These competitions are becoming my despair. All my best ideas are neglected.
Ask for any old chestnut, and replies pour in. Think out something new and demanding wit and originality, and only a few entries turn up. (I except Competition No. 12, entries for which are filling up my drawer, and the results of which will prove, I hope, important for all readers.)
Anyhow, the travel-puff for Mars produced nothing much.
A good average entry that keeps close to travel-puff language was sent by Peter Carlisle, Trevone, Ruan Minor, Cornwall, and I award him the prize for : Why he mundane in your choice of a holiday resort this year when Mars rockets (Ltd.) are quoting such attractive family rates? Personally, I prefer the more leisurely cruise by Spaceplane which enables one to explore the Moon en route. This Company charges more but, remember. the favourable interplanetary rate of exchange renders Marsian hotel bills negligible.
Among the Planet's attractions I place first the opportunity of associating with the kindly Martian giants.
What could be more enjoyable than a tour of the canals, stopping each night at one of those delightful Arcadian inns? The terms (inclusive of gondola hire) are moderate.
The " winter" sports enthusiast. untrammelled by excessive mundane gravity, will find the South Polar snowfields in excellent condition.
For desert scenery, enchantingly romantic under the light of the twin moons, make the Libya Hotel your headquarters. But pack plenty of sandproof, electric-heated clothing; Mars is cold o' nights!