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The balloon goes up for Greatest Disabled Briton

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Crippled Monkey | 00:00 UK time, Friday, 23 April 2004

Professor Stephen Hawking - the man whom, lest we forget, Ouch readers voted their Greatest Disabled Briton in 2003 - is selling his hot air balloon basket. How do we know this tantalising fact? Because he's advertising it on the front page of his website, that's how! (Monkey's note to Ouch's editor: we really must start putting our own personal ads on the Ouch homepage).

The hot air balloon basket is obviously completely accessible to wheelchairs, having been specially designed by, er, balloon basket-making experts. You can even look at photographs of Professor Hawking enjoying a flight. Unfortunately, there's no asking price quoted, but I'm very tempted to make an offer. I've always dreamed of being a flying monkey, soaring majestically over the countryside below.

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