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The Flying Whiley…

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In the blue corner: Superstar DJ – Jo Whiley

In the red corner: Greenpeace

Ding Ding – Round 1…
BBC Radio 1 DJ, Jo Whiley is at the top of Greenpeace’s ‘hit list’ after the departure lounge at Newquay Airport and a Jet2 Boeing 737 stationed at Blackpool were both named after her. Jo fronts the BBC’s radio and T.V. coverage of the (Greenpeace supported) Glastonbury festival, so this might just blossom into a pretty big beef.

“We’d like to catch up with Jo at this year’s festival for a pint of scrumpy to try to persuade her to take her name off the airport,” said a Greenpeace spokesman. “If she agrees, then we promise to campaign on her behalf to have Great Western name one of their London to Newquay trains ‘The Flying Whiley’ in her honour.”

Ding Ding – Round 2…
Greenpeace are going all out with the flying malarky and their campaigners have spent the last week stationed at London and Newquay airports offering free return train tickets to anyone that would sacrifice their seat on a plane. Greenpeace’s argument is that in the UK, flying is the fastest growing souce of greenhouse emissions. Also, a new high speed train link will begin this summer making the journey from London to Newquay a mere 4 hours long.

The owners of Newquay Airport have stepped into the ring and are desperately trying to convince one and all that flying really isn’t that bad after all, and if routes were stopped the tourist trade in Cornwall would be severely affected. Hmmmm, sound like a familiar argument? I’ve spent many happy holidays in Newquay and never felt the need to fly, though I do remember locals complaining that the place was becoming over developed and that second home owners from London pushed up house prices and forced young local people to leave the area.

The Judge’s Decision:
Greenpeace have dealt a knock out blow, Jo needs to pick herself up off the canvas and get a new training regime.

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