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Author Archives: David J. James

Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #16 – Eating in Kutahya


Original playout date: 29 March 2008
Duration: 5:33

Scenes from two fine meals, incorporating perfect Turkish hospitality, fine food, fine ceramic and football with Fenerbahce.

Black carrot juice with spices – a fine drink they should sell over here too. It sounds like I am saying “blackcurrant juice” but it is actually black carrots. Checking this out, I note that what this is is not a separate species, just the purple form which is actually the way they looked as they came into Europe in the tenth Century AD, along the silk road, while the orange version we know and love was only emerging in Afghanistan at around that time, and arrived some time later.

Carrots are one vegetable with quite interesting comparative etymologies, having clumps of similar words for them in similar languages, but these don’t really resemble one another. I hope to enlarge on that one day in a series of etymological articles.

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Tczew (1 of 2)


Original playout date: 29 March 2008
Duration: 14:59

I like Tczew, it’s the old German city of Dirschau, mention in Gunter Grass’s Tin Drum. I have spent quite a few nice times there.

I wasn’t sure if people would like my portrayal style as in Grudziadz another Northern Polish town with a German background, I got a lot of flack, but actualy the likes are 30 on this with only 2 dislikes.

The GPS machine seems to be taking me on a right wild goose chase, into someone’s yard instead of the centre of the town. Those were not exactly the days of google maps and the precision we now have, and that’s bad enough at times.
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Easter Sunday weigh in


Original playout date: 26 March 2008
Duration: 2:20

Although this video is essentially ephemeral in nature, my weight on a particular day, it does mark two important new things going on in my life in March 2008. It was my first serious weight-loss drive for years and the beginning of a drive for health with which I aimed to take part in the Warsaw Marathon six months down the line from now. You’ll see in due course what happened with that.

At the start of my health drive, which was back in the previous July, I had been 138.6 kgs, just short of 140, and by this time I had already got down to 126.3 at the start of the weightloss challenge on Playradio, and six weeks later I made it down to 124 kg. By September I was at 116 kg and then it started to go back up again, and of course one day I saw I was back only at 140 kg, the one inmportant difference being that I was a lot more physically active, so more of that weight was, proportionately, muscle than it had been in Summer 2007, probably my unhealthiest position ever.

The other thing here is Playradio UK, which was a great hobby while it lasted for me and many other members of the listening community with a number of whom we made good friendships. This weighloss challenge was among those in the community who wanted to lose a few kilos and it was won by Jason’s character with his “guween dwinks”, but who of course has faked the whole thing. But it was a great laugh. Soon you will see the shows all appearing on my channel.
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Huliganov’s Barcelona Experience #1 – Smoking is for morons


Original playout date: 23 March 2008
Duration: 16:48

Here we start a new “Huliganov’s Experience” series, this time in Barcelona, Spain. This is just the outward travel leg, you don’t see Spain at all in this first chapter.
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Cobra Cobra, mend my show!


Original playout date: 22 March 2008
Duration: 1:32

“There’s a fine nursery rhyme called “”cobbler cobbler””. The idea to mix this up with “”cobra, cobra”” came from my daughter Sophie when we were watching this clip of the snake, which is certainly doing the rounds here on YouTube. From what I can make out they must have milked the snake’s venom dry and also (from the way it is simply slapping with its chin when it strikes) taped the mouth shut with clear sticky tape.

I don’t really approve of the use of snakes in this form of entertainment, by the way – I’m just mining some humour out of the juxtaposition.”
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #10 “Gadebridge Park”


Monday, September 17, 2018

Original playout date: 21 March 2008
Duration: 9:33

This is a nice video dominated by the blue sky over Hemel hempstead which occasionally happenes and Gadebridge part, where I caught my first fish. Starting just about 400 metres from my childhood home, flows after into unbroken rural terrain going on through England.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #15 – Looking at Porcelain


Original playout date: 19 March 2008
Duration: 14:19

We went to Kutahya, the porcelain centre of Turkey to buy a business, and on the way I talk a bit about busines books and how they tend to be too positive and upbeat.
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Durham Town


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Original playout date: 19 March 2008
Duration: 3:16

I had done this one before as Peter Pączek, but this one only with the slightest Durham accent.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #9 “Another Walk”


Friday, September 14, 2018

Original playout date: 16 March 2008
Duration: 4:54

Today’s walk is Hemel Hempstead Railway Station and a further part of Boxmoor. We also visit my sister’s old house in Lewknor.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #14 – Ankara and the route west


Original playout date: 15 March 2008
Duration: 14:25

It’s the 14th part of Huliganov’s Turkish Experience series, and we go across country at surprising altitudes towards Kutahya. On the way we experience amazing Turkish hospitality
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Sweet Dream


 

Original playout date: 11 March 2008
Duration: 3:55

This is an original song composed by me way back whien I lived in Moscow and had a piano I could play every day. After breakfast in Wroclaw I was joined by my client while playing it and he kindly offered to film it for the channel. So here it once – the footage Marek took, and then another black and white version with the words added.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #8 “Not All Police Are Masons”


Original playout date: 8 March 2008
Duration: 6:01

We look at the memorial to Frank Mason, a police officer who tackled bank robbers while off duty. I don’t think Hemel Hempstead is properly documented without showing that some people here are like that.
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