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tarts off as a bad news story but then you find it isn't.  Independent 66 year old hangs out in a layby for a few days while trying to arrange a mooring for a houseboat.  She sounds like she should be on here!

 

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Imagine living in your car in the bitter cold - that’s what one elderly woman is doing right now

Concern is growing for a woman who has been living in her car in a Gloucestershire lay-by for several days.

The woman, who would only say her name is Susan, told Gloucestershire Live that she was fine but Gloucestershire County Council said its social services department was looking into the matter because of concerns from a couple running a nearby cafe.

The pair who run the cafe said they had been providing free food and drink for the woman, as well as allowing her to wash in their facility, for 10 days.

One of the couple said: "We're both worried about her. The temperature is dropping and she's in her car."

The woman has run out petrol so can't keep warm by having her car engine on - though she said she was not worried as she would get her pension money on Wednesday, buy fuel and then leave the lay-by.

And she insisted that she had been warm anyway, in a sleeping bag, inside the vehicle.

The cafe couple said they wondered whether the woman, who said she was 66 and single, was vulnerable.

They said her behaviour, which included picking up litter a lot of the time and washing council signs in the lay-by, was not normal.

 

But then we get her response:

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But the woman said she had merely been keen to keep the lay-by clean - saying she had collected 10 bags' of rubbish, pruned back vegetation and washed the council's signs.

She said she was waiting to find a mooring for a house boat she owned and had in storage in Portsmouth.

Asked why she was living in her car in a lay-by, she said it was because she did not want to bother her family members in Shropshire.

She said: "I feel perfectly safe. I've been here for about six days.

"Where ever I can get a mooring, that's where I'm going to live. I'm trying to get in somewhere before Christmas.

"I'm moving. That's all.

"I'm absolutely fine. I've never known such a fuss."

 

 

:D

 

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/imagine-living-in-your-car-in-the-bitter-cold-that-8217-s-what-one-elderly-woman-is-doing-right-now/story-29941119-detail/story.html

 

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This kind of thing worries me in that anyone who acts in anyway sihtly out of what is considered the norm is labelled demented, especially if over 60, and social services are ever keen to get a house and a pension...  I mean, keen to help.

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17 minutes ago, The Masked Tulip said:

This kind of thing worries me in that anyone who acts in anyway sihtly out of what is considered the norm is labelled demented, especially if over 60, and social services are ever keen to get a house and a pension...  I mean, keen to help.

Her houseboat, and family, are entirely imaginary.

People with imaginary relatives are invariably demented.

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Didn't they just release a "feel good" film about some old burd doing similar in some posh area of London years ago ? What's the difference ? 

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8 minutes ago, ccc said:

Didn't they just release a "feel good" film about some old burd doing similar in some posh area of London years ago ? What's the difference ? 

They're leaving her alone, it wasn't meant to be a controversial thread.  I just loved her reponse: "fuss and bother"!

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Oddly if she'd dressed in garish shell suits, loitered round morgues and noisily run a lot of marathons, for kids' charities, she'd be heralded as a great British eccentric and national treasure.

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30 minutes ago, ccc said:

Well they say they are leaving her alone.....:unsure:

They might be - but I bet you've been plying her with gin, and are about to get "knacker-deep"..!

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1 hour ago, happy_renting said:

Her houseboat, and family, are entirely imaginary.

People with imaginary relatives are invariably demented.

 

This is my fear - the numpties will use this against me.

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2 hours ago, ccc said:

Didn't they just release a "feel good" film about some old burd doing similar in some posh area of London years ago ? What's the difference ? 

The Lady in the Van starring Maggie Smith? Written by Alan Bennett who in real life had an eccentric old lady live in a van on his drive for a number of years.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady_in_the_Van

I haven't seen the film yet but will watch it. More than one person said it made them think of me so I'm wondering how others see me ?

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Does your van have a chimney painted like a mushroom, and a load of stars on it?

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I thought this was going to be about that cable tv company in Boston, US, that supplied it's customers with hard core tranny porn on the CNN channel for 30 mins last week.

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25 minutes ago, Economic Exile said:

No. Who has a van like that?

There's one round the corner. I think they may be hippies.

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17 minutes ago, MrPin said:

There's one round the corner. I think they may be hippies.

Mine is like this. Love it ❤️

Oops picture hasn't posted. It's a Toyota Hiace supercustom campervan 1998. Not really hippyish!

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The filming of the McCoy Doctor Who story "Remembrance of the Daleks". I can't see any surviving news articles, but Wiki has this:

For the final battle sequence between the Renegade and Imperial Daleks, the BBC Effects Department's pyrotechnics were so loud and the explosions so realistic that the London Fire Brigade was dispatched to the scene by local residents who feared that an IRA bomb had gone off.

McCoy recalled that after the first explosions, a number of car alarms in the neighborhood went off, and the emergency services drivers were surprised when they arrived to see Daleks coming at them from out of the smoke.

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6 hours ago, DTMark said:

The filming of the McCoy Doctor Who story "Remembrance of the Daleks". I can't see any surviving news articles, but Wiki has this:

For the final battle sequence between the Renegade and Imperial Daleks, the BBC Effects Department's pyrotechnics were so loud and the explosions so realistic that the London Fire Brigade was dispatched to the scene by local residents who feared that an IRA bomb had gone off.

McCoy recalled that after the first explosions, a number of car alarms in the neighborhood went off, and the emergency services drivers were surprised when they arrived to see Daleks coming at them from out of the smoke.

Nice understatement with "surprised" there!

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