dying out.

I don’t know what the billionaires know or I wouldn’t be here right now, but if these guys are planning to ditch us I think it’s time to pack a case.


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