Category Archives: Me singing with introductions

In this section, before I sing the song, I speak some nonsense as a background to it.

RL102-1 basic Russian grammar lesson 1


Playout date: 8 January 2007
Duration: 22:57
Views at the time added to HTV: 141,294
Likes at the time added to HTV: 585
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 23
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 96.2%
Comments at time added: 217
Total interactions at time added: 825
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Lesson
Music used: Moscow Nights/Podmoskovnye vechera cover
Languages used: Russian, English
Animals/plants featured:
Other remarks:

The pronouns are a very useful thing to learn early in the study of Russian. They show us the way other words, nouns and adjectives, might be likely to behave, and they stand in for a wealth of nouns the learner, by definition, does not yet know.
This lesson, the first of the actual grammar course proper following on from the alphabet course, is one of my highest watched videos and highest appreciated ones of all time.
The intro music is the theme from Sherlock Holmes by Daszkiewicz.

The Last Farewell


Playout date: 29 December 2006
Duration: 9:56
Views at the time added to HTV: 6,315
Likes at the time added to HTV: 21
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 43
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 32.8%
Comments at time added: 6
Total interactions at time added: 70
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Intro’d song
Music used: “Last Farewell” by Roger Whittaker
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

A preamble by Huliganov about the well-known Whittaker song, originally written by Ron Webster and performed by Elvis and others, but most notably by Whittaker.

The introduction refers to how the thesis of the song’s chorus stands in opposition to the Sapir Whorff hypothesis in linguistics, and also delves too deeply ito why the narrator is leaving if he loves this woman so much. To which Roger Whittaker might well respond “Mind your own business, Russky boy!”

RL101-8 Missing Vowels Pt 2 of 2.


Playout date: 21 November 2006
Duration: 10:07
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Office
Other people featured: None
Genre: Lesson
Music used: Cover of “They don’t know” by the lovely Kirstey MacColl via the lovely Tracey Ullmann.
Languages used: Russian
Animals/plants featured: Fish at rear
Other remarks:

The cover of “They don’t know” has been adopted to fit the needs of the learner of the Russian Language.

St David’s Day


This is fresh off the press of my video camera, filmed less than one hour before publication, which is good for me as may play out backlog has been at times slightly over one year and right now is about 8 months long, but still I think (and in this I have been guided by some of the regular viewers on YT and some of my dear subbers on here who told me so in comments) that it’s good to let topical stuff jump to the front of the queue. I don’t say the best stuff – that would mean I would have a lot of less good stuff waiting to come and that would end up being a bit demotivating for me and you also, but thankfully there’s a lot of my best ever stuff in the backlog waiting its turn patiently, however topical stuff deserves to come to the front of the line regardless of quality.

In the past I have done St David’s Day videos and the best of them in the mind of the viewer, assuming that comments and ratings are an accurate reflection, is the first I did, which is:

A number of viewers stated that they were even in tears or a family member was in tears listening to it. I don’t know what better compliment can be paid to a rendition. Assuming they were the right kind of tears, of course…

The Myfanwy one was from 2007 and since then I had an almost unbroken track record of St David’s Day videos.

Here’s Huli again doing the 2008 one:

And as you can see, facial fungus appears on this one.

The beard, which for some years I wore from Christmas to Easter, also appears in the 2009 one:

being not the best ever rendition of Hopcyn’s “Bugeilio’r gwenith gwyn“.

The fungus is still in evidence in the 2010 video:

However in the 2011 video there is none. That is not only because I didn’t grow a beard in winter that year, but also because I didn’t do a St David’s day video – I was busy and forgot about it.

However, in 2012, last year (again no beard at all last winter) I made up for lost time by putting up a rendition of music that you won’t hear anywhere else on the internet, and which I may possess the last copy of in sheet music, namely Cartref. Like most of the St David’s Day videos, this is sung “a capulco” as Huli puts it.

Here it is:

Which brings us back to the current one, the sixth one, in the course seven years.

Why is it important to me to do a St David’s Day video? Do I believe in Saints in the Roman Catholic sense of the word? Absolutely not. Do I regard myself as linked in some way, being called David, with that David? Well in fact that is what I was told I was named for – the name had been in my family and various grandparents in the male line were Dafydd and you didn’t need to go far back before you got to people in that line who never knew a word of English. But I really know very little about him and much prefer to identify with the Old Testament David who wrote Psalms, played music, admired women, killed Philistines, put up with Saul’s persecution, built cities and was a man after God’s own heart. He doesn’t get aday in the calendar though, which smacks of anti-semitism to me.

No, the reason why I think is this – partly to take the opportunity to celebrate Welshness and being part Welsh, and the other part is that it’s a bit like an anniversary. I joined YT and started to put up my first faltering videos in February 2006 but the beginning was so faltering you could say it was a couple of months before it got off the ground and so treating the end rather than the middle of February as the Anniversary of being on YT seems fairer. It’s now 1st March 2013, that’s 7 years of me being active on YT, and active I am as I have over 1500 videos, on average 200 a year although one year I went over 300 in that year.

I have found that doing video and sharing experiences with a kindly (and sometimes unkindly, but never mind) audience adds an extra dimension to the experience of anything. On the one hand I take the video to have a memory of my own, but the impetus to keep going and keep it organised is better when it is going to be published and others enjoy it.

Before video, I used to travel like I do now but when I think back and see the difference between the things I did before YT and after YT – I simply remember the post YT stuff better, much better, and the experiences don’t all blur into one in my mind. Also it makes me want to get out there and make the film, rather than do the airport-taxi-hotel-office-hotel-taxi-airport cycle of work without seeing anything. There are so many well-travelled businessmen who have nothing to show for all the places they have been. They have been to major capitals of the world but they haven’t even walked around on the streets and heard the language or tasted the local food or seen the individual sights. Just international looking hotels, airports and offices. I was one such person and decided it was a waste, I wasn’t gonna do it anymore, and that even if my own descendants don’t watch to find out what great grandaddy’s life was like (I don’t see why they should) at least I have the record for my own satisfaction. The surprise was, however, that so many more people liked it and were ready to subscribe and follow the travels time after time, such that I now feel that I know so many of these online friends and carry them with me, in a sense, on journeys, feeling them there (albeit with a time delay) when I walk with the camera switched on.

And that’s something which is definitely worth celebrating to me. So hopefully you’ve enjoyed the above mini-Eisteddfod and HSDD!

Enjoy!

Huliganov rants at Borat


Playout date: 26 October 2006
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Office Jazdow 8a
Other people featured: None
Genre: Hulirant
Music used: Yesterday once more” by the Carpenters – karaoke track
Languages used: English
Animals featured: Fish behind, mainly Ameca splendens

How dare this Sacha Baron Cohen person pretend to be a Kazakhstanian when he is really an English person all along? It is shocking.  Such was the basic idea of this little film, and of course my regular viewers immediately got the irony.  But spare a thought for the casual commentator, who took it all on face value and some of the resulting comments are hilarious! Click on the video box to see them back in YouTube land…

A message about homophobes


Playout date: 14 October 2006
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Spoof
Music used: Promise Me” by Beverly Craven – Karaoke
Languages used: Geordie English
Animals featured: None

Polish-origin Geordie Peter Paczek (pronounced Poncheck) returns to give us a quick lesson for foreigners learning English.

One of the pitfalls for learners of English is the problem of homophobes in English, Peter says. That’s words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings. Here is a guide to some of them.

We finish up with a rendition of Beverly Craven’s lovely song “Promise Me”. Don’t miss the comments to this one by clicking through to the YouTube original via the video above – there are some classical ones among the comments to this one!

If I loved you


Playout date: 5 October 2006
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Intro’d song
Music used: If I loved you, karaoke track
Languages used: English
Animals featured: None

I decided to sing this because at the time of posting I didn’t really like any of the renditions I saw on YT. Since then I’m happy to say I’ve seen quite a few that I liked and which are certainly better than this. Hence not everyone likes the description to this song – the prevalance of dislikes to likes for this song is probably provoked a bit by my saying that I didn’t like the other ones, but what can I say? At the time it was a fair assessment!

Karaoke Evening at Home (current video)


It was a quiet winter evening in, and I was singing to my wife a few of her favorite pieces, and then remembered I could be recording it for a few more folk to have some fun and share the moment.

So here we are. Most of them sung not very well, but I haven’t edited it just to keep the better ones in, as that wouldn’t be real and I am all about keeping it real.

If you can, enjoy!

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