Monthly Archives: September 2020

750th Video: Lech Wałęsa and Lech Balcerowicz – 20 years of Polish Freedom


Original YT playout date: 12 March 2009
Duration: 41:59

Warsaw Voice selected these two amazing people as joint winners of the chair of the two decades of Polish freedom, and 20 years also of the Warsaw Voice. This is the premier English language weekly in Poland. Lech Walesa and Leszek Balcerowicz need little if any introduction, and this great video, showing more of the evening and their speeches than was shown on TV, is a fine piece to place at the 3/4 spot in my collection here. We are three quarters of the way to the thousand videos goal I want to achieve before introducing some new ideas and formats. I hope Polish speakers will enjoy the speeches of the two great Polish heroes. I am aware that the sound level is not high enough, but I had to work with what I had. For non-Polish speakers, I hope you get a glimpse of what was a tremendous evening, one of my life’s highlights so far.
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Don’t miss the Grupa Strategia logo on the board at the back! We were sponsors of the event.

***Statistics and Credits***
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,539
Likes at the time added to HTV: 4
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 3
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 57.1%
Comments at time added: 0
Total interactions at time added: 7
Total interactions to views 0.5%
Location: At Europejski hotel
Other people featured: Lech Walesa, Lech Balcerowicz
Genre: Gala
Music used: Background only
Languages used: English, Polish,
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks: You cannot be in Poland for long before seeing important, historical people.

Radio Gold with Tommy Boyd


Original YT playout date: 11 March 2009
Duration: 24:38

A discussion with the talkradio guru about a number of topics: driving in Poland, surfeits of lampreys (it was Henry I by the way – I got the Henry bit right) Henry the Eighth, and about meeting Lech Walesa and Lech Balcerowicz. The video of the evening I’m talking about with Tommy is coming up as the next video and that’s going to be my 750th video, as it is a very special video. It’s rare to see those two giants of Polish politics on the same platform.
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Japanese Calligraphy


Original YT playout date: 11 March 2009
Duration: 50:40

Takahiro-san not only gave me a wonderful present of a fantastic set of classical writing implements from Japan, but also gave me the chance to learn and share with you the way to do Japanese calligraphy the traditional way.

I hope you enjoy this unique film in which this ancient and subtle art form is fully demonstrated.
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This may be crap but at least it’s MY crap…


Original YT playout date: 10 March 2009
Duration: 4:05

… well, mine and Antonin Dvorak’s. But with the current spate of warningless Warner warbler warrings against “”their”” music appearing in films, this is about all I dare to upload these days! So, grit your teeth and, em, “”enjoy”” my variations on a theme from Dvorak’s Rusalka.

Eat this, WMG!
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Huliganov belated monthly rant (November’s edition) Poolside thoughts on copyright…


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Original YT playout date: 9 March 2009
Duration: 11:44

I’m ranting about these pirates who ruin our creativity because they think theirs is the only one that counts. Usually it’s not the artist involved, but the ones who have put that artist in their pockets. As for themselves, they would not create anything, only make money from other people’s creations, and ruin people’s work who get in their way. That’s why they’re the real pirates here, and not the video creators.
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Tooth Won’t Go Back!


Original YT playout date: 8 March 2009
Duration: 1:09

“Little Tanya lost one her two front teeth, which can happen, when you’re a kid. She tries to put it back, but it won’t go back. She accepts this philosophically.

Unproduced digital camera footage. Little time for post-production at that time.
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Huliganov’s Cookery Show #3 – Lithuanian Sandwiches


Lithuanian sandwiches, Huliganov Cookery Show, culinary, Elena,

Original YT playout date: 8 March 2009
Duration: 6:42

Following on from the success of “Huliganov Salad” and “Streets of Philadelphia”, Viktor Huliganov showcases “Lithuanian sandwiches”, in which at least one element, the bread, actually comes from Lithuania and the other bits can easily be found there. Probably.

No Lithuanians were hurt in the making of this sandwich. No Lithuanians have probably ever actually eaten this sandwich. The latter may account for the former, and vice versa.

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Shouldn’t Poland be taking in more African refugees? Poland is a large EU country with a booming economy.


Last time I looked, Poland wasn’t the First Safe Country for any African country. Nor any Middle Eastern one. It is, however, First Safe Country for Ukraine, so in accordance with the relevant international treaty that is actually signed up to by our nations, namely the Dublin Accord, (as opposed to making new laws up as you go along, which is what some leaders in the EU, notably Merkel, have been doing) it accepts refugees from that country, and has done so far in excess of its duty, with about a million Ukrainians having benefited from an open door to Poland. And this in spite of Ukrainians having been responsible for some of the worst massacres against Poles in living memory. They are not exactly natural allies. In the main Ukrainians get on OK, and are popular, but there are those who need to keep their views to themselves as they would be quickly excoriated if they expressed Banderista tendencies in Poland.  As long as they treat the Poles as friends, it is reciprocated.

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We don’t need to import the desert – we’re the only EU country to have its own one! (Photo of Pustynia Błędowska by Manfred Rackelhuhn CC BY-SA 3.0)

As far as economic migrants are concerned there is no point in accepting these from Africa in a big lump but for sure there might be some who have skills we need, and indeed you do see Africans around, and I have been to a fine Nigerian doctor here in Warsaw, probably some of the people from Poland reading this post know who I mean, I will not embarrass him by naming him but there are several African doctors here and people like this man will always have an open door to Poland.

But they are also needed by their home countries, so accepting Africa’s best is not necessarily a brilliant moral high ground either.  Still, I do believe in freedom of movement for those who have talent and hard work. It is up to them, after that, what they do for their country of origin. On the one hand it seems unfair to drain the best brains from Nigeria, but on the other hand we can expect that among 200 million there will be some more with brains who would like to solve the considerable problems that country still has. Maybe a partnership between them and their countrymen and tribesmen resident in Europe and America will enable them to do more. I only hope the best for the Nigeria people as any African nation.

Now I should say clearly one more thing. Poland is not interested in allowing armies in. When Ukrainians come, we see couples, families, and singles of both sexes. When North Africans come we see men who ought to be fighting for their homes, not leaving women and children behind to fight us for our spaces, which they will go on to ruin because the sort of people who cannot make their own country right cannot make ours right either.

We’ve been told by al-Baghdadi and his baggy buddies that the refugee stream will contain trained jihadis but so far this threat doesn’t seem to have been taken seriously enough in Europe. I get “innocent till proven guilty” but when you consider that the people who have been barging into Europe have already broken multiple laws to get here and linked themselves up with gangs on insalubrious people, I think we would be justified in suspending that grand maxim of jurisprudence in the interests of the safety of those we already have in our part of the world who live peaceably and pay their taxes.

I will admit that it is a major headscratch to know how to distinguish jihadies from ordinary people, it is not like they walk around with “I’m a jihadi” written on their faces (they don’t do tattoos, that’s one thing I actually like about them), but the most serious agents are of course going to have like a “dispensation” to behave in a non-Islamic manner to avoid suspicion. Just because someone has a drink with you and enjoys a ham sandwich and is nowhere near the Masjid on a Friday night – it’s no guarantee, I’m afraid. On the other hand there are plenty in the Masjid who wouldn’t hurt a fly, and you can’t tell for sure who they are, either.

People used to say that Russians were like matryoshka dolls, with different levels that you peel off to get to the next one, but in my experience, Russians are “Israelites in whom there is no guile” in comparison with the sons of the desert. And Uighurs, I have heard it said, are like onions.

If people genuinely fleeing conflict need help in the First Safe Country for sure Poland will send aid commensurate with its economy and in accordance with what the law intends and not Mrs Merkel and her great solo performance of holiday help. Poland has footed its share of the bill for measures undertaken both in Turkey and in Greece. And Greece itself is only First Safe Country if you say that Turkey is unsafe. I think the jury may well be out on that one.

(First published on Quora by me and now rewritten given that the original answer, which was not as full as this one, received 1.6 thousand views and 72 upvotes.)

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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