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One Trekkie's dream of boldly going where no interior designer has gone before appears to be over – thanks to his estranged wife, who has decided his starship Voyager-themed flat isn't entirely suitable for the terrestrial housing market. Former DJ Tony Alleyne, 58, has spent 10 years and a wad of cash coverting the one-bed …

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Can you answer an advanced theological question?

Where do tealights fit into all this? The useless bloody things cast no useful amount of light or heat but appear to be needed by the skip load in order to achieve full domestic harmony.

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crazywoman. (n). Usually pronounced [woom-uhn].

The 'crazy' may be silent, but if you ever find a silent 'woman' please introduce me!

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Mike, tealights are used in my household in the little oil burner I crafted for the wife. I've not really see the point of them anywhere else, but apparently they're quite good for keeping certain kinds of food warm.

Other than that I don't allow candles except for special occasions because they're a fire hazard in a flat with two kitties hanging about.

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Bitch!

It's those bloody home makeover shows that say everything should be beige when you sell a house.

It's an entire waste of time as everyone decorates when they move in anyway so even if they didn't like the design the new owners could bin/sell it.

Instead the new owners have dull decoration that they feel guilty about removing as it's only just been put up.

But I guess if it isn't destroyed already the best chance of finding someone who does want it like it is is with an Register article!

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Hah, my landlady is like this. Just got a new tenant moving into our shared house and the landlady had the room that was going spare repainted from a rather nice shade of light blue to magnolia.

All painting your house in magnolia shows is that you have no imagination or soul and that you could probably do with having a full tin of paint to the head.

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Beige Alert!

No No!!! "Magnolia" or "Barley White", never call it beige.

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Duh.

Your landlady doesn't live in the room so she doesn't give a toss what color it is, so long as it rents. Pale colors make it look bigger, and no-one was ever turned off a room because the walls were too plain. Put a poster up for chrissake.

Sheesh. Tenants....

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@Anomalous Cowherd

If my landlady wasn't a raving mental I would agree but she insists on fully painting the rooms and common areas whenever getting a new tenant in despite the fact that they've always been kept pristine and don't need it. Light blue is a pale colour by the way and also a colour that the new tenant liked the look of so having it magnolia'd is more than slightly annoying for him because now it is depressingly bland.

And not everyone wants to cover their walls with posters.

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"All painting your house in magnolia shows is that you have no imagination or soul and that you could probably do with having a full tin of paint to the head."

Unfortunately, that describes a lot of potential buyers. I've known people decide against buying a property because they didn't like the seller's sofa or the colour of the spare bedroom walls.

And when you point out to them that the sofa will leave with the seller or that they can paint the bedroom walls whatever colour they like, you always get a reply that starts "I know, but...".

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Difference between nympho, prosty, and housewife:

"Is that all?"

"That's all!"

"Beige. I'm gonna paint the ceiling beige."

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Magnolia is so yesterday

Now it's 'taupe', or if you want to get on to the bleeding edge of theoretical interior design - 'oatmeal'.

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Mutable

This has always amazed me.

Whenever I have looked at a property I've gone round tapping the walls to see which ones are stud-work and therefore easily movable. Who cares what colour they are ? (struth !)

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Re: Magnolia...

... Magnolia does have its place, especially when most of the interior rooms in the house you've just bought were painted Terracotta!!!

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We bought a house with 2 colour walls

Living room, part painted, cream and red (2 or 3 walls).

Soon had a coat of light green (a nice living room colour for us) over it

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Good effort on the interior decor, very impressive.

Shame about the divorce and bankruptcy getting in the way though.

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Ever hear the one

about the guy who built a boat in his basement?

She's been paying the mortgage for eighteen years, which means probably she's paid by far the majority of the money that's gone into paying back that loan. Too bad for Mr. Alleyne, I suppose, but it would seem she's got a considerable right to the final say in what happens to the place -- not least because, after all, he's turned it into something which I very much doubt she finds habitable. (Hard to blame her; neither would I, and neither would you, really -- Star Trek is designed to be a TV show, not something people actually inhabit, and as you can see from pictures of the place it rather shows.)

If anything, the whole debacle should serve as a salutary lesson in the importance of ensuring one actually does own one's magnum opus.

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Actually, I'm sure they could get more for it as it is. There is bound to be someone somewhere that would pay a fortune for it. If they restore the flat to some kind of conventional decor, then it'a just going to be a flat for sale...

The difficulty would be finding the buyer, but that is what the internet is for...

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Nope...

It's been on the market for years, and garnered a fair amount of publicity - No-one wanted it.

I would guess it had something to do with its location, and that it's a tiny one bedroom flat that no longer has anywhere for a bed.

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How can location be a problem?

Once you engage warp doesn't space shift around it?

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The real issue here is...

WTF she has been paying the mortgage on the place for the last 17 years if she doesn't live there...

That guy's pad has been on the TV and everything, can't be like she didn't know he was Trekking it out.

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Easy

It's presumably in her name and *not* paying the mortgage would cause the bank to repossess. Selling may not have been economically viable due to either negative equity or given the timescales involved, an endowment mortgage with a significant shortfall. He may also have been paying rent. Finally, selling a fixed asset in your name before a divorce isn't always the smartest move either as its harder to prove the money raised by the sale isn't both of theirs.

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Bought it 17 years ago?

At the bottom of the market. A one bedroom flat would maybe have cost around £30000.

May well have been paying £50 a month mortgage on it.

I know as I got my one bedroom flat in a city centre for that around then.

Currently got it down to £40 a month.

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one bedroom flat for £30,000 at the bottom of the market???

that would have been around the time I was buying 3 bedroom houses for £28,000 then.

sold them off again before the most recent crash for between £140,000 and 180,000 (last one sold a week before the run on northern rock)

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Meh

If you sold a 3 bed room house for just £140k before the crash it must have been a bit of a shithole.

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@Greg J Preece

Agreed.

To quote Shigeru Miyamoto: "We do not stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing"

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who actually said this first?

I've seen it attributed to various people (George Bernard Shaw and Benjamin Franklin amongst others) - Does anyone know where it originated?

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I'm having trouble dating the article in the link below

But, if correct, seems he got a nice pile of wedge from it.

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/49211-star-trek-flat-sold-on-ebay

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May 2007

http://www.lifeinthefastlane.ca/star-trek-apartment-sold-on-ebay/offbeat-news

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Oi Google when was that news?

May 2007 - http://www.trektoday.com/news/310503_03.shtml

I guess the sale fell through.

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Trojan Bidders

When it came to actually paying up, none of the bidders were serious. :(

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Trojan bidders, or illegal sellers??

As it turns out, not his effing house to sell!

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So - what happened...

...after this?

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/49211-star-trek-flat-sold-on-ebay

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Awesome house!

Terrible business idea!

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A Star Trek fan was married? This is clearly a work of fiction.

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I lol'd, thumbed up.... then remembered I was a trek fan... :(

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The interior design doesn't concern me..but a married Star Trek fan?

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Don't throw it in the skip!

I'm positive that the bloke could make a mint selling off different parts of the decor online.

Throwing it in the skip would just be a total waste.

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Perhaps...

...instead of skipping it, he carefully dismantles it, so allowing him to re-erect it in wherever he moves to (or, if that's not possible, sell or auction the components off - which would net him a bit of money to boot). Of course, take lots of photos of the place from all angles before dismantling so a record's left for posterity.

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In tears about his loosing his Start Trek bedroom, but not so fussed about the divorce. There's a country music song in there somewhere.

♪♫ My wife ran off with my best friend and I sure do miss him... ♪♫

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Reminds me

Of the joke about the man who walks in on his wife and his best friend:

"Mate, I have to sleep with her, but *you*??"

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Wife was happy once.

As he managed to attract a wife and she tolerated this, presumably she enjoyed it up to point as well. Did she have an outfit? Did she enjoy a good beaming in the captains chair? Maybe she liked him to let fly at weapons control?

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Deja Vu

This bloke is on the news every year, showing off his flat and saying it's up for sale. He appears to me to be a self publicist because it really is like Groundhog Day, seeing him pop up again in the news with the same story.

Every year another news programme (or even one that's already covered his flat in previous years) presents him as a new story - the star trek fan who's boldly decorated his flat like no one has before and is now putting his beloved masterpiece up for sale. There's the obligatory tour of the flat, ending with the reporter standing on the transmat pad thing, signing off and then fading away in the most terrible effect ITN/BBC London/Five/Sky could knock up with the equipment they have.

As for making a living creating USS Enterprise décor for other trekkies, that's never going to work for such a dead franchise. Someone should have cashed in making Tardis sheds over the last seven years, though I think interest in Dr Who is waning too, so don't go do that now if you're still reading this.

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@AC

"his hobby is no harm to anyone else"

Except the person who actually owns the house. He's gone bankrupt and he's not paid into the mortgage for 18 years, so it's almost guaranteed that he no longer has a share in it and can only be renting it. And FWIW, he did the work *after* they'd split up.

If he really wants it, he can always get himself a mortgage and buy it himself. Sure, he'll be paying top whack for having no deposit, and he'll have to work his arse off to cover repayments. If it really mattered to him and he had a shred of maturity, he'd be doing that. But if he had a shred of maturity and not just a gross sense of entitlement, he wouldn't be here in the first place.

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Simple solution

Obvoiusly ditch all the MDF stuff and reconfigure the holographic projection suite in his new house to replicate the bridge

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Dunno what his problem is

He's had a free ride for 18 years.

I don't care what people do in their own homes. Doing it in someone else's home though, he's lucky to have gotten away with it this long.

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Could have seen this coming...

Yes, I'm sorry to see this going on and I can absolutely understand that this is an emotional blow for the fellow. But seriously... Its not as if he couldn't have seen this coming. I mean; you don't go bankrupt over one night.

IMO this looks like a classic example of overdoing it. You cannot cast certain responsibilities aside for the sole purpose of following your dream. That is; unless you can afford it and it seems he could not.

Still... All cynicism aside I have to wonder; there are more people in the world who love Star Trek, Surely the pair should be able to sell or rent the condo as it is now ? I bet you could get more for a "themed flat" than a regular one, especially amongst fans.

And if you managed to rent it you may even setup a steady cash flow.

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Bah!

The lesson here is "don't turn someone else's property into a theatrical set" and nothing more, really.

It is very sad for the misguided twit who thought he had permanent squatting rights, but that's about it.

Also, it might be better to plan this sort of thing to be in a shed or garage, like model railway builders often do. You can always move the shed to a new location if it comes to it.

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There are lots of cheap shipping containers around. Why not buy a couple and reinstall the stuff in those. they'd make pretty good travelling displays for fun-fairs etc.

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Surely he has a claim on the flat

They were married, and the flat has been paid off mostly (if not entirely) up to this point during their marriage. It might be in her name only, but that has never meant anything when divorce is happening - especially if he was paying rent or contributing at any point.

He should just disassemble it and put it all into storage or a mate's garage. However I suspect that it's all screwed/nailed/glued together and disassembly == destruction.

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At least he followed his dream and actually did it. How many of us have said "that would be so cool if I could do that" about our flat, yard, car or motorbike, and never did anything because we didn't have the money, our own place, just didn't want to hear the silly comments or just didn't think our dreams were important enough to actually do something about.

He did it.

First rounds on me.

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