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Why I’m on FIRE! (saved enough to stop work)

      I’m 57 and I can choose to go to work or not – I’ve got enough and I keep on working because I love it, not because I have to. I got here through luck (being in … Continue reading

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And just what is it that you want to do?

This is the clip that was sampled for  Primal Scream’s Loaded “Just what is it that you want to do?” “We wanna be free. We wanna be free to do what we wanna do, and we wanna get loaded and have … Continue reading

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Pensions aren’t on the brink of anything!

I’m sorry to disappoint the headline writers at the BBC, but pensions are not about to change very much, are not in crisis and aren’t really worth the headlines they are getting. Those were the stunning findings of a group … Continue reading

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Who says hospitality’s dead? Cheltenham 2017 – last call!

The Pension Play Pen Linked in Group was set up in 2007 to be an alternative to corporate hospitality for those who either couldn’t or wouldn’t accept corporate invites. The ideas was then/ is now, that when people want to … Continue reading

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Can technology solve our savings problems?

We are putting too large a trust in technology to manage our pensions. The brave new world of Fintech may give us the pension dashboard, pot aggregation and robo-advised spending mechanisms, but are we ready for self-empowerment? In this article I … Continue reading

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A tale so sad I cried writing it down

    I had my Christmas lunch with Brian. Brian is homeless. He is 69. He will not use hostels or night-shelters as this would mean mixing with people who drink. He does not drink as his family was a … Continue reading

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Out of my comfort zone

I spent much of yesterday in and around the resort of Maspalomas, Gran Canaria’s answer to Blackpool. Masplaomas brings together an area of outstanding natural beauty with tat I spent more time in tat, than beauty and deliberately so. I … Continue reading

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I believe in a promised land

Being on a rock mid-Atlantic gives you some new perspectives. Like why our jam doesn’t taste of fruit – and how we manage to keep our dogs quiet in the morning. Listening to the dogs of Santa Lucia shout accross … Continue reading

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What do you mean “getting old”?

Hope I die before I get old   Today’s my son goes up to Cambridge, just as I did 36 years ago. He’ll make his own way, I am off to France to watch the Arc de Triomphe. It feels … Continue reading

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Face to face with a man who changed the world

his website looks like he hasn’t come across social media yetThe man in the blue suit is Bernard Rhodes, who delivered a spell-binding monologue for nearly three hours last night at the British Library. Bernard Rhodes If you don’t know … Continue reading

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