Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
The cable car connecting the O2 Arena in Greenwich and the ExCeL Centre in the docklands area has had its multi-million-pound contract with Emirates come to an end. Opening in time for the 2012 Olympics, the airline had a ten-year sponsorship worth £36million. Transport for London will be announcing a “future commercial partner” later in the summer, but until then TfL will have to pay for the cable car instead. The total cost of the project was £60million. TfL are hoping that Instagram and TikTok can influence a new sponsorship deal, as it claimed that the cable car was “one of the most Instagrammable spots in London”.
Emirates says in a statement: “Emirates is proud to have helped establish what has become an iconic part of the London skyline and to have contributed to the regeneration of the local area in the process. We have thoroughly enjoyed a great 10-year partnership, but it is now time to pass the baton onto a new partner.
A hamster has survived a daring trip into the stratosphere on a flying balloon. The maximum altitude reached was 14 miles and was in good health after being recovered from the sea near Japan’s Miyako Island. Iwatani Giken, who are the company behind the experiment placed the hamster inside an airtight cabin 60cm high and 50cm across which had the same atmospheric pressure and temperature as the ground. Launching the balloon from Okinawa Prefecture, it climbed at an average of 6.3 metres per second. The experiment is hoping to bring manned space travel to the any human and gives consumers confidence as the animal was seen snoozing during the ascent. Further tests are planned to a higher altitude of 15 miles, which would enable you to see the curvature of the Earth.
Mrs Hamilton retired from her job as a teacher years ago, but has made a big impact as an educator. When her last class of kindergarten students graduated, the teacher’s daughter, Kim organised them to throw a surprise visit that has gained 3.2million views on TikTok. Arriving in full graduation clothes (cap and gown), over a dozen students emerged from bushes, obstacles and all approached their early years teacher going in for full blown hugs. Fully surprised, she says: “Oh my gosh, I love you all. Oh my gosh, you’re all just gorgeous”. Many other teachers commented with one person commenting: “proof they never stop being our kids after they leave us”.