Category Archives: Travel and Places

I go to a lot of places, usually for work. I have a “ritual” of filming in them after hours, and some of the series of films I have made, as well as other writings, are in this section. These vlogs will be subcategorized by country and visit.

Zywiec by night


Playout date: 21 December 2006
Duration: 2:32
Views at the time added to HTV: 8,465
Likes at the time added to HTV: 12
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 6
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 66.7%
Comments at time added: 9
Total interactions at time added: 27
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Zywiec, South Poland
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Acker Bilk, “Stranger on the shore”
Languages used: English with a little Polish
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

A very brief night view from the car of Zywiec, a town known mainly from the brand of beer of the same name which is sold internationally. It is only a small place in fact, so there is maybe quite an overlap between the nearly 9,000 who have seen the film and the actual population of the town.

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.

Warsaw Zoo Aquarium


Playout date: 5 December 2006
Duration: 5:48
Views at the time added to HTV: 13,218
Likes at the time added to HTV: 20
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 95.2%
Comments at time added: 10
Total interactions at time added: 31
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Warsaw Zoo Aquarium
Other people featured: Sophie James
Genre: Zoo/aquarium
Music used: “Whole of the Moon” by Celtic Fayre
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: About 20 fish species, labelled with subtitles
Other remarks:

This is the way the Aquarium used to look, and is a document of something that doesn’t exist that way now. It is quite surprising looking back now over ten year old and eleven year old material, to see just how much things have changed. In the main you do get improvements, but always something is lost. Thus these films are particularly precious memories, their bytes outlive the reality they reflect.

This was a part of the lovely day in December 2006 in the Warsaw Zoo with Sophie which we saw most of in the previous film.

Sophie at Warsaw Zoo, December 2006


5 October 2017

Playout date: 4 December 2006
Duration: 7:24
Views at the time added to HTV: 6,451
Likes at the time added to HTV: 8
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 4
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 66.7%
Comments at time added: 4
Total interactions at time added: 16
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Warsaw Zoo
Other people featured: Sophie James
Genre: Zoo/aquarium
Music used: “Chung Kuo” by Vangelis, “Kichikichi Batta” by Tomozaku Murakami, plus ambient zoo noises
Languages used: English and Polish
Animals/plants featured: Patagonian conure, peacock, mandrill, chipmunks, ring-tailed lemur, and dozens more
Other remarks:

What a cutie Sophie was at age six! They grow up quick though. Featuring a bit of chipmunk talking, plus criticism of bad behaviour by other zoo guests (something I regularly have to do, more’s the pity), and the stars of the show, the talking cockatoos.

RSA 10/10 Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope


Playout date: 3 December 2006
Duration: 4:58
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,996
Likes at the time added to HTV: 5
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 2
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 71.4%
Comments at time added: 5
Total interactions at time added: 12
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: South Africa
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Follow you, follow me” Genesis (karaoke version)
Languages used: None
Animals/plants featured: Proteas, other local, lizard, ostriches
Other remarks:

A gallery-stye video featuring my photos taken in Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point national park. Starting with “Follow you, follow me” it rounds off the South Africa series with a few more bars of “this could be heaven for everyone”. Certainly I have been to few places more reminiscent of paradise than the area around Capetown in South Africa.

RSA 9/10 – Scenes from around table mountain


Playout date: 29 November 2006
Duration: 7:52
Views at the time added to HTV: 11,714
Likes at the time added to HTV: 17
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 0
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 100.0%
Comments at time added: 6
Total interactions at time added: 23
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
Other people featured: Tour Guide voice
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Morning has broken” Cat Stevens and “Oh Lori” by Brothers Alessi
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Local plants, eg Jacaranda
Other remarks:

The noon gun goes “bang” at mid day, but the camera doesn’t give an impression of how that goes through the body. This video was silenced and reights claimed because of the use of Cat Stevens version of “Morning has Broken”, which I found interesting. I have to be treated as a “pirate” (ha-harr, me hearties) for using a snippet of his song to accompany some images on a free film, but he is doing just fine making a record of an old Highland hymn and making a mint out of it to use for jihad against Christians and nobody says tat he was pirating or misusing the old Highland hymn to make money. Double standards much?

Additionally is “Oh Lori” by the Brothers Alessi, a very nice piece of mood music from the 1970s which is one of my all-time favorites of all time.

Love Unknown


Playout date: 26 November 2006
Duration: 2:52
Views at the time added to HTV: 4,637
Likes at the time added to HTV: 16
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 2
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 88.9%
Comments at time added: 1
Total interactions at time added: 19
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Basilica of the Holy Cross, Warsaw
Other people featured: Richard Berkeley (conductor) and the Nowa Orkiestra Kameralna
Genre: Charity Concert (for Halemba mine disaster victims)
Music used: My Song is Love Unknown by Samuel Crossman
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

 

On the video you will see some information about how this was a Charity concert for the mine Disaster at Halemba in 2006. Money was raised for the families of the victims.

What may I say?

Last year, I sang this at my mother’s funeral last year as it was her particular request from me that I should do so, this was her all time favorite hymn and also one of mine. While she was still with us, but ill, one of the last videos I watched with my mother was this one. She was as ever moved to tear by it.

Let me just give you the wonderful words of Crossman:

My song is love unknown,
My Saviour’s love to me;
Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be.
O who am I,
That for my sake
My Lord should take
Frail flesh and die?

He came from His blest throne
Salvation to bestow;
But men made strange, and none
The longed-for Christ would know:
But O! my Friend,
My Friend indeed,
Who at my need
His life did spend.

Sometimes they strew His way,
And His sweet praises sing;
Resounding all the day
Hosannas to their King:
Then “Crucify!”
is all their breath,
And for His death
they thirst and cry.

Why, what hath my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
He gave the blind their sight,
Sweet injuries!
Yet they at these
Themselves displease,
and ’gainst Him rise.

They rise and needs will have
My dear Lord made away;
A murderer they save,
The Prince of life they slay,
Yet cheerful He
to suffering goes,
That He His foes
from thence might free.

In life no house, no home,
My Lord on earth might have;
In death no friendly tomb,
But what a stranger gave.
What may I say?
Heav’n was his home;
But mine the tomb
Wherein he lay.

Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine;
Never was love, dear King!
Never was grief like Thine.
This is my Friend,
in Whose sweet praise
I all my days
could gladly spend.

May you be able to recognise such a Friend for yourself in the Friend of sinners, Lord, Creator and Kinsman Redeemer Jesus Christ.

RSA 8/10 Hoppy Feet


Playout date: 25 November 2006
Duration: 2:19
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Table Mountain National Park
Other people featured: David Uncleborough
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “This could be heaven” Queen
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: African penguin, Sphenicus demersus
Other remarks:

Another one of the videos done as “David Uncleborough” my impersonation of the narrating style of the veteran bremoaining broadcaster David Attenborough. Only whereas he tends to speak uncritically about evolution, David Uncleborough refers to it with unbelief and cynicism.

I had high hopes of developing a series of “David Uncleborough’s Life on this Planet” spoof nature documentaries but never really got to it. Maybe I will one day.

 

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