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Carpenter builds incredible egg-shaped tree house hidden from view on Crown land just yards from multi-million homes


 

‘Squatter’ secretly builds incredible (but thoroughly illegal)  tree house hidden in Canada’s Whistler forest just yards from multi-million homes

By Leon Watson

It took months to find the right tree to build on, and when he did the spot was on public land looking down on a row of multi-million dollar homes.

But that didn’t stop Joel Allen – he just built this incredible egg-shaped tree house in Canada anyway, without telling anyone.

The computer technician-turned-carpenter started off by creating a scale model of his design to test its strength and durability, before beginning the months-long quest to find the perfect tree.

Joel Allen stepping into the amazing treehouse he built on public land in Canada at night

Joel Allen stepping into the amazing treehouse he built on public land in Canada at night

Joel Allen has built this incredible treehouse in Hemlocks, Whistler, western Canada

Joel Allen has built this incredible treehouse in Hemlocks, Whistler, western Canada

Joel took years to construct the treehouse. At this point he was working on the base

Joel took years to construct the tree house. At this point he was working on the base

Without the money to buy property, he decided to do it on Crown land in the forests of Whistler.

‘Finding that perfect spot on Crown land wasn’t so easy,’ he said. ‘I had an informal checklist of requirements, the most important ones being that it within a reasonable distance to a road, yet out of sight and out of earshot of human traffic.

‘The other requirement was hard to qualify, but was of prime importance: the shape of the egg would need to suit the environment and be proportionate to the tree. I couldn’t explain exactly what that was but I figured I would know it when I saw it.’

Mr Allen found it in a patch of old growth near a development of multi-million dollar homes, then began secretly constructing it. The process took years, thousands of dollars, and many free items found on Craigslist.

Finally, he created the HemLoft.

Without the money to buy property, Joel decided to do it on Crown land in the forests of Whistler

Without the money to buy property, Joel decided to do it on Crown land in the forests of Whistler

Hidden: The HemLoft in Canada

Hidden: The HemLoft in Canada

Mr Allen found the perfect spot in a patch of old growth near a development of multi-million dollar home

Hidden: The treehouse in Hemlocks was built in a forest away from view of nearby homes

Hidden: The treehouse in Hemlocks was built in a forest away from view of nearby homes

Admiring the view: Joel Allen in the treehouse he built using items from Craigslist

Admiring the view: Joel Allen in the treehouse he built using items from Craigslist

Asked by a friend why he did it, Mr Allen said: ‘I found myself grasping for some sort of rationalisation that would make me seem less crazy.

‘She said "no, why did you really build it?" For the first time in my life, I was forced to face the truth about it. I said "I guess… I just wanted to build something cool".’

‘Since the treehouse was built on crown land, I don’t technically own it, and so its fate is uncertain.

Joel said: 'The shape of the egg would need to suit the environment and be proportionate to the tree. I couldn't explain exactly what that was but I figured I would know it when I saw it.'

Joel said: ‘The shape of the egg would need to suit the environment and be proportionate to the tree. I couldn’t explain exactly what that was but I figured I would know it when I saw it.’

The computer technician-turned-carpenter started off by creating a scale model of his design

The computer technician-turned-carpenter started off by creating a scale model of his design

It took Joel months to find the right tree to build on before he settled on the spot

It took Joel months to find the right tree to build on before he settled on the spot

The perfect egg-shaped treehouse was built on a tree over a slope on the mountain

The perfect egg-shaped treehouse was built on a tree over a slope on the mountain

For three years I kept the HemLoft secret, but now that I’m finished, I’ve found myself wanting to share it…Coming out of the bush about the HemLoft is fun, however it poses a few problems; if people know about it, they might try to find it. And if the wrong people find it, they may make me take it down.

‘It took a lot of work to build it, and I’d rather not take it down, just yet. So I’ve been thinking of ways to expose the HemLoft, while somehow making it legal.

‘To the best of my knowledge, Squatting on Whistler Mountain, beneath some of Western Canada’s most luxurious mega-homes would not be looked favourably upon.’

Joel Allen said: 'It took a lot of work to build it, and I'd rather not take it down, just yet.'

Joel Allen said: 'It took a lot of work to build it, and I'd rather not take it down, just yet.'

Joel Allen said: ‘It took a lot of work to build it, and I’d rather not take it down, just yet.’

Joel Allen's construction was conducted in secret until he finally went public

Joel Allen’s construction was conducted in secret until he finally went public.

Carpenter builds incredible egg-shaped tree house hidden from view on Crown land just yards from multi-million homes | Mail Online

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April 23, 2012 Posted by | Art, Awards, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Entertainement, Funny, Health, Holiday, Internet, Money, nature, People, Politics, Star | | 2 Comments

American Reunion Irish premiere: Jedward’s brother Kevin accompanies twins and Tara Reid | Mail Online


 

Meet Kevin… Jedward’s older brother! Rarely-seen sibling accompanies the twins (and Tara Reid) to American Reunion Irish premiere

By Sarah Bull

His brothers are arguably the one of the world’s most famous set of twins – with their wacky behaviour and trademarked quiffs setting them apart from their peers.

And while he doesn’t have the same blonde hair as his siblings, Jedward’s older brother Kevin decided to follow in their dubious style footsteps last night as he joined the pair on the red carpet at the Irish premiere of the latest American Pie offering – American Reunion.

The similarity between Kevin and his brothers was clear to see, with the redhead even sporting the same slicked down hairstyle as his siblings.

Family affair: Jedward's older brother Kevin accompanied the twins on the red carpet at the Irish premiere of American Reunion in Dublin last night

Family affair: Jedward’s older brother Kevin accompanied the twins on the red carpet at the Irish premiere of American Reunion in Dublin last night

Heading home: Kevin was seen following along as Edward and Tara left the afterparty

Heading home: Kevin was seen following along as Edward and Tara left the afterparty

Law student Kevin, 21, also wore the same black suit, skinny maroon tie and black patent shoes as his brothers as the trio posed up with one of the film’s stars Tara Reid on the red carpet.

And while the ensemble may have been slightly different from his usual student attire, Kevin should perhaps be grateful that his younger brothers had decided to leave their usual garish outfits at home for the evening.

Understated: John and Edward ditched their quiffs for the occasion as they posed up with Tara on the red carpet

Understated: John and Edward ditched their quiffs for the occasion as they posed up with Tara on the red carpet

Here today, gone tomorrow: Jedward sported quiffs at the LA premiere last month

Here today, gone tomorrow: Jedward sported quiffs at the LA premiere last month

The 20-year-olds are more notorious for their ridiculous styling – which has seen them in red satin suit for their Eurovision performance and trainers with angel wings – even opted for ties this evening.

The brothers were clearly excited about the Tinseltown starts descending on their home turf, tweeting: ‘Everyone we are so excited about coming to the savoy cinema in Dublin with @TaraReid it will be awesOme can’t wait to see everyone =:)’

Centre of attention: Even Jedward's hair couldn't detract from Jennifer Coolidge's bust

Centre of attention: Even Jedward’s hair couldn’t detract from Jennifer Coolidge’s bust

The gang: Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy take a trip from Hollywood to the Savoy Cinema in Dublin

The gang: Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy take a trip from Hollywood to the Savoy Cinema in Dublin

Meanwhile, Tara – who struck up a friendship with the duo on Celebrity Big Brother UK – wrote: ‘So excited to see @planetjedward at @AmericanPie #AmericanReunion premiere tonight in dublin!’

Tara, 36, looked striking by opting for a simple yet elegant floor-length gown which oozed glamour.

However, as ever, Jennifer Coolidge – aka Stifler’s mum – threatened to steal the show once again.

Say hello to mummy: Seann plays Jennifer's son in the comedy franchise

My Car? hunk still looked undeniably handsome despite his grey beard.

Say hello to mummy: Seann plays Jennifer’s son in the comedy franchise

The 48-year-old squeezed her voluptuous silhouette into a curve-hugging black cocktail dress with lace detail on the sleeves, with her ample bosom trying to break free.

On-screen son Seann William Scott put in an appearance too, looking a little older than his 35 years.

Demure: Tara looked striking in simply yet elegant Hollywood glamour

Demure: Tara looked striking in simply yet elegant Hollywood glamour

Protagonist Jason Biggs was notably absent, enjoying a European leg of promotion with Chris Klein.

The actor, famed for his role of Jim Levenstein in the comedy series, was seen dining alfresco with Chris, co-star Mena Suvari and celebrity stylist David Stanwell while they were sent to Rome.

The castmates have been split up over the last few weeks of world touring to cover more locations.

European break: Jason Biggs and Chris Klein missed the premiere as they were in Rome

European break: Jason Biggs and Chris Klein missed the premiere as they were in Rome

European break: Jason Biggs and Chris Klein missed the premiere as they were in Rome

When in Rome... Jason can be seen with Chris, Mena Suvari and celebrity stylist David Stanwell

When in Rome… Jason can be seen with Chris, Mena Suvari and celebrity stylist David Stanwell

American Reunion Irish premiere: Jedward’s brother Kevin accompanies twins and Tara Reid | Mail Online

April 19, 2012 Posted by | Art, Awards, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Charity, Entertainement, Film, Funny, Health, Money, nature, People, Sport, Weird | | 1 Comment

Baldness cure secret revealed by mice – Yahoo! Lifestyle UK


 

Baldness cure secret revealed by mice

Yahoo LifestyleBy Kim Hookem-Smith

A tuft of hair grown on the back of a bald lab mouse may hold the key to curing baldness in humans.


A research team in Japan used stem cell cultivation to create hair follicles from scratch. These follicles were then implanted into the hairless mice where they grew hairs.

The stem cells were taken from a balding man and the next step is to implant the created follicles into a human head in order to win the battle against balding, experienced by more than seven million men in the UK.
The technique may also allow men to re-grow hair in their original colour, even if they’ve already started to go grey.
The researchers from Tokyo University believe a cure for baldness could be engineered within three years. It will be an expensive treatment, however, and they believe it could be more useful in reconstructive situations where traditional hair transplant operations aren’t possible.
And there’s more research to be done, as the team do not yet know if it would be possible to recreate an entire head of hair. In this study, the hairs had to be implanted one at a time, which is fine on a mouse but a rather different proposition on an entire bald head!

Baldness cure secret revealed by mice – Yahoo! Lifestyle UK

April 19, 2012 Posted by | Animals, Art, Awards, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Computers, Entertainement, Food, Funny, Health, Internet, nature, People, Politics, scams, Weird | | 1 Comment

56 stars tattooed on Belgian woman’s face still visible a year after she planned to have laser surgery | Mail Online


 

Still star struck: Young Belgian’s misery three years after she had 56 tattoos on her face

By Lyle Brennan

A disastrous mistake looked set to cost Kimberley Vlaeminck more than her looks after the young Belgian had 56 stars tattooed on her face.

Last summer she was preparing to shell out £9,000 for laser surgery and said she hoped to have the design removed by the end of September.

But, almost three years after the 21-year-old decided to go under the needle, the constellation shows little sign of fading.

Clear as the night sky: Kimberley Vlaeminck still bears the 56 tiny black stars she said she planned to have surgically removed

Clear as the night sky: Kimberley Vlaeminck still bears the 56 tiny black stars she said she planned to have surgically removed

In June 2009, Miss Vlaeminck lied to family and reporters that she had asked tattooist Rouslan Toumaniantz for just three stars near her eye.

As her regret sank in, she claimed he kept adding more and more after she fell asleep at the Tattoo Box in Coutrai, Belgium.

She promised to sue the tattooist for the cost of removal, claiming a language barrier meant the Flemish speaker had misunderstood when she gave instructions in French and English.

Miss Vlaeminck said she avoided going out in public because the tattoos made her feel like a ‘freak’.

But a week later she confessed to a Dutch TV station that she had been awake throughout and had indeed asked for the full 56 marks.

She said she lied because she was afraid of how her father would react.

Fresh: Miss Vlaeminck at the age of 18, shortly after she asked tattooist Rouslan Toumaniantz to cover her face in black stars

Freshly inked: Miss Vlaeminck at the age of 18 in 2009, shortly after she asked tattooist Rouslan Toumaniantz to cover her face in black stars

Even still, Mr Toumaniantz – whose own face is covered in tattoos and piercings – offered to pay half the cost of laser removal, saying he did not want to leave a customer unsatisfied.

He later retracted this offer, leaving Miss Vlaeminck to cover the cost alone.

Though laser treatment has been shown to be a effective way of removing ink, even the most advanced technology would leave white marks across her face.

According to Belgian media, Mr Toumaniantz said he did not regret tattooing Miss Vlaeminck, adding that it had given him publicity.

He has since started asking all his customers to give written consent to his designs.

Kimberly Vlaminck, who wanted three stars tattooed on her face and got 56

Rouslan Toumaniantz

Bizarre: Tattooist Mr Toumaniantz (right) originally offered to pay half the cost of Miss Vlaeminck’s laser removal – even though she threatened to sue him and lied that she had asked for only three of the 56 stars

56 stars tattooed on Belgian woman’s face still visible a year after she planned to have laser surgery | Mail Online

April 13, 2012 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Computers, Entertainement, fraud, Health, Internet, Just Wrong, People, scams, Star, Weird | | Leave a comment

What is Live Below the Line ? from a Bzz Agent.


What is Live Below the Line ? What Have I Gotten Myself Into? Live Below the Line is an campaign that challenges individuals and communities to eat and drink on £1 per day for 5 days. By exposing participants to a glimpse of some the daily difficulties experienced by the 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty every day, for everything, the campaign provides a unique window into understanding the realities of life for so many. Through the insights gained over the 5 days, Live Below the Line is assembling a movement of people passionate about making a difference in the lives of those who desperately need it. Through partnerships with various charities, the campaign raises both awareness and fundraising. If you don’t think you can live off £1 a day yourself, pass on the information and the Live Below the Line website to friends and family who you think will be up for it.

I am a  BzzAgent and they are promoting this event…there are no catches every thing is above board so be sure to choose the BzzAgent network from the drop down menu on the Live Below the Line sign-up page  https://www.livebelowtheline.com/uk

Why I’m taking the challenge

 

I’m supporting MRDFUk-mrdf

They exist to bring about significant and long-term change in some of the world’s most marginalised communities, and to empower people to change structures that are oppressive and unjust. To achieve this we work in partnership to support long-term development projects, provide humanitarian aid in disaster situations and campaign against the causes of poverty. We work on the basis of greatest need regardless of religion or race.

In today’s world, extreme poverty and inequality are unjustifiable and unfair. Live Below the Line demonstrates the problem in a concrete way, while raising money to address the problem. Support me as I live below the line by donating now – your generous support will go towards fighting extreme poverty.

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Suggested Foods and Recipes

Plenty of Options

Sure, you’re not going to be eating steak tartare or exquisite veggie pizzas this week, but with a little creativity you can whip up some tasty meals. Now, you probably won’t be seeing these in Gordon Ramsay‘s next cookbook, but they’ll get you through the week.

Pasta with Shredded Onions, Carrots and Garlic:
1 package of bow-tie pasta
1 teaspoon salt
3 carrots
1 teaspoon pepper
1 onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup canola oil

Peel the onion and finely chop. Peel the carrots and chop into half-inch long sections. Separate half a cup of canola oil and heat over high flame. Put onions into the oiled pan. After a minute, add chopped carrots. Let cook in covered pan until carrots are soft. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cook pasta until al dente. Once pasta is cooked, add the other half cup of canola oil until pasta is coated. Add carrot and onion mix. Add garlic powder to taste.

Go on challenge yourself go to https://www.livebelowtheline.com/uk

 

April 11, 2012 Posted by | Awards, Blog, Charity, Death, Disgusting, Food, Health, Internet, Just Wrong, Money, nature, People, Politics, pollution, religion | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Car Crash Victim Declared Dead Survives – Yahoo! News UK


 

Car Crash Victim Declared Dead Survives

Sky News

Car Crash Victim Declared Dead Survives

 

Car Crash Victim Declared Dead Survives

An investigation has been launched after a car crash victim declared dead by paramedics in Australia was found to be alive an hour later.

The motorist was found trapped upside down in the wreckage of a Porsche and was pronounced dead by an ambulance crew at the scene.

The 30-year-old man from Melbourne was reportedly left in the car for up to an hour as police began their investigation.

It was only when State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers were preparing to cut the driver free from the mangled sports car that they became concerned the man was still alive.

They found he had a weak pulse and appeared to be twitching but were assured by paramedics that movement by a corpse is not unusual.

SES spokesman Lachlan Quick said: "They mentioned it to the ambulance guys, who said that it [movement] can be attributed to this sort of effect when there’s a spinal injury.

"It was raised and addressed and discussed and then put to one side, and they went about their business."

Tow-truck driver Trevor Oliver told the Australian Associated Press: "The SES got the driver out of the car, wrapped him in a tarp and sat him on the side of the road, and for about 40 minutes we sat there watching his feet move.

"It was only when the coroner’s representative turned up to pick up the body, and the SES and the coroner’s representative went to pick up the body and they noticed that something was odd and (discovered) he still had a very weak pulse."

The paramedics were called back to the scene and the motorist was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Ambulance Victoria said an investigation has been launched into the incident.

The ambulance crew involved are said to be traumatised by what happened.

"These are two very experienced paramedics but obviously this has been an error and we will work with them through that," said spokesman Simon Thomson.

Ambulance Employees Australia secretary Steve McGhie said he had spoken to both paramedics and neither was able to detect a pulse.

"These sorts of things happen very rarely. It’s unfortunate but… I think they did everything that they possibly could at that particular time," he said.

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Car Crash Victim Declared Dead Survives – Yahoo! News UK

April 2, 2012 Posted by | Awards, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Computers, Death, Health, Internet, People | | 3 Comments