Barry Watson has been many things: teacher, bus driver, financial advisor ... but in a small village in India, he's royalty.
Here's what happened:
Among the Yanadi tribe of Andhra Pradesh, he is known as “King Bazza” and held in such awe that his “subjects” have been known to walk ten paces behind him, and children have feared to approach him.
However, at home in Chepstow, he is an ordinary father-of-four whose children constantly “take the mick”.
Mr Watson was given the title after helping villagers, who once lived on a rubbish tip and had a life expectancy of around 40, to make a new home for themselves – which has been named Barrypuram in his honour.
But he was regarded as special from the moment he arrived by the tribe – who are at the bottom of the caste system and are descended from ratcatchers to the local kings.
“They said there was an ancient prophecy one day a white man would come and build them a village,” he said.
John-Paul Ford Rojas of The Telegraph has the fascinating story: Link