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The Bitcoin Few Can and Should Help The Bitcoin Several

I bought Bitcoin about a year ago. It soared in price. I sold enough Bitcoin to get my original stake, (it was a total gamble) back into my UK bank account.

I also bought a hi-spec laptop for my 13 year old son Louis for Christmas with my Bitcoin.

I’m not a looser in the Mt.Gox potential bankruptcy, but I have lost big. And not just me, but the Bitcoin community, I think.

A year ago I trusted the Bitcoin Foundation, the first place I read information about how to buy Bitcoin. I went with what I trusted on the Foundation site. I went with OKPay to send my Pounds to Dollars then send to Mt.Gox so I could buy my Bitcoin. Mt.Gox was ‘the’ exchange that stood out as working closely with the Bitcoin Foundation, what could possibly go wrong ? I was joining a community committed to fare play and economic liberalism, two things  I really believe in.

I knew I was gambling and I was prepared to loose all I had put it in to support something I believed in, a digital currency not controlled by established institutions, but a community of likeminded people that really knew what the future was about in computing terms.

I started to spread the word and encourage others to take part in owning Bitcoin. I set up a blog BitcoinCoach.co.uk

Right now, today, I’d like to spread the word that members of the Bitcoin Foundation and/or Satoshi Nakamoto will do all they can to donate as many Bitcoin as possible to account holders of Mt.Gox.

Bitcoin has very small number of  holders owning very big piles of Bitcoin. Of those few a lot of bought their Bitcoin at very very low value.

If my bank account or credit card had been hacked, I would not loose anything today. In Bitcoin world it’s not the same. The Bitcoin concept cannot work for the mainstream unless there are protections.

The Bitcoin community could underwrite Mt.Gox losses and show the world, the community supports it’s early pioneering community members.

Crypto currencies are the future, I’ve lost my stake in the future because of the experiment that was Mt.Gox. I can no longer promote Bitcoin with any confidence, nor can I spend my Bitcoin to support vendors, I’m out of the experiment and I was a valuable member of that experiment.

Sometimes I think my trust in the Bitcoin Foundation and Mt.Gox trust has been abused, my reputation and intelligence brought under scrutiny. But then I think it was one giant experiment I choose to be part of , so ‘deal with it Daren’

The only people that can help, are the big Bitcoin holders and the Bitcoin Foundation. I hope you read this, and think about rescueing me and thousands of others like me, that got behind your experiment.

We are worth keeping in the experiment.

It won’t cost you very much and could yield massive returns for the future of mankind. 

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Can You Trust a Romanian?

Damn right you can! 

Frankly I’m embarrassed to be British, the media hype around immigration and  morons espousing about “foreigners taking our jobs” blah blah blah.

In March this year, I had the very great pleasure of meeting an amazing man, Oleg. Oleg has a PHD equivalent in Design Engineering, a special visa to be in the UK because of his talent, a strapping teenage son and a wonderful wife who is a Doctor (Neurologist).

Oleg came to my home to fix my car (it wouldn’t start), I found Oleg on the Internet after two very poor experiences.

  1. Mercedes Benz wanted £80+Vat to just to plug my car into a computer before they would even take a guess what my problem might be.
  2. Greenflag recovery sent a lorry and a truly ignorant man to tow my car away, he didn’t arrive to diagnose a problem, just two it away to a garage. Useless.

Whereas Oleg (I now call him the Car Doctor) jumped into the car and asked me to explain what happened. We chatted for a couple of minutes. He said “I can fix this”. You know, that’s all you want to hear isn’t it? When you reach out to a professional, you want some little words of confidence to make you feel better.

Oleg checked a few things and within five minutes the car was started, amazing!

The problem? A fuse, a bloody fuse! I hope you are reading this Mercedes Benz and Greenflag! A FUSE!!!

Now, I would be lying if when Oleg first arrived and I heard his accent, for a split second I was doubtful, but I try to be a great human being and treat others fairly, no matter, colour or creed. I’m glad because I now have a true friend I admire and trust.

I had pre-agreed to pay Oleg £60 for the first hour of his time, I was very happy with £60, but Oleg refused to take my money! He said “It’s a fuse, I cannot charge you for fixing a fuse” – Amazing!

We settled on £20 for petrol and I asked if we could become friends and he work on other cars I had, I’d just started dealing in Mercedes SLK Roadsters. Lucky for me Oleg agreed.  I suspect a British mechanic may have charged me more by making up a problem and burning up the hour so he could charge me £60, it’s happened before.

Over the summer I introduced Oleg to friends and he helped others too.

Oleg had the time to help because he quit a job at a local garage because they were ripping off customers. Not replacing filters on services, charging for new oil when they were using old mixed oil. Customers were paying full price for servicing and were being blatantly robbed! Oleg said he just couldn’t take part in that, so decided to work alone, mobile.

I could make this blog post much longer and explain the racism I encountered whilst being with Oleg in situations over the summer, but I will try and end it here.

Oleg is Romanian, he’s an academic, he has principles and ethics and he is also highly skilled. During a conversation about the UK and Romania, Oleg shared how totally shocked and disappointed at the lack of ethics and morality in the UK. He didn’t expect it, he thought we would be a professional and ethical country, in his experience so far, we are anything but, some of his employers have been horrendous.

Take a good look in the mirror Britain, we are not all we think we are, I’d suggest we are living in the past, measuring ourselves against days gone by, and we are coming up short. Like I say, I’m embarrassed, but at least I have a new good friend that I admire and respect. Give people a chance huh and ignore the press, you never know, you may be delighted by what happens next. 

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“It Took Us 5,000 Years to Put Wheels On Our Luggage, We’re Not That Smart.”

It’s time to be back in the world full time. A full diary, lots of disruption and supporting great projects and ideas around the world is my goal for 2014.

What is the motivation for my goal?

Well, it’s something I listened to Bill McDonough say:

“What is our objective as a species, since we are the dominant species on the planet?”

“What if we could offer our children a strategy of hope?”

“How do we love all the children of all species for all time?”

“Our goal as a species could be… A delightfully, diverse, safe, healthy and just world with clean air, water, soil and power, equitably, ecologically and elegantly enjoyed.”

What part of that don’t you like the sound of ?

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I’ve had a few years off (my blog doesn’t lie), well, I did start working at 15 and was a father at 19. I really needed a break and some time to deal with some demons, refocus and understand what the next chapter of my life is going to be about. I thought hard about walking away from the digital sector, but digital is part of me, for almost twenty years now. I have a strong digital instinct and as several friends have said, “you know stuff and think so differently”. Digital (Technology) is a huge driver for change in so many ways, how we live and share our lives has changed forever. There is no going back. What consumes me often is, how can the world be a better place for everyone now everyone can connect instantly to anyone anywhere in the world?

Right now we are a divided planet, the haves and have nots, those that love and those that hate. There are those that own and control assets, infrastructure and media and their are those that consume and are controlled.

Energy and water will be vital commodities in the future that will effect “national security” strategies for many nations. That really means war, over water, oil and gas. The thing is, we have enough water and power for everyone, so why “defend” and kill for something everyone should be able to access. Money, it’s all about money. Money makes the world go round, we all know that. Supply and demand equals profit.

So, I took away money (it’s all just numbers on a computer anyway these days, money is not backed by gold anymore, it’s just printed when the Government asks for it from a central bank, it’s nonsense if that makes sense?) from my thinking and decided to try and rethink how the world might change with the new shared knowledge we have. The only answer I came up with by myself was, that emotional intelligence needs to be raised in everyone before any real change can happen in our world. When every single one of us cares just a little bit more about other peoples feelings and situations and less about our own, in every situation, our world will change. It’s not the only thing of course, how we plan and design around nature is paramount too. It’s back to Bill on that one.

I’m busy with some new projects of my own, you can find me at http://bitcoincoach.co.uk for the blog and http://twitter.com/bitcoincoach – it’s all about ‘digital cash’ and ‘Gold 2.0’ – You will have a ‘digital wallet by 2020’ remember where you read that.

I’m buying and selling Mercedes Cars from 1963 up to the present day, in the main I’m dealing with two seater Pagoda and SLK sports models, but I love them all. In fact I love beautiful and classic things, so I have another project called http://beautifulClassics.com the website site is being built, so more on that soon, but for now you can follow http://twitter.com/beautclassics

This TED talk from 2005 is a Beautiful Classic – give Bill 20 minutes of your time, he is amazing!

Thanks for reading 🙂

I haven’t blogged since July 2010, for those that know me, you know why. For those that don’t know me, that was then, this is now, and after two testing years I’m back, “On it”. yay! 🙂

When your life changes and its causes you deep pain, how do you know when your’re back on balance, as you were before the change and  pain came along ?

Well, it doesn’t just happen one day, at least it didn’t for me. For me, the first clue ( I’ve also called it an unblock) was in January 2012, but the final clue was on Saturday night ( September 1st 2012), on this beach (below) in North Norfolk.

Mundesley 2012

I was feeling a little different last Bank Holiday, I was watching Country File on BBC One ( I don’t watch TV usually), it was a special programme for the Bank Holiday prime time audience and it  focused on the North Norfolk Coast, so I decided to take myself up there, with Claire this weekend.

Saturday September 1st was the night after a Blue Moon, so a big bright moon was guaranteed for our night time beach walk. And what a beach walk it turned out to be, we had some music, a Union flag (to sit on) and a little LED ‘Mood Cube”. The moon was directly in front of us as we started walking, it was lighting up the beach for miles with a silver path of light for us, it was amazing, one of the purest experiences of my life. The sound and smell of the sea a gentle breeze and a moonlit path of silver light. Then I tunred my body toward the sea and there was a red shimmering star in the sky, I knew it was a planet but I didn’t know what one. I reached for my iPhone and fired up the SkyWalk app, it took a few seconds to fire up, I was so excited, it felt like 3 minutes!
Then SkyWalk revealed it was Jupiter!  The largest planet in the Solar System, amazing! But then SkyWalk also mapped the star alignments too! It was Jupiter into Taurus. “I’m a Taurus!” I shouted out to Claire, “bloody hell, all of my stars are aligned tonight and I’m here to see it!”, “I can’t believe it, what does it mean Claire?”

Right then, at that second, I felt my old self (a positive flow as sense of purpose), as I was before the change and pain that came in 2010.  I knew, I was “On it”, aligned, balanced, positive and ready for “lift off” again.

I could start listing some amazing people that were there for me over the last two years, but I’ll see them soon, hug them and let them know just how special they are and that I’ll always be there for them.

I’ve got a really busy September and October workwise and I’m going to blog more regularly, at least once a week is the aim. This is the first of many, thanks for reading 🙂

If you have time… I discovered this song the day before our trip and I played it several times in the car on the way up there, it’s beautiful and some of the lyrics really touched me (the clues are in this post) – thank you @2morrowsvictory

Below is the astrological translation of Jupiter in Taurus ( I’m not a big Star Signs etc fan! but…) and the picture I took on the beach, sorry for the poor quality, but hopefully you get the idea.


   Jupiter in Taurus

Biggest benefic planet Jupiter will move into taurus on 16th may 2012.
It will remain in taurus till 30th may 2013, and during this period it will effect our experiences, knowledge, and our understanding. Jupiter represents optimism, growth, generosity, joy, and abundance. Jupiter in earth sign taurus, there can be a delight for sensual pleasures and a desire for the simple good life.



#OpenHouse Thursday (Night) 26th August till Monday 30th August 2010

It’s an #OpenHouse invitation/gathering during the last days of #Summer2010  (doors of my home open for people to drop by, stay a while, cook a bit, drink a bit, talk a bit, play a bit maybe even sleep over) on the very edge of the Countryside in Surrey.

Although it is #OpenHouse,  I’m specifically inviting people I love, respect, admire, listen to, learn from, take strength and motivation from. I hope you can come to my place for any amount of time, from an hour to a few days, you’re very very welcome. I’d love to share my home and outdoor space with you.

I have dreamy ideas of great debates with the many brilliant people i have connected with in the last two years (yes it’s that long since Twitter, leaving BBC land and embarking on a new journey. A journey I am really enjoying and that is taking me to places and experiences that you just couldn’t “script”).  I have visions of laughter, silliness and amazement, bad jokes, goood jokes, funny accidents, and great song 🙂

We could have days out… Brighton and the Seaside (40mins), The Surrey Hills (15 Mins) , Devils Dyke (30 Mins), plus lots of National Trust sites that are localish,  trips in Central London are only  35 Mins too. Or we can have days “in” lounging. My garden backs onto woodland it’s circa 4/5 miles of fields and woods and walks with views on high. It’s easy to just go hike, and there is a lovely pub about 30 minutes into a walk.

To get to #OpenHouse is really quite easy…

Zone 6 on the Rail Network direct from Victoria, London Bridge 32 Mins and Clapham Junction 25 mins on modern air conditioned trains. From the South around Brighton, it’s a quick whizz up to East Croydon by train and a change for a journey 15 Mins back south.  I’m 10 Mins and a straight road from Junc 6 on M25 too, I can handle up to 6/7 cars if parked right :), there’s no yellow lines on the road either.

I’ve connected and built friendships with an incredibly wide section of people via Twitter, I’m really hoping a good slice of you can come and meet each other, swap stories, world changing views maybe.  Everyone is guaranteed a hearty welcome.

What about Kids ? Well look at the garden… of course! they are welcome, lots and lots to explore :-).

It would be excellent if you came and you’re in to gardening and/or cooking, you’ll be a very special guest indeed – Bring your tools and gadgets, recipes and ingredients.

I’ve got room for 10 or so to sleep each night, I reckon (airbeds, sharing the floor etc), and the garden can take a good selection of tents, even a couple of massive ones!

If @leashless comes, maybe we could build a Hexayurt ? I would really love that!

It would be very cool if you brought along some supplies (anything you like), enough to share maybe ?

I’d defo like a big conversation about #BigSociety. Oh…. music, there will be MUSIC and your welcome to come and “plug and play” wherever you find a set of speakers.  Not BIG! LOUD!  I haz lovely neighbours, but, well, you know, loud enough for the moment.

Not sure how to structure knowing who’s coming when. The Serendipitous potential of the #OpenHouse is something I’m quite excited about, but… I guess it would be good to know who’s maybe coming on what days. EventBrite seems a bit ordered, any ideas ???  Do share, I need some spark of genius 🙂

I really hope to see you and yours, thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy some of my garden snaps.

#OpenHouse Garden on Flickr