No Fixed Abode: A Journey Through Homelessness from Cornwall to London

By Charlie Carroll

Traveling walking around the united kingdom, without funds or cause to hurry, Charlie unearths the hidden part of the population—the homeless, the addicted, the disabled—who few outsiders ever get to know

In the summer season of 2011, Charlie came across the college he taught at couldn't manage to pay for to resume his educating agreement. with out activity and no funds, yet without notice for all time on the earth, he made up our minds to commute from Cornwall to London in a mainly out of date, quintessentially English, and remarkably reasonable way—as a tramp, walking, dozing tough. the adventure used to be packed with colour, shock, and hazard, and various memorable encounters—from Stan, who as soon as kept a boy from being raped yet whose homelessness stemmed from a paralysing habit, to Ian, the one-handed Rastafarian who lived in a tent. With a notable mixture of go back and forth and present affairs writing, No mounted Abode sheds mild on a facet of the united kingdom few ever see from within.

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The place? ' His eyes narrowed suspiciously. I thought of my suggestions, simply to discover my brain clean. 'There's this girl…' I stuttered. 'Ah! adequate acknowledged! ' he laughed, after which his smile drooped and his voice grew to become menacing back. 'But if you happen to get a slightly, you come back see me, yeah? ' five again at Parliament sq., I took off my coat and unzipped my tent, able to dive in and sleep in the course of the remainder of the afternoon. 'Charlie! ' The holler hit my ears simply as i used to be moving into the tent, and that i rotated to determine Ian working around the street whereas there has been a lull within the site visitors. 'You got here! ' he shouted, operating the remainder of the right way to me, his flip-flops slapping at the concrete. 'I knew you'll, guy. I instructed the remaining we had a author coming to stick with us, yet they did not think me. This your tent? ' The effusive smile on his face and the power in his arm as he wrapped it approximately my shoulders made me chuffed that he was once nonetheless right here. 'This is mine,' I proven. 'I pitched up final evening. I searched for you, yet your tent had long gone. ' 'Yeah, they took it. ' He seemed heavily at my tent. 'Man, this is often precisely like mine. precisely. Did you are taking it? ' 'No! ' I acknowledged, without notice to blame underneath the accusation. 'I borrowed this from…' 'I'm simply fucking with you! ' Ian laughed. 'I are aware of it wasn't you. I observed mine move. i am over within the Rainbow Tent now. ' He pointed at a wide, multicoloured dome which confronted the homes of Parliament, a number of tents down from Brian Haw's camp. 'They're letting me use it for a piece. It matches me. i am a sun-baby. You wanna come see? ' We walked over to the Rainbow Tent, the place Ian pulled out a tube of Pringles and shared them with me as we sat at the chilly pavement. He defined that, quite a few hours when we had met and he had invited me to come back and continue to exist the sq., the police had come for considered one of their clean-up operations. 'They're quite regular,' he acknowledged. 'Every few weeks, occasionally through the day, occasionally at evening, insurrection vehicles pile up and remove any unoccupied tents. it really is Boris, guy. he is a liar. And he is a foul liar. He says he respects our correct to protest, yet he does not. He understands he cannot evict the folk right here, yet he is aware that if no one's within the tent then it may be classed as clutter, and he may have it got rid of. Sneaky, guy, sneaky. that is why I remain the following up to i will be able to. ' That day, for the 1st time in weeks, Ian had left the sq. to go to a pal south of the river. while he back, he came upon seven of the tents lacking. one in every of them used to be his, and all of the assets he had stored within it have been long past. 'My footwear, guy! ' he lamented as he informed me the tale. 'I had such stable footwear in that tent. and they are long gone! ' He had, although, arrived domestic in time to determine the unload truck which every little thing have been thrown into dismount the pavement and force off round the sq.. Sprinting after it, he leapt within the again and frantically got rid of a few of his possessions prior to the truck stopped and he used to be informed to piss off. 'I received a few of my outfits and somewhat nutrition, yet no longer my tent. it is a disgrace, guy, that used to be an outstanding tent.

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