Category Archives: My Wife

Holiday in Alsace #12/12 – The journey home


Original playout date: 8 December 2007
Duration: 13:17

Yes, we’ve reached the 12th and final part of the Alsace holiday saga, and I hope that you enjoy the road trip shots, the rare photo of my wife as a 19 year old, the impromptu Borat impersonation and the music of the UK Mr Big (NB not the same as the US group of the same name) and the full version of the song which has started each episode of this series, namely “Ne me quitte pas” by Brel, a song that launched many translations such as Shirley Bassey’s “if you go away” in the 1950s but none of them come in my opinion anywhere near the original, which must be in the top ten French language songs of all time.
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You raise me up


Original playout date: 7 December 2007
Duration: 5:11

This was, had been, a delightful rendition of “you raise me up” sang with my wife joining in the end. Unfortunately Mr Groban’s label are a bunch of money-groban pigs who grobbed the audio track. I replaced it with something because I was forced to, but of course it is not the same, and people are grabbing the ad money for that one now anyway, which was not what was promised at the time. I got done many times with the ridiculous rigmarole around music, even buying commercial music with licenses didn’t help and even composing my own was no guarantee, it is nuts, I’m telling you.
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Holiday in Alsace #11/12 – Gallery shots of Colmar and Keysersberg


Original playout date: 4 December 2007
Duration: 7:43

There was me thinking nobody is ever going to be bothered over property rights for a song form Armenia called Pnjlik Mnjlik by a gent called Arsen Grigoryan. How wrong I was, the video has got a claim but fair play to Arsen it plays on. He gets all the money because we all know only the music is important in a video, not the image, that’s why it’s called video, but OK. Better than the vandalism I suffered on many of my vids and then got called on copyright for the “free” tune anyway, a little later.
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Alsace holiday #10/12 – Colmar by Street Train


Original playout date: 25 November 2007
Duration: 9:55

I still remember this lovely day with my parents and Sophie and Tanya as teenies. Lovely to hear their voices. We take a street train through the lovely town of Colmar in Alsace together.
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Random Clips – a video scrapbook


Original playout date: 7 November 2007
Duration: 3:38

This is only 88 views after 11 years of existence. And yet, it has meaning for me, and is even a very nice one, if only for the images of my dearly departed mother and father enjoying themselves with us, and Simona calling Sophie “the most beautiful child in the world”, which of course was before she got to know her ;-).

Yes, all in all probably one of the nicer “Random clips” videos I have done. I have a few of these, ones which have nice little bits of footage that don’t really fit an ordinary film.
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Alsace holiday #9/12 – Strasbourg


Original playout date: 31 October 2007
Duration: 14:25

A boat trip through Strasbourg seeing what our money has been spent on in the EU is how we spend the 9th and penultimate episode of the Alsace series.
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Alsace holiday #8/12 – Miscellaneous Holiday Fun


Original playout date: 27 October 2007
Duration: 9:48

Just some leftover clips from the Alsace holiday, such as Sophie looking like a puffin while puffin’ and blowing. Very cute.
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Weekend in the Beskid Mountains


Original playout date: 26 October 2007
Duration: 13:15

“We had a little weekend in June away in the southern part of Silesia, in Szczyrk and here you can see glimpses of what we did and what we saw.

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Holiday in Alsace #6 – Schwarzwald – The Black Forest


Original playout date: 14 September 2007
Duration: 14:18

One advantage of holidaying in Alsace is that you don’t only have the Vosges mountains of France to visit, but also just across the river Rhein is Germany and the Black Forest, so we took a day trip there.

Black Forest gateau, did we manage to find it? Watch to find out…
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Berlin evening with friends


Original playout date: 14 September 2007
Duration: 15:01

After the 7/7/07 meeting, which was shown on an earlier video (I’ll make this a video response to that one) we went back to our friends from Berlin who had invited us to stay and they showed us – and via camera you the viewers – around the much changed and ever interesting city of Berlin by road.

This probably has one of the highest number of languages in it as we are speaking English, German and Russian and then there is Schuberts Heidenroeslein in Japanese, selected as this is a song the German version of which is a party piece sometimes delivered by our dear friend Dr Peter Heinemann, featured here, when in the right mood.
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Choosing a Bengal Cat これは 猫です


Original playout date: 10 September 2007
Duration: 11:43

A collection of fine thoroughbred Bengals. We decided in the end for Pushkin, the marbled brown four month kitten you see in the frame at 10:40, and reserved him, but I am still hoping for comments and advice from bengal cat cognoscenti. Two weeks later Pushkin came to our home and 10 and a half years later he is still here enjoying himself. I have added a category under family members for Pushkin and this is the first one as it’s the first time he ever appeared on a film, as this is where we meet him for the first time, the guy who sleeps on our bed every night.
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Top of the World – For Elena on 8th March


Original playout date: 26 August 2007
Duration: 3:01

I sing the Carpenters’ classic. This technique of fading photos in and out is not as easy as it looks on Windows Movie Maker, and this is the first time I’ve used the technique.
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