Monday, February 12, 2007

Little Pink Houses

As a popster, I am more likely to be found listening to the sixties psychedelic Syd Barret era Pink Floyd, than the later progressive rock of the Pinkertons. After recently hearing of David Gilmour's charitable work for the worlds homeless, I may just have to dust off my collectors version of Dark Side of the Moon . . .and sell it, donating the proceeds to the homeless in my own area.

LONDON (AP) - Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is giving the proceeds from the sale of his London house to a charity.

Gilmour sold the home to Earl Spencer - brother of the late Princess Diana - for $6.48 million, and gave the money to Crisis, which helps homeless people, The Sunday Telegraph reported.

``I don't need the money and I just thought it would be a good thing to do,'' the paper quoted him as saying. ``I've had that house for nearly 20 years. It's made a fat profit and I've scarcely used it for the last six or seven years.''

Gilmour, 54, lives in a farmhouse in West Sussex and owns a house in Greece.

The Independent newspaper reported that he'd originally bought the London home for $430,000. But Gilmour said he'd grown tired of having too many expensive possessions.

``You collect Ferraris and then you've got to collect people to look after your Ferraris, and you've got to collect buildings to house the Ferraris,'' The Sunday Telegraph quoted him as saying. ``Life gets very complicated. And eventually, at least in my case, you think 'I don't need this stuff.' And suddenly life gets simpler.''

Gilmour is a regular donor to Crisis through his foundation, the DG Charitable Trust.

Gilmour's gift will fund an "urban village" project that will house 400 people, including the homeless and public service workers.

"Go and do likewise"

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