Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Meet the man who posted himself from London to Australia in a wooden BOX for his daughter's birthday!

When Australian Reg Spiers found himself penniless in London without enough money for a plane ticket home to Adelaide, he decided to post himself back in a wooden box.

It was 1964, and the 22-year-old champion javelin thrower was in Britain, desperate to get back to Australia for his daughter's birthday and to see his wife.

He showed up out of the blue at the East London flat of his close friend – English javelin thrower John McSorley – and presented him with his problem.

Too impatient to work and save up the money for a plane ticket, together Spiers and McSorley hatched a harebrained scheme to build a timber box and send Spiers back to his home country via air freight.

What followed was a nightmarish 63-hour journey across three continents in which he was delayed in fog for 24 hours, dropped from a forklift and almost suffered dehydration after being left on a scorching tarmac in Bombay, India.

But Spiers survived, and went on to live an extraordinary life in which he travelled the world with his lover, assumed false identities and smuggled narcotics for international drug syndicates.

His sensational life has been documented in a book by McSorley's wife and son, Julie and Marcus McSorley, titled Out Of The Box: The Highs And Lows Of A Champion Smuggler.

From : Dailymail

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