Category Archives: Uncle Davey's Warsaw

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

Only a Winter’s Tail


Original YT playout date: 15 April 2009
Duration: 10:06

The title will set all the music robots springing into action to see if I’ve “stolen” the David Essex song, but I assure you it’s not in there. This is in fact the tail end of a Warsaw winter. With me musing in the falling snow about a couple of subjects and in that way utilising a short walk to keep in company with you!
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Warsaw half-marathon, Spring 2009


Original YT playout date: 4 April 2009
Duration: 1:13:09

See some sights from Warsaw and catch yourself, if you were in it as most of the runners will appear on this film. It’s a long film in order to get most runners actually running, rather than the alternative of just taking a gallery of photos, which I have done and now lots of people do.

Oto wiosenne widoki stolicy. Prosze znalezc siebie, jezeli biegles, bo wiekszosc uczestnikow przebiega okolo mojej kamery w tym reportazu!
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Reckless Roof Clearing in Warsaw


Original YT playout date: 21 March 2009
Duration: 7:27

“There is a safety requirement to clear the snow off roofs, and so ironically, some people perform that activity with scant regard for the safety of people below. Here was one such case I witnessed.

I’ll leave it for the authorities to take appropriate action. Which they won’t of course. It would be too much like actually earning their money.”
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Banja Luka


Original YT playout date: 15 March 2009
Duration: 4:32

It’s a restaurant in Warsaw, ul Pulawska 101, where we took Takahiro-san after his wonderful demo of Japanese calligraphy, which you will have seen on my channel.
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Warsaw Winter Morning Drives


Original YT playout date: 14 March 2009
Duration: 15:01

I just felt like getting the camera out recently in some bright Winter mornings.
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750th Video: Lech Wałęsa and Lech Balcerowicz – 20 years of Polish Freedom


Original YT playout date: 12 March 2009
Duration: 41:59

Warsaw Voice selected these two amazing people as joint winners of the chair of the two decades of Polish freedom, and 20 years also of the Warsaw Voice. This is the premier English language weekly in Poland. Lech Walesa and Leszek Balcerowicz need little if any introduction, and this great video, showing more of the evening and their speeches than was shown on TV, is a fine piece to place at the 3/4 spot in my collection here. We are three quarters of the way to the thousand videos goal I want to achieve before introducing some new ideas and formats. I hope Polish speakers will enjoy the speeches of the two great Polish heroes. I am aware that the sound level is not high enough, but I had to work with what I had. For non-Polish speakers, I hope you get a glimpse of what was a tremendous evening, one of my life’s highlights so far.
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Don’t miss the Grupa Strategia logo on the board at the back! We were sponsors of the event.

***Statistics and Credits***
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,539
Likes at the time added to HTV: 4
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 3
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 57.1%
Comments at time added: 0
Total interactions at time added: 7
Total interactions to views 0.5%
Location: At Europejski hotel
Other people featured: Lech Walesa, Lech Balcerowicz
Genre: Gala
Music used: Background only
Languages used: English, Polish,
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks: You cannot be in Poland for long before seeing important, historical people.

Puławska Street and politics


Original YT playout date: 2 March 2009
Duration: 19:02

We have a drive through Mokotow and the talk turns to politics…
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Japanese friend in Warsaw


Original YT playout date: 24 February 2009
Duration: 24:49

Here is a day spent in the company of Takahiro Kajiura, an intelligent and cultured gentleman from the land of the flowering cherry.

I used for the background the song Ue o muite arukō, also known as Sukiyaki, by Kyu Sakamoto. This is a song I remembered from earliest childhood, which Takahiro-san helped me to identify.

上を向いて歩こう
Ue o muite arukō
I shall walk looking up

涙がこぼれないように
namida ga kobore nai yō ni
So that my tears won’t fall

思い出す春の日
Omoidasu haru no hi
Remembering Spring days

一人ぼっちの夜
Hitori bocchi no yoru
On this lonely night.
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On Not Meeting Konwicki


Original YT playout date: 19 February 2009
Duration: 15:26

This living legend of literature was signing his book right next to my office, and as a literary person I wanted to go along and meet this figurehead letterhead. Unfortunately, all the other budding literati had the same notion, and the crowds of cultural vulturals descended on Wiejska Street in such force that I could not get anywhere near the great man.
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Jerusalem Avenue


Original YT playout date: 14 February 2009
Duration: 10:45

It’s Aleje Jerozolimskie in Warsaw, and I’m in a grumpy mood. I’ve wanted to tear the London Steak House apart in a rant for some time. It counts as a blot on the landscape as far as I’m concerned. Why can’t they get this place put under new management?
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In an Aquarist Store


Original YT playout date: 10 February 2009
Duration: 7:45

It’s Kakadu, formerly Anna Zoo, in Galeria Mokotow, Warsaw
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Duda-Bis protests against Raiffeisenbank


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Original YT playout date: 7 February 2009
Duration: 4:07

The following is the original comment from 12 years ago. I kept it in as its relevance to today is somehow abiding.
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