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Kicking the Property Ladder: Why buying a house makes less sense than renting - and how to invest the money you save in shares, gold, stamps and more by Robin Bennett

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Chapter 5. “There’s Gold in Them Hills”

MATT GRAINGER IS one of the dads I occasionally meet in the village – usually at the school gates or in the pub. I was vaguely aware he was some sort of geologist and that he had an office in Didcot, which is not – I’m fairly certain he’ll be the first to admit – an encouraging start. However, once every few months Matt will dust off his safari shorts and fly somewhere remote. Once he gets there, he’ll walk about the place tapping rocks, kicking stones and, most probably, squinting a lot.

Believe it or not in this day and age, he’s looking for gold.

Gold prospecting, in itself, has not come a huge way since men in longjohns spent most of their time squatting by riverbeds and saying ‘varmits’ a lot. ...

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