Sitting on the train clapping ING direct for dropping its rate.

I’m on my way back from Nottingham. I’ve been filming a quick 5 minute stint on Tonight with Trevor about shopping and am now heading back. My 3G data card that allows me to work on the move is flipping off and on but I’ve managed to grab hold and download my emails. One of them was...

Four years of putting it off, and finally I’ve finished it (well draft 1)

I’ve never written a ‘best mobile tariff’ article. The reason? It’s a nightmare. I did some quick maths and worked out you’ve a better chance of winning the lottery than picking the right mobile package. Yet the bloody Jeremy Vine programme (I love it really, actually it’s my fave thing to do) have asked me to do...

I hate writing books – I’m an instant type of chap

Well I’ve been doing it in secret, but finally it’s finished. Over the last three months I’ve spent much time doing a full update of the Money Diet, due to be published in December. I have to be honest with you I detest writing books. The Money Diet is the book I always wanted to write, but...

A very, very, mathematically nerdy blog entry

Just had what I consider to be an interesting discussion with Dan (MSE Researcher), who has a degree in Maths from Imperial College, London. We were discusssing the concept of infinity, based on a question my Uncle asked me when I was 11 (and you wonder why I am the way I am?) He said, if there...

A horrid morning

I’m sitting alone in MoneySaving towers in Shepherds Bush. It’s 11.26 as I write this. I’ve just heard that the whole team are safe, previously I couldn’t get in touch with Dan and Archna. So I’m breathing a sigh of relief. The frustration is immense for all. The phones aren’t working nor is the mobile, it won’t...

GO LONDON, GO LONDON, GO LONDON

I must admit to being genuinely excited at London winning the bid. I’m a huge athletics fan, in fact I’m off to the world championship trials in a week or so. So when they made the announcement – I literally jumped! Even though I’m from Manchester, this for me was the only chance the UK has of...

Nectar – behaviour as pointless as its product

Last Thursday I got a call from Amex wanting to give me a special embargoed (i.e. before it’s allowed to go public) briefing on a new card. It turned out to be the new Nectar Amex card (you can see my view on it here). During the meeting I spoke to a senior Nectar exec and asked...

Sex, Drugs and Drink are easy, but where do you get breakfast?

I’ve just had a weekend in Amsterdam. It’s a beautiful, fun city. Yet try finding somewhere to have breakfast on a Sunday morning. Within ten minutes I’d seen six prostitutes in windows, three bars full of boozers and a raft of open coffee shops. At one point I tried asking for a coffee. The reply? “No, sorry,...