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Category Archives: Pleasant Musical Selection for Background

Uncle Davey’s Herts Content S2 E1 – Journey Over to Herts


Original YT playout date: 12 July 2008
Duration: 25:34

Ironically this is being uploaded on a day (6th May 2019) when I am making a similar journey from the UK to Poland in the reverse direction. Already for several years Stryków is less significant, as the motorways go right through now. Still, nice trip down memory’s country rther too narrow lanes.

It’s a second series of Uncle Davey’s Herts Content. This time we go there by car, unlike last time in the plane. Here we see Strykow in the days when the motorway didn’t go all the way to Warsaw.
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“O Balalayka” with Van Gogh


Original YT playout date: 15 June 2008
Duration: 8:03

OK, this video is weird. On the one hand I have subscribers asking the perfectly reasonable question of how can they hear the full version of the song at the beginning of the Russian lessons (reminder to those who haven’t been hanging on every word in the comments to those – I don’t even know the artist here. You are welcome to add to comments if you know, and I’ll annotate and edit). On the other hand, I have a perfectly good bit of by-product video I made for the picture-in-picture effect on “”Huliganov’s Starry Night”” showcasing a bunch of lovely paintings from the Van Gogh museum which you don’t really see in all their fullness, only hints of them, in the above video.

On the third hand, for those of you with three hands, the Van Gogh was quite a bit longer than the Balalayka song, so I added Dmitry Hvorostovsky singing “”Nochenka”” which keeps a bit more to the starry night theme and maybe the mood of the paintings more than Balalayka.

The outcome is slightly weird and surrealist, but enjoy anyway!
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Train of thought and hooligan caught


Original YT playout date: 11 May 2008
Duration: 12:48

My friends and I take a train to Krakow and enjoy the scenery going down. You’ll see a lot of apple and pear trees in blossom. Whilst looking at a palace we are selling I witness a person behaving in a hooliganistic manner. Despite his arm-flamenco, he is not as fast at hiding his face as my camera is at catching it, and so he is immortalised for his vandalistic deed forever. I didn’t manage to get his mate who pushed him over the hedge in the first place, though, unfortunately…
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What’s up, ducks?


Original YT playout date: 9 May 2008
Duration: 3:40

They are obviously still very much in love, but sulking. Each is hoping the other will turn around first. They miss each other, although they are only two feet apart, it may as well be another continent.
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A drive and a chat around Inowroclaw


Original playout date: 4 April 2008
Duration: 29:59

Wanna go for a drive with me for half an hour in rural central Poland listening to some lovely traditional Polish music and talking about a few topcs, some small and some a bit bigger?
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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

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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