Category Archives: Southern Poland

Vlak Vlog


Playout date: 24 March 2007
Duration: 18:11

Riding back from Zabrze where my colleagues and I were consulting on the privatisation of the local football team, which used to belong to the council. Introducing the lawyer Margaret, who was my colleague for too short a time, despite being such a lovely and charming person. She refuses to sing her wonderful rendition , and then Huli starts a rant and ends up laughing and losing it on camera talking about people throwing their money on the lottery.

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Vratislavia pluvens


 

Playout date: 17 February 2007
Duration: 8:10
Views at the time added to HTV: 591
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: 1
Total interactions at time added: 7
Total interactions to views 1.2%
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Wroclaw main square, and Restauracja Lwowska in Wroclaw
Other people featured: Colleagues
Genre: Environmental
Music used: “Raindrops keeping falling on my head” karaoke version, and Fleetwood Mac “I wanna be with you everywhere
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Working in Wroclaw, or Breslau as the Germans called it, (it’s all about Tietz with them), it’s a good excuse to go out and eat after work with colleagues and show you the old town square and the Lwow Restaurant famous on that square.

I think this was the first ever time I had done covert filming, something you’ll see lots of later. You can see that this goes back to a time, which seems so long ago now, when people still used to smoke in restaurants. The only way to stop it turned out to be to outlaw it, smokers never managed to control themselves without being passed laws on.

The video name is a doff of the hat to the music festival Vratislavia cantans held here each year.

Quote of the clip: “There’s a bit of an element gathering over there…”

Zywiec by night


Playout date: 21 December 2006
Duration: 2:32
Views at the time added to HTV: 8,465
Likes at the time added to HTV: 12
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 6
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 66.7%
Comments at time added: 9
Total interactions at time added: 27
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Zywiec, South Poland
Other people featured: None
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Acker Bilk, “Stranger on the shore”
Languages used: English with a little Polish
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

A very brief night view from the car of Zywiec, a town known mainly from the brand of beer of the same name which is sold internationally. It is only a small place in fact, so there is maybe quite an overlap between the nearly 9,000 who have seen the film and the actual population of the town.

Polish Highland Music


Playout date: 12 December 2006
Duration: 10:42
Views at the time added to HTV: 39,346
Likes at the time added to HTV: 58
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 2
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 96.7%
Comments at time added: 10
Total interactions at time added: 70
Camera: Panasonic DMZ -FZ30
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Karczma na Straconce near Bielsko-Biała
Other people featured: Folk Group
Genre: Environmental
Music used: Various highland Polish songs
Languages used: Polish (Góral dialect)
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Still have fond memories of this plce and hope it is still there to be enjoyed if I manage a visit in future to Bielsko-Biala, a unique Polish town – the only one with more Protestant than Catholic churches.

This was one of the compensations of life as an auditor, going with teams of nice people to work in different locations and then having the evening to discover new places and tastes and sounds. Simply brilliant.

What a pity EU lawmakers and politicians have done so much to destroy the audit profession as an attractive route for bright young minds today.

Review of Hotel Centralny, Kedzierzyn-Kozle, for Google.


Kedzierzyn-Kozle - aleje JPII

Kedzierzyn-Kozle on a good day.

(Published to Google Hotpot earlier this evening, and it also gives me my post for the day here. I think that’s fair.)

I’m sitting here writing this actually in the hotel room having found it on the road in Google on my Android phone when I discovered that the place I was really supposed to be going was unexpectedly booked up.

I had a bit of a nightmare getting here from where the GPS said it would be only 9 km. The main bridge in Kedzierzyn-Kozle was shut, the next bridge up on the Oder per the GPS turned out to be some seasonal ferry that wasn’t there, and when I finally found the new road that wasn’t on even google maps and still isn’t, it turned out that there had been a nasty accident so I got caught in the road over the middle of the Odra waiting for the emergency services to do their bit. Read the rest of this entry

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