We found the tracks of a pogo stick and traced it along the beach. What we found induced us to grinningly concoct a conspiracy theory to rival the most improbable...
( the Filmsy and Totnesmartin conspiracy Theory (not to be taken seriously!)Collapse )
Mark Boyle, 29, plans to put his potatoes where his mouth is and become the ultimate 'freeconomist' by ditching cash for 12 months.
He intends to live completely off the land and waste products he scrounges around his borrowed caravan at Timsbury, near Bath.
And he'll even use his very own composting toilet for good measure.
"I've been preparing a lot over the last couple of months, but the challenge will be the things I can't plan for - a broken arm, exhaustion or the worst case scenario, a family bereavement," he said.
"I suspect the most difficult thing will be socialising in a world that revolves around money. I'll be living on a day-to-day basis, hand to mouth, which means I'll never really know where my next meal comes from."
Mark plans to scour skips and other people's rubbish to find what he needs. He'll also make use of a scheme called Freecycle, a network of recycling enthusiasts; and Freeconomy which allows people to swap skills.
A friend, he says, will pay his National Insurance for the 12 months.
"Any skills you need you can get through Freeconomy and with other 'pay-it-forward' based organisations such as Liftshare and Couch-surfing now flourishing, the simple life doesn't have to be so difficult anymore," he said.
And with the credit crunch biting Mark, from Bristol, believes there's never been a better time to seek out the good life.
"It is the disconnection we have with what we consume that is the primary cause of the wasteful culture we live in today," he explained.
"If we all had to grow our own food again we wouldn't waste one third of it. We've absolutely no respect or real appreciation for the energy that goes into the things we consume and buy today, so we think nothing of throwing them away."
Mark will be hoping this 'freebie' experiment goes a bit better than his last cashless odyssey.
In February he set off to visit Gandhi's birthplace on India's west coast, aiming to get there without spending a penny.
But he only managed to get to Calais - about 300 miles - before cold and the language barrier forced him to hang up his boots. He then had to use money to pay for his trip back to Britain.
At the time he told Sky News: "Not only did no one speak the language, they also see us as just a bunch of freeloading backpackers, which is the complete opposite of what the pilgrimage is really about.
"The advice was to make a bee line for Belgium as folk said they would be more likely to want to speak some English.
"The only trouble was the first decent-sized town in Belgium was 170km away, and all we had was three tins of soup, a bag of trail mix and a chocolate bar to sustain us."
Mr Boyle begins his money-less mission tomorrow (Sat) - on the rather aptly named Buy Nothing Day.http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20081129/tuk-m
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I'd like to go off the grid. I don't want to pay taxes. I don't want to shop at wal mart. I've had enough of bombs and sweatshops and industrial agriculture. there are so many days where I feel like if I were to really listen to my conscience that I'd just get up and leave, hitchhike somewhere, stop using money. I don't know how to do much. I write a mean research paper, which is not exactly the sort of skill I need for this. does anybody know of someone or somewhere I could go to? I'd love to be a gypsy for a while - or settle down with some cool people and learn permaculture and some skilled trade things like carpentry or something. renaissance fair nerds are cool too - I'm all about learning how to make my own clothes, instruments, and stuff like that. I know I can't be the only one out there who feels this way. the only reason I'm not already out on the road is because I'm afraid of doing it alone, and not knowing where to go.
what's up, folks? anybody hear me? anybody already doing this?
Issue Three out now! x
Do it.. do it now.
- If you do not actually need it, ask yourself, why are you stressing to get it? IE paid livejournal accounts.
- tell the truth, even if it leads to your death [it probably wont] stolen from Kingdom Of Heavan. I like that film, a lot.
- keep an open mind and youll find things 10 times as interesting.
- to get respect, give respect. I wont respect you if you are rude/ bossy/ dishonest. And no, wearing a suit wont make me automatically respect you.
- have a sense of humour. Be able to laugh at yourself, as well as at lots of other things.
- be able to admit when you have messed up, and be willing to try and sort it.
- be consistant. If you ask me to abide by a rule, dont go and break it yourself, in front of me, if you expect me to do as I am told.
- dont *pull rank* as an excuse / get-out clause.
- live and let live
- be there for your friends. You'd like them to be there for you, wouldnt you?
- keep your promises unles theres a damn good reason, and then make sure the other person KNOWS!
- Dont *assume* people fit into stereotype tickboxes. They usually dont.
- trust your intuition
- Do not fear death. There are lots of scarier things, like christmas shopping, or maths exams.
- Do not let fear prevent you from doing new cool things. Just because its something new, or you dont have a friend to go with you the first time, is no excuse to chicken!
- try to do one kind deed for an absolute stranger, with no personal gain, at least weekly
- Learn about new things. Its fun.
- Respect the enviroment - see what you can do to consume less, recycle more, or otherwise reduce your impact.
- Learn to be silly. Jump in the swimming pool in your clothes, or whatever. Learn to bounce about.
- Have your dreams. And love them.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - From Mother Teresa breath spray to a screaming rubber chicken, manufacturers come up with stockings full of stupid gifts in time for the holidays with one Web site dedicated to finding the most idiotic.http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20071126/t