A FLASH mob with a difference is how yesterday's (Thursday) protest at plans to expand Heathrow Airport was described by campaign groups.

A number of protestors gathered in the Euro Star terminal in St Pancras Station to sing the praises of rail as an alternative to air travel.

At 12.30pm (on the dot) the campaigners unveiled their red T-shirts, emblazoned with the words 'Stop Airport Expansion' cracked open a bottle of champagne, held up signs saying 'Rail - Not Stupid' and burst into song.

The event was primed to take place the day before the launch of the film The Age of Stupid which warns against the activities which could lead to irreversible climate change.

The song lyrics were as follows:

The Eurostar Calypso


Nobody with half a brain

Would fly to Europe by plane

Much better by far

To take the Eurostar

Flying is no fun at all

Endless waits in departure halls

Airline security, airline food

Squashed up seats where you can't move

(repeat chorus)

Half the fun of any trip you do

Is seeing the places you pass through

You can't do that if you fly

All you see is clouds and sky

(repeat chorus)

Aircraft noise will drive you spare

They pour pollution into the air

Runways destroy communities

It's just plain stupid, can't you see?

(repeat chorus ad nauseam.!).

John Stewart, chairman of the Heathrow campaign group HACAN, said: "Nearly a quarter of flights using Heathrow are to UK or near-Europe destinations where a high-speed, affordable rail service could be a viable rail alternative.

"Our message to the Government is: invest in rail; scrap plans for a third runway at Heathrow."