What I’ve Been Watching

The Met: Policing London- specifically episode 2, series 3. I don’t normally watch much telly, and particularly programmes of this type; however, I did because this specific episode features stepping into the life of my cousin, Detective Superintendent Luke Marks, and his role in investigating murders in London. 2018 saw the highest number of under-25s killed in London in over a decade. This film follows the investigations into two of these killings in the borough of Haringey, North London. It really is an eyeopening programme, and quite incredible what these officers are dealing with on a day to day basis.

App I’ve Found Helpful

ExpressVPN. Whilst on holiday in Thailand, there was the small issue of the Rugby World Cup happening, and it turns out that Thai TV didn’t cover it! You cannot use App’s like iPlayer and ITV hub abroad, which never seems to make any sense to me given that we are UK residents, but that is another story.. This App uses a VPN connection to take you to the region you desire, so that you can continue to watch the sport
you are paying for back home! It has saved me at the slopes for the six nations, and now for England’s world cup rollercoaster from Koh Phi Phi.

What I’ve Been Reading

Returning to Koh Phi Phi in Thailand after 18 years, and the fact that this is the island adjacent to where they filmed ‘The Beach’, I decided it was time to reread Alex Garland’s book that it was based on. When I
read it last I was a backpacker travelling through South East Asia, and like Richard, the lead character played by Leonardo Di Caprio, I was looking for my own little adventure and to find my own hidden slice of Heaven. It was no less enthralling than when I read it last, but I suspect I took different things from it. Well worth revisiting, but definitely if you plan to visit this amazing country.

Finance theme I’ve been considering:

This week I seem to have been talking a lot about the importance of being truly independent. If you have your money invested by the same company that gives you the advice, are you getting independent advice? Will they really tell you if your investment performance hasn’t been up to scratch and that the company down the road are doing a better job? Highly unlikely!. That is why we find the best investment managers for our clients work from the entire market. It means we sit on the same side of the table as our customers. In January we will be offering a free portfolio review for people who use other companies, so that they can see how well they are actually getting on compared to the alternatives. If you are interested in being part of this, send me an email to find out more.

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