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.

Puławska Street and politics


Original YT playout date: 2 March 2009
Duration: 19:02

We have a drive through Mokotow and the talk turns to politics…
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Berko Revisited


Original YT playout date: 28 February 2009
Duration: 14:26

It’s Berkhamsted revisited, on a request by a disgruntled resident of that town, who didn’t like my last footage.
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Japanese friend in Warsaw


Original YT playout date: 24 February 2009
Duration: 24:49

Here is a day spent in the company of Takahiro Kajiura, an intelligent and cultured gentleman from the land of the flowering cherry.

I used for the background the song Ue o muite arukō, also known as Sukiyaki, by Kyu Sakamoto. This is a song I remembered from earliest childhood, which Takahiro-san helped me to identify.

上を向いて歩こう
Ue o muite arukō
I shall walk looking up

涙がこぼれないように
namida ga kobore nai yō ni
So that my tears won’t fall

思い出す春の日
Omoidasu haru no hi
Remembering Spring days

一人ぼっちの夜
Hitori bocchi no yoru
On this lonely night.
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Bovingdon Revisited


Original YT playout date: 23 February 2009
Duration: 23:27

More footage from my recent visit to the UK. We have fun in the car.
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On Not Meeting Konwicki


Original YT playout date: 19 February 2009
Duration: 15:26

This living legend of literature was signing his book right next to my office, and as a literary person I wanted to go along and meet this figurehead letterhead. Unfortunately, all the other budding literati had the same notion, and the crowds of cultural vulturals descended on Wiejska Street in such force that I could not get anywhere near the great man.
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Wroclaw Revisited


Original YT playout date: 15 February 2009
Duration: 52:08

Here’s an interesting one. The original video length is 52 minutes and 8 seconds. I did use back then various pieces of music in the mistaken belief that I was doing labels a favour by introducing them via my films to a new set of people. In most cases this has been reason to take all the ad revenues and share them among the music providers with nothing left for me, as though there was nothing in the video other than their music. I have never seen the logic of this, but it is not the main problem.
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Jerusalem Avenue


Original YT playout date: 14 February 2009
Duration: 10:45

It’s Aleje Jerozolimskie in Warsaw, and I’m in a grumpy mood. I’ve wanted to tear the London Steak House apart in a rant for some time. It counts as a blot on the landscape as far as I’m concerned. Why can’t they get this place put under new management?
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In an Aquarist Store


Original YT playout date: 10 February 2009
Duration: 7:45

It’s Kakadu, formerly Anna Zoo, in Galeria Mokotow, Warsaw
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Sika deer in Ashridge


Original YT playout date: 10 February 2009
Duration: 39:12

“I can’t belive you you film this, let alone make other people watch it afterwards, REDICULOUS!” wrote one commentator. Nevertheless, I am enjoying watching it afterwards, as it has my parents on and little Sophie’s voice, which otherwise would be lost for ever as my parents are gone, zichro baruch, Sophie hi gdolah achshav, and this will never happen again. So even if someone doesn’t like it, I don’t really care too much. I like it. Yeah, it’s a pity that the video cam is blurred, but that’s what I had. Some people see the world like that anyway, because they don’t realise that they need glasses. Just as some commentators comment like that because they don’t realise they need more brains.
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Duda-Bis protests against Raiffeisenbank


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Original YT playout date: 7 February 2009
Duration: 4:07

The following is the original comment from 12 years ago. I kept it in as its relevance to today is somehow abiding.
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Huliganov’s Chicken Cretins


Original YT playout date: 7 February 2009
Duration: 1:22

If you think this is gonna be another cookery programme, then you’re in for a big disappointment. Or maybe not…
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Drive through Warsaw on a Saturday Afternoon in Winter


Original YT playout date: 3 February 2009
Duration: 19:37

From Praga Polnoc to Ochota just to see a bit of Warsaw.
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