Category Archives: Britain

Britain, especially England, especially Hertfordshire.

Huliganov’s England – 4/4 “Germy Claxon werry bed men!”


Original YT playout date: 21 January 2010
Duration: 10:24

Huliganov negotiates the underground railway on London, but comes face to face with none other that “Germy Claxon” himself! Or at least a poster thereof, advertising his latest bilious att-hacks. Huliganov is putting up with none of the nonsense this atrocious human being writes, and shows that even from his face you can tell that he is a no-good style character.
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Huliganov’s England – 3/4 “The Man on the Clapham Omnibus”


Original YT playout date: 18 January 2010
Duration: 14:21

What the man on the Clapham omnibus might think of something was always as much a beloved benchmark of desired behaviour/legal decisions in English law as the famous WWJD is to believing people in America. However, the man on the Clapham omnibus is merely a fictional character, as Huliganov discovers. When he finally sees a Clapham omnibus – he’s in for a big shock, which shakes to the core his faith in the English legal system…
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Huliganov’s England – 2/4 “London Calling”


Original YT playout date: 17 January 2010
Duration: 14:56

Let’s all go down the Strand with Huliganov, looking for his meeting venue and talking all the time.
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Huliganov’s England – 1/4 “Ghost Town”


Original YT playout date: 17 January 2010
Duration: 13:14

We fly from Warsaw Chopinmall Airport to so-called “London” Luton, (don’t be fooled, it’s nowhere near London) and then go on to Hemel Hempstead to do a spot of Christmas shopping, and get a few special offers. One offering by the Specials in the 1970s talked about “this town is coming like a ghost town” – they could really have been singing about Hemel Hemsptead a quarter of a century later – all the old lovely things like the Pavilion and the old market, and the nativity crib all gone, and replaced with stupid tableaux of fluffy toys being attacked by wolves and nonsense like that! Quite frankly the way things are going, the town is lucky to have a Christmas tree. By the way, please note that even after all these years, I sang that song at exactly the right pitch – as the video proves. I didn’t autotune it. If you think that’s easy, you try it! Could always have been a fluke, of course…
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Huliganov’s “Flight of Screams”


Monday, July 12, 2021

Original YT playout date: 14 January 2010
Duration: 1:53

It’s Orchestral Babies in the Dark, as in flight, everyone hears you scream.
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A few random scenes from London


Original YT playout date: 15 October 2009
Duration: 7:11

I take a few moments from a recent visit to explore some bookshops on Charing Cross Road and discuss the value of not buying on impulse.
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Pretty Edgey – Bledlow Edge


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Original YT playout date: 3 October 2009
Duration: 16:51

It’s plums-in-mouths time as we tour rural Oxfordshire just beyond the scarp of the Chilterns.
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A Walk Around the East of Hemel Hempstead Redux


 

Original YT playout date: 25 April 2009
Duration: 58:59

Which is precisely what it says on the tin, whatever that means. See our marvellous industrial estate, Grove Hill, Highfield and Adeyfield as well as Leverstock Green, a place so posh it sets your accent back three hundred years.

This version has has part of the sound track of the original version replaced following a copyright claim by WMG. Although that copyright claim affected only 2 minutes of this hour long programme, containing numerous original observations about life in contemporary Britain and the history of the region being treated, it was considered sufficient to blank out all the other 58 minutes of audio also. The available option of audioswapping (which I do use on occasion) was not suitable as I would have lost the speechlines here, and there is also no available audioswap for a film lasting nearly an hour.

Thankfully I was able to re-edit the saved copy of the first film – it’s not seamless, but it’s better than the alternative, and I can keep the series whole.

The use of a handful of Telegraph frames I believe is fair use, as no account of Hemel Hempstead would be complete without a few words on the Buncefield explosion – the largest explosion in peace time Europe. I am happy to acknowledge the Telegraph website as the source of these images. I endorse it as the best UK newspaper site and look at it nearly every day.”
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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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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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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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Burnham Beeches Hotel (Uncle Davey’s Herts Content S3 E 17/18)


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Original YT playout date: 21 December 2008
Duration: 16:30

Part seventeen was actually put up after eighteen, beat that!
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