Would you like to hear something shocking and sacrilegious? Okay…today I am going to make the case against the much loved institutions of recipes, cookbooks and celebrity chefs. Yes, I realise how popular celebrity cookbooks are. And yes, maybe Nigella Lawson was hot in her day? Maybe Jamie Oliver really is a diamond geezer? Maybe Ainsley […]

Financial freedom

The idea of quitting work and never working again is “The Hook” of financial independence.  It’s the thing that first captures people’s attention. How do we know this? Well, it’s always the thing that the mainstream media focus on when they feature financial independence.  The Media know they have to lead with something that catches people’s […]

Opinion is divided on the Now That’s What I Call FI! series. Some say it became shit as time went on and The Escape Artist increasingly looked to have exhausted his musical repetoire. Others disagree, saying that it was always shit. But those same people would probably have criticised Michelangelo’s paintwork on the ceiling of […]

Where were you 10 years ago? What were you doing? Were you thinking about investing then? How confident were you feeling? I remember 2011 well. Europe’s government debt crisis was in the news. At the time, I was unblocking the toilets of the financial system (this was before Key Workers were even a thing). I was […]

This post was updated in August 2021 If you want financial freedom, then you want your money to do its share of the hard work. Your money can end up making more money than you…but first you need to get started with investing. When you buy into the stockmarket, you are buying into human progress, […]

Getting rich slowly is the safest way. Getting rich slowly is the most reliable way. It may be the only realistic way. Waiting to win the lottery is waiting to be chosen by a universe that’s indifferent to our existence. Day trading only makes the banks and brokers rich. Working at a startup is much better […]

Originally published 2020, updated July 2021 I sometimes think that saving has a PR problem. Saving is often seen as something that’s a bit boring or something that you do when you are in fear (e.g. of losing your job). But saving is the foundation of your financial security. When you have a secure financial […]

First they said it was just a one off “to flatten the curve”. We should be patient, they said. Just one more time, they said. They’re taking the piss now. Enough is enough. Yes, that’s right…The Escape Artist is back to review more classic songs about financial independence in the guise of a music critic from the […]

Not buying stuff is easy. It became my default mode years ago. I don’t identify as frugal…if I want something, I’ll buy it…it’s just that I don’t want more stuff. Generally, I don’t want the extra hassle involved. Everyone has a different view of what “enough” looks like. It’s all relative.  Is Bill Gates being […]

Last week I wrote about crypto and said it was in a bubble: Yes, this is a bubble. Yes, lots of punters will get rekt (as the lingo goes). Traders gonna trade and it’s not my job or your job to save them. It would have been good if my time machine had been working […]