All posts from: June 2009
A court case currently underway in New York makes our politicians’ attempts to diddle the system look a bit half-hearted.
Thomas Prusik-Parkin, 49, stands accused of impersonating his mother - who died in 2003 - in order to collect around £70,000 in social security and housing benefits.
Prosecutors allege Mr Prusik-Parkin donned a wig, heavy make-up and a fake ID to fool bank staff, lawyers and even court officials.
‘I held my mother when she was dying and breathed in her last breath, so I am my mother,’ Mr Bates - sorry, Mr Prusik-Parkin - is reported to have told police upon his arrest.
Mobile phones were a bit of a bugbear at this year’s Chartered Institute of Housing conference in Harrogate. Delegates were warned at more than one session that they would be penalised with a fine should their phone go off, although not every offender caused annoyance.
When Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson’s mobile begin bleeping during a session in the main conference centre, the noise was broadcast over the PA through his lapel microphone. ‘I can’t turn this off - does anyone know how to work it?’ he asked the amused crowd, holding his Orange Nokia aloft.
The panel member to Mr Tomlinson’s right offered to have a go, only to fail dismally. Who was this Luddite? None other than Chris Moss, the marketing guru behind the Orange brand.
The numbers look good - take one derelict cottage, spend £120,000 on refurbishment and convert it into accommodation for 600 occupants.
Source: Matt Buck
The house, in a secret location on the Gower peninsula in Wales, was bought in 2002 by the Vincent Wildlife Trust because it had become home to 200 threatened horseshoe bats. Work on the property since has trebled the space available to first-time flyers, although the washing up rota must be a nightmare to organise.