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Author Archives: David J. James

Historical NTTBS 6th January 2008 – Karaoke night


Original YT playout date: 11 May 2008
Duration: 2:59:54

Everyone remembers this as one of the greatest shows. You get a glimpse of Alan Caddick (known on youtube as Dustybin321), Trancemystic (known on youtube as lordmoggy) and others (I also appear a couple of times), Fat Steve, Steve Bentley, Stu and Matt in the studio as well as Randy Lawford (with a controversial entry) showing off their vocal prowess.

This show was really the decider as to whether the Tommy Boyd show could really keep on going without it’s eponymous hero. Above all it was probably this evening that persuaded the managers of PlayRadioUK.com to keep the Not The Tommy Boyd Show as a regular Sunday night fixture.

Up for grabs for prizes were Matt’s old jumper and a pair of socks from Polish (then) Joe.

Relive the excitement, and rate it through the roof!
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Generational change


“The only two certain things” Franklin may have said, possibly referencing a line by Defoe “are death and taxes”.

However, those who are “in the know” are aware that these things are far from certain, either. The very poor are unaware of taxes, and not really experiencing them, and often not even the benefit of other people paying them. The very rich are also capable of making their tax burdens rather uncertain as to the absolute quantum, and God alone knows what percentage of any particular man or woman’s real efforts have been taken from him in one form of taxation or another and of those which percentage actually used to good effect.

Death also is not certain for the Christian, it is written that some “will not taste of death”, which is generally taken to mean that they will be raptured and changed into their resurrection states in the “twinkling of an eye” (I Cor 15:52). We are also shown in the Bible how Enoch and Elijah are taken bodily to heaven, without dying (Genesis 5:24, 2 Kings 2:11), possibly in order to be the two witnesses we read about in Revelation 11:3-12.

So is anything certain, then? Yes. The certainty is change. The only certainty is that given enough time nothing is certain. Everything must change. And nowhere more is the effect of change seen than when one generation hands over to the next generation. We have another Pharaoh in Exodus who “knew not Joseph” and so the position of the Hebrews in the Egyptian kingdom starts to deteriorate, leading eventually to the Exodus in the parted waters of the Red Sea.  But also we see throughout human history how what was decided by one generation in a dynasty is often overturned in the next.

The Nazis wanted to destroy the intellectuals of Poland, and so they executed officers, teachers, theatre directors, librarians, poets, anyone who could lead the people intellectually, along with their families. The children of ordinary farmers and factory workers, they thought, would not be in any state to replace the ones they took. But each time meiosis happens, it is the shuffling and redealing of a much bigger pack of cards than we might think, and genius which was not at all evident in the parents starts to come to the fore in the children. Now Poland is full of clever managers, inventors, thinkers whose parents drove trams or cleaned around in hospitals. I have met such people again and again, and also the opposite, which is a humbling thing, really. We all hope our children will be as clever or cleverer than we are, but this is not always the case either. Some of my readers may even be discovering this at the moment and having to come to terms with it.

A good rule to follow in business succession planning, by the way, is to consider that if you want one of your kids to take over your business from you, you’d better have four, as only 50% of them will have the intelligence needed to do it and only 50% will have the inclination and wish to do it. Both of these are needed and they are not dependent variables. Yes, I know people will turn around and say, “there you go again, GoldList Method Boy, stating things which are not science as if they were when genetics puts all of this differently and goes into detail and contradicts some of what you say”. Well, OK. Nevertheless, this actually works and is a pretty effective way of expressing how you need to prepare if you would like to have a business dynasty.

In the light of all the above, I had a meditation today on one popular story, well known to the kids of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

They say that “they all lived happily ever after”, but as far as the seven dwarfs was concerned, the next generation was were it started to go pear-shaped.  Grumpy’s kids were all sweetness and light, Sleepy’s kids were workaholics, Sneezy’s kids didn’t have any allergoes to anything and rarely caught colds, Doc’s kids on the other hand were hopelessly unhealthy and also far too thick to be candidates for the medical profession, which was headed by Dopey’s son, the Surgeon general, Happy’s kids were all chronic depressives and Bashful’s lot were never off the television screen unless they were coming sozzled out of nighclubs singing at the tops of their voices with a retinue of fans in tow. This could be the premise for a nice screenplay or telenovella, in which case I am bagging it now and anyone else who does it has to pay me copyright fees? Why? Because my parents were very nice and wouldn’t have asked for copyright fees off annyone.

Uncle Davey’s Cyprus #3/6 – I’d rather be poolside


 

Original YT playout date: 10 May 2008
Duration: 5:02

Third part of the Cyprus series focuses back on the poolside life of the Mediterranean Beach Hotel.

This was the first series put together by the way on Power Director and this part of my YT history kind of marks a transition to using Cyberlink, rather than MS Video creator. Read the rest of this entry

Aquarium in Warsaw Airport


Original YT playout date: 10 May 2008
Duration: 7:23

This is a new aquarium in the “Business Shark” bar in the departures area of the new terminal at Warsaw airport.

They have a snail problem – nothing a few clown loaches couldn’t solve, but then they might have to kiss their shrimps goodbye too…

Statistics and Credits
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,416
Likes at the time added to HTV: 4
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 80.0%
Comments at time added: 0
Total interactions at time added: 5
Total interactions to views 0.4%
Location: Warsaw Chopin Airport – Business shark café.
Other people featured: None
Genre: Aquarium
Music used: 出水清蓮 – 王珣
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Numerous species of aquarium fishes, notably cardinal tetras and rummy nose tetras.

Getting on and delivering Bablexit


On my article “On the Origin of Speeches” defending a literal Biblical understanding of the origins of languages, one reader, Everett, wrote a Comment:

This judgmental event of the confusion of tongues makes me wonder how individual persons could maintain pair bonds and keep their families together. If so that right after forgetting the adamic language and gaining unique replacements for every single person, i don’t see how a family could understand one another and stay whole unless the respective languages they spoke were similar enough to permit comprehension. Or else, if the languages/dialects were provided at random, how could a husband speaking Turkish, for example, attempt to communicate with his Welsh-speaking wife? Also a man in love with a girlfriend speaking gibberish may be forced to find a different woman to marry who speaks a language within his language family.

I think that this theory of every person receiving his/her own language apart from an ordered dispensation to unite families seems a little implausible, and perhaps detrimental to society ever reforming after Babel.

I for some reason found this in my feed again and wrote a new answer, and then saw that I had made an earlier answer back in 2016. I would now therefore like to make a new article combining the best of the old and new answers, which essentially say the same hing but focus on different aspects of the question.

It’s an excellent question.

First it is fair to point out that there were not any language families then. This came about only much later. Hundreds and hundreds of years later. Hence finding a new partner with one’s own language family just wasn’t an option.

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NTTBS 4th May 2008


Original YT playout date: 10 May 2008
Duration: 3:00:11

Another in the series of the cult talk radio show, only on this channel. Read the rest of this entry

What’s up, ducks?


Original YT playout date: 9 May 2008
Duration: 3:40

They are obviously still very much in love, but sulking. Each is hoping the other will turn around first. They miss each other, although they are only two feet apart, it may as well be another continent.
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Russian Lesson 102-16 – Basic Russian Grammar #16


Original YT playout date: 6 May 2008
Duration: 21:01

Verbs in -ovat’.
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Huliganov’s Barcelona Experience #6 – Hasta la Vista, Barcy!


Original YT playout date: 5 May 2008
Duration: 13:28

Part Six shows our fond farewell to Barcelona, and contains a fairly amusing, in retrospect, altercation with the hotel staff over a small matter which will be apparent if you watch it through…
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Historical NTTBS #2 – Christmas 2007


Original YT playout date: 4 May 2008
Duration: 3:00:31

This Christmas edition contains a half hour of avatar-level editing at the beginning, for your enhanced enjoyment. Watch again one of the best shows so far!

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Thought for the Day #2 – with Rev. Timothy Crosbeau


Original YT playout date: 4 May 2008
Duration: 10:38

This time we talk about respect, and an appropriate approach to ourselves, other people in society, the animal kingdom and growing things also.

We deal with the offence of vegetarianism and the correct way to conduct cannibalism and food-hoarding in times of incumbent famine.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #21 – Journey home from Turkey


Original YT playout date: 4 May 2008
Duration: 14:08

The 21st and final part of Huliganov’s Turkish experience – final that is until I go back there in 2014, This rounds off the current series, and some folks from Turkey who watched all 21 episodes concluded that I came away with a better understanding of Turkey than most visitors they know about, which I took as a great compliment. I think Turkey’s a fantastic place. Much better than I thought it would be.

Before my first visit I did not want Turkey to join the EU because they might spoil it by introducing Islam. Now I’m more worried that the EU could actually ruin their successes, built originally by the massive statesman Ataturk. They have a secular society, which means that although Islam is the majority religion, most people in the big cities are fairly disinterested and the clerics and zealots don’t get to push everyone else around. They know how to deal with Islam in their society, we don’t. We give the Islamic pushers more room to manoeuvre than they get in Turkey, and the EU would probably end up telling Turkey to give more freedom to the religious conservatives, allowing them to wear their scarfs in Parliament, etc, as well as forcing them to stop preparing certain local delicacies which we think are not healthy, like sheeps’ intestines.

In the end one way or another, we may be destined never to be in the same Union, but we should be close friends with Turkey, and allow them the best trade and mobility relations with our countries.”
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