Category Archives: Southern Poland

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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Drizzly Drive in Wielkopolska


 

Original YT playout date: 24 April 2009
Duration: 21:23

Just a bit of footage from the road. We drive through Szamotuly, past the cultured gentleman clearing his nose into midair by the road crossing, and on to the old part, and then past the Bolix factory. But never mind that, there’s some nice country driving afterwards.
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Namysłów


Original YT playout date: 11 April 2009
Duration: 13:47

This is the first part of a client visit to South Poland. We’ll see also some of the roads around here, Amber, Krapkowice and other parts of Lower Silesia and the Opole region in later films.
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Wroclaw Revisited


Original YT playout date: 15 February 2009
Duration: 52:08

Here’s an interesting one. The original video length is 52 minutes and 8 seconds. I did use back then various pieces of music in the mistaken belief that I was doing labels a favour by introducing them via my films to a new set of people. In most cases this has been reason to take all the ad revenues and share them among the music providers with nothing left for me, as though there was nothing in the video other than their music. I have never seen the logic of this, but it is not the main problem.
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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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Qubus Katowice


Original YT playout date: 22 November 2008
Duration: 11:48

I take an “arty farty” film in Qubus hotel in Katowice. This shows the room in my usual format, as well as a bit of panorama from the windows. But also there’s an experimental part you might like…
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From Russia with love to Lazy Silesia


Original YT playout date: 30 August 2008
Duration: 23:18

Katya Zheleznova from Samara in Russia weds my friend and fellow evangelical Christian Przemyslaw Gola in the delightfully named Silesian town of Lazy. I was priveleged to be invited to attend. Events conspired for me to be too late for the ceremony, but here is footage from the marriage supper afterwards, and some photos of the happy couple and guests. Polish viewers don’t miss Przemek’s internet portal on http://www.protestanci.org – it has the biggest audio library of sermons in Polish anywhere online.

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Train of thought and hooligan caught


Original YT playout date: 11 May 2008
Duration: 12:48

My friends and I take a train to Krakow and enjoy the scenery going down. You’ll see a lot of apple and pear trees in blossom. Whilst looking at a palace we are selling I witness a person behaving in a hooliganistic manner. Despite his arm-flamenco, he is not as fast at hiding his face as my camera is at catching it, and so he is immortalised for his vandalistic deed forever. I didn’t manage to get his mate who pushed him over the hedge in the first place, though, unfortunately…
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