Original YT playout date: 4 June 2010
“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.”
Continue reading “A drive and a walk, and plenty of talk”
Original YT playout date: 16 May 2010
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.
Continue reading “Returning from Decin chattin in the car (PV 27)”
Original YT playout date: 3 April 2010
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!
Continue reading “(S)lower Silesia”
Original YT playout date: 2 April 2010
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…
Continue reading “Drive, Drove, driven, drivel – or “Road trip meets linguistic meandering””
Original YT playout date: 27 March 2010
How sensible is it to plonk your van down and leave it just where the traffic is coming off the level crossing? The whole situation could easily get gridlocked if two of these idiots decided to do the same thiing on either side of the crossing – and the result could be that vehicles get trapped on the tracks when the next train somes. How can someone not see that? Anyway, thankfully the drivers on the other side of the road showed more foresight, and let us pass, therefore avoiding the risk of such a gridlock on the railway track. It just goes to show the sort of people we’re sharing planet earth with.
Continue reading “Dangerous Parking”