Never mind Swiss air – try a jar of home-grown smog

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Trav­el­ling to the foot of the world-fa­mous Mat­ter­horn could prove more worth­while and cost ef­fec­tive than pay­ing £200 for a bot­tle of fresh air canned from the slopes of the Swiss Alps.

Tun­bridge Wells ex-pat John Green, who quit the UK for a finer life in Basel, re­vealed to the Kent Messenger his plan to flog air from 10,000ft up.

The 64-year-old of­fers three sizes of con­tain­ers to give buy­ers a breath of fresh air and de­scribed it as the “ul­ti­mate present for the man or woman who has ev­ery­thing”.

How­ever, for the £200 it would set you back for a three-litre jar of Swiss air, one of Mr Green’s buy­ers could jet off to the Euro­pean moun­tains for an overnight stay.

For just a cou­ple of hun­dred pounds it is pos­si­ble to leave the front door of your Maid­stone home, fly to Zurich, catch a train to your ho­tel and re­turn home the fol­low­ing day.

Re­turn flights at £48 with Easy­jet from Lu­ton to Zurich would give you am­ple time to sam­ple some of the purest air in Europe for 24 hours.

A one-night stay at the Mat­ter­horn Golf Ho­tel would cost just £36 while con­nect­ing trains to and from the ho­tel af­ter your flight would make up the bulk of to­tal ex­pen­di­ture at £50 each way.

The cost of fuel and park­ing at the sta­tion would make the mini break pos­si­ble for a penny-pinch­ing £225, only £25 more than a hit from Mr Green’s three-litre “jer­oboam” jar.

Mr Green, an IT con­sul­tant, is not the first per­son to per­suade overseas buy­ers to part with their cash for air.

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