Category Archives: Pleasant Musical Selection for Background

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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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.


Playout date: 28 December 2006
Duration: 4:44
Views at the time added to HTV: 19,555
Likes at the time added to HTV: 23
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 5
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 82.1%
Comments at time added: 4
Total interactions at time added: 32
Camera: 3rd Party images
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Gallery with music (non-owned)
Music used: “Vulnerable” by Roxette
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Polar bear, or white bear (Ursus maritimus)
Other remarks:

The idea of this video was to mark the placing of polar bears by the US on the Endangered Species list as “vulnerable” and therefore limit the hunting rights of Inuits against them, which greatly annoyed the Inuits, to which I say, “OK, give us back your fridges and freezers and microwave ovens and shops with processed foods from all over the world, labour saving devices and modern medicines and go back to your hunter gatherer lifestyle, and kill bears with spears and arrows and be killed by them. But don’t have your Nike boots and hunting rifles and all of civilisations conveniences allowing your numbers sto grow and still expect to be able to hunt bears. One way, or the other. Don’t try to have your cake and eat it.”

The Polar bear itself has had a taxonomic journey I would like to explore in a quite separate article at some stage. It shows up very well some of the vagaries of science and how people think they know things and then get their world turned upside down by something they have overlooked, and discover that what the initial guy thought was actually true after all. But that’s for another day.

The idea of producing a gallery of polar bear images from the net against the song Vulnerable by Roxette is my idea and I still think they go together well, ma Michelle, but neither any of the photos nor the song were made by me, more’s the pity.

Night Storm over Warsaw

Playout date: 6 October 2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Home – 12th floor of building
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Andrey Vinogradov – Kak na Moriul
Languages used: Bialorusian, English
Animals featured: None

It was a pretty active storm, with plenty of lightning. This year we’ve had several like this, but this was 2006, and back then it was more of a rarity. The hurdy gurdy music by Andrey Vinogradov also attracted a lot of comment over on YT.

Quanta Squalia – What Big Sharks!

Playout date: 21st March 2011 (Made August 2010)
Camera: Creative Vado
Post Production: CyberLink Power Director 8
Location: Sealife Centre, Great Yarmouth
Other people featured: Sophie
Genre: Zoo and Aquarium showcasing
Music used: Quanta Qualia by Hayley Westenra

Hayley Westenra Paradiso


Languages used: Russian, Ukrainian
Animals featured: Nurse sharks, zebra shark, reef sharks, green sea turtle, Monodactylus fishes

A film showing the beauty and intelligence of aquarium sharks. The nurse sharks and zebra shark showcased here are a beautiful thing to observe at close range. These are not dangerous attackers in the main for human swimmers, as you will see that the size and form of the mouth is not similar to that of the notorious great whites, etc. Even these smaller fishes like the monos, and also the sea turtle sharing the aquarium are relatively safe from being attacked by the big sharks. The smaller sharks, the reef sharks, are ironically more risky than the big ones, but they are not really large enough to damage a turtle.

The zebra shark (Stegosoma fasciatum) has a long tail which it uses to thrash through schools of larger fishes to stun or kill by impact and then it can turn and eat what it has hit. The monos here are even too small to be impacted by that, and they fly under the zebra shark’s radar – as long as it is kept well-fed!

Enjoy the pure tones of Hayley Westenra, and my atrocious pun in the title that you need to know Italian to be able to get.

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.

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