Branded surf – E Surfboard Racks http://www.esurfboardracks.com/ Sat, 17 Jul 2021 08:12:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://www.esurfboardracks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-5.png Branded surf – E Surfboard Racks http://www.esurfboardracks.com/ 32 32 From Bike Geek to Surf Chic: How Oakley Conquered the World – Wavelength Surf Magazine https://www.esurfboardracks.com/from-bike-geek-to-surf-chic-how-oakley-conquered-the-world-wavelength-surf-magazine/ https://www.esurfboardracks.com/from-bike-geek-to-surf-chic-how-oakley-conquered-the-world-wavelength-surf-magazine/#respond Fri, 16 Jul 2021 13:07:23 +0000 https://www.esurfboardracks.com/from-bike-geek-to-surf-chic-how-oakley-conquered-the-world-wavelength-surf-magazine/ Legend has it that Oakley founder Jim Jannard was driving on PCH in the summer of 1983, the late afternoon sun glistening off the Pacific coast, beaming straight into his ring road. Raising a hand against the car window to block out the Californian gold so he didn’t have to squint while he was driving, […]]]>

Legend has it that Oakley founder Jim Jannard was driving on PCH in the summer of 1983, the late afternoon sun glistening off the Pacific coast, beaming straight into his ring road. Raising a hand against the car window to block out the Californian gold so he didn’t have to squint while he was driving, a thought occurred to him: why not bend his glasses to the sides, for one. full protection?

Jim started Oakley – named after his dog, an English Setter named Oakley Ann – in the ’70s from his garage in California with $ 300 in starting capital, making props for the moto-x racing scene and whipping them up. from the trunk of a Honda Civic. , like his Oakley Grips, made from a rubber compound he had developed that became more grippy, not slippery, when wet, dubbed Unobtanium. Then, in its line of racing accessories, came the glasses. With an eye for the brand, he silkscreened Oakley on the strap in large letters, which became a hit with BMX kids who wore the goggles on their helmets, just to get the brand name strap congratulations.

Vintage Oakley advertisements, as recognizable and iconic as the glasses themselves

After all, road cyclists tend to be so thin, with a toddler’s biceps and torso, that they don’t look good. Not exactly oozing nonchalant, laid back, cool or badass, 80s beach vibes either, grimacing and growling like a cubist abstraction of a trench horse tangled in barbed wire as they ascend the hellish ascent of Ventoux. And yet, what started out as road racing gear quickly became a staple of beach wear in every surf town in the known world.

The release of the Frogskin certainly helped, combining the performance of plutonium lens technology with a more traditional spectacle frame. Suddenly, sunglasses were at the forefront of the new world of the 80s. Shiny, futuristic, efficient. Lenses like Red IridiumTM had bold names and big performance claims backed by R&D. Until then, flagship glasses like Raybans were basically throwbacks to classic style icons of the past, the Rat Pack or Jackie O, black, heavy and voluptuous, or they were more skinny, Tom Cruise in Top Gun, aviator style. , also a return to the classic styles of yesteryear. There was nothing retrospective about Oakley’s ever-growing offering other than reminding their ad readers that the sun was in fact a nuclear fireball producing radiation for the past 5 billion years.

You sure didn’t want to go out like this looking like your father, and unprotected, right?

Along with this decade’s penchant for the brilliant, brash badass esthete of MTV, a growing desire for over-performing gear. People wore running shoes to drive to get a cheeseburger, kids did paper rounds on aluminum-frame mountain bikes with 21 gears. Oakley eyewear puts performance beyond performance at the heart of the product, patented lenses that exceed government guidelines for UV protection, while providing unparalleled visual clarity throughout the lens curve.

Aside from having a mad scientist rep, Jannard and the Oakley sports marketing team (another first, previously called the “Promotions Department”) were not afraid to think big on sponsorship deals, surfing is no exception. The winners were smiling, and for some of surfing’s most iconic winners and their larger-than-life demeanor, Oakley was the perfect fit.

TC, Pipemaster; Richie Collins in full swing from the Blades / Fluoro / Webs era. Quiksilver Pictures // John Conway

Tom Carroll defied death and destruction at the Pipe Masters with stellar performances, the razor blades he wore on the podium to hoist the trophy seemed another part of his superhuman arsenal. TC and other lords of the day like Elko and Richie Collins blazed new trails on the water, while on land, Oakley’s iconic eyewear kept harmful UV rays out of their eyes.

I remember seeing Mark ‘Sanga’ Sainsbury winning the trials for the Newquay competition in ’91, sporting a trench coat, spiked flat top and Mumbo frames for presentation, looking fucking amazing. The fact that the weather was overcast and it was raining only added to its appearance. As I stepped off the beach, blown away by these exotic animals shredding the waves of distant lands, I couldn’t help but notice Thermonuclear ProtectionTM neon stickers on the backs of the motorhomes.

I didn’t know what it meant, but I knew I needed it now.

Italo went from top to bottom to be the most relevant surfer on the planet, with very little backswing. Photo: Luke Gartside

The list of world surfing champions who have had O at their temple at some point in their careers is quite exhaustive, from TC, Parko, Layne, Italo, Gabriel, CJ, Mick, Lisa, Occy, and it’s not only competition animals either. Cult icons of free surfing like Bruce Irons, Taj, Bobby Martinez, Nathan Fletcher and Kalani Robb have also helped redefine the sport in High Definition OpticsTM. In fact, Kalani riding the Mug Tube in a pair of Water Jackets might be one of the most recognizable commercials in surf magazine history.

Styles and fashions come and go, but Oakley’s relentless dedication to perpetual innovation has kept the brand central to the culture of a global beach lifestyle.


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Haunting last selfie of sisters murdered ‘in pact with Devil’ to win lottery https://www.esurfboardracks.com/haunting-last-selfie-of-sisters-murdered-in-pact-with-devil-to-win-lottery/ https://www.esurfboardracks.com/haunting-last-selfie-of-sisters-murdered-in-pact-with-devil-to-win-lottery/#respond Thu, 15 Jul 2021 04:37:09 +0000 https://www.esurfboardracks.com/?p=259 This is the last ‘haunting’ selfie of two sisters as they spotted a Satan-worshipper approaching moments before he murdered them after signing a deal with the devil in his own blood – as their mother today branded him an ‘animal’ and declared: ‘He’ll be a killing machine by the time he comes out of prison’.  Bibaa Henry, […]]]>

This is the last ‘haunting’ selfie of two sisters as they spotted a Satan-worshipper approaching moments before he murdered them after signing a deal with the devil in his own blood – as their mother today branded him an ‘animal’ and declared: ‘He’ll be a killing machine by the time he comes out of prison’. 

Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were murdered on Saturday, June 6 last year while partying together in a north London to celebrate Bibaa’s 46th birthday and shot 150 photographs capturing their euphoria of being together after months of lockdown.     

And in what police have described as the last ‘haunting’ image of them together, taken at 1.13am, both women can be seen looking to their left ‘as if distracted’ in Fryent Country Park, Wembley. Investigating officers believe this is the moment they became aware of the approach of Danyal Hussein, who was then 18.  

Hussein was about to start to fulfil his ‘contract’ with a demon he had named Lucifuge Rofocale – signed in his own blood – in which he promised to kill six women in six months in return for winning the £321million Mega Millions Super Jackpot lottery and not being suspected of his crimes. Such was his obsession with winning a huge sum, he spent £180 on Lotto tickets in the days before he struck. 

Jurors were not told that Hussein, now 19, had previously come to the attention of police aged just 15 over fears he was vulnerable to radicalisation and violent extremism.

The sisters’ mother Mina Smallman, a retired Church of England cleric, told BBC news: ‘The problem is the people who are supposed to be assessing and taking responsibility, there’s a gap from stage to stage so they get lost in the system. The saddest thing is, if this young man does have this tendency, when he goes into prison he is going to be even more radicalised. He is a killer now, he’ll be a killing machine by the time he comes out.’

She also described forgiving him because he has ‘no power in our lives’, and revealed Hussein would position himself in the dock so he could stare at her and smile during the most gruesome evidence. 

She said: ‘This animal.. he looked at me straight in my eyes and gave this sinister little smile. So I smiled back and winked and he went doolally because I gave him that and I wouldn’t give him the privilege of letting him feel he had destroyed me’.   Hussein will be sentenced on September 22.

Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman were found dead following the ‘terrifying’murder carried out under cover of darkness – and police believe this selfie may have been the moment they saw Danyal Hussein approaching

Hussein had spent £160 on lottery tickets in the days before he murdered the sisters. These were found by police in his room

Hussein had spent £160 on lottery tickets in the days before he murdered the sisters. These were found by police in his room

Murderer: Danyal Hussein, 19, who killed sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, seen here in his police mugshot

Mina Smallman, the mother of Nicole Smallman speaking outside the Old Bailey in London after he was found guilty of murder

Murderer: Danyal Hussein, 19, who killed sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, seen here in his police mugshot. He would try to intimidate and give ‘sinister smiles’ to their mother Mina, who today revealed that she smiled back to show he had ‘no power’ over the family

Murderer Danyal Hussein holds his hands up in the air as police arrest him at his home following the discovery of the sisters

Murderer Danyal Hussein holds his hands up in the air as police arrest him at his home following the discovery of the sisters

He puts hands behind his head as police train their tasers on him at his parents' home, eager to bring him in without trouble

He puts hands behind his head as police train their tasers on him at his parents’ home, eager to bring him in without trouble

Danyal Hussein (above upon his arrest), 19, was on trial at the Old Bailey accused murdering Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, in the early hours of June 6 last year

Danyal Hussein (above upon his arrest), 19, was on trial at the Old Bailey accused murdering Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, in the early hours of June 6 last year

Hussein used his own blood to sign an agreement with a 'demon' named Lucifuge Rofocale promising to 'sacrifice' women

Hussein used his own blood to sign an agreement with a ‘demon’ named Lucifuge Rofocale promising to ‘sacrifice’ women

Inked in blood: The signature of the murderer penned in his own bodily fluids on the 'deal' to the devil for a lottery win

Inked in blood: The signature of the murderer penned in his own bodily fluids on the ‘deal’ to the devil for a lottery win

Police Apple iPad plea rejected

Detectives were unable to access 80 per cent of the data on Hussein’s Apple iPad.

The killer told police he had forgotten his password and a request to US courts for the information was denied because it was unlikely anything on the device would directly link him to the murders. 

Scotland Yard’s Simon Harding likened it to running an investigation ‘with your hands tied behind your back’. 

He said police needed the password to help find out if there were other ‘likeminded’ people they needed to trace.

Apple said it had no record of the application as it was made directly to the courts.

Hussein had been on a de-radicalisation programme between October 2017 and May 2018 after being referred to the Prevent scheme by his school.

Following his arrest, police found Hussein had communicated with others about demons and love potions, and carried out online research about the far-right and Norse mythology.

He had made a pact with a mythical demon to kill six women every six months in return for winning the lottery.

Mrs Smallman said law enforcement should be allowed access to all communication devices belonging to those suspected of extremism.

She told the BBC: ‘Once they have proven that they are not working within the right systems, they’re not in a good place, we need to be able to gain access to that information.’ 

In the early hours of June 6 he stabbed Bibaa eight times, and her sister 28 times, with a 12-inch knife. He hid their bodies in undergrowth where they would not be found for 36 hours by Nicole’s boyfriend. Police believe if they had not caught him he would have killed again. 

‘No one expects their children to die before them, but to have two out of three of your children murdered on the same night is just incomprehensible,’ said the victims’ mother Mina Smallman in her victim impact statement.

Mrs Smallman, a retired Church of England archdeacon, has accused the Metropolitan Police of racial bias because of the slow response when her daughters were reported missing on June 6. The force faces a probe by the police watchdog after the family had to set up their own search party when officers failed to arrive, with Miss Smallman’s boyfriend finding the bodies on June 7.

Mina Smallman, mother of the two victims looking on as Danyal Hussein appears in the dock at the Old Bailey, where he would try to intimidate and provoke her. She refused and would smile and wink back

Mina Smallman, mother of the two victims looking on as Danyal Hussein appears in the dock at the Old Bailey, where he would try to intimidate and provoke her. She refused and would smile and wink back

How Satanist sixth former was referred to Prevent aged 15 over far-right propaganda he viewed on school computers – but was discharged less than a year later after he was deemed no risk 

Hussein had attended Thomas Tallis School in Kidbrooke, South London where he was reported to the government’s Prevent de-radicalisation programme in October 2017, at the age of 15.

The school raised concerns that Hussein ‘may have been displaying vulnerability to radicalisation’ and, after a further assessment, he was referred to the Channel programme, which is part of Prevent.

Seven months later, in May 2018 he was discharged from the Channel process with ‘no outstanding concerns at that time with respect to violent extremism or terrorism,’ according to a Home Office statement.

After leaving the Channel programme, Hussein continued to receive ‘relevant support’ from his school, health and social services, and ‘no further concerns were raised over his behaviour in respect of Prevent.’

In addition, the Prevent officers also carried out reviews at six and 12 months after he was discharged from the Channel process, and ‘nothing of concern was identified to prompt any further intervention from Channel or Prevent,’ the statement said.

Detectives now question whether Hussein may already have been set on a path to rightwing extremism and Satanism.

Sam Armstrong, of the Henry Jackson Society think tank, told MailOnline: ‘Time and time again individuals who commit the most heinous acts of violence and terrorism are found to have been on the radar of counter-extremism officials.

‘The government must now urgently investigate whether the protocols for being dismissed as not posing a danger are sufficiently robust to deal with the threat that we face.

‘Future lives depend on getting this right.’

Two officers have already been charged with misconduct in public office after apparently taking selfies with the bodies and sharing them on WhatsApp groups. 

Hussein was referred to Prevent for far-right extremism aged 15 – but discharged months later as no risk. 

The spells-obsessed killer had cut himself to use his own blood to sign an agreement with a ‘demon’ named Lucifuge Rofocale promising to ‘sacrifice’ women in exchange for the Mega Millions Super Jackpot. 

The shocked Old Bailey heard during his trial that in another note, he offered blood for ‘sexual potency’ and to make a girl at his school fall in love with him.

Police yesterday released the moment he was apprehended, circled outside his mother’s home with tasers trained upon him. 

MailOnline can also now disclose Hussein, who has Iraqi Kurdish heritage, had been referred to a de-radicalisation programme at the age of 15 by his school who feared he was ‘vulnerable to grooming’.

Hussein had attended Thomas Tallis School in Kidbrooke, South London where he was reported to the government’s Prevent de-radicalisation programme in October 2017.

The school raised concerns that Hussein ‘may have been displaying vulnerability to radicalisation’ and, after a further assessment, he was referred to the Channel programme, which is part of Prevent.

Seven months later, in May 2018 he was discharged from the Channel process with ‘no outstanding concerns at that time with respect to violent extremism or terrorism,’ according to a Home Office statement.

It came after teachers found material he had accessed on school computers, including far-right propaganda. 

Police after his arrest had also wanted to ask tech giant Apple for help because they were unable to see what he viewed or who he talked to – but the US courts refused to compel them to ‘crack’ storage used by his laptop.   

Armed with a knife bought in Asda, Hussein had launched a ‘terrifying’ attack on Henry and Smallman in north London.

Having cut his hand in the process, he then dragged their bodies into bushes in a final heartless indignity for the innocent pair. 

Hussein, who declined to give evidence, has disputed DNA found at the scene or that he was caught on any CCTV, including footage of a person returning to his home after the killings in the early hours of June 6.

But his lies were seen through by the jury in London’s famous crown court.  

The mother of the two sisters, The Venerable Mina Smallman, spoke outside the Old Bailey after Danyal Hussein was convicted of their murders.

The retired cleric said: ‘I have made no bones about my complaints with the Metropolitan Police office but I have to say I can only commend them. This team moved heaven and earth to ensure we felt that we were being supported.

‘This is the kind of police force that I believe in and we need to work towards so we have justice and families are treated with respect.’

She added: ‘We remember our girls as the wonderful, strong women they were and we hope that some good will come out of this horrible story.’

In his closing speech, Mr Glasgow QC had told the jury: ‘Given the weight of the evidence against him, only someone who actually believes that an agreement with a demon will work could refuse to accept any aspect of the case against him. 

The sisters (above), who had been celebrating Ms Henry's birthday with friends, were found the following day by Ms Smallman's boyfriend

The sisters (above), who had been celebrating Ms Henry’s birthday with friends, were found the following day by Ms Smallman’s boyfriend

Armed with a knife bought in Asda, teenager (above, Hussein in Asda) launched a 'terrifying' attack on Henry and Smallman

Armed with a knife bought in Asda, teenager (above, Hussein in Asda) launched a ‘terrifying’ attack on Henry and Smallman

Danyal Hussein here in a picture that had been shown to the jury at the Old Bailey trial of a photo used to get bank account

Danyal Hussein here in a picture that had been shown to the jury at the Old Bailey trial of a photo used to get bank account

How Apple password frustrated the police investigation

Police know that Hussein accessed the dark web but not what he viewed or who he talked to because he refused to give them the password to his laptop which had been used to surf the ‘dark web’.

They could not fully access his Apple iPad and police never found his mobile phone.

‘There’s not really a huge amount of information about how he became fascinated with demons and the occult because it was all done, behind locked doors in his bedroom essentially,’ Mr Harding said.

‘In my experience in murder investigations, my colleagues will say the same, we always seem to come to the same problem, getting into certain devices, and asking to get into them and sometimes being refused due to whatever reasons there might be.

‘I personally find it strange that you wouldn’t help in those certain situations because the reason you want to get in there is to understand if there are other people with a similar mindset that he’s talking to that we would need to get into interventions or whatever it might be.

‘So I think it’s incredibly frustrating to run a murder inquiry when your hands are tied behind your back in that way.’

‘Perhaps he still believes that Lucifuge Rofocale will come to his aid, but unfortunately for the defendant, there are no deals to be had in these courts and the devil – if he is anywhere – is in the detail. ‘

Outlining the tragic circumstances, he said: ‘For Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, Friday, June 5 was supposed to be a celebration of life; a birthday party, a night where you reflect on the year you have had and look forward to the year that will be. 

‘It was supposed to be an evening of friendship and love; a chance to spend time with those closest to you.

‘And it was supposed to end with both sisters returning home to their loved ones with smiles on their faces and fond memories to look back on.

‘For this defendant, however, the celebration he had planned was quite different.

‘It was a celebration of death, not of life; it was a night of sacrifice and violence, not of shared emotions; and it was the start of his planned campaign of vengeance that would see part of his twisted bargain fulfilled and leave him looking forward to the riches he believed would soon come his way.

‘It is hard to imagine that anyone could do to another human being what this defendant did to Bibaa and Nicole; but to have planned it, to have prepared it and to have performed it with such ruthless selfishness it truly terrifying.

‘He did not care what he had to do to get what he wanted, and these two women were nothing more than a means to a very disturbing end.

‘Indeed, the last few minutes of Bibaa and Nicole’s lives must have been truly terrifying.’

The defendant’s claim that someone else wrote the agreement to sacrifice women for a lottery win was almost as ridiculous as the document itself, the lawyer asserted. 

A knife similar to the one bought by Danyal Hussein in Asda in Colindale he used to murder the two innocent sisters

A knife similar to the one bought by Danyal Hussein in Asda in Colindale he used to murder the two innocent sisters

Hussein showing a cut on his hand following his arrest which he got murdering the sisters in his frenzied knife attack

Hussein showing a cut on his hand following his arrest which he got murdering the sisters in his frenzied knife attack

Bibaa Henry's mobile phone, along with a bank card and a driving licence after they were retrieved from a pond in Fryent Country Park

Bibaa Henry’s mobile phone, along with a bank card and a driving licence after they were retrieved from a pond in Fryent Country Park

Documents found in the room of Danyal Hussein, including spells and pacts to the devil and strange symbols

Documents found in the room of Danyal Hussein, including spells and pacts to the devil and strange symbols

‘The person responsible for this perverse document and the person responsible for the brutal slaying of two women are one and the same individual: this defendant,’ Mr Glasgow said.

He also dismissed the suggestion by the defence that the crime scene could have been contaminated, saying there was no evidence from Hussein to explain how his blood and DNA got there.

Earlier, trial judge Mrs Justice Whipple warned jurors not to be drawn into speculation or influenced by emotion as they assessed the evidence.

On the central issue of the case, she said the prosecution say the evidence shows the killer was Hussein while the defendant asserts that the jury ‘cannot be sure of that’. 

Lawyers for Hussein claim a ‘mystery man’ who looks like the teenager bought the knives at the supermarket and purchased shovels and mask from Amazon.

An unknown person also wrote out the contract with Lucifuge Rofocale – then signed it in Hussein’s blood and left it under the television in his bedroom. 

The tragedy for the sisters’ family was to be compounded by official errors, police incompetence and corporate privacy issues.

This included an earlier, failed, opportunity to identify and attempt to change Hussein’s mindset when he was suspected of far-Right sympathies, aged 15, and the dilatory police response to reports of the sisters’ disappearance.

A US court’s refusal to grant detectives access to Hussein’s Apple iPad also led senior investigator Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding to complain that police were trying to investigate the murders ‘with our hands tied behind our backs’. 

DCI Simon Harding, the senior investigating officer for Operation Saxonstreet, said after the case: ‘This has been a shocking case that will stay with all of us for many years to come, not least the awful way in which these two vibrant women met their deaths but also Hussein’s bizarre deluded fantasies that he should sacrifice the women in exchange for a lottery win.

‘I strongly believe that he would have gone on to kill more women if he hadn’t injured his hand in such a way that he did when he killed Bibaa and Nicole.

‘It’s very difficult for my team still to this day to comprehend that this 18-year-old boy, as he was at the time, could have carried out such and such savage attacks.

 ‘He showed disrespect for everything, for the families, support systems, the process, police, paramedics, everybody – and the jury,’ Mr Harding said. 

 The contract with the devil talked about sacrificing women to win the lottery but police say they could ‘never rule out’ a racist motive because of ‘right-wing themes’ in his online activity.

Hussein’s online conversations showed ‘some limited evidence of far-right thoughts’ but most was to do with ‘love spells and potions’, Mr Harding said. 

A black balaclava found on the floor of a wardrobe in a bedroom at Hussein's home during the police searches

A black balaclava found on the floor of a wardrobe in a bedroom at Hussein’s home during the police searches

A bloodstained cushion bearing the the words 'Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass'. It was found in recovery of evidence during the investigation into the murder

A bloodstained cushion bearing the the words ‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass’. It was found in recovery of evidence during the investigation into the murder

A large blue holdall which was recovered during a search at a refuse centre, containing bloodstained grey blankets, an unopened sparkling wine bottle, a selfie stick and LED colour changing lights

A large blue holdall which was recovered during a search at a refuse centre, containing bloodstained grey blankets, an unopened sparkling wine bottle, a selfie stick and LED colour changing lights

Timeline of Danyal Hussein’s murder plot after ‘pact with devil’

Danyal Hussein planned and executed his diabolical plan to kill women and get away with it with ‘ruthless selfishness’, jurors heard before they found the 19 year old guilty of two murders.

Here are the key events in the murders of sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry.

– June 3: Danyal Hussein is caught on CCTV buying a knife block – identical to a bloody blade later recovered from the murder scene – at Asda in Colindale, north London. He returns later and purchases tape.

Hussein buys a full face mask and shovels on Amazon.

– June 4: Hussein sets up an online betting account with Lottogo.com which runs bets on the Mega Millions Super Jackpot.

– June 5: Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry are seen stocking up on picnic items for Ms Henry’s birthday in a Co-op before walking into Fryent Country Park in Wembley at 7.39pm.

Hussein picks up his Amazon purchases at Morrisons before going to the park at 8.40pm.

– June 6: The last guests leave after midnight and the sisters dance with fairy lights and clear up the picnic area.

At 1.13am the sisters take a final selfie and their attention appears distracted. Hussein launches his attack soon after, cutting himself in the process.

Just after 4am, the shadowy figure of Hussein is caught on CCTV returning to his father’s house near the park. He is not wearing any trousers.

Around 9pm, the sisters are reported missing by Ms Smallman’s boyfriend Adam Stone and soon after by their concerned mother.

At 6.15pm Hussein attends Northwick Park Hospital for cuts to his right hand and is referred for more treatment.

– June 7: Just after 1am, Hussein places bets on the Mega Millions Jackpot. He does not win and all his later attempts to win lottery prizes also come to nothing.

A distraught Mr Stone and his parents go to the park to search for the sisters. Friend Nina Esmat finds Ms Henry’s glasses near the picnic spot and is advised to take them to a police station.

Around 12.30pm, Mr Stone’s father discovers a knife and Ms Smallman’s boyfriend finds the women’s bodies in bushes.

Two police officers originally deployed to help in the missing persons inquiry are diverted as they reach the park. They secure the scene which is forensically examined over days. Some of the sisters’ belongings are later discovered at a refuse centre, including blood-stained blankets and cushions.

– June 16: Hussein reports his bank card lost, having used it to buy the knives and other purchases.

– June 30: A DNA breakthrough is made. Unidentified DNA from blood at the scene produces a familial link to the defendant due to a family member whose DNA was on the national database due to a previous caution. Within an hour and a half police link Hussein to the Asda knife-buying trip and CCTV covering his father’s home.

– July 1: In the early hours officers with Tasers knock on Hussein’s mother’s door in south-east London. Hussein answers and is arrested. At the police station he says he has Asperger’s syndrome and memory trouble.

A search of his bedroom reveals a note to a demon promising to make sacrifices of women to win the Mega Millions Super Jackpot of £321 million.

Satanism ‘sits behind it, essentially, it’s an ideology as far as we can see and it’s like a cult following,’ he added.

Three jurors had wept as Mr Glasgow read a statement from Mina Smallman while Hussein shook his head.

She said in the statement: ‘On Friday 5th June 2020, Bibaa’s birthday, I knew she had planned an outdoor party with her friends.

‘Bibaa, being the responsible person that she was, had chosen to have a very small gathering in an outside place where people would be safe.

‘I know she chose that venue because the plan was that they would watch the sunset together.

‘Bibaa and Nikki loved music and regularly attended festivals.

‘The purpose of the birthday celebration was to have a mini festival which is why she planned and organised it the way she did.

‘Bibaa was a details person hence the cushions, blankets, tablemats.

‘The weather had been very unpredictable that week and what often goes through my mind is that if it had been raining on that Friday, they wouldn’t have been there and this nightmare would never have happened to our family and our precious girls would still be here.

‘I was instantly concerned when Bibaa and Nicole had failed to get in touch with their friends, Adam and family after the party.

‘This was so unusual and not like them at all.

‘On the Sunday morning I woke up stressed.

‘I phoned Adam and asked if he heard anything and he said no.

‘At 8am I phoned my friend who was ex CID and left a voicemail, my friends could hear the worry and concern in my voice so they immediately called me back and began talking us through the process of a missing persons search.

‘We had to establish who was at the party.

‘I contacted my niece, Joanne and asked her for the contact details of Bibaa and Nicole’s friends.

‘She sent out a message on Facebook and asked the ones who were at the party to call me.

‘I was aware that family and friends had launched their own search party and they were going to go back to the park where the birthday party had been held.

‘Nina told me that she had found a pair of Bibaa’s glasses.

‘At that point, I was just thinking Bibaa must have dropped her glasses but I was still very concerned that we’d had no contact from either of them.

‘I didn’t allow myself to think of the worst, in that situation, you can’t, you just go into mum mode.

‘Adam rang me and told me they had found a knife.

‘I was on the phone to my ex CID friend and he told me to tell them to get off the crime scene.

‘That was when it hit me that something very serious was happening.

‘I was sat in my living room at home when Adam called me again, he said ‘Mina I’m going to need you to sit down… We’ve found them, they’ve gone.’

‘I instantly fell to my knees and began screaming, screaming and screaming.

‘I sobbed for ages, I have no idea how long for, I lost all concept of time… I was all alone.

‘No one expects their children to die before them but to have two out of three of your children to be murdered on the same night is just incomprehensible.

‘As a person of faith, a follower of Christ, losing two of my girls in this way could have been enough to shake a person’s faith. Fortunately it didn’t.

Mina Smallman’s victim impact statement to the court had jurors in tears

‘On Friday 5th June 2020, Bibaa’s birthday, I knew she had planned an outdoor party with her friends.

‘Bibaa, being the responsible person that she was, had chosen to have a very small gathering in an outside place where people would be safe.

‘I know she chose that venue because the plan was that they would watch the sunset together.

‘Bibaa and Nikki loved music and regularly attended festivals.

‘The purpose of the birthday celebration was to have a mini festival which is why she planned and organised it the way she did.

‘Bibaa was a details person hence the cushions, blankets, tablemats.

‘The weather had been very unpredictable that week and what often goes through my mind is that if it had been raining on that Friday, they wouldn’t have been there and this nightmare would never have happened to our family and our precious girls would still be here.

‘I was instantly concerned when Bibaa and Nicole had failed to get in touch with their friends, Adam and family after the party.

‘This was so unusual and not like them at all.

‘On the Sunday morning I woke up stressed.

‘I phoned Adam and asked if he heard anything and he said no.

‘At 8am I phoned my friend who was ex CID and left a voicemail, my friends could hear the worry and concern in my voice so they immediately called me back and began talking us through the process of a missing persons search.

‘We had to establish who was at the party.

‘I contacted my niece, Joanne and asked her for the contact details of Bibaa and Nicole’s friends.

‘She sent out a message on Facebook and asked the ones who were at the party to call me.

‘I was aware that family and friends had launched their own search party and they were going to go back to the park where the birthday party had been held.

‘Nina told me that she had found a pair of Bibaa’s glasses.

‘At that point, I was just thinking Bibaa must have dropped her glasses but I was still very concerned that we’d had no contact from either of them.

‘I didn’t allow myself to think of the worst, in that situation, you can’t, you just go into mum mode.

‘Adam rang me and told me they had found a knife.

‘I was on the phone to my ex CID friend and he told me to tell them to get off the crime scene.

‘That was when it hit me that something very serious was happening.

‘I was sat in my living room at home when Adam called me again, he said ‘Mina I’m going to need you to sit down… We’ve found them, they’ve gone.’

‘I instantly fell to my knees and began screaming, screaming and screaming.

‘I sobbed for ages, I have no idea how long for, I lost all concept of time… I was all alone.

‘No one expects their children to die before them but to have two out of three of your children to be murdered on the same night is just incomprehensible.

‘As a person of faith, a follower of Christ, losing two of my girls in this way could have been enough to shake a person’s faith. Fortunately it didn’t.

‘You never want to imagine how the girls looked.

‘I was so worried about Adam, he can’t unsee what he saw that day.

‘We visited Adam and his family around the time of us planning the funeral. He was inconsolable.

‘When I saw him, he was skin and bone. I knew he wasn’t sleeping and I was very concerned about his welfare.

‘Our family’s grief was further compounded by the cordon officers who will now be known as despicable 1 and 2, any inner strength I had reserved had been torn away.

‘When we were told they had found somebody, the relief was huge.

‘That was because no other family would have to suffer the way we have because he wouldn’t be able to do it again.

‘I didn’t leave my house for months, I couldn’t go outside the front door.

‘Fear of the press, following the mass intrusion, I couldn’t bear people talking about our girls in such a way.

‘We now have a ring doorbell so we can vet any visitors. Journalists were knocking on our neighbours doors, it was very distressing.

‘The things we have been subjected to, the level of detail has been horrific.

‘To hear that our girls were dragged along the grass so their clothes were pulled up the placed in some kind of macabre position, it makes you think that this is a person who actually doesn’t have a heart.

‘There can be no connection with humanity.

‘I understand poor upbringing, greed, I taught boys at secondary school and out of thousands of boys I have taught, I have never come across such evil.

‘When I learned about the defendant’s pact with the demon, at that point I felt my spiritual faith take hold of the situation.

‘I am a priest in the Church of England and one of my roles was to work with people delving into the occult and clearing houses of evil presence

‘When the prosecution Counsel gave his closing speech, talking the jury through the last few minutes of our girls lives and hearing that Nikki had fought back so courageously, and even while she was dying she was being stabbed in her legs, I think that was the hardest thing to hear and I think that will disturb me for the rest of my life.

‘There is no medication that can stop this pain. I have lost my first born and my baby, they have gone.

‘The hardest thing is that when their sister, my daughter Monique, looks at me she sees them and when I look at her I see them.

‘When she came over from Holland to visit, they would all be there with us and now we will never have that family time again, those precious times stolen from us.

‘What isn’t missed is the tiniest of details that often bring the most pain.

‘I can never look at an ash tree without seeing my dead girls in my minds eye.

‘I was told that in Nikki’s hand was a little bit of ash tree branch, presumably from when she was fighting for her life from the monster who was attacking her.

‘When we are driving, at any given moment we can pass a wooded area with ash trees and I burst into uncontrollable tears in the car.

Mina Smallman said: ‘I have to say I can thank the police.

‘This is the kind of police force that I believe in and we need to work towards so that we have justice and families treated with respect.

‘Can I thank all of my family and my church family, for holding us up in prayer.

‘We remember our girls as the wonderful strong women they were.

‘We hope that some good can come out of this horrible story.’

 

‘You never want to imagine how the girls looked.

‘I was so worried about Adam, he can’t unsee what he saw that day.

‘We visited Adam and his family around the time of us planning the funeral. He was inconsolable.

‘When I saw him, he was skin and bone. I knew he wasn’t sleeping and I was very concerned about his welfare.

‘Our family’s grief was further compounded by the cordon officers who will now be known as despicable 1 and 2, any inner strength I had reserved had been torn away.

‘When we were told they had found somebody, the relief was huge.

‘That was because no other family would have to suffer the way we have because he wouldn’t be able to do it again.

‘I didn’t leave my house for months, I couldn’t go outside the front door.

‘Fear of the press, following the mass intrusion, I couldn’t bear people talking about our girls in such a way.

‘We now have a ring doorbell so we can vet any visitors. Journalists were knocking on our neighbours doors, it was very distressing.

‘The things we have been subjected to, the level of detail has been horrific.

‘To hear that our girls were dragged along the grass so their clothes were pulled up the placed in some kind of macabre position, it makes you think that this is a person who actually doesn’t have a heart.

‘There can be no connection with humanity.

‘I understand poor upbringing, greed, I taught boys at secondary school and out of thousands of boys I have taught, I have never come across such evil.

‘When I learned about the defendant’s pact with the demon, at that point I felt my spiritual faith take hold of the situation.

‘I am a priest in the Church of England and one of my roles was to work with people delving into the occult and clearing houses of evil presence

‘When the prosecution Counsel gave his closing speech, talking the jury through the last few minutes of our girls lives and hearing that Nikki had fought back so courageously, and even while she was dying she was being stabbed in her legs, I think that was the hardest thing to hear and I think that will disturb me for the rest of my life.

‘There is no medication that can stop this pain. I have lost my first born and my baby, they have gone.

‘The hardest thing is that when their sister, my daughter Monique, looks at me she sees them and when I look at her I see them.

‘When she came over from Holland to visit, they would all be there with us and now we will never have that family time again, those precious times stolen from us.

‘What isn’t missed is the tiniest of details that often bring the most pain.

‘I can never look at an ash tree without seeing my dead girls in my minds eye.

‘I was told that in Nikki’s hand was a little bit of ash tree branch, presumably from when she was fighting for her life from the monster who was attacking her.

‘When we are driving, at any given moment we can pass a wooded area with ash trees and I burst into uncontrollable tears in the car.

Mina Smallman said: ‘I have to say I can thank the police.

‘This is the kind of police force that I believe in and we need to work towards so that we have justice and families treated with respect.

‘Can I thank all of my family and my church family, for holding us up in prayer.

‘We remember our girls as the wonderful strong women they were.

‘We hope that some good can come out of this horrible story.’

Speaking outside court, Mrs Smallman told waiting reporters: ‘I have got no bones about my complaints with the Metropolitan Police office but I have to say I can only commend them.

‘This team moved heaven and earth to ensure we felt that we were being supported.

‘This is the kind of police force that I believe in and we need to work towards so we have justice and families are treated with respect.’

She thanked her wider family and ‘church family’ for holding them up in prayer.

She said it was an ‘unbelievable day’ for the family but there were more battles to come.

She added: ‘We remember our girls as the wonderful, strong women they were and we hope that some good will come out of this horrible story.’

Olcay Sapanoglu, from the CPS, said: ‘Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were loving sisters who adored each other and had a real zest for life.

‘But their lives were unexpectedly and cruelly cut short in the most horrific of ways as they celebrated a birthday together.

‘Danyal Hussein targeted them – two women in the dark.

‘His actions were part of an absurd and twisted deal he thought he was making with a demon – and he executed his part of the deal with shocking savagery.

‘His victims stood no chance. He had come prepared to ‘sacrifice’ women.

‘The prosecution case included CCTV evidence and strong scientific analysis of DNA and blood found at the scene which linked to Hussein.

‘Hussein has shown no remorse throughout these proceedings.

‘He has consistently denied being the person caught on CCTV making his way to and from the park or being the person buying the murder weapon at an Asda supermarket.

‘The deaths of Ms Henry and Ms Smallman have devastated their loved ones and left a local community reeling. Our thoughts remain with all those affected.’

Hussein lied from the moment he met police, telling them he had injured his hand when he was robbed, following his arrest at his mother’s house, three weeks after the double murder.

Police first visited Hussein’s father’s house in Kingsbury, North London, not far from the scene of the killing in Fryent Country Park, arriving around midnight.

When they were told he was at another address and drove under blue lights to his mother’s house in Eltham, South East London, arriving at 12.55am.

Police had decided to employ ‘Taser call out’ tactics, to get their suspect out of the house and make him ‘easier to control.’

PC William Lucas told the court: ‘I immediately recognised the male who answered the door as Danyal Hussein.’

His colleagues trained the red dot of their tasers on Hussein and PC Lucas asked him to step out of the house, put his hands on his head, and then handcuffed him to the rear.

‘I told him he was under arrest on suspicion of murder because he had been linked to two murders in Fryent Park and gave the date of June 6 2020,’ the officer told the Old Bailey.

Hussein replied: ‘Yeh, that’s near my grandma’s address.’

The officer said he noticed Hussein had several cuts to his right hand and three sets of stitches, two around the palm and one near the top of his second finger around 2cm long.

Danyal Hussein at Northwick Hospital getting cuts on his hands tended to from the murders of the two sisters

Danyal Hussein at Northwick Hospital getting cuts on his hands tended to from the murders of the two sisters

Two police officers charged over phone pics at scene 

Two Metropolitan Police Service officers who were supposed to be guarding the murder scene overnight were charged with misconduct after posing with the dead bodies and sharing the images on Whatsapp.

The two officers, aged, 47, and, 32, were based at the North East Command, and were charged following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The 17-hour delay in police launching a search is also the subject of an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

The two police officers who shared photos of the dead bodies of two sisters after they were killed in a park said they were ‘sorry beyond measure for the pain they have caused’ as they admitted misconduct in public office.

Pc Deniz Jaffer, 47, and Pc Jamie Lewis, 32, took ‘non-official and inappropriate photographs’ at the crime scene before sharing them on WhatsApp between 7 and 23 June 2020.

‘I noted he appeared quite calm. He queried and wanted me to repeat what he was being arrested for.’

As he was led out to the police van, he noticed the words: ‘Territorial Support Group’ and ‘asked if our unit arrested terrorists,’ PC Lucas said.

‘I would have explained that is not the case,’ he added.

Hussein was then taken to Wandsworth custody centre, where he was booked in wearing a black Nike top and grey shorts.

Asked if he had any injuries, Hussein brought his handcuffed hands to the side and replied: ‘Yeh, yeh’, then asked if it was an interview.

The custody officer replied: ‘Just a question, the injuries to your finger what happened there?’ and Hussein told him: ‘I was getting robbed.’

He closed his eyes and then noticed PC Lucas noting his comment and asked him: ‘I thought this wasn’t an interview.’

‘You’re not being interviewed, it’s just a risk assessment when you’re brought into custody,’ the officer replied.

The custody officer asked: ‘How do you feel right now?’

‘I’m really confused, scared,’ Hussein replied.

He was asked if he had taken any alcohol or drugs that day and if he was dependent on alcohol or drugs and said no.

Asked if had ‘any other issues’, Hussein replied: ‘I’m autistic, I have Asperger’s.’

Celestina Ongebuchi had treated Hussein at Northwick Park Hospital for injuries to his right hand fingers and thumb on June 6 at 6.17pm.

Hussein had apparently told her he was ‘attacked by a group of boys during an evening walk’ and stabbed in right hand whilst trying to stop them robbing him.

He had a 6cm cut to his thumb and a 2cm cut to his index finger and cuts to the palm of his hand.

‘Asked if he wanted to report it, Daniel said he did not want to report it,’ Ms Ongebuchi said.

He was referred to the Royal Free Hospital where, the next day, Dr Tamas Misky washed out the wounds, put in stitches and gave him a tetanus booster.

On that occasion he said he had been mugged two or three days earlier.

The Satanist sixth former: How murderer was referred to Prevent age 15 but discharged as no risk, Apple password problem hindered murder probe – and two Met cops were suspended for taking photos of bodies 

BY DUNCAN GARDHAM

Hussein had attended Thomas Tallis School in Kidbrooke, South London where he was reported to the government’s Prevent de-radicalisation programme in October 2017, at the age of 15.

The school raised concerns that Hussein ‘may have been displaying vulnerability to radicalisation’ and, after a further assessment, he was referred to the Channel programme, which is part of Prevent.

It came after his school found material he had accessed on school computers, including far-right propaganda. 

Seven months later, in May 2018 he was discharged from the Channel process with ‘no outstanding concerns at that time with respect to violent extremism or terrorism,’ according to a Home Office statement. 

After leaving the Channel programme, Hussein continued to receive ‘relevant support’ from his school, health and social services, and ‘no further concerns were raised over his behaviour in respect of Prevent.’

In addition, the Prevent officers also carried out reviews at six and 12 months after he was discharged from the Channel process, and ‘nothing of concern was identified to prompt any further intervention from Channel or Prevent,’ the statement said. 

Detectives now question whether Hussein may already have been set on a path to rightwing extremism and Satanism.

Police know that Hussein accessed the dark web but not what he viewed or who he talked to because he refused to give them the password to his laptop which had been used to surf the ‘dark web’

They could not fully access his Apple iPad and police never found his mobile phone.

‘There’s not really a huge amount of information about how he became fascinated with demons and the occult because it was all done, behind locked doors in his bedroom essentially,’ Mr Harding said.

Heartache of the friend who partied with sisters before they died

Nina Esmat was one of Bibaa Henry’s oldest friends. She had known her since she was 16 when they worked together at Brent Cross shopping centre.

Plans to celebrate Ms Henry’s birthday had been delayed because of lockdown but the rules had been relaxed to allow up to six people to meet outside from June 1.

‘Bibaa was very excited about getting together having had lockdown,’ she said.

On the way she stopped to pick up ‘picnic nibbles’ and was messaging her friend Trupti Shah, who also knew Ms Henry well, and was joining her there.

Ms Esmat arrived at the park just before 8pm, explaining: ‘I had done a bit of a recce where I had driven past.’

The park opened up into ‘long meadowy grass’ and it was ‘quite obvious’ where her friend had laid out the blankets.

‘I sent her a text saying I think I know where you are,’ she said.

‘Bibaa had been prepared for this I was amazed the things she had brought to make sure everyone was comfortable. I brought a camping chair and there were fairy lights.’

A friend called Paul arrived on bicycle and Trupty who was ‘always late’ arrived half an hour afterwards.

Ms Henry’s daughter, Monet, joined the group, as did a friend called Anthony from school who had recently reconnected with Ms Henry after a night at a comedy club.

‘It was lovely to get together with people after the first lockdown,’ Ms Esmat said. ‘It was a beautiful evening, a beautiful sunset we were all taking pictures.

Nicole, known as Nikki, ‘had brought fun card games and we were laughing along, talking to Monet about her pregnancy and the baby that was coming. It was just really positive.’

The sisters had brought a speaker for the music and solar fairy lights that started to come on as it got dark.

‘I got very cold and I remember Nicky giving me one of the blankets she was sitting on and she said, ‘You can stay a bit longer now.”

Ms Esmat and Ms Shah ended up being the last to leave, saying goodbye to the sisters who were having a last dance in the twilight.

‘I remember getting to my car about 11.45pm or midnight,’ Ms Esmat said.

‘Nikki and Bibaa at that point had started dancing. We had talked about how they were going to get home. Nicky had talked about getting a train and we said just get an Uber.

‘It was just a lovely time, hugging and dancing. My feeling was they were going to pack up quite soon, we talked about alternative things that could happen after and I just said I had a lot on the next day.

‘I had the impression they were not going to stay long but it felt like a safe space.’

They were drinking white wine spritzers and Ms Henry had bought a half-full gin bottle and said, ‘Let’s have some gin and tonics.’

On Saturday, Ms Esmet texted her friend to ask: ‘How are you feeling? How was the end of the night?’, then sent her photos of the sunset she had taken by Whatsapp.

‘She took some fantastic photos she was very proud of this remote control and we were all posing and jumping in the air when it was still light.

‘She had changed [her profile picture] to one of the photos from that night, of all of us, and looking back, that photo change made me feel like things were OK- I had assumed that photo had taken place the next day.’

The message showed one tick, indicating it had been delivered but not read, and she thought that was ‘really strange’ but ‘didn’t feel that worried.’

She first became concerned for Ms Henry’s safety when a friend called Joanne contacted her the next morning at around 10am or 11am through Facebook Messenger.

‘I think I phoned her, because Joanne was saying just call me. As soon as I heard her voice I knew something was wrong, it filled me with dread.

‘The fact lots of people were trying to get hold of them, they hadn’t come home. Nina, Bibaa’s mum, was quite frantic. I knew something was really wrong.’

‘We had a conversation. She explained that Adam, Nicky’s partner, was making his way to Fryent Park.

‘I decided to go because he didn’t know the park and where we were sitting. I was really, really worried and thought we need to do something and put my bike in the back of my car and drove to the park to find Adam.

‘It was about 11.45 in the morning. I couldn’t see anything. I think I texted Nina said I couldn’t see anything here, it made me feel reassured.

‘Me and Adam were struggling to find one another, I think he had come in another entrance. I was riding my bike around I didn’t know what I was doing to be honest, it was very surreal.

‘When we found each other and I showed him where we were sitting, it was then I noticed Bibaa’s glasses. They were tinted, she had only just got them that night, and she was really, really proud of them.

‘Then my heart sank I thought she would not have left them behind.’

‘In my experience in murder investigations, my colleagues will say the same, we always seem to come to the same problem, getting into certain devices, and asking to get into them and sometimes being refused due to whatever reasons there might be.

‘I personally find it strange that you wouldn’t help in those certain situations because the reason you want to get in there is to understand if there are other people with a similar mindset that he’s talking to that we would need to get into interventions or whatever it might be.

‘So I think it’s incredibly frustrating to run a murder inquiry when your hands are tied behind your back in that way.’

What browsing history police were able to recover, showed Hussein was in communication with others and they talked about different ‘demons and different spells,’ Mr Harding said.

‘It’s another form of radicalisation for him in terms of what he’s seeing and what he’s being encouraged to look at on the dark web,’ the officer added.

‘He was talking to other people, who were like minded, about spells and some of those spells where to do with trying to make women, fancy him.’

A paper folder under the TV in Hussein’s bedroom had spells seeking to make himself more attractive to women.

A second pledge was addressed to Queen Byleth, a reference to the wife of the king of hell, and included the name of a female classmate.

In it Hussein listed ‘my requests’ as ‘making [redacted] fall deeply in love with me to the point where she isn’t interested sexually nor romantically in anybody but me.

‘To make [redacted] believe and see that I am the only one for her, make [redacted] fall so deeply in love with me where she shows and expresses her love for me, making me more attractive to women romantically.’

On the other side of the page was a heading: ‘Queen Byleth, your requests: every two weeks burn incense in your name, offer some sweet drink, offer chocolate, buy more red candles, offer some blood.’

Scotland Yard’s SO15 Counter-Terrorism Command was involved with the investigation at a very early stage but the attack was not deemed to come from a political, religious or ideological motive.

‘We had people come over look at stuff, and that’s been maintained throughout this investigation to gather as much information as we can about Hussein, and things that he looks at, so that’s always been ongoing,’ Mr Harding said.

‘It’s difficult for any normal person to comprehend firstly, what he did, but then what kind of motive he had because it’s not a motive that we see for murder in any case that we’ve ever had. It’s very strange, it’s almost sort of movie-like.

‘I don’t understand how he got into it but then he is a particularly arrogant young man, a young man with an ideology, and he’s willing to do that with such calmness I would suggest as well. He’s quite a frightening character at 18 years old.

‘I hope it is the last time we see something of this nature but I think it’s something which is certainly growing and we’ve had discussions very early on to get more of an understanding around thoughts and ideologies of such people.’

Police have seen no evidence of any outside encouragement but admit: ‘We haven’t managed to get into the deepest, darkest parts of his thought, which we think will be hidden in his computer somewhere.’

But, they add: ‘There’s no evidence whatsoever that anybody else is involved in this at all. It’s just him in his bedroom. All we see is him.’

Two Metropolitan Police Service officers who were supposed to be guarding the murder scene overnight were charged with misconduct after posing with the dead bodies and sharing the images on Whatsapp.

The two officers, aged, 47, and, 32, were based at the North East Command, and were charged following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The 17-hour delay in police launching a search is also the subject of an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Hussein’s father, Kamal, who was present throughout the trial, runs a convenience store in Leyton, East London.

His parents had split up and his mother was bringing up Hussein with his two younger siblings in Eltham, South, London.

After leaving Thomas Tallis School in Kidbrooke, Hussein was meant to go on to study for BTEC qualifications at Orpington College but only went in three or four times before dropping out.

Nevertheless, after the killings he was planning to travel to the US to work at a children’s summer camp.

Hussein had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder while at school, and after his arrest, he was seen four or five times by mental health specialists but nothing found suggesting he was delusional at the time of the attacks.

His school friends found him ‘strange sometimes’ and ‘strange around women like an awkward teenager’, but nothing to indicate what he was really up to, police say.

Police described Hussein’s family life as ‘fairly unremarkable’. At the time of the murders he was staying with his father and his grandmother’s house, a short walk from Fryent Country Park.

His father had accompanied him to hospital to have his hand stitched, after Hussein apparently told him he had been stabbed in a mugging.

Police say the family ‘have not engaged’ with them since the initial arrest and his mother has left London and not returned.


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“The first thing I want to say is that there are hundreds and hundreds of people who live in Venice who support what we’re doing,” says Becky Dennison, executive director of Venice Community Housing, when she meets me on Venice Boulevard a block from the Pacific Ocean on a gloomy June morning. To the south is the Venice Beach seen in postcards: the scenic canals fronting bougainvillea-fringed yards, reflections of arched bridges forming perfect ellipses in the still water, canoes and rowboats clustered appealingly along narrow pedestrian walkways. When we turn 180 degrees to face the north, however, the view is decidedly less picturesque. Here, occupying some of the most valuable real estate in the country, is a massive, rippling 2.65-acre expanse of asphalt: two parking lots, connected by a bridge built a century ago for streetcars, rising over a boat ramp that’s one of the only public access points for the Grand Canal, where a half-submerged canoe bobs among empty plastic bottles. It seems inevitable, in a neighborhood with construction crews sculpting glass-balconied mansions seemingly on every block — average home sale price: $1.65 million — that this won’t remain a blacktop wasteland for long. This particular lot, however, is owned by the city of Los Angeles, which has turned the property over to Dennison’s nonprofit to develop a $75 million affordable housing project. Yet, perhaps not unexpectedly, a small group of Venice homeowners are planning to sue to stop it, hoping to contest the legality of a state law that allows affordable housing projects to skip environmental review.

The plans Dennison lays out are ambitious: 140 apartments for formerly homeless residents, low-income families, and local artists; storefronts including a cafe; a theater named for longtime Venice resident Gregory Hines; a revitalized canal with improved public access; and — very importantly, notes Dennison — a parking structure for double the capacity of the surface lot today. The project, named the Reese-Davidson Community after Venice Community Housing’s co-founder Rick Davidson and Arthur Reese, the first Black homeowner in Venice, is briskly moving forward; it was approved by the city’s planning commission a month ago. But the argument from the opponents, according to their website, is that the Reese-Davidson Community is the latest effort to turn Venice into a “homeless containment zone” by building “hundreds of units of free housing for life on some of the most desirable lots in the world.” They want a 43,000-square-foot, 600-space parking garage on this desirable lot instead. This is not the first legal action that these Venice homeowners have taken to stop homeless housing. In 2019, many of the same people raised over $200,000 in an attempt to stop a 154-bed bridge shelter from being built nearby. (Before construction was completed, a device made to look like a bomb was found on the site.) The bridge shelter opened in February 2020, just before the city locked down for the coronavirus pandemic, and although it was designed for temporary stays, some people have lived there for over a year, as there is no permanent housing available for them to move into. Part of the reason for that, says Dennison, is because of intense neighborhood opposition to any homeless housing projects over the last few decades. “In VCH’s 30-plus year history, we’ve only been able to build from the ground up in Venice two times,” she says. “So even when things were affordable here, we were largely doing housing preservation, and doing new construction in other neighborhoods.” I ask why she thinks NIMBYs have such a powerful hold on Venice. “This is true across coastal California,” she says. “Privilege and money buys access, which is why VCH was formed.” But don’t call them NIMBYs — it’s too nice, she says. “These are segregationists.”

According to 2020 data, Venice has nearly 2,000 unhoused residents, the highest-density population outside downtown’s Skid Row. Until recently, about 200 of them lived along the Venice Boardwalk, where tents and improvised structures have long co-existed among the drum circle participants, skateboarders, and sidewalk wind-chime vendors — some of whom are themselves unhoused, and reside right here on the beach. Two weeks ago, L.A. city councilmember Mike Bonin secured $5 million to place all 200 people living on the boardwalk into hotels and motels as part of a broader strategy to add more interim housing options to his district; so far, 104 people have been temporarily housed. This week, in the darkness of early mornings, the city has begun issuing a last-call for shelter to those who haven’t yet relocated, as tents are cleared by law enforcement, block by block, and an eviction date nears when people will no longer be allowed to sleep on the beach.

But the key word is “shelter.” L.A. recently purchased a Ramada hotel in the neighborhood that will be converted into 33 permanent units for a fraction of the former boardwalk residents, which is a good step, but it’s not enough to make up for over a decade of affordable housing loss, says Lisa Redmond of the Venice Catholic Worker. She’s wearing a shirt that reads JESUS WAS HOMELESS when we have lunch at a nearby taqueria. “The contrast here of wealth and poverty is so extreme that you’ve got people living right up against brand-new multi-million-dollar homes,” she says. “You go to these meetings and every project is another new development that’s a tear down of a two-unit, three-unit, four-unit building. Maybe they might be putting multiple units to replace it, but rent is $5,400 a month.” Redmond stops herself. “I’m not knocking people that want to buy homes,” she says. “But I am knocking the way they change the dynamics of a community. People say they want to leave it exactly the same — except tear down little bungalow apartments for their big concrete boxes.”

In 2019, an anti-homeless rant by a Venice homeowner made international headlines, describing a street taken over by “tent cities” with “vagrants moved in en masse.” It came from John Lydon — better known as Johnny Rotten, the frontman for the Sex Pistols, who once sang I wanna be anarchy / In the city — and it was held up as evidence for how much Venice’s ultra-moneyed class had deviated from its former identity. For most of the past century, Venice was one of the last affordable enclaves along a coast lined with exclusionary beachfront cities, a quirky haven for freewheeling artists who spent as much time in the surf as in the studio. In many ways, the Reese-Davidson Community manages to forge a connection between that past and the tenuous status quo. It’s designed by the firm of Eric Owen Moss, one of seven local architects in a legendary photo taken on Venice Beach in 1980 which has come to symbolize the neighborhood’s anti-establishment roots. Moss is standing in the sand alongside designers whose avant-garde work garnered the community international fame, including Frank Gehry, who would place a building shaped like a pair of oversized binoculars as a kind of architectural bookend at the neighborhood’s northern edge a decade later. (It’s now owned by Google.) The Reese-Davidson renderings fuse that funkier ’70s and ’80s architecture with Moss’s M.C. Escher-meets-Beetlejuice vibe, where angular carve-outs playfully peel away from the volumes to create balconies, hidden terraces, and a three-story crow’s nest jutting out towards the sea. It’s a low-rise deconstructivist sand castle that dissolves nearly seamlessly into the landscape, almost reverse-engineered to satisfy Venice’s legacy of high design while allowing families who have been displaced by Venice’s legacy of high rents to move back to the beach.

According to the city planning department’s just-released Plan to House LA, the westernmost part of Venice lost 10 to 20 percent of its (housed) residents from 2010 to 2019, and one small census tract lost nearly 24 percent. This is an area called Oakwood, which for many years was predominantly Black; 100 years ago it was settled by Black residents who built the area’s canals per developer Abbot Kinney’s vision, but were not allowed to live along said canals. An annual neighborhood picnic that was held last month has evolved from a block party into more of a reunion for those who have been priced out of the area, a phenomenon that accelerated after a 2000 gang injunction signaled it was “safe” for white people to move in, says fifth-generation Venetian Mike Bravo, who was recently re-elected to the neighborhood council. There have always been people who lived along the boardwalk, or in their cars, or on the sand, Bravo says — a 1987 Los Angeles Times article headlined “Homeless Flock to Beach, Angering Venice Residents” could have been published yesterday — but the difference is that the residents who were here 30 or more years ago funded programs to shelter their homeless neighbors. Now newer residents are trying to stop projects like the Reese-Davidson Community. “What they are working towards is a de facto gated beach community,” he says. “This is a welcoming place for all people, but they twist it to a false meaning, and most of these newer folks never really see it or appreciate it. They come for business reasons.”

One of the most egregious examples is Snapchat, later renamed Snap Inc., which snatched up dozens of buildings throughout Venice starting in 2013, intending to convert them to office spaces before abandoning the project and trying to lease about half of them in 2018. At the time, locals believed that the company’s real estate portfolio, about 90,000 square feet of which fronts the boardwalk, would be occupied quickly. But three years later, most of the buildings are still empty, creating an unsettling blight. “We got rid of Snapchat, but we really didn’t,” says Bravo. “The carcass remained and it’s still very toxic in the neighborhood. When they show the destitute situation at the boardwalk, they show the unhoused, but it really adds to the narrative when you show all these shut-down properties. They say it’s because of the homeless. But who was forced out, and why has Snapchat escaped scrutiny or accountability?”

As I walked down the Venice Boardwalk a few days ago, it was the Snap carcass that Bravo described — not necessarily the tents, many of which are now gone — which created the most jarring juxtapositions. One of Snap’s former spaces had burned earlier in the year, its façade still charred. A 30,000 square-foot building was entirely available save for a ground-floor Starbucks. The Thornton Lofts complex, at 45,000 square feet, is nearly half the size of the proposed Reese-Davidson Community, and it too is almost entirely available. Adding to the dystopian scene, many of the empty buildings’ parking lots were occupied by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies — whose secret gangs are currently under investigation — patrolling the beach’s homeless residents on horseback, in cruisers, and on sheriff’s-department-branded dune buggies. “You cannot build your way out of homelessness. You have to regulate public space,” said Sheriff Alex Villanueva at a press conference, after announcing that his deputies would start arresting anyone living on the beach after July 4. (He has since backed down, at least temporarily.) When L.A. County supervisor Sheila Kuehl denounced Villanueva’s actions, along with a coalition of dozens of homeless-service providers including Venice Community Housing and the Venice Catholic Worker, Villanueva responded by saying that L.A.’s board of supervisors, who are all women, “need to be taken to the shed, and they need to be beat down.” He was praised by local homeowners, including opponents of the Reese-Davidson Community, who encouraged sending letters supporting the sheriff directly to the county’s supervisors.

When law enforcement first descended upon the beach in late June, the deadline for eviction loomed ominously for Elizabeth Estes, who has lived on the boardwalk off and on for three years. Estes is Sioux, and moved from South Dakota to live with relatives in California until a relative’s spouse began making homophobic threats toward her son. Since coming to Venice, they have been in and out of shelters, and at one point were enrolled in Project Roomkey, the state’s pandemic-era initiative to place unhoused residents in hotel rooms. But her son was not allowed to be in the same room with her, and she relies on his help since she has low vision and limited mobility. So they headed back to the beach together, where they were joined by her other son. (“It’s not safe,” she tells me. But “it’s safer.”) In recent months, she says, the situation on the boardwalk had started to deteriorate, not only with the deputies, but also with the homeowners, who have begun telling her they have guns. “I’m tired of this treatment,” she says. “What did I do? A lot of us are not homeless, we’re just houseless. We need help, too. We’re human.” Last week, Estes was contacted by a service provider that had a hotel room nearby and would allow both of her sons to stay with her. It was a huge relief because she wants to remain in Venice, but she was unsure about how long she’d be allowed to keep the hotel room that was keeping her family indoors and intact. A few days before Estes’s family moved into the hotel, a longtime Venice resident named Michael Hall was murdered in his tent on the boardwalk. Family members said that he had recently started sleeping outside after his RV had received too many parking tickets.

One year from now, the Reese-Davidson Community is scheduled to break ground, barring lawsuit delays. If current trends continue, over the next 365 days, 1,825 more unhoused people, five per day, will die on L.A. County’s streets. Yet Los Angeles has doubled down on policies that will make it easier to criminalize homelessness, in a campaign that’s playing out through the orders of the sheriff, in the violent fencing-off of parks, in the city’s nascent mayoral race, over a high-profile case in a federal courtroom, and inside L.A.’s city hall. Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported that Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of L.A.’s 60-odd billionaires, had been heavily involved with creating new citywide homeless policy, setting up meetings with enough councilmembers to ensure the smooth passage of a stricter “tents down” anti-camping ordinance, which would make it illegal to sit, sleep, or store property on broad, yet confusingly defined, swaths of L.A.’s sidewalks if an offer of temporary housing had been made. It passed last Thursday.

Mike Bonin, the Venice councilmember, was one of only two of L.A.’s 15 representatives to vote against the ordinance. In a remarkable moment on the council floor, Bonin revealed that, during his 20s, he himself did not have a home in Los Angeles. As he struggled with addiction, he said, he crashed on couches, scraped together money for motel rooms, and lived in his car. And sometimes, he said, he slept on the beach. “I can’t tell you how much turmoil there is in your heart when the sun is setting, and you don’t know where you can sleep,” he said. “I cannot describe how demoralizing and dehumanizing and defeating that experience is when you don’t know where you’re going to sleep. I can’t adequately express the combination of shame and frustration and anger and desperation and confusion you feel in that moment. And that’s why I keep asking you again and again, ‘Where can people sleep?’”



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Love for Moruya Attracts Rachael Turner House of ActewAGL | Bay Post-Moruya Examiner https://www.esurfboardracks.com/love-for-moruya-attracts-rachael-turner-house-of-actewagl-bay-post-moruya-examiner/ https://www.esurfboardracks.com/love-for-moruya-attracts-rachael-turner-house-of-actewagl-bay-post-moruya-examiner/#respond Wed, 14 Jul 2021 23:00:00 +0000 https://www.esurfboardracks.com/love-for-moruya-attracts-rachael-turner-house-of-actewagl-bay-post-moruya-examiner/ Growing up in Moruya, Rachael Turner has plenty of salty and sandy memories of days spent at the beach, punctuated by quick returns to her mother and father’s business, The South Heads Store, across from the surf club, when it was all hands on deck serving customers for the lunch rush. “Then we reapplied the […]]]>

Growing up in Moruya, Rachael Turner has plenty of salty and sandy memories of days spent at the beach, punctuated by quick returns to her mother and father’s business, The South Heads Store, across from the surf club, when it was all hands on deck serving customers for the lunch rush.

“Then we reapplied the sunscreen and went back to the beach, always making sure we were out of the water at dusk,” she said. “We knew we couldn’t stay any longer so we didn’t become shark bait.”

Ms. Turner left Moruya at age 18 to study business at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, but the area has always attracted her.

In recent years, the former Moruya Surf Lifesaving Club Nipper, surf lifeguard and marathon surf boat competitor, introduced her husband Vijay and her two young children Bonnie and Max – now fans of the Nippers surf club. themselves – the joys of the local lifestyle.

Future Lifeguards: Max and Bonnie are passionate Nippers with the SLSC Canberra-Broulee branch.

Now, as the general manager of retail for local energy supplier ActewAGL, she is based in Canberra, but on the weekends she and her family head to Barlings Beach where they are building a new home.

“We used to have a van on site in Moruya, but when the land became available at Barlings Beach, we made the decision to build,” Ms. Turner said.

“I love the area – it was a great place to grow up – and I always wanted to have a place here. In recent years, I have loved discovering all the little beaches that I never visited when I was there. was younger. We fell in love with Barlings Beach. “

Focus on sustainability

As you might expect, Ms. Turner’s new home on the South Coast is designed with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind.

His new home will be fully electric with a high energy efficiency rating. Key features include LED lighting, an efficient heat pump hot water system, skylights to make the most of natural light during the day, as well as SolarHub solar panels and a storage system. battery power to reduce emissions and energy costs.

“Safety and quality were at the heart of our decision to choose SolarHub for the purchase and installation of these products,” said Ms. Turner. “Like ActewAGL, SolarHub is local and has an excellent reputation for quality and service – they also provided the solar and battery storage system for our home in Canberra.”

Along with larger investments to create a more energy efficient home, there are many daily habits, Turner says, can help households reduce energy use, keep bills under control and support sustainability.

During the current colder months, there are a few small changes you can make that can have a big impact.

“Try to take it down a notch with the air conditioning,” she said. “Every degree you lower your thermostat saves up to 10% on heating bills. We recommend a setting between 18 and 20 degrees. And be sure to turn off your heating when you go out.

“Also, make the sun your best friend. Passive solar heating is the cheapest way to heat a home. Open the curtains and blinds on the north side of your home and let the sun in to heat it for free. But don’t. remember to close them at night to keep the heat inside.

“And embrace the cold a little. I turn the mixer on cold and only use the hot water when I really need it. Washing clothes in cold water is also a good idea – hot water can increase your energy costs by up to 90 percent. “

Get energy advice

Making sure its South Coast customers can easily get the support they need is the intention behind ActewAGL’s launch of its new energy bars and information center service offering advice from a team of local counselors – in person.

In addition to finding out how to reduce your consumption, you can check if your electricity plan is best suited to your needs, or organize all the details if you move.

Stimulate innovation: The efficient use of energy and sustainability are at the heart of Rachael Turner of ActewAGL's concerns.

Stimulate innovation: the efficient use of energy and sustainability are at the heart of Rachael Turner of ActewAGL’s concerns.

“Our feedback from our customers has shown that some prefer to talk to someone in person rather than over the phone or online,” said Ms. Turner. “So we launched two permanent energy bars – one in Canberra and one in Batemans Bay.

“They are managed by our own employees who can help you with anything from signing an agreement, to setting up a payment plan, to getting advice on reducing bills. of energy. We can make sure that you get the best plan for you, and that you receive all the relevant discounts and concessions. “

Eyes on the future

Although ActewAGL has a history and heritage like no other, being in the field and working in the community for many years, the company is firmly focused on the future.

Among the range of new products and services on which it is working are projects to extend charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs).

The ActewAGL charging network now includes three fast chargers and eight fast chargers through ACT.

ActewAGL recently announced a partnership with national electric vehicle charging network provider Evie Networks and is currently seeking locations for charging stations in New South Wales as part of its mission to support early vehicle adoption. electric.

“It is part of our goal to ensure that we have sustainable, emission-free solutions available as part of our products and services, now and in the future,” said Ms. Turner.

ActewAGL’s Batemans Bay Energy Bar is located in the SolarHub foyer at 2 Kylie Crescent, open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Another energy bar in Bega is being installed at the SolarHub office at 163 Carp Street. To find out more, visit the ActewAGL website.


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An overview of watches from the Swiss company Hamptons Airstream https://www.esurfboardracks.com/an-overview-of-watches-from-the-swiss-company-hamptons-airstream/ https://www.esurfboardracks.com/an-overview-of-watches-from-the-swiss-company-hamptons-airstream/#respond Tue, 13 Jul 2021 17:30:47 +0000 https://www.esurfboardracks.com/an-overview-of-watches-from-the-swiss-company-hamptons-airstream/ Photo credit: Courtesy of Watches of Switzerland If you’ve started your summer in the Hamptons, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Watches of Switzerland’s new Airstream at iconic Hamptons establishments like The Surf Lodge and Gurney’s Star Island. The new mobile pop-up has officially reached its residency for the remainder of the season at Gurney’s […]]]>

Photo credit: Courtesy of Watches of Switzerland

If you’ve started your summer in the Hamptons, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Watches of Switzerland’s new Airstream at iconic Hamptons establishments like The Surf Lodge and Gurney’s Star Island. The new mobile pop-up has officially reached its residency for the remainder of the season at Gurney’s Star Island, but is said to have several appearances and events in the Hamptons over the next few weeks with brand partners selected and selected as the clothing brand for men. NOAH, who dresses ephemeral staff in incredibly chic outfits.

Produced in partnership with Creative Director Jay Gullion, the fully customized Airstream will serve as a multi-brand point of sale throughout the summer. Reflecting the paradigm shift approach taken by Watches of Switzerland with their flagship SoHo product, the Airstream was created in collaboration with top American artisans. Gullion called on Midland Architecture to develop the interior design and layout of the Airstream, while Elmwood Customs demolition and refurbishment of the Airstream, manufacturing custom floors, cabinets and accessories tailored.

Swiss Airtsteam WatchesPhoto credit: Courtesy of Watches of Switzerland

Jay Gullion, Creative Director of the Whenever. All over. airstream retail campaign and mobile comments: “I am particularly proud to be able to create and offer this brand new communication method for Watches of Switzerland. The campaign has a unique space that did not exist in the industry until now. As I travel the world, I’m always on the lookout for unique stories to tell, but producing the ambitious scale of this project in the United States during a year of difficult travel made me incredibly grateful to the team. empathetic and talented who surrounds me. What we have created is meant to inspire and bring out a strong sense of passion that, while focused on watches, truly transcends the industry.

The pop-up window serves as the physical embodiment of the Whenever. All over. campaign, which kicked off earlier this month as a short film featuring eight major watch brands worn by industry-changing manufacturers who share a passion for perfection in their industry, reflecting the watches worn. A one-of-a-kind campaign, Watches of Switzerland, brought together eight major brands: Breitling, Grand Seiko, MB&F, Omega, Analog Shift, TAG Heuer and Ulysse Nardin within its portfolio in the short film and featured in the Airstream. In keeping with Watches of Switzerland’s commitment to changing the world of luxury watches, the Hamptons short film and pop-up reinvent the customer experience, especially after last year.

Swiss Airstream WatchesPhoto credit: courtesy Watches of Switzerland

Swiss Airstream WatchesPhoto credit: Courtesy of Watches of Switzerland

“Watches of Switzerland has always been committed to pioneering the retail concept of watches. For us this includes engaging with the customer in new and inspiring ways, ”says David Hurley, Executive Vice President of The Watches of Switzerland Group. He continues: “At any time. All over. is the embodiment of this spirit and beautifully captures that indescribable feeling of owning a beautiful watch while living an uninhibited life. It’s also a powerful way for us to connect with a new group of watch enthusiasts and show them how we do things differently.

Evoking a sense of travel craving that many have longed for over the past few months, Anytime. All over. was filmed in eight different locations across the United States and features some of America’s most dramatic, extreme and scenic landscapes. He reminds viewers that while fine watchmaking is based on function and purpose, intangible sensations of community, beauty and intrinsic respect are undeniable facets of timepieces and the world of watchmaking.

So if you’re in the East for the next few weeks, be sure to follow Watches of Switzerland’s Airstream here and follow @watchesofswitzerland_us and #WoSAnytimeAnywhere to stay up to date.


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How to make your first dollar online, according to 3 entrepreneurs https://www.esurfboardracks.com/how-to-make-your-first-dollar-online-according-to-3-entrepreneurs/ https://www.esurfboardracks.com/how-to-make-your-first-dollar-online-according-to-3-entrepreneurs/#respond Mon, 12 Jul 2021 17:09:11 +0000 https://www.esurfboardracks.com/how-to-make-your-first-dollar-online-according-to-3-entrepreneurs/ It’s pretty easy to see how entrepreneurs make their money today: whether it’s through affiliate marketing or YouTube, their business models are often in the spotlight. But what about how these same entrepreneurs made their first dollar online? How do we find this out? Ultimately, the easiest way is to ask them, which is why […]]]>

It’s pretty easy to see how entrepreneurs make their money today: whether it’s through affiliate marketing or YouTube, their business models are often in the spotlight. But what about how these same entrepreneurs made their first dollar online? How do we find this out?

Ultimately, the easiest way is to ask them, which is why Ladders asked three entrepreneurs to go into the archives and share how they made their first money on the web.

In 10 words or less, how did you make your first dollar online?

I got paid to surf the web in 1999.

Explain your first online business in more detail.

In 1999, my IT friend told me I could get paid to surf the web. “Certainly not!” I said to myself. So I looked up this company, AllAdvantage, and signed up. AllAdvantage paid you to surf the web and shared the revenue from the ads you viewed.

This business model was state of the art in 1999. After weeks of surfing the web, I received a check in the mail for about $ 20. I thought it was awesome. Then the company went bankrupt. There was no advertiser to sign up to promote when the dot-com bubble burst in 2000. But what an experience!

What are you working on now?

Today, I am a content creator for several brands that I own and operate.

How does the first dollar you earn online relate to your current business?

I was a high school student and was part of a revenue sharing agreement. I didn’t know this term back then – I only knew I got paid to surf the web – but this concept is still one of the ways to generate income today. Whenever you are part of an affiliate program (for example, the YouTube Partner Program), you receive a percentage of the revenue from your activity. In 1999 I made money watching ads, and in 2021 I’m creating content that helps create value and drive sales.

In 10 words or less, how did you make your first dollar online?

Freelance advertising copywriting.

Explain in more detail your first online business.

During my first year at university, I took a month-long study trip abroad to India. It was my first time traveling abroad, and after such an amazing experience, I knew I couldn’t stay in my college town. There were too many experiences for me.

I had no idea how I was going to make it work or what I was doing, but I stumbled upon freelance writing and decided it was something I could do as a person. who always had a knack for writing and selling.

From there, I did what every millennial trying to do online is doing these days: I slapped “Freelance Writer” in my Instagram bio and started building my brand online. I transferred the rest of my university courses online, packed my bags and moved to Spain on my own.

Luckily I was pretty good at all of Instagram marketing and quickly landed my very first client, a monthly retainer of $ 1,600 (who had no idea it was my first client). I have managed to establish a strong presence on Instagram, dominate all the relevant writing and content writing hashtags, and develop a blog interesting enough to draw people in. It worked.

I operated with Beyoncé level confidence and it paid off tenfold. Whenever I received inquiries, I was always looking for new projects, even though I had no idea what I was doing. I figured it out as I went, learning the skills I needed along the way.

I started out as a freelance writer and became in high demand for these skills, but my thirst for knowledge led me to acquire many other skills, this is how I operate as a strategist and consultant. today.

What are you working on now?

Today, I am a content marketing consultant for B2B SaaS companies, specializing in sales platforms and the tools that integrate with them.

How does the first dollar you earn online relate to your current business?

Writing and writing content introduced me to content marketing, which gave me new skills in search engine optimization, public relations and content strategy. Now I’m looking at some of the fastest growing B2B SaaS companies.

In 10 words or less, how did you make your first dollar online?

I have sold exercise equipment on Amazon.

Explain your first online business in more detail.

After doing some research on private labeling, I immersed myself in the world of creating, designing and building my own branded products. I have worked with overseas manufacturers to create exercise accessories and developed a line of bestselling products on Amazon.

What are you working on now?

Today, I run a small business consulting firm.

How does the first dollar you earn online relate to your current business?

My product line on Amazon ultimately failed because the competitors exactly replicated my product and started competing on price. I learned the value of creating a unique selling proposition while also registering and protecting the brand (and asset) you are building in the long run.

My private label products have also shown me the importance of building a strong brand and a loyal following. Today, I help small businesses do the same.

In business as in life, there is no ideal way to get started: the main thing is to throw a lot to the wall and see what sticks. These three entrepreneurs are prime examples. Their earliest sources of income did not stand the test of time, but the lessons they learned from them did.

My story, of course, is largely the same. Today I earn money writing on investment bulletins and trading platforms, but it was not always so.

I started like many others: finding and filling a gap in the market. In my case, it was about buying iPhone cases from eBay and selling them on Etsy, the arbiter of the textbook market. The lessons I learned from this experience have helped me build a global team and recognize new market opportunities today.

Everyone starts from a different place, which is part of what makes the trip so exciting. Perhaps the biggest draw, however, is that you’re also not quite sure where you’re going to end up in your career. And that, in the end, is a beautiful thing.


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Hazy-O from Dogfish Head! beer is now also dairy-free ice cream https://www.esurfboardracks.com/hazy-o-from-dogfish-head-beer-is-now-also-dairy-free-ice-cream/ https://www.esurfboardracks.com/hazy-o-from-dogfish-head-beer-is-now-also-dairy-free-ice-cream/#respond Mon, 12 Jul 2021 09:05:32 +0000 https://www.esurfboardracks.com/hazy-o-from-dogfish-head-beer-is-now-also-dairy-free-ice-cream/ We all know that Dogfish Head Brewery products can make you dizzy if you have enough, but your brain freezes? For the first time in the history of the Milton-based brewery, Dogfish has its own ice cream. And, yes, there is alcohol in it. Dogfish has teamed up with alcoholic ice cream makers Tipsy Scoops […]]]>

We all know that Dogfish Head Brewery products can make you dizzy if you have enough, but your brain freezes?

For the first time in the history of the Milton-based brewery, Dogfish has its own ice cream.

And, yes, there is alcohol in it.

Dogfish Head Brewery and Tipsy Scoop, an artisanal ice cream brand, have collaborated to make an alcoholic ice cream named Hazy-O !, named after a Dogfish beer.

Dogfish has teamed up with alcoholic ice cream makers Tipsy Scoops for a line of Hazy-O! ice cream, named after the Hazy-O! Dogfish beer which was first launched in February.

Much like the 7.1% ABV infusion, its ice cream cousin is made from oat milk, making it a dairy-free frozen treat. The ice cream itself displays around 5% ABV.

“The oat milk gives him a dreamy cloudy, silky mouth feel and a wonderful toasted nutty flavor. He cried out to be made into ice cream,” said Sam Calagione, who founded Dogfish Head with his female, Mariah, over 25 years old. years ago.

Hazy-O ice cream arrives two months after Dogfish Head brand pickles hit the market in collaboration with Philadelphia’s Brine Street Picklery.

Philadelphia's Brine Street Picklery unveiled its SeaQuench Bread & Butter Chip pickles in May, a collaboration with Dogfish Head Brewery using its SeaQuench Ale.

The $ 6.99 jars of buttery pickle bread and crisps – don’t worry, there’s no alcohol in them – are only available at select Giant stores in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Virginia – Western. They’re infused with Dogfish’s SeaQuench Ale, the sour session made with lime zest, lime juice, black lime and sea salt that debuted in the summer of 2016.

While sour and sour pickles are in stores, there’s only one place you can buy Hazy-O ice cream and that’s online if you’re 21 or older.

Individual pints ($ 12.95) and packs of four ($ 49) are available at tipsyscoop.com, and the first batches come out on Monday July 12. The ice cream is available to ship to all 50 states while supplies last, brewery officials said.

Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton unveiled their first alcohol infused ice cream, named Hazy-O!  after one of his recent beer releases.

Made with oat milk from the plant-based food company Elmhurst 1925 – the same oat milk found in Hazy-O! beer – ice cream is “filled with notes of chocolate, caramel, cinnamon and coconut”.

This is the first Tipsy Scoop ice cream to use oat milk to accompany its other lactose-filled varieties, including a 5% ABV peanut butter whiskey with a chocolate swirl.

Dogfish Head is best known for using fruits and interesting foods as ingredients in beer rather than injecting their beers into snacks.

Indeed, Dogfish has unveiled a partnership with Lewes-area Surf bagel and released IPA DelaWeAre made with their pumpernickel bagels. This is exclusive to their Rehoboth brewery while supplies last.

Lewes-area Dogfish Head and Surf Bagel collaborated earlier this month for DelaWeAre IPA, a black rye IPA made with pumpernickel bagels from the bagel store.

The 6.3% ABV Black Rye IPA is sold in 16-ounce packs ($ 17) and is also in brewing brewing.

Dogfish celebrated the collaboration between iconic beach brands this past weekend by serving a special breakfast on a limited edition ‘Doughfish’ bagel created exclusively for Dogfish with many of the same DelaWeAre ingredients, including brewing beans. , caraway seeds and peppercorns. .

Topped with local scrapple, the sandwich also included Fifer Orchards apple butter, Cabot Creamery white cheddar cheese, a poached egg, and bitter greens.



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Graphic: A man killed in the horror of a shark attack in shallow water in an obscure harbor now considered the shark attack capital of the world, off Byron Bay, Reunion Island and Margaret River. https://www.esurfboardracks.com/graphic-a-man-killed-in-the-horror-of-a-shark-attack-in-shallow-water-in-an-obscure-harbor-now-considered-the-shark-attack-capital-of-the-world-off-byron-bay-reunion-island-and-margaret-river/ https://www.esurfboardracks.com/graphic-a-man-killed-in-the-horror-of-a-shark-attack-in-shallow-water-in-an-obscure-harbor-now-considered-the-shark-attack-capital-of-the-world-off-byron-bay-reunion-island-and-margaret-river/#respond Mon, 12 Jul 2021 04:00:10 +0000 No dead air, no silly near-environmental campaigns that reek of hypocrisy, critical commentators, tough questions, next-level graphics. Would you pay? Yesterday, me and two million other lovers of cartoon violence paid $ 54.95 each to watch six hours mixed martial arts fights. I haven’t thought twice about it and I’m not the type to spend […]]]>

No dead air, no silly near-environmental campaigns that reek of hypocrisy, critical commentators, tough questions, next-level graphics. Would you pay?

Yesterday, me and two million other lovers of cartoon violence paid $ 54.95 each to watch six hours mixed martial arts fights.

I haven’t thought twice about it and I’m not the type to spend in bulk.

Dana White’s UFC is a weird and superficial sport, a detached tension of realism with shock and silliness, like all good spectator sports should be. No greenwashing, no virtue signaling the comic in its hypocrisy.

Trump, Bieber, the Nelk boys, a Kardashian. All in the front rows.

Real simple rules.

Beat the hell out of the person in front of you.

Don’t put your fingers in their eyes or hit them in the nuts or pussy.

If you get hit, you keep coming back.

If the leg cracks, yell at your opponent that you will use his wife later at the after party.

Raw but professional.

Smooth as fuck.

And, I was watching, thinking, man, how good it would be if I slung the money on an epic day of pro surfing, eight to ten foot Teahupoo or Cloudbreak, a full day of head- to head cards, from day one to dusk, a crowned winner at the end.

Use this as a template, and, yes, it’s a no-brainer.

ASP (it was a year before Dirk Ziff renamed professional surfing to WSL) Billabong Pro in 2014. Teahupoo. Kelly Slater, John John Florence clashed in Teahupoo from eight to ten feet. The two best surfers in heavy left walked a tightrope more deadly than a Francis Ngannou uppercut.

Imagine a day.

Two week window in season.

One day.

Kelly, John John, Gabriel, Italo, Jack Robinson, Griff, Brother, Owen Wright, Julian Wilson, maybe.

I have six a year. Grand Slam Tour. The current WCT tour is becoming food for the Grand Slam, with Slater being an obvious wildcard.

You know it happens so you have viewing nights. You and your buddies contribute, say, ten dollars each to watch.

Tell me that wouldn’t excite just a little.

It’s not going to happen quickly, I know, but in two months is Finals day at Lowers?

Scenario:

The WSL sets up a pay wall for the day of the finals.

Fifty-five dollars to watch.

There is no dead air, no silly quasi-environmental campaigns, “diversity and inclusiveness” gets a needed rest, commentators are encouraged to be critical, tough questions are asked in post interviews -heat and the on-screen graphics game is taken to the next level.

A southern hemi whips through the most jagged three to four foot waves you’ve ever seen.

Would you pay?

If not, what if it moved to Tahiti in 2022 and you saw Filipe dealing with his demons at ten foot Teahupoo?

Yes or no ?


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Professional Surfing: Would you pay $ 54.95 to watch a one-day world title matchup? https://www.esurfboardracks.com/professional-surfing-would-you-pay-54-95-to-watch-a-one-day-world-title-matchup/ https://www.esurfboardracks.com/professional-surfing-would-you-pay-54-95-to-watch-a-one-day-world-title-matchup/#respond Mon, 12 Jul 2021 02:58:22 +0000 https://www.esurfboardracks.com/professional-surfing-would-you-pay-54-95-to-watch-a-one-day-world-title-matchup/ No dead air, no silly near-environmental campaigns that reek of hypocrisy, critical commentators, tough questions, next-level graphics. Would you pay? Yesterday, me and two million other lovers of cartoon violence paid $ 54.95 each to watch six hours mixed martial arts fights. I haven’t thought twice about it and I’m not the type to spend […]]]>

No dead air, no silly near-environmental campaigns that reek of hypocrisy, critical commentators, tough questions, next-level graphics. Would you pay?

Yesterday, me and two million other lovers of cartoon violence paid $ 54.95 each to watch six hours mixed martial arts fights.

I haven’t thought twice about it and I’m not the type to spend in bulk.

Dana White’s UFC is a weird and superficial sport, a detached tension of realism with shock and silliness, like all good spectator sports should be. No greenwashing, no virtue signaling the comic in its hypocrisy.

Trump, Bieber, the Nelk boys, a Kardashian. All in the front rows.

Real simple rules.

Beat the hell out of the person in front of you.

Don’t put your fingers in their eyes or hit them in the nuts or pussy.

If you get hit, you keep coming back.

If the leg cracks, yell at your opponent that you will use his wife later at the after party.

Raw but professional.

Smooth as fuck.

And, I was watching, thinking, man, how good it would be if I slung the money on an epic day of pro surfing, eight to ten foot Teahupoo or Cloudbreak, a full day of head- to head cards, from day one to dusk, a crowned winner at the end.

Use this as a template, and, yes, it’s a no-brainer.

ASP (it was a year before Dirk Ziff renamed professional surfing to WSL) Billabong Pro in 2014. Teahupoo. Kelly Slater, John John Florence clashed in Teahupoo from eight to ten feet. The two best surfers in heavy left walked a tightrope more deadly than a Francis Ngannou uppercut.

Imagine a day.

Two week window in season.

One day.

Kelly, John John, Gabriel, Italo, Jack Robinson, Griff, Brother, Owen Wright, Julian Wilson, maybe.

I have six a year. Grand Slam Tour. The current WCT tour is becoming food for the Grand Slam, with Slater being an obvious wildcard.

You know it happens so you have viewing nights. You and your buddies contribute, say, ten dollars each to watch.

Tell me that wouldn’t excite just a little.

It’s not going to happen quickly, I know, but in two months is Finals day at Lowers?

Scenario:

The WSL sets up a pay wall for the day of the finals.

Fifty-five dollars to watch.

There is no dead air, no silly quasi-environmental campaigns, “diversity and inclusiveness” gets a needed rest, commentators are encouraged to be critical, tough questions are asked in post interviews -heat and the on-screen graphics game is taken to the next level.

A southern hemi whips through the most jagged three to four foot waves you’ve ever seen.

Would you pay?

If not, what if it moved to Tahiti in 2022 and you saw Filipe dealing with his demons at ten foot Teahupoo?

Yes or no ?


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Kurt Cobain’s hair and a real Hi-Flier https://www.esurfboardracks.com/kurt-cobains-hair-and-a-real-hi-flier/ https://www.esurfboardracks.com/kurt-cobains-hair-and-a-real-hi-flier/#respond Sun, 11 Jul 2021 12:45:38 +0000 https://www.esurfboardracks.com/kurt-cobains-hair-and-a-real-hi-flier/ Don’t even ask me how I found this out, but one recent night while stumbling across the internet in a whiskey haze, I discovered an auction for some of Kurt Cobain’s hair. Yes, six gorgeous strands of bleached hair were carefully wrapped in plastic and shipped with all kinds of provenance to assure any bidder […]]]>

Don’t even ask me how I found this out, but one recent night while stumbling across the internet in a whiskey haze, I discovered an auction for some of Kurt Cobain’s hair. Yes, six gorgeous strands of bleached hair were carefully wrapped in plastic and shipped with all kinds of provenance to assure any bidder that this was the real deal. Of course, I immediately got to thinking about the economic ramifications of placing a bid (starting at $ 2,500), and after a few drinks I was about to throw one last second. Alas, I fell asleep and soon forgot about it. When I returned a few days later, I saw that the final price was… $ 13,800!


Heck, I’ve seen Nirvana live a few times throughout the day and certainly wasn’t thinking about Kurt’s hair. But I’ve always been impressed with how such a small guy could have such a powerful presence. I was also amazed at his choice of material, which always seemed a bit hit and miss. I mean, Kurt was changing all kinds of Fender guitars, but there were always these eccentrics that he used. Among his early favorites were Univox Hi-Fliers, which I really liked, as one of the my the early favorites were also a Hi-Flier.

There are all kinds of great players who rocked them on stage, including Lee Renaldo and Dexter X, but it was Kurt and his Hi-Flier who really resonated with my young self.

In the late 1980s, I first saw Nirvana in Hoboken, New Jersey. The night was rather blurry, but Kurt playing a Hi-Flier really blew me away. Like, I was here … a goofy kid who was obsessed with cheap, weird guitars, and then there’s this little powerhouse of a guy playing really heavy riffs on a pawnshop guitar. It was a life changing moment. I felt validated seeing another guitarist with one of my favorites.

In 1968, Unicord Corporation, based in Westbury, New York, imported some very interesting, rather amazing and affordable Japanese material. My original long-standing setup was a Hi-Flier and Univox Super-Fuzz, both going through an old Harmony 420 bass amp. Every component in this chain was probably more than I deserved as a player (j was still more of a noise maker), because all Univox guitars from the late ’60s and early’ 70s were consistent, sounded good, and could pretty much hold up tuning.

Simple yet effective, this 1971 Univox has only one control for tone and volume, warm single-coil pickups, and a Jazzmaster-style vibrato bridge that holds up much better than most budget imports. of his time.

Univox guitars were built at Matsumoku’s facility in the city of Matsumoto, Japan, in a former Singer sewing machine factory that was repurposed in the mid-1960s to make some of the country’s best electric guitars for around 20 years. years. Univox brand guitars were very common in the used market in the 1980s and could be purchased for a song. Heck, even the list price of a Hi-Flier was only around $ 90 in the early ’70s. (Today old Hi-Fliers bow to a large!) It was really the dawn of the copy era, so to outdo the American competition, Univox products were much cheaper and had much cooler names. The Les Paul copies were called Gimme and the Mother, their imitation 335 was the Coily, and Dan Armstrong’s plexiglass copy was nicknamed Lucy. I really need to write a book about weird guitar names, and I really need to honor the hype writer of the day who described the 6-String Hi-Flier and Bass as:

Allows you to feel free… with curves where you want them. Loose… Flat… Light. A guitar with which to fly, slide, bend and a bass that gets funky!

Yo, dig that! Throughout the 1970s the Hi-Flier underwent a few changes, like a switch to humbuckers, but the overall layout and feel stayed true to its Mosrite roots and it was quite the player – with volume and a tone control, and a 3-position shooting switch. And yes, my ’71’s pickups are single coil, but they are nicely coiled and hot-read, at around 9k. These P-90 lookalikes only scream and are always about to explode when a little fuzz or distortion is added. The neck profile of guitars made by Matsumoku tends to be a bit flat at the shoulder, much like the early Epiphone / Gibson electrics, but these Hi-Fliers are thinner at the nut. As for the vibrato, it has a very tight, Jazzmaster feel. Japanese twang bar bridges are generally not very good, but this device was one of the first good ones.

I don’t think you can go wrong with a Hi-Flier version, although there are some people who swear by one model or another. There are all kinds of great players who rocked them on stage, including Lee Renaldo and Dexter X (Man or Astroman?), But it was Kurt and his Hi-Flier who really resonated with my young self. Oh, what if either of you has Kurt’s hair, call me, dig?

Univox Hi Flier Phase II guitar demonstration

Mike Dugan demonstrates a 1971 Univox Hi-Flier, showing that it can ring, get dirty, and produce surf-style vibrato sounds with the best prices from Japanese pawn shops from the ’60s and’ 70s. And yes , there are congas and “Jingo!”

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