Homeless man wins “dream” place at Britain’s Cambridge University

Geoff Edwards, 52, says he left school at a young age with two qualifications and few ambitions, then ended up homeless in the city of Cambridge after work as a field laborer dried up. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 11 November 2017
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Homeless man wins “dream” place at Britain’s Cambridge University

LONDON: A 52-year-old man who spent most of his adult life sleeping rough and selling copies of a magazine to help the homeless has enrolled at Britain’s illustrious Cambridge University.
Geoff Edwards, 52, says he left school at a young age with two qualifications and few ambitions, then ended up homeless in the city of Cambridge after work as a field laborer dried up.
Now Edwards is studying English literature, having completed a college course designed for adults who want to return to education or need extra qualifications to go on to university.
“I didn’t think of applying to Cambridge — I didn’t think Cambridge University would take someone like me, but my (course) tutor encouraged me to apply,” Edwards said in a statement.
“It is the first thing I am proud of in my life,” he said.
Edwards said it had always been his “dream” to attend Cambridge, considered one of the top universities in the world.
The number of homeless people in Britain has soared past 300,000 — an increase of 4 percent on last year — with one in 200 sleeping rough, the housing charity Shelter said this week.
Edwards said selling “The Big Issue” — a magazine founded in 1991 to help the homeless earn a living — while sleeping on the streets had helped give him back “a bit of self-respect.”


‘Unusual air activity’ over Ireland sparks investigation

Updated 13 November 2018
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‘Unusual air activity’ over Ireland sparks investigation

  • The Irish Aviation Authority said it was looking into “reports from a small number of aircraft”
  • The bright lights were seen Friday morning by pilots from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic

LONDON: Irish aviation officials are investigating reports of bright lights moving quickly in the skies over Ireland.
The Irish Aviation Authority said Tuesday it was looking into “reports from a small number of aircraft” about what was called “unusual air activity” on Friday.
“The report will be investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process,” the authority said in a statement.
Press reports indicate the bright lights were seen Friday morning by pilots from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
The airlines did not immediately respond to request for comments.