According to geologists, the Jurassic Period spanned 56 million years from the end of the Triassic Period 201 million years ago to the beginning of the Cretaceous Period 145 million years ago. People that lived through the Jurassic period said it sometimes felt like it would never end…and yet it still seemed mercifully brief compared to the Now That’s What […]

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.  ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War […]

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Araminta over at Financially Mint.com. Araminta told me how she earns money while studying in Edinburgh.  I was intrigued:  is it possible to combine earning with studying? I have mixed feelings about university / college education. University can either be a 3 (or 4) year holiday camp […]

When I was about 13, I started getting into pop music. From a financial perspective, this started off harmlessly enough listening to the weekly top 40, free on BBC Radio 1. But it didn’t stop there. I started to throw my money around.  I bought blank cassettes (ask your history teacher) and a radio cassette […]

I have a confession. The Escape Artist is not a self-made man…I didn’t do it on my own. There’s a saying it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it certainly takes a society to become wealthy. I grew up in a society with the building blocks to allow people to get rich. If […]

In last week’s article, The FIREman talked about the challenge of depression. What if there were a medical intervention more effective than anti-depressant drugs? What if it also worked on low level anxiety? What if it actually made you more confident? Not to mention better looking. Well it turns out there is. It’s called “exercise”. […]

I met The Fireman at a recent FI London meet up.  He’s a really good guy with a fascinating back story which he agreed to share. The Escape Artist is always on the lookout for interesting reader case studies where people achieve what looks at first glance to be impossible.  How about creating a multi-million pound property and […]

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