ULTIMATE LOTTO DISGUISE: Jamaican lottery winner appears in public in Scream costume

Kingston – VIJAY SHAH via JAKE MASSEY and LADbible

Many lotteries around the world like to not only publicise their winnings, but also their winners. But for those who do not want to be in the spotlight, or perhaps worry about friends and family finding out they have struck gold, and the storm of handouts on demand heading their way hence, a public appearance in front of television cameras and millions of viewers is the last thing they want.

A publicity-shy gambler on the Caribbean island of Jamaica who won a USD 1 million/GBP 907,000 jackpot decided to try a new way of keeping the big win a big secret from his relatives. He showed up at his public televised announcement wearing a disguise consisting of a full costume based on the serial killer from the Scream horror film series. And no, it was not a Hallowe’en special.

 

The winner, an A. Campbell, scooped the JMD 158,100,000 (Jamaican dollar) prize and appeared in public to collect the traditional oversized publicity check from the organisers of the country’s Super Lotto. On the 5th of February, he showed up complete with the mask and clothes of the psychotic serial killer from the Scream movies, Ghostface. The only thing he did not bring with him, rather wisely, was the blood-splattered blade Ghostface carted around with him.

As reported on the website LADbible, Campbell did not collect his winnings for nearly two months, forcing the lottery organisers Supreme Ventures to put out a public appeal for the winner to come forward quickly as they had only ninety days to cash in. According to LADbible, Campbell, while happy to have won so much money, was also uncomfortable with the entire situation. 

He said: “I looked at my ticket and ran into my bathroom and said, ‘I won! I won!’

“From the day I found out that I won, I’ve been sick.

“My head hurt me for three days because I was thinking so much, [wondering] if what I’ve been longing for really came true. I had a belly ache for two weeks, sometimes I feel so much pain I forgot that I had won.”

A. Campbell plans to invest the money the good old-fashioned way: buying a dream home. He told the magazine: “I want to get a house, I want to get a nice house. I haven’t found it yet, but I’ll be looking for one soon.”

SOURCES:

LADbible, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/LADbible/

“Jamaican Lottery Winner Claims Cheque In Full Scream Costume” – Jake Massey, LADbible/LADbible Group (12 February 2019) http://www.ladbible.com/news/news-jamaican-lottery-winner-claims-cheque-in-full-scream-costume-20190212?c=1550002631974&fbclid=IwAR3Sek9EcSt44bUkDy8K_AUAt8XZMv1NcbslttQ6U-vQZk7BYDtoUERmRlc

IMAGE CREDIT:

“Ghostface(s)” – Miguel Castaneda, Flickr (31 October 2009) https://www.flickr.com/photos/migee_castaneda/4076843989

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SUPER HIGH RESOLUTION: From China, the 24.9 billion pixel photo that’s blown minds

Shanghai – VIJAY SHAH via sources

If you are an amateur photographer and your only method of capturing the world around you is with the potato camera lumped in with your smartphone, the subject of this article might make you feel even more ‘crappy’ than before, or it might just inspire you.

Bigpixel, a Chinese company specialising in in-depth photography, hooked up with a handful of tourism promotion agencies in the city of Shanghai to produce a 360-degree photograph with the mind-shattering and eye-burning resolution of 24.9 billion pixels, or 195 gigapixels (195,000 megapixels), the second highest resolution panorama ever produced in Asia to date. Bear in the mind the average smartphone takes pictures at maximum 12 megapixels. Shot from the top of the 468-metre Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower in the city’s Pudong New Area, the image of Shanghai’s skyline is breathtaking in itself, but the real fun part comes when you zoom in on different parts of the image, using your mouse.

 

The detail of this panorama is so intense that you can make out the clothing and hair of people walking near the roundabout below the tower. From the default view you see when you open the website, these same people look like mere flecks of dust, a pixel or two in size. You can also see the fine detail on vehicles on the streets below, or become a virtual voyeur of sorts and spy through the windows of the various skyscrapers on view.

The Bigpixel scenery picture has blown minds across the internet, with people comparing it to the world’s most extreme re-interpretation of the classic children’s puzzle book series ‘Where’s Wally?’. Dan Landek tweeted: “That has fried my brain! You can zoom in to the back of the photo and read the number plates on the cars! Unreal”. Meanwhile, on Facebook, Ellie Hodgson exclaimed: “it is nuts how good this image is, and how far you can zoom in and the clarity of the image!”

Sue Tucker, also on Facebook, commented: “Omg you can see things on desks in those offices when you zoom in !!!”. Some commentators however disputed that the image was taken from a single camera shot at all, claiming that the panorama was in fact several hundred images cleverly stitched together. This was the case according to Digital Trends, which said that the picture took two months to set up. Around eight million people have already explored the jumbo holiday pic, which is said to be 2,000 times more precise than that taken by an ordinary camera, according to Business Insider.

Bigpixel also trades under the name Jingkun Technology. The Shanghai image has become the company’s centrepiece, and has helped broaden its appeal among the many Chinese and international companies it has worked with.

You can see for yourself at this link: http://sh-meet.bigpixel.cn/?from=groupmessage&isappinstalled=0

SOURCES:

The Poke, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/PokeHQ/

“You can zoom all the way in to this 24.9bn pixel camera pic and minds are being blown” – The Poke (21 December 2018) https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2018/12/21/can-zoom-way-24-9bn-pixel-camera-pic-minds-blown/?fbclid=IwAR2D1yOlDQFPemUKJrXdPttGQgc9SNyhSke12GgMig6LvHWwEr0H_qGMa0o

“195 Gigapixel Shanghai” – Bigpixel Studio http://sh-meet.bigpixel.cn/?from=groupmessage&isappinstalled=0

“We could explore this astonishing 195-gigapixel panorama of Shanghai all day” – Trevor Mogg, Digital Trends/Designtechnica Corporation (25 December 2018) https://www.digitaltrends.com/news/check-out-this-astonishing-195-gigapixel-image-of-shanghai/

“A Chinese company said it created a photo with such a high resolution that you can zoom from thousands of meters away to see people’s facial expressions” – Christian Edwards, Business Insider/Insider Inc. (21 December 2018) https://www.businessinsider.com/high-resolution-photo-lets-you-zoom-in-on-peoples-faces-2018-12?r=US&IR=T

IMAGE CREDIT:

“Free stock photo of air pollution, architecture, asia” – Pixabay, Pexels https://www.pexels.com/photo/air-pollution-architecture-asia-building-275506/

 

 

‘LITTLE SCRATCHERS NURSERY’ – Parents complain after toddler son kicked from preschool for scratching classmates

Hull – VIJAY SHAH via ADAM SMITH and Metro

The family of a 2-year-old boy in the United Kingdom has lodged a formal protest after his nursery had him booted out for attacking other preschoolers, claiming that the suspension would ‘ruin his future’, tabloid news site and paper Metro reports.

Danny McKenzie-Love previously attended the Panda Nursery daycare centre in the east Yorkshire city of Hull, but he found himself without a place after nursery staff claimed he was assaulting other children by scratching their faces. He was suspended, although Panda Nursery have promised to let Danny back in if his behaviour improved.

 

According to Danny’s grandmother, Sharon Love, the trouble started soon after her grandson began attending the preschool. She told Metro: “He has only just turned two and we took him for half-an-hour over the Easter holidays and within that half an hour he scratched a bairn (child).

‘After the Easter break, he went back again and scratched another little girl’s face so her mother took her out of the nursery altogether. The day after he scratched another little girl and they suspended him for a week.”

After complaints from other parents about the little kid’s reign of scratchy terror, Panda Nursery’s directors ordered a meeting and told Sharon and Danny’s mother Charley that their child would no longer be allowed to attend as his behaviour was a threat to the other children. The grandmother however complained about the decision, stating that Danny had not been given a ‘fair chance’ and that the nursery was warned about his ‘tendencies’ to scratch the faces of other toddlers.

Sharon said: “He doesn’t swear or throw things – he is a really good bairn but now and then he will go for another child.’

She added: “Sometimes in the street we have got to watch him with other children. We haven’t got to the bottom of it and we don’t know what the problem is yet. ‘He has got challenging behaviour but they haven’t given him a chance. They haven’t worked with him and I am so disgusted. He has only just turned two and is only a baby but they have pretty much expelled him.”

A spokesman for the nursery, based at Marvell House in Cranbourne Street, said: “We take the safety and care of all the children in our nursery extremely seriously.

‘As a result of a number of incidents involving this child we were unfortunately left with no option but to suspend him until his behaviour improved, he has not been expelled and we said that once the behaviour issues had been addressed we would welcome him back to the nursery. ‘We explained that the risk of further incidents meant that we had to act formally to ensure we could continue to provide a safe and caring environment for all the children attending the nursery.”

SOURCES:

Metro, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/

“Nursery kicks out boy, 2, for scratching other kids and his family is livid” – Adam Smith, Metro/Associated Newspapers Limited (28 April 2018) http://metro.co.uk/2018/04/28/nursery-kicks-out-boy-2-for-scratching-other-kids-and-his-family-is-livid-7506132/?ito=social

IMAGE CREDIT:

“Stand Child Red Looking Look Girl Naughty Little” – Max Pixel https://www.maxpixel.net/Stand-Child-Red-Looking-Look-Girl-Naughty-Little-474126

 

HIS EXCELLENCY PIKACHU: Japan foreign minister appoints children’s characters as ambassadors

Osaka – VIJAY SHAH via RAMIN NASIBOV, VICTORIA HO and Mashable

In a very ordinary development from Japan this past week, the country’s foreign minister Taro Kano appointed popular children’s characters Pikachu, from the cult series Pokémon alongside Hello Kitty as official ambassadors for the city of Osaka, Mashable online magazine reported yesterday.

In honour of their role in publicising Japan around the world, the foreign minister, who is a representative of the Liberal Democratic Party, announced in an English message on the 29th November, that Pikachu and Hello Kitty would represent Osaka in its bid to host the World Expo 2025. Accompanying the tweet were two photos of Kono handing official dossiers of appointment to two individuals dressed in the children’s cartoon character costumes.

 

Hello Kitty, designed by Yuko Shimizu for Sanrio, has been adored by countless girls and boys since 1974, while Pikachu, the lead character of the animated Pokémon series and friend of human youngster Ash Ketchum, who always chooses him to battle other Pokemon, will be considerably pleased at being chosen for this prestigious appointment by the government of Japan. Pikachu first appeared on a video game in 1996 and the TV cartoon became a defining memory of the late 1990s and early 2000s

The appointments come as Osaka vies for the chance to host the 2025 Expo alongside three other nominated cities, Paris, France; Yekaterinburg, Russia; and Baku, Azerbaijan. If Osaka does win the bid, it will be next in line after Dubai hosts the 2020 event. The winner will be announced in November 2018.

SOURCES:

Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984

RΛMIN NΛSIBOV, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/RaminNasibov

“Pikachu gets his highest honor yet, becomes Japan city ambassador” – Victoria Ho, Mashable UK/Mashable, Inc. (1 December 2017) http://mashable.com/2017/12/01/pikachu-ambassador-osaka/#0YiaW17MCkqa

KONO Taro, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/konotaromp

 

 

A TOWN NAMED ROTTENEGG: Monarch Airlines encourages people to visit unfairly named locations

London – VIJAY SHAH via SWNS digital

You are probably right now in the midst of booking your summer break to somewhere in Europe. Perhaps it is somewhere well-known, cultural, fun and touristy. Some place like Barcelona, London, Venice, Valletta or even Belgrade. However, maybe you want to sample a different, new and off-the-beaten-track destination this time round. How about Hell, in Norway, Piles in Spain, or God forbid, the simple hamlet of Twatt in the Orkney Islands, off Scotland. While visiting destinations with giggle-inducing names might give Instagram bragging rights to some teens, most families would baulk at the idea of visiting a place name that sounds like an intimate body part. Step forward, flight company Monarch, has launched a campaign as part of their ‘Year of Nice’ to encourage people to get over their misgivings and give places like Windpassing (there are four of them in Austria’s Niederoesterreich region) a chance, as they are often locales with beautiful scenery and attractions to discover.

One in six British holidaymakers would be put off going to a place if it had an unsavoury name. Yet they are missing out on some truly unique places. Why not take a seat in Piles, in Spain’s sunny Valencia region, not too far from the Costas of the Catalan coast and the arty metropolis of Barcelona. Despite it’s name’s awkward resemblance to a painful condition, Piles is very comfortable, with its own clean and flat beach. Also in Spain, you can head over to Andalusia and visit the traditional town of El Moron, a decision that will not make you look like an idiot. Ironically, El Moron has produced one of Spain’s most eminent archaeologists, so it is clearly not a town of tanned hicks.

For staycations closer to home, try the hamlet of Nasty in Hertfordshire, an hour’s or so drive from London. This picturesque and quintessentially English cluster of twenty or so buildings is anything but nasty, and many Londoners have in fact moved there to take advantage of the fresh rural air and bucolic countryside, even if they are reluctant to tell their friends in the big city where exactly they have upped sticks too.

For more oddly-named villages and towns to inspire you, take a look at the video below, featuring presenter Laura Hamilton.

 

SOURCES/VIDEO CREDIT:

SWNS digital/72Point http://www.swnsdigital.com/

 

NO LICENCE FOR YOU: Man fails driving test five seconds in

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King’s Lynn, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH via TANVEER MANN and Metro.co.uk

A British man has probably set the world record for quickest time in flunking a driving test after failing it five seconds in, reported the Metro newspaper yesterday.

Craig Barraza, aged 33, originally from Portlethen in Aberdeenshire but now living in Norfolk, crashed out of his driving test after pulling out of the centre of the wrong side of the road, according to Metro. The hapless learner told the paper he had a ‘complete mind blank’ once he got behind the wheel and largely forgot everything the driving instructor had taught him over his lengthy and expensive preparation lessons.

 

 

Barraza, who appeared for his exam at the King’s Lynn test centre, immediately pulled out and began driving down the wrong side of the road. Vehicles in the UK drive on the left. His error was so obvious that even the examiner who was in the front passenger seat with him at the time exclaimed “You do realise you’re on the wrong side of the road?”.

Despite immediately failing his test, Barraza still had to continue driving for another forty minutes, where it is alleged he actually drove so well that he would have passed had it not been for the ghastly error he made at first. The examiner, and Barraza’s driving instructor, Steve Fletcher, said that it was the worst blunder they had seen in 50 years of instruction.

Barraza, who is employed as an operative on a wind energy farm, is said to have spent £1,000 in total on forty lessons with Fletcher, as well as the multiple-choice question ‘theory test’ that all new British drivers are required to sit in addition to the practical.

He said: “I was only just leaving the centre to get out. We were literally just five seconds into it. I was approaching the junction to exit it and I had an absolute mind blank, questioning in my head: ‘What side of the road do we drive on?”

‘I had a 50/50 chance, and I chose to exit it in the right lane. Instant fail. Had I not been so stupid I’d have breezed through.’

‘My examiner with 20 years experience, and my instructor with 30 years both said they have never witnessed anything like it in their careers. I hadn’t even left the test centre car park.”

He added: “I’ve avoided driving because when I was 17 I stalled at a roundabout which just completely put me off. But I was more confident now.

‘I think it’s when you get older you get a bit wiser but that’s rich coming from me after failing like that. I’ve lived in the UK my whole life so there’s no excuse for not driving on the left.

‘Honestly, who fails a test quicker than that? I didn’t even get to the junction.”

Despite his huge messup, Barraza has received supportive messages from his friends after posting about the calamity on social media, however it is not mentioned if he will retake his test.

SOURCES:
Metro, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/
“Guy fails driving test in just five seconds after pulling out of centre on wrong side of road” – Tanveer Mann, Metro – News – UK/Associated Newspapers Limited (4 February 2017) http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/04/guy-fails-driving-test-in-just-five-seconds-after-pulling-out-of-centre-on-wrong-side-of-road-6426532/?ito=facebook
Rabia Ali.
IMAGE CREDIT:
“Jan 9 : The Driving Lesson” – Dawn Sajn, Flickr (9 January 2012) https://www.flickr.com/photos/dawnps/6664634135/

 

MARRIAGE AND A VEGETABLE: Husband loses wedding ring; finds it around carrot

Bad Münstereifel, GERMANY
VIJAY SHAH

 

 

The website Gemstars reports today the story of a man in Germany who lost his wedding ring, only to find it in a place he never expected to discover it in.

The 82-year-old, a keen gardener, was said to have been in his yard in the small town of Bad Münstereifel a few years ago, when he found to his horror that his wedding band had slipped from his finger and gone missing. Fearful for any possible impact losing the jewellery would have on his marriage, he searched everywhere for it, but to no avail. He eventually gave up the search, and assumed his ring was gone for good.

Three years later, the man pulled up some carrots he had been growing for his kitchen. One of the carrots was found to have something shiny and golden wrapped around it, in the manner of a corset, causing the carrot to be deformed. It was the exact same wedding ring the gardener lost all those years ago. Though his wife had passed away some time after he lost the ring, she told him that one day he would find it again. Six months after her death, he struck gold, rediscovering a lost memento of his many happy years of marriage.

 

SOURCES:
The Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind
Londoners, Wind Smoke, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/windsmoke_uk/lists/londoners
WWF, The Tweeted Times http://tweetedtimes.com/WWF
“82-Year-Old Man Loses Wedding Ring, Finds it In Carrot From His Garden” – Gemstars http://gemmstars.com/06e9f0033df9
“Möhre bringt verschollenen Ehering zurück” – Kristina Schlömer, WDR 1/WDR (4 November 2016) http://www1.wdr.de/nachrichten/rheinland/ehering-trifft-moehrchen-100.html
IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:Wedding rings.jpg” –  Jeff Belmonte, Flickr via Wikimedia Commons (20 May 2005) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wedding_rings.jpg

CARLSBERG: Drink lots of beer, get lots of money

Singapore, SINGAPORE
Vijay Shah via Mel Ramsay and The LADbible

If you are a massive been fan, know your Tyskie from your Tennant’s and just happen to be in Singapore, a world-famous Danish brewery will pay you for the privilege of drinking the amber nectar for four hours.

According to a report by online men’s magazine The LADbible, Carlsberg, famous for its “If Carlsberg did..” advertising campaign, is now recruiting for what is probably the best job in the world, if you are not teetotal or watching the pounds. As part of an advertising promotion, Carlsberg’s Singapore branch is offering one lucky person the chance to earn SGD $200,000 (£11,241), which will include drinking as much Carlsberg beer as you want (or can handle) while working as a ‘Carlsberg Ambassador’.

 

 

An advert by the brewery states that in addition to drinking copious amounts of alcohol, the job candidate should also entertain their friends for drinks (Carlsberg beer only) and need only put in four hours a day, plus be 18 years of age or over. Other perks of the position include a chauffeur, as clearly you won’t be in much fit state to be behind the wheel, no experience required whatsoever and a chance to quaff as much Carlsberg beer as you want, a good thing if that is your favourite tipple.

General manager of Carlsberg Singapore, Jimmy Toh, told Today Online: “Whatever Carlsberg does, we strive to do better. While the exhilarating job of a beer taster remains the same this year, the successful applicant will earn S$20,000, which is double the salary offered last year – simply to enjoy ‘Probably the best beer in the world’.

“We are looking for the best candidate that exemplifies this spirit, and demonstrates passion for the Carlsberg brand to bag this unique job opportunity.”

Candidates for interview will need to submit creative and witty answers to three questions posed by the beer company, and must tender their applications in by the 4th December 2016.

SOURCES:
The LAD Bible, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/LADbible/
“Carlsberg Is Advertising Probably The Best Job In The World” – Mel Ramsay, TheLADbible/TheLADbible Group (25 November 2016) http://www.theladbible.com/more/awesome-carlsberg-is-advertising-probably-the-best-job-in-the-world-20161125
IMAGE CREDIT:
“Carlsberg Journey – Making Of” – locosoho, Vimeo/Vimeo, Inc. https://vimeo.com/55270799

APPLE IPHONE 7: People caught out by headphone jack drilling hoax video

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London, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH via SIMON ROBB and Metro

Technology company Apple recently launched the latest iteration of its best selling and fashionable iPhone series. However many Apple fans have been left frustrated as the iPhone 7 comes with one less feature, a headphone jack. While Apple have been encouraging consumers to spend a bit extra to purchase their equally new music accessory, the wireless Airpods, some users, not keen on splashing out on little white things for their ears, have resorted to drilling holes into their handsets thanks to a hoax video doing the rounds, with disastrous consequences.

YouTube star TechRax, whose channel shows him exposing iPhones to all kinds of mishaps, including getting them run over by a train, and soaking them in liquid nitrogen, put out a video showing him drilling a hole into a iPhone. While clearly intended as a joke, some viewers have taken TechRax’s tips a bit too much to heart, leaving a trail of ruined expensive phones in their wake.

 

 

The short tutorial, entitled “Secret Hack To Get Headphone Jack on the iPhone 7”, shows the producer clamping down an iPhone in a vice before applying a drill to the top of the device. Once the new ‘jack’ is in place, TechRax removes the phone, puts in some headphones and plays music, which comes loud and clear from the speakers. Despite this obvious flaw, people have been reportedly copying TechRax, assuming that there is a hidden jack buried deep within the iPhone.

Several comments below the video were from people who tried it out for themselves, only to find their handsets have stopped functioning. Ste Richards wrote I’ve just done this but there is no sound coming from the headphones. I used an exact 3.5mm drill bit but the connector doesn’t sit flush in the hole for some reason. The phone doesn’t even detect the headphones are in.” ImperioMagno complained Thanks bro, I destroy my iPhone 7, 700 dollars at trash, thanks (sic)”. Commenter ‘lol atu’ wrote Dude are you serious?! I just paid $800 dollars for this thing and now it turns on but the screen just had a few dots on it. I think my phone’s dead! **** my mom’s going to be so p****d! I hope insurance covers this”. Several commenters were so angry at being tricked that they hurled insults at TechRax and told him they hoped his channel is taken off YouTube.

For anyone reading this who is vexed at having a jack-less iPhone, please refrain from drilling holes in it. There is no hidden jack and your warranty will be voided.

SOURCES:
Metro, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf
“You should NOT drill a hole in your iPhone 7 to make a headphone jack” – Simon Robb, Metro/Associated Newspapers Limited (24 September 2016) http://metro.co.uk/2016/09/24/you-should-not-drill-a-hole-in-your-iphone-7-to-make-a-headphone-jack-6150353/
“Secret Hack To Get Headphone Jack on the iPhone 7” – TechRax, YouTube GB (17 September 2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tqH-Un9SFU
IMAGE CREDIT:
“Apple iPhone 7, Pro, SE?” – Martin Hajek, Flickr (17 March 2016) https://www.flickr.com/photos/nepaltibet2005/25842583096

LONDON HOUSING CRISIS: Bedding down in a van

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London, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH via JIMMY NSUBUGA & Metro

As London’s housing crisis spirals out of control, and both house prices and rents became more and more painful for the city’s 8 million inhabitants, one enterprising worker has taken a peculiar, if somewhat desperate, solution to keeping a roof over his head, the newspaper Metro reported yesterday.

Alex Hill, aged 24, is an IT worker who emigrated to the UK’s capital from the small town of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire county, England. Upon arriving in the big city, he found the price of renting beyond a joke, with single bedrooms in flatshares and houseshares now costing an average £550-750 per month. Buying a house would have also been just a dream, with the average London house now selling for around £500,000. There was no way, even in his relatively well-paid career, that Alex would have been able to purchase outright.

English: Boscombe, blue van A nice touch of se...
English: Boscombe, blue van A nice touch of self-parody, I’m sure! Looking up Westby Road towards Sea Road. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Instead he set up home….in a large blue commercial van. Hill uses the van as a place to sleep, parking it in side streets. While this seems makeshift, the IT employee, who works in the City, is able to save £1,000 per month on rent and utilities. Unfortunately the van has no running water or WC facilities, so Hill is forced to avoid drinking fluids after 7:00 pm to avoid having to use the toilet in a city where public urination is illegal.

He installed a bed in the vehicle, which also comes equipped with a solar powered generator for electricity and a small heater to keep Hill warm during this month’s cold winter nights.

“I was planning to cycle around Europe for a few months last summer and had already handed in the notice for my flat,” he told student newspaper The Tab.

“The plan was to stay with friends until I got another flat, but I decided to try out living in my car for a few weeks and showering at work.”

He often parks his unusual mobile home in hip places like Clapham, Brixton or anywhere in Islington where he can visit friends and camp outside after, and surprisingly with such a large van in a city notorious for its scarcity and expense of parking places, Alex Hill says he has no trouble with parking.

He added: “I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone.

‘The most important thing for me was that I could still shower every day at the office, but it depends what you feel you need.”

It is not illegal in the UK to sleep or even live in your vehicle. Many homeless people often live in their cars in preference to being on the streets, and thousands of British holidaymakers often go on camping holidays in caravans, but Alex’s situation is also a sad example of the difficulties in finding safe and affordable accommodation in the capital, even for those in well-paid jobs.

Hill has been sleeping in his van since September 2015. The Metro article does not say whether he has any plans to move into a des res less mobile and four-wheeled.

SOURCES:
Metro, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/?fref=nf
“IT worker saves £1k each month by living in a van in London” – Jimmy Nsubuga, Metro/Associated Newspapers Limited (4 March 2016) http://metro.co.uk/2016/03/04/it-worker-saves-1k-each-month-by-living-in-a-van-in-london-5734100/
IMAGE CREDIT:
“File:Boscombe, blue van – geograph.org.uk – 1277393.jpg” –  Mike Faherty, geograph.org.uk via Wikimedia Commons (29 April 2009) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Boscombe,_blue_van_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1277393.jpg