The rooks, the horse, the cat and the snowman


Original YT playout date: 3 March 2009
Duration: 14:18

The rooks come home to rest, and I take my kids to their horse therapy. Later on we see our balcony snowman and discuss how the comments of a few morons led to my needing to take down a successful film. Between these morons on the one hand and morons like Warners on the other, I am losing material these days almost as fast as I can put it up.
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Puławska Street and politics


Original YT playout date: 2 March 2009
Duration: 19:02

We have a drive through Mokotow and the talk turns to politics…
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Lessons from Grandma


Original YT playout date: 1 March 2009
Duration: 34:24

Sophie learns knitting and scone making, two traditional crafts handed down in England from grandmothers to grandchildren.
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Goldylists and the Three Learners


Original YT playout date: 1 March 2009
Duration: 4:20

We take a sneak peek at three goldlists in progress, just to show that this is a living system, in use to learn languages for a variety of learners.
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Daveynory – Jimmy and the Pink Diamond – Part 10/10


 

Original YT playout date: 1 March 2009
Duration: 10:56

We reach the end of the charming children’s story of Jimmy the cat and his Russian raven friends, by Lee Delehanty
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Berko Revisited


Original YT playout date: 28 February 2009
Duration: 14:26

It’s Berkhamsted revisited, on a request by a disgruntled resident of that town, who didn’t like my last footage.
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Cheryl from Manitoba asks about the GoldList Method


Original YT playout date: 28 February 2009
Duration: 1:14:13

Cheryl from Manitoba in Canada gives 5 great questions about the Gold List method which will certainly help people who are using the method and still have uncertainties about its application.

Some of these ideas are of course superseded and the best thing that you can do is look at the GoldList Method section in the navigation at the top of this site, and soon anyway the Guidebook is coming out.
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Japanese friend in Warsaw


Original YT playout date: 24 February 2009
Duration: 24:49

Here is a day spent in the company of Takahiro Kajiura, an intelligent and cultured gentleman from the land of the flowering cherry.

I used for the background the song Ue o muite arukō, also known as Sukiyaki, by Kyu Sakamoto. This is a song I remembered from earliest childhood, which Takahiro-san helped me to identify.

上を向いて歩こう
Ue o muite arukō
I shall walk looking up

涙がこぼれないように
namida ga kobore nai yō ni
So that my tears won’t fall

思い出す春の日
Omoidasu haru no hi
Remembering Spring days

一人ぼっちの夜
Hitori bocchi no yoru
On this lonely night.
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For those who would like to access the Excel template for the GoldList Method


That can be done here.

Enjoy.

Bovingdon Revisited


Original YT playout date: 23 February 2009
Duration: 23:27

More footage from my recent visit to the UK. We have fun in the car.
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Poland (original composition)


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Original YT playout date: 22 February 2009
Duration: 4:50

An original song written by me (words and music) in 2002, while not living in Poland. Since then I moved back, and so I don’t think of singing this song of missing Poland so much, as obviously I’m here. This is a call home to all the emigres with their qualifications doing work which is punching well below their strength in countries they think are richer. I’d remind you of the words of Denver, where he talks about a man who “said he’d be a poor man, if he never saw an eagle fly”.

Lyrics:

I am singing this song
For the place where I long
to be. That’s Poland

Life is wonderful there
In the sweet forest air
That’s free, in Poland.

In the valleys of Wisla and Bug,
Nature’s beauty wherever you look.
There is plenty and peace
In this new land of ease
For me, in Poland.

Here are the chords:

C
a
eG
C
a
d G7
a e
d G G7
d C
a
e G C
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On Not Meeting Konwicki


Original YT playout date: 19 February 2009
Duration: 15:26

This living legend of literature was signing his book right next to my office, and as a literary person I wanted to go along and meet this figurehead letterhead. Unfortunately, all the other budding literati had the same notion, and the crowds of cultural vulturals descended on Wiejska Street in such force that I could not get anywhere near the great man.
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