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.
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 why I am at the centre of the universe, some Poynter history, what my top likes are in various fields or the one that showcases my formal work life.
Author: Vince Poynter Version m5.083 16 Mar 2018
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
Text updated and image added in Version m5.008 18 Oct 2017
Favourite Films and TV replaced by Top Ten list in version m5.072 16 Feb 2018
Poynterfacts link added: Version m5.083 16 Mar 2018
My Poynter View
From the autobiography of Vince Poynter
From here you can discover the chapters and articles within the vinceunlimited Autobiography page, with true stories and anecdotes from a future publication about my life story called My Poynter View.
Author: Vince Poynter Version m5.108 27 Apr 2018
First autobiography links published: Version 1.02 in Mar 2004
My Great, Great Grandmother, Kate Poynter [sat]
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.
My Great Grandfather, Harry Poynter [far left]
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 m5.134 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 m5.083 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
vinceunlimited Top Tens
My intention within this article is to show, for your entertainment, some of my miscellaneous top ten lists, then for some fun a top ten worst or Room 101 style list.
So far I have penned a list of celebrity meal friends, musical acts, my favourite TV and films and ten great vehicles, plus my 'Room 101' choices, all as linked below.
Food and drink should be next up and I'll explain why I love eating and drinking the stuff.
Connoisseurs, or drunks as I call them, will notice the lack of excess alcohol but it does little for me except slur the speech and regress the taste of my breath. Burp.
So, Cranberry and Raspberry drink for starters, then as an anti-pasta I'll work my way through a Flat Based Pizza, washed down with an ice-cool Lager and Lime.
Mash and Mum's trifle would be a strange combination, before licking my lips over Mushrooms, Mushy Peas and Pea and Ham soup.
For a main course I'll relish Roast dinners, Sashimi and Smoked Salmon then I'll explain why Strawberries just pip Bananas.
All followed up by Tea and Vienetta ice cream, naturally.
I bet you are getting hungry thinking about it. Me, I'm off to make a sandwich.
Author: Vince Poynter Version m5.126 4 Jun 2018
First Published: Version 1.03 Feb 2005