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Pool Concert (CUV)


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We’re continuing the footage from our 2010 summer holiday, which is only now, six months later, appearing on YouTube – such being the effects of the new “hundred rule” I’ve implemented. At least we have a bit of summer in winter time.

In this video my aunty and uncle appeared from several hours drive further south in France where they live and stayed a few days. Sophie decided to give a bit of a concert in the pool and some feats of swimming.

And here’s the result.

OK, Poll time. You heard some Abba on this, and you could see how it bridges three generations. Now the question:

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.

First day back flamingo


   
 
 

Playout date:    12 September 2006
Location:    Home
Other people featured: Sophie
Music used:    None
Languages used:    English
Animals featured:    None

This is 44 seconds of cuteness that still gives all of us a warm feeling. She didn’t want to be a schoolgirl, she wanted to be a flamingo. Quite right too.

Rollerblade Lesson


 
 
 

Video number in my collection 68
Production date:    23 July 2006
Playout date:    23 July 2006
Camera:    Logitech Webcam
Post Production:    Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location:    Home on the terrace
Genre: Family
Soundtrack info:    None, just ambient noises
Languages used:    Russian
Animals featured:    None
Date added here: 26 September 2010
Number of days this video was up at time of posting: 1 526
Number of views at time of posting: 2 638
Number of views per day: 1,7
Number of comments at time of posting (don’t forget to click through to read the comments!): 3
Comments per thousand views: 1,1
Likes at time of posting: 2
Dislikes at time of posting: 2
Likes to dislikes ratio: 1,0
Votes per thousand views: 1,5
Ratio of comments to votes: 75%

 

 Just a nice simple video of a sunny morning and Sophie’s time in 2006 with her cousin Vika from Belarus. She was staying with Sophie over the Summer. Irina is teaching the girls to rollerblade, but they are falling about all over the place.

A Day Out at Warsaw zoo


 

Production date: 6 July 2006
Playout date: 6/7/2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: WMM
Location: Warsaw Zoo.
Soundtrack info: Mokotow Cocktails “Swing low, sweet chariot”

This was a lovely day for me, as for the first time I managed to get all my daughters together for a day out (first and second marriages) and we went to Warsaw zoo. This is a memento of that trip.

The singing in the background was a covert recording at a practice session of the Mokotow Cocktails, and is not as finely-honed as they would normally do for performance, but I think it sounds very nice anyway, and in some places I managed to hang some images around the words of the song.

The Mokotow Cocktails were a choir in Warsaw which existed in the mid 2000s, but disbanded after the director of the choir, David B (the male voice you can hear with mine on the track) had to leave Poland as his wife was a diplomat and sent for another country posting. (I won’t use the surname because the place they went onto is somewhere I’d call less safe than Poland). Elena and I greatly enjoyed being part of it for some months towards the end. But alas, the pleasure was not destined to continue for long.

Sometimes Daddy says “bloody”…



This is a break from the comedy and music I’d been filming around that time, just to catch a very simple memory – Sophie lost her first milk tooth, but of course by now she’s lost nearly all of them. I don’t have any video, photos or anything of my milk teeth. I remember saving them but evidently I must have lost them somewhere along the line – probably someone gave them to Madoff or something. Anyway, we relive our own kiddywinkyhoods in our children, so at least I got this wobbly tooth down for posterity.

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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