Boris Johnson claims he 'makes models of buses' and paints passengers 'enjoying themselves' to relax

Boris Johnson on a Routemaster bus in 2011. He has claimed to unwind by making model buses out of wine crates. (Getty)
Boris Johnson on a Routemaster bus in 2011. He has claimed to unwind by making model buses out of wine crates. (Getty)

Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson has revealed his unique way to unwind.

The former Mayor of London, who introduced a new fleet of Routemaster buses during his time in the role, told TalkRadio he claimed he likes to make models out of old wine crates and it’s just the ticket at the end of stressful day.

It seems despite getting his fingers burnt after posting with a bus back in 2016 during the EU referendum which claimed the UK sends £350m to Europe every week, Mr Johnson just can’t tear himself away from them.

Asked how he likes to relax, he told TalkRadio: “I like to paint or I make things.

“I make models of buses.

Boris Johnson the Mayor of London  stands in front of a routemaster bus to launch the Year of the Bus campaign, in London, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Boris Johnson the Mayor of London stands in front of a routemaster bus to launch the Year of the Bus campaign, in London, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

“What I make is I get old wooden crates, right? And I paint them.

“I suppose it’s a box that’s been used to contain wine bottles.

“I paint the passengers enjoying themselves on the wonderful bus.”

And never failing to take an opportunity to sing his own praise he added: “On a wonderful bus. Low carbon of a kind that we brought to the streets of London that reduces CO2, reduces Nitrous Oxide, reducing pollution...”

London's Mayor Boris Johnson stands next to some of the winning designs that will lead to the next generation of the London's famous red Routemaster bus, at an award ceremony in London Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. It is  hoped that the new bus which will incorporate the best of the winning designs will be on London streets in late 2011.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
London's Mayor Boris Johnson stands next to some of the winning designs that will lead to the next generation of the London's famous red Routemaster bus, at an award ceremony in London Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. It is hoped that the new bus which will incorporate the best of the winning designs will be on London streets in late 2011.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

During the wide-ranging interview Mr Johnson was drawn on aspects of his personal life after refusals to discuss police being called to a late-night argument at the home he shares with partner Carrie Symonds.

Asked on his temper, he said: “I am a pretty even-tempered kind of guy. I don’t easily get angry.”

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Mr Johnson has come in for heavy criticism over his apparent reluctance to take part in a series of television debates with rival, Jeremy Hunt.

The revelation was something of a distraction as opponents have criticised his claims he would tear up Theresa May’s Brexit agreement - despite being told there is no scope for further negotiations by the European Union.

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