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Should the 70 Day Challenges have an entry fee? Thursday Poll


I see a lot of people have come in to the Challenges, stated that they got a lot from them but haven’t the staying power to keep in the game every time.

This is not art for art’s sake: learning languages is a long marathon. The 70 day challenges are here to help you and in any case there are sizeable breaks between them. It is a bit like University terms. They are suited for people who take study that seriously, as well as beginners or hobbyists. The size of the challenge you take is up to you. In the outset I suggested 5,000 was like a marathon leve achievement, and I think this has turned out to be true, although 10,000 has been achieved on rare occasions.

As a result of recent declension, the thirteenth Challenge which fell on the last Quarter of 2018 had a very low result, only one third of the level we reported at the end of the first challenge of that year.

Next Monday, 21st January, we have the 14th challenge starting.  The 14th Challenge I have decided is the last one that will have no joining fee.

I understand from observation of how little people respect this system, that folks do not appreciate what is free and only appreciate when they pay for something.

And it’s not like I have no costs to keep going with this site. Every year I hand over nearly 100 EUR to WP, and although I did add advertising recently, there have only been pennies coming in from that.

So the plan is, from the 15th Challenge (April-June 19) onwards, new Entrants to the Challenge will be asked to pay a joiner’s fee, and if someone was a member but had lapsed two whole challenges consecutively (initially that would mean that in neither DC13 nor DC14 had they taken part and done at least 400 lines, or if their total from the previous two challenges went under 400 lines) then if they wanted to rejoin, they would have to pay the fee again as a rejoiners’ fee.

On the other hand, I don’t want to do anything undemocratically, so the amount will be the average of what you, the community vote for in this poll. You can tell me what you think all this is worth.

Go ahead and discuss the matter in comments if you want to do more than just select an option among those given.

 

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Uncle Davey’s Cyprus #6/6 – Return from Limassol


Original YT playout date: 24 May 2008
Duration: 16:21

In this sixth and final part of this Cyprus we look at some detail of the return to the airport and home.
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What’s the difference between…?


I say, I say, I say: what’s the difference between a social worker and a Rottweiler
I don’t know, what IS the difference between a social worker and a Rottweiler?
You get your kids back off a Rottweiler.

I say I say I say: what’s the difference between the Soviet Union and the European Union?
I don’t know, what IS the difference between the Soviet Union and the Euopean Union?
You get your countries back off the Soviet one.

 

Chats between Guv and Peeps #1. Leaving the EU.


Guv: Hey, Peeps, shall we remain in the European Union or shall we leave?

Peeps: Well, you know what, Guv, in view of what Merkel is doing and how Obama threatened us with the end of the queue for trade deals, I suppose, marginally, we’d better go, hadn’t we? I am sure we’ll find a way to be independent.

Guv: OK, that’s what we’ll do, then.

Peeps: OK, Good luck. Sie schaffen das, hur hur hur.

Two and a half years later:

Guv: Well, Peeps, it’s now nearly three years later, Obama is long gone, Merkel’s on her way out, there’s lots of countries in the EU that would be our allies these days for a less federalist Europe. The guy in charge of the USA is all infavour of our leaving now, but for his own benefit. It’s clear that the whole business of leaving has a lot more issues than we knew about before, and you’ve got 5% more young people who wanted to stay in the electorate now, so are you QUITE SURE you still want to leave?

Peeps: How dare you ask us again? We gave you a clear signal? Wanna go undermining our demotrachic rights?! Disgusting!!!!

Sunday Quiz #2 – The Book of Romans 5-8.


This is the second in a new series of quizzes on this Channel. It consists of a ten question, multiple choice quiz and then a photo, which might or might not have anything to do with the quiz but actually serves as a buffer to help you not accidentally see the answers, which are given at the end along with an assessment of your score.

Each of these quizzes will be in the Quiz Section of the right hand navigation, so if you liked this and want to try some of the earlier ones, you’ll be able to find them there, and also they’ll be classified to another place depending on the theme of the quiz. The idea is to teach something useful within a set theme, which might be a text from the Bible or another text Christians and others might wish to be familiar with, and a missing word.  Otherwise they might related to a specific theme from history, nature, etc. It is not purely a trivia quiz but a way to spark your interest in looking up more about the topic.

Today, the Book of Romans, in the King James Version, Chapters 5-8, some of the hardest writing in the New Testament – how well do you know it?

1) Romans 5 v 6 “For when we were yet without x, in due time Christ died for the y.”

A) x = strength, y = ungodly
B) x = stength, y = weak
C) x = hope, y = unbelieving
D) x = hope, y = righteous

2) Romans 5 v 11b “we also have joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the …”

A) salvation
B) redemption
C) atonement
D) justification

3.  Romans 5:16b “but the free gift is of many offences unto ….”

A) salvation
B) redemption
C) atonement
D) justification

4.  Romans 6:3 “Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his …”

A) faith
B) life
C) church
D) death

5. Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but …..”

A) under grace
B) free therefrom
C) forgiven
D) above the law

6. Romans 7:7b “For I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not ….”

A) lust
B) kill
C) covet
D) commit adultery

7. Romans 7:22 “For I delight in the law of God after the inward ……”

A) man
B) renewal
C) parts
D) self

8. Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spritually minded is …”

A) life and light
B) life and peace
C) life and joy
D) joy and peace

9. Romans 8:10 “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of …”

A) forgiveness
B) righteousness
C) justification
D) repentence

10. Romans 8:39 “Nor height, nor depth, nor …, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”

A) breadth, nor width
B) principalities nor powers,
C) things present, nor things to come
D) any other creature
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Just an update for subscribers


Probably you are wondering where these promised new articles and content is, and I should tell you what is going on.

The first thing is, quite a lot of work, through there’s nothing new about hat, and being basically self-employed, that is definitely preferable to the converse situation.

The other problem is, though, that on Monday a series of not great things happened. I managed to forget my computer lead in Poznan last week coming back on Friday to Warsaw, and over the weekend I ran out the battery. On Monday the lead was sent over by colleagues and I got it Tuesday, but I decided to make the best use of a computer-free day by arranging to see as many people as I could that day, and get as many pending meetings in Warsaw as possible dealt with and use the time that way.

I made in fact enough appointments to get into some time stress, and the weather was not great so taxis were not being reliable. I was therefore catching a bus and needed to run to the bus. It closed the door just as I ran in, probably due to the bloody-mindedness of the driver, which ZTM drivers are famous for, and I tripped and bashed my head against some hard element in the bus, and scraped my shin on the threshold of the bus.

I licked my wounds and as far as Tuesday and Wednesday were concerned I had a two productive days, catching up with what hadn’t been doable without the computer lead. The problem happened on Thursday morning. I still had headaches from the head bash, and these were intensifying, what worried me more was the infected state of the leg wound, which appears to have developed Erysipelas, which is rather worrying. It is pretty painful and gets in the way of a lot of things. I went to the doctor, who happens to be a Nigerian Prince working in Warsaw, and got told off for not coming earlier, and for not getting a scan. I am now on antibiotics and told to take it easy. So that’s what’s happening.  Apparently in recovery from concussion you are supposed to think as little as possible, and I don’t really want to write thoughtless articles, so I will go to bed, and either sleep or just hack my daughter’s Netflix account. That’s how bad it is. Read the rest of this entry

Sunday Quiz #1 – The Book of Romans 1-4.


This is the first in a new series of quizzes on this Channel. There will be a quiz and then a photo, which might or might not have anything to do with the quiz but actually serves as a buffer to help you not accidentally see the answers.

Each of these quizzes will be in the Quiz Section of the right hand navigation, so if you liked this and want to try some of the earlier ones, you’ll be able to find them there, and also they’ll be classified to another place depending on the theme of the quiz. The idea is to teach something useful within a set theme, which might be a text from the Bible or another text Christians and others might wish to be familiar with, and a missing word.  Otherwise they might related to a specific theme from history, nature, etc. It is not purely a trivia quiz but a way to spark your interest in looking up more about the topic.

Today, the Book of Romans, in the King James Version, Chapters 1-4, some of the hardest writing in the New Testament – how well do you know it?

1) Romans 1 v 16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the x first and also to the y”

A) x = Jews, y = gentiles
B) x = Jew, y = Greek
C) x = Christians, y = unbelieving
D) x = righteous, y = poor

2) Romans 1 v 22 “Professing themselves wise, they became …”

A) unwise
B) morons
C) unbelieving
D) fools

3.  Romans 1:28b “God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not ….”

A) convenient
B) righteous
C) proven
D) faithful

4.  Romans 1:30 “Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to …”

A) God
B) authorities
C) the law
D) parents

5. Romans 3:4a “God forbid: yea let god be true and every man …..”

A) a liar
B) hold silence
C) untrue
D) acknowledge

6. Romans 3:11 “There is none righteous, there is none that seeketh after ….”

A) righteousness
B) truth
C) God
D) me

7. Romans 4:2 “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but ……”

A) not in great measure
B) not before God
C) was not so minded
D) not so hath any other

8. Romans 4:8 “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute …”

A) iniquity
B) righteousness
C) sin
D) unrighteousness

9. Romans 4:22 “And therefore it was imputed to him for …”

A) iniquity
B) righteousness
C) sin
D) unrighteousness

10. Romans 4:25 “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our … ”

A) defence
B) salvation
C) justification
D) glory
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In Old Madrid (Huliganov’s Madrid Experience #3)


Original YT playout date: 23 May 2008
Duration: 26:18

“In the third part of Huliganov’s Madrid series we get into the old town centre of Madrid.

The song at the beginning of this series, which many of you have asked about, is available to purchase on

http://astore.amazon.com/wwwusenetposc-20/102-8302334-6748953?node=10&page=2

If you buy it there, I get 4 cents.

I don’t need 4 cents, so buy it somewhere else if you can get it cheaper!”
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Polls – The Ultimate Tool for the Blogger…


So, dear readers, today is a Wednesday and according to the new plan which I laid out yesterday, Wednesday is polling day, which is unlike the UK where the tradition is to have ot on Thursdays and maybe I missed a trick there, in which case we can always change it later on.

Please note that there is a Polls section in the side navigation which easily takes you to various polls created here in the past.

The rules are simple, please go ahead and vote in the poll and you will see how others have voted to this point, and you can look at it again later on to see how that develops. The Poll should be URL linked to stop multiple voting from one place, as well as from one account. Of course, this doesn’t quite guarantee that nobody can change the poll but this is probably not one of the major opinion-forming fora in the world and therefore I don’t think anyone will go to the trouble of skewing the vote here, all it is is a bit of fun to see what other readers think on a variety of issues.
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Today’s topic comes from the news and namely the news that the New Horizons Probe has sent us back a message from its fly-by of Ultima Thule, a name from mythology describing places outside the known world, especially the most northerly known point, which is the common name for the Kuiper belt body more formally known as (486958) 2014 MU69, when it has its dinner jacket on.

What’s your view?

Please comment and discuss all you like here, rather than in Polldaddy.

HNY 19


(Re-edited 6th January with a new production schedule)

It’s the first post in a New Year, the tenth of this Blog. 2018 started very well and looked as if I would break the views annual record for the blog, but after a splendid June everything seemed to go quiet in the second half year despite regular posts.

Last year in total 299 posts were made and of these the vast majority involved rehearsing the YouTube channel ensuring that everything on there is properly tagged and classified and aiming to allow a forum for comment outside YT itself.

This idea is the reason why I called this site Huliganov TV. I chose the .TV area code because I knew that video and my channel would make up the bulk of what is on here, and Viktor Huliganov was for the first few years the flagship “character” on the Channel.

Between that point in time and this, much has happened, of course. YouTube itself has become the two tier system that it is, with corporate players taking precedence over the community of individuals who really made it take off to the point where Google was interested and bought it. Much of the content is more professional even parallel to established TV channels and the community style, one person channel struggles more and more for views unless they can find a particular angle or specialism and develop an audience around that.

I never really wanted to do that, as I have a number of different interests and instead of running many channels as some have done in order to develop audiences and revenue streams, I wanted a channel which simply recorded me, and reflected my various thoughts and opinions and experiences for the benefit of a smaller number who would appreciate that mix or at least be willing to work around the bits they didn’t like.

In retrospect, that may have been a big mistake. If I had known ten years ago what I know now I could be making thousands of dollars a month online. And passive income is not to be sniffed at as one gets older. Anyway, what’s done is done.

So having set out to do this I do mean to finish it, and one quarter is done with three quarters of the films to go. It will take years more to get them all over here. And the stats show that doing this is not massively interesting for the audience so I have to do some other things while this is going on.

So I thought that I would put up other items on different days of the week this year. I will still try to produce a post every morning for you, but it will be like this:

At this point I am editing on 6th January, because I was fortunate enough to have a very productive meeting with my good friend Alan Heath whom some of you will know from YouTube and his camper van videos and website. He has, by dint of hard work over 12 years, achieved a point where he is able to regard keeping his channel going as a part of his living. He gave me some useful perspectives on the initial plan, which was:

Mondays – a new language related article
Tuesdays – a video from the channel
Wednesdays – a current affairs comment containing a poll. For this I maintain a paid subscription with a polling engine so let’s make good use of it. I hope my subbers will share these articles with friends.
Thursday to Saturday will be videos, again.
Sunday will be a quiz. Different topics will be covered and a quiz section added to the side navigation.

NOW instead of this schedule, I was advised to go like this: the old videos Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and then in the second half of the week when people have a greater chence to relax and enjoy the best new content, there will be the following:

Thursday – The poll
Friday – The foreign languages article (Much Ado About Polish series)
Saturday – A selection of reposts from Quora (I have about 500 Quora answers and recent events have shown that that place is also not secure, so I want to ensure that the work I have done there is maximised, after all, I still do own my answers. Some will be posted both here and in my business site Quoracy.com in the case of those related to business or accountancy. In whichever of my blogs they are they will be classified by theme as well as in a special section in the side navigation, namely “Quora posts”.
Sunday – the Quiz, as above. Always 10 questions, multiple choice A, B, C, D. They will also be classified in their own Quiz section and in the section of the kind of theme they contain. Hopefully they will help to teach you things which can be of more use than mere trivia.

This gives three video uploads to four fresh items per week. I hope this mix will encourage you to give this place a bit more engagement. Especially shares and comments. I always hope a community will develop here with people talking to each other in the comments but these days it seems Facebook groups have a near monopoly on that.

It means of course that it will take me longer ever to get up to date full with the old YT channel, plus the remainder of the material from five years ago, 2014’s videos, which are still being put through post-production and posted up there. Once that happens I even have a lot of old photographs that also could do with being placed up on line, but maybe I will use a photo-specific place for that, one of those where you can actually trade in them if anyone wants to buy one of them. Not very likely, but who knows?

I hope that finally in 2019 I can break the viewing records which I didn’t quite manage to break in 2018. All I am asking for is 150 views a day, which on a worldwide scale is peanuts. Please subscribe and click on the mails when they come, enjoy the show and engage and share onward!

There will be lots to see, read and talk about.

Happy New Year to all my readers and viewers.

Are some animals more viable for exploitation than others?


Christopher Lewis asked me on Facebook:

I am interesting on understanding your scale for judging an animal’s suffering. How do we know killing one animal is fine, another is wrong. Torturing one animal ok, hunting another to extinction not.

Here’s my answer:

Christopher Lewis It’s an excellent question.

I would formulate my thoughts this way:

  1. Vulnerability to extinction. First, we have to protect species against extinction. I believe it is a massive sin to cause any extinction of species, a total blasphemy against the Creator as we cannot create a single species. And also the loss of the genetic material robs future human generations of the opportunity to experience this life form. So I make the same point here for animals, plants, fungi and without regard to size or complexity. We cannot replace them, and don’t destroy what you cannot create is an excellent maxim for life.
  2. Controllability of habitat and numbers Second, given the first point, we need to take more care with regard to animals or plants where the slide to extinction is less controllable by us. So at the moment marine life has a bigger call on protection because we have certainly placed plastics into the oceans at measurable amounts and this is completely and guaranteedly anthropogenic and there is no debate about it, unlike the debates that can be made in the case of greenhouse gases and global warming. I am in two minds about GW but I am not in two minds at all about the plastic issue, to the degree where I jumped up and down and got everyone in a small chain of stores I do things with to abandon plastic bags entirely. I have been talking about the plastic issue for fifteen years in fact, and finally people are starting to take the issue seriously and hopefully not too late, but we still don’t know how good the clean up can be and how fast. So I put animals in the line of threat from plastics into a degree of priority.
  3. Strength of links to others of the species It does appear that certain animals, even from their behaviour, have empathy to each other and interact with each other and some have interactions with their offspring which are related to love and tenderness in the human. For animals where the loss of one causes distress to others, I give more consideration than for the ones which do not have such a case. There are many species of bird, for example, that could be domesticated but humans have not chosen for the farmyard those which have lifelong pairbonds and which pine away when their loved one is taken. Take a chicken from the rooster and he happily carries on with his existing harem and the other chickens also don’t tend to look around for the missing hen. Do this to penguins, storks, swans and many other birds and mammals and you have a node of suffering. So I give priority not to eat the animals which show tenderness to one another and which demonstrate meaning to one another. In “The Time Machine”, for example, H.G.Wells Morlocks have taken the trouble to breed out of the Eloi race of humans they are farming any kind of empathy for each other. As indeed the powers that be do to us today, replacing Christ’s call to love our neighbour with the empty husk of political “correctness”.
  4. Intelligence regardless of sociability Fourthly, the above point doesn’t mean that vertebrates are always preferred over invertebrates. It appears that shrimp which people eat in great numbers are social and that the octopus, which is pretty anti-social really, is a startling intelligence and deserves a bit more respect than your typical invertebrate. All of this is subordinate to the first and second point, anyway.
  5. Deaths per kilogramme if useable protein This leads on to the fifth and this is an important point. If we are turning a living, sentient animal into amino acids for our own digestion, it seems to me to be more moral to take one animal that will feed many families over many meals than to take an animal which it takes many of to feed one person one meal. This is one of the reasons why I try to avoid shrimps. It takes maybe 10 shrimps to make a meal for one person, whereas a cow might make a hundred meals so the relationship of shrimps to cattle to give you a tonne of protein is at least a thousand (maybe closer to ten thousand) shrimps to one cow. This is an extreme example. Now if we placed the intelligence and value of the life of the shrimp at only one thousandth of that of the cow, maybe that would be justifiable. But if you look at shrimps in an aquarium for any length of time you’ll see probably just as much different activity and expression going on as you’ll see on a cow’s face as it stands around chewing cud, and maybe even more. So for me it’s disturbing to think that we could be making a virtual holocaust of these crustaceans just to produce the kilos of a single slaughtered cow. Likewise when it comes to fish is it not a bit disturbing to take a thousand capelin to give us the equivalent flesh of one tuna? Worth a thought.
  6. Naturally predated And then we have the sixth issue. Prey animals. Animals are by nature divided into hunter and hunted. The hunted tend to be thise which are naturally in the niche of proviing meat to other species and to a degree they evolved into it. It is part of being a sheep that you get eaten by a tiger, it is part of being a tiger that you don’t get eaten by anything. Human agriculture fit into this natural division in that we usually don’t eat tigers (some do) and usually do eat sheep (some don’t).
  7. Substitutability. If an animal or plant can be substituted with another in order to give the necessary thing we are looking for (example tortoiseshell now largely replaced by plastics) then it is best to take the version of the product with the least offences against these other points. If there is no substitute then all the more we need to take care that the species is protected from extinction. Usually this involves careful cultivation over a number of different sites.
  8. Farmability Given the last point, an animal or plant which can actually be farmed is a better candidate for use than a wild species that cannot be kept and cultivated under human control. Those which can be kept ought to be kept in a proper way, with regard to diet, housing and enrichment. The use of battery farms and similar is becoming thankfully a thing of the past, and this trend should continue. We are making a one way trade with these animals, they feed us and give us food and fibres, plants render to us all their nutrients and chemicals and of course it is not a deal any of them signed up to. The least we can do is give them a reasonable time of quality life with as low suffering as possible prior to sacrificing that life, again with the minimum possible suffering. Not all species lend themselves to farming, on the other hand those species which do also seem to lend themselves to adaptation into numerous breeds with varying characteristics.
  9. Multiple products. It is maybe good in view of the above to use synthetic fur rather than real fur, however if synthetic fur becomes unviable for any reason, it is better to farm fur animals which are also edible, such as rabbits, rather than mink which are only there to provide fur and which by the way require the sacrifice of numerous other animals to nourish them, although they can of course be fed on foods made from spent hens and dairy cows not usually sold for human cuisine. If we are going to sacrifice an animal, we should at least waste as little of it as possible. It is good to keep sheep as they provide milk and wool in addition to the produce of their carcase. Cattle produce leather in addition to their milk and blood products taken during their lives but this, like their meat and unlike wool, is a one off event at their death.
  10. Utilisation of inedible food. Humans cannot eat grass which is the easy crop. Cattle, sheep and camels do eat these as they are cellulose metabolised, thanks to their microbiota hosted in special chambers of their alimentary canal. Pigs can eat acorns and scraps which humans cannot eat. Via these animals, oak forests and grasslands have a use to us which might make the difference between keeping them going with their additional biodiversity, which you wouldn’t find in say a wheatfield. Hence farming them has advantages which vegetarians tend to overlook. Now let’s apply all the above to the issue of whales. They for sure let themselves down on the size issue – one whale will feed more than one of almost anything else, and given that we cannot eat plankton they let themselves down in the acorn argument too, but on the other arguments we shouldn’t be taking them.

One of my hymns sung in an actual Church service.


Many thanks to my friend John Sapieha, who has been kind enough to express encouragement for the hymns I wrote (usually words only to existing tunes, as in this case) whiich can be found in the right hand navigation under “Poetry and Songs – The Psalms of Davey”. There are ten such hymns which I wrote a long time ago. This is the second, “Royal Priesthood, Holy Nation”. It feels very humbling to see a hymn written by oneself sung in real public worship. This was in Brazil on 16th of December 2018.

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