18th November 2011 at 00:00

No mistaking

There is a long-standing trend in colleges to celebrate their students' success by taking a leaf from universities' book and holding a graduation ceremony. It's a great way to mark the end of a course and help friends and family share in students' achievement.

But if your college is doing this, FErret has a pro tip for you: make sure you can spell the word "graduation". Croydon College, we're looking at you.

Someone among the thousand or so guests snapped the slide projected at the back of the stage and passed it to the local paper, the Croydon Guardian, where readers could enjoy the spectacle of the college's "gaduation" ceremony.

FErret himself is crossing his fingers that he does not fall victim to Muphry's Law this week - the rule that says any writing about spelling mistakes will itself contain at least one error.

First-class save

From time immemorial, teenagers have over-enthusiastically booted footballs over the neighbouring fence, only to have to enquire: "Can we have our ball back?"

That is just what happened at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, when a goalkeeper's hoofed clearance during a match sent the ball soaring over safety fences. The one problem: the "neighbour" in this case was a railway track, with a train hurtling towards the ball.

The players cheered upon seeing the driver stop the train, get out and throw the ball back to them.

At least, that's how the witnesses tell it. The train companies told the Cambridge News they have no record of the incident.

All the same: nameless, unofficial saviour of the Cherry Hinton Lions versus Shelford and Stapleford Strikers, we salute you.

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