Our firefighting oppos (colleagues) are well known in the #EmergencyServicesFamily for their ‘extracurricular’ activities which are undertaken during their days off. And rightly so.
Successive Governments haven’t really done much to pump up the salaries of our brothers and sisters on the Thin Red Line (or any other coloured line come to think of it) so its only right that Firefighters are able to earn some extra wedge on their days off.
Traditionally, however, Firefighters have started up successful businesses in industries such as the removals business, consultancy work and ‘domestic maintenance’.
However 32-year old UK based Firefighter Matt Right, built a Lord of the Rings inspired hobbit house in his own garden and then decided to start his own business up selling them after receiving lots of interest from his fellow oppos.
He built the original version of the structure during the hot summer months, which took around 6 weeks to complete and is now used as an outdoor bar/meditation/spa/pedicure chamber.
The starting price for a bespoke adult-size house is around £8,000 with each price varying depending on what the customer wants with a replica of Bilbo Baggins’ Bag End costing a whopping £50,000.
Its not clear as to whether or not Matt will also fit a fireman’s, sorry, firefighters, pole into the accommodation if such a request was made (for whatever reason).
Personally, I think that the real reason Matt has decided to make these miniature dwelling places, is because the accommodation back at the fire station has become so depleted (what with all of the Government cuts) that its become unbearable to actually sleep in.
If I had to choose between sleeping in a dorm full of hairy-arsed firefighters and sleeping in my own cosy hobbit hide-out, then I know which one I would rather get some shut-eye in.
And thats coming from someone who has slept in some pretty dodgy places whilst serving in the armed forces.
As it turns out, the S__ts & Giggles Team (the Admins behind Emergency Services Humour & Military Humour on Facebook) are looking for some new international offices – and these Hobbit Hideaways could be the perfect solution.
Hopefully, we will get some sort of ‘oppo discount’ – especially if the top-end version is going for £50,000! We would have to sell A LOT of kit in our online shop to save up for the all-singing, all-dancing version of the Hobbit House.
Written by one of the many admins of Emergency Services Humour who is also a regular and keen contributor of our subscriber-only eMagazine, S__ts & Giggles, which is full of blogs, stories, special features and much, much more from emergency services personnel all over the world.
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