Five Lessons Learnt This Week

Five Lessons Learnt is our weekly round-up of all the strange, off-beat and funny 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 spend £33m, the UK’s first robot lawyer, the British answer to Forrest Gump and how workers are cheating themselves out of their holiday entitlement…

1. How to spend £33 million

champagneIf you won multi millions on the Lottery, what’s the first thing you’d buy? A new house? Your dream car? A lavish holiday? We’re sure you’ve got plenty of ideas, and so have we. So we were keen to find out what Scottish Lottery winners David and Carol Martin bought after scooping half of the Lotto’s biggest ever jackpot on Saturday.

There were no mansions or shopping sprees for this humble couple though – it turns out their very first purchase after winning the fortune was a pair of £5 supermarket champagne flutes. When Lotto organisers turned up with a bottle of fizz to toast the win, the couple realised they didn’t own any appropriate glasses. So they celebrated with a cup of tea before picking up the flutes from their local supermarket.

They also plan to spend their winnings flying daughter Lisa home from Australia, where she has been living for almost five years, and to make a donation to flood victims in Scotland. Well, if they need any inspiration for how to spend the rest, we’re full of ideas…

Check out the Trader Toys We Wish We Owned to see where we’d start spending a massive lottery win – and tweet @LFXKatie and let us know what your first purchase would be. 

2. A fowl in flight

turkeyAn airline passenger ruffled some feathers this week after taking a turkey on a flight. If you’re suspecting fowl play, you’ll be relieved to know it was all above board – certain airlines will let passengers travel with an “emotional support animal” – in this case, a turkey.

Emotional support animals are treated like service animals and are transported in the cabin, free of charge and exempt from cabin baggage restrictions. We’re still not sure we’d take too kindly to sharing our flight with a turkey though – and actually, it was later revealed that non-household birds including poultry are one of the animals banned due to safety concerns, along with hedgehogs, ferrets and reptiles. So don’t worry, you’re not going to find yourself in a real-life Snakes on a Plane situation any time soon.

Surely a dog would be a much more suitable emotional support animal than a turkey anyway…

Check out Etihad airline’s most expensive flight in last week’s Viral Videos. Even the most nervous of flyers wouldn’t need an animal for support in that lavish suite… 

3. Run Forrest Run

runnersOr should we say “Run Ramsey Run” – it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it though. Anyway, Jamie Ramsey has been dubbed “the British Forrest Gump” after running 17,000 km to Vancouver to Buenos Aires. The bearded runner was raising money for men’s suicide charity CALM, Wateraid and Macmillan Cancer Care on his mammoth journey.

He wore out 17 pairs of shoes and crossed 14 countries on his travels – and didn’t get a single blister. He’s been running since August 2014, and finally finished his epic journey last Sunday. He even kept running on Christmas Day, stopping to enjoy a pot of gnocchi from a petrol station as the rest of us tucked into our turkey dinners.

Impressive stuff. In fact, we reckon we might have found an early contender for Person of the Year 2016. We assume he won’t be running anywhere else for a while. Heck, if we’d been running for almost 18 months we’d reason that we’d earned at least a year of rest…

Need to get in shape after the Christmas break but not quite up to a 17,000 km run? Check out The Fitness Trends That’ll Get You In Shape In No Time

4. No more holidays

workingA study this week showed that most employees are actually cheating themselves out of their annual leave by spending time after-hours responding to work emails. A survey of more than 1,500 managers found that the majority spent 29 extra days a year working on smartphones and tablets, effectively cancelling out their legal entitlement to statutory leave.

Four out of five of those surveyed admitted to working at least an extra hour per day on a handheld device, while one in ten said they worked three additional hours. The survey also found a link between long working hours and stress levels and burnout – so step away from the smartphone and give yourself time to recharge those batteries!

If you need inspiration for ways to relax when you’re away from the charts, check out our Top 10 Ways to Take a Break from the Trading Charts

5. How not to pay parking tickets

robotEnlist the help of the robot lawyer at Created by student entrepreneur Joshua Bowder, the robot specialises in compensation claims and challenging fines and fees. Joshua launched the website last year to help family and friends after successfully challenging a parking fine. But after finding himself swamped with requests, he realised he needed a bit of help to cope with the demand.

So he created the UK’s first robot lawyer. Equipped with artificial intelligence and human emotions, the robot is available 24/7 to answer questions and provide advice – and it’s completely free. The robot is improving its skills by talking to more and more customers, and Joshua hopes it’ll eventually mean people don’t have to pay for expensive legal services to challenge decisions and claim compensation.

At the moment, it can assist with PPI claims, appealing parking tickets and claiming for flight delays, as well as answering some more general legal questions. Who knows – maybe it’ll wind up in court one day.

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