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Stuck in Tram during Warsaw Flash Flood

 

Original YT playout date: 19 June 2010
Duration: 32:50

Here’s a slice of life in Poland for you. I thought I was walking home from work in nice weather, and then I noticed the horizon getting dark, so I decided to hop on a tram. This tram then rode into the middle of one of the worst storms I ever experienced, rendering it impossible for me to get out at my stop. See what happened after that and watch lightning flash follow lightning flash from a rainblurred Warsaw tram window.

Some 5 miles away, in Ursynow, the residents had 15 minutes between dry ground and knee high water ruining their cars. Nobody had seen the like for over 120 years.
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Emerald Eyes (PV#32)

Original YT playout date: 7 June 2010
Duration: 15:01

Here we have the second part of the Prague zoo expedition. Some of this is quite pretty so I have reduced the film lengths and gone for HD coding.
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Zoo tomorrow (PV#30)

Original YT playout date: 5 June 2010
Duration: 17:23

Zoos are like jam.
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A drive and a walk, and plenty of talk

Original YT playout date: 4 June 2010
Duration: 41:24

“Most people say my videos are too long, not edited enough, and too full of my own opinions. I say, there’s not only my videos available on the internet, by all means enjoy some other channels where they are better at making short, leanly cut video with soundbites in rather than meanderings, or even just go watch TV, where what you’ll see is an edited version of reality designed to reduce your concentration span and shelter you from alternative thinking. But this is the more true to life, though. If you edit hard enough, you edit away the fact that life is not like a leanly edited film. At the same time, as I observe in this film, if you switch the camera on, something will happen.

I am privileged enough to have loyal viewers who watch/listen and enjoy these longer ones enough to actually complain when I do the shorts that they need the longer ones – to get to sleep presumably, but there’s nothing wrong with that, I fall asleep to talk radio podcasts myself.

There’s a bit of history going on all around, but this video contains me ALMOST seeing the remains of some Smolensk crash victims returning to Warsaw, and then FAILING to catch the moment of frog song in the Ochota pond. You cannot always be in the right place in the right time in life. On TV they always are – they wouldn’t broadcast something like this. But this is real life, this is true to what people actually can and do experience. That’s why the more open-eyed people prefer this sort of thing to TV, which they no longer trust.”
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Tczew Tczew Train

Original YT playout date: 1 June 2010
Duration: 28:26

I went to Tczew and this was going to incorporate more than just the train ride. I had grand ideas about updating the earlier videos I took in the older part of Tczew and maybe even popping to Gdansk to film a bit, but in the event I was just too busy. So you’ve got some train footage, and a few comments, and that’s it, I’m afraid. You get to see train food, the high water on the Vistula and the work going on to improve the track. And there’s a mildly amusing story of the woman who marched out of the carriage when I got in like I was some kind of leper or potential rapist, only to be caught with an invalid ticket by the guards with no small amount of brou-ha-ha a little later.
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Supermarket Dash

Original YT playout date: 31 May 2010
Duration: 15:17

This is a slant on reality – a Polish supermarket in Ochota, Warsaw. Shoppers do their shopping here as in thousands of other supermarkets around the world, but here I use the trolley as a dolly and film the whole of my weekly shop. The camera is “hidden in plain sight” attached with a bendy desk tripod to the trolley.
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A walk in the dusk Prague (PV 28a)

Original YT playout date: 24 May 2010
Duration: 1:36:23

This is a long one, we walk about 6 km and discuss all manner of topics. Enjoy the French cinema style intro. (This didn’t get a Prague Vlog number so I am calling it 28a)
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Returning from Decin chattin in the car (PV 27)

Original YT playout date: 16 May 2010
Duration: 29:28

Here the scenery we saw going out to Decin is seen from the car, which gives a different perspective, but also my colleague evokes a long bit of audio from me covering the Krtek cartoon mole and why he hasn’t got his own restaurant chain, saturday-morning pictures in the cinema when I was a boy, the Eurovision song contest, Turkish music and the nature of filming travelogue for YouTube. Those of you who have got to sleep listening to my drivel in the past will find this as useful a soporific as the former stuff has been.
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Train out to Děčin (PV 25)

Original YT playout date: 3 May 2010
Duration: 22:41

Taking the train out to Děčin. Featuring “Ailelu” by Aoife.
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Prague Vlog #22 – Walking Bat’a Happiness!

Original YT playout date: 23 April 2010
Duration: 34:52

This is my 22nd Prague film in the Prague Vlog series. This time I take an evening walk and buy a new pair of shoes from the famous Czech shoemaker Bat’a. The usual pedestrian drivel you’ve come to know and love.
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(S)lower Silesia

Original YT playout date: 3 April 2010
Duration: 15:16

A drive and a chat, in the area of Lower Silesia. I go by the whim of the GPS in my phone, but it seems it makes the journey slower than it would have been if I’d picked the route myself on a map!
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Drive, Drove, driven, drivel – or “Road trip meets linguistic meandering”

Original YT playout date: 2 April 2010
Duration: 29:10

Driving from the Amber Hotel through Olesnice towards Namyslow I start to talk about why Polish language has more exotic elements in it, more aspects usually more associated with oriental languages, than Russian has. This is really developing a thesis of mine that Poland has an oriental culture.

Learners of Slavic languages will love this one, as will those of you who use my videos to go to sleep, as some have told me…
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