Category Archives: Work related

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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My Prague Vlog #17 – Brno, Bratislava and more…


Original YT playout date: 23 January 2010
Duration: 50:48

We experience the opulence of Grand Hotel Brno, see Brno station, visit Bratislava again, and also see me greet the guests to our Christmas party in Czech and see the live musicians we had.
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My Prague Vlog # 16 – Hills of the north


Original YT playout date: 23 January 2010
Duration: 47:59

We have another few days in Prague before Christmas, watch some of the preparations happen, witness an Accenture poster featuring Tiger just days before Accenture drop him for philandering, and take a drive up north to Vrchlabi. See a huge maneating shark turn into a little pet in the reception of a Prague hotel. Learn about the Christmas outdoor sausage shops, the stuffet chop in Hybernia restaurant and some of the funny features of Prague’s airport.
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Belgian Conga


Belgian Chamber, Christine Avgustaki, Belvedere Restaurant, Warsaw,

Original YT playout date: 17 January 2010
Duration: 10:03

“Well, they didn’t exactly conga, not by the time I left, anyway. It was the day after Hermann van Rompuy was named by the powers that be, (by which of course, I don’t mean the democratic electorate, as we did not get a vote on it, but as yet we’re still allowed to comment that, so I am) and the Belgian community abroad were so delighted by this that they invited all their friends to a slap up meal and a concert by one of their stars, in the most expensive restaurant in every capital city, to celebrate. We got Christine Avgustaki, for Warsaw, and the Belvedere restaurant. I hear that we had tried to get Jacques Brel for Poland, as he has many fans here, but that he was otherwise engaged.

Many thanks to Belgium for this, we all had a wonderful time, and I only left early as it was already past midnight, and anyway I never trained to dance, so I dance like a train.”
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Huliganov’s Philadelphia #5 – Meeting Mrs Merkel and a Pink Lady


Original YT playout date: 6 January 2010
Duration: 8:53

Here we see the bowling alley, the Union League, the inside of the Ritz Carlton and the journey from it to the airport, in the last of the series on Viktor’s visit to Philadelphia. It’s always nice to get the chance for an impromptu hobnob with one of Europe’s most important heads of state, that and a pink lady too was enough to go to anyone’s head in an evening’s entertainment.
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Huliganov’s Philadelphia, part 4 – Philadelphia Ballet


Original YT playout date: 26 December 2009
Duration: 8:53

They took us for a special performance. This is just a taster of this. If you want a special ballet performance for your conference, wedding or bar-mitzvah, get in contact with the Phildelphia ballet.
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Huliganov’s Philadelphia, part 2 – Signers’ Hall


Original YT playout date: 13 November 2009
Duration: 23:00

We go to the place where the bronze casts of the original freemasons who decided that they were “the people”, as in not just SOME people, but THE ones with a capital THEE, and could get rid of the monarchy from the colonies. Some of them were dissidents, but only because they wanted some amendments to the Constitution, not because they were loyal to “Boy” George, the English king, who was considered to have had bad, even chameleonic karma. He was a herpetologist, you see, and his herpes were known all over the world. He tried to tax the colonies to finance his requirement for Zoovirax, so that he could house his chameleons and other herpes in appropriate terrariums, and therefore is considered to have been the first ever international terrarist.

They all signed following the words “yes, we really want to hurt you” in this very hall, built some 200 years later, and in that day they split the English nation into two, forcing the British to colonise Australia instead. The Western part started to be called Americans (even though they were in the process of killing the real Americans, but this self-same thing had been done before in Prussia by the people who made up a leading cohort in the non-loyal Americans) and the Eastern Part plus Canada carried on being the British Empire, and they played cricket and gave up slavery. Officially anyway. Later on America also gave up slavery in the South, battling each other in the process, and later on still they did battle against alcohol producers, the environment and most recently of all someone else’s freedom fighting, as well as turning up close to the end of two world wars, and helping us beat the Germans, who nevertheless love them and forgive them everything.

The leader, Ben Jammer Franklinstein, who was Grand Master of Pennsylvania, even though it was supposed to be a Quaker State and they have oats rather than Grand Masters, wanted all the people to sign, not just his fellow freemasons. He said the following immoral words: “I’d like to get the world to sign, in perfect harmony, this declaration of our state of independency. I’d like to buy the world a coke, and furnish it with ice, and put some lemon in as well, if only just a slice.” however, it was a rainy night in Georgia, we feel, from which that particular soda started raining all over the world.

And such is American history in a nutcase.

In honour of this, Viktor D. Huliganov signs the Treaty of Independence, thus ratifying it and assuring its immor(t)ality. He may not be a freemason like 13 or more of those 33 those bronze figures, but he is all in favour of life, liberty and the pursuit of ice-cold soda.
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Uncle Davey’s Moscow – part 1 of 2


Original YT playout date: 11 November 2009
Duration: 44:56

Footage from a recent visit to audit one friendly auditor… This is just two parts, but each quite long, and it shows what I managed to get up to in a few days of being there.
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Huliganov’s Philadelphia, part 1 – Trouble Crossing


Original YT playout date: 8 November 2009
Duration: 18:03

Welcome to the third series of Huliganov’s North America. This deals with the difficulties of getting across the Atlantic when the first plane to Frankfurt takes off two hours late and the connecting flight has to delay so you can get on. The luggage came two days later. When we arrived in Philadelphia, it was raining the way it rains all the time in America whenever I go there but never seems to on your Hollywood films unless they’ve got George Clooney in, in which case it’s studio hands chucking it from the sides in buckets, and it’s really perfumed rosewater. Here’s where to come to see the real America. And we go to America’s first capital, to where American citizenship all began, to where a bunch of English people abroad decided that they wanted to be something else, and wanting to was, in the end, really all they needed. Now they really are something else, as you will see, as the series unfolds…
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Prague Vlog #12 – Entropa!


Original YT playout date: 6 October 2009
Duration: 50:17

An Evening in the presence of 370 members of Four separate Chambers of commerce. This was Prague’s business event of the Autumn, in the presence of one of Europe’s most talked about pieces of Modern Art, Entropa.

Produced for the Czech Presidency of the EU, it managed to spark off diplomatic rows between the humorless of different countries around the Union, leading to its censorship. It was also removed from Brussels prematurely by the artist as a protest against the way his own nation’s politicians behaved during the czech presidency.

Stereotypes both widely acknowledged and some more recondite are trundled out, but the most personalised satire is reserved for Klaus, the czech president, whose Euroskepticism and Eco-skepticism are quote-mined in the Czech section of Entropa, although I found myself in broad agreement with his sentiments.

The sections with the red cross showing contain background music by myself. Some was adlibbed, some was composed earlier. The song whistled at the end is my latest composition, but it doesn’t have any words or a title yet.

By the way, if you want to book the venue for functions from just a dozen people up to 2,000, I took the card of the curator of the Dox museum, and can put you in contact. They are underfunded, and need whatever help from the business community they can get.”
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Wasteland Aborted


 

Original YT playout date: 26 September 2009
Duration: 34:03

An aborted attempt by Uncle Davey to read without preparation the Waste Land by TS Eliot, while Moggy struggles with deep questions of political philosophy. If you are on the right wavelength this should have you falling off your chair. It’s a serious discourse, with no humour or laughing.
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A flying visit to Bratislava


Original YT playout date: 29 August 2009
Duration: 12:48

I try to make a few memories of a very rushed trip to the capital city of Slovakia. This is demonetised because of the taxi driver’s music we can barely hear. Bots are better are hearing small sounds than we are.
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