Today's cartoon by Mac from The Daily Mail relates to news that a Cornish resort could become the UK's first commercial spaceport.
Tourists could soon be blasting off for the stars from a Cornish spaceport. Plans to open Britain’s first commercial rocket launch site will be unveiled this week and Newquay is tipped to host it. Five more potential sites have been identified for the £150million spaceport — four in Scotland and one in Wales — but the Cornwall resort is favourite to become the first facility of its kind outside America. Wealthy space tourists could soon be blasting off from the futuristic new complex within four years – providing they can afford the tickets. Read more >>
The cartoon shows an elderly Cornish couple. The man is sitting in an armchair drinking a beer and reading the newspaper, the front page of which features the spaceport story. His wife, who is wearing a spacesuit and is carrying a shopping bag, asks him, 'I'm just popping out m'dear. Is there anything you want in Australia?' A nice touch is that the dog is also wearing a spacesuit!
With the spaceport, the woman is able to travel long distances in a short time, e.g., to Australia and back.
1. If someone pops out, they leave their current location for a brief time. • I'm just going to pop out for some coffee.
2. M'dear is the Cornish way of saying 'my dear'.