Category Archives: Family fun

Me mucking about with the family.

Ordinary Life


Original YT playout date: 14 February 2010
Duration: 17:46

This is just a few bits of early January footage left from my old Vado (these days I’m filming mainly on the new HD Vado). These bits were left over, but what they show is just some glimpses of very ordinary moments in the family and driving from work, etc. From this point on the “out and about” video is mainly going to be done with the new HD cam, although I may well press the old Vado into service when needed…
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The World According to Irina


Original YT playout date: 7 February 2010
Duration: 1:26:04

This was the footage on my sister-in-law’s mobile phone after she needed to clear it off after having it with her all the time and taking photos and films with it from time to time. It includes our family here in Warsaw, my wife’s and her family in a small farm in deepest Belarussia, and some footage from her final class at school in Warsaw and the fun she had with her classmates then and also on New Year’s with fireworks. In the main it’s Christmas 2008- Summer 2009 footage. I did a tiny bit of post-production and added some music on, but in the main it’s not my film, it’s the world according to Irina.
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Fledglings Sledging


Original YT playout date: 6 February 2010
Duration: 22:52

For those of you who come from the other side of the Atlantic, you may not understand what I say when I say sledging. It is the way we say “”sledding””. I don’t know how the “”-edge”” part dropped out of the American way, but to the best of my knowledge we have the edge on you there.

There are many words which do end in -ed which would sound funny if you replaced the -ed with -edge, though. Imagine going to somebody’d wedging, for instance. “With this ring, I thee wedge” – well they can be a tight fit. And it could be true in a sense in some cases, where no wedging had happened prior to the ceremony.

Anyhow, this is how New Years Day 2010 looked for our family…
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HNY 2010


Original YT playout date: 3 February 2010
Duration: 10:46

The Dawn of a new Decade. Weighing in at 134 kgs these eleven and a half years ago, and this week I think I have about the same weight, but I am in ketosis so I expect to drop a bit soon.
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Christmas 2009 – the grand unwrappening of giftes


Original YT playout date: 31 January 2010
Duration: 44:30

It’s that time of year, so we get around the tree and get opening the presents. But of course we remember the greatest gift of all. That usurper Santa Claus has no place in our household, we know that we are giving each other presents to celebrate that God Himself came into the world in human flesh to save us.
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Love and Grumpiness, or, the Pre-Christmas Spirit – with fine poem wot I wrote.


Original YT playout date: 30 January 2010
Duration: 25:22

“Twas the week before Christmas, and all round the town
Uncle Davey found things that were making him frown
The carp were all stuffed in a tank full of piss
Thinking “even the frying pan’s better than this”
With soap suds and fungus – a piteous sight!
(But I show the way to keep catfish aright)
With incomplete sets and confusing intentions
The products for children’s gifts needed a mention
Just one dwarf per set, while the picture showed seven
May these toy makers get their reward in heaven!
No Happy, No Sneezy, Ach, Donner und Blitzen
Das ganze Ding war nur ein Krock von Schitzen
Thought up by some in-Doc-trinated numpty
To catch out the Dopey, but make the rest Grumpy!
Just boxes of cons were the toys on store shelves
While the queues for a tire change were tiring themselves
With temperatures minus fourteen, and the rest
You wouldn’t want to be out improperly dressed.
Fine folk of goodwill bearing Dortmund plates
Parked up for a while in the invalid space
No badge they did show, and the mother jumped out
Like a sprite, disability strongly in doubt
So they got named and shamed and blamed and inflamed
But let us just pray that they do not get lamed.
For the real needy not one ounce of consideration
But no balls to get out and make confrontation!
But I heard her exclaim as I strolled out of sight
“You can’t film me, man, for I know my rights.”
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Sunset with migrating starlings and the beginnings of a tornado


Original YT playout date: 16 January 2010
Duration: 5:49

This interesting sky was filmed on my drive home last year one November evening. The song is a composition of mine which doesn’t have words yet, but I am thinking about plum trees with white blossom on, seen across the plain of a river in spring flood. If anyone wants to turn that into a lyric, be my guest. After that we have a fairly random scene where Sophie starts to do one of her extemporaneous “stories” while we are waiting for our takeaway to be ready. I’m not sure that what you see in the sky is really the beginning of a tornado, but at first glance it sort of looked like one. Not sure how else something like that would be there just on its own like that …
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One Highly Defined Saturday


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Original YT playout date: 16 January 2010
Duration: 13:25

A reminder of what my Saturdays used to look like all those years ago.
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Huli Bit Me (Charlie autotune remix muckaround)


Original YT playout date: 9 January 2010
Duration: 1:25

Yes indeed, it’s another blatant bandwagon jump by Usenetposts Channel, as we do another remix of the famous “Charlie Bit My Finger” viral. I fully expect this to go every single bit as viral as all the other Charlie bandwagon jumpers have, and if not, I’ll jolly well want to know why!
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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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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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