Mad John is a goddamn institution in Southfields. He's been hitting the streets there for over 30 years, confirmed, and almost 200 years, according to a local pre-schooler.
He has a bicycle with a radio in the basket and he pushes it around while meeting and greeting as many people as possible. If you shake his hand you won't get it back for at least 5 minutes during which he will regale you with stories from his past, conspiracy theories and plots he is working on to improve the burrough (and the Panama Canal).
John shouts. He has no volume control. He drinks Special Brew religiously and claims it's where he gets all his good ideas from. Special Brew will be shouted out of his mouth into yours and down into his beard. From there it will dribble down onto his pirate chest and skimpy shorts unless he's actually wearing something. He is known to dress up as Father Christmas during December.
Some people think he's a millionaire while others flee at the sight of him.
When the Wimbledon Tennis Championships comes to town he will, guaranteed, be shouting at the tourists in their queues, making children cry and possibly directing traffic.
He has a myspace fan page and a facebook group in his honour including these:
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