We’re still here, aren’t we?


 

Original YT playout date: 7 March 2010
Duration: 1:36

“We’re still here. In case you were wondering!

We haven’t perished yet, and I wouldn’t hold your breath if that was what you were expecting…”
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CPA = CIA ???


Original YT playout date: 6 March 2010
Duration: 9:42

In these days where corporate governance is taken more seriously and more responsibility devolves on the external auditor in matters of fraud, which used to be considered more the province of the internal auditor, what new powers are auditors being given to cope with the pressure on them to uncover frauds in corporations? No new powers at all, in most countries. Only the downward pressure on fees (down over the last fifteen years by about 50% on PPP) which means that we have less time to do the additional work.

There are, however, techniques available which are similar to those used by the CIA in non-confrontational interrogation, and these techniques are available taught by ex CIA trainers and operatives. The way in which the profession is going is not the way most CPAs want it to go, but as people of integrity who cannot just pay lip service and sign a statement that we have properly investigated fraud risk and sign underneath that, there seems to be no other option that for us to start to avail ourselves of advanced techniques that really have more to do with psychology and criminology than the traditional practice of accountancy.
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Drunk Moyon at Cash Machine


Original YT playout date: 6 March 2010
Duration: 1:44

I knew he was going to say something ridiculous to me because he has been accosting people around and about, so I got my camera into stealth mode and filmed the idiot.

Some people say I shouldn’t make films that take the peace out of alcoholics, saying that it is an insult, but I say to that that nobody forced them to start drinking more alcohol than they could handle. no-one poured it down their neck. And besides, at least if we get some entertainment out of them, at least there is some use in them.
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Bratislava – part 3/3


Original YT playout date: 5 March 2010
Duration: 16:55

An evening stroll at minus seven degrees in a headwind through the city centre of Bratislava.
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Bratislava – part 2/3


Original YT playout date: 2 March 2010
Duration: 10:55

In this second part of the Brat Pack, we have a quick look at what is on Dunajska street and then it’s back for more Slovak food at the hotel.
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Huliganov’s “Dyma Cariad Fel y Moroedd”


Original YT playout date: 1 March 2010
Duration: 5:57

It’s St David’s Day, March 1, again, and as every year Viktor Huliganov reaches out to the Welsh linguation with an acapulco song in Welsh, this time the famous Welsh hymn “Dyma Gariad Fel Y Moroedd” – Here is love, vast as the ocean. Bendygedig!
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Bratislava – part 1/3


Original YT playout date: 22 February 2010
Duration: 18:25

Bratislava revisited – this time in HD, and three parts.
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Prague Vlog #20 – Scenic Route to Airport


Original YT playout date: 21 February 2010
Duration: 22:07

I went this way to the airport the first time and it seems a good deal prettier than the way I usually get taken.
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Prague Vlog #19 – Genetically Modifying Tea


Original YT playout date: 20 February 2010
Duration: 14:21

Other than finding out about the genetically modifying teas available in Prague, we begin the journey to the airport done a completely different way (the scenic route) as I went by the Embassy to collect a document.
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Prague Vlog #18 – Diplomatic Quarter


Original YT playout date: 19 February 2010
Duration: 18:46

The areas around parliament is what we look at here, on another walk in Prague. I did plenty while there but I miss that city now.
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Snow on snow – what can happen if you don’t get periodic thaws in winter


Original YT playout date: 17 February 2010
Duration: 4:47

This is an exercise in using the new Vado in a similar night setting to the way I’ve recently been using the old one. Low light is a challenge to any camera – will the new Vado still produce a more watchable image?

The discussion centres on how Warsaw, unlike Moscow, only shovels snow into heaps during winter and doesn’t transport it out of town or into parks or down to the Vistula. This isn’t a problem most winters as there is fall and thaw, fall and thaw every week or so, but we had snow on snow.

The scenario is that we now have more snow just sitting around in ridges and heaps, well compacted, that if a sudden thaw comes now the water has nowhere to go but subways, subterranean garages and people’s cellars. The city hasn’t cleared the access to drains properly and anybody with the normal power of observation can see that there’s a big risk of thaw flooding in Warsaw.

It’s now one month on from when I made this video and the situation has only got worse. Four weeks more subzero temperatures, and more snow falling on the old snow. Right now outside it’s about 30-40% worse than I’m showing on the video, and the closer we get to spring the closer we are to the scenario where everything thaws in a flash and we are all knee deep in water and floating dogs excrement. The city should be doing more, but if you know anyone in Warsaw or other similarly affected city, get them to remove their belongings in the next few weeks from any cellars that could be affected, and get them to clear snow away from drains, so that the meltwater has somewhere to run off, and not into their homes. Of course, when it happens it will be in all the media as a big surprise, but I’m telling you ahead of time, there’s no surprise about it. Use your eyes, mayors, councillors, and residents. If there’s a huge mountain of snow next to the entrance to your underground garage now, blocking the drain, you should be able to work out without too much difficulty where that water will be in a couple of weeks’ time.
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Train from Prague to Warsaw – Part 3


Original YT playout date: 16 February 2010
Duration: 14:42

We get as far as Olomouc and then the low light makes it not worthwhile. So we cut to a bit of the return journey – this time the plane was not cancelled, and I even got given an upgrade!

So, in the main, we’re good buddies, Czech Airlines and me. Which is more than I can say for SAS, British Airways and, recently, Lot.
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