I just saw an article claiming a lorry trailer conversion is a first in the UK. It isn't.

They claim they have built something unique. They have not.

They claim they have created a livable space. I sorely doubt it.

They are raffling the liability for £20/each. I wouldn't.
For the avoidance of doubt:

Lorry/trailer conversions are as old as lorries/trailers.

Nothing unique about it, and only getting 4 berths into 44ft, does not bode well for the planning.

No images of any insulation. No spec.

There are no residential pitches for that.

Any day now it's going to be an imprisonable offence to so much as stop that thing on the public highway, or in a layby, or at an appropriate motorway services...

And it's already not possible to put it on a site for more than a few days unless it's residential.

You couldn't pay me to take that on.


I wouldn't give you £20 for it, even if I owned land (you're never getting planning permission, believe me there).

It's like a new bullshit wowee-conversion article comes out every week.

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I didn't sleep last night and I haven't settled yet tonight either.

I'm fairly sad for me about the #UniversalCredit cut, but the weight of the sadness for others is vast.

It's similar to getting the news someone you know is terminally ill.

Deaths are coming. 100% sure.

It'll be lonely middle age men, isolated from their last few pleasures in life, by a whacking cut in their income and a whacking rise in their essential bills all at once.

Someone's brother. Someone's Dad.

It'll be keyworkers, subsumed in months of grinding, constant stress, no longer able to handle the abuse on the petrol station forecourts, or the snappy managers, as burried in it all as they are, and it'll be that last fucking Starbucks they were 30p short for that'll do it.

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Not even halfway into the monthly payday cycle, and I am already running alarmingly low on funds. Every fucking month is like this. Every one. I can't even spend what energy I do have on productive steps forward out of the mire because I am spending my mental energy on making do.
It's so much more work to be poor. Imagine you can never replace anything and everything you have was either old or low quality to start with, and you have to juggle work arounds constantly... I'll illustrate...
Imagine you have so little money for food, you now take risks on what's gonna be ok. Stuff you never really liked but it was in the reduced. A past-best-before company your mate rates. Whatever came out of the foodbank last time you had to. Dinner becomes a game of chance.
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I can't believe I am saying this but it's worse than my initial calculation. I over estimated the bread and milk, would you believe. Let me show you what your meal plan on this "nearly pulled it off" weekly shop actually is...

Breakfast - 1/2 slice of toast

Lunch - 1 fishfinger. No bread at all unless you saved your 1/2 a slice of toast from breakfast

Dinner - 1 and a third nuggets, 1 heaped teaspoon of frozen mixed veg, 3-4 chips

35ml of milk (about 2 tablespoons)

Eat this for 6 days

On the 7th day you can have a burger instead of your nugget and a bit. It's got no bun, no salad, no cheese, just a disk of brownness though. Eat with your spoonful of frozen mixed veg and your 3-4 chips.

But that's not all!

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I wish you were right Norma, but it's worse than that.

This menu comes out at about 400 calories a day.

The Nazis were feeding concentration camp prisoners 1300 calories a day, and even when it got really bad at the end, it only went down to 700.

This menu requires the same food most days...

Breakfast- either 1/2 slice bread, or nothing.

Lunch- 1 fishfinger, maybe 1/2 slice bread

Dinner- 1.3 chicken nuggets, one teaspoon of frozen mixed veg, 3-4 chips

Drink- a shot size serving of semi skimmed milk

6 days a week.
That's regardless of if you are an adult woman, who needs 2000 calories a day, a teenage boy who needs 2800 or a 4 year old who might need 1400.

This is not a sufficient number of calories for a 1-3 month old infant. Even a tiny baby has greater needs than this (from milk ofc).
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Can we talk about the mental health impact and the social stigmatisation that results from callous mockery and rank dishonesty, such as the piece below.

Poor parents (more of whom are single mothers than any other arrangement) experience real, lasting, and serious impacts.
Let's set the benchmarks. £15 per person per week (£60 for a family of 4) is pretty low. Good job, if you get your family fed healthily on this.

£10 per person per week (£40 family of 4), healthily, is an extreme challenge. If you need to honestly learn how, see @BootstrapCook.
This article claims to "almost" feed a family of 4 on £2.50 per person per week.

I am still confirming the nutrition (@MiniMealtimes app is helpful) but I am going to say this diet barely makes the calorie need of an infant school child if they ate the entire lot solo.
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This article titled "I took £10 to Iceland to feed a family for a week and nearly pulled it off" from @kentlivenews is a joke, at the expense of low income families and that joke just ran aground here. 🧵

How dare you @kentlivenews?

Cc. @IcelandFoods

What a sanctimonious, patronising and offensive false equivalence, you horrible horrible little man @AdamMcGroarty.

Some of us like nice things, but the poor eat any old thing if it's cheap enough, what japes.

Cc. @IcelandFoods - the opposite of quality, are you?
If this could sound any more Colonial White-Saviour I don't know how.

How brave, our hero, venturing forth into the wilderness of... *Checks notes* how 14 million people live.

Cc. @IcelandFoods
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