James McBrearty

James McBrearty started his own business from scratch in 2006, to help the self-employed. He helps people to escape from the corporate world and shares his thoughts here on the changing world of work, technology and personal finances; as well as the occasional travel post. Over the next 10 years things are going to change significantly. James is a follower of frugality and minimalism; and an advocate of F.I.R.E. to minimise the coming disruption.

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A visit to Brooklands museum in Surrey

If you are in Surrey, or London, and have an interest in aviation or motoring then a great day trip is to Brooklands museum. Located only a few miles from the A3/M25 junction it is easily reached (as long as you avoid the rush hours when the A245 Byfleet Road becomes somewhat of a car park.) You will… Read More »

Annoying the Joneses – a new hobby?

You will most likely have heard of the Joneses: “People who buy things they don’t need, with money they don’t have, trying to impress people they don’t like.” As such, they have to try to justify their decisions to you and others otherwise the fake identity they have created (on credit) will collapse. When you are on a… Read More »

Real hero inexpensive watches vs expensive movie watches

In the movies you may see the fictional hero wearing a specific brand of watch – likely product placement by the watch manufacturer. It may be something similar to the above picture and cost several thousand pounds. However, in the real world you might be surprised to find that real professionals are wearing a watch that is somewhat… Read More »