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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Cambridge and the Teacher's Union of Namibia

As we should make clear for readers just joining us, The Nibs is a truly global site, and in the short time we've been running we've covered everything from mannequins in Turkey to an unfortunate incident with a washing machine in Queensland. But if charity begins at home then so do crazy news stories, and so it's time to head back to Cambridge, England, for a couple of tall tales.

Martin Halstead, 19, is one of those annoying teenage success stories you read about from time to time, one of those annoying people with more money than... well, you. At 17 he was Europe's youngest pilot, and he now owns his own airline, Sky Commuter, which on Wednesday started twice daily flights between Cambridge and Oxford.

Tickets start from £99, which is more than the X5 bus, but then it does take 22 minutes rather than 3 and a half hours. No word yet on whether that includes a 15 minute stopover in Bedford bus station.

Meanwhile the high-profile clash between the University of Cambridge and the Teacher's Union of Namibia has further escalated, with Cambridge threatening to sue the TUN for claiming that "the Cambridge education system was thrown out of Britain, its birthplace, and was dumped on Namibia."

While the TUN has now apologised, tensions remain high, and it's surely only a matter of days before ambassadors are withdrawn and an academic task force readied.

3 Comments:

  • Have you seen the latest?

    http://www.nutriciussystems.co.uk/skycommuter/centreframe.htm

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  • Bur Halstead's airline went bust, as did his second venture.

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