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Original playout date: 12 January 2008
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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|Playout date:||12 November 2006|
|Post Production:||Windows Movie Maker – slight use|
|Location:||Cape Town, South Africa, Victoria and Albert Waterfront|
|Other people featured:||Performers on the waterfront|
|Genre:||Walking with camera|
|Music used:||“This could be heaven for everyone” by Queen – Karaoke version|
|Languages used:||English with some singing in a Bantu language|
|Animals featured:||Red wing starlings Onychognathus morio|
This series, possibly beginning with this one, even though it is the 102nd video uploaded to YouTube, marks a certain development in the way I presented the video material. The cutting in of background music, the use of a common intro for series, the gallery shots with background music. This is an early prototype of about 2 or 3 hundred similarly style films from travel to different places. It’s not exactly the mode I settled into, but it’s well on the way there.
One thing I quite like about this one looking back is the attempt to use music in the backing track together with the ambient noises, like the drums of the waterfront performers here on the Victoria and Albert Waterfront in Cape Town. I have great memories of this place and would be happy to go to Cape Town again if ever I get the chance.
Apart from anything else, there were friendships made there which gave me a lot of value in my life. Just that alone, even if it had been nothing like the paradise it was, would have been well worth the trip.
- Eating my way around Cape Town, South Africa – Guest Blogger Hg2 (mrsoaroundtheworld.com)
With 171 likes to 3 dislikes at the time of posting this up to Huliganov.tv blog, this remains one of my most popular pieces. The revision of the first half of the Russian alphabet contains already a list of words, 31 in total, using the letters learned so far, unlike the previous lessons, which concentrated on letter only.
The joke “I spoil that woman” and the song Katiusha sung by myself and Elena have also elicited flattering comments from the viewership.
The word-list for this lesson is as follows, in alphabetical order of both languages:
|город||town, city||garden, orchard||сад|
|дом||house, home||here is||вот|
|мама||mother||just, straight on||просто|
|налево||on the left||no||нет|
|направо||on the right||not||не|
|нет||no||on the left||налево|
|окно||window||on the right||направо|
|просто||just, straight on||tomcat||кот|
|сад||garden, orchard||town, city||город|
- Letter Writing 101 (susandouglas.wordpress.com)
- How do you change ‘hElLo WoRlD’ to ‘HeLlO wOrLd’ in PHP (wiki.answers.com)
|Playout date:||21st March 2011 (Made August 2010)|
|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
|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.
- Daily Adorbs, Shark Week Version: Shark Baby (thegloss.com)
- Shark Week: Inside tonight’s special with Andy Samberg (insidetv.ew.com)
- Are zebra sharks the same as leopard sharks (wiki.answers.com)
- Least surprising thing of the day: Diver kisses shark, then gets bitten (rather graphic video) (offthebench.nbcsports.com)
|Playout date:||3 October 2006|
|Post Production:||Windows Movie Maker – medium use|
|Location:||Primorskiy Kray, Russia|
|Other people featured:||Various Foresters|
|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.
- Poland says Russians partly to blame for air crash that killed president (guardian.co.uk)
- Muscovites mark “Year of Forest” by planting new trees near city (rt.com)
- At least 20 killed, 17 missing in Ukraine mine accidents (ctv.ca)
- Become a Fool for Forests (philipcarrgomm.wordpress.com)
- Russia Forest Fires Being Hidden By Local Authorities, Environmentalists Say (huffingtonpost.com)
- Who would win a fight a siberian tiger or moose (wiki.answers.com)