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  Hermit spends weekend in a cave
Updated 20 September 2002, 16.10
The hermit will spend the weekend in caves at the Shugborough Estate
How would you like to spend the weekend holed up in a dark cave with no food or friends?

Well that's exactly what professional hermit Ansuman Biswas is doing.

And he beat hundreds of other hopeful hermits to the world's weirdest job on the historic Shugborough estate in Staffordshire.

In the 18th Century, it was considered very cool to have a hermit living in the grounds of big old mansions.

Time out alone

The caves on the Shugborough estate
So it was decided to bring back a hermit for a few days to see what it would've been like.

Mr Biswas, an artist, will live in the caves from noon on Friday til 5pm on Sunday - in the dark, with no food.

He says he wants to prove how important it is to take time out alone and think in today's busy world.

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