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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #4 “The Last Highwayman”


Original playout date: 23 February 2008
Duration: 11:48

This visit to Boxmoor features reminiscences of Hemel Hempstead School, a rant-on-the-hoof about trends in education in Britain today, and a look at the story of the death of James Snook or Robert Snooks, as he called himself, the last highwayman to be sentenced to death in England just over 200 years ago in this place, for the theft of 500 pounds from His Majesty’s mails.

If they did that to modern-day spammers and phishers and identity fraudsters that would soon put the fear of God into them, but standards appear to have slipped irretrievably since good old Snooks’es day.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #3 “Grand Union Canal”


Original playout date: 23 February 2008
Duration: 9:17

Here is a mainly gallery piece following my recent walk from home to Kings Langley along the towpath of the historic Grand Union Canal, which has linked London and Birmingham since the days of the Industrial Revolution.

New developments seen on most of this, such as the Apsley marina, are all new and in my youth much of this part of the canal was derelict. Not everything in the UK has gone downhill – most of what I’ve photographed in this film is actually evidence of renewal and improvement, and we see how the prestigious canalside homes in some less known Hertfordshire places like Belswains Lane have lifestyles akin to such places as Grantchester or Henley, with prices to match, no doubt.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #11 – Fun with Fasil


Original playout date: 22 February 2008
Duration: 16:22

“Suyu gibi asiz ol!” This is another of my all time faves. With my good friends and colleagues from Istanbul. One of the evenings it would be so nice to go back and repeat.
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Russian Fun on the Train


Original playout date: 21 February 2008
Duration: 0:40

This is another of the times when I basically only provided a translation of some clip not available in English to give it a new lease of life. There were not such stringent copyright issues then as there are now, but still in the main owners of these things haven’t been that bothered unless they really wanted to to their own English versions, which for these sketches isn’t that likely as one cannot always guage the humour. Only very visual, almost slapstick styles of humour like Benny Hill, Mr Bean and Just for Laughs have really managed the world circuit. Jokes per se are often simply untranslateable, and at best they create a challenge to the translator, which is exactly why I like to play around with them.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #10 – Live at the Hippodrome


Original playout date: 18 February 2008
Duration: 10:53

It’s Sunday night live at the Hippodrome, but in this case the original hippodrome from Constantinople, along with other sights such as more of the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the “New mosque” which is new at 400 years old.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #2 “Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead”


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Original playout date: 18 February 2008
Duration: 16:18

The second in the series “Uncle Davey’s Herts Content” features a walk down Hemel Hempstead’s main street looking at the things which are reminders of the old days and new things that have arrived in the most recent times.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #9 – Architectural Turkish Delights!


Original playout date: 17 February 2008
Duration: 16:39

I remember this day in January 2016 as the first time I had walked a full 16 km since my youth. This corresponds o an early point in my now 11 year attempt to lose weight and gain strength in walking, which has been an up and down journey, but which has probably enabled me to live this long, as I was not in a good state before, unable to walk many kilometres, even just a few months prior to this.

Here are some of the lovey things I saw in the earlier part of that day after the church visit I had in the morning.
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Pushkin’s Post-castration Video


Original playout date: 16 February 2008
Duration: 4:07

Anyone who has pets and needs to get them neutered or castrated might be surprised to see sexual behaviours still linger after the mechanisms driving such behaviours have been set aside.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #8 – Chalcedon visit


Original playout date: 16 February 2008
Duration: 17:41

The eighth in the Huliganov’s Turkish Experience series. I visit the Church in Chalcedon, or Kaddikoy, where the church had a major council in the fourth century. The style has changed since then, but certain things don’t change…
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #1 “Herts is where the home is”


Original playout date: 16 February 2008
Duration: 1:04

This is London, London calling, viewed from a plane as I take Sophie to Hemel Hempstead to see her grandparents and the by-product of this is a whole new series – Uncle Davey’s Herts Content – although admittedly it’s not all in Hertfordshire, this series.
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400th Video – My Valentine Card to Elena


Original playout date: 16 February 2008
Duration: 9:29

This was the 400th video on my channel and also the 2008 Valentines Day, so I made this composition from all our wedding photos. They were taken in fact by three different people but arranged in chronological order here.
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Pushkin’s Pre-castration video


Original playout date: 9 February 2008
Duration: 2:38

If you have an uncastrated male cat then after about eight months, they are going to get into musth, and then they are very frustrated if they can’t go out in search of females. Pushkin was lietrally climbing up the walls to get out of here just to try to find the female cats he could smell on the breeze. Castration is a mercy to a cat if he is not going to breed. It is also part of a contract if you don’t pay the pedigree price.
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