Category Archives: Sophie

Sophie James is the star of this show!

Lessons from Grandma


Original YT playout date: 1 March 2009
Duration: 34:24

Sophie learns knitting and scone making, two traditional crafts handed down in England from grandmothers to grandchildren.
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Berko Revisited


Original YT playout date: 28 February 2009
Duration: 14:26

It’s Berkhamsted revisited, on a request by a disgruntled resident of that town, who didn’t like my last footage.
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Bovingdon Revisited


Original YT playout date: 23 February 2009
Duration: 23:27

More footage from my recent visit to the UK. We have fun in the car.
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Sika deer in Ashridge


Original YT playout date: 10 February 2009
Duration: 39:12

“I can’t belive you you film this, let alone make other people watch it afterwards, REDICULOUS!” wrote one commentator. Nevertheless, I am enjoying watching it afterwards, as it has my parents on and little Sophie’s voice, which otherwise would be lost for ever as my parents are gone, zichro baruch, Sophie hi gdolah achshav, and this will never happen again. So even if someone doesn’t like it, I don’t really care too much. I like it. Yeah, it’s a pity that the video cam is blurred, but that’s what I had. Some people see the world like that anyway, because they don’t realise that they need glasses. Just as some commentators comment like that because they don’t realise they need more brains.
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Drive through Warsaw on a Saturday Afternoon in Winter


Original YT playout date: 3 February 2009
Duration: 19:37

From Praga Polnoc to Ochota just to see a bit of Warsaw.
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Sophie plays her variations on a theme by ABBA


Original YT playout date: 25 January 2009
Duration: 10:59

I don’t really teach my kid music, it’s enough to allow her to teach herself! Anyway, that’s how I learnt.
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More Sledging


Original YT playout date: 23 January 2009
Duration: 4:36

This time we take Sophie and George sledging, and they crash into another kid!
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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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