Simple Riches – When Ferraris are fine

It is generally agreed that simplicity and money are just not good bedfellows. Simplicity is all chaste and virtuous, whilst money fondles around looking for an excuse to get down to business. Many simplicity folks tell you to ignore the pursuit of money and focus instead on being frugal and pursue your passions. They are … Continue reading Simple Riches – When Ferraris are fine

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When You’re Tired Of London You’re On To Something

I’ve only been back in London for a few days and already the grip of ambition and envy has begun to clamp around me in an uncomfortable squeeze. Gentlemen, all of us know where this pressure is physically manifested. Every Porsche that drives past, or Primrose Hill house that beams across the park reminds the … Continue reading When You’re Tired Of London You’re On To Something

Looking To The Future (Then Trying To Ignore It)

All good things must end. So with a month left on the clock here in Kenya, I am reminded that the ‘next stage’ of life looms. At the end of 2009 I took a break from the day-in day-out drive of running a business – partly because I was burnt out, and partly because the … Continue reading Looking To The Future (Then Trying To Ignore It)

Moguls, Success, Money and the Elephant Man

For years I wanted to be a business mogul. You know the type – a Thomas Crown mixed with a Richard Branson – overladen with opportunity, events, praise and, of course, generous dollops of money. I wanted my rich double-cream chocolate gateaux with cherries, and boy, was I going to eat it. I tried, at … Continue reading Moguls, Success, Money and the Elephant Man

Barbarians – How To Prevent The Undoing Of Greed

I’ve just finished reading a rip-roaring business book ‘Barbarians at the Gate’. After two business degrees, I tend to avoid these books preferring instead to learn on the job, rather than ‘on the job’ – to scatological upset. Yet I enjoyed the ride - despite being true, it reads like a good thriller. What is most amazing … Continue reading Barbarians – How To Prevent The Undoing Of Greed

Fulfilling Resolutions – A Year In Review

At the beginning of last year, I made a promise to live simply, within my means and to focus on working towards some of my personal goals, rather than my professional. I summed it up in the New Years resolution, ‘to enjoy myself as much as possible and end the year with the same amount … Continue reading Fulfilling Resolutions – A Year In Review

Home Is Where the Heart Is – Why You Should Rent

As I write this the sun is hunched over Fort Jesus, casting its glare over the waters of Mombasa harbour. Soon it will slink between the crenulations and vanish fast, as the African sun is want to, precipitating the Old Town across the water from me to light up and the evening prayer calls from … Continue reading Home Is Where the Heart Is – Why You Should Rent