Category Archives: Spain and the Spanish Speaking World

A few visits to Spain and Dominican Republic, and hopefully more Spanish speaking places in the futuro.

Spanish food


Playout date: 5 October 2006
Camera: Video by my friend Krzysztof
Post Production: None
Location: Seafood restaurant in Madrid
Other people featured: Adam Ciuhak, Ivan Mier Moran and his wife
Genre: Food film
Music used: None
Languages used: English
Animals featured: None

A nice memory of a happy evening. Ivan kindly took us out to one of his favorite restaurants in Madrid. We had lovely fish dishes and finally this meat sizzling away on hot volcanic rock plates.

The Spanish know how to have fun. If something is fun, then they do it, and if it stops being fun then they stop, and do something else.

I only regret that right now I cannot recall the restaurant. I could for a good while but 5 years have elapsed and it is gone.

From this weekend’s Rzeczpospolita


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If you need any persuading as to why it’s worth being in East Europe, let this map speak for itself.

Besame!


  
 
 

Video number in my collection 75
Production date:    31 July 2006
Playout date:    8 September 2006
Camera:    Logitech Webcam
Post Production:    None
Location:    Office at Jazdow
Other people featured: Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro
Genre: Duet
Soundtrack info:    Besame, a capello, 
Languages used:    Spanish
Animals featured:    None
Date added here: 31 October 2010
Number of days this video was up at time of posting: 1 514
Number of views at time of posting: 649
Number of views per day: 0,4
Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!): 2
Comments per thousand views: 3,1
Likes at time of posting: 6
Dislikes at time of posting: 5
Likes to dislikes ratio: 1,2
Votes per thousand views: 16,9
Ratio of comments to votes: 18%

Unusually low ratio of comments to votes, but what is there to say? Just two guys mucking around having fun. Sure, we killed the song, but that’s the time honoured tradition for this particular song!

Granada!


 

Video number in my collection 71
Production date:    31 July 2006
Playout date:    31 July 2006
Camera:    Logitech Webcam
Post Production:    None
Location:    Office at Jazdow
Other people featured: Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro
Genre: Duet
Soundtrack info:    Granada, a capello, Lara
Languages used:    Spanish
Animals featured:    None
Date added here: 10 October 2010
Number of days this video was up at time of posting: 1 532
Number of views at time of posting: 663
Number of views per day: 0,4
Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!): 3
Comments per thousand views: 4,5
Likes at time of posting: 4
Dislikes at time of posting: 7
Likes to dislikes ratio: 0,6
Votes per thousand views: 16,6
Ratio of comments to votes: 27%

 A second impromptu duet with my Spanish friend Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro, who visited me at the office one day, taking time away from his massive Aloe farm in Brazil. This version of Lara’s song was not practiced, just off the cuff, and the website with the words had them all muddled up, so once again this is far from perfect, but great fun.

Amapola a la Polska


 
 
 
 
 

Video number in my collection 70
Production date:    31 July 2006
Playout date:    31 July 2006
Camera:    Logitech Webcam
Post Production:    None
Location:    Home on the terrace
Genre: Duet
Soundtrack info:    Amapola, Spanish folk song
Languages used:    Spanish
Animals featured:    None
Date added here: 9 October 2010
Number of days this video was up at time of posting: 1 531
Number of views at time of posting: 997
Number of views per day: 0,7
Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!): 7
Comments per thousand views: 7,0
Likes at time of posting: 4
Dislikes at time of posting: 5
Likes to dislikes ratio: 0,8
Votes per thousand views: 9,0
Ratio of comments to votes: 78%

 

Fue visitado por Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro, un conocido artista y amigo mio de Espana, y cantamos juntos la cancion “Amapola”.
 
I was visited at the office by a friend of mine from Spain, the well-known singer and Aloe vera farmer Antonio Salvador Bau Montoro, and we sang the song Amapola for your enjoyment together, the first of three Spanish duets we did off the cuff.
 
Unfortunately we hadn’t had time to practice, it was all off the cuff, and we weren’t anticipating the frequent key changes in the track. We also couldn’t hear it as well as the computer picked it up, so the last verse is truly discordant on this. That is probably why more folk have disliked this one than liked it. It was fun though.

Response to Father Christopher Howse’s article in the Telegraph on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela


I am pleased to see someone underlining the risk of spiritual pride that a pure works-religion thing like a pilgrimage can bring. If my understanding is not wrong, pilgrimages started in Spain after the moors got cleared out and the common people needed to be appeased as that was one thing they had appreciated under Islam – a bit like the way in East Europe newly westernised states keep the communist holidays but rename them, as the communists did previously in some cases to the religious ones. The charm of pilgrimage in the mediaeval times was that it was the one time the feudal system was cast aside, and both serf and master would tread a road together. Relieved from their onerous chores and welcomed with refreshments along the way, the medieval pilgrimage was the nearest thing they had to the company outing, and the fashion spread out across the Catholic world from Spain. Read the rest of this entry

Bouquet Throw in San Domingo Barcelo


Nobody caught that one


This was the first ever piece of video I uploaded onto the internet – on 21st February 2006. I had just set up my YouTube channel and this went on as a test.

There are several reasons why this piece is important to me, despite the fact that it is of no particular technical merit and commentators on YT have complained about the lack of light or being able to make out how the bouquet was thrown or who caught it, although as I remember nobody caught it anyway. One main reason is that, just as the bouquet, thrown at a wedding, tells you what happens next, and who will be next to be married, so my “capture” of the bouquet throw marked the start of a hobby – amateur filming for the internet – that has been my companion now through four years (it was actually taken five years ago, in November 2004 – it was in the Dominican Republic in the Hotel barcelo in San Domingo) and taken me through hundreds of topics, and dozens of cities in various parts of the world.

And I’ve never stopped preferring films where something is going on and where there is interesting sound too, even if you can’t see everything.

Another reason I llike it is that it’s the only footage per se that I took in the Dominican Republic – I still had a tiny memory card and I discovered by accident only out there, after having the camera for about a year, that it could take video at all. I never planned to be a videographer when I bought the camera, but I did want to photograph the things I was seeing while travelling so as not to lose the memories. I was to discover that if a picture paints a thousand words, then a movie clip paints millions.

I also like to think that someone who was here that day will stumble upon it in the net one day, and recognise themselves.

The power of YT is such that even a humble clip like this still manages to average at least 10 new views a week.

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