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Poland related travel and places

Some scenes from time back in Poland


Original YT playout date: 28 June 2009
Duration: 17:02

In between the Prague vlogs, obviously I am back home in Poland. Here are a few scenes from Poland in May. They are mixed content, and include a further discussion of the goldlist methodology, of weather, and my usual trick of filming what I see, not all of it particularly pleasant, but we are, after all, sharing this planet with the girl who was sitting crying on the kerb next to her own vomit, and with the gentleman who was slapping his bitch near my house, who also got caught on camera. These people we share the planet with, and the scenes are real and not staged, as you can find on many channels on youtube, unfortunately! There is also joy and family pleasure among the grim reality, such as seeing a Portuguese student band in traditional garb in the tram as they were visiting Warsaw, Sophie’s birthday, and treating my wife to a fine meal of sushi. In short this is a mixed bag of everything.
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A demo of the GoldList Method is included.
Includes Sophie’s 9th birthday party.

***Statistics and Credits***
Views at the time added to HTV: 790
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Comments at time added: 3
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Location: Home in Ochota
Other people featured: Family
Genre: Family, miscellaneous
Music used: Various
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
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Family fun in the sun


Original YT playout date: 13 June 2009
Duration: 7:20

It’s more sunny now, and we have a look at the old patio, and a nearby park with a play area that Tanya likes to explore the plants of, and how young Pushkin, the bengal cat who already has his own international feline audience here on YouTube, is getting on.
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A drive along the Vistula reservoir


Original YT playout date: 13 May 2009
Duration: 36:27

Between Wloclawek and Plock the Vistula broadens. We ride the road you can see on the map to the south of this lake. I keep up the usual running commentary.
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Tczewing it over


Original YT playout date: 9 May 2009
Duration: 13:24

“I thought of “”Tczew revisited”” for the title of this, but I already had several other town videos named “”Name-of-town Revisited”” and I can’t go overdoing that just because Brideshead Revisited, that good in parts novel by Evelyn Waugh, has recently hit the silver screen.

So I just had to go and think of another outrageous piece of interlingual wordplay for the title here, but basically what is going on is a look back at Tczew one year on from the old Tczew videos. This was done in a single take, without switching the Vado off even once, and with no cuts at all in postproduction either.

Unfortunately the new gallery which looked so promising on my last visit was nowhere to be seen.”
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Splash! How to dive into a pool


Original YT playout date: 6 May 2009
Duration: 2:01

A diving lesson at Sophie’s swimming class
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A view of Gdansk – Oliwa


Original YT playout date: 3 May 2009
Duration: 25:53

“Are we human?” asks the well-known popular song, “…or are we Gdanskers?” In this video we see the human geography and the natural beauty blend perfectly in this overview of Gdansk Oliwa from the old German army watchtower point, and then wandering around the Oliwa Park, and finally walking it (7 kms) to the shore of the Baltic Sea. At the end you can see some shots from a wonderful Mexican restaurant I ended up in. The food was tremendous, the decor and service impeccable, so I can definitely recommend that.
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A Slice of Katowice


Original YT playout date: 2 May 2009
Duration: 7:40

We drive through part of this city in rush-hour. We don’t see the centre, but we drive past one or two of the “icons” of this famous industrial city.
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Musings from the road at sunset


Original YT playout date: 1 May 2009
Duration: 8:06

Featuring thoughts on applying the GoldList Method to the learning of poety, a presentation of Wordsworth’s “”Daffodils”” and whether man’s release of chemicals into the sky has affected the natural world much or not.

You might say “”why get sidetracked onto daffodils when there aren’t any there?””. Ah, but that’s precisely the *point* of the poem, isn’t it?
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It’s OK for Krapkowice!


Original YT playout date: 30 April 2009
Duration: 46:49

Riding through the countryside of the Opole region in Poland, we take a tongue-in-cheek look at the principles of taxonomy (the scientific names of animals and plants) and then visit a place with the inauspicious name of Krapkowice…
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The Raging Bull Inn


Original YT playout date: 27 April 2009
Duration: 4:16

Karczma pod lutym turem – Raging Bull Inn, is another place well worth going to.

https://www.facebook.com/Karczma-Pod-Lutym-Turem-188069921234245/ is a fair plug, if you want to visit and find out if it’s still as good today.

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Lost in Lower Silesia, I discover the nectar of Amber


Original YT playout date: 26 April 2009
Duration: 41:12

First the road doesn’t go the way the GPS says. It tries to get me to drive my car right into the Oder river in flood, then I drive along having a bit of a singsong to myself and reciting the world’s longest place name, or whatever that thing is, and then I find a lovely place to eat – Hotel Amber in Olesnica. “”We’ll make sure you come back”” they claim as you go in. They got that right, despite my initial scepticism. I’m going back as soon as I can.

If the pianist was at all disturbed my my singing along to his pieces, he didn’t show it. He simply got on with the show like a professional. It was over too soon though. The soundtrack doesn’t do justice to the quality of play – although I got my better camera out at the end when the Vado ran out and possibly you can hear the quality better in the last third of the film.
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Secret War…saw


Original YT playout date: 26 April 2009
Duration: 9:15

This tongue-in-cheek footage shows some of the darker side of Warsaw research establishment, which is waiting to unleash its unprecented technology on the world and enslave us all…
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