Category Archives: Northern Poland

Car-aoke!


Playout date: 5 April 2007
Duration: 15:39

Again travelling to the north of the country of Poland, which I like very much.
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Random Environmentally Inspired Music #2


 

Playout date: 29 March 2007
Duration: 11:46

This is a drive through the Pomoranian Switzerland, one of the nicer parts of Poland you can visit, near Polczyn Zdroj.
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Random Environmentally Inspired Music #1


Playout date: 29 March 2007
Duration: 9:58

Riding though Pomerania at the time of a beautiful orange sunset, I feel like a song, but fearing the wrath of YT if I sing anything already composed by anyone else. I just sing extemporaneously, whatever comes into my head, inspired by the landscape. Purely random notes, like a song.
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Cranes in Pomerania


Playout date: 15 March 2007
Duration: 1:07
Views at the time added to HTV: 832
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 85.7%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 9
Total interactions to views 1.1%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ33
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Pomerania, near Koszalin
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Cranes” a Ukrainian folksong
Languages used: Ukrainian
Animals/plants featured: Cranes
Other remarks:

There is an unusual majestry about the crane, they fly very high and are rare, but it is a large and graceful bird and comes in flocks, not lone or in pairs or smaller groups like the storks. If you go in March to a farm in northern Poland, you have a chance to see the sight I record here, and it is worth the viewing,

Vlog at night on the road


Playout date: 15 March 2007
Duration: 10:39
Views at the time added to HTV: 269
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: 2
Total interactions at time added: 8
Total interactions to views 3.0%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ32
Post Production: None
Location: Płock, Poland
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: None
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Night time driving vlog going from Wloclawek to Warsaw – you see some but not much of the city of Plock. It is more really about me talking in order to break up a journey, and hopefully some people like it, although not many have, at least that’s more that I have any right to expect. You get to see some driving antics by locals.

Quote of the clip: “The elite can be as good an object for charity as anybody else”

Stryków Brzeżiny and Jeżów


Playout date: 11 March 2007
Duration: 9:03
Views at the time added to HTV: 4,525
Likes at the time added to HTV: 11
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 3
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 78.6%
Comments at time added: 3
Total interactions at time added: 17
Total interactions to views 0.4%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ31
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Cut through Strykow to Tomaszow Mazowiecki
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Everybody’s talking” by Glen Campbell, “the long and winding road” Beatles. All instrumental versions.
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Roadside trees
Other remarks:

Stryków north of Łódż was for many years the point at which the A1 motorway closed, you had to come off and use back roads and usually the place got blocked with cars for that reason. They will be happy that since 2012 the motorway now goes past them and their lives have gone back to normal. This documents the time when Stryków was placed “on the map” for about 5 or 6 years while we all waited for the road to finish. The backroads I show, including the secret cut through I show here, are all still there but much nicer now as they are not oversubscribed any more.

Quote of the clip: “There were a lot of hedgehogs there when human beings first arrived in this place, and so they called it “the place of the hedgehogs”, or “Jeżów”, in Polish.”

Poznaj Poznań


Playout date: 10 March 2007
Duration: 12:10
Views at the time added to HTV: 2,828
Likes at the time added to HTV: 15
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 1
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 93.8%
Comments at time added: 7
Total interactions at time added: 23
Total interactions to views 0.8%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Poznan town centre
Other people featured: Work colleagues, Alicja and Andrzej
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Volare, Auld Lang Syne,
Languages used: English, Polish, Italian
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

We start off in the old town square and end up in Restauracja Ratuszowa, one of the nice traditional spots in Poznan, and the live music chimes up, so as is my wont, I immediately embarrass my friends and the pianist by singing along, heh heh heh.

Quote of the clip: “You’re looking at it, you’re smelling it and you are hearing it – this is Poland!”

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.

Old Usenetposts Gallery #5 Coots in cahoots


Gallery Page 5 – Coots in cahoots


The birds you see here are the common coot, Fulica atra, which is similar to the American coot Fulica americana, only with a ‘balder’ appearance, as the white headshield is higher in the Eurasian version, leading to the expression ‘as bald as a coot’. The term ‘coot’ in itself is in all likelihood onomatopoeic in English, as one common noise the bird makes, among a large playlist of other calls and alarms made by the splashing of its specialised lobed feet, is like the syllable ‘coot’. The only language that shares with Engolish the name ‘coot’ is Dutch, which calls the bird ‘Meerkoet’. The German term is ‘Blaesshuhn’, the Scandywegian languages are ‘blishoene’ and ‘sothoene’, but don’t ask me which is which, the Russian is Lysukha’ and the Polish is ‘Lyska’, and the Romance languages show mainly variants on the latin ‘Fulica’ (Fr. ‘Foulque’, Sp. ‘Focha’ , It. ‘Folaga’)

Coots wintering on the Vistula near Plock – Photo taken at Nowy Duninow, December 2004

These coots are resting together on the retention reservoir which has been made in the Vistula River between Plock and Wloclawek in a ribbon several birds deep and several kilometres long, strongly calling to mind the appearance of the band of rooks in migratory flight over Warsaw each spring and Autumn, only resting on water rather than flying through the air. These birds will migrate in the spring into East Poland, Belarus and Russia for the summer breeding period – this is the most westerly point on mainland Europe that they are found all year. They live for about 18 years, are omnivorous, and considered as a type of rail: family Rallidae, order Gruiformes.

More beautiful landscape scenes from Poland and elsewhere coming up…

DJJ 13th February 2005

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