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Category Archives: Autobiographical

This relates to things which happened to me personally in the past, that might make up something of the story of who I am.

Party on the terrace!


Original YT playout date: 12 June 2008
Duration: 8:11

Sophie’s eight years old today, and everyone turned up, even a special guest all the way from Australia,
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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

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.

Secret Love


Original playout date: 7 April 2008
Duration: 3:26

I once had one, but not any more. A nice romantic film here with pretty pictures of my wife blending in and out.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #11 “Around Water End”


Original playout date: 29 March 2008
Duration: 9:22

Some nice colour on this video again. We look at trout farms, watercress, beautifully composed village scenery and sheep in pasture. What’s not to love?

Don’t miss the images of Hertfordshire pudding stone (which is a real mineral by the way, not just a pleasantry) and the the English pub food in Gaddesden.

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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #10 “Gadebridge Park”


Monday, September 17, 2018

Original playout date: 21 March 2008
Duration: 9:33

This is a nice video dominated by the blue sky over Hemel hempstead which occasionally happenes and Gadebridge part, where I caught my first fish. Starting just about 400 metres from my childhood home, flows after into unbroken rural terrain going on through England.
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Sweet Dream


 

Original playout date: 11 March 2008
Duration: 3:55

This is an original song composed by me way back whien I lived in Moscow and had a piano I could play every day. After breakfast in Wroclaw I was joined by my client while playing it and he kindly offered to film it for the channel. So here it once – the footage Marek took, and then another black and white version with the words added.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #5 “On fish and watercress”


Original playout date: 26 February 2008
Duration: 11:22

“On this spot, 40 years ago, I got clawed by a tiger. Happy memories!

This is a walk along the Grand Union Canal and a discussion of how species get their names and some of the things that we can see along the canal.”
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #4 “The Last Highwayman”


Original playout date: 23 February 2008
Duration: 11:48

This visit to Boxmoor features reminiscences of Hemel Hempstead School, a rant-on-the-hoof about trends in education in Britain today, and a look at the story of the death of James Snook or Robert Snooks, as he called himself, the last highwayman to be sentenced to death in England just over 200 years ago in this place, for the theft of 500 pounds from His Majesty’s mails.

If they did that to modern-day spammers and phishers and identity fraudsters that would soon put the fear of God into them, but standards appear to have slipped irretrievably since good old Snooks’es day.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #2 “Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead”


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Original playout date: 18 February 2008
Duration: 16:18

The second in the series “Uncle Davey’s Herts Content” features a walk down Hemel Hempstead’s main street looking at the things which are reminders of the old days and new things that have arrived in the most recent times.
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