Time Travel with the Stars; ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS
In the Fifties, I won the Daily Mail `Which year would you like to live in?'
competition by suggesting the year 3000. Which year would people choose if this competition were run now?
I'D LIKE to live in the future, around the year 2196. As a Star Trek fan, I like the idea of roaming around space on my Hyper-Space-Harley-Davidson. And since the gene for ageing would long since have been discovered, no doubt I'd be able to do this for ever.
Tomorrow's World presenter.
FOR me it would be the year 2050. By that time, we should have found that the Moon is pretty useless to us and started concentrating on our own planet instead. We'll probably be working properly to get rid of pollution and, with a bit of luck, we'll have run out of fossil fuels and started using less dangerous ones such as wind, solar and wave energy.
Frank Carson, comedian and
mayor of Balbriggan, Co Dublin.
I, TOO, would choose to live in the year 3000. By then I would hope to be able to indulge in space travel and, who knows, possibly meet some aliens.
Michael Fish, Met Office
I WOULD like to live in 1995 and have Christmas again 'cos you never know when Santa might die.
Zig, The Big Breakfast, London.
I WOULD live in 2010 when I would be president of the world, with my first lady, Wonderbra Queen Caprice, at my side. Zig would be my Chancellor for the Stupid.
Zag, The Big Breakfast, London.
I WOULD like to live far enough into the future to have eradicated war and unnecessary suffering and have achieved peace and happiness. It would be good if this were the year 1997, but I imagine it would be more like 2097.
Virgin Radio, London.
I'D LIKE to go to the year 1789 and take part in the mutiny on the Bounty.
I'd like to have been with Fletcher Christian when he set sail to Pitcairn Island. I suppose I'm just a frustrated Robinson Crusoe. I once worked on a Barrier Reef island but was fired for being incompetent.
Nick Bailey, Classic FM, London.
I'D GO back to my favourite year, 1971. It was a great year: my son Athol was born, 12 years after my wife had been told she couldn't have children; I was starring in cabaret in the West End; and I had a single in the Top Ten.
This time, though, I'd take the opportunity to enjoy it properly.
Vince Hill, singer, London.
THERE'S only one time to live: now. This moment is the pinnacle of man's achievement thus far. Thousands of generations have lived and died so that we can be here, an existence which statistically is the equivalent to winning the lottery jackpot every week for 100 years.
Why waste all that energy and fate by being dropped in a future we probably wouldn't really understand or fit in with because we didn't help create it, or even worse, a past whose stories and inventions we already know?
David Wardell, editor,
If the Government had kept the state retirement pension linked to national average earnings rather than the Retail Price Index, how much would it be worth now?
IF THE link between pensions and earnings hadn't been broken in 1980, the full basic pension would now be [pounds sterling]21.40 a week higher for a single person ([pounds sterling]82. …