Interesting story this one, I’m musing it while I travel back on the train from filming in Nuneaton. This is a about a 25 year old dad/lad. The reason I say dad/lad is on the one hand he’s a doting father, who adores his toddler son. On the other hand it’s off to the pub with his...
TV makes you do some funny things. When I drive up in the ‘Make Me Rich Smart Car’ often I have the window open. This is so the camera can see me clearly for the shot. Then I’m supposed to get out of the car, yet not close the window. It always annoys me as I turn...
I’m sitting in the back of a people carrier being driven from Stockport to Nuneaton. It’s 9.45pm and I’ve just finished filming Make Me Rich 9. Tomorrow it’s Make Me Rich 10 – and I’m shattered. Hope the energy is enough to take me through. Today was an interesting day. Lovely couple, reasonably wealthy, but with manifoldly...
I was looking back at the wonderful new threads added to my ‘theme tune discussion’ when I remembered Hong Kong Phooey – whose theme tune is sadly missing. If memory serves it’s “He’s got power, super power, the power that just won’t stop, when the going gets tough, he’s super-rough, with the Hong Kong Phooey chop! Hi-ya!”...
Went to an event last night, and I’ve woken up this morning with my thighs killing me. There was this bucking bull thing there you see and I am ferociously competitive, always have been, it’s often my downfall. Anyway once I learned it was a competition, that was it. Unlike most people I asked what it was...
It’s 9pm. I’m starting the 90 min return train journey from Eastbourne. I left home at 6.30 this morning. It’s been a tough day – in many ways the toughest so far. Steve and Janice suffered the tragic bereavement of their son a number of years ago and it was quickly obvious money was a conduit for...
I’m so pleased Jeremy admitted his poor MoneySaving on Radio 2 today. I had thought of doing a blog when this happened but decided against it (didn’t want to upset him). I was in Manchester visiting my father when he called my mobile “help, I’ve had a guy at my door promising to save me cash. I’ve...
One thing I nearly forgot in the MMR7 blog below. There was a lovely moment, when you watch it, you should keep your eyes open for (if, hopefully, Matt the producer leaves it in – if you’re reading Matt, please do). For a stunt we were doing we had a wine glass and other props stuck to...
Filming on a Saturday isn’t much fun after a hard day before. Luckily I developed a soft spot for Tracey who I did the Make Me Rich makeover on. To start with she is georgous (she told me to say that. She’s a lecturer and it’s one of the things she tells her students on their feedback...
Just been reading an interview on a special closed website for personal finance journalists. The following is (reproduced with its kind permission) from one of the regular features interviews. It’s with Patrick Collinson, the personal finance editor of the Guardian where I have my new column “Any other new columns? On the back page it’s going to...
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