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Poland related travel and places

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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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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Ordinary Life


Original YT playout date: 14 February 2010
Duration: 17:46

This is just a few bits of early January footage left from my old Vado (these days I’m filming mainly on the new HD Vado). These bits were left over, but what they show is just some glimpses of very ordinary moments in the family and driving from work, etc. From this point on the “out and about” video is mainly going to be done with the new HD cam, although I may well press the old Vado into service when needed…
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Cold Train


Original YT playout date: 8 February 2010
Duration: 7:22

The train from Gdansk to Warsaw crosses the floodplain of the Vistula between Tczew and Malbork.
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Fledglings Sledging


Original YT playout date: 6 February 2010
Duration: 22:52

For those of you who come from the other side of the Atlantic, you may not understand what I say when I say sledging. It is the way we say “”sledding””. I don’t know how the “”-edge”” part dropped out of the American way, but to the best of my knowledge we have the edge on you there.

There are many words which do end in -ed which would sound funny if you replaced the -ed with -edge, though. Imagine going to somebody’d wedging, for instance. “With this ring, I thee wedge” – well they can be a tight fit. And it could be true in a sense in some cases, where no wedging had happened prior to the ceremony.

Anyhow, this is how New Years Day 2010 looked for our family…
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From Raciborz to Katowice by train


Original YT playout date: 30 January 2010
Duration: 6:12

This shows Silesia from the window of a local train. The train in question was quite clean and comfortable for one of its genre. I had better add that in case people get the idea that they can explore all Poland’s backwaters in minor trains and still always get a reasonable pleasant ride. Your railage may vary.
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Belgian Conga


Belgian Chamber, Christine Avgustaki, Belvedere Restaurant, Warsaw,

Original YT playout date: 17 January 2010
Duration: 10:03

“Well, they didn’t exactly conga, not by the time I left, anyway. It was the day after Hermann van Rompuy was named by the powers that be, (by which of course, I don’t mean the democratic electorate, as we did not get a vote on it, but as yet we’re still allowed to comment that, so I am) and the Belgian community abroad were so delighted by this that they invited all their friends to a slap up meal and a concert by one of their stars, in the most expensive restaurant in every capital city, to celebrate. We got Christine Avgustaki, for Warsaw, and the Belvedere restaurant. I hear that we had tried to get Jacques Brel for Poland, as he has many fans here, but that he was otherwise engaged.

Many thanks to Belgium for this, we all had a wonderful time, and I only left early as it was already past midnight, and anyway I never trained to dance, so I dance like a train.”
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Location: Belvedere hotel
Other people featured:Belgian chamber
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Music used: None
Languages used: English, Polish,
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Sunset with migrating starlings and the beginnings of a tornado


Original YT playout date: 16 January 2010
Duration: 5:49

This interesting sky was filmed on my drive home last year one November evening. The song is a composition of mine which doesn’t have words yet, but I am thinking about plum trees with white blossom on, seen across the plain of a river in spring flood. If anyone wants to turn that into a lyric, be my guest. After that we have a fairly random scene where Sophie starts to do one of her extemporaneous “stories” while we are waiting for our takeaway to be ready. I’m not sure that what you see in the sky is really the beginning of a tornado, but at first glance it sort of looked like one. Not sure how else something like that would be there just on its own like that …
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Farewell Video of Extraordinary Mognitude


Original YT playout date: 14 November 2009
Duration: 1:09:34

“If you like long goodbyes, then this is the place for you. This one lasts well over an hour!

Lord Moggy, of nightshiftmoggy channel, as well as one of the stars of this channel, decided that his one and a half year visit to Europe has to come to an end. He has seen new things, made new acquaintances, learned a bit of the language, ate different foods – but it ain’t home. Like Peter Allen, he still calls Australia home, so off he flies.

You’ve seen him on this channel about fifteen to twenty times, maybe even more. This is his last interview before I took him to the airport, and he blows the whistle on certain unscrupulous practices he encountered recently, and his adventures in Ukraine, including getting deported.

This tells us some of the story of an extraordinary modern adventurer, the resilience of a man who lost everything, and then decided at last to follow a dream, even though everyone thought he was mad.

An account of someone who is at once a street moggy and a lord – a nearly penniless man … who has enriched us all.”
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