Category Archives: Poland

Poland related travel and places

Nick Coppernickers and the Solar Systers


Original YT playout date: 13 January 2009
Duration: 8:20

Mickolas or Nickolas Coppernickers is the name of the Polish dude from Torun who spoke Latin and German and maybe Polish too, and who discovered the solar system and got told off by the Catholic church for getting above himself. His monument is round the corner from where George went to hospital for his rotovirus, and we went to visit him.
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Tasty Classics December 2008


Original YT playout date: 12 January 2009
Duration: 1:00:50

“In the company of Richard Berkeley and the Fundacja Nowa Orkiestra Kameralna in the Bristol Hotel, Warsaw, on 4th December 2008.

The sponsors of the event included http://www.grupastrategia.com , your one-stop shop for professional services (audit, accounting, tax, legal, real estate, business systems) for foreign investors in Poland in five different Polish cities, also http://www.dobrewina.pl , and others. See them all on http://www.fnok.pl . Reuters and Arup were major contributors to this event, both those companies taking a full table for their guests.

These events are unforgettable cultural moments in the expatriate life of this city. If you have never been and would like to, then let me know and I will put you in contact with the right person.”
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Windows on Warsaw #2


Original YT playout date: 10 January 2009
Duration: 1:59

The view from the Elektrim building and then later from the Luxmed building, accompanied by a cacaphonous collage of music underscoring the discordant mix of styles of architecture in Warsaw…
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Warsaw Night Ride


Original YT playout date: 9 January 2009
Duration: 34:59

Taking in Rembertow, Stara Milosna, Trakt Brzeski, Most Siekierkowski, ul. Wilanowska, and other nocturnal highlights. This with the usual lengthy running commentary.
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Ice Rink Opening in Ochota


Original YT playout date: 3 January 2009
Duration: 13:41

Back on November 16th, it was time to open the open-air ice rink. Our local neighbourhood rink was the first to be declared open in Warsaw. You can see what a fun time was had by all.
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Rising Artists in Warsaw


Original YT playout date: 2 January 2009
Duration: 1:04:45

The original title of this video was going to be Vernisage. You can still see that at the beginning.

I took Sophie, who seems to have something of an artist’s eye, to this exhibition of work made by an association of rising artists in Warsaw.

In these days where shares and investment schemes are a joke, where even real estate is down 30% or more, what are you going to invest in? Gold? They’re making it right now in the Hadron collider! (You didn’t think they switched it off for six months after a single day’s work after spending all that money did you? It’s not for nothing they tucked it discreetly underneath the main banking capital of the world in Switzerland!) You are left – apart from the hopefully obvious one of storing up treasure in heaven – with workable investments in know-how, education and technology, production assets for the food supply chain and media, and with art investments.

The really rich have always invested in fine art, and you can do the same. Of the dozen or so rising artists shown here, the chances are good that one or more of them could rise to become the future Dalis, Picassos, Rembrandts. The paltry prices looked for today by these artists for their works could pay back in years to come hundreds of times over.

The chances are a good deal higher than for premium bonds or lottery tickets, and you get to use your own taste to pick and back tomorrow’s treasures, unlike the automated processes determining prizes in lotteries or the fallible, impersonal checks and balances of the financial investment system.

On top of which, of course, you get the art beautifying your living and working environment, giving aesthetic value day by day as it accrues financial value also.

I can either buy for you from the artists and arrange transport or secure storage, or you can buy from them direct, as I have no need to earn commissions and handling fees from anyone for this (although I’m also not going to turn my nose up at them either in this day and age) and you will see in the film contact details for most of the artists.
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Road Trip to Dadaj


Original YT playout date: 23 December 2008
Duration: 58:27

We drive in the company of Lord Moggy, Alan Heath and Marysia to a summer camp in Dadaj, seeing the roads of northern Poland on the way. When Alan is around, the conversation always flows, so enjoy!
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Silesian Interlude


Original YT playout date: 21 December 2008
Duration: 11:55

The day after the Qubus Hotel video. Featuring the havoc wreaked by the tornado in August this year.
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Pomeranian Interlude


Original YT playout date: 19 December 2008
Duration: 10:47

Here’s the rest of the Pomeranian footage that you saw something of in the Walcz video recently, this time off the Vado. The fine meal we had in great company in the Hunting Palace hotel in Świdwin. I can tell you that Pomerania is a fine part of the world. I always like going there.
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OSiR, nauka plywania, swimming lessons


Original YT playout date: 19 December 2008
Duration: 3:43

Here is a view of the OSIR or “Osrodek Sportu i Rekreakcji” at Ochota, a nice part of Warsaw, Poland, and the area where I live. Here we see a swimming lesson in progress.
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Take This Walcz


Original YT playout date: 13 December 2008
Duration: 33:50

Walcz (pronounced “vouch”) is the name of a pleasant Pomeranian town derived from the Kashubian word Wolcz and once called Deutsch Krone.

From there, we drive on to observe some more of the idyll that is the golden Polish autumn in the rolling forest roads of Pomerania.

The precise co-ordinates of the lovely woodland restaurant shown here are as follows:

geo:lat=53.422141645164224
geo:lon=16.387996673583984

I definitely recommend it.
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Uncle Davey’s Warsaw #2 – Ochota


 

Original YT playout date: 5 December 2008
Duration: 35:02

So, in this second part in a series of occasional films about the city I live in, we take the camera for a walk through Ochota and up to the centre via the old Ghetto.
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