It beggars belief but The BLOG is about to open if we get around to writing for it!
Es increíble pero El BLOG pronto sea abierto si no estaremos demasiados vagos (ó pobre, claro) para usar!
A FAQ based on the questions people are always asking us, whether on the street or via email. Always in construction so keep looking!
(1) - Why do you do it?
(2) - Where do you sleep?
(3) - What do you do when it rains?
(4) - What are the police like?
(5) - Do you make money?
(6) - Why no sign for whatever?
(7) - WTF are you doing with a website?
(8) - Why don´t you get a job?
(9) - Where did you get the idea?
(10) - Do you know you don't spell beggers [sic] like that?
(11) - But aren't you just street-bums with a website?
There are too many reasons but, basically, because I enjoy it more than the other forms of living I´ve tried.
We're honest and we make people smile - two things the world in general could do with more of - honesty and happiness. This is more rewarding (spiritually, if not financially! ;-) than you probably imagine.
Because I enjoy it - the best reason for doing anything!
Usually anywhere we find. The most important posessions we own are the sleeping bags. If it rains we need to find somewhere covered (or get wet!) but it doesn´t rain much where we are now.
We don´t always sleep on the street - we have friends in a lot of the places we´ve spent a long time in and sometimes stay with them. Sometimes people offer us flats or garages for a while, etc.
As it goes we´ve slept in a variety of places, ranging from nice houses and flats to tents, skips and bins.Back to contents
Get Wet!!!Back to contents
Basically, it depends on the country / city / police.
You can spend 3 months in one place with no problems at all from the police and then one of them will go past in a bad mood one day and politely ask you to leave (or, indeed, hit you with sticks until you fuck off!)
We haven´t had many problems with the police in Spain - normally they pass the signs with a laugh and leave us to it. They like the fact that we make people smile too - I guess it makes their job easier.Back to contents
Our favourite answer to this is that "We´re millionaires in smiles" but we´ve been doing this for more than five years now and we aren´t dead yet!
Some days are good, some days bad but always people go past with smiles on their faces...Back to contents
The signs people usually ask for are other drinks, other drugs, prostitutes etc. which don´t mix well with the joke behind the signs (also, we always use four).
If you have an idea for four signs, visit the Ideas Page A selection of ideas to try on the street. and let us know. If we can we´ll try them out and rate them on the page!Back to contents
The new generation of beggars!! Welcome to the 21st century. ;-)
Hopefully, the same as on the street - making people smile and sometimes getting money from it. This is how we live. Some people believe that honesty and raising a smile is worth a drop.Back to contents
We spend 8-12 hours on the street, and a ridiculous amount of time and money in Internet cafes (the "SuperHighway" is a bigger street), making, literally, thousands of people smile every day.
Some people believe this is worth money, some don´t, but we sincerely believe that adding a moment of happiness to thousands of people´s lives every day is worth much more than money and is the most rewarding type of "work" that exists.
Also, the people that say this usually say it because they are dissatisfied or unhappy in their own lives and want to vent their anger and jealousy somewhere. If you don´t like your life/job/situation, change it!Back to contents
While we were living in the caves at Sacromonte The "hippy caves" opposite the Alhambra palace in Granada . we were working the streets with Lyndon juggling, Jose hatting and Nigel Nigel - an old, good, friend (a good friend) playing guitar.
Nigel had a dog (this was just before we found Nemo) called Zom who needed some food so we wrote a sign "Para Comida" "For Food" and left it in front of him. A little later Nigel´s hands started shaking (he´s an alchoholic) so we wrote another one "Para Vino" ("For Wine") and left it in front of him. This was late at night and Lyndon fancied a joint, hence the "Para Porros", after which it was pretty much obvious that Jose use the "Para Cocaina" ("For Cocaine").
The reaction we got from the people going past, in terms of smiles and comments, was immediately gratifying (and rewarding) so we´ve worked on the concept ever since.Back to contents
Yes. The very kind friend that got us the domain name was in somewhat of a state of alchohol-induced dyslexia at the time and we couldn't afford another domain-name to spell it right.Back to contents
Yes. Are you somehow missing the point? ;-)Back to contents
We're honest...we (hopefully) made you think and smile...
...we've even got a bloody website.
What more do you want before you give money to a beggar?! :-)
Check out the Money Page