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NIMBY Events – connected with school chairs?

“Don’t Lean Back”, a company that sells school chairs that (you’ve guessed it) don’t lean back, is registered to the same address as Nimby events.  Interestingly, the founder of the chair company was also a school teacher.  Guess where?  In Blackheath.

Chair that keeps its feet on the ground – The Times Feb 18th 2008

Tom Wates has taken orders from 18 schools since launching his product three weeks ago. “I’ve had orders from Glasgow to Belfast, Cornwall to London,” he said. “It seems that it’s a problem that touches everyone.”

Mr Wates, who gave up his job teaching maths and PE in Blackheath, southeast London, last year, said that he was “driven mad” by his students rocking back and forth, and often falling off their chairs. “It was something I was saying as much as I was asking children to be quiet. I couldn’t do anything about them talking, but I figured that I could stop this.”

Coincidence? Maybe he’ll get his (almost) namesake to play at the festival…

UPDATE: Photo of Tom Wates and the chair here.

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