Wednesday, 4 November 2020

My Favourite YouTubers: Part One - Hubnut

Hubnut - celebrating the average

Welcome to the first YouTube Channel that I am delighted to recommend to my readers, Hubnut.

Hubnut, Ian Seaford is a car enthusiast and motoring writer who likes to celebrate the average. His channel reviews old cars and some of those cars often described as dreadful, but which for many have a place in history.

Ian often tinkers with old cars on Hubnut and has a collection of cars which is always subject to sudden change. At the time of writing, he has owned 70 cars in his time, and that will grow. In the current collection which is often featured on the channel and each with their own name is:

Citroen 2CV aka Ellie
Invacar -  TWC pronounced Tuc
Daewoo Matiz -Myrtle
Citreon DS - Giselle
Rover 75 - Rita
Reliant Fox - Foxanne

There are also 2 project cars for future tinkering! 

Car Reviews

Hubnut has a fine collection of videos where old cars are reviewed and test-driven. Ian's knowledge of cars is incredible, and viewers will learn something new as they watch them. They are also entertaining and often include lots of interesting scenery on the journey. Ian has driven across Europe, and a very interesting trek involved taking Ellie the 2CV to Croatia via many countries and stop-offs along the way. His tour of New Zealand and Australia in 2019 was very popular amongst viewers and his faithful band of "Hubnutters".

Triangle of Doom 

Hubnut has become well-known for the expression, "triangle of doom". Ian has a passion for windscreen wipers, and each car which is driven will include a wiper test. If an area where the wipers meet leaves an uncleared triangular area, this is referred to as the triangle of doom. Areas along the edge of the windscreen could well become an "area of disappointment!

To find out more about Hubnut, I recommend a visit to the Hubnut website where you can read more about Ian and his cars as well as buy wonderful merchandise in the Hubnut Store including a Triangle of Doom Mug and T-Shirt.

Whether you are interested in cars or not, I find that this channel appeals to may. My wife, who is definitely not a car enthusiast by nature, has come to look forward to each new Hubnut video and watches along with. The old BBC and ITV channels have now been replaced by YouTube on our TV.

More to come

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Monday, 2 November 2020

Pass the Buck - no responsibility

One of the most annoying things I find in life is to come across people who "pass the buck". 

It seems that a growing number, particularly in the public sector like to get out of their responsibilities and pass them on to others. I suppose the age-old fact remains that if people can get away with shirking their duties, some will take advantage of it. 

The larger the organisation and the more prevalent this can become. We have to lay blame not just with those who "pass the buck", but also with managers who are not aware of what their colleagues are doing or how much work each day they are capable of. Without good management, those with a disposition to be lazy will get away with it.

It is believed the term "pass the buck" orginated in the wild west in the card game, Poker. Players didn't trust each other and so would rotate the dealer. The person dealing would be given a knife to indicate they were dealing and knives genrally had a buck horn handle and hence the term "pass the buck" was created.

It could also be that some who pass on their responsibilities do so, not out of laziness, but out of a lack of confidence. It could well be they have been poorly trained or given tasks that are simply too difficult or too large for them, but in each case, fear to let their managers know they can't cope. If this is the case, the organisation needs to look at its work culture to make sure everyone can freely talk about their workload.

In my experience, the majority of people who like to "pass the buck" fall into the category of wanting to have an easier life and let others do their work. They also don't like the idea of getting into trouble if anything goes wrong but are usually quick to claim any praise when it is forthcoming. 

How do you deal with people who are like this? Please leave a comment in the box below.