The eponymous subject. The real Vince in a real life situationThe Real Vince Poynter
This page is all about Vince Poynter, the real live person behind the vinceunlimited brand.
On an earlier CV I described myself as 'an active, good humoured and inventive individual, intelligent enough to learn new skills quickly and accurately with an ability to multitask whilst remaining in control. A fastidious and charming, honest worker able to assess priority and work under pressure. Always seeking a challenging and responsible, well-rewarded role'.
Myth or mirth?
I was born in the South of England in the early sixties in a two bedroom flat, with the unusual feature of a balcony on the ground floor. I was the swot at the local junior school so graduated to a boys only (pah) grammar school, all without changing city. I didn't work too hard but left school with a welter of 'O' levels (ask your dad) then decided to opt out of higher and university education.
Without the encouragement to be the vet I had always dreamed about as a child I drifted into an office-based apprenticeship in construction, an industry that kept me in high quality baked beans for the main part of my adult working life. It was never the real me.
As a teenager I grew up too late for the free love sixties and too early for the freedom of the eighties. Too late to be a boomer, too young to be a millenial. But I did discover motorcycling. Off and on since then I have always owned a bike and still consider myself a biker. So rock on.
In my late teens I resigned my job and at one point had spent every penny I had. I even owed my future wife £50 - She won't ever get it back. I'm still married and have been for millions of years. We soon got the four bedroom detached house on a suburban housing estate in a sought after village in a green and pleasant valley about twenty miles from where I was born. All very local. Except going to work daily in London used to take me two hours each way.
I eventually dumped the dusty construction life to work as a driver for a prestige marque but that decade ended when the 2020 pandemic took its toll and ended that period of my working life. So now I am retired.
I have always enjoyed writing and much content of this site has its roots deep in the last millennium. It just took ages to put it all together and now I'm doing the same all over again as a fifth incarnation.
If you feel you can stomach the expanded version why not drop your cursor over the button named autobiography, where you will find a handful of fully completed chapters. Plus a few stories about some of the things I have experienced in my life.
Also you can scroll below to see some Poynter history, click the link to see what my top likes are in various fields or even the one that showcases my formal work life.
Author: Vince Poynter Version 5.321 21 Jun 2021
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
Text updated and image added in Version 5.008 18 Oct 2017
Favourite Films and TV replaced by Top Ten list in version 5.072 16 Feb 2018
Poynterfacts link added: Version 5.083 16 Mar 2018
Centre link updated: Version 5.310 5 Jun 2020
Retirement note added. Plus other 2021 website updates [see website page for full details]: Version 5.321 21 Jun 2021
The Centre - Explanation
It's logic Jim. But not as we know it.
My wife clearly missing where the centre of the universe lies. Clue - It's taking the picture
Where can you find me? Only at the centre of the universe. That's where.
It is a brave statement indeed to make a claim that I can be found at the centre of the universe. Even more foolhardy to state that I can prove it. But I am and I can.
Firstly you need to understand and accept the concept of infinity. It is quite easy this bit. Infinity in terms of distance is a very long way away, then a bit more. Kind of like further than that beer on the coffee table when you are slumped in front of the TV. Even further away than your chances of dating a Hollywood megastar, unless you are another Hollywood megastar of course. Or a film producer. Or a thousand dollar hooker of course. Anyway, you get the picture. Infinity is such a huge number that when applied to distances I wouldn't like to drive it - Not without a comfort stop.
Now, if I were to move forward, as far as possible, to the edge of infinity it would take me...? Let's see, about the same time as it would if I were to move backwards at the same rate to the edge of infinity. I shall call that time X. No, I won't, I'll call it Gerald, other people always call it X.
Anyway, in Gerald, travelling at a constant speed I could reach the edge of infinity from any direction I please. Infinity is the same distance, up, down, front, back or even sideways. Whether you are on a pushbike, in a sidecar or a space shuttle travelling at twenty six times the speed of Gerald.
If this is the case I must surely be right slap-bang in the centre - Of the Universe. Point proved.
Now, all I have to do is prove that I'm also immortal. That one could take some time.
Author: Vince Poynter Version 5.310 5 Jun 2020
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
Image added in Version 5.008 18 Oct 2017
Incorporated into the About page: Version 5.310 5 Jun 2020
If you are reading this stateside I'll give a quick translation. It is centre, not center because in Great Britain we didn't all originate via a few Quakers from the West Country, who obviously couldn't spell some words. If in doubt, ask your Mum. And yes, I did write Mum correctly. Mum is not spelt Mom, as you would realise if you listened to the word. Honestly, you can build the Ford Mustang, produce Top Gun and get people into space but the basics. Hopeless.
My Great, Great Grandmother, Kate Poynter, sat, a typical family trait
I have been researching some genealogy on my family history and can list my ascendants below.
According to The Poynter Family History Society the Poynter name can be traced back to a Vasse Poynter in 1273.
Another site listed a Vincent Poynter in London in 1544, another as a draper of London in 1574 who owned and sold part of the Kingsbury Estate in Middlesex.
I deny that they were all me.
Personally I have only seen evidence of my own family back to the early nineteen hundreds.
My Great Grandfather, Harry Poynter on the far left, pretending he is taller than he is
The direct line follows.
My Great Great Great Grandparents - James Poynter married Emma Cariadise
My Great Great Grandparents - Henry Poynter (1856 - 1926) married Kate Noyce (1854 - 1939)
My Great Grandparents - Harry Poynter (1879 - ...) married Florence Sherman (1883 - 1912)
My Grandparents - William Poynter (1909 - 2003) married Rose Bowyer (1912 - 1990)
The above is just a list of direct male ascendants.
If you have any interest in finding out more about my family or think you may have some additional information that could assist my geneolgy, such as the birth and death dates of my Great Great Great Grandparents or their ancestors please email me with details.
I am always happy to hear from relations. Particulary those that are still alive from the early 1800s.
According to the demographers working at UCL CASA there are just 34 Poynters in every million Britons which makes us quite rare, but we are increasing our presence because only 110 years ago there would have only been 24. That is 24 in a million, not just 24.
Furthermore the demographics show that only 13% of the population have a surname with higher status.
The UCL CASA people also indicate that the most likely place to encounter a Poynter in the UK would be the South-East, intensly around the Medway and Maidenhead in particular, although there is an outcrop around Liverpool.
To encounter Poynters abroad it would be best to head to Kentucky in the USA, Fortescue in West Australia or Marlborough in New Zealand.
Author: Vince Poynter Version 5.134 14 Jun 2018
First Published: vincepoynter personal: Version 1.01 in Apr 2005
Poynter Facts and Places first added vincepoynter personal: Version 1.02 in Jun 2006
Text updated and images added in Version 5.083 16 Mar 2018
The data from the Poynter Family History Society was at poynterhistory.com but this site no longer exists
The first image is of the author's Great, Great Grandmother, Kate Poynter [nee. Noyce] sat besides two unidentified women and was provided by the author's grandparents. It was taken circa. 1925
The second image is of the author's Great Grandfather, Harry Poynter at work supervising his team of General Post Office drivers and was provided by the author's grandparents. It was taken circa. 1925