Category Archives: Uncle Davey's Warsaw

The City I call home. (Unlike Hemel Hempstead, which is the Town I also call home)

Stuck in Tram during Warsaw Flash Flood

 

Original YT playout date: 19 June 2010
Duration: 32:50

Here’s a slice of life in Poland for you. I thought I was walking home from work in nice weather, and then I noticed the horizon getting dark, so I decided to hop on a tram. This tram then rode into the middle of one of the worst storms I ever experienced, rendering it impossible for me to get out at my stop. See what happened after that and watch lightning flash follow lightning flash from a rainblurred Warsaw tram window.

Some 5 miles away, in Ursynow, the residents had 15 minutes between dry ground and knee high water ruining their cars. Nobody had seen the like for over 120 years.
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Sophie Reads the New Gdansk Edition in the Rickshaw

Original YT playout date: 9 June 2010
Duration: 48:39

Sophie reads the New Gdansk edition in the rickshaw.
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The bumpy forehead and the little spoilsport

30 December 2021

Original YT playout date: 4 June 2010
Duration: 13:18

This April weekend I had the spot come back which occasionally I get right between the eyebrows. I noticed that if anything is big about a person, that causes them the biggest problems, and I have a big belly and big eyebrows so that’s where I have my problems. Here my longsuffering wife adminsters tea-tree oil in an attempt to reduce the swelling. The next day we go to the new big playground at ul Bytnara and Tanya takes to upsetting everyone’s ball games. People are very nice about it though.
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One Big Vehicle

Original YT playout date: 3 June 2010
Duration: 6:18

They parked up this modern version of a road roller near our office. The video also contains footage of the Lutheran Church attended by Jerzy Buzek, former prime minister, who is now chairman of the European Commission.
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Supermarket Dash

Original YT playout date: 31 May 2010
Duration: 15:17

This is a slant on reality – a Polish supermarket in Ochota, Warsaw. Shoppers do their shopping here as in thousands of other supermarkets around the world, but here I use the trolley as a dolly and film the whole of my weekly shop. The camera is “hidden in plain sight” attached with a bendy desk tripod to the trolley.
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Family Saturday

Original YT playout date: 30 May 2010
Duration: 18:57

This is a typical recent Saturday at home, and out on the rickshaw.
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Bring It, Pusher!

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Original YT playout date: 1 May 2010
Duration: 7:32

We start off with the last blast of this winter – the snow in the evening that started falling just as I was leaving the office and was several inches deep in a few minutes. Then we look at good old Pushkin and his fights with my wife and his retrieving balls, etc.
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Birthday Party in Tandoori Palace

Original YT playout date: 1 May 2010
Duration: 12:38

It’s my wife’s birthday, so we went to Tandoori Palace and invited some of her favorite people. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMwqJ4CxgOw is Richard’s TEDx talk, which is plugged here. You need to see this if you care about serious music in Poland.
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Unedited version – Uncle Davey gets his Beard Shaved and his Hair Cut

Original YT playout date: 25 April 2010
Duration: 30:08

This went up a couple of weeks back and a number of my viewers said they would like the version without being speeded up and having music played over it. They wanted the full reality of a bloka having a chat with his hairdresser as the beard came off and the hair got cut.

This is something you’d never see on TV. They talk about “”reality”” TV, but it’s all stage managed and nothing to do with real reality. Here we have a spur of the moment decision and agreement to film the cut, and it was pretty much the same as it usually is without the cam. I assume that’s why people voted on the other film to get the full unedited version, and here it is!

 

By the way, it’s eleven and a half years later and I still go and get my hair done by Ula every month.
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Mourners in Warsaw on the eve of the Smolensk tragedy memorial service

Original YT playout date: 17 April 2010
Duration: 37:35

This is a reportage on foot taken on 16th April of the area in which the next day was to host the memorial service for President Kaczynski and the others who died on the presidential plane at Smolensk.
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President Kaczynski’s body is driven from the airport past crowds of mourners in Warsaw

Original YT playout date: 11 April 2010
Duration: 14:02

“Sophie and I go and see the coffin containing, notionally at least, President Lech Kaczynski’s body file past the crowds of mourners on Zwirki and Wigury street – a street actually named for a pair of aviators who died in a plane crash also. This is the main road from Warsaw Airport to the centre. All 7 km of the route to the Presidential Palace from the airport was packed with Warsaw residents paying their respects.

Unfortunately Maria Kaczynska’s body could not accompany her husband’s body – it has remained behind as have the other passengers, and a place is being prepared in Moscow where relatives will go and identify the bodies of the deceased in accordance with Russian law.

Poland had too many successes and was too conservative under Kacynski’s leadership for many people’s liking. There are too many people who begrudged a conservative state having such success in avoiding recession, not wasting money on phoney drugs at the behest of the WHO and remaining a country where abortion is not legal, Islam is at a record low in Europe, and where preference is not yet given to homosexuals over heterosexuals. This record is too much for certain people to take. That’s why there has to be a very careful inspection of everything that happened that day, and on the run up to that day, and many questions asked. My own question is – is it normal for the chief banker of a nation to attend an essentially military remembrance day? Or is it just that Slawomir Skrzypek did what it took for Poland to side-step this planned and choreographed recession? Maybe he wasn’t supposed to have made Poland the only country not to need to report a recession. Maybe that’s why he got invited to something which has nothing whatsoever to do with banking, and met his doom alongside Kaczynski. They probably would have got Ewa Kopacz on there too, if they could possibly have justified it.

Let’s remember that our way of life is something that many other people would like to take away from us by stealth, and let’s remember to vote accordingly in the coming elections…”
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Katastrofa Niewyobrażalna

Original YT playout date: 10 April 2010
Duration: 4:32

O tym nie można mówić słowami – o tym się mówi tylko łzami.
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