Category Archives: Filming While Driving

It may not be legal, but it’s safer than it looks. And it means you see a moving tapestry which is hopefully of interest and differnet to what you might get on other channels. A with the filming while walking category, this is often accompanied by commentary in the form of a monologue or a group interaction if there are more people in the car.

Car-aoke!


Playout date: 5 April 2007
Duration: 15:39

Again travelling to the north of the country of Poland, which I like very much.
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Random Environmentally Inspired Music #2


 

Playout date: 29 March 2007
Duration: 11:46

This is a drive through the Pomoranian Switzerland, one of the nicer parts of Poland you can visit, near Polczyn Zdroj.
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Random Environmentally Inspired Music #1


Playout date: 29 March 2007
Duration: 9:58

Riding though Pomerania at the time of a beautiful orange sunset, I feel like a song, but fearing the wrath of YT if I sing anything already composed by anyone else. I just sing extemporaneously, whatever comes into my head, inspired by the landscape. Purely random notes, like a song.
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Vlog at night on the road


Playout date: 15 March 2007
Duration: 10:39
Views at the time added to HTV: 269
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: 2
Total interactions at time added: 8
Total interactions to views 3.0%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ32
Post Production: None
Location: Płock, Poland
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: None
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Night time driving vlog going from Wloclawek to Warsaw – you see some but not much of the city of Plock. It is more really about me talking in order to break up a journey, and hopefully some people like it, although not many have, at least that’s more that I have any right to expect. You get to see some driving antics by locals.

Quote of the clip: “The elite can be as good an object for charity as anybody else”

Stryków Brzeżiny and Jeżów


Playout date: 11 March 2007
Duration: 9:03
Views at the time added to HTV: 4,525
Likes at the time added to HTV: 11
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 3
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 78.6%
Comments at time added: 3
Total interactions at time added: 17
Total interactions to views 0.4%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ31
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Cut through Strykow to Tomaszow Mazowiecki
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Everybody’s talking” by Glen Campbell, “the long and winding road” Beatles. All instrumental versions.
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Roadside trees
Other remarks:

Stryków north of Łódż was for many years the point at which the A1 motorway closed, you had to come off and use back roads and usually the place got blocked with cars for that reason. They will be happy that since 2012 the motorway now goes past them and their lives have gone back to normal. This documents the time when Stryków was placed “on the map” for about 5 or 6 years while we all waited for the road to finish. The backroads I show, including the secret cut through I show here, are all still there but much nicer now as they are not oversubscribed any more.

Quote of the clip: “There were a lot of hedgehogs there when human beings first arrived in this place, and so they called it “the place of the hedgehogs”, or “Jeżów”, in Polish.”

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?

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.

Chateaux Drive


Châteaux of the Loire Valley

The big picture - we only saw a handful of the total available!

Occasionally these blog posts will contain more than one video – especially if the video is one item which was split up into separate items as this day chasing chateaux in the Loire Valley was split up in order to keep them on HD in YouTube.

They are all one day out, and they can best be enjoyed from beginning to end as one piece, hence putting them into a single post.

I don’t always do this, but sometimes I just feel like it.

OK, so here are the videolinks in order of their appearance:

Enjoy!

In the Eastern Forest


Playout date: 3 October 2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Primorskiy Kray, Russia
Other people featured: Various Foresters
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Solovenko Ukrainian Songs
Languages used: Russian, Ukrainian
Animals featured: Not many other than the ladybirds on the video, but this is the domain of
the Siberian Tiger, black bear and snow leopard. Numerous unusual forest
plants are also seen in the gallery

It’s a long story how I came to be here, and in fact I can’t go into details at it involves work – I ended up auditing the forestry operators of a territory larger than Greater London. The climate was hard and the Mosquitos were hard. I was working for China, and they needed an English speaker who knew Due Diligence and knows Russian, and they received recommendations that I was the man for the job.

Well, it took all summer five years ago, and I still have the Mosquito bites. The gallery shots show in places the anti mosquito suit they managed to bite through. suffice it to say they are simply not in the same league as the European ones.

This is one of my earliest “gallery style” films showcasing photographs and I haven’t really got the style right, they are flashing through too quickly and they’re not fading into each other as I started doing when I got the hang of it.

But still some of the photos are not too bad though I say so myself and worth a few additional comments – the foresters were very friendly folk, we spend a great few days with people that live a very close to nature way in the forest in conditions that most of us would find wearing. These are not the kind of parks you get in Europe. They are logging and replanting in forests that are being cultivated effectively for the first time. This sort of forest in Europe exists only in any size in Bialoweza, where the bison are. The fauna here is very varied, but it’s not common to see them. When I went behind a tree to go to the toilet at one point, I saw a Siberian chipmunk,  or “burunduk” – but when I told the woodsmen about it they said that when I go off to have a leak I’d better let them know so that they can cover with a rifle, because it’s when they do what I just did that they come across other “stripey animals” but ones who are more inclined to attack us than the burunduk are!

We saw cedar nut trees and manchurian nut, and those strange grape like things that you see in the woodsman’s hand – to get them he swung out over a fifty-foot drop on a tree branch, as agile as a monkey. Also you’ll see the huge ladybirds that they had there, you can see one that landed on me – they are so pick that when they land on you it feels like someone’s flicked you with their finger.

The tipped over lorry full of logs you can see in one photo there goes to show how tough the terrain is there – they basically dig their roads out as they woork the forest.

Don’t miss also near the end the home-made fitness area they made for themselves from various machine parts. It showed their skill in making do.

I think, therefore I audit. I film, therefore I am. (CUV)


The point of this video is discussing what Descartes‘ famous maxim “I think therefore I am” means to me today, whilst driving past the house he grew up in in the village that bears his name in France.

This is actually video number 18 in the French holiday season, but I didn’t number it as I wanted to present it earlier, so later on the French series will jump from 17 to 19.

Portrait of René Descartes, dubbed the "F...

Oh, Renee!

The phrase “I think therefore I am” always seemed to me to be ridiculous. After all, when people become thoughtless they don’t just stop existing. They exist as they did before. Some even go through life in a thoughtless state. We have no idea to the extent that animals think – some such as bonoboes, whales and elephants may experience thoughts closer to our own than we may expect. Maybe there is thoughtfulness even further away in the cladoscope from mankind than we would even expect. It doesn’t make the more thinking animal more or less existant than the less thinking animal.

So I decided some time ago that another verb was needed rather than “to be” in order to make a more fitting end to this sentence, and I came upon it while teaching audit. I used to, and still do from time to time, train younger folk how to audit businesses, do reviews, due diligences and all manner of accountancy related services for business. I taught that mindless ticking and bashing of documents, without understanding the heart of an entity’s business, its purposes and its systems, would lead to a valueless and proabably flawed audit process, and that the only way to audit properly was to switch the brain on and keep it switched on for the duration of the audit. So I coined the term “I think, therefore I audit” and taught with this motto all around East Europe in the nineteen nineties and still do from time to time now.

The problem is of course, that because the audit profession is dominated by Big Four firms, who know that they cannot make profits on audits by putting people who can think for themselves on jobs, they have made the profession more and more of a box-filling matter so that junior staff, especially first years fresh from university with precious little practical training and little time to have learned how to think about the things they need to look out for, even though they mainly would probably want to, can go in and perform the bulk of an audit. This is not popular with middle tier clients who want some added value from the observations of their auditor which these younger ones are not yet ready to give, and on the contrary frustrate the client with naive questions as it becomes painfully apparent how they are learning on the job, and the middle tier try to field more senior people on work, and this actually costs our firms more, although we are taking generally less because the audits are smaller and the Big Four are erroneously assumed to have more prestige.

Yes. Even after Enron, and all the other Big Four messes. And the middle tier are forced to endure tighter regulation to assure that audits are being done “properly” but this “properly” means being done the way the Big Four instituted and keep on doing – namely mindless box filling. The Big Four lobby the professional bodies and state how things need to look in the way a standardised audit is carried out, and having any actual talent for sniffing out what could be wrong in a company, having any ability to think your own way through to what could be ailing in a company, these things have no premium whatsoever, on the contrary audit has become such a secretarial job over the last ten years that anyone with a spark of imagination is likely to run from the profession screaming. Read the rest of this entry

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