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Category Archives: Britain

Britain, especially England, especially Hertfordshire.

Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #13 “More Geese than Swans”, aka “fowling the water”.


Original playout date: 5 April 2008
Duration: 8:32

We’re having fun feeding the birds by the Gade in the Water Gardens in Hemel Hempstead, Sophie and me.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #12 “Sophie Having Fun”


Original playout date: 2 April 2008
Duration: 10:42

It’s Sophie’s choice … and her choice was, to go to the Jarman’s Park ice skating rink in Hemel Hempstead. Yes, it’s number twelve in the Uncle Davey’s Herts Content series
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #11 “Around Water End”


Original playout date: 29 March 2008
Duration: 9:22

Some nice colour on this video again. We look at trout farms, watercress, beautifully composed village scenery and sheep in pasture. What’s not to love?

Don’t miss the images of Hertfordshire pudding stone (which is a real mineral by the way, not just a pleasantry) and the the English pub food in Gaddesden.

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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #10 “Gadebridge Park”


Monday, September 17, 2018

Original playout date: 21 March 2008
Duration: 9:33

This is a nice video dominated by the blue sky over Hemel hempstead which occasionally happenes and Gadebridge part, where I caught my first fish. Starting just about 400 metres from my childhood home, flows after into unbroken rural terrain going on through England.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #9 “Another Walk”


Friday, September 14, 2018

Original playout date: 16 March 2008
Duration: 4:54

Today’s walk is Hemel Hempstead Railway Station and a further part of Boxmoor. We also visit my sister’s old house in Lewknor.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #8 “Not All Police Are Masons”


Original playout date: 8 March 2008
Duration: 6:01

We look at the memorial to Frank Mason, a police officer who tackled bank robbers while off duty. I don’t think Hemel Hempstead is properly documented without showing that some people here are like that.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #7 “Tring Museum”


Original playout date: 2 March 2008
Duration: 8:28

A nice visit to Tring Museum with family. Sophie and cousins.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #6 “Berkhamsted”


Original playout date: 1 March 2008
Duration: 8:26

One of my nicest galleries from a time I was doing my best to do as much walking as possible and used the camera to encourage that, even though it tended to slow progress right down. Read the rest of this entry

Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #5 “On fish and watercress”


Original playout date: 26 February 2008
Duration: 11:22

“On this spot, 40 years ago, I got clawed by a tiger. Happy memories!

This is a walk along the Grand Union Canal and a discussion of how species get their names and some of the things that we can see along the canal.”
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #4 “The Last Highwayman”


Original playout date: 23 February 2008
Duration: 11:48

This visit to Boxmoor features reminiscences of Hemel Hempstead School, a rant-on-the-hoof about trends in education in Britain today, and a look at the story of the death of James Snook or Robert Snooks, as he called himself, the last highwayman to be sentenced to death in England just over 200 years ago in this place, for the theft of 500 pounds from His Majesty’s mails.

If they did that to modern-day spammers and phishers and identity fraudsters that would soon put the fear of God into them, but standards appear to have slipped irretrievably since good old Snooks’es day.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #3 “Grand Union Canal”


Original playout date: 23 February 2008
Duration: 9:17

Here is a mainly gallery piece following my recent walk from home to Kings Langley along the towpath of the historic Grand Union Canal, which has linked London and Birmingham since the days of the Industrial Revolution.

New developments seen on most of this, such as the Apsley marina, are all new and in my youth much of this part of the canal was derelict. Not everything in the UK has gone downhill – most of what I’ve photographed in this film is actually evidence of renewal and improvement, and we see how the prestigious canalside homes in some less known Hertfordshire places like Belswains Lane have lifestyles akin to such places as Grantchester or Henley, with prices to match, no doubt.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #2 “Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead”


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Original playout date: 18 February 2008
Duration: 16:18

The second in the series “Uncle Davey’s Herts Content” features a walk down Hemel Hempstead’s main street looking at the things which are reminders of the old days and new things that have arrived in the most recent times.
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