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Category Archives: Northern Poland

Returning from Tczew over local roads


Original YT playout date: 12 April 2008
Duration: 15:12

Driving on roads which nowadays are not used much as the motorways are in place. Malbork is the seat of the templars or Teutonic Knights in Poland, or Prussia, as it then was.
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Rogue Trader


Original playout date: 4 April 2008
Duration: 2:39

I received a private message saying it would be a good idea if I gave the sozzled street trader in the Tczew video a separate clip, so that he’d be seen by more than those few willing to watch through nearly a quarter of an hour film about some remote Polish town.
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A drive and a chat around Inowroclaw


Original playout date: 4 April 2008
Duration: 29:59

Wanna go for a drive with me for half an hour in rural central Poland listening to some lovely traditional Polish music and talking about a few topcs, some small and some a bit bigger?
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Tczew part 2/2 – Have a Tczew on this!


Original playout date: 30 March 2008
Duration: 13:20

The second part of the Tczew video, containing a nice gallery section too, and the visit to a fine new gallery that wasn’t even really open yet, but the owners let me film and photograph.
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Tczew (1 of 2)


Original playout date: 29 March 2008
Duration: 14:59

I like Tczew, it’s the old German city of Dirschau, mention in Gunter Grass’s Tin Drum. I have spent quite a few nice times there.

I wasn’t sure if people would like my portrayal style as in Grudziadz another Northern Polish town with a German background, I got a lot of flack, but actualy the likes are 30 on this with only 2 dislikes.

The GPS machine seems to be taking me on a right wild goose chase, into someone’s yard instead of the centre of the town. Those were not exactly the days of google maps and the precision we now have, and that’s bad enough at times.
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Unforgettable Gdansk


Original playout date: 25 January 2008
Duration: 12:22

Dedicated go my radio mate Joe Becker, who will start to feature shortly on this channel when the radio parts get going, here is a visit to Gdansk, where he lived while in Poland.
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Holiday in Alsace #12/12 – The journey home


Original playout date: 8 December 2007
Duration: 13:17

Yes, we’ve reached the 12th and final part of the Alsace holiday saga, and I hope that you enjoy the road trip shots, the rare photo of my wife as a 19 year old, the impromptu Borat impersonation and the music of the UK Mr Big (NB not the same as the US group of the same name) and the full version of the song which has started each episode of this series, namely “Ne me quitte pas” by Brel, a song that launched many translations such as Shirley Bassey’s “if you go away” in the 1950s but none of them come in my opinion anywhere near the original, which must be in the top ten French language songs of all time.
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Turek


Original playout date: 4 December 2007
Duration: 7:52

A little footage I took in Turek when I visited in the summer to help out my Maltese friend here, Robert, who was interested in a certain clothing factory. You see a little industrial photography here (I take a great deal of this but because of confidentiality it never ends up on youtube of course, but in this case it is absolutely non-sensitive.)

The highlight was the restaurant called Colosseum, worthy of a more populous catchment area than Turek.
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Teammates having fun in Pułtusk


Original playout date: 28 October 2007
Duration: 13:44

We’re having a day at Pultusk’s Dom Polonia. The match you see is in the vicinity of the castle, the shots from the meal are in the castle itself, and the evening karaoke competition (which I won, BTW, but I didn’t have any memory card left to film it) was in the castle grounds.
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Crusaders’ Castles (“Opanuj Gniew”)


Original playout date: 27 October 2007
Duration: 4:58

When travelling in Northern Poland, you can find some well preserved castles from the period of the Teutonic Knights, especially these two over the Vistula river, which commanded very strategic views and positions.
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Grudziądz – third time lucky?


Original playout date: 27 October 2007
Duration: 13:20

I had made two previous films on Grudziądz, and both of them were roundly criticised by people from or originally from that city. Many of them living a long way from G now. So this time we go for a look at the Spichrze area over the river Vistula.
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Masis


Original playout date: 9 September 2007
Duration: 1:41

Nice to see this old clip featuring a place I like which isn’t functioning any more and an old friend and colleague Robert Kamela with whom I worked in BDO starting 27 years ago and also in Grupa Strategia. Now he runs his own business in his own town, and I hear that he is doing well.
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