Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Gatwick pole dancer: What a whopper!

The Guardian has got rather overexcited about this tacky advertisement:
A 100,000ft pole dancer is currently greeting air passengers flying in to Gatwick.
100,000 feet? There are 1760 yards in a mile, which makes 5280 feet. So 100,000 feet is nearly 19 miles.

Somehow I doubt the figure of the pole dancer is quite that big.

What do they teach them in schools nowadays?

Later. The story has been mysteriously changed and now reads:

A gigantic pole dancer is currently...

This blog is not without influence.


Chris K said...

100,000 SQUARE feet.

Jonathan Calder said...

Don't shout at me: tell the Grauniad.

dreamingspire said...

You will just have to start taking The Times:

From The Times
June 13, 2007
Gatwick advert lands in trouble

GATWICK Passengers landing at Gatwick airport are being greeted by a giant naked pole dancer. The 9,000 sq m (100,000 sq ft) image is painted on grassland under the incoming flight path.

Liberal Polemic said...

Taling of The Times, they were kind enough to print my comment to the story online:

This is a textbook example of freedom of speech. Why should the farmer not be allowed to paint his field any way he pleases?

If you don't like what you see, look away!

There are too many people in this country who are willing to censure (and seek to censor!) what they find distasteful.