Monthly Archives: December 2020

Prague Vlog #1 – New paths of life for me. New job, new city.


Original YT playout date: 13 June 2009
Duration: 9:09

 

It’s the last day of a decade and fittingly thus is the first in a series called my prague vlogs, which show a time in my life which started actually 11 years ago and lasted about 4 years when I was regularly coming to Prague. The Prague Vlog series is more than one hundred parts and diarises that interesting time in my life.

 

Enjoy!

 

Original blurb: As I’m a lot more in the Czech Republic these days, and in honour of a youtube friend who used to do fantastic Prague vlogs when she lived here (see the channel Praguevlogg) I’m calling the series of films I’ll be doing while around this city my “Prague vlogs”. This is the first of them, a brief one just taking a peek at some of the touristy bits around the centre, the astronomical clock and the old town square with Tyn Church in the background.

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Huliganov doth Shakespeare


Original YT playout date: 31 May 2009
Duration: 15:25

Teaching Sophie the famous balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet.
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Dresden


Original YT playout date: 24 May 2009
Duration: 43:02

This film is the first in a new era, after joining Baker Tilly and setting up in the Czech Republic. We are going to the Czech Republic, also Dresden to meet the team, as well as meet the German Baker Tillians who have lots of work for the Czech firm. Or so they claimed. This Dresden film went up before any of my 100+ Prague Vlogs, to follow.

 

I think it’s quite appropriate that I am moving into showing this new era, the second third, if you like, of my YouTube content, in this new decade. Some people call it the new decade from last year, when 2019 becomes 2020, others say that there was no year zero therefore year 1 to year 10 was the first decade. OK, when it’s 2019 I like to maximise my motivation then, and when it’s the end of 2020 I like to maximise my emotion now. I have more reasons, which I will not rehearse here, to say that I like the 2020 end and 2021 start decade theory. It all goes back to what I was doing at midnight on 31st December 2000, and a decision I made then which I am very happy I made. I didn’t cross the Elba that night, but I did cross three important rivers – the Vistula, the Odra and the personal Rubicon.
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La Voix


Original YT playout date: 17 May 2009
Duration: 3:13

“Move over, Malena Ernman! Little eight-year old Sophie is gonna re-set the whole standard for the singing of La Voix, the Swedish entry to this year’s Eurovision song contest. I thought this was the best entry, although I have to give kudos to Alexandr Rybak who wrote and performed his own winning entry for Norway, despite actually being Belarussian.

No more “”Norvege, nul points”” this year. Rybak’s entry had an record breaking score (helped no doubt by the fact that there are now 42 voting countries, not just 18 or so like when ah were a lad). Still, I was sorry to see Sweden’s siren only about half way down the scoreboard when all 42 countries had given their verdicts.

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A drive along the Vistula reservoir


Original YT playout date: 13 May 2009
Duration: 36:27

Between Wloclawek and Plock the Vistula broadens. We ride the road you can see on the map to the south of this lake. I keep up the usual running commentary.
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Video # 800 – Huliganov’s Moscow Eurovision Victory Parade Rant


Original YT playout date: 10 May 2009
Duration: 18:30

Our time, it’s our time, as the Russian song says. This was indeed my 800th video ever, so this marks one third of the task of putting all the channel up onto Huliganov.TV

Hopefully the next third will be done a bit quicker, as this on its own has taken a long time. Eleven years and one month, to be precise. That was eleven years to upload three years’ worth of video, but maybe it will take just three years to upload eleven year’s worth of video? Let’s see! Sounds like a plan, though…
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Tczewing it over


Original YT playout date: 9 May 2009
Duration: 13:24

“I thought of “”Tczew revisited”” for the title of this, but I already had several other town videos named “”Name-of-town Revisited”” and I can’t go overdoing that just because Brideshead Revisited, that good in parts novel by Evelyn Waugh, has recently hit the silver screen.

So I just had to go and think of another outrageous piece of interlingual wordplay for the title here, but basically what is going on is a look back at Tczew one year on from the old Tczew videos. This was done in a single take, without switching the Vado off even once, and with no cuts at all in postproduction either.

Unfortunately the new gallery which looked so promising on my last visit was nowhere to be seen.”
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Splash! How to dive into a pool


Original YT playout date: 6 May 2009
Duration: 2:01

A diving lesson at Sophie’s swimming class
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A view of Gdansk – Oliwa


Original YT playout date: 3 May 2009
Duration: 25:53

“Are we human?” asks the well-known popular song, “…or are we Gdanskers?” In this video we see the human geography and the natural beauty blend perfectly in this overview of Gdansk Oliwa from the old German army watchtower point, and then wandering around the Oliwa Park, and finally walking it (7 kms) to the shore of the Baltic Sea. At the end you can see some shots from a wonderful Mexican restaurant I ended up in. The food was tremendous, the decor and service impeccable, so I can definitely recommend that.
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Scenes from Domestic Life


Original YT playout date: 2 May 2009
Duration: 8:24

Some images from the balcony before the plants start to recover from the winter.
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A Slice of Katowice


Original YT playout date: 2 May 2009
Duration: 7:40

We drive through part of this city in rush-hour. We don’t see the centre, but we drive past one or two of the “icons” of this famous industrial city.
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Musings from the road at sunset


Original YT playout date: 1 May 2009
Duration: 8:06

Featuring thoughts on applying the GoldList Method to the learning of poety, a presentation of Wordsworth’s “”Daffodils”” and whether man’s release of chemicals into the sky has affected the natural world much or not.

You might say “”why get sidetracked onto daffodils when there aren’t any there?””. Ah, but that’s precisely the *point* of the poem, isn’t it?
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