Category Archives: Southern Poland

Let’s get out of here


Original YT playout date: 7 November 2009
Duration: 22:53

In the third of the three videos featuring my recent drive from Warsaw to Prague and back, unexpected diversions at night force me to drive through the ancient settlement of Kozieglowy, or “the place of the goats’ heads”, a place besmirched by pagan rituals in the past and till today a major supplier of pagan Christmas trees to the rest of the country and an accident blackspot. It is like a Polish road equivalent of Haiti and the Bermuda Triangle all rolled into one. One gets the impression that the very road is haunted…
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Into and back out of Prague


Original YT playout date: 31 October 2009
Duration: 1:03:03

We continue the journey from Opole and go through Klodzko towards Prague. Can any of my viewers recognise the work of literature being played in the night drive through Klodzko – and the voice actor?

The next day we show unbroken footage of how to drive out of the centre of Prague in the direction of Wroclaw.

Don’t miss the third and final part of this epic drive where we have to brave the awful place of Kozieglowy at night.
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Road Rant between Czestochowa and Opole


Original YT playout date: 31 October 2009
Duration: 46:09

We are driving on the way to Prague from Warsaw – this is part one of three videos taken on the same drive.

Topics covered include a discussion on the origins of pilgrimages and whether they should have such a central place in many people’s view of the Christian faith, then a live look at some of the places in Poland where there is still a German minority living unresettled after the war, and a glimpse of Opole city centre, and its inspiring sculptitudes.
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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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