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Up up and away
Reed Boardall Transport has sponsored 16 year old Boroughbridge student Michael Woodgate at the European Water Ski Championships in France. Michael came tenth out of 50 competitors after completing three disciplines – the slalom, tricks and jumps. Competitors from ten countries took part; his team came fourth overall in the under 17s category. Tom Cassells, managing director of Reed Boardall, is also a pilot and currently British aerobatics champion. “Michael is doing all the right things and if he can keep the commitment going he will continue succeeding. To get to the top of your sport is truly exhilarating – particularly when it involves 100 per cent precision.”

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CitySprint has carried an urgent, last minute job for Panasonic Europe delivering training materials for a Camcorder Academy training event at Donnington Park in Derby. The training team at Panasonic Europe holds regular training sessions and seminars for major customers who sell Panasonic products, such as John Lewis and Dixons/Currys and Comet, to ensure staff know how to use new products. CitySprint was notified about the job at 4pm on a Friday and set off at 3am on the Monday morning to get a number of items, including camcorders, plasma screens and backdrops, delivered to Donnington Park at 7.50am, in time for the 9am start time of the course.
Flying the flag for France
The CMA CGM Group has taken delivery of its new flagship, the CMA CGM Christophe Colomb, which at 13,344 TEU is one of the largest container ships in the world. Unlike the majority of container ships which have a single superstructure towards the back on deck, the CMA CGM Christophe Colomb, has a superstructure in the front to maximise space, give better visibility from the bridge and reinforce the vessel’s hull. The ship is operated on the FAL service linking Asia to Europe in partnership with Maersk.
Souper new role for BBC Box
The BBC Box is now destined to become a soup kitchen in Africa, after travelling the equivalent of two laps around the earth in just over a year. On its trip, which was designed to illustrate some of the issues experienced in global trade, the box has carried whisky, cat food and bathroom scales, among other things. It returned to the UK at the beginning of November.

 Let the train take the strain?
Finally, the BBC has revealed that Network Rail decided to take 200 staff from Reading to Coventry by coach because of the high cost of rail travel. It calculated that going by coach was some £24,000 cheaper. This follows the recent revelation that there is now a £1,000 rail ticket. It’s for a first class ticket from Newquay to Kyle of Lochalsh (despite the fact that there are no first class seats on sections of the route). Perhaps it’s time to turn the whole network over to freight.

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