Early Retirement Extreme UK Update 2 – June 2015

Fingers crossed this formats OK, I just cut and paste the job-lot straight from Open Office, pictures and all. End of June – And I’m now sixth months in to my 7-10 year plan to (semi-) retire by the time I’m 51, and ambitiously by 48. This is the first of my intended 6 monthly […]

Five Strategies to Help You Stop Shopping

If you like this sort of thing then check out my book (only $0.99) – Early Retirement Strategies for The Average Income Earner I’ve developed a few money saving strategies viz shopping in order to help me reduce my spending – These are as follows: 1. Only allowing myself to shop once every 6 weeks, […]

On Not watching TV and Meditating Instead (a lifestyle experiment)

  The Dalai Lama of Tibet practices meditation four hours a day, the same length of time the average American spends watching TV. Now it’s obvious I’m not the Dalai Lama, and I’m reasonably certain I’m not his reincarnation born 40 odd years too early either, but like the DL I have recently tried to […]

Careers Advice for Teenagers Part One – Why You Can Never Do Enough to Make Yourself Employable

  So you’re 17 going on 18 and it seems like the end of A levels are ages away, but for some reason your damn tutors keep haranguing you about about preparing for your future career NOW. When it comes to career readiness, there is no such thing as enough, even if you are going […]

New Year, New Bathroom, New Lock-In?

  So I spent most of the ‘Christmas’ holiday redoing the bathroom – stemming from a leaky waste on the bath and mould growth mainly because of a broken extractor fan – It took me several days to rip out the old (partly rotted) frame under the bath, build a new one and put it […]

Five ways to spend less than £263K on housing over the next 32 years

The average twenty something in the UK will spend £263K on housing over the next 32 years of their life, and many will spend considerably more. What I find deeply offensive about this astronomical figure is the simple fact that the house below cost £3K and took only 10 days to build.   Given this, I think […]

On the Social Ideology Ideology of the Motorcar (UK version, 2014)

One unexpected finding from my statistical analysis of average consumption patterns (E R E for infographsBLOGv3) is that an irrational addiction to the motorcar is the single most significant  factor which locks the individual into having to work until they are 68. Giving up the car and moving to within cycling (preferably walking) distance of work […]

The freedoms of living without money

I think learning to live with less money is a crucial life-skill that pertains to greater freedom, but here are two examples of people who have managed to live without money altogether… Based in the UK and author of the Moneyless Manifesto, Mark Boyle gave up money for more than 2 years in November 2008. […]

A few of my favourite Buddhist stories

Below are a few stories and passages which illustrate some of the key aspects of Buddhism. These provide an immediate feeling for Buddhism (in no particular order), important since Buddhism stresses the importance of whole-being engagement and conscious practise rather than just mere intellectualism. I’ve selected these stories because they’ve helped with my own understanding […]

Cuba – A Development Success Story?

Cuba’s a good case study of  Socialist Model of Development that seems to have worked more effectively than most of the nel-liberal experiments in Latin America…. Today, Cuba’s HDI stats look like this…. Human Development Index Ranking 59 Health Life expectancy at birth (years) 79.3 Education Mean years of schooling (of adults) (years) 10.2 Income […]