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Snowy Road


Playout date: 26 February 2007
Duration: 9:11
Views at the time added to HTV: 3,474
Likes at the time added to HTV: 12
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 2
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 85.7%
Comments at time added: 6
Total interactions at time added: 20
Total interactions to views 0.6%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Load between Czarnkow and Szamotuly including Lubasz
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Galactic Time” by Aalborg Ambient Soundtracks
Languages used: None
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

As many reading this will know, I went on to do a load of driving videos, but this was one of the earliest attempts, showing the road between Czarnków and Szamotuły in -6 degree cold and snow everywhere. Very typical Polish road scenery.

Originally it contained a musical backing track with several pieces that did not obscure my commentary, however it was an early copyright claim and so it had to be replaced by a new soundtrack which still produced a copyright claim after the next goalposts change, so I lost by better audio and am left with no advantage to having a piece called “Galactic Time” by Aalborg Ambient Soundtracks in place of my usual vibrant commentary. Does anyone wonder why I have mainly no music on my later videos?

Vratislavia pluvens


 

Playout date: 17 February 2007
Duration: 8:10
Views at the time added to HTV: 591
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 0
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 100.0%
Comments at time added: 1
Total interactions at time added: 7
Total interactions to views 1.2%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Wroclaw main square, and Restauracja Lwowska in Wroclaw
Other people featured: Colleagues
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Raindrops keeping falling on my head” karaoke version, and Fleetwood Mac “I wanna be with you everywhere
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Working in Wroclaw, or Breslau as the Germans called it, (it’s all about Tietz with them), it’s a good excuse to go out and eat after work with colleagues and show you the old town square and the Lwow Restaurant famous on that square.

I think this was the first ever time I had done covert filming, something you’ll see lots of later. You can see that this goes back to a time, which seems so long ago now, when people still used to smoke in restaurants. The only way to stop it turned out to be to outlaw it, smokers never managed to control themselves without being passed laws on.

The video name is a doff of the hat to the music festival Vratislavia cantans held here each year.

Quote of the clip: “There’s a bit of an element gathering over there…”

Geneva evening e-video


Playout date: 4 February 2007
Duration: 11:03
Views at the time added to HTV: 688
Likes at the time added to HTV: 5
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 0
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 100.0%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 7
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: Christopher Chadwick, Katarzyna Ogrodnik-Zawadzka
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Die Lorelei, and Auf Fluegeln des Gesanges bei Heine, and Roeslein rot in Japanese.
Languages used: English, French, German, others
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Visiting Geneva or Senf, as the Germans have it, on business, seeing the Rat Museum, the Place de Nerves, and watching a game of wizard chess with colleagues and hearing a chess song from Armenia, before going on to visit the wall of the Reformers and seeing all the important Calvinists and the Church Calvin preached in, as well as eating at the Carnivore Restaurant, where charcuterie calls for sharp cutlery. Finally finishing off at Lemon Lake. A good time was had by all.

Zywiec by night


Playout date: 21 December 2006
Duration: 2:32
Views at the time added to HTV: 8,465
Likes at the time added to HTV: 12
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 6
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 66.7%
Comments at time added: 9
Total interactions at time added: 27
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Zywiec, South Poland
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Acker Bilk, “Stranger on the shore”
Languages used: English with a little Polish
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

A very brief night view from the car of Zywiec, a town known mainly from the brand of beer of the same name which is sold internationally. It is only a small place in fact, so there is maybe quite an overlap between the nearly 9,000 who have seen the film and the actual population of the town.

Polish Highland Music


Playout date: 12 December 2006
Duration: 10:42
Views at the time added to HTV: 39,346
Likes at the time added to HTV: 58
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 2
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 96.7%
Comments at time added: 10
Total interactions at time added: 70
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Karczma na Straconce near Bielsko-Biała
Other people featured: Folk Group
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Various highland Polish songs
Languages used: Polish (Góral dialect)
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Still have fond memories of this plce and hope it is still there to be enjoyed if I manage a visit in future to Bielsko-Biala, a unique Polish town – the only one with more Protestant than Catholic churches.

This was one of the compensations of life as an auditor, going with teams of nice people to work in different locations and then having the evening to discover new places and tastes and sounds. Simply brilliant.

What a pity EU lawmakers and politicians have done so much to destroy the audit profession as an attractive route for bright young minds today.

Warsaw Zoo Aquarium


Playout date: 5 December 2006
Duration: 5:48
Views at the time added to HTV: 13,218
Likes at the time added to HTV: 20
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 95.2%
Comments at time added: 10
Total interactions at time added: 31
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Warsaw Zoo Aquarium
Other people featured: Sophie James
Genre: Zoo/aquarium
Music used: “Whole of the Moon” by Celtic Fayre
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: About 20 fish species, labelled with subtitles
Other remarks:

This is the way the Aquarium used to look, and is a document of something that doesn’t exist that way now. It is quite surprising looking back now over ten year old and eleven year old material, to see just how much things have changed. In the main you do get improvements, but always something is lost. Thus these films are particularly precious memories, their bytes outlive the reality they reflect.

This was a part of the lovely day in December 2006 in the Warsaw Zoo with Sophie which we saw most of in the previous film.

Sophie at Warsaw Zoo, December 2006


5 October 2017

Playout date: 4 December 2006
Duration: 7:24
Views at the time added to HTV: 6,451
Likes at the time added to HTV: 8
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 4
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 66.7%
Comments at time added: 4
Total interactions at time added: 16
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Warsaw Zoo
Other people featured: Sophie James
Genre: Zoo/aquarium
Music used: “Chung Kuo” by Vangelis, “Kichikichi Batta” by Tomozaku Murakami, plus ambient zoo noises
Languages used: English and Polish
Animals/plants featured: Patagonian conure, peacock, mandrill, chipmunks, ring-tailed lemur, and dozens more
Other remarks:

What a cutie Sophie was at age six! They grow up quick though. Featuring a bit of chipmunk talking, plus criticism of bad behaviour by other zoo guests (something I regularly have to do, more’s the pity), and the stars of the show, the talking cockatoos.

RSA 9/10 – Scenes from around table mountain


Playout date: 29 November 2006
Duration: 7:52
Views at the time added to HTV: 11,714
Likes at the time added to HTV: 17
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 0
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 100.0%
Comments at time added: 6
Total interactions at time added: 23
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
Other people featured: Tour Guide voice
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Morning has broken” Cat Stevens and “Oh Lori” by Brothers Alessi
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Local plants, eg Jacaranda
Other remarks:

The noon gun goes “bang” at mid day, but the camera doesn’t give an impression of how that goes through the body. This video was silenced and reights claimed because of the use of Cat Stevens version of “Morning has Broken”, which I found interesting. I have to be treated as a “pirate” (ha-harr, me hearties) for using a snippet of his song to accompany some images on a free film, but he is doing just fine making a record of an old Highland hymn and making a mint out of it to use for jihad against Christians and nobody says tat he was pirating or misusing the old Highland hymn to make money. Double standards much?

Additionally is “Oh Lori” by the Brothers Alessi, a very nice piece of mood music from the 1970s which is one of my all-time favorites of all time.

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