Focus Pocus vs. Self-interest, which one’s better?

 

“Near Dark”, F/M & Near Dark Joint Venture, 1987.

Written and presented by

T. Bey-Sahjaza

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

As is normal within the culture of the modern living Vampyre, and associated cultural blocs, “groups” come and go with amazing speed and regularity, just as rapidly many of those will fade and disappear, so what’s the key in starting, and maintaining, a “group” for your goals, aims, initiatives and – above all – personal reward?

The first thing to consider is what is going to be the key topic, or point of view (POV) of the group. Generally a group with a focus and goal will fare somewhat better than yet another “catch all” group designed to simply net as many members as possible. It seems, in this age, that meme sharing has replaced conversation and the quickest way to kill a “conversation” is to post the question on Facebook. In a “focus”, or “self-interest” group you can gather a number of “like-minded” contributors for the purpose of accumulating a store of knowledge and information for common use. A “library” and discussion group if you will.

What’s the difference between a “focus” group and a “self-interest” group?

A focus group is comprised of a number of DIFFERENT individuals with DIFFERENT points of view brought together to brainstorm and develop a response to a SPECIFIC problem or issue.

Tecnically speaking a “self interest group” is defined as, “Define self-interest: concern only for getting what you want or need and not about what happens to other people.” I would suggest that in the context of the modern Vampyre, and associated, cultures it could be held to reflect a slightly different process but one which still achieves the same end result as the rather narrow technical definition, i.e.  a “self-interest” group is one which aims to accumulate, store, disseminate and learn from a collected amount of information and COMMONLY HELD opinion.

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Practical examples;
If you wanted to build a house you would bring together architects, carpenters, masons, electricians and plumbers – in the first instance – to create the building. This is an example of a “focus” group where each different point of view is represented as a part of the final solution.

If you wanted to create a group about British Military History you would bring together Military Historians, and perhaps ex-servicemen of the British Military, to contribute and share information to create a complete picture of the subject.

Which way is best?

It all depends on what you want to achieve.

Take, for example, a hypothetical “Group Project” – Top 5 set-up requirements.

1) Balanced and co-ordinated “founder team”. It has been proven, in psychological and workplace studies that a “Focus Group” consisting of individuals of different strengths and specialties makes for the best mix of creation. The one thing that is important above all, each member of the team should, ideally, be in the project for the ‘right’ reasons.

2) Advertise. From day one, a presentation for public consumption. This will thwart the “rumour mill” and the “haters”.

3) Communicate. Create a webpage, not a group, where you can feed regular updates on progress and growth to “followers” and have them see, thus spread the word, that you are NOT hiding anything.

4) Appoint a spokesperson, 1 ONLY. All communications for public consumption should be made by that person only. Extra people, throwing in extra words may seem to be uncoordinated and will, even if unintentionally, provide ammunition to the “haters and critics”.

5) Maintain the flow, growth and development. Appoint more staff if you need to, assign specific tasks and goals to each. DON’T try and go it alone. Any delays will come across to followers as, “Yeah, well, not really THAT interested, just doin’ it for shit’s an’ giggles really…”

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The majority of modern Vampire Culture groups, in my opinion, fall firmly into the “Self-interest” group category and because of this the struggle to outdo other, similar, groups is always intense with each entity vying for the attention, and loyalty, of as many members as possible. As with anything of like nature there are problems inherent in each methodology that need be considered fully prior to any “group” coming into being.

“Focus Group” – The danger with a focus group is that it can get bogged down in minutiae and let the finicky details overcome the achievement of aims. For example, let’s say our ‘House Building’ focus group was looking over the Architect’s plans for the building. The Mason might say, “You can’t make brick and mortar do that, you’ll have to use another material, ten times more expensive.” The Architect says, “It’s my project, I say we do that.” Then the plumber pops up and says, to the electrician, “You’ll have to re-route the mains here and here because I need to hard-pipe to make the plumbing navigate this space effectively.” To which the Electrician replies, “Sorry, that’s not code, can’t do that.”

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So, instead of actually achieving the end result in a reasonable space of time and within a reasonable budget, protracted disagreements based on EACH CONTRIBUTOR’S agenda can dog the project.

In a “Self-Interest Group”, at the heart of it is the group “owner’s”, or “convener/s” personal agenda in opening the group. This “personal self-interest” can sometimes preclude reasonable debate because opinions, as we all know, are like assholes and getting around that, especially among modern living Vampyres, is kinda like getting to Australia from the U.S. in a canoe. The more members that are attracted to the more open self-interest group increases the available “opinions” that each demands to be heard and thus, in a way much like the “Focus Group” example, an atmosphere of argumentative clash of opinions can be fostered and once prevailing is very difficult to remove unless you begin throwing members out which gets you marked as elitist, snobby and bitchy.

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It can seem, with either case, as if it’s a “no win” scenario but, in each case, the thing that will save the day is even handed, fair, accommodating but consistently firm control.

Set the rules BEFORE you go into the launching of the group or project. Make anyone wishing to join the group REVIEW AND ACCEPT IN WRITTEN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT those rules thus no one can complain when they get dumped for breaking the rules.

Stick to your main theme, goal or aim. Make that the central item, or topic, of the group and don’t let the inevitable “side tracks” take control and muddy the water to the point where you lose sight of the initial concept.

Most of all, DON’T GO IT ALONE unless you only plan on having 6 to 10 friends in it with you. Find one or two trusted accomplices (friends) who share your point of view to help administer the thing, remember the old saying, “No man is an island unto himself.”

Of course, this is all just an opinion based on around twenty years “real life” experience, and professional qualifications, in procurement, warehouse management, engineering and mechanical workshop supervision, occupational health safety and welfare co-ordination and people management roles…

Copyright TB-S & RVL, 2017

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Real Vampires – The hardest thing about being us Pt: 4

Heather Brewer’s ‘Vladimir Tod’ series, High School Bites

Written and Presented by

Tim

In October of 2012 I began writing a series of short papers under the working title “The Hardest Thing About Being Us”. The first part focused on questions of how we interact with the non-Vampire.

The second part, “Real Vampires – The hardest thing about being us” Part 2, turned attention to some of the dynamic of the sub-culture.

With Part 3,  Real Vampires – The hardest thing about being us Pt: 3 We took a look into the topics of“Acceptance”, “Leaders and Followers”, “Protectionism” and “Welcoming and Helping Our Own”

This time it’s…

Real Vampires – One of the hardest things about being us 4

Integrating the “dayside”, the “nightside” and our culture

In part one of this particular series, written in October of 2012, I wrote about how we, the modern vampire culture, interacts with non-Vampires. The second part centred on the prevailing dynamic within the culture and part 3 explored the topics of acceptance, leaders and followers, protectionism and helping our own. One of the things that I haven’t yet addressed, I believe in any editorial or article I have written, is the subject of our innate knowledge, our belief in ourselves and how we deal with the integration of both “dayside” and “nightside” into our “every day”.

Individual Priorities

These are the things that drive everyday effort and activity, things such as paying the bills, keeping a job (no matter how soul destroying and psychologically damaging that job may be) keeping food on the table, keeping a roof over the head, keeping the car running, looking after growing children, dealing with health issues and social media.

Yep, that’s right, I said that at the end because social media, from reports, studies, observations and statistics has taken such a huge and all pervasive place in modern life that it now almost parallels any of the other “priorities”. Is this a real addition, an imagined addition or a forced addition to life?

Let’s see if we can “prioritise” the list, and please bear in mind this is my opinion of how this list should look…

1) Keeping a job. Unfortunately the majority of employers (certainly in the state I live in, have realised this and play on it. Ruling the workplace by fear and paying low wages because they are fully aware that they have people at their mercy.

2) Keeping roof over the head. Without the roof you can’t maintain your food supply, you can’t maintain your health, you can’t get proper rest.

3) Keeping food on the table. If you don’t eat you die… simple enough.

4) Looking after the children/family. Having a family ensures that you MUST assume responsibility as a protector and provider. It’s a duty that comes with having a family.

5) Paying the bills. Heat, Light, Water, the Roof… If you don’t pay you don’t play.

6) Dealing with health issues. If you die you’re no good to anyone, yes?

7) Keeping the car running. It’s good not to have to use public transport, or rely on friends or taxi cabs.

8) Social Media. Following are several analytical tables that demonstrate the current impact (from 2017) of social media on personal communications trends.

But how does this relate to the modern Vampire culture you ask?

In a single group membership that we recently observed we found that of the total membership 42.857% actually participated in the group, on a particular issue, they had chosen to be in. It was also observed that, amongst the participation rate of six randomly selected “unsubs”, the ratio of personal use of social media to group representation using social media ran as follows;

Unsub 1, timeline posts 20, group posts 33

Unsub 2, timeline posts 1, group posts 2

Unsub 3, timeline posts 3, group posts 0

Unsub 4, timeline posts 25, group posts 4

Unsub 5, timeline posts 144, group posts 0

These figures were taken over a five week period from 1 June this year.

Oh, yes, I said SIX didn’t I,

Unsub 6, timeline posts 696 ( +/- 6) group posts 0 (unsub 6 was treated as a special case due to the fact they made a number of posts, 15 to be exact, within the nominated date range at an associated page and only 1 at the Group homepage.)

I would suggest that if something is important to a person they will commit, they will make specific time available to follow up on that commitment, they will actively contribute fresh material, new ideas and propose discussions or other “projects” that could potentially benefit the group… basically it’s that old chestnut that I’m sure we’ve all heard until our ears were bleeding from it, “Are you a team player?”

My question would be, “If you’re not a team player, why be on a team?”

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Trans-Atlantic Business Council

In a great number of groups around the online culture you can find, as part of the mission statement, the words, “for the betterment of the community”, in some form or another. This statement must be regarded in its true context, “for the betterment of the community in my/our opinion”… it is one of the indisputable truisms of the modern culture that no one has yet found “the way” to improve, overall, the culture even though they may find a way to better things for their immediate followers, or group members but even this will only last for a time.

I would suggest that the only person that can better things for themselves is them.

A number of discussions that have taken place lately have revolved around either the latest idea for improving things or for the improvement, in some manner, for small segments of self-interest collectives and, as such, these concepts hold very little for general, wide-spread and overall improvement.

At the heart of every thought, of every imagining and every decision taken by an individual is a knowledge of themselves and what is necessary and the best for them. This also is an indisputable fact and one that can’t be avoided in any group or cultural setting, agendas of one type or another will define in what direction the group leads, what flavour the group is and how deeply personal bias on the part of the Owner/s of the group will go in the running of the group.

So, what is truly “for the betterment…” and what is for “self-betterment”?

 

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The sum of the parts…

How do we, as individuals in the “real” world accommodate the dual nature of our existence? How do we integrate and maintain the Vampiric need along with the “paying bills”, “keeping a job” and “managing a family”?

The answers will come from ourselves, they will come from how deeply we are willing to allow the two to integrate, they will come from how deeply we feel “the hunger” and, ultimately, they will come from just how much we are willing to commit to allowing integration to take place.

There has been much said, and written, about the modern Vampire culture. Unfortunately a great deal of it, constantly, negative. Everyone seems to be fully aware of the problems facing the culture but even after more than 30 years there have been no real, lasting and progressive solutions that have stood the test of time. Given the vast array of intelligence, experience and expertise that exists within the culture you would think that something would have come into being but still, even as late as four days ago, descriptions of the situation still read somewhat like this;

“The same old tired “discussions” over and over again, that we’ve all been having, carried over from the message boards 15 years ago?

Same old topics with newer younger faces?

There’s that, and also drama. More drama. Same fucking drama that always constantly circulates and permeates. Same juvenile bullshit about This One calling That One names, or over-reaching their “territory”, or some self-styled “royalty” of some kind issuing “proclamations” which essentially boils down to more name-calling…

We even have, to this day, self-appointed “leaders” telling the “flocks” not to listen to This One, or to not be friends with That One, and all of the “Oh look what they’re saying now” shit, and the “We won’t stand for this” crap.

It’s all fucking garbage.”

Following on from such a conclusion then might we not consider “taking out the garbage”?

Now hold on a minute pardners… I can hear you all saying, “Here it comes…”
I would ask, “Here what comes?”

Are we going to keep telling ourselves there is NO solution? If that’s true then we might as well all give up, go home and become solitaries.
Are we going to tell ourselves, “We welcome anyone within, associated with, or simply interested in…” and thereby promulgate the problems in separating the real modern living Vampires from wanton troublemakers, RPGers and Wannabe/Pretenders that we pretty much all profess to loathe so much?

 

Solutions

So, where do we go?
Back to a corner and sit on our hands? Into deep conference between all interested parties? Into a “Corporate Team Building Retreat”, or perhaps a “Tactical Withdrawal and Regroup” pattern? Into some sort of separationist tribal model?

Many times over the definitions of modern living Vampire have been written, re-written, discussed, re-hashed, deliberated on and then discussed some more and, for all of this over thirty plus years, we still have nothing universal to rely on. Indeed, as one person once remarked to me in a message board I frequented, “Words don’t actually just mean what the dictionary says, they also mean what people understand them to mean.”

“Uh Oh…!”
Pic source: Fistful of Talent

Faced with something like that, we are indeed sunk.

 

A presentation of the best available definitions comes to us from the “Terminology and Lingo” section of Sanguinarius.org [2] where the definitions of “sanguinarian”, “blood-drinker”, “blood fetishist”, “psychic vampire” and “Vampyre Lifestyler” are to be found, among others. Each are directly concerned with defining the term under certain conditions of activity they do not, however, concern themselves with defining motivation.

In considering the motivation behind the integration of “dayside” and “nightside” I would suggest that we could further break down the definitions, regardless of activity or practises. If I was asked to write up a table of Vampire types in the Culture I would create a dual list, one would contain the standard recognised “types by feeding method” i.e. Sang, Psi etc. The second part, or sub-division, of the list would be by “activity type”.

 

ILVamp – Integrated life Vamp – A modern living Vampire to whom their Vampirism is as much a part of them as their ethnicity, their biological condition and their natural psychological processes. A Vampire who does not, and cannot, separate their Vampirism out and in which it is as important a part of life as working, sleeping, eating, paying bills and creates, within them, a strong commitment to incorporating their Vampiric nature into their existence.

TPVamp – Time Permitting Vamp – A modern living Vampire who does not recognise that part of themselves as a priority in their daily existence and activities and will treat the matter as a lower priority than everything else in life even though it may compromise their health and wellbeing.

FVamp – Fetish Vamp, a human living Vampire who actively practices their feeding while regarding said act as an object regarded with awe as being the embodiment or habitation of a potent spirit or as having magical potency or any object, idea, etc., eliciting unquestioning reverence, respect, or devotion.

WSVamp – “When it suits” Vamp – A modern living Vampire, or perhaps not, who will only visit the issue in so far as it suits their personal need for attention, entertainment or gratification.

PVamp – “Pretend” Vamp – One who will pop up, regularly to spread dis-, or mis-, information, dress up and play vamp, join every single Vampire oriented group on social media and “farm” friends lists for contacts to make themselves appear to be a “mover and shaker” but at the end of the day are about as Vampire as my blessed Grandmother was a deep sea exploration diver; Gods rest her beautiful soul.

 

The situation, unfortunately, is not improving in any wide measure and because of that people actually begin to question not only their own commitment but the trust they may have placed in others along the way. People may begin to question whether there is actually a place for them in the modern culture, people may begin to question why they even stay in touch so not having solutions to offer may well be just as damaging to the culture as having solutions that cause arguments and dissent – it’s Devil and the Deep Blue Sea time.

Ultimately, dear reader, at days end the only person that knows who you are for sure is you, you do not know, for sure, who a great majority of the others in the culture are, and ultimately, whether you choose to integrate, or not, be a “team player” or not, is a decision that rests squarely with you.

Copyright T & RVL 2017

 

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Chatting with Vampires – Beyond Borders

Img. source: Geology.com

Presented by

Tim

“We come from the land, Of the ice and snow

From the midnight sun, Where the hot springs blow”

Led Zeppelin – The Immigrant Song, Atlantic Records, 1970.

 

The Kingdom of Denmark, is a Scandinavian country and sovereign state. It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway.

Denmark has a temperate climate, characterised by mild winters, and cool summers, autumn is the wettest season and spring the driest. The country’s position between a continent and an ocean means that weather often changes.

Because of its northern latitude, there are large seasonal variations in daylight. There are short days during the winter as well as long summer days – all in all it sounds quite delightful.

There is something else about Denmark though, something that may not often occur to many people who think about the country… it has a vibrant, and active representation of the modern living vampire culture.

In this latest edition of “Beyond Borders” we were delighted to be able to spend some time with a high profile and quite well known leader in the modern Vampire culture. Spurn represents not only the information resource “Vampire Fragments”, which collects items of interest from global sources but also The Danish Vampire Community web resource. When we caught up with him he had this to share about himself;

 “I’ve never claimed to be an Elder, king or the like. I more see myself as a leader. I was the first to do anything for the Danish vampire community, since there was nothing before it at that point in time here in Denmark. If that makes me an Elder in the eyes of others, then I wouldn’t put it against them. The point being; I won’t claim to be anything without earning it in the eyes of others.”

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RVL: Good evening Spurn, it is a great honour and a pleasure, to welcome you to RVL.

S: Good evening. Thank you for having me and for taking your time to reach out to me.

RVL: …and, as Leader in the modern Vampire culture, would you mind sharing a little of your personal history with us?

S:  As a leader you take responsibility, and that’s pretty much what I did back in 2010, when I created the website for The Danish Vampire Community. I was trying to get connected with other vampires in my own country, but it was hard, so I needed the platform. Facebook was around, but I felt that the format would limit my possibilities, so I had to do everything from scratch. The website was a success after a year or two with more and more vampires signing up for the forums, and I’ve been helping with the formalities of forming Houses since back in 2012. I’ve mentored several vampires in and out of country, and have been in a couple of articles and television-spots over the years. Simply, I’m trying to help the local community, and to weed out any misinterpretations about vampires in my country. Lately I’ve been working on a bigger international (and global) project; The Vampire Fragments, where I try to collect articles and research about modern vampirism, related information and science, for further research  and for preservation for the future – while working with other individuals and organisations out there in the world.

Img. source: Danish Vampire Community

RVL: In your own mind, what is a real modern vampire? And, what attributes do you see in modern vampirism?

S: A real life modern vampire is an individual, who has a condition (vampirism) where the spirit (in synthesis with the body) is failing to create (and to use) the right type and amount of energies (the term energy used by lack of a better term). A spirit and a body in balance or unbalance effects the psychological and physical condition of the individual (vampire), and thus the vampire is in need of getting its energies balanced out, to be comfortable and function at a psychological and physical level. It’s a need to be in balance.

I’ve always seen vampirism as a curse but I’ve learned to work with my vampirism, and have gained many experiences and skills along the way. I believe that vampirism teaches you have to get in touch with both sides of your being, and that you need others to survive. People nowadays are focused all on themselves. I know vampires can be pretty narcissistic at times but in the end we need others to get fed, and we need the society or community to help and guide each-other. I believe that we have a strong urge to help other vampires. Maybe we aren’t good at discussing civilly online, but who in the world really is? The vampire community is no different than other communities in that matter.

RVL: …and may we ask, do you identify as a modern real vampire? And. If so, how would you define your vampirism?

S: Yes, I identify as such. I don’t believe that I’m a psychic vampire, but just that I am a vampire who feeds on energy. My vampirism is giving me the control and responsibility for my own well-being, and thus the ways in which I satisfy my need to feed, and thereby become balanced in body and spirit. It’s a journey, where the experiences along the way shape me as the vampire that I am, at any given moment. A parasite in control.

 

RVL: Turning now to your local area, if we may, what involvement does your House or Organisation have with local communities and with the modern Vampire culture there?

S: Since The Danish Vampire Community is a large umbrella for all vampires of the country, we are giving the resources and the format for these vampires to talk about their vampirism, as well as guiding newly awakened, and helping vampires get in touch with donors (and the other way round). I believe we as individual vampires of The Danish Vampire Community try to help and guide each-other, both on a country-sized scale and on a local scale (cities).

RVL: Without wishing to play Devil’s Advocate here, you will undoubtedly be aware that there are critics of you and your work, how would you respond to that?

S: Yes. There will always be individuals who doesn’t agree with you, and that is pretty normal in itself. I don’t take it to heart, but I will always try to defend my opinion and my work, while I will still respect and understand that others can have different views and beliefs. There is always a tugging-war when it comes to power. And working on or having a project going, is a sort of power; you can give forth your opinions/experiences/results, and you can undoubtedly affect the world around you with what you bring out there, so of cause you should be critiqued for what you do. Without the criticism, we will never go beyond claims, and we will never better ourselves and our work. I open heartedly welcome critique as a part of the progress of my work.

 

RVL: What led you to the decision to establish your house, or organisation and when did this come about?

S: I felt alone, and I was looking for other vampires in my country. I thought I was alone. I wanted to connect the vampires in my country (if there were any), and to give them tools to work with. That evolved into mentoring and guiding vampires along the way. It all started in 2010, and the website got written in a couple of weeks or so. I am pleased with the progress so far.

Img. source: globalvillage.world

RVL: …and in the long term, what are your ultimate goals for your house/organisation?

S: Right now, The Danish Vampire Community is running itself. We aren’t a House which has specific rules, who gather from time to time. We are all individuals, who do our own thing, and the website and forum is working as a common-ground for vampires to meet, greet and discuss their experiences and views. I’d like to see more interaction and cooperation between the individuals and groups of our country, and that people would take responsibility for creating more content and research for the common sake of the community. Right now, I’m trying to do that myself with The Vampire Fragments, which really is an expansion of things I’ve been doing for The Danish Vampire Community.

 

RVL: Does your House/Organisation have an online website and, if so, where can our readers find it?

The Danish Vampire Community
– Website www.danishvampire.dk
– Facebook www.facebook.com/danishvampire/
– Twitter www.twitter.com/SkyggernesSuk/

The Vampire Fragments
– Website www.vampirefragments.com
– Facebook www.facebook.com/vampirefragments/
– Twitter www.twitter.com/VampFragments/

RVL: In the “About” statements at many Vampire homepage sites it is commonly written, “Discussion and debate are absolutely welcome. Resorting, however, to blatant racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, or any other means of tapping into major structures of oppression to attack, demean, or even “joke” won’t be tolerated in this group.”

Do you feel this something that can be entirely avoided in the modern Vampire culture, either offline or online?

S: I don’t believe that things like this will ever be avoided in the modern vampire culture, nor do I believe it to be avoided in the common world. People and vampires are all different, and they have different cultures, beliefs, morals, laws etc., but as a society of vampires I strongly wish that we should strive towards avoiding these things, as much as possible. Maybe it is wishful thinking, but it is still a goal that we should all try to reach, for the common good of the community.

Img. source: Vampire Fragments

RVL: If you had one piece of advice to offer newcomers to the culture, what would it be?

S: Our community is spread out all-over the world, and thus we have varied backgrounds concerning beliefs, views, laws, morals etc. The thing that connects us, is the need to feed, and this is also what makes us what we are. We might not agree on many things, but at least we are all vampires, and we should all strive to master our own vampirism, and to help others by guidance, when needed.

 

RVL: Do you have any other comments or observations that you would like to share at this time?

S: I’ve seen many new organisations sprout up in the last several months, and I hope that these will try to work together on projects, instead of fighting against each-other. In my opinion, all of our projects should be for the common good of the community, and not to be “better” than everybody else. Nevertheless, it is great to see people take responsibility in the community.

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RVL: We would like to thank you deeply for granting us this interview, we are very appreciative of your time and we would be honoured to keep in touch with you regarding the ongoing growth and development of your House, or Organisation.

S: Don’t mention it. I’m happy to be able to share some of my views with you, and others who might be intrigued, about what we think and believe about vampirism in Europe. If anything huge happens, I’m sure that we will be in touch.

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When we think of leaders, depending on where we live in the world, we have a mental image that seems to attach itself to the thought… at RVL we like to meet, and highlight, leaders from all walks and origins and especially when we find one, such as Spurn, who has well balanced, well delivered and well considered commentary for us to consider.

Too often we will be assailed by overly competitive and forceful when all we really need do is sit back, take a breath and focus on what’s really important. It was a genuine privilege to present Spurn’s interview here for that very reason.

 

Copyright RVL and Spurn/ The Danish Vampire Community 2017

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