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What I’ve learnt in therapy

In Get Rich with Retraining I explained that I’d enrolled on a part time Introduction to Counselling course at a local college. It’s an introductory course (the clue is in the name) and I don’t hold myself out as a qualified therapist, psychologist or Doctor Of The Internet. But the course is accredited by the […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 19

Some people on the internet say that The Escape Artist is running out of fresh material. What nonsense! If I was running out of fresh material, then how could I be coming up with original gems such as Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 19?? Answer me that. Yes, The Escape Artist is back to review more […]

Building Blocks of a Wealthy Society: #2 Democracy

In Part 1 of this series I explained that The Escape Artist is not a self-made man. There’s that old saying it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it certainly takes a society to become wealthy. A society becomes wealthy when the following building blocks are in place: Free speech Democracy Free markets Free […]

Translating financial independence from American to British

There are so many great US books and blogs about financial independence that you may want a guide to help you translate American into British. I’ve done 2 versions: the short version and the long version. Here’s the short version: 1. Ignore the healthcare stuff 2. Ignore the travel hacks 3. VTSAX => VRXXB 4. […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 18

Some on the internet say that The Escape Artist is running out of fresh material. What nonsense! If I was running out of fresh material, then how could I be coming up with original gems such as Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 18?? Answer me that. Yes, The Escape Artist is back once […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 17

Last week I was interviewed on a local community radio station. I’ve done interviews before so I was ready for most of the questions. But there was one question I wasn’t expecting. I wasn’t prepared for the DJ (the lovely Melissa) asking me what songs she should play? How awesome is that?! But what songs […]

Why capitalism is better for your dog than communism

I was interviewed last week by someone researching the financial independence movement and was surprised when they asked me if I agreed that FIRE is an anti-capitalism movement? No! I think he may have had his terms muddled up. When thinking about this stuff you need to understand the 4 Cs: Capitalism Consumerism Corporatism Communism Let’s […]