Pupils should consider the following two headlines and consider which one is more likely to be correct:
- “Pendolinos are no longer Virgin’s!”
- “Pendolinos are no longer Virgins!”
Pupils should also consider which of these two sets of facts would apply to each of the headlines above:
The Virgin Rail Group has lost the West Coast Franchise, marking the end of a long, hard and largely successful era for the London and North Western Railway.
Scientists have persuaded the Pendolino fleet to breed, destroying the world train building industry in one fell swoop and replacing it with train maternity wards, a new income stream for narrow-gauge railways as nursery grounds for baby trains learning how to follow the rails and questions over job protection, pensionable ages and how many votes an 11-car train is entitled to (and in which of the seven marginal constituencies through which its line passes).
Pupils may also wish to discuss the moral and legal implications of these sets of facts. More advanced pupils can be invited to consider if and in what circumstances announcement of headline 2 could be considered a breach of the Pendolinos’ right to privacy.
(A fuller obituary to Virgin Trains may follow in due course.)