Posts Tagged ‘virgin’

Please help Richard Branson and in turn help the country

August 20, 2012

I have had a passion for railways for years.  It has often upset me that our railways are worse now than they were in the Victorian times.

The British Empire stretched accross the globe and we introduced railways to India and the subcontinent, and now these railways are better than our own.

There was one exception to the rule.  Virgin railways, Richard Branson took an under performing line, and transformed it into an efficient and well loved line.  New Pendalino trains, very friendly staff, what more could you ask, “a faster line” well that falls to railtrack and the Government, but things were improving.

Unfortunately the days of moving forward have stopped, with the Government opting to reward a large company with a patchy success in other parts the franchise for this line.  Even though all the hard work was done by Richard Branson’s Virgin Trains.

The Government’s actions can be likened to that of choosing G4S for the Olympic Games security (remember the failiure to provide staff) or indeed the Governments failiure to protect Concorde.  The worlds only supersonic aircraft, now languishing in museums when there was still life in the plane, and could have been used for research to assist in the next generation of air travel, again by Richard Branson and Virgin planes.

Does the Government have issues with our true home grown millionaire entrepreneur, it certainly seems like it.

Stand up and be counted against this bad choice.

Richard Branson should not have lost the tender to some short term, quick gain decision that will muck us up in the future like choosing G4S for the Olympics as they offered more money

Please sign the Government petition against the decision.


Where the Vulcan will be this year

April 27, 2009

Following the salvation of our only flying Vulcan XH558 by the public, The Vulcan to the Sky trust have published her performance calendar for 2009.


It would appear a shame that Paris has been dropped, but sill, at least we all get to see her flying.

Andy Skinner

Celebrities want the Vulcan to keep flying

February 11, 2009

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, Sir Richard Branson, Frederick Forsyth and Robin Gibbtrio have warned that the maintenance of the Cold War bomber is essential for encouraging design and innovation among young people.

They are suggesting that the Vulcan is included in an extended RAF Memorial flight.

Read the full article here. Alternatively, you could visit the vulcan website and make a contribution there to allow the Vulcan to remain flying without Government intervention.

Your support is needed

Visit to see more


Virgin Atlantic TV ad – 25 years, still red hot – how great is this?

January 27, 2009

Everyone must have now seen this advert.

Now, if anyone out there is my age group, (*blushes* as he reveals mid thirties), this advert is a cracker.

Whoever did the concept for Virgin Atlantic really did their homework. Right from the start, with the newspaper salesman with the obvious strike headlines, look to the back. Theres an old chocolate coloured Austin Princess and a Ford Escort estate. Even the bus looks correct.

As we step into the advert, have you sat and tried to spot every element from 1983 that you remember .

Come on, join in and highlight the items we really thought fab at the time.

Austin Princess / Escort Estate – outside
Frankie goes to hollywood – relax – soundtrack to advert
Mobile phone – inside
Cleaner with bright yellow walkman tape machine – inside
Kids playing on Asteroids – inside
Other machine is PacMan – inside
Our Price record shop – inside
Big country LP – outside our price
Proper Policemen without huge guns – inside
Wimpy- inside
A bender burger – ouside wimpy eaten by the guy with the NHS Specs
NHS Specs – when there was only one type of glasses from the NHS
Child with a rubic cube – inside
child with my little pony – inside
classic big box mobile yellow eletronic game – inside
classic flip boards rather than digital displays, with the clip, clip clip noises as they change – inside
Alannah Currie of the Thompson Twins – posing for photos in classic 80’s clothes (or a look alike)

So can anyone else spot more, come on lets break this down. Its a quality advert that should really be entered for the advertising awards. Visit Virgin Atlantic to see their site

Andy Skinner