Mark Boyle (pictured) is a man who advertises himself as 'the man who gave up money'.
He's 31, lives in a caravan which is parked at an organic farm near Bristol where he volunteers three days a week, according to the article. The caravan was free from a website.
He growns his own food, has a wood-burning stove and produces electricity from a solar panel, which cost £360 before his money-less experiment started. His mobile phone is set to incoming calls only and he has a solar powered laptop.
Mr Boyle has been vegan for the past six years.
I am single at the moment, but because of the book and my blog a few women seem interested in me. Just being a vegan cuts down the number of women I’m compatible with, never mind being moneyless. I’ll be lucky if there’s one woman in the whole country who wants to give up cash for life – and I might not even fancy her.
Lucky her. Any woman taking on such a man seriously needs to consider a couple of things. She'll be the one paying for all the phone calls. What's he going to do with the money from his book? Give it to charity? Then of course there's the quality of air in confined spaces. Only another vegan could ignore vegan emissions.
Is Mr Boyle a dreamboat, greenboat or a fairly accomplished self-publicist (showboat)? I'd choose the latter. He's not 'volunteering'. He's trading his skills for food and ground rent. Many of us trade goods or skills. I'm shortly going to have an abundance of apples and plums - far too much for me to use - so I give them to friends. These friends have kept me in cabbage, tomatoes, beans and other tasty homegrown vegetables for the past few months. No money changes hands. Nothing unusual there.
The article doesn't say how Mr Boyle earned his living before he decided to live in this manner. What is certain is he had the money to buy a laptop and a solar panel. Something tells me the man has contacts in the media. Many authors would love the opportunity to have an article in a newspaper about their first/latest book, yet few are chosen. Mr Boyle is part of 'the chosen few'. Maybe the writer hasn't mentioned it because he/she's not interested either.
A non-story from the Telegraph and one which is very poorly researched.
Just a thought - why is it all vegans I've met have pasty complexions? I've yet to meet one with rosy cheeks. Surely they eat apples. My granny used to say apples gave you rosy cheeks. Now, in my maturer years, I realise her homemade parsnip wine, along with apples, possibly helped her acquire her healthy glow.