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You raise me up


Original playout date: 7 December 2007
Duration: 5:11

This was, had been, a delightful rendition of “you raise me up” sang with my wife joining in the end. Unfortunately Mr Groban’s label are a bunch of money-groban pigs who grobbed the audio track. I replaced it with something because I was forced to, but of course it is not the same, and people are grabbing the ad money for that one now anyway, which was not what was promised at the time. I got done many times with the ridiculous rigmarole around music, even buying commercial music with licenses didn’t help and even composing my own was no guarantee, it is nuts, I’m telling you.
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Top of the World – For Elena on 8th March


Original playout date: 26 August 2007
Duration: 3:01

I sing the Carpenters’ classic. This technique of fading photos in and out is not as easy as it looks on Windows Movie Maker, and this is the first time I’ve used the technique.
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Alsace Holiday #5 – At a Courtepaille with Family and Friends


Original playout date: 2 September 2007
Duration: 9:03

The Courtepaille near Colmar airport is the location for the fifth part of our holiday in Alsace series.

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Two Birthdays


Original playout date: 11 July 2007
Duration: 9:52

Once again a nice memory of my late parents, and I am glad that there are these few snatches of them that live on. As indeed do the charming scenes of all three little ones so cute and tiny, and Elena walking around on her own. These were the days we thought would never end, and thanks to video, my friend, in a sense they don’t.
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“Babe” by Styx


Original playout date: 23 June 2007
Duration: 4:00

I really enjoyed rewatchng this one. Together with my rendition of Styx’ rock ballad “Babe”, I put on a collection of short videos, largely featuring my own kiddies, including Sara, Sophie, Tanya, George and my wife in all her splendour. Very nice memories.
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The Huliganovs do Bollywood!


Playout date: 6 May 2007
Duration: 6:43

It was the time when Richard Gere and Shilpa Shetty fell foul of the Indian authorities for a public kiss, so my wife and I decided to celebrate Bollywood with our very own version of “Dil Hai tumhaara”
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To Elena – the woman I love


Playout date: 2 November 2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Various
Other people featured: My wife, Elena
Genre: Gallery type (based on photographs)
Music used: Okoldovana, ocharovana’ by St Petersburg. Aka “Dragotsennaya ty moya zhenshchina”.
Languages used: Russian
Animals featured: None

This was my 100th video, and so I wanted to mark it out in a special way, and nothing is more special to me than my wife, and therefore it was a natural thing to do to dedicate this film to her, and to show my viewers a few of the photos I’ve taken of her over the years.

The music playing in the background is one of my wife’s favourite Russian songs, by the group Sankt Peterburg. The song’s title “Dragotsennaya Ty moya zhenshchina” . This means my precious woman, so I thought it was appropriate.

This is a gallery type video intended to showcase photography, but some of these shots were done by friends.

At the Tandoori Palace


 

This was a snatch of the food at Tandoori Palace Restaurant in Marszalkowska, Warsaw, during one of our visits about four years ago. This is actually our second favorite Indian restaurant, the first being Nikhil’s Asian Village in Raszyn, just south of Warsaw. The ownership is the same and the menu and recipes are the same, but there is less clientele so the food is made fresh. There’s still a difference between dishes made to order and those which have been on standby for a few hours, so we usually go the extra mile for Raszyn. The Raszyn one doesn’t deliver, and the Marszalkowska one does, but still it is worth it.

We find that spending 250 PLN on take home curry makes 10 meals in total, so only 25 PLN per head on a curry meal. It may seem expensive but you do get a lot of mileage out of it, and so we like to do this about once a month. Sometimes like here we go to the restaurant, and then just get what we don’t eat bagged up.

I could tell an amusing story about Elena’s first experience of a real Indian style curry – when she came over to the UK and my parents asked if she liked spicy food. She said yes, but what she had in mind was the Belarusian version of Indian food. When my parents proceeded to give full spicey-licence to their culinary skills and produce as Indian a curry as I think any non-Indian could ever make, my poor little wife (fiancee then) was begging for a glass of water!

But she has got used to it since then.

Elena’s Numa Version


Russian numanuma

My wife singing the Professor Lebedev Russian lyrics to the Numa Numa song at a friend’s wedding.

This video got the usual crop of nonsense comments from the YT electorate, but I just think she looks great on it.

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