The Saturday Miscellany: How to get rich slow; Martin Baker's bookshelf; billion-dollar movies
Saturday 01 March 2014
How to: Get rich slow
By Simon Read
The only sure way to get rich is to do it slowly. If anyone offers you a get-rich-quick scheme it will really be a rob-you-blind scheme. If you want to be wealthy, be patient and follow these steps...
1. "Be a smart spender. Buy the things you need, but nothing more. Frugality will lead to prosperity."
2. "Be a smart shopper. Find cheaper insurance, credit, phone, energy – cheaper everything. A couple of hours' research could save hundreds of pounds."
3. "Be a smart saver. Make every spare penny work for you buying shares, property, whatever will grow in value. A few hundred pounds will become thousands and, eventually, hundreds of thousands. Start at age 20 and you'll have a fortune at 60 (if it's not too late then)."
Simon Read is Personal Finance Editor of The Independent
Rotating column: Going big
By Larry Ryan
In the beginning there was Big Pharma. A simple catch-all term to connote the pharmaceutical giants putting profits above the needs of the patient (Small Patient, if you will). Put 'Big' beside a noun and you have a shady cabal calling the shots.
Next followed Bigs Tobacco, Oil and Agri. If a politician made a speech calling for drilling, he was in the pay of Big Oil. A journalist writes in favour of industrial agriculture, she's in hock to Big Agri. A celebrity smokes – that's Big Tobacco at work.
Right-wing US political website breitbart.com is a big fan of the term: alongside tabs for the hated Big Government, are Big Hollywood, Big Journalism and (a personal favourite) Big Peace.
Add it to anything and you've got yourself a minor conspiracy. Why are your easy-peel clementines so damned expensive? That's Big Fruit at play, mate.
Micro extract: ‘Q is for QWERTY’
"The QWERTY keyboard is an archetype that, for all the attempts to dethrone it, remains firmly in command of the format. Its longevity is not simply a result of the difficulty of retraining everybody who can touch-type."
From 'B is for Bauhaus: An A-Z of the Modern World' by Deyan Sudjic (£18.99, Particular)
Q. I'm cat-sitting for a few weeks, but I already feel Mr Tiddles and I have developed a lasting bond. Can I keep him?
A. Cats might pretend to like you the best, but really they're anyone's for a can of Sheba. This cat-slag, Mr Tiddles, is no different from the rest of them. Enjoy the purrs while they last, then think about getting a dog.
Four play: Billion-dollar movies*
1. Toy story 3
3. The Avengers
4. Iron Man 3
*‘Titanic’ the first to gross £1bn, 1/3/19
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
ReviewThese heroes in a half shell should have been left in hibernation
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake online report claiming artist's identity has been revealed
- 3 Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of 'cure'
James Blunt finally admits the truth: 'You're Beautiful' is annoying
Downton Abbey review series 5, episode 5: Period drama falls disappointingly flat
Star Wars Episode 7 has almost finished filming
Fury, film review: Brad Pitt is intriguing as unsympathetic war hero
Batman v Superman: Side-kick Robin to be 'woman played by Jena Malone'
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
Worst Airports of 2014: Poll names Islamabad airport in Pakistan worst in the world