Five Lessons Learnt This Week

Hands up who’s glad it’s Friday? Celebrate by taking a break to catch up on this week’s Five Lessons Learnt This Week. This time around, we’ve learnt just how much you can find on Google Earth, how mopping a floor can get you into trouble and why every little really does help. Have a great weekend all!

1. You can find all sorts on Google Earth

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 11.19.08No, really.  Someone has even used the software to find the village where he grew up and his mother, who he lost 25 years earlier. Saroo Brierley was only 5 years old when he fell asleep in a train station while working as a sweeper on Indian trains. When he woke up, he had lost sight of the older brother he was working alongside – so he boarded the next train, hoping to meet his brother.

Instead, he woke up in Calcutta – and would not see his brother or any other family member for more than two decades. Brierley slept rough and begged on the streets before eventually being picked up by an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Tasmania. But as he got older, he decided he wanted to find his family. The problem was, he didn’t even know the name of the village where he was born. All he had to work with were memories.

Incredibly, by working out roughly how far he had travelled on the train and scanning Google Earth maps, Brierley found his village: Khandwa. He was reunited with his mother and film producers and publishers are now showing an interest in Brierley’s story. The next Slumdog Millionaire, perhaps?

We can’t promise they will help you find long-lost relatives, but the tech and apps in our Mobile Trading Gadgets guide are still pretty cool. 

2. That’s a dog modelling your clothes

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 14.59.02The fashion industry has been criticised for years for using models with unrealistic body types, and it just went a step further. The newest menswear model on the scene  is Bodhi – a Shiba Inu dubbed ‘Menswear Dog’.

The pooch started modelling menswear after his owners decided to dress him up one Saturday afternoon and were surprised to see him “light up” and strike poses. They posted the pictures on Facebook and were inundated with comments and requests – and Bodhi has since booked jobs with big fashion brands including Coach, Salvatore Ferragamo and ASOS.

His owners Yena and David have now given up their 9-5 jobs to focus on Bodhi’s career, with plans including a menswear style guide starring Bodhi and a clothing line for dogs, which came about when Yena began sewing shirts and jackets for the canine to wear for “public appearances”. What do you think? Good on them or has the world gone mad?

For the must-have clothes of the season modelled by humans, not dogs, check out our LFX Guide to Autumn/Winter Fashion

3. Mopping a floor can get you into trouble

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 14.19.50You might think it’s easier to get in trouble from slacking on your household chores than for earnestly fulfilling them, but you’d be wrong. Getting involved in mopping a hotel floor got John Thornton, 30 into a spot of bother this week.

He was staying at the Double Tree Hotel in Bristol, US when he spotted a hotel employee he thought was doing a poor job of cleaning. So he decided to take matters into his own hands, seizing the cleaner’s mop and setting about aggressively mopping the floor himself. When the cleaner tried to stop him, he responded by mopping her shoes before backing her into a corner.

Thornton was arrested and charged with breach of peace, and, after shouting insults at police, second-degree threatening. He faces court on the 27th October and has been released on bail – but we bet he won’t be mopping any floors for a while.

If your office could do with a clear out, skip the mopping and just invest in some of these cool office gadgets instead. 

4. Never smile at a crocodile

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 12.06.55A mother in Plymouth was left mortified this week after calling out emergency services to deal with the escaped crocodile that was loose in her garden. She noticed the 3ft reptile outside her kitchen window and alerted neighbours, but decided to call the police as the group thought it was unsafe to approach the unwelcome visitor.

Officers from Devon and Cornwall police along with a team of wildlife experts from Dartmoor Zoo flocked to the scene armed with snare poles, nets and riot sheets. But as they approached the troublemaking reptile, they were surprised to find that it was actually an inflatable toy.

The homeowner, who did not want to be named, is said to be “absolutely mortified”, while a spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police assured media that the crocodile had been suitably apprehended. Well, that’s a relief.

5. Every little helps

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And supermarket giant Tesco, who famously use the motto, didn’t just lose a little but a lot this week when billionaire investor Warren Buffett decided to reduce his stake in the company. He sold £245 million in shares, reducing his stake from 5% to 3%, currently valued at £420 million.

It was the latest in a series of blows for the supermarket, whose shares have slumped by 50% since February, amid profit warnings and claims that it had overstated earlier profit estimates by as much as £250 million. At the same time, Tesco’s market dominance has been under threat from competitors including discount chains such as Aldi and Lidl, who are eating away at the profits previously enjoyed by the ‘Big Four’ supermarkets: Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s. Not looking good then…

Maybe they should have checked our Secrets of Success or Business Advice You Should Ignore