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Mobile Boutique Hotel

Richard Oetker, an eccentric corporate executive who tried to compensate for his traumatising experience of being kidnapped for ransom with this hotel on wheels.

With this unique mobile accommodation, business partners were initially driven to selected locations, housed and fed. He made sure that all feasible wishes of his guests could be realised. He created a unique fleet based on solid and robust Mercedes lorries and specially designed trailers and semi-trailers.

All Mercedes lorries and trailers have been converted for many types of road and terrain and offer space for all 15 co-drivers in the cabs.

In this ‘oldie boutique motel’ there is accommodation for 15 people in 3 trailers, a lounge for get-togethers with old fashioned media, a ‘full gastro kitchen’ with 6-burner gas hob/oven, extractor bonnet, fridge and freezer compartments, dishwasher and much more.

The vehicles are all Mercedes trucks, trucks that were built to handle extreme circumstances and in themselves, have space for many people whilst in motion.

There are showers, double and single beds, wardrobes for clothes.

There is a restaurant section for people who would be eating the food cooked in the restaurant.

One of the best things though is the rather antique, green look of the hotel, which is why we think they would suit being on a festival site as they actually enhance, rather than detract from their surroundings.

Here is an image gallery for you to look through, with some videos after.

Thailand 1997-1999

After a brief stay in Thailand in 1996 we went to Hong Kong for a year, where I worked on, what was then, the largest building site in the world. I welded for a year which earned us the cash for me to become a dive instructor. I also bought the equipment to make underwater video, which was a bit basic at the time, but it paid the rent for a good while.

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Back to Yorkshire

I have done work in the past few years for the NHS, who offer their staff a day out in Todmorden to ease their stress and, at the same time, guide them in a few areas to do with work. At the same time, they get to eat nice Thai food, plus hang out in a gorgeous town in the Calder Valley for a day, which to be honest would be what I would prefer over a day at the NHS in the current climate.

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Remote Working 2023

When I heard of the whole location independent, remote working trend back at the end of the last Millennia I was drawn to it like a bee to a honeypot. I had already found work whilst abroad, becoming a scuba diving instructor, making underwater video, welding in Hong Kong, but the dream was to be free of location with the ability to come and go whilst making enough to live.

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The Azores

We made a home here almost a year ago now. We made a home here because it’s in the middle of The Atlantic, it has green fields like Yorkshire has green fields, yet it doesn’t get much colder than 14 degrees in the winter, it has gorgeous soil that can grow most things except pineapples, so here they grow pineapples in glasshouses and bananas in the fields, or avocados, strange flowers that look like they’ve landed from another planet, but mostly grass for cows that we woo into making cheese. Lots of cheese.

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I remember visiting the font where my father was baptised in Dublin, not far form the Guinness brewery. The small alcove where he would have waved his arms and legs and wailed his fresh lungs was my first bookend of his life, a life that started in a local tenement, the passion of poverty, the frailty of humans, moving within the wild waves of other people’s wishes.

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