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AccountingWEB's Got Talent: The final

24th Jun 2009
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Before the 'great switchover' occurred, we asked if AccountingWEB's Got Talent and members came forward to share their non-accounting alter egos with us. Who knew you were such a diverse bunch? Now, for your viewing pleasure, here's a gallery of some of the runners and riders in our talent race.

There can be only winner, so please vote for your favourite by leaving comments below. The winning entrant will receive a nice bottle of wine courtesy of the patron saints of (Please note that votes for the editorial team entries won't count - we drink enough wine as it is!)

This competition is now closed and we'll be announcing the winners shortly. Watch this space!

Mark Dorrill

Mark (pictured here in a rather flattering little number) changed his job in 2005 to avoid commuting. With more time on his hands, he became the treasurer of Porlock Pantomime & Drama Society. The lure of the stage proved too strong for this accountant, however, and Mark soon took up the lipstick and wig as the group's resident dame. Oooh, suits you sir!

Ray Lewin

It seems accountants are not so fond of the video camera, as Ray's was one of the rare video entries we received. He slayed us all with his Tommy Cooper impression and apparently he can also do a number of Tommy's magic tricks, including the old Bottle Glass Glass Bottle. The team is also skilled in that area - we can make a bottle of wine disappear in seconds!

Laura Laakso

The team was really impressed with Laura's drawing skills, since most of us can only do stick men. Laura's work, which included illustrations of dogs, horses and wolves, showed considerable artistic skills.

Meet the team

Since you've all been such good sports in sending us your photographs and videos, we thought it was only fair if we shared our double lives with you. Beware, what you are about to see is truly terrifying!

A face you might recognise...

 Yes, that's right, our very own editor, Rebecca Benneyworth has a dark and dangerous side which she only lets out at weekends. No, she's not a lawyer - she's an actress for Joy Swift, a company specialising in murder mystery weekends. In this particular scene, Rebecca was gruesomely murdered in a Final-Destination-style killing.

John Stokdyk, technology editor

It seems John's secret is out - he is in fact a love slave! (At least, that's the name of the song he so tunefully delivers in this little clip we dug up on YouTube). We were pleasantly surprised at Stockers' skills and will be requesting that he cracks out the guitar at the next company shindig.

Mark Lee, contributing practice editor 

We'd better not get on the wrong side of Mark - he's a card-carrying member of the Magic Circle and no doubt can do a number of spells. He started out as a children's party entertainer aged 14 and since then has done tricks for adults too - he even entertained at a few hen nights and frankly he must be a really good magician to have escaped alive from one of those!

Gina Dyer, deputy editor 

Gina's secret life is as a Eurovision reporter/fanatic. Here she is at last year's launch party with the lovely Kevina from the Big Wigs, who was there to entertain the acts. Next year, she hopes to make many more interesting friends at the Eurovision Song Contest in Norway and maybe stalk last year's winner, Alexander Rybak - watch out Norway!


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By Phil Mountjoy
13th Jun 2009 01:23

Ray Tommy Cooper Lewin!!!
No doubt at all! Brilliant Tommy Cooper routine. Check out his others on YouTube too. Had me in stitches.

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By Lutien
12th Jun 2009 18:27

Laura Laakso to win!
Laura Laakso to win, definitely. What a talented artist! There's no contest: it's obvious from the picture she drew (above) that this is a one-horse race.

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By Martin Tingle
26th Jun 2009 07:37

Hmmm. Not quite working?
I can't see two of the photos, John Stokdyk and Ray Lewin. I notice none of your technical development team are nominated for AccountingWeb's got talent......
Martin Tingle

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By Accounting WEB
26th Jun 2009 10:58

Missing pictures
Hi Martin,

The two you can't see are standard youtube embeds. Can you normally see them on other sites?


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By Martin Tingle
29th Jun 2009 07:56

What is a "youtube embed"?
When a site says "...and here is a link to..." I can normally see a link. Does that answer your question?
Where else might I see a "youtube embed" and how will I know?
Martin Tingle, with no apologies for not being a hip techy dude

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By Gina Dyer
30th Jun 2009 10:05

Hi Martin,

Sorry for the delayed response, I have been out of the office these last few days.

What my colleague was referring to was YouTube embed codes, which we use to display YouTube videos on our site. It seems your browser isn't allowing you to view them via, so I will put links to the videos on YouTube so you can you view them there:

John Stokdyk:

Ray Lewin:



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By Martin Tingle
03rd Jul 2009 08:07

Ah I see the problem now...but not the videos!
It seems that my employer's webfiltering system won't allow streaming video media (I am more of a radio than TV person so hadn't realised this before as radio streaming is allowed).
So not your fault but I still can't see the clips. Any chance of posting a picture summarising the action?

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By Gina Dyer
03rd Jul 2009 09:48

Unfortunately we didn't film the videos ourselves, they came straight from YouTube so I don't have any pictures on hand. Perhaps you could watch them from your home PC? You'll be sorry if you miss John's song, it's a corker!

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