Category Archives: Sophie

Sophie James is the star of this show!

Winter fun on the fort


Original YT playout date: 19 January 2009
Duration: 11:07

Raclawicka Fort, the former entrance to Warsaw in the time of the second world war, and now mainly used for sledging in the winter season, that’s the location for this splendid winter afternoon’s fun in the snow.
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Morning Musical Muckaround


Original YT playout date: 17 January 2009
Duration: 27:38

“A fairly typical weekend morning in our house, with me not managing to get out of my pyjamas before being comandeered for an impromptu singing of kiddie karaoke without the words to hand.

Still, it’s all fun. Hope you enjoy.”
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Nick Coppernickers and the Solar Systers


Original YT playout date: 13 January 2009
Duration: 8:20

Mickolas or Nickolas Coppernickers is the name of the Polish dude from Torun who spoke Latin and German and maybe Polish too, and who discovered the solar system and got told off by the Catholic church for getting above himself. His monument is round the corner from where George went to hospital for his rotovirus, and we went to visit him.
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Family Christmas 2008 (Polish and English traditions fused)


Original YT playout date: 4 January 2009
Duration: 18:24

“Better get this one off before the end of the 12 days. It shows our family Christmas, which has Polish and Russian traditions on Christmas Eve, and then the English Christmas dinner on Christmas Day.

Don’t miss the “”poor man’s stop-motion”” played out in one of the Christmas presents in the second half of the film!”
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Rising Artists in Warsaw


Original YT playout date: 2 January 2009
Duration: 1:04:45

The original title of this video was going to be Vernisage. You can still see that at the beginning.

I took Sophie, who seems to have something of an artist’s eye, to this exhibition of work made by an association of rising artists in Warsaw.

In these days where shares and investment schemes are a joke, where even real estate is down 30% or more, what are you going to invest in? Gold? They’re making it right now in the Hadron collider! (You didn’t think they switched it off for six months after a single day’s work after spending all that money did you? It’s not for nothing they tucked it discreetly underneath the main banking capital of the world in Switzerland!) You are left – apart from the hopefully obvious one of storing up treasure in heaven – with workable investments in know-how, education and technology, production assets for the food supply chain and media, and with art investments.

The really rich have always invested in fine art, and you can do the same. Of the dozen or so rising artists shown here, the chances are good that one or more of them could rise to become the future Dalis, Picassos, Rembrandts. The paltry prices looked for today by these artists for their works could pay back in years to come hundreds of times over.

The chances are a good deal higher than for premium bonds or lottery tickets, and you get to use your own taste to pick and back tomorrow’s treasures, unlike the automated processes determining prizes in lotteries or the fallible, impersonal checks and balances of the financial investment system.

On top of which, of course, you get the art beautifying your living and working environment, giving aesthetic value day by day as it accrues financial value also.

I can either buy for you from the artists and arrange transport or secure storage, or you can buy from them direct, as I have no need to earn commissions and handling fees from anyone for this (although I’m also not going to turn my nose up at them either in this day and age) and you will see in the film contact details for most of the artists.
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All I ask of you


Original YT playout date: 25 December 2008
Duration: 4:50

Yes, it’s another musical muckaround with Sophie, as we deconstruct the song “All I ask of you”, Llord “Scruffy” Webber’s remake of the song “I don’t talk to strangers”. Yes I know it’s not the Phantom but Raoul that sings it in the thing, but frankly I don’t care! Enjoy.
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Adliberratum


Original YT playout date: 25 December 2008
Duration: 2:46

A little ad libbing. I sometimes just make up songs as I go along. My daughter has started doing the same, and she also does this impromptu dance routine. It may seem haphazard and comedic, but at least it’s a way of getting the old creative juices flowing.

You can probably tell how badly out of practice I am, and how modest the instrument is, but what the heq.
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Huliganov’s “Part of your World”


Original YT playout date: 15 December 2008
Duration: 3:12

Huliganov has Sophie’s help in dismantling this Disney classic.
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Wo mei wangji – ni wangji wo! 我没忘记你忘记我


Original YT playout date: 30 November 2008
Duration: 3:28

“I haven’t forgotten. It’s you who forgot me! You can’t even pronounce my name right. It shows everything you ever told me was lies – let’s see what you’re going to tell me today.

You told me you were going to come and see me in a couple of days, but that was over a year ago. It’s not easy waiting more than 365 days. I’m not in your heart at all. Give my love back to me.”

Sophie and I perform this song which I was introduced to in my youth by a Malaysian Chinese friend Bee Chew Yoo.

My thanks go to Martin Chen of Strategia China for helping me to an mp3 and to the lyrics of this song.

我没忘记你忘记我
连名字你都说错
证明你一切都是在骗我
看今天你怎么说

你说过两天来看我
一等就是一年多
三百六十五个日子不好过
你心里根本没有我
把我的爱情还给我.
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Homework for Sophie


Original YT playout date: 21 October 2008
Duration: 11:05

Sophie has to cut short some singing and get on with her school homework – a painting of an old fashioned alarm clock…
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content S2 E16 – Horse Riding


Original YT playout date: 6 September 2008
Duration: 29:10

Sophie got some horse-riding in out of this holiday, something she likes to do very much.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content S2 E9 – Whipsnade Zoo part 2 of 2


Original YT playout date: 13 August 2008
Duration: 42:03

In this part of my document on Whipsnade Zoo (part of Uncle Davey’s Herts Content second series) we take a closer look at individual animals, having done one lap of the zoo in the first part by car…
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