Monthly Archives: June 2021

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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Huliganov and Friends Christmas Variety Show


Original YT playout date: 24 December 2009
Duration: 19:50

“The show that is so dire that I would not dare to show it at any other time of year, although this is actually being reblogged on HTV in the middle of Summer.

You may be wondering where the Christmas Linguistic Quiz is, but owing to the fact that I had a strike earlier, which meant I went on strike, I didn’t do the preparation for that one early enough, which means we’ll roll over the prize money accruing on http://www.oioioio,com for next time. There’s very little there so far anyway. So I decided just to chuck together a few things that haven’t been played out yet some of which I recorded in the first half of 2008 and wasn’t sure whether to play out at all!

Maybe some people will find something to amuse them in there somewhere…”
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Russian humour – Stairwells and Sleeper Carriages…


Original YT playout date: 24 December 2009
Duration: 1:45

These two short sketches from a Russian production company have been shown quite a bit in YouTube but never yet have they been adequately subtitled for a wider audience. As part of my quest to help people gain an understanding of the Russia psyche and Russian humour, here is a version subtitled by me, for your viewing pleasure.

To see much more of this sort of thing, go to this chap’s channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/bahitkilibaev. As far as I know he owns the stuff, but I just wanted to give it a more adequate translation and thus broaden the audience for a couple of sketches. He has several hundred sketches, so Russian learners looking for things a bit more ribald (and I have had numerous requests for this) will find plenty of material on his channel.
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