Author Archives: David J. James

Děčin (PV 26)


Original YT playout date: 15 May 2010
Duration: 10:10

Arriving in Decin, and taking a short taxi ride through the old town.
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Time After Time


Original YT playout date: 3 May 2010
Duration: 1:19

This is a response to Dpawlmusic’s lovely rendition of the Cyndi Lauper song of this title. Here Lucjan O Poworocki makes one his “extraordinary renditions” of the older version of the same title, from the musicals.
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Train out to Děčin (PV 25)


Original YT playout date: 3 May 2010
Duration: 22:41

Taking the train out to Děčin. Featuring “Ailelu” by Aoife.
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Prague by train from Hlavni Nadrazi to Holesovice (PV #24)


Original YT playout date: 2 May 2010
Duration: 19:25

This film features evocative background music by Puggin (channel name “trodler” on YT) and the song title is “You Left Me Under The Oak Tree” and you can enjoy it without film noises on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVoQrMmRdQE Many thanks to the artist for allowing me the use of this lovely piece.
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Bring It, Pusher!


Thursday, November 25, 2021

Original YT playout date: 1 May 2010
Duration: 7:32

We start off with the last blast of this winter – the snow in the evening that started falling just as I was leaving the office and was several inches deep in a few minutes. Then we look at good old Pushkin and his fights with my wife and his retrieving balls, etc.
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Birthday Party in Tandoori Palace


Original YT playout date: 1 May 2010
Duration: 12:38

It’s my wife’s birthday, so we went to Tandoori Palace and invited some of her favorite people. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMwqJ4CxgOw is Richard’s TEDx talk, which is plugged here. You need to see this if you care about serious music in Poland.
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Special Guest in Czech Republic (My Prague Vlog #23)


Original YT playout date: 27 April 2010
Duration: 28:48

I am accompanied to Prague one time by a very special VIP.
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Huliganov VCR Virals 5/5 – Lesson learned


Monday, November 22, 2021

Original YT playout date: 25 April 2010
Duration: 2:07

“Huliganov has come to accept that if you can’t beat them, join them, and notes the improvement in investment strategy that comes from people learning venture capital with the VCR business game.

Right now http://vcr-gra.pl is only in Polish, but an English version will hopefully be out for next year’s round of competitors.”
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What do I need to know about choosing a career as an accountant? (First published by me on Quora)


You need to know that accountancy is a big field, with lots of specialisations. In this regard it is like law or medicine and the qualifications available are in some cases no less hard to achieve than in those professions. Some roles and qualifications are relatively easy and don’t require university level studies, like bought ledger clerk in a business with few products and suppliers. In between someone happy in a bought ledger job in a modest business on the one hand to someone who is in charge of forensic investigations in a large international network of Firms on the other there is a huge gulf in terms of the mental challenges involved and the skill sets that have to be developed.

Some roles need very little verbal or presentation skills, others need excellent draftsmanship, precise use of language in addition to mastery of figures, and some roles can require or at least benefit from foreign languages to be spoken and I have lost count of how many I have needed to use in the course of my work. Some roles need little more maths than +/-* and some need you to be able to run Black Scholes or even delve into the arcane realms of industrial mathematics, which I personally would not last five minutes in. Some roles are in public practice, some inside companies. Some roles are forward-looking and involve planning, budgeting, while some are concerned with examining and reporting facts that have already happened. Some roles are static at one desk in one place, while at the other extreme there are roles demand that you practically live out of a suitcase. Accountancy has taken me to more than thirty countries, to well over thirty branches of the economy, to understand as few other than insiders ever can. In some roles you might manage a team of dozens of people, in others you might be practically a lone player. I think this is probably more varied than what you get in many other professions, and it should be attractive to various people to look at this profession, especially at the stage in your career when you don’t want to box your options.

Therefore, I don’t agree with some of your other respondents that the profession per se is boring – anything but! However, for sure there are boring roles and there are definitely boring approaches by boring people to roles which could be fun and interesting. And one man’s boring is another man’s “fascinating, Captain”.

Lion-taming it may not be, but if you have ever had to do due-diligence on an Eastern business only to find out who controls it, and still walk out without being sent to the taiga, just, then you might be as happy with lions,

The immunity from recession, the job security and high salary guarantees we used to talk about are sadly a thing of the past, maybe hopefully also a thing of the not too distant future again as we do have a slight uptick going on right now, but in any event it will put bread on the table, give you a useful skill and assist your overall understanding and analysis of business even if you learn some of it and then move into a totally different business role. And in the end there is the self-respect and the respect accorded from others because in addition to being a player in business, you are a member of a profession and adhering to the high professional standards of ethics and competence which go hand in hand with that.

Unedited version – Uncle Davey gets his Beard Shaved and his Hair Cut


Original YT playout date: 25 April 2010
Duration: 30:08

This went up a couple of weeks back and a number of my viewers said they would like the version without being speeded up and having music played over it. They wanted the full reality of a bloka having a chat with his hairdresser as the beard came off and the hair got cut.

This is something you’d never see on TV. They talk about “”reality”” TV, but it’s all stage managed and nothing to do with real reality. Here we have a spur of the moment decision and agreement to film the cut, and it was pretty much the same as it usually is without the cam. I assume that’s why people voted on the other film to get the full unedited version, and here it is!

 

By the way, it’s eleven and a half years later and I still go and get my hair done by Ula every month.
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Pizza Hut Fail


Original YT playout date: 24 April 2010
Duration: 3:35

So, some people think I should not use my leverage to complain about bad service, that I am spoiled as so many people do not get any pizza at all, substandard service or not.

To this I say, when I am earning the money I have, I take care to make the people paying happy. So is it that:
a) when I am paying out the money, I also have the right to expect the same attitude shown to me, or
b) I am stupid to try to give value when obviously I cannot expect to get value, I shouldn’t bother bothering when I am doing the service, or
c) I should accept that my role in life is to to my best for others while others just take advantage of me.

In fact, I just renewed my Crowdsignal today so let’s do a poll.

Many thanks if you added your voice to that.

Now here’s what I originally wrote with this clip.

“This is what customers of Pizza Hut can expect in Poland. Orders not fulfilled properly, and complaints answered with promises that are not kept.

Would they get away with this in America? It doesn’t cost any less in Poland, so why don’t they think we deserve an equivalent service for takeouts?

Waiting for an explanation.”
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Deal with it!


Original YT playout date: 24 April 2010
Duration: 2:29

It’s St Georges Day, just deal with it.
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