'Why I slept rough for the homeless'

The Argus: Kurt Charnock, 40, of Hove Kurt Charnock, 40, of Hove

Kurt Charnock has swapped his comfortable home for the streets to raise money for charity.

The 40-year-old has been posting regular Facebook updates as he makes his way around Brighton and Hove looking for safe places to shelter and something to eat.

He has also been spending time talking to the homeless and the people behind the city’s charities and organisations who do what they can to help.

Mr Charnock said the experience had been an “eye-opener” and had helped him get a better understanding of the challenges people on the streets face.

He said: “I have been open and honest about what I am doing when talking to people.

“I made it clear I was only doing this for a week because I wanted to learn more and help raise awareness.

“It is OK for me. I can go home at the end of the week. This is about the people who do not have that choice.”

Mr Charnock, from Hove, has taken part in several fundraising challenges for charity, many of which have included gruelling long-distance running and triathlons.

He decided to take on this challenge after spotting people sleeping rough while he was out on training runs.

He said: “I just wondered what it was that would lead to a person having no place to go and ending up sleeping rough.

“I felt I would only really get an idea if I had some experience of it myself.”

Mr Charnock, who works in the pharmaceutical industry, spent one night sleeping under a boat on the seafront.

He said coping with the cold has been the most difficult part of rough sleeping.

He said: “However I have learned a lot through talking to people.

People tend to lump the homeless all together but there can be so many different reasons why they have ended up in this position.

“I spoke to a teenager who, I would guess had a problem with substance abuse, while there was another person who has been homeless for four years because he could not cope after his relationship broke down.

“He doesn’t drink and is working on getting his life together so he can get a flat.”

Mr Charnock said he was impressed by the amount of support and help available in the city.

He said: “The support structure is amazing. There are so many organisations, including the council, NHS, charities, churches and other groups who do what they can to help people who are on the street and point them in the right direction and get the help they need.

“This includes helping those who need practical things like a hot meal or blankets to those with drug or drink problem or those trying to find a home or a job.

“I take my hat off to them all. They really do put the effort in to help people come off the streets.”

Mr Charnock will spend his final night at a fundraising sleep out for the homeless in Worthing tonight, where he will talk about his experience.

He said: “The most important thing is that doing something like this is getting people talking and thinking.

“It is very easy to just ignore people on the street and get on with your own lives. This week has taught me so much more.

“I hope it will encourage others to think and maybe make a dona- tion to the charities and groups who do what they can to help.”

Mr Charnock is raising money for Shelter.

To support him, visit his Facebook page, Brighton Triathlon Race Series.

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1:31pm Sat 25 Jan 14

LeonBIank666 says...

When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice.

Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it.

I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this?

Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding?

Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee!
When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice. Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it. I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this? Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding? Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee! LeonBIank666

4:21pm Sat 25 Jan 14

her professional says...

LeonBIank666 wrote:
When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice.

Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it.

I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this?

Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding?

Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee!
Presumably "Blank" refers to what's between your ears.
[quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice. Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it. I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this? Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding? Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee![/p][/quote]Presumably "Blank" refers to what's between your ears. her professional

4:53pm Sat 25 Jan 14

clubrob6 says...

LeonBIank666 wrote:
When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice.

Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it.

I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this?

Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding?

Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee!
Well I think you are part of the problem people on the street are NOT all drunks and druggies,all sorts of reasons cause people to be homeless,a large proportion of the homeless are X armed forces people who have put there life on the line and been let down in there time of need by the likes of LeonBlank666.In brighton and hove to get a flat is very difficult,what you pay for a studio in B&H you can rent a three bed house further north.The torys policy of providing upto £600000 mortgage for 5% deposit will be abused by landlords for cheap mortgages to convert mor buildings into rabbit hutches and rip the renters off.I very often give food and coffee to the homeless a couple of weeks ago I seen this young guy sleeping rougth looking really cold I went home and got a sleeping bag for him.Yes a lot of people have addiction troubles but that should be addressed but DONT judge people for being down on there luck as one day it could happen to you.The number of homeless is far more than official figures only the ones most visable are noticed.
[quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice. Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it. I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this? Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding? Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee![/p][/quote]Well I think you are part of the problem people on the street are NOT all drunks and druggies,all sorts of reasons cause people to be homeless,a large proportion of the homeless are X armed forces people who have put there life on the line and been let down in there time of need by the likes of LeonBlank666.In brighton and hove to get a flat is very difficult,what you pay for a studio in B&H you can rent a three bed house further north.The torys policy of providing upto £600000 mortgage for 5% deposit will be abused by landlords for cheap mortgages to convert mor buildings into rabbit hutches and rip the renters off.I very often give food and coffee to the homeless a couple of weeks ago I seen this young guy sleeping rougth looking really cold I went home and got a sleeping bag for him.Yes a lot of people have addiction troubles but that should be addressed but DONT judge people for being down on there luck as one day it could happen to you.The number of homeless is far more than official figures only the ones most visable are noticed. clubrob6

5:38pm Sat 25 Jan 14

LeonBIank666 says...

clubrob6 wrote:
LeonBIank666 wrote:
When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice.

Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it.

I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this?

Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding?

Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee!
Well I think you are part of the problem people on the street are NOT all drunks and druggies,all sorts of reasons cause people to be homeless,a large proportion of the homeless are X armed forces people who have put there life on the line and been let down in there time of need by the likes of LeonBlank666.In brighton and hove to get a flat is very difficult,what you pay for a studio in B&H you can rent a three bed house further north.The torys policy of providing upto £600000 mortgage for 5% deposit will be abused by landlords for cheap mortgages to convert mor buildings into rabbit hutches and rip the renters off.I very often give food and coffee to the homeless a couple of weeks ago I seen this young guy sleeping rougth looking really cold I went home and got a sleeping bag for him.Yes a lot of people have addiction troubles but that should be addressed but DONT judge people for being down on there luck as one day it could happen to you.The number of homeless is far more than official figures only the ones most visable are noticed.
Thank you for your eloquent response unlike the retard "her professional"

Biut your answer kind of cements my point. People are aware of homelessness re. soldiers, down on your luck etc. But at the same time it is CHOICE.

If it is so cheap up North (or wherever) why don't they simply move there? The main reason is because Brighton has such good access to drugs.

It is all very well feeling sorry for them and your act of charity in given one your sleeping bag is altruism beyond my means, but true homeless people are druggies. Notice Kurt above says one guy doesn't drink, but no mention of not be a drug abuser.

Taking drugs is a lifestyle choice. No matter how bad or horrible your life is the moment you stick a needle in your arm is your choice. The moment you sell your Grandad's war medal to pay for a bag of smack, the moment you rob your own mother to pay for some crack and the moment a man sells his virgin butt in order to pay for his gear IS CHOICE.

Homeless drug addled folk only have themselves to blame. The rest are not really homeless, they are merely in a transitional phase of their lives.
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice. Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it. I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this? Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding? Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee![/p][/quote]Well I think you are part of the problem people on the street are NOT all drunks and druggies,all sorts of reasons cause people to be homeless,a large proportion of the homeless are X armed forces people who have put there life on the line and been let down in there time of need by the likes of LeonBlank666.In brighton and hove to get a flat is very difficult,what you pay for a studio in B&H you can rent a three bed house further north.The torys policy of providing upto £600000 mortgage for 5% deposit will be abused by landlords for cheap mortgages to convert mor buildings into rabbit hutches and rip the renters off.I very often give food and coffee to the homeless a couple of weeks ago I seen this young guy sleeping rougth looking really cold I went home and got a sleeping bag for him.Yes a lot of people have addiction troubles but that should be addressed but DONT judge people for being down on there luck as one day it could happen to you.The number of homeless is far more than official figures only the ones most visable are noticed.[/p][/quote]Thank you for your eloquent response unlike the retard "her professional" Biut your answer kind of cements my point. People are aware of homelessness re. soldiers, down on your luck etc. But at the same time it is CHOICE. If it is so cheap up North (or wherever) why don't they simply move there? The main reason is because Brighton has such good access to drugs. It is all very well feeling sorry for them and your act of charity in given one your sleeping bag is altruism beyond my means, but true homeless people are druggies. Notice Kurt above says one guy doesn't drink, but no mention of not be a drug abuser. Taking drugs is a lifestyle choice. No matter how bad or horrible your life is the moment you stick a needle in your arm is your choice. The moment you sell your Grandad's war medal to pay for a bag of smack, the moment you rob your own mother to pay for some crack and the moment a man sells his virgin butt in order to pay for his gear IS CHOICE. Homeless drug addled folk only have themselves to blame. The rest are not really homeless, they are merely in a transitional phase of their lives. LeonBIank666

6:10pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Roundbill says...

So this bloke's Facebook page is basically a "(Sleeping) Rough Guide to Brighton". Isn't he a little old for a gap-year blog?
So this bloke's Facebook page is basically a "(Sleeping) Rough Guide to Brighton". Isn't he a little old for a gap-year blog? Roundbill

9:09pm Sat 25 Jan 14

I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars! says...

HJ says its great that muppets like Kurt go out on the streets and create the illusion that the poor homeless do not have choices. Obviously we all know differently but spin is king in Green Brighton
HJ says its great that muppets like Kurt go out on the streets and create the illusion that the poor homeless do not have choices. Obviously we all know differently but spin is king in Green Brighton I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars!

5:50am Sun 26 Jan 14

losdude says...

wow, can't believe how disgusting some people can be, when your bank account hits £0 and you have borrowed to the extent of your pride, I would like to leave a heartless comment about how you chose to live like that.
wow, can't believe how disgusting some people can be, when your bank account hits £0 and you have borrowed to the extent of your pride, I would like to leave a heartless comment about how you chose to live like that. losdude

11:44am Sun 26 Jan 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Good for this man. It's generous of him to do this at such a cold time of year as I certainly wouldn't want to sleep rough for charity.

I would be very frightened of being attacked and/or set alight by some of the nasty morons who think it's funny to do this.

Shame on anyone who doesn't help the homeless.
Good for this man. It's generous of him to do this at such a cold time of year as I certainly wouldn't want to sleep rough for charity. I would be very frightened of being attacked and/or set alight by some of the nasty morons who think it's funny to do this. Shame on anyone who doesn't help the homeless. getThisCoalitionOut

4:50pm Sun 26 Jan 14

fredaj says...

LeonBIank666 wrote:
clubrob6 wrote:
LeonBIank666 wrote:
When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice.

Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it.

I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this?

Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding?

Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee!
Well I think you are part of the problem people on the street are NOT all drunks and druggies,all sorts of reasons cause people to be homeless,a large proportion of the homeless are X armed forces people who have put there life on the line and been let down in there time of need by the likes of LeonBlank666.In brighton and hove to get a flat is very difficult,what you pay for a studio in B&H you can rent a three bed house further north.The torys policy of providing upto £600000 mortgage for 5% deposit will be abused by landlords for cheap mortgages to convert mor buildings into rabbit hutches and rip the renters off.I very often give food and coffee to the homeless a couple of weeks ago I seen this young guy sleeping rougth looking really cold I went home and got a sleeping bag for him.Yes a lot of people have addiction troubles but that should be addressed but DONT judge people for being down on there luck as one day it could happen to you.The number of homeless is far more than official figures only the ones most visable are noticed.
Thank you for your eloquent response unlike the retard "her professional"

Biut your answer kind of cements my point. People are aware of homelessness re. soldiers, down on your luck etc. But at the same time it is CHOICE.

If it is so cheap up North (or wherever) why don't they simply move there? The main reason is because Brighton has such good access to drugs.

It is all very well feeling sorry for them and your act of charity in given one your sleeping bag is altruism beyond my means, but true homeless people are druggies. Notice Kurt above says one guy doesn't drink, but no mention of not be a drug abuser.

Taking drugs is a lifestyle choice. No matter how bad or horrible your life is the moment you stick a needle in your arm is your choice. The moment you sell your Grandad's war medal to pay for a bag of smack, the moment you rob your own mother to pay for some crack and the moment a man sells his virgin butt in order to pay for his gear IS CHOICE.

Homeless drug addled folk only have themselves to blame. The rest are not really homeless, they are merely in a transitional phase of their lives.
Your view of like is rather simplistic and suggests you have never hit a crisis, suffered from any kind of mental illness or encountered a challenge to your existence that you have found overwhelming.

Some people just have stronger constitutions that others while some people are blessed with strong support from family, friends or a partner, while others simply haven't been unfortunately to meet a crisis in life that has "blown them out of the water" such as a bereavement or relationship breakdown or job loss.

So, good for you - I look on in envy, but perhaps you could try and find a bit of compassion for those you are not as strong as you.
[quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice. Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it. I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this? Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding? Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee![/p][/quote]Well I think you are part of the problem people on the street are NOT all drunks and druggies,all sorts of reasons cause people to be homeless,a large proportion of the homeless are X armed forces people who have put there life on the line and been let down in there time of need by the likes of LeonBlank666.In brighton and hove to get a flat is very difficult,what you pay for a studio in B&H you can rent a three bed house further north.The torys policy of providing upto £600000 mortgage for 5% deposit will be abused by landlords for cheap mortgages to convert mor buildings into rabbit hutches and rip the renters off.I very often give food and coffee to the homeless a couple of weeks ago I seen this young guy sleeping rougth looking really cold I went home and got a sleeping bag for him.Yes a lot of people have addiction troubles but that should be addressed but DONT judge people for being down on there luck as one day it could happen to you.The number of homeless is far more than official figures only the ones most visable are noticed.[/p][/quote]Thank you for your eloquent response unlike the retard "her professional" Biut your answer kind of cements my point. People are aware of homelessness re. soldiers, down on your luck etc. But at the same time it is CHOICE. If it is so cheap up North (or wherever) why don't they simply move there? The main reason is because Brighton has such good access to drugs. It is all very well feeling sorry for them and your act of charity in given one your sleeping bag is altruism beyond my means, but true homeless people are druggies. Notice Kurt above says one guy doesn't drink, but no mention of not be a drug abuser. Taking drugs is a lifestyle choice. No matter how bad or horrible your life is the moment you stick a needle in your arm is your choice. The moment you sell your Grandad's war medal to pay for a bag of smack, the moment you rob your own mother to pay for some crack and the moment a man sells his virgin butt in order to pay for his gear IS CHOICE. Homeless drug addled folk only have themselves to blame. The rest are not really homeless, they are merely in a transitional phase of their lives.[/p][/quote]Your view of like is rather simplistic and suggests you have never hit a crisis, suffered from any kind of mental illness or encountered a challenge to your existence that you have found overwhelming. Some people just have stronger constitutions that others while some people are blessed with strong support from family, friends or a partner, while others simply haven't been unfortunately to meet a crisis in life that has "blown them out of the water" such as a bereavement or relationship breakdown or job loss. So, good for you - I look on in envy, but perhaps you could try and find a bit of compassion for those you are not as strong as you. fredaj

5:53pm Sun 26 Jan 14

her professional says...

fredaj wrote:
LeonBIank666 wrote:
clubrob6 wrote:
LeonBIank666 wrote:
When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice.

Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it.

I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this?

Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding?

Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee!
Well I think you are part of the problem people on the street are NOT all drunks and druggies,all sorts of reasons cause people to be homeless,a large proportion of the homeless are X armed forces people who have put there life on the line and been let down in there time of need by the likes of LeonBlank666.In brighton and hove to get a flat is very difficult,what you pay for a studio in B&H you can rent a three bed house further north.The torys policy of providing upto £600000 mortgage for 5% deposit will be abused by landlords for cheap mortgages to convert mor buildings into rabbit hutches and rip the renters off.I very often give food and coffee to the homeless a couple of weeks ago I seen this young guy sleeping rougth looking really cold I went home and got a sleeping bag for him.Yes a lot of people have addiction troubles but that should be addressed but DONT judge people for being down on there luck as one day it could happen to you.The number of homeless is far more than official figures only the ones most visable are noticed.
Thank you for your eloquent response unlike the retard "her professional"

Biut your answer kind of cements my point. People are aware of homelessness re. soldiers, down on your luck etc. But at the same time it is CHOICE.

If it is so cheap up North (or wherever) why don't they simply move there? The main reason is because Brighton has such good access to drugs.

It is all very well feeling sorry for them and your act of charity in given one your sleeping bag is altruism beyond my means, but true homeless people are druggies. Notice Kurt above says one guy doesn't drink, but no mention of not be a drug abuser.

Taking drugs is a lifestyle choice. No matter how bad or horrible your life is the moment you stick a needle in your arm is your choice. The moment you sell your Grandad's war medal to pay for a bag of smack, the moment you rob your own mother to pay for some crack and the moment a man sells his virgin butt in order to pay for his gear IS CHOICE.

Homeless drug addled folk only have themselves to blame. The rest are not really homeless, they are merely in a transitional phase of their lives.
Your view of like is rather simplistic and suggests you have never hit a crisis, suffered from any kind of mental illness or encountered a challenge to your existence that you have found overwhelming.

Some people just have stronger constitutions that others while some people are blessed with strong support from family, friends or a partner, while others simply haven't been unfortunately to meet a crisis in life that has "blown them out of the water" such as a bereavement or relationship breakdown or job loss.

So, good for you - I look on in envy, but perhaps you could try and find a bit of compassion for those you are not as strong as you.
Simplistic is right fredaj. Leonblank can trace his ancestry directly to Dickens's great characters, the Veneerings.
[quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice. Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it. I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this? Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding? Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee![/p][/quote]Well I think you are part of the problem people on the street are NOT all drunks and druggies,all sorts of reasons cause people to be homeless,a large proportion of the homeless are X armed forces people who have put there life on the line and been let down in there time of need by the likes of LeonBlank666.In brighton and hove to get a flat is very difficult,what you pay for a studio in B&H you can rent a three bed house further north.The torys policy of providing upto £600000 mortgage for 5% deposit will be abused by landlords for cheap mortgages to convert mor buildings into rabbit hutches and rip the renters off.I very often give food and coffee to the homeless a couple of weeks ago I seen this young guy sleeping rougth looking really cold I went home and got a sleeping bag for him.Yes a lot of people have addiction troubles but that should be addressed but DONT judge people for being down on there luck as one day it could happen to you.The number of homeless is far more than official figures only the ones most visable are noticed.[/p][/quote]Thank you for your eloquent response unlike the retard "her professional" Biut your answer kind of cements my point. People are aware of homelessness re. soldiers, down on your luck etc. But at the same time it is CHOICE. If it is so cheap up North (or wherever) why don't they simply move there? The main reason is because Brighton has such good access to drugs. It is all very well feeling sorry for them and your act of charity in given one your sleeping bag is altruism beyond my means, but true homeless people are druggies. Notice Kurt above says one guy doesn't drink, but no mention of not be a drug abuser. Taking drugs is a lifestyle choice. No matter how bad or horrible your life is the moment you stick a needle in your arm is your choice. The moment you sell your Grandad's war medal to pay for a bag of smack, the moment you rob your own mother to pay for some crack and the moment a man sells his virgin butt in order to pay for his gear IS CHOICE. Homeless drug addled folk only have themselves to blame. The rest are not really homeless, they are merely in a transitional phase of their lives.[/p][/quote]Your view of like is rather simplistic and suggests you have never hit a crisis, suffered from any kind of mental illness or encountered a challenge to your existence that you have found overwhelming. Some people just have stronger constitutions that others while some people are blessed with strong support from family, friends or a partner, while others simply haven't been unfortunately to meet a crisis in life that has "blown them out of the water" such as a bereavement or relationship breakdown or job loss. So, good for you - I look on in envy, but perhaps you could try and find a bit of compassion for those you are not as strong as you.[/p][/quote]Simplistic is right fredaj. Leonblank can trace his ancestry directly to Dickens's great characters, the Veneerings. her professional

2:05am Mon 27 Jan 14

brightonpip says...

her professional wrote:
fredaj wrote:
LeonBIank666 wrote:
clubrob6 wrote:
LeonBIank666 wrote:
When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice.

Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it.

I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this?

Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding?

Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee!
Well I think you are part of the problem people on the street are NOT all drunks and druggies,all sorts of reasons cause people to be homeless,a large proportion of the homeless are X armed forces people who have put there life on the line and been let down in there time of need by the likes of LeonBlank666.In brighton and hove to get a flat is very difficult,what you pay for a studio in B&H you can rent a three bed house further north.The torys policy of providing upto £600000 mortgage for 5% deposit will be abused by landlords for cheap mortgages to convert mor buildings into rabbit hutches and rip the renters off.I very often give food and coffee to the homeless a couple of weeks ago I seen this young guy sleeping rougth looking really cold I went home and got a sleeping bag for him.Yes a lot of people have addiction troubles but that should be addressed but DONT judge people for being down on there luck as one day it could happen to you.The number of homeless is far more than official figures only the ones most visable are noticed.
Thank you for your eloquent response unlike the retard "her professional"

Biut your answer kind of cements my point. People are aware of homelessness re. soldiers, down on your luck etc. But at the same time it is CHOICE.

If it is so cheap up North (or wherever) why don't they simply move there? The main reason is because Brighton has such good access to drugs.

It is all very well feeling sorry for them and your act of charity in given one your sleeping bag is altruism beyond my means, but true homeless people are druggies. Notice Kurt above says one guy doesn't drink, but no mention of not be a drug abuser.

Taking drugs is a lifestyle choice. No matter how bad or horrible your life is the moment you stick a needle in your arm is your choice. The moment you sell your Grandad's war medal to pay for a bag of smack, the moment you rob your own mother to pay for some crack and the moment a man sells his virgin butt in order to pay for his gear IS CHOICE.

Homeless drug addled folk only have themselves to blame. The rest are not really homeless, they are merely in a transitional phase of their lives.
Your view of like is rather simplistic and suggests you have never hit a crisis, suffered from any kind of mental illness or encountered a challenge to your existence that you have found overwhelming.

Some people just have stronger constitutions that others while some people are blessed with strong support from family, friends or a partner, while others simply haven't been unfortunately to meet a crisis in life that has "blown them out of the water" such as a bereavement or relationship breakdown or job loss.

So, good for you - I look on in envy, but perhaps you could try and find a bit of compassion for those you are not as strong as you.
Simplistic is right fredaj. Leonblank can trace his ancestry directly to Dickens's great characters, the Veneerings.
You need to be put down
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice. Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it. I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this? Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding? Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee![/p][/quote]Well I think you are part of the problem people on the street are NOT all drunks and druggies,all sorts of reasons cause people to be homeless,a large proportion of the homeless are X armed forces people who have put there life on the line and been let down in there time of need by the likes of LeonBlank666.In brighton and hove to get a flat is very difficult,what you pay for a studio in B&H you can rent a three bed house further north.The torys policy of providing upto £600000 mortgage for 5% deposit will be abused by landlords for cheap mortgages to convert mor buildings into rabbit hutches and rip the renters off.I very often give food and coffee to the homeless a couple of weeks ago I seen this young guy sleeping rougth looking really cold I went home and got a sleeping bag for him.Yes a lot of people have addiction troubles but that should be addressed but DONT judge people for being down on there luck as one day it could happen to you.The number of homeless is far more than official figures only the ones most visable are noticed.[/p][/quote]Thank you for your eloquent response unlike the retard "her professional" Biut your answer kind of cements my point. People are aware of homelessness re. soldiers, down on your luck etc. But at the same time it is CHOICE. If it is so cheap up North (or wherever) why don't they simply move there? The main reason is because Brighton has such good access to drugs. It is all very well feeling sorry for them and your act of charity in given one your sleeping bag is altruism beyond my means, but true homeless people are druggies. Notice Kurt above says one guy doesn't drink, but no mention of not be a drug abuser. Taking drugs is a lifestyle choice. No matter how bad or horrible your life is the moment you stick a needle in your arm is your choice. The moment you sell your Grandad's war medal to pay for a bag of smack, the moment you rob your own mother to pay for some crack and the moment a man sells his virgin butt in order to pay for his gear IS CHOICE. Homeless drug addled folk only have themselves to blame. The rest are not really homeless, they are merely in a transitional phase of their lives.[/p][/quote]Your view of like is rather simplistic and suggests you have never hit a crisis, suffered from any kind of mental illness or encountered a challenge to your existence that you have found overwhelming. Some people just have stronger constitutions that others while some people are blessed with strong support from family, friends or a partner, while others simply haven't been unfortunately to meet a crisis in life that has "blown them out of the water" such as a bereavement or relationship breakdown or job loss. So, good for you - I look on in envy, but perhaps you could try and find a bit of compassion for those you are not as strong as you.[/p][/quote]Simplistic is right fredaj. Leonblank can trace his ancestry directly to Dickens's great characters, the Veneerings.[/p][/quote]You need to be put down brightonpip

2:05am Mon 27 Jan 14

brightonpip says...

her professional wrote:
fredaj wrote:
LeonBIank666 wrote:
clubrob6 wrote:
LeonBIank666 wrote:
When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice.

Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it.

I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this?

Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding?

Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee!
Well I think you are part of the problem people on the street are NOT all drunks and druggies,all sorts of reasons cause people to be homeless,a large proportion of the homeless are X armed forces people who have put there life on the line and been let down in there time of need by the likes of LeonBlank666.In brighton and hove to get a flat is very difficult,what you pay for a studio in B&H you can rent a three bed house further north.The torys policy of providing upto £600000 mortgage for 5% deposit will be abused by landlords for cheap mortgages to convert mor buildings into rabbit hutches and rip the renters off.I very often give food and coffee to the homeless a couple of weeks ago I seen this young guy sleeping rougth looking really cold I went home and got a sleeping bag for him.Yes a lot of people have addiction troubles but that should be addressed but DONT judge people for being down on there luck as one day it could happen to you.The number of homeless is far more than official figures only the ones most visable are noticed.
Thank you for your eloquent response unlike the retard "her professional"

Biut your answer kind of cements my point. People are aware of homelessness re. soldiers, down on your luck etc. But at the same time it is CHOICE.

If it is so cheap up North (or wherever) why don't they simply move there? The main reason is because Brighton has such good access to drugs.

It is all very well feeling sorry for them and your act of charity in given one your sleeping bag is altruism beyond my means, but true homeless people are druggies. Notice Kurt above says one guy doesn't drink, but no mention of not be a drug abuser.

Taking drugs is a lifestyle choice. No matter how bad or horrible your life is the moment you stick a needle in your arm is your choice. The moment you sell your Grandad's war medal to pay for a bag of smack, the moment you rob your own mother to pay for some crack and the moment a man sells his virgin butt in order to pay for his gear IS CHOICE.

Homeless drug addled folk only have themselves to blame. The rest are not really homeless, they are merely in a transitional phase of their lives.
Your view of like is rather simplistic and suggests you have never hit a crisis, suffered from any kind of mental illness or encountered a challenge to your existence that you have found overwhelming.

Some people just have stronger constitutions that others while some people are blessed with strong support from family, friends or a partner, while others simply haven't been unfortunately to meet a crisis in life that has "blown them out of the water" such as a bereavement or relationship breakdown or job loss.

So, good for you - I look on in envy, but perhaps you could try and find a bit of compassion for those you are not as strong as you.
Simplistic is right fredaj. Leonblank can trace his ancestry directly to Dickens's great characters, the Veneerings.
You need to be put down
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice. Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it. I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this? Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding? Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee![/p][/quote]Well I think you are part of the problem people on the street are NOT all drunks and druggies,all sorts of reasons cause people to be homeless,a large proportion of the homeless are X armed forces people who have put there life on the line and been let down in there time of need by the likes of LeonBlank666.In brighton and hove to get a flat is very difficult,what you pay for a studio in B&H you can rent a three bed house further north.The torys policy of providing upto £600000 mortgage for 5% deposit will be abused by landlords for cheap mortgages to convert mor buildings into rabbit hutches and rip the renters off.I very often give food and coffee to the homeless a couple of weeks ago I seen this young guy sleeping rougth looking really cold I went home and got a sleeping bag for him.Yes a lot of people have addiction troubles but that should be addressed but DONT judge people for being down on there luck as one day it could happen to you.The number of homeless is far more than official figures only the ones most visable are noticed.[/p][/quote]Thank you for your eloquent response unlike the retard "her professional" Biut your answer kind of cements my point. People are aware of homelessness re. soldiers, down on your luck etc. But at the same time it is CHOICE. If it is so cheap up North (or wherever) why don't they simply move there? The main reason is because Brighton has such good access to drugs. It is all very well feeling sorry for them and your act of charity in given one your sleeping bag is altruism beyond my means, but true homeless people are druggies. Notice Kurt above says one guy doesn't drink, but no mention of not be a drug abuser. Taking drugs is a lifestyle choice. No matter how bad or horrible your life is the moment you stick a needle in your arm is your choice. The moment you sell your Grandad's war medal to pay for a bag of smack, the moment you rob your own mother to pay for some crack and the moment a man sells his virgin butt in order to pay for his gear IS CHOICE. Homeless drug addled folk only have themselves to blame. The rest are not really homeless, they are merely in a transitional phase of their lives.[/p][/quote]Your view of like is rather simplistic and suggests you have never hit a crisis, suffered from any kind of mental illness or encountered a challenge to your existence that you have found overwhelming. Some people just have stronger constitutions that others while some people are blessed with strong support from family, friends or a partner, while others simply haven't been unfortunately to meet a crisis in life that has "blown them out of the water" such as a bereavement or relationship breakdown or job loss. So, good for you - I look on in envy, but perhaps you could try and find a bit of compassion for those you are not as strong as you.[/p][/quote]Simplistic is right fredaj. Leonblank can trace his ancestry directly to Dickens's great characters, the Veneerings.[/p][/quote]You need to be put down brightonpip

12:12pm Mon 27 Jan 14

her professional says...

brightonpip wrote:
her professional wrote:
fredaj wrote:
LeonBIank666 wrote:
clubrob6 wrote:
LeonBIank666 wrote:
When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice.

Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it.

I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this?

Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding?

Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee!
Well I think you are part of the problem people on the street are NOT all drunks and druggies,all sorts of reasons cause people to be homeless,a large proportion of the homeless are X armed forces people who have put there life on the line and been let down in there time of need by the likes of LeonBlank666.In brighton and hove to get a flat is very difficult,what you pay for a studio in B&H you can rent a three bed house further north.The torys policy of providing upto £600000 mortgage for 5% deposit will be abused by landlords for cheap mortgages to convert mor buildings into rabbit hutches and rip the renters off.I very often give food and coffee to the homeless a couple of weeks ago I seen this young guy sleeping rougth looking really cold I went home and got a sleeping bag for him.Yes a lot of people have addiction troubles but that should be addressed but DONT judge people for being down on there luck as one day it could happen to you.The number of homeless is far more than official figures only the ones most visable are noticed.
Thank you for your eloquent response unlike the retard "her professional"

Biut your answer kind of cements my point. People are aware of homelessness re. soldiers, down on your luck etc. But at the same time it is CHOICE.

If it is so cheap up North (or wherever) why don't they simply move there? The main reason is because Brighton has such good access to drugs.

It is all very well feeling sorry for them and your act of charity in given one your sleeping bag is altruism beyond my means, but true homeless people are druggies. Notice Kurt above says one guy doesn't drink, but no mention of not be a drug abuser.

Taking drugs is a lifestyle choice. No matter how bad or horrible your life is the moment you stick a needle in your arm is your choice. The moment you sell your Grandad's war medal to pay for a bag of smack, the moment you rob your own mother to pay for some crack and the moment a man sells his virgin butt in order to pay for his gear IS CHOICE.

Homeless drug addled folk only have themselves to blame. The rest are not really homeless, they are merely in a transitional phase of their lives.
Your view of like is rather simplistic and suggests you have never hit a crisis, suffered from any kind of mental illness or encountered a challenge to your existence that you have found overwhelming.

Some people just have stronger constitutions that others while some people are blessed with strong support from family, friends or a partner, while others simply haven't been unfortunately to meet a crisis in life that has "blown them out of the water" such as a bereavement or relationship breakdown or job loss.

So, good for you - I look on in envy, but perhaps you could try and find a bit of compassion for those you are not as strong as you.
Simplistic is right fredaj. Leonblank can trace his ancestry directly to Dickens's great characters, the Veneerings.
You need to be put down
Great argument, you should be on Question Time.
[quote][p][bold]brightonpip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: When will these do-gooders realize that homelessness is a choice. Also why would somebody want to make themselves homeless to "learn more" about it. I can safely say sleeping on the streets is cold and uncomfortable, can Kurt not imagine this? Also why does he want to "raise awareness" of the issue? Every time I walk in to Brighton I can see the filthy drug-addled homeless beggars for myself, so why do I need reminding? And those who do not take my liberal view will already be fully aware, so why would they need reminding? Waste of time Kurt. Stop showing off to your lefty chums and wake up and smell the coffee![/p][/quote]Well I think you are part of the problem people on the street are NOT all drunks and druggies,all sorts of reasons cause people to be homeless,a large proportion of the homeless are X armed forces people who have put there life on the line and been let down in there time of need by the likes of LeonBlank666.In brighton and hove to get a flat is very difficult,what you pay for a studio in B&H you can rent a three bed house further north.The torys policy of providing upto £600000 mortgage for 5% deposit will be abused by landlords for cheap mortgages to convert mor buildings into rabbit hutches and rip the renters off.I very often give food and coffee to the homeless a couple of weeks ago I seen this young guy sleeping rougth looking really cold I went home and got a sleeping bag for him.Yes a lot of people have addiction troubles but that should be addressed but DONT judge people for being down on there luck as one day it could happen to you.The number of homeless is far more than official figures only the ones most visable are noticed.[/p][/quote]Thank you for your eloquent response unlike the retard "her professional" Biut your answer kind of cements my point. People are aware of homelessness re. soldiers, down on your luck etc. But at the same time it is CHOICE. If it is so cheap up North (or wherever) why don't they simply move there? The main reason is because Brighton has such good access to drugs. It is all very well feeling sorry for them and your act of charity in given one your sleeping bag is altruism beyond my means, but true homeless people are druggies. Notice Kurt above says one guy doesn't drink, but no mention of not be a drug abuser. Taking drugs is a lifestyle choice. No matter how bad or horrible your life is the moment you stick a needle in your arm is your choice. The moment you sell your Grandad's war medal to pay for a bag of smack, the moment you rob your own mother to pay for some crack and the moment a man sells his virgin butt in order to pay for his gear IS CHOICE. Homeless drug addled folk only have themselves to blame. The rest are not really homeless, they are merely in a transitional phase of their lives.[/p][/quote]Your view of like is rather simplistic and suggests you have never hit a crisis, suffered from any kind of mental illness or encountered a challenge to your existence that you have found overwhelming. Some people just have stronger constitutions that others while some people are blessed with strong support from family, friends or a partner, while others simply haven't been unfortunately to meet a crisis in life that has "blown them out of the water" such as a bereavement or relationship breakdown or job loss. So, good for you - I look on in envy, but perhaps you could try and find a bit of compassion for those you are not as strong as you.[/p][/quote]Simplistic is right fredaj. Leonblank can trace his ancestry directly to Dickens's great characters, the Veneerings.[/p][/quote]You need to be put down[/p][/quote]Great argument, you should be on Question Time. her professional

3:16pm Mon 27 Jan 14

PeterMullins says...

Lets pose a question to all those with such a critical mind set, firstly, do you actually care about those that are out on the streets of YOUR CITY (which you appear to be so 'well informed' about) OR are your views shared with the rest of us, simply to make you feel its alright that you are doing NOTHING to help anyone besides yourself.
If your not going to TRY and do something about it, that's fine, but lets not bring down those who are out there, trying, for the sake of others. It may be preferable to keep your inexperienced 'opinions' to yourself in this instance instead of waffling about things you know nothing about or making an attempt to drag those down that do.
Until of course, your whole life blows up in your face, and you find that maybe your not strong enough alone after your current social circle drops you, now that you don't fit the bill, (or pay it) in which case, if you need some support drop Kurt a line, he may be able to direct you to the right places.
Lets pose a question to all those with such a critical mind set, firstly, do you actually care about those that are out on the streets of YOUR CITY (which you appear to be so 'well informed' about) OR are your views shared with the rest of us, simply to make you feel its alright that you are doing NOTHING to help anyone besides yourself. If your not going to TRY and do something about it, that's fine, but lets not bring down those who are out there, trying, for the sake of others. It may be preferable to keep your inexperienced 'opinions' to yourself in this instance instead of waffling about things you know nothing about or making an attempt to drag those down that do. Until of course, your whole life blows up in your face, and you find that maybe your not strong enough alone after your current social circle drops you, now that you don't fit the bill, (or pay it) in which case, if you need some support drop Kurt a line, he may be able to direct you to the right places. PeterMullins

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