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I thought I would just round off the year’s blogging personally, rather than just with the machine generated summary in the previous post which is very interesting, maybe more so for me than for the readers, just to give you all my warmest wishes for 2013 and to hope that I may continue to be part of what you look at online in the coming year. Your ratings and comments and hits, both here and on Quoracy.com blog and also on the YouTube channel, on Linked-In and Facebook and several other places are all very highly appreciated and at times of crisis I do derive a certain strength from knowing that I’ve still got my readers,  at least I got my friends:

In the deliciously ironic video to this interesting recent hit, the girl’s friend is a robot, but in my case behind the robot face of the internet and it’s various interfaces are real people who have been willing to share a bit in my life by watching the videos, listening to the voice droning on, reading the posts and the comments. That means a lot to me, and some of you I’ve got to know as well as people I’ve spent time with in the same room, or better.

I didn’t manage to do as much as I wanted to in 2012, partly because I always set my plans too high anyway, but also because I had a bad round of pneumonia in the summer which wiped out July and August. Read the rest of this entry

Three Dimensional Prague Walk


What this is, is the second of about four or five Prague vlog videos all taken on a walk the same evening. It carries on from the film A Summer Prague which you’ll find in the Travel and Places category – Czech Republic on this blog.  This part starts in the Andel area where I’m looking for something to eat, and then start to walk home, and notice that a lot of the advertising on the sides of the streets as well as the reliefs of the buildings in the area seem to have a 3D motif, such as the U Buldoka sculptured pub sign.  It is all in great light and in HD, with a selection of nice background tracks, as in this case, and some effects too now and again. This gives you some of the essence of Prague in the summer.

No music in the sound track of this one, but some more nice music is coming up in later parts of the walk…

 

A Summer Prague


What this is is the first of about four or five Prague vlog videos all taken on a walk the same evening. One colleague took me back to Prague from outside in his car – we had been doing a due diligence out towards  the West – and I got out a while away from the centre so as to give myself the opportunity for a walk in the lovely weather. I came into the Andel area by tram, which is the part you see here, and then in the forthcoming instalments you’ll see how I walked home from Andel. And it is all in great light and in HD, with a selection of nice background tracks, as in this case, and some effects too now and again. This gives you some of the essence of Prague in the summer.

Kafkaesque! (CUV)


Kafka, Franz: Der Prozeß. Roman. Berlin: Die S...

He liked hard-back notebooks too, did our Franz.

Here we have, in nice HD coding, a walk around in Prague, showing some of the flavour of the experience of being in the Czech Republic – including this very strange thing that happened to me last Spring.

Here, in the city of Kafka, I was seriously summoned to court without being informed why. Just like Joseph K in ‘Der Prozess‘ or ‘The Trial’ by Kafka. You really couldn’t make it up.

I don’t want to talk about the facts of what the case turned out to be, (especially as one party of it graces some films of mine on YT, which will also be shown here) but to my relief I only actually needed to be a witness. I have no wrongdoing as such on my conscience, but I have been known to sack people, and they get given more rights than I do when it comes to court, even if there’s no earthly justice in it. But this wasn’t even someone I had sacked. Because I didn’t know that, I had to go to the expense of a decent lawyer who naturally deserved to be paid for his appearance despite not in the end having a decisive role. But in the end I didn’t get annoyed about it, as it was something truly Kafkaesque in the city of Kafka which I’ll be able to remember and joke about for the rest of my life.

I also talk a little bit about learning Japanese and the kitsch for sale to tourists in Prague.

I thought I’d spice things up with a poll! Remember this is not the number of cases you’ve seen – you may have been more than once. Count is as number of days you’ve ever had to turn up. Don’t count it if you went along just for entertainment.

Walk from the River Vltava to my flat – CUV


Here we have number 41 in my series of Prague Vlogs uploaded here before the other 40 are here because I’m doing 2011 and later video uploads here as they happen and inbetween times the older stuff in chronological order.

This talks a bit about where the channel is going, and if you like you can watch it on a fuller screen and do pauses for some quite panoramic shots of Prague as I keep this one in HD.

At the point where I talk about the midgies on the bridge if you make it full screen and pause it there, you’ll see what I mean by the size of them!

Case Race in Budapest (CUV)


Here we have the next currently uploaded video, the last in the Budapest series, and a rather long one which I probably should have broken up into shorter ones, but the first parts show a huge fishtank at a place we were dining one evening and also a spot of Vaci utca and Belgrad rakpart, before the main event, which is me walking with two heavy cases about 5 km to the railway station.

I wasn’t planning to walk with them all that way, but I was open to the possibility, and that’s what ended up happening, but it became a pretty hefty bit of exercise.

The train journey itself turned out to be awful. The train was supposed to arrive in Prague in the middle of the night at about 2 or 3 o clock, and then in the end didn’t get in until 6 in the morning. It stood still in the Czech Republic for hours with no-one giving explanations, and the Spanish guys in the next carriage were going nuts as nothing like that had ever happened to them before.

I grabbed a couple of short naps but not enough, and then finally for the last few hours in Brno after someone else got in the carriage while I was having a nap and laid completely down over the other side, with his shoes off making a bad smell with his feet, and that was the end of my comfort. In Pardubice a third entrant came to the carriage. It had been a bit more bearable up to the point where I had had privacy, but the last hours really started dragging.

Generally I quite like trains, but I really wasn’t keen on that one. And apart from anything else it was old and shabby and not like most Czech trains I’ve been on at all.

If you want to see the four earlier parts of the 2010 Hungary series, or indeed the Hungary series from three years back, for now they are on my YT channel http://www.youtube.com/usenetposts and they’ll all be added here when I get to them.

Czech and Polish climate scientists just don’t get along – so who will be the right ones and who will be the wrong?


Gulf stream map

The North Atlantic's thermohaline circulation

 

Radio Praha, on their website http://www.radio.cz, published the following piece today which I allow myself to quote in order to comment on it below.
Czech meteorologists allay fears of Arctic winter

07-10-2010 14:18 | Daniela Lazarová

In recent days Italian and Polish forecasters have released reports suggesting that this winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years. The change is reportedly connected with the speed of the Gulf Stream which has allegedly slowed down in connection with the oil spill off the coast of Florida. Some scientists claim the stream will not be able to compensate the cold from Arctic winds –and according to their theory as the Gulf Stream wanes and eventually disappears Europe will have to brace for Arctic winters. Czech meteorologist Jan Pretel says this is utter nonsense: Read the rest of this entry

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