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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 01:23 
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Oh dear ... Richard Branson has an advert for his trains which seems to "offend" some cyclists.

www.virgintrains.co.uk :o

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It shows a cyclist being trampled by Native Americans on horseback and does not even show the cyclist getting up again

This cyclist has no bearing on the plot - he's just there to be ridiculed


Well .. you could say that about the shepherds and the sheep dog... :roll: who stand dumbfounded in the middle of all this! :wink:

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The cyclist could have been really hurt


But it's a film (and I think it's the imagination of the bloke on the train showing how much safer you are in a train than by any other means of transport.. or at least that what I think it might be trying to say :roll: )

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With so many cyclists killed and mugged in road raged attacks...


(um... not heard of this latter one..have heard only in letters and internet fora of drivers hitting and driving through puddles deliberately - with sole aim to soak the cyclist :roll: Might be the pleasanter way of life in the North .. but very few incidents of deliberately trying to "off a cyclist" are reported here. If they were - we would take it very seriously and try to nail the b:censored: d! :furious:


.. Though like car jackings - it has not been unknown for someone nasty to deprive a cyclist of his nice set of roady wheels ...be on alert)

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does this advert look like the actions of a caring green company? Can you see cyclists rushing to board a Virgin train


Well .. :scratchchin: I hear the tilting ones are a bit on the speedy side :wink: Besides - trains are not like buses.. three don't come together and there's always the issue of the wrong sort of sunshine, rain, snow, leaves, breeze, wind.. fog.... :roll: - which means you wait and the one that comes is full and so you have to - er .. wait on! :roll:

Plus - the price of the tickets... grrr!

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This advert is also racist towards Native Americans and they are in the wrong country for a start



Look - the passenger on the train is a writer.. it's his dream and imagination in the plot! :roll:

(Best train advert I ever saw was really advertising Puck matches by the way :wink: Something really [i] rural English and old steady values in that advert :wink: )

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But the Native American hanging onto the window and the. cyclist could both have been killed

I have written to Virgin and complained about it placing a seal of approval that it's OK to hurt cyclists and that this sort of advert will put their safety at risk for car drivers. It fuels road rage!



Um.. there is a train.. lot of horses.. shepherds and a sheep dog.

Perhaps it's trying to say you are safest if you let the train take the strain. :wink: Or that travelling by train can be "surreal" experience.

(Given most are old rolling stock, frequently late.. and expensive - I would agree it's a surreal experience :wink: )


The last advert showed the train traveller gloating over spotting his colleagues' car in a motorway jam as his train whizzed past.

But comes across to me as if the bloke on the train is a writer and able to let his imagination wander by travelling on the train.

I don't see it a particularly good advert for that matter. You do wonder at the point it's trying to make. :roll: The earlier one was with the train beating the car made its point better. :wink:

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Can be better to go on the train. On the other hand:

- My car doesn't get into a jam because some traffic light isn't working properly 12 miles away.

- If I get into my car one minute late it's still there for me.

- In my car I always have a seat

And then of course there's cycling. Assuming I use whatever method I can to get past them, traffic jams don't have a serious affect on me. But you wouldn't approve of some of the methods I use to get past them.


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- My car doesn't get into a jam because some traffic light isn't working properly 12 miles away.
It does if some railway signal man turns all the level crossings to red for the train that is stuck at the signal 12 miles away

I have sat at level crossings for 7 or 8 min between trains, let four cars go and then put the barriers down again :thumbsdown:

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[quote="anton"] some railway signal man

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TUT,TUT Anton , don't you know in this Pee Cee climate there are Signal Men and Signal Ladies ,so the correct form af address is "Signaller" :roll:

Now there is also the non Pee Cee terms of "wrong type of snow"/ "Leaves on the line"/"Frozen Points" and according to my sources "wrong type of sun" as all rail workers ( :?: :?: :?: ) have been banned from wearing shorts on track ( too many female passengers complaining ??).
They also wet regular warnings about the dangers associated with rats and their urine - but little is said about the dangers of humans and their sewage which they have to meet daily. :evil:


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[quote="anton"] some railway signal man

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TUT,TUT Anton , don't you know in this Pee Cee climate there are Signal Men and Signal Ladies ,so the correct form af address is "Signaller" :roll:

Now there is also the non Pee Cee terms of "wrong type of snow"/ "Leaves on the line"/"Frozen Points" and according to my sources "wrong type of sun" as all rail workers ( :?: :?: :?: ) have been banned from wearing shorts on track ( too many female passengers complaining ??).
They also wet regular warnings about the dangers associated with rats and their urine - but little is said about the dangers of humans and their sewage which they have to meet daily. :evil:


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