London Lite Monday, 2 November 2009 11 My first time back on a bus since 7/7attackTerrorsurvivor facesherfears onspecialtrip Pupilplace liesprobe 12% more want Oxbridge places TEENAGERS will face record competition for places at leading universities next year after a huge increase in interest. Figures show a 12 per cent surge in applications to Oxford, Cambridge and medical schools for courses in 2010. ButlinsXFactor Redcoat search BUTLINS is launching an X Factor- style search for Redcoats. The public will vote for their favourite audition videos on YouTube and the best 300 will go through to the next round. Contestants will battle it out for 20 Redcoat places. MINISTERS were today ordering an inquiry into the number of parents allegedly lying to get children into good state schools. Councils fear growing numbers give false addresses in an attempt to cheat the system, a report from the school admissions watchdog will say. Town halls want tougher powers to prosecute or fine lying parents. But the report, from chief schools adjudicator Ian Craig, does not identify cheating hot spots. Ministers will ask him to dig down further. A WOMAN who survived the 7/7 terror bombings on London transport in 2005 has been back on a bus for the first time since the attacks. Lisa French, 32, was on the top deck of the No30 bus in Tavistock Square when 18-year-old Hasib Hussains rucksack bomb exploded, killing 13 people on board, including himself. Ms French, who was sitting just a few feet away from the bomber when the explosion tore off the roof, suf- fered head injuries and lost two front teeth and the hearing in one ear. She was deeply psychologically scarred, tormented by nightmares and, until now, unable to get on another bus. However, transport chiefs who wanted to help her overcome her fear stepped in and took her on a special tour of the London Marathon route lasting three hours. She said: Until now buses have looked like coffins on wheels to me. Getting back on the bus it all came flooding back. I was very tense. I was clinging to the railing for three hours -- but I did it. Hopefully, the more buses I get on, the safer Ill feel. Ms French also had an emotional reunion with the hero who led her to safety in the wake of the blast. She said she would never forget the image of Chris Symonds, the British Transport Police worker and Falklands veteran, who guided her from the wreckage. She had tried to track down Mr Symonds several times but they were finally reunited when a BBC docu- mentary found him. Meeting him again was amazing, said Ms French. Ive told him he dare not walk out of my life ever again. A total of 52 commuters died and more than 770 were injured when the bus and three Tube trains were targeted by four suicide bombers.Facing fear: Lisa French went on a three-hour tour BY KEVIN WIDDOP Jokebox......... Horror: Lisa was on the top deck of the No30 bus when the bomb exploded index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html