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Swimming by Night (CUV)


Here we have the fourth in our French Holiday series from July 2010, near Tours. Here we see Sophie having a swim as it gets dark and she also gives voice to a couple of her favorite pieces.

One of the aspects here that didn’t show up too clearly were these huge stag beetles which were flying around. They only really put in a big appearance at dusk for about 15 minutes and then they were not in evidence – too dark for them to fly or at least be seen. But they make a racket also so we would have known if they were flying.

Swimming Self-taught


  

Production date: 6 July 2006
Playout date: 6/7/2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: WMM, subtitles.
Location: Home, terrace.
Soundtrack info: karaoke track of “Oh what a beautiful morning” from Oklahoma!
Languages used: English, Some Polish

This shows how Sophie used the paddling pool we had out that year to familiarise herself with water. She pretty much taught herself how to go under water and how to move in the water. She has had swimming lessons since, but the essentials she taught herself.

Bear necessities


Production date: 12 June 2006
Playout date: 16/6/2006
Camera: Logitech webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker
Location: Home, Ochota, Warszawa

How this got to over 1600 views is beyond me, it’s just a musical muckaround to calm down my daughter, who had woken in the night. One thing I can tell you from the stats is that almost all that was in the first two years – the second two years it has been up have had next to nothing. The line on the graph has gone flat.

It goes to show two things, I suppose. One is that YT is a bit of a lottery – a much better film which happens to be allocated less auspicious referral points will get fewer views than a purely incidental film which had no work in it. The second is that cute evidently counts for something, and using a Disney title can help. It would be interesting to see whether new life can be breathed into this film by using it a s a video response – the problem is that these days the vast majority of “heavy duty” content providers on YT are ignoring or rejecting video responses even for relevant videos, let alone speculative ones. Also it will be interesting to see if purely the act of placing this here on 3rd May 2010 has any impact on that flat line or not!

Sorry, purely nerdy spiel in this one, but it may interest you-tubers who also speculate on why some of their vids sink and others swim, or as in this case at first inexplicably swim, but then suddenly sink!

Keep it serious!


Another one of the earliest attempts to get old Soph performing for the camera. She’s five, and already has a great liking for the Phantom of the Opera.

We should revisit that sometime and see how far she’s come in four years – she still can’t keep a straight face, though. Jolly good thing, too.

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