About Me

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Photo of Vince sat in an Apple Store
The eponymous subject. The real Vince in a real life situation
The 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 and now work as a driver for a prestige marque.

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. One reason I would love be a full time writer.

An eternal optimist I truly believe I am immortal and unique, despite the aches and pains of being in my fifties. In fact I can be found at the centre of the universe

As for the CV statement - Pretty accurate.

More

If you feel you can stomach the expanded version why not drop your cursor over the button named autobiography, where you will find a foreward and first chapter. Plus an article about my story onboard a transatlantic trip on the QE2 cruise liner in 2002 for your delectation.

Or click the buttons below to see some Poynter history, what my top likes are in various fields or the one that showcases my formal work life.

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Poynterfacts

Sepia tone photograpgh showing Kate Poynter sat in front of a vintage car, flanked by two other ladies
My Great, Great Grandmother, Kate Poynter [sat, a typical family trait]

Family History

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.

The direct line follows.

Sepia tone photograpgh showing Harry Poynter stood alongside a line of vintage post office vans and their drivers
My Great Grandfather, Harry Poynter [far left, pretending he is taller than he is]

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.

Poynter Facts

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.

Poynter Places

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.

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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