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.

Anna’s Tale


Original YT playout date: 7 March 2010
Duration: 7:21

This is the title of the tune here, by my friend Krzysztof Orlowski, whom you may remember meeting in my film of Amber Hotel in Olesnice about a year back. I also have more footage of his fine playing to play out in the near future from my visit to the same place this year.

Krzysztof gave me a fine CD of his music, which you could get on http://www.gitana.pl – though not sure that page is still going. It is very well produced. I noticed that the song “”Anna’s Tale”” went very interestingly together with this footage taken recently landing in a blizzard at Warsaw airport, so I chose this clip to showcase this evocative and mysterious piece.

If you are wondering why a lot of the start of this video appears to be a blank screen, look again, and you will see the snow whipping by as a multitude of tiny horizontal lines. And then the snow-covered land appears below through the clouds…”
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This piece would have done for a broad range of films actually. In retrospect, the dark landing barely does it any justice. I could have used it in a much better context. This guy did great music but became practically invisible, like Richard Halley.

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Music used: Anna’s Tale, by Krzysztof Orlowski, used by personal permission
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None

Drunk Moyon at Cash Machine


Original YT playout date: 6 March 2010
Duration: 1:44

I knew he was going to say something ridiculous to me because he has been accosting people around and about, so I got my camera into stealth mode and filmed the idiot.

Some people say I shouldn’t make films that take the peace out of alcoholics, saying that it is an insult, but I say to that that nobody forced them to start drinking more alcohol than they could handle. no-one poured it down their neck. And besides, at least if we get some entertainment out of them, at least there is some use in them.
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Bratislava – part 3/3


Original YT playout date: 5 March 2010
Duration: 16:55

An evening stroll at minus seven degrees in a headwind through the city centre of Bratislava.
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Bratislava – part 2/3


Original YT playout date: 2 March 2010
Duration: 10:55

In this second part of the Brat Pack, we have a quick look at what is on Dunajska street and then it’s back for more Slovak food at the hotel.
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Bratislava – part 1/3


Original YT playout date: 22 February 2010
Duration: 18:25

Bratislava revisited – this time in HD, and three parts.
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Prague Vlog #20 – Scenic Route to Airport


Original YT playout date: 21 February 2010
Duration: 22:07

I went this way to the airport the first time and it seems a good deal prettier than the way I usually get taken.
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Prague Vlog #19 – Genetically Modifying Tea


Original YT playout date: 20 February 2010
Duration: 14:21

Other than finding out about the genetically modifying teas available in Prague, we begin the journey to the airport done a completely different way (the scenic route) as I went by the Embassy to collect a document.
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Prague Vlog #18 – Diplomatic Quarter


Original YT playout date: 19 February 2010
Duration: 18:46

The areas around parliament is what we look at here, on another walk in Prague. I did plenty while there but I miss that city now.
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Snow on snow – what can happen if you don’t get periodic thaws in winter


Original YT playout date: 17 February 2010
Duration: 4:47

This is an exercise in using the new Vado in a similar night setting to the way I’ve recently been using the old one. Low light is a challenge to any camera – will the new Vado still produce a more watchable image?

The discussion centres on how Warsaw, unlike Moscow, only shovels snow into heaps during winter and doesn’t transport it out of town or into parks or down to the Vistula. This isn’t a problem most winters as there is fall and thaw, fall and thaw every week or so, but we had snow on snow.

The scenario is that we now have more snow just sitting around in ridges and heaps, well compacted, that if a sudden thaw comes now the water has nowhere to go but subways, subterranean garages and people’s cellars. The city hasn’t cleared the access to drains properly and anybody with the normal power of observation can see that there’s a big risk of thaw flooding in Warsaw.

It’s now one month on from when I made this video and the situation has only got worse. Four weeks more subzero temperatures, and more snow falling on the old snow. Right now outside it’s about 30-40% worse than I’m showing on the video, and the closer we get to spring the closer we are to the scenario where everything thaws in a flash and we are all knee deep in water and floating dogs excrement. The city should be doing more, but if you know anyone in Warsaw or other similarly affected city, get them to remove their belongings in the next few weeks from any cellars that could be affected, and get them to clear snow away from drains, so that the meltwater has somewhere to run off, and not into their homes. Of course, when it happens it will be in all the media as a big surprise, but I’m telling you ahead of time, there’s no surprise about it. Use your eyes, mayors, councillors, and residents. If there’s a huge mountain of snow next to the entrance to your underground garage now, blocking the drain, you should be able to work out without too much difficulty where that water will be in a couple of weeks’ time.
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Train from Prague to Warsaw – Part 3


Original YT playout date: 16 February 2010
Duration: 14:42

We get as far as Olomouc and then the low light makes it not worthwhile. So we cut to a bit of the return journey – this time the plane was not cancelled, and I even got given an upgrade!

So, in the main, we’re good buddies, Czech Airlines and me. Which is more than I can say for SAS, British Airways and, recently, Lot.
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Train from Prague to Warsaw – Part 2


 

Original YT playout date: 15 February 2010
Duration: 11:48

This bit takes us from Katowice onwards, through some very pleasant territory in the snow.
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Train from Prague to Warsaw – Part 1


Original YT playout date: 14 February 2010
Duration: 15:43

“This was going to be a Prague Vlog – the first one on the HD cam, but all I really ended up filming was the journey, as when I got there all I did was stay in the office! And as the HD cam is very “”bytey””, I can’t make just the one film of this, so I’ll do it in three parts. You get some lovely real Polish winter landscape from the train after heavy snow – snow that caused the cancellation of the aircraft I was meant to be going there on!

I was determined to go, as I had three meetings that week of people coming into Prague to see me. In the end all three cancelled, but at least my conscience was clear. I made it.”
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