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Surfing disciples hang 12 for da Vinci tribute

The slogan "Surfing is my religion" has already been claimed as the name for various blogs by fans of sea and spray, but FErret can't help but feel that students at Cornwall College may have taken the saying a little bit too literally.

Students on the college's surf science degree (no, seriously, stay with me) have decided to raise funds to help the junior Great Britain surf team compete in the world championships in Panama next month. How? By moving their classroom to the beach to be photographed for a wacky calendar that will go on sale.

And the star photo in the collection? A recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, complete with surfboards, desks and wet suits. "We wanted something more recognisable, so decided why not combine a surf shot with a picture everyone knows?" student Rachel Preston said. The entrepreneurial group even found a long-haired surfer dude to take on the role of Jesus.

With the FE sector in its current precarious financial state, perhaps three Hail Marys and a prayer for the second coming of the education maintenance allowance might be in order. Those fancy surfboards aren't going to pay for themselves.

Coventry cropper names baby after college

Henley College student Jeenett Ryan has paid the ultimate compliment to her place of study - she's named her new baby boy after it. Hairdressing student Jeenett told the Coventry Telegraph: "Throughout the whole pregnancy, everyone who was on my course started calling my bump 'baby Henley'. The name just stuck."

Her hairdressing tutor, Mary Adams, said Jeenett was a "model student", adding: "We are honoured that she has named her son after the college."

FErret can only hope that Jeenett wasn't influenced by David and Victoria Beckham's decision to name their son Brooklyn after the place where he was conceived.

Still, it could have been worse: "baby BSix" and "little Vision West Notts" would have left even less to the imagination.

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