Five Lessons Learnt This Week

Five Lessons Learnt is our weekly round-up of all the crazy, funny and strange news of the week. Perfect for a bit of Friday afternoon entertainment and a light-hearted look at what’s been going on away from the charts!

This week in Five Lessons Learnt: how to get rent in London for £1, what one billionaire has done with 50 TV screens and how much it would cost to insure a Batmobile…

1. How to get rent in London for £1


Amid endless news stories about ever-rising rent prices in London, where the average flatshare costs £692.30 a month, one landlord has decided to buck the trend. He’s offering a double room, use of a shared bathroom and even a communal garden – all for just £1 a month.

Of course, there is a catch. The bargain deal is only available to IT/business graduates who are willing to help the landlord with his web/mobile development skills. The arrangement will save the tenant £7,200 a year in rent – a relatively cheap way for the landlord to get some extra help with his business.

Apparently, landlords accepting services instead of rent is an increasing trend. Pitching in with household chores, giving language lessons and even looking after pets are all services landlords now take into account when negotiating rent. So what do you reckon – would you do odd jobs for your landlord to reduce your rent?

2. Nando’s is older than you thought

If you thought much-loved chicken restaurant Nando’s was a relatively modern establishment, think again. It turns out there was a Nando’s in 18th-century London. At No 17 Fleet Street, there was a coffee house called Nandoes, where people went to enjoy hot drinks and have a chat.

Almost 250 years ago, the old-school Nandoes was a popular haunt for “professional loungers” who were attracted by the “landlady’s charm” and “the fame of the punch” – so not by the lure of peri-peri chicken, then. And they probably didn’t have free refills of Coke and frozen yoghurt either, so overall, we’ll stick with the modern day iteration.

3. What one billionaire is doing with 50 screens

popcorn-707364_640Russian billionaire Yuri Milner created a flurry of attention at a California technology conference after revealing he had decked his $100m mansion out with 50 enormous flat-screen televisions. A trader’s dream, perhaps, but Mr. Milner won’t be using his screens to watch the charts.

Instead, he wants all 50 screens to receive streams from NASA’s Kepler space telescope. The investor, who claims to be named after Yuri Garigan – the first man in space, is obsessed with all things galactic and announced plans earlier this year to spend $100m looking for extraterrestrial life.

So, what would you do with 50 screens? Chart analysis? The ultimate home cinema? Football screenings? The possibilities are endless…

4. What Back to the Future got right (and wrong)

Unless you were living under a rock on Wednesday, you’ll know that we’ve officially surpassed the date that Marty McFly travelled to in 1989 movie Back to Future II. And naturally, the date took the internet by storm as people compared the film’s predictions with the reality of life in 2015.

Back to the Future II got a few things spot on. Flat screens TVs and video conferences appear, as well drones and people using their fingerprints to pay, which isn’t too far off becoming reality . But the filmmakers didn’t predict the revolution that was the internet – and we’re not all zipping around in flying cars or hoverboards just yet, sadly.

All of this has got us wondering, though – what inventions will be central to our lives come 2045 that we haven’t even imagined yet?

5. What it would cost to insure a Batmobile

By Prayitno [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Fancy blagging yourself your very own Batmobile? Or how about Back to the Future’s time travelling DeLorean, or the flying Ford Anglia made famous by the Harry Potter franchise? Insurance firm 1st Capital worked out how much these iconic vehicles would cost to insure.

Bruce Wayne’s Batmobile came out on top at £750,000 a year, while a time-travelling car would cost £60,000 a year in insurance. And Ron Weasley’s humble Ford Anglia would set you back £70,000 for your annual premium.

And to top of the study, insurance firm Kwikfit worked out how much James Bond would have cost them in insurance payouts. With 007’s new Aston Martin DB10 worth an estimated £600,000, his premiums wouldn’t be cheap – and the crash-prone spy would have cost his insurers well over £1.5 million over the last few Bond movies.

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