Category Archives: My Wife

The Huliganovs do Bollywood!


Playout date: 6 May 2007
Duration: 6:43

It was the time when Richard Gere and Shilpa Shetty fell foul of the Indian authorities for a public kiss, so my wife and I decided to celebrate Bollywood with our very own version of “Dil Hai tumhaara”
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Unrecommendation # 1 Amica dishwashers (Polish)


Playout date: 6 April 2007
Duration: 2:38

This is an unrecommendation video for Amica dishwashers, because we regretted the purchase of this, having had endless problems with it, 5 service calls in two years, often to no effect. Read the rest of this entry

RL102-4 part 2


Playout date: 25 February 2007
Duration: 10:40
Views at the time added to HTV: 16,934
Likes at the time added to HTV: 107
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 99.1%
Comments at time added: 30
Total interactions at time added: 138
Total interactions to views 0.8%
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Home
Other people featured: Elena
Genre: Lesson
Music used: To ne veter vetku klonit
Languages used: Russian, English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Today’s lessons is about 1a verbs, adverbs and vocabulary building.

I am joined by my lovely wife looking suitably sad in the very sad Russian song “It’s not the wind that bends the bough”.

You’re my best friend


Playout date: 13 February 2007
Duration: 6:55
Views at the time added to HTV: 8,836
Likes at the time added to HTV: 23
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 8
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 74.2%
Comments at time added: 8
Total interactions at time added: 39
Total interactions to views 0.4%
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Home
Other people featured: Ken Bankston
Genre: Intro’d song
Music used: “You’re my best friend”
Languages used: English and Russian
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

One of my viewers, Uptodat, asked for a Don Williams number, but when I heard this I knew it was one I wanted to dedicate to Elena, and you will see some of our wedding photos in a gallery.

Thanks to my Hawaiian and Californian buddy, Ken Bankston, a super musician, provided the guitar and a backing vocal for this. I also play the mouth organ a little in it, and translate one verse in Russian.

Quote of the clip: “I’m always hungry”

Christmas Dinner Report


Playout date: 31 December 2006
Duration: 7:30
Views at the time added to HTV: 494
Likes at the time added to HTV: 5
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 8
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 38.5%
Comments at time added: 1
Total interactions at time added: 14
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: Elena, Tatyana, Sophie, George
Genre: Family
Music used: Some Polish carols from the TV
Languages used: English, Polish
Animals/plants featured: None, but decorated buckthorn and pyracanthus in background.
Other remarks:

Just the atmosphere of Christmas dinner 2006 in our house. The herding together of reluctant kids and the pre-food prayer.

Christmas Tree Decorating Timelapse


Playout date: 10 December 2006
Duration: 11:03
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,614
Likes at the time added to HTV: 7
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 13
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 35.0%
Comments at time added: 7
Total interactions at time added: 27
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Home
Other people featured: Family
Genre: Family
Music used: White Christmas, and several other Christmas songs
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Plastic fir tree
Other remarks:

This was still very much in my experimental phase of making videos. We have a sped up putting together of the tree as we used to do it, with the voices of our family sped up with the actions. At the same time some Christmas music. You can hear our singing sped up. That’s how we always were, singing to each other and playing instruments the whole time. And Tatyana bouncing around. Such sweet kids.

To Elena – the woman I love


Playout date: 2 November 2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Various
Other people featured: My wife, Elena
Genre: Gallery type (based on photographs)
Music used: Okoldovana, ocharovana’ by St Petersburg. Aka “Dragotsennaya ty moya zhenshchina”.
Languages used: Russian
Animals featured: None

This was my 100th video, and so I wanted to mark it out in a special way, and nothing is more special to me than my wife, and therefore it was a natural thing to do to dedicate this film to her, and to show my viewers a few of the photos I’ve taken of her over the years.

The music playing in the background is one of my wife’s favourite Russian songs, by the group Sankt Peterburg. The song’s title “Dragotsennaya Ty moya zhenshchina” . This means my precious woman, so I thought it was appropriate.

This is a gallery type video intended to showcase photography, but some of these shots were done by friends.

Snow flurries


Playout date: 2 November 2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: my wife, Elena
Genre: Family, Song acapello, minimal intro
Music used: Acapello rendition of ‘Vdol’ po ulitse, aka “Snow flurries”
Languages used: Russian, English
Animals featured: None

This video was made as a response to Kenbank, one of my first subbers and a good YT friend.  Ken had made a video singing the Russian staple “snow flurries”, or “Vdol’ po ulitse metelitsa metyot”, and since on that particular morning, despite it being only 2nd November, we did indeed have snow flurries out on our terrace, I decided to sing the song a cappella, showing an example of snow flurrying, as it were, while I did it!

Count von Weytzentrenner’s Oktoberfest appeal to North Korea


Playout date: 7 October 2006
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: WMM
Location: Home
Other people featured: My wife
Genre: Comedy
Music used: A little “Lano Moje” in the intro
Languages used: English, German
Animals featured: None

Oktoberfest is, for Germans, one of the most important dates in the Christian calendar, but while drinking copious amounts of alcohol and swaying from side to side, spare a thought for the North Koreans, and  their leader King John the second, who needs to give up his weapons testing. Count Sproey von Weytzentrenner has no truck with Communists, and is sure that King John of Korea feels likewise, and sings him “Born Free” in a hamster’s voice, accompanied on the beerstein.

Watching this I can’t help feeling a lot of reminiscence as it was only 5 years ago but still my wife was able to walk freely around the home without crutches. How fine she looks in this video.

Monty the ginger cat not reacting to Colonel Bogey


Playout date: 7 October 2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: None
Location: Hemel Hempstead
Other people featured: My wife and my dad
Genre: Cat film
Music used: A whistled version of Colonel Bogey (Creative commons)
Languages used: English
Animals featured: Monty the ginger cat

I used to be able to make my old cat come by whistling Colonel Bogey like this, but Monty was a one-man cat, and could only be summoned by my father. He was at first my sister’s cat, but when she started to live with her later husband, the cat needed a new home as like most young people these days he is an allergist for cats.

Unfortunately Monty passed away a couple of years back, having lived about 17 years, which is a ripe old age. His presence lives on a bit in the house in a way. I still go gingerly into the kitchen when the light is out from having needed to do so before in order not to walk into him.

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