Traveller gets a First at Cambridge

The first traveller to win a place at Cambridge University has amazed her family by gaining a first in her final exams.

Zoah Hedges-Stocks, born into a family of travelling showmen who have been working fairgrounds since the early 1800s, graduates this week.

The 23-year-old, who never completed a full school year and grew up in a caravan, spent every summer working on her mum’s food van selling burgers, toffee apples and candy floss.

She would also work at Cambridge University’s prestigious May Balls and dream of one day studying there.

Now amazingly she will be graduating from the world-renowned university with a First in History, after studying for three years at Murray Edwards College.

“I still can’t quite believe I have got a First, it has been a lot of hours and a lot of essays,” she said.

“I’ve never experienced any snobbery about my background at Cambridge and everyone has been really welcoming.”

Hedges-Stocks is the only member of her community to have gone to university and just a few generations ago her ancestors couldn’t even read or write.

During her time at the university she was chosen twice to be editor of the student newspaper The Cambridge Student.

“I am so proud of Zoah and just couldn’t take it in when she said she had a First. I cried for two days,” said Zoah’s mum Bernice.

A TV channel is advertising on craigslist for people who look like Hitler, Churchill and Roosevelt for a new mini-series.

The History Channel is looking for people to play the war time leaders for a six hour docu-drama.

It says previous acting experience is not required and that physical resemblance is more important than talent.

“The most important thing is a physical resemblance to the actual historical figures,” says the craiglist ad.

“German accent (for Hitler) and British accent (for Churchill) is also helpful, but also not required.”

Casting is taking place for both young and old versions of each historical figure as “the majority of the cast will be tracked over decades”.

If they can’t find two people to play each character, there’s a “possibility of casting a single individual who could be aged up & down.”

Successful applicants will be paid up to £230 per day with all transport, accommodation and food provided.

The series will be shot over threee weeks in September in the US and a further week in Germany in October.

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