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Prague Vlog #9 – Collecting Sophie


 

Original YT playout date: 22 August 2009
Duration: 56:25

We drive from Prague to Colmar in France and back via Prague to Warsaw to bring Sophie back from her Grandparents.
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Prague Vlog #8 – Driving to Prague from Warsaw


Original YT playout date: 16 August 2009
Duration: 21:58

We start off with the battle of the conflicting GPS fembots, and then get into all kinds of traffic in Upper Silesia. Very little of this one actually takes place in the Czech Republic, but you do get to see the border at Nachod.
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Prague Vlog #4 – Alphabet Man Golem


Original YT playout date: 11 July 2009
Duration: 1:08:53

“The result of walking in the wrong direction to where I thought I was going. This film contains some mistaken information, for which I blame imprecision in the guide book I bought: the Golem is not supposed to be resting in the place claimed in this film, but actually about 500m closer to the centre.

I encoded this at a higher level than I usually encode hour long films, and I hope it isn’t too slow coming through. If you do get what people in the industry call “”boofering””, then just press the paws button with one of your pause and go get an indeclinable coffee, or some tea with a soft semi-vowel stem, and it should be all right when you get back.

Featured in this film is the alphabet man sculpture outside the Rudolftherednosinum. If you should see on the current google satellite map the location of this, namely

geo:lat=50.08910985946328
geo:lon=14.415116608142852
(or, to make MsLoreley77 happy, that’s http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=50.089082,14.41505&spn=0.001583,0.004726&t=h&z=18 )

then you’ll probably just see a poor attempt at making a yin and yang sign from assorted greenery. This is because the scuplture is new – for the Czech presidency of the EU. How long it will remain after I do not know, but hopefully it will stand the test of time. After all, the Eye-full tower in Paris was only supposed to be up a while, and they still haven’t taken that down.

I’m not an expert on the Czech Republic as it is my new country, and so I’m grateful for any local people who would like to comment on the films. Any Prague based youtubers wishing to appear in one of my Prague films are also welcome to declare themselves.” Read the rest of this entry

Zizkov TV tower – Prague Vlog #2


Original YT playout date: 14 June 2009
Duration: 52:54

This time we walk up Seifertova street, and find our way to the Zizkov TV tower.
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A drive along the Vistula reservoir


Original YT playout date: 13 May 2009
Duration: 36:27

Between Wloclawek and Plock the Vistula broadens. We ride the road you can see on the map to the south of this lake. I keep up the usual running commentary.
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Tczewing it over


Original YT playout date: 9 May 2009
Duration: 13:24

“I thought of “”Tczew revisited”” for the title of this, but I already had several other town videos named “”Name-of-town Revisited”” and I can’t go overdoing that just because Brideshead Revisited, that good in parts novel by Evelyn Waugh, has recently hit the silver screen.

So I just had to go and think of another outrageous piece of interlingual wordplay for the title here, but basically what is going on is a look back at Tczew one year on from the old Tczew videos. This was done in a single take, without switching the Vado off even once, and with no cuts at all in postproduction either.

Unfortunately the new gallery which looked so promising on my last visit was nowhere to be seen.”
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A view of Gdansk – Oliwa


Original YT playout date: 3 May 2009
Duration: 25:53

“Are we human?” asks the well-known popular song, “…or are we Gdanskers?” In this video we see the human geography and the natural beauty blend perfectly in this overview of Gdansk Oliwa from the old German army watchtower point, and then wandering around the Oliwa Park, and finally walking it (7 kms) to the shore of the Baltic Sea. At the end you can see some shots from a wonderful Mexican restaurant I ended up in. The food was tremendous, the decor and service impeccable, so I can definitely recommend that.
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Musings from the road at sunset


Original YT playout date: 1 May 2009
Duration: 8:06

Featuring thoughts on applying the GoldList Method to the learning of poety, a presentation of Wordsworth’s “”Daffodils”” and whether man’s release of chemicals into the sky has affected the natural world much or not.

You might say “”why get sidetracked onto daffodils when there aren’t any there?””. Ah, but that’s precisely the *point* of the poem, isn’t it?
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It’s OK for Krapkowice!


Original YT playout date: 30 April 2009
Duration: 46:49

Riding through the countryside of the Opole region in Poland, we take a tongue-in-cheek look at the principles of taxonomy (the scientific names of animals and plants) and then visit a place with the inauspicious name of Krapkowice…
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Secret War…saw


Original YT playout date: 26 April 2009
Duration: 9:15

This tongue-in-cheek footage shows some of the darker side of Warsaw research establishment, which is waiting to unleash its unprecented technology on the world and enslave us all…
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A Walk Around the East of Hemel Hempstead Redux


 

Original YT playout date: 25 April 2009
Duration: 58:59

Which is precisely what it says on the tin, whatever that means. See our marvellous industrial estate, Grove Hill, Highfield and Adeyfield as well as Leverstock Green, a place so posh it sets your accent back three hundred years.

This version has has part of the sound track of the original version replaced following a copyright claim by WMG. Although that copyright claim affected only 2 minutes of this hour long programme, containing numerous original observations about life in contemporary Britain and the history of the region being treated, it was considered sufficient to blank out all the other 58 minutes of audio also. The available option of audioswapping (which I do use on occasion) was not suitable as I would have lost the speechlines here, and there is also no available audioswap for a film lasting nearly an hour.

Thankfully I was able to re-edit the saved copy of the first film – it’s not seamless, but it’s better than the alternative, and I can keep the series whole.

The use of a handful of Telegraph frames I believe is fair use, as no account of Hemel Hempstead would be complete without a few words on the Buncefield explosion – the largest explosion in peace time Europe. I am happy to acknowledge the Telegraph website as the source of these images. I endorse it as the best UK newspaper site and look at it nearly every day.”
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Drizzly Drive in Wielkopolska


 

Original YT playout date: 24 April 2009
Duration: 21:23

Just a bit of footage from the road. We drive through Szamotuly, past the cultured gentleman clearing his nose into midair by the road crossing, and on to the old part, and then past the Bolix factory. But never mind that, there’s some nice country driving afterwards.
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