Ricochet on the Hunt for Extreme Downshifters


I had a call from a producer at Ricochet (the guys that made the No Going Back series. 

As we have so many readers here who are on a quest for a simpler, happier downshifted life, I thought I’d post her request!

I am interested in talking to people who have made an extreme downshift for a treatment I am writing for a documentary film.

Have you left a metropolitan lifestyle to go and live in the wilds?

Maybe you want a different challenge from life, get off the grid, live off the land or just get out of the rat race.

Maybe you are working a traditional croft in the wilds of Scotland or perhaps you’re living taking 6 months out of the rat race to live an alternative life in a tepee.

If you and your family have made a move like this in the last few years and would like to share you story, please email me ASAP!

liz.dyson@ricochet.co.uk or call me on 01273 224 800.

Liz Dyson | Senior Producer

Pacific House
126 Dyke Road
Brighton BN1 3TE
T: 01273 224800
F: 01273 770350

Is this you? 

If so, why not give it a go!

Rubbishly yours,

TS x

My Top Ten Tips for Downshifting Success – Part 2 (Tips 6-10)

See yesterday’s post for Part 1

Image courtesy of The Green Pen
Image courtesy of The Green Pen

6. Cook a meal using seasonal, local ingredients, preferably organic

It’s so easy to get to the end of a hard week and say, ‘I’m having that take-away because I have worked hard and I deserve it’. The same motivations can also encourage you to buy ready-made, pre-packed options at the supermarket.

However, in a great many cases, it takes you as long if not longer to heat through these chemically enhanced, over-packed delights, as it does to cook something far more delicious from fresh.

You could save a fortune cooking simple recipes from scratch, using quality, raw ingredients and you don’t have to be a chef to put together a few basic, wholesome meals.

Soups can be really quick to prepare and consider using ‘normally’ shaped vegetables from local farm shops, not the perfectly shaped ones the supermarkets claim we ‘demand’.

Food miles are very important. If it’s been harvested locally, it’s probably fresher and more nutritious than something that has travelled half way around the world.


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Channel ‘M’ for ‘My God, It’s Early!’

channel-m-logoYou cannot beat a bit of telly for getting a message across and give me a live set any day; pre-recording is for wimps.

So I jumped at an invitation from Channel M to head up to Manchester and sit on the breakfast couch with Michelle and Byron to talk ‘Rubbish’.

They sent me a brief, which was anything but.  It was a packed-out page of A4 covering 8 different rooms and they’d selected 2 or 3 tips from each of them.  This wasn’t going to be a short and sweetie; they really wanted to plunge into the bin!

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Hot off the press!

Tracey posing for the paparazzi
Tracey posing for the paparazzi

Hi all, Thomas here to give you the breaking news that I’ve just added a Press page to this blog where you can find links to all the print and online reviews, interviews and articles about The Book Rubbish of Ideas and Tracey.

Actually, at the moment it seems that you can’t turn on the radio, open a magazine or newspaper, or surf the internet without running across a mention of our Rubbish Author and her brilliant book. OK, so maybe she hasn’t quite got the media exposure of this guy but I reckon she’s still doing pretty well and she’s now got herself a television appearance. Those of you who are early risers and are able to tune in, mark 7:30am Monday 17th November 2008 in your diary to see Tracey on Channel M – TV For Manchester

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