The man who sold his bathroom for a donkey

Perusing adverts on the internet on a regular basis, hoping to find the right donkey for sale, I discovered this gem.  A man who is offering a whole bathroom in exchange for a donkey.

How did this situation come about?  Is he simply disillusioned with DIY and wants to escape on a donkey before his wife sees the mess he has made of the house?  Has he just liquidated a bathroom supplies business, gone bankrupt and wants to head off into the wilderness to do penance on a donkey?


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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8 Responses to The man who sold his bathroom for a donkey

  1. damagedjock says:

    Perhaps the bathroom for donkey swop/chap is just tired of making an ass of himself?…I know rabittyman not up to your high standard!!

  2. Toad says:

    Re: Unamuno:


    (Interesting, if confused site. Need to scroll down a bit for Unamuno.)

  3. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you, Toad. BTW, are you interested in Spinoza? Via donkeys and the Camino I have discovered one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I’ll post on it here soon. Inspiring, moving, completely immersed in hands-on philosophy of eternity, and a book full of real love. Will finish it in the next few days (Fiestas! Five days away from the kids…!) It is called The Wisdom of Donkeys but you don’t have to be a donkey nutcase (who wakes in the night thinking he heard braying, as I did yesterday…) to enjoy the book. More to come.

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    You silly damagedjock. I’m waiting to hear the latest from you… Has Rome been a shock to the system? Have they made you sacristan? At least you’ll be OK with the philosophy: I was out of my depth and could not see the point of most of it. Now I’ve left it all behind I can get interested in philosophy again…!

  5. toadspittle says:

    Yes Spinoza interests me, but he is difficult going, I think. Sort of pantheism seems to be the deal. I’m all ears, (whoops, that’s you) re the book. I have one on aspects of Spinoza by Damiaso, but I’ll be surprised if that’s your one.
    Am currently reading ‘The Perennial Philosophy’ by Huxley, all about mysticism and stuff.
    Fascinating, but, for me, also very difficult. No pictures, either.

  6. damagedjock says:

    Yes Bro. Rabit your right, they have made me Sacrsitan! did you figure that one out? Rome is wacky and I fit in perfectly, well at the moment. If history repeats itself I plan to move to Espana and start a Toad refuge! The phil is okay for my analytic(dreamy), little brain, your right again but the Latin is torture and too much travelling on rickety overcrowded buses for too long just to get to lectures. Ah but this the call eh?
    enjoying the blogue and hoping to climb that moontin some day!!

  7. Frere Rabit says:

    Yes Toad, The Perennial Philosophy is fun, but takes you down the theosophical road.

    As for you, young damagedjock, I knew they’d make you sacristan because I know how their minds work… That was a no brainer. They want to drill you in the routine things, which is what you probably like least. That’s the way they work. Adapt and survive my non-floppy eared drinking pal. Keep on enjoying the shaky buses crashing over the Rome cobbles on the way to lectures!

    By the way: avoid the Rome university students’ bus pilgrimage to Assisi: it is badly organised, hopelessly overcrowded, and you sit there waiting three hours for students to return to the bus at the agreed time for the home journey.

  8. Wonky Pilgrim says:

    This reminded me of one of my favourite jokes (I have switched a buffalo for a donkey), which must be delivered (or imagined) in a Brum accent…..

    What’s the difference between a donkey and a bison?

    You can’t wash your hands in a donkey!

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