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Category Archives: Pleasant Musical Selection for Background

Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #6 “Berkhamsted”


Original playout date: 1 March 2008
Duration: 8:26

One of my nicest galleries from a time I was doing my best to do as much walking as possible and used the camera to encourage that, even though it tended to slow progress right down. Read the rest of this entry

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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #3 “Grand Union Canal”


Original playout date: 23 February 2008
Duration: 9:17

Here is a mainly gallery piece following my recent walk from home to Kings Langley along the towpath of the historic Grand Union Canal, which has linked London and Birmingham since the days of the Industrial Revolution.

New developments seen on most of this, such as the Apsley marina, are all new and in my youth much of this part of the canal was derelict. Not everything in the UK has gone downhill – most of what I’ve photographed in this film is actually evidence of renewal and improvement, and we see how the prestigious canalside homes in some less known Hertfordshire places like Belswains Lane have lifestyles akin to such places as Grantchester or Henley, with prices to match, no doubt.
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Kazimierz Dolny


Original playout date: 27 January 2008
Duration: 4:58

We had a day ouot invited by our friends Peter and Maria to their home in Kazimierz Dolny, and we saw many things, recorded in an interesting gallery section as well as moving footage later.
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Minette on the Inter-City Train to Kraków


Original playout date: 27 January 2008
Duration: 15:36

When working in Russian TV I met this delightful trio as their manager was a friend of mine. Most of these songs got banned from our station, but I got given the rights to use for my productions. They were fun people but the band never really got off the ground, being eclipsed by another of his groups, TaTu.
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Huliganov’s Finnish Experience #5 – Bleak Midwinter


Original playout date: 12 January 2008
Duration: 14:08

This is one of my personal favorites among the videos I have made. It contains two very beautiful pieces of music and on top of that the photographs I made with my new camera from America land. You can see the song with the unpronounceable name in the table below.
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Huliganov’s Russia #10/11 – What friends we had…


Original playout date: 30 December 2007
Duration: 8:00

This episode commemorates the spirit of the people of St Petersburg, their heroism at the time of the blockade, a great genocidal crime committed by Germans and Finns on the people of Leningrad, and the friendliness of people living there today. Features the family and friends I found there that I didn’t even realise I had. In the words of Joel: “We never knew what friends we had, until we came to Leningrad.”

This is the penultimate series, there is an error in the titling at the start saying part nine, when it is part ten of eleven. I didn’t want to recode the film over that small item as nothing is perfect, but I thought I’d better point it out in case anyone is confused.”
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Huliganov’s Russia #9/11 – Hermitage


Original playout date: 22 December 2007
Duration: 12:14

Looking at the Big and Little Nevas, which I neva knew existed. After that looking at the Hermitage museum, one of the largest and finest collections on the planet.
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Windows on Warsaw


Original playout date: 21 December 2007
Duration: 9:59

“I think you’ll quite like this concept. All of these clips were taken before, during or after actual business meetings I had in Warsaw in the late Summer of 2007. I discovered it’s quite remarkable how many people in business actually take an interest in digital photography and video. Read the rest of this entry

The Art Of Russia


Original playout date: 16 June 2007
Duration: 6:26

This, one of my most popular videos, is all about Russian art. After showcasing some selection from the Tretyakovsky, Huli then appears and shows his own commissioned junior version of Shishkin’s “Utro v sosnovom lesu”.
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Elgar with randomness


Playout date: 9 June 2007
Duration: 4:08

This is an odd thing I threw together from a bootlegged classical concert and some time mucking about with my kids including my daughter from London in the beginning part.
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NewNuma.com 11058 My Video


Playout date: 4 February 2007
Duration: 3:43
Views at the time added to HTV: 2,487
Likes at the time added to HTV: 13
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 8
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 61.9%
Comments at time added: 4
Total interactions at time added: 25
Camera: Hypercam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: music video
Music used: New Numa by Variety Beats, featuring Chad Russell
Languages used:
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

This is the final entry to the contest. About ten posts about on this blog, you may remember seeing my initial attempt which was disqualified by the judges for having “nudity” (the guy was in fact in plum coloured underpants) and for using parts of another movie (purposes of satire weren’t clearly defined on YT back then). My entry here has rememdied those issues, and the shifting position of the underwear got past the censors even though in some respects it was worse than the so called “nakedness” of the first attempt, but it still didn’t win. It was an “also ran”. One among a couple of hundred entries by the early YT community. The one which did wouldn’t be winning any contests these days, but these days there’s no YT community so there aren’t any contests.

Things do tend to go full circle though. When the next big thing is somewhere else maybe YT will still be a community of die-hard survivors who went through the corporate years unnoticed, like early mammals among the therapods. Who can say?

The various tricks and edits that I have here are about where I was after the first 140 or so videos and all the experimenting I had been doing. Today I would spend a lot longer on something like this, and produce something with many more cuts, but then again I doubt I would have time to do it anyway.

Anoth thought, has anyone noticed how Russian is considered a “cool” language to learn and people are anxious to learn it and then show themselves off speaking it, or singing it, in this case? That’s good, but the learner always has difficulty in realising that there is more still to come and in this case the Russian is admittedly a bit painful, and I advise those who are learning the language not to learn the mistakes in this song. Probably a native helped them, but not that much.

My Old New Numa Contest Video


Playout date: 17 January 2007
Duration: 3:42
Views at the time added to HTV: 3,174
Likes at the time added to HTV: 16
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 28
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 36.4%
Comments at time added: 4
Total interactions at time added: 48
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: music video
Music used: “New Numa” by Variety Beats ft Chad Russell
Languages used: Russian
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

I have a few things to say about this video. Let me start off by saying it may be that some readers of Huliganov.TV around the world cannot see the video as it has a copyright claim! This is truly outrageous seeing that we, the early YT community were invited and encourages to make an upload videos for a competition to showcase this very song and they HAD to include the song, which was made available for that very use. Nothing was said about needing to remove the videos afterwards. If anything illustrates the goalposts shift between the Old YouTube and the new Google “Do no evil? Do no making me laugh, more like!” mentality, then this is it.

The term “numa” refers to the popular name of the record “Dragostea din tei” or Love from the Lindens in English by the Romanian group O-Zone. The chorus goes “Vrei sa pleci, dar nu-ma, nu-ma iei” meaning “You want to go, but you aren’t taking me, not me”. As the Romanian enclitics for “not me” are repeated a lot, it became known among those who have no idea what is going on in this catchy tine as the Numa song, and it was made notorious in YT not so much on its own account but because of a video of a guy called Gary Brolsma who danced in his seat n front of his webcam enthusiastically to this song. He was then roped in to be a promoter of this competition, although his actual link to this second song, which is written in broken Russian, is highly tenuous.

This video was my first attempt but had to be replaced as the panel rejected it as an entry because they didn’t like me borrowing the Seacrest cartoon in the middle and they also didn’t like the guy in his red underwear in this version (both these things were removed as you’ll see later in the final competition version I sent, and also I realised that the singer was referring to Grey Poupon mustard so that’s also changed in one point, not that it helped me). The panel guy or lady who wrote to me thought that the person (any physical resemblance to Gary Brolsma unintended, probably) in his undies was actually naked and had red plums. OK, thats just the fantasy of that person, but I had to change it. It was supposed to be a swipe at the bad grammar in the song, as he says “ya lublyu tebya, vy lubite menya” switching obliviously between the singular familiar and the polite plural forms of “you” in Russian, hence the real focal point is the switch from singular to plural pronouns with regard to the lady addressed.

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