It’s just as well I’m too old to be retrained as an astronaut

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How exciting for Major Tim Peake, who is heading off to the International Space Station in the next couple of years.

He’ll be the first Brit to do so – with the intention of, among other things, inspiring a generation of children to take up science.

But the stark reality of what it must be like up there – cramped conditions living with other people and no way of escape – takes me back to a caravanning holiday I once had.

However much I might want to go off this planet sometimes, the thought of being cooped up with no way out and no fresh fruit, no sneaky chocolate trips to the One-Stop etc is a scary one.

So I’ve decided it’s just as well I’m too old to be inspired into retraining as an astronaut.