Monthly Archives: June 2021

Tom off Tots TV talks about Listening with PMS, and Alan does his Jade Goody reportage.


Original YT playout date: 7 January 2010
Duration: 2:363

It’s 23rd March 2009, Tommy and Fiona are in the studio, but it’s not long before the listeners take over the agenda – first off is Tom off Tots TV, asking why PRUK doesn’t do “”Listen with Mother””. But Fiona and Tommy are having none of this blatant sexism from the now extinct children’s TV puppet. But their tactics are not strictly ballroom! When Tom Ragdoll cites the research of Jean Piaget, Tommy tries to discredit Piaget’s findings and trick Tom off Tots TV into thinking the celebrated Swiss psychologist was a woman, and then to cap that he asks the blue-haired Tot to hold the line – at which point he dumps the call!

This is followed by a two-seconder from everyone’s favorite radio Spaniard, and then Alan Caddick takes up the cudgels to introduce the listening public to the phenomenon of Jade Goody. Which soon brings the subject back to maternal deprivation again, and Tommy voices his Theory on Marginally Improving Parenthood.
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Huliganov’s Philadelphia #5 – Meeting Mrs Merkel and a Pink Lady


Original YT playout date: 6 January 2010
Duration: 8:53

Here we see the bowling alley, the Union League, the inside of the Ritz Carlton and the journey from it to the airport, in the last of the series on Viktor’s visit to Philadelphia. It’s always nice to get the chance for an impromptu hobnob with one of Europe’s most important heads of state, that and a pink lady too was enough to go to anyone’s head in an evening’s entertainment.
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The Star Child – Сказка о Звездном Мальчике


Original YT playout date: 3 January 2010
Duration: 2:361

From the old soviet children’s film archives comes (thanks to my wife’s Belarus connexions) this well-known film based on a story by Oscar Wilde – the Star Child who drove away his mother, and then came to realise the enormity of what he had done. This is the whole film, in two parts of roughly equal length. Happy Russian Christmas! С Рождеством! (I put it up for Russian Christmas in January, a tradition time of year when this used to be televised).
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Кфтвщь Ыщтп Цшерщге Цщквыю


 

Original YT playout date: 29 July 2009
Duration: 2:360

Those of you familiar with the Russian keyboard will be able to work out what the heading says to this video. Let’s see who can decode it first in the comments.

I thought I had switched it back to English letters, and it wasn’t intentional, but then I thought it might be a bit of fun to leave it like that.

Anyway, here’s a bit more of the good old temporaneous music, mixed with footage for which I had no decent sound anyway. All very random…
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Thanks, China!


Original YT playout date: 31 December 2009
Duration: 1:53

Thank you for being yourselves, not getting pushed about like every other country.

Thank you for managing to feed and clothe one quarter of the human race in relative comfort, increasing greatly the standard of living of the average citizen of China, and, as such, the average human being on this planet.

Thank you for regarding with skepticism the directions western politicians seem to think we should go.

Thank you for being an alternative.

Thank you for being the host nation of the world’s largest ever Christian revival, and those of you that do not share the Christian faith, thank you for the relaxation of distrust towards Christian people. It is not necessarily a western faith – it is said some of the apostles reached China before the message ever set foot in Europe.

Please don’t judge ordinary British people on the statements of its government – if there were an election tomorrow, they would lose. If we were free to have a referendum on capital punishment for drug pushers, we’d probably vote for it.

Of the oil and other carbon resources that are left, you and other countries that had been less developed before (partly thanks to the British pushing of drugs there in previous centuries), have the same right as anyone else to buy and use them. You know as well as we do what will happen when they run out, and don’t need a lecture or bullying from the West on that score. Success in business for China has meant less success for us – let’s keep a sporting and a fair outlook on that. If we all do business in an ethical way then we can afford to be philosophical – win some, lose some, as the various inequities of wealth around this planet get sorted out by the free market economics you have come to gain mastery of.

Your ancient and complex culture is too hard for many of us to understand, whereas so many of you have learned our languages and understand us well. Help us to learn your language and civilisation, so that we can overcome our fear of each other and go forward as one human race into the future.”
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One of Tommy’s Best Ever Soliloquys (on Atlas Shrugged)


Original YT playout date: 29 December 2009
Duration: 28:21

Edited from the podcast of 10th March 2009. Which is where I am on the podcast catch up right now. It’s an open secret that “Connor” is actually none other than the Atlanta correspondent of “Downfall” fame doing a persona. Tommy gets very passionate and ranty, and although he has no callers in this show he lets himself go with the flow and we get some classic Boyd as a result.

 

Oddly I am actually listening only now to the audiobook of Atlas Shrugged after hearing it from Tommy Boyd 12 years previously. Its popularity is not dimishing and it is even more actual today than it ever was.

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O Christmas Tree!


Monday, June 21, 2021

Original YT playout date: 28 December 2009
Duration: 3:35

We’ve got three this year, one artifical one indoors, and two rooted ones in pots outdoors, one is a Serbian spruce and the other a Korean Spruce. But there’s also a black pine on the way, too small to qualify this year, though. This is just a little look at how the best of them, the Korean, looked with both snow and fairy lights on.
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Teaching the Bengal Cat a taste for human blood


Original YT playout date: 27 December 2009
Duration: 2:24

They will play fight with Pushkin even when he’s not in the mood, and that’s when he shows them who’s boss…

Good for him, I say. Not an ounce of sympathy from me if a cat scratches you!
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Calling Gawky Pants aka Fevzi the Gadget Detective


Original YT playout date: 27 December 2009
Duration: 15:43

Fevzi challenges Viktor Huliganov to sing into his copy of the groundbreaking voice recognition software Dragon Naturally Speaking by Nuance, with unexpected results!

Don’t forget to visit Fevzi’s site http://www.gadgetdetective.com where you can get free tech advice and find out which stations are currently carrying his show.
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Huliganov’s Philadelphia, part 4 – Philadelphia Ballet


Original YT playout date: 26 December 2009
Duration: 8:53

They took us for a special performance. This is just a taster of this. If you want a special ballet performance for your conference, wedding or bar-mitzvah, get in contact with the Phildelphia ballet.
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Relaxing on the Terrace


Original YT playout date: 25 December 2009
Duration: 18:59

A bit more footage from the terrace, from back in September 2009. It looks very different now. Most of the plants here didn’t go forward, the peonies were effectively annuals. The lilac is still alive, but even the dogwood went in the end, though I did last a good few years. The yuccas are still with us, the tamarisk not, or the roses. I think the junipers mainly lasted, but not even all of them.
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A Game of Chess


Original YT playout date: 25 December 2009
Duration: 14:50

Merry Christmas! Many young people around the world will open their presents this morning and find their very first chess set among the contents of their stockings, sleeping bags, or aerodrome windsocks that they leave out for their presents the night before. Eagerly, these kids search YouTube for some help in getting started with the Royal Game – and alight on this newly posted video. Here, they hope, they might find some help getting started with the game, get some tips for beginners, get something to sharpen there play. Well they might. But then again, which is far more likely, they might not. But a good time was had by all, anyway…

If you want to play turn based chess on line then the place I recommend is http://www.itsyourturn.com I’ve been a member there for about seven and a half years. My user name is Uncle Davey, so find me and give me a game there! You get to play a certain number of moves a day even without paying a cent, while the unlimited moves and ad-free environment is a very reasonable sub.
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