Time on our hands

"Only Fools and Horses" Time on Our Hands (TV Episode 1996)

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  • Episode aired Dec 29, 1996
  • TV-14TV-14
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Things aren't too good at Nelson Mandela house. Raquel's parents are due to visit for dinner and will be meeting Del for the first time, causing her to panic. Dinner is ultimately ruined aft... Read allThings aren't too good at Nelson Mandela house. Raquel's parents are due to visit for dinner and will be meeting Del for the first time, causing her to panic. Dinner is ultimately ruined after Albert unfortunately mixes up the gravy and coffee jars. Meanwhile, Rodney appears to b... Read allThings aren't too good at Nelson Mandela house. Raquel's parents are due to visit for dinner and will be meeting Del for the first time, causing her to panic. Dinner is ultimately ruined after Albert unfortunately mixes up the gravy and coffee jars. Meanwhile, Rodney appears to be struggling to come to terms with Cassandra's miscarriage, causing Del to take extreme st... Read all





    • Tony Dow
    • John Sullivan
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    • David Jason
    • Nicholas Lyndhurst
    • Buster Merryfield
    • Tony Dow
    • John Sullivan
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    • David Jason
    • Nicholas Lyndhurst
    • Buster Merryfield
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    David Jason

    • Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter

    Nicholas Lyndhurst

    • Rodney Trotter

    Buster Merryfield

    • Uncle Albert Trotter

    Tessa Peake-Jones

    • Raquel Turner

    Gwyneth Strong

    • Cassandra Trotter

    Roger Lloyd Pack

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    Kenneth MacDonald

    • Mike Fisher
    • (as Kenneth Macdonald)

    John Challis

    • Boycie

    Sue Holderness

    • Marlene

    Paul Barber

    • Denzil

    Patrick Murray

    • Mickey Pearce

    Michael Jayston

    • James Turner

    Ann Lynn

    • Audrey Turner

    Seymour Matthews

    • Auctioneer

    Jamie Smith

    • Damien Trotter

    Lennard Pearce

    • Grandad
    • (archive footage)
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    Peter Woodthorpe

    • Reg Trotter
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    Jotham Annan

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      • John Sullivan
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    The finest 1 hour of comedy ever made

    John Sullivan delivers the finest hour of comedy gold. It helps if you're an only fools fan, but nonetheless, the build up to the auction scene is acting and comedy perfection in equal measure.

    The Sotheby's scene is out of this World and is a fitting end to the Trotter story. Yet it wasn't the end... although it should have been.



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    Every breath we take has a special price. The price, which is measured not in money and not in material goods, but in seconds, minutes and hours of our life. We cannot measure, weigh, or even just touch time, but each of us often feels its lack, destroying plans and agreements. Sometimes it happens that it seems to us that there is too much time and we do not know how to quickly get rid of it. However, one fact always remains the same - the inexorable passage of time is beyond the control of man.

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    Read online Your time is in your hands - Seivert Lothar

    Lothar Seivert

    Your time is in your hands

    The Key to Professional Expression

    Whoever bought this book has taken a step towards self-knowledge. How many capable, and often talented people achieved little in life for one reason alone.

    Which one?

    They failed to use their time wisely enough. And it is a free good, and everyone has it in equal quantities. At the same time, time is one of the most expensive resources.

    These theses are taken from the book you are holding in your hands. Its author, Professor Lothar J. Seivert, is the head of the Institute for the Rational Use of Time, a leading expert on the rationalization of the work of managers. One of his best books, Your Time is in Your Hands, will undoubtedly be very useful to the Soviet reader.

    For someone, but for our reader, such a book is urgently needed. Indeed, we have as much time as the Americans, the Swedes, the British... But are our socioeconomic results comparable to theirs? Why are we ranked 77th in the world in terms of per capita consumption? What, we do not have enough material or human resources?

    More than enough. We even lend to others. But we are constantly let down by the inability, and sometimes simply unwillingness, to rationally manage our time. But what many of us have learned well is that nothing is easier than being busy, and nothing is more difficult than being productive.

    In the book offered to the reader, there is a business conversation about how to organize time in order to work in an optimal business mode, without losing a variety of human joys, saving one's health. According to the author, this book will show you the ways and possibilities to achieve your goal - to have time for everything essential, time for productive creativity, time for personal life, for family.

    The author is an expert in modern management. His remark is indisputable that the overload of many leaders is a consequence of the intersection of their many tasks, the need to simultaneously deal with many things. In addition, according to V. I. Reddin, many managers are too focused on the process of activity (the usefulness of the action) and not enough - on its goal, that is, on performance.

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    The answer to the question is the author's concept of self-management. Its essence is an individual technology for the use of daily (working) time, based on proven methods of organizing life and managerial work.

    In order to immediately convince the reader of the relevance of self-management, the author proposes to conduct self-cognitive rapid testing. Based on its results, the reader can conclude how well he implements his working time.

    As a rule, many of us have problems in this regard. Anticipating this, the author proposes to consistently and carefully work through each chapter of the book, which will help those who do this, learn how to rationally use the time at their disposal, plan it correctly, gain self-confidence and get rid of stress, and as a result, achieve daily success. think purposefully and work in accordance with the tasks set for yourself.

    Subtly versed in human psychology, the author is aware that his calls for self-management can be understood by many, but not accepted because of the everyday working stereotype of thinking. Are there few facts in life when the most convincing recommendations addressed to adults and recognized by them do not become their personal convictions, internal incentives for action. To avoid this, the author cites interesting aphorisms in the book.

    For example: “I’m not sailing like the wind blows, but like I’ll set a sail”, “Time is not only money, time is more important than money, time is something the same as life itself.” Or various empirical data. For example, the results of a survey of a thousand managers, according to which out of every hundred managers only one has enough time, ten managers need 10% more time, forty managers need an additional 25% of the time, and the rest lack 50% of the time.

    After all this, the author turns to the reader with the following revelation: his book is not intended for contemplative reading, but for work, for cooperation between the reader and the author, therefore, referring to it implies certain obligations on the part of the reader.

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