Retire by 50

Retire by 50

In the summer of 2014, when I turned 41, I set myself the goal of retiring from paid-work by the age of 52. This blog charts my own strategy and progress, and explores different theories of financial independence and 'extreme early retirement'. It also provides the odd tip on how you might also retire early!


Battle Mage Secrets: Reflective!

28 Apr 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Magic Reflect in which all monsters get the REFLECT ability, meaning magic attacks get an automatic penalty! Reflect general strategy.... There are a few basics to get right I think, not necessarily in t...

Is paying more for premium petrol worth it?

17 Apr 2023 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

I actually ask myself this question every time I fill up the car on the garage forecourt: would it be worth paying slightly more for the premium fuel compared to the cheaper option which is what I usually go for. So I was interested to listen to this...

Splinterlands BattleMage Secrets: No Ranged Attacks

15 Apr 2023 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Broken Arrows in which no ranged monsters of any kind are permitted, not even those with two types of attack! Broken Arrows general strategy.... There are a few basics to get right I think, not necessari...

There's a lot more Capacity for Domestic Solar Energy in the U.K!

13 Apr 2023 2 minute read 1 comment RealSociology

The UK only currently generates 4% of its electricity supply from solar, and only a fraction of that is from domestic sources (basically panels on roofs). The capacity to generate a certain amount of KWH varies depending on where you live in the U.K,...

Peer to Peer Money: Summary and Thoughts on the Internet of Money chapter two: Hive seems relevant!

11 Apr 2023 4 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

’ve been reading The Internet of Money by Andreas Antonopoulos recently. You can by the book here, it’s based on his lectures from a few years ago now! https://aantonop.com/ Below I’ve selected a few quotes from chapter two which is on Bitcoin in th...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Secrets: THORNS!

9 Apr 2023 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Biarheart in which all Monsters gain thorns, which immediately screams 'don't use melee'! All monsters have thorns general strategy.... There are a few basics to get right I think, not necessarily in thi...

The Internet of Money: Summary and Thoughts on Chapter One

8 Apr 2023 5 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

I’ve been reading The Internet of Money by Andreas Antonopoulos recently. You can by the book here, it’s based on his lectures from a few years ago now! https://aantonop.com/ It’s designed as a book for families to be able to understand Bitcoin, and...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Magi Necrosi Hiding for the Win!

18 Feb 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the most excellent Magi Necrosi of the Death Splinter. This is one of the best Death splinter cards, and you get a lot for your six mana at level one - two damage, high speed, OK health...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Dax

13 Feb 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase Dax Paragon from the Life Splinter. This is pretty loveable and useful card, low mana and one magic damage, with three health. The battle below features a Level 1 Dax although he d...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Grunding to Victory!

5 Feb 2023 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the awesome Grund from the Earth Splinter. At Level one this is an awesome card even for the high mana. You have decent speed (for an L1 card), massive health and 6 overall damage...