Category Archives: Reviews of products, places or services

This general area will be for films or posts where I review a product, service or establishment. there are various sub-divisions here for hotels, restaurants, books, electrical products, etc

Hungary series #1


Original playout date: 18 June 2007
Duration: 6:18

A room review of the Budapest Sofitel, someing for a Horwath International Conference to the country of Origin of the Horwath Brothers, and also having a drink with the parents on Belgrad Rakpart.
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Promnice castle


Original playout date: 17 June 2007
Duration: 2:15

This was another video just experimenting with technology, in this case the onboard videomaking wizard at the time new n YouTube. The result seems to work, but doesn’t give all the options of normal post-production software, so that was the only time I used it.
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Zabrze


Playout date: 10 June 2007
Duration: 6:58

Hotel Zabrze is where we are staying, and I enjoyed staying there. Other than comfy rooms and good food, they have a museum in the car park of old transport means, including a one-horse open sleigh.
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Golub-Dobrzyn revisited (for the first time)


Playout date: 23 May 2007
Duration: 5:57

We saw Golub-Dobrzyn already in the video “Car-aoke”, but here we have the chance to see it again.
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Poznaj Poznań part 2


Playout date: 7 May 2007
Duration: 7:32

An early case of covert filming, looking at the restaurant on Poznan’s old Square with the goats (symbol of the city) called “Pod Koziolkami”. A bit of a dingy dungeon downstairs but quite atmospheric.
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Not so dingy hotel room


Playout date: 6 May 2007
Duration: 7:44

Another hotel. It’s the IKAR in Poznan now. I took to doing hotel room reviews because oddly people liked it and asked for it.
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Unrecommendation # 1 Amica dishwashers (Polish)


Playout date: 6 April 2007
Duration: 2:38

This is an unrecommendation video for Amica dishwashers, because we regretted the purchase of this, having had endless problems with it, 5 service calls in two years, often to no effect. Read the rest of this entry

Poznaj Poznań


Playout date: 10 March 2007
Duration: 12:10
Views at the time added to HTV: 2,828
Likes at the time added to HTV: 15
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 93.8%
Comments at time added: 7
Total interactions at time added: 23
Total interactions to views 0.8%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Poznan town centre
Other people featured: Work colleagues, Alicja and Andrzej
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Volare, Auld Lang Syne,
Languages used: English, Polish, Italian
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

We start off in the old town square and end up in Restauracja Ratuszowa, one of the nice traditional spots in Poznan, and the live music chimes up, so as is my wont, I immediately embarrass my friends and the pianist by singing along, heh heh heh.

Quote of the clip: “You’re looking at it, you’re smelling it and you are hearing it – this is Poland!”

Czarnkow Quaint Hotel Room


Playout date: 25 February 2007
Duration: 6:05
Views at the time added to HTV: 3,108
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 5
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 54.5%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 13
Total interactions to views 0.4%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Czarna Hanka hotel in Czarnkow
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Everybody knows”, Leonard Cohen, karaoke version
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

A litte dark and atmospheric, a reminder of how my vsits to Czarna Hanka hotel in Czarnkow used to be when I used to be the auditor of a nearby noted factory.
It demonstrates the use of fizzy orange flavoured vitamin pills. This occasioned the sarcasm of some commentators ho pretended that they did not have them in their own countries, and were amazed by them.

Polish Highland Music


Playout date: 12 December 2006
Duration: 10:42
Views at the time added to HTV: 39,346
Likes at the time added to HTV: 58
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 2
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 96.7%
Comments at time added: 10
Total interactions at time added: 70
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Karczma na Straconce near Bielsko-Biała
Other people featured: Folk Group
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Various highland Polish songs
Languages used: Polish (Góral dialect)
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Still have fond memories of this plce and hope it is still there to be enjoyed if I manage a visit in future to Bielsko-Biala, a unique Polish town – the only one with more Protestant than Catholic churches.

This was one of the compensations of life as an auditor, going with teams of nice people to work in different locations and then having the evening to discover new places and tastes and sounds. Simply brilliant.

What a pity EU lawmakers and politicians have done so much to destroy the audit profession as an attractive route for bright young minds today.

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