Monday, October 24, 2005

Ditch Monkey

I found a really fascinating blog today. Ditch Monkey is a guy who decided to dispense with renting four walls, and live outside for six weeks to raise money for charity. He liked it so much he has stuck with the lifestyle; like a lot of people before him, he wants to prove that material things aren't important, that he can live in the open with a camping stove and a tarpaulin.

The difference is that Ditch Monkey packs all his belongings into his back pack everyday, walks to the Oxford Tube (a bus link between London and Oxford), and commutes to his job at Sothebys (very posh antiques auction house in London, overseas readers) where he is working at his career as an art dealer. He is lucky enough to have a shower at his workplace, and he cleans himself up and changes into his suit and tie for the day, before travelling back at night.

This is a really interesting blog, with anecdotes about wildlife interspersed with accounts of how he puts his backpack beside his desk at work, and the dangers of packing a bottle of soy sauce amongst your worldly goods.

He was interviewed by The Observer recently. I'm intrigued to see how he will do in the depths of Winter...

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Wow, what an interesting idea. To give up everyday conveniences that one has in their house...of course, there are millions of people around the world that live like that, but to CHOOSE to do so is very brave!

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Anonymous felicity lowde said...

I go to Sotheby's, and have noticed how the bidding team are a particularly lovely lot. Down to earth and helpful. I think I know this fellow. If I'm right, he once helped me grab a super bid at the very last minute....no one else noticed me. :-)
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