Category Archives: Poland

Poland related travel and places

Snowy Road


Playout date: 26 February 2007
Duration: 9:11
Views at the time added to HTV: 3,474
Likes at the time added to HTV: 12
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 2
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 85.7%
Comments at time added: 6
Total interactions at time added: 20
Total interactions to views 0.6%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Load between Czarnkow and Szamotuly including Lubasz
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Galactic Time” by Aalborg Ambient Soundtracks
Languages used: None
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

As many reading this will know, I went on to do a load of driving videos, but this was one of the earliest attempts, showing the road between Czarnków and Szamotuły in -6 degree cold and snow everywhere. Very typical Polish road scenery.

Originally it contained a musical backing track with several pieces that did not obscure my commentary, however it was an early copyright claim and so it had to be replaced by a new soundtrack which still produced a copyright claim after the next goalposts change, so I lost by better audio and am left with no advantage to having a piece called “Galactic Time” by Aalborg Ambient Soundtracks in place of my usual vibrant commentary. Does anyone wonder why I have mainly no music on my later videos?

Czarnkow Quaint Hotel Room


Playout date: 25 February 2007
Duration: 6:05
Views at the time added to HTV: 3,108
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 5
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 54.5%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 13
Total interactions to views 0.4%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Czarna Hanka hotel in Czarnkow
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Everybody knows”, Leonard Cohen, karaoke version
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

A litte dark and atmospheric, a reminder of how my vsits to Czarna Hanka hotel in Czarnkow used to be when I used to be the auditor of a nearby noted factory.
It demonstrates the use of fizzy orange flavoured vitamin pills. This occasioned the sarcasm of some commentators ho pretended that they did not have them in their own countries, and were amazed by them.

Vratislavia pluvens


 

Playout date: 17 February 2007
Duration: 8:10
Views at the time added to HTV: 591
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 0
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 100.0%
Comments at time added: 1
Total interactions at time added: 7
Total interactions to views 1.2%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Wroclaw main square, and Restauracja Lwowska in Wroclaw
Other people featured: Colleagues
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Raindrops keeping falling on my head” karaoke version, and Fleetwood Mac “I wanna be with you everywhere
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Working in Wroclaw, or Breslau as the Germans called it, (it’s all about Tietz with them), it’s a good excuse to go out and eat after work with colleagues and show you the old town square and the Lwow Restaurant famous on that square.

I think this was the first ever time I had done covert filming, something you’ll see lots of later. You can see that this goes back to a time, which seems so long ago now, when people still used to smoke in restaurants. The only way to stop it turned out to be to outlaw it, smokers never managed to control themselves without being passed laws on.

The video name is a doff of the hat to the music festival Vratislavia cantans held here each year.

Quote of the clip: “There’s a bit of an element gathering over there…”

Unknown Piece


Playout date: 11 February 2007
Duration: 1:45
Views at the time added to HTV: 339
Likes at the time added to HTV: 3
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 0
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 100.0%
Comments at time added: 0
Total interactions at time added: 3
Total interactions to views 0.9%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ32
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Warsaw
Other people featured: FNOK
Genre: Concert
Music used: TBA
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Another piece from the concert in aid of the Mine disaster in Halemab, hosted by Holy Sepulchre Church in Warsaw, the church most people know as where the heart of Chopin is entombed in one pillar.

This clip illustrates something funny about YT, and not for the first or last time. I called this unknown piece as I didn’t recall the name of it, I did not write it down at the time. Later, in the comments, someone is kind enough to supply the name but I did not change the name or description, just pointed to the comment in the description. Well, of course YT being YT, comments are regularly lopped off, and so right now no comments are showing and I think it is the case with all my videos that pre 2008 comments are largely not visible.

Thankfully that is not the case here. Comments are ot programmed to come down anytime soon, so if someone can be kind enough to identify this piece in the comments here on HTV, I will be most grateful.

Lord, for Thy tender mercy’s sake (Farrant)


Playout date: 9 February 2007
Duration: 2:56
Views at the time added to HTV: 29,900
Likes at the time added to HTV: 42
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 0
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 100.0%
Comments at time added: 13
Total interactions at time added: 55
Total interactions to views 0.2%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ31
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Warsaw
Other people featured: FNOK
Genre: Concert
Music used: Henry Purcell, “Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our heartss”
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Another piece from the concert in aid of the Mine disaster in Halemab, hosted by Holy Sepulchre Church in Warsaw, the church most people know as where the heart of Chopin is entombed in one pillar.

This anthem was composed by Richard Farrant based on a text from the sixteenth century prayerbook “Lidley’s Prayers”:

“Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake,
lay not our sins to our charge,
but forgive that is past
and give us grace to amend our sinful lives;
to decline from sin and incline to virtue,
that we may walk in a perfect heart
before thee now and evermore.   ”

Quote of the clip: “to decline from sin and incline to virtue”

Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts (Purcell)


Playout date: 9 February 2007
Duration: 2:33
Views at the time added to HTV: 36,674
Likes at the time added to HTV: 34
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 6
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 85.0%
Comments at time added: 15
Total interactions at time added: 55
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Warsaw
Other people featured: None
Genre: Concert
Music used: Henry Purcell, “Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our heartss”
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Another piece from the concert in aid of the Mine disaster in Halemab, hosted by Holy Sepulchre Church in Warsaw, the church most people know as where the heart of Chopin is entombed in one pillar.

This anthem was composed by Henry Purcell for the funeral of Queen Mary II in 1695.

I write these words on the birthday of Richard Berkeley who remains until today one of the most treasured friends we have made in Warsaw, and also the conduit of many other good friendships I have made, one of which with someone I also had the good fortune to meet today.

If ye love Me, keep My commandments


Playout date: 31 January 2007
Duration: 3:12
Views at the time added to HTV: 66,348
Likes at the time added to HTV: 76
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 11
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 87.4%
Comments at time added: 32
Total interactions at time added: 119
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: None
Location: Church of Holy Sepulchre, Warsaw
Other people featured: Nowa Orkiestra Kameralna
Genre: Concert
Music used: If ye love me, by Thomas Tallis
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

This performance by Richard Berkeley’s Nowa Orkiestra Kameralna of Thomas Tallis’ wonderful setting of John 14:15-17 has been enjoyed by many people in this YT clip. Indeed, although the Church (where Chopin’s heart lies entombed in a pillar) was full of people on the night, one hundred times as many have heard this thanks to the wonders of YT and social media.

Richard Berkeley was then and remains now one of the treasures among the non_polish community of Warsaw. He has contributed immensely to the cultural and social life of this city and of my family’s experience of it. His view that music brings people together is only part of it. His great personality also has that effect. When I look through my contacts I am sometimes amazed to see the number of people I met through Richard.

Richard, if you should chance to be reading this, thank you.

Zywiec by night


Playout date: 21 December 2006
Duration: 2:32
Views at the time added to HTV: 8,465
Likes at the time added to HTV: 12
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 6
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 66.7%
Comments at time added: 9
Total interactions at time added: 27
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Zywiec, South Poland
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Acker Bilk, “Stranger on the shore”
Languages used: English with a little Polish
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

A very brief night view from the car of Zywiec, a town known mainly from the brand of beer of the same name which is sold internationally. It is only a small place in fact, so there is maybe quite an overlap between the nearly 9,000 who have seen the film and the actual population of the town.

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