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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #19 – “Hotel Sapphire and Hamdi Restaurant, Eminonu”


Original playout date: 7 April 2008
Duration: 7:57

A look at two Turkish delights in Istanbul, the Hotel Sapphire where we stayed, and the Hamdi Restaurant in Eminonou, where I also ate many years later with a different group.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #17 – Returning from Kutahya


Original playout date: 31 March 2008
Duration: 4:29

Enjoy the scenery as we return overland to Ankara from Kutahya
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Tczew part 2/2 – Have a Tczew on this!


Original playout date: 30 March 2008
Duration: 13:20

The second part of the Tczew video, containing a nice gallery section too, and the visit to a fine new gallery that wasn’t even really open yet, but the owners let me film and photograph.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #11 “Around Water End”


Original playout date: 29 March 2008
Duration: 9:22

Some nice colour on this video again. We look at trout farms, watercress, beautifully composed village scenery and sheep in pasture. What’s not to love?

Don’t miss the images of Hertfordshire pudding stone (which is a real mineral by the way, not just a pleasantry) and the the English pub food in Gaddesden.

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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #16 – Eating in Kutahya


Original playout date: 29 March 2008
Duration: 5:33

Scenes from two fine meals, incorporating perfect Turkish hospitality, fine food, fine ceramic and football with Fenerbahce.

Black carrot juice with spices – a fine drink they should sell over here too. It sounds like I am saying “blackcurrant juice” but it is actually black carrots. Checking this out, I note that what this is is not a separate species, just the purple form which is actually the way they looked as they came into Europe in the tenth Century AD, along the silk road, while the orange version we know and love was only emerging in Afghanistan at around that time, and arrived some time later.

Carrots are one vegetable with quite interesting comparative etymologies, having clumps of similar words for them in similar languages, but these don’t really resemble one another. I hope to enlarge on that one day in a series of etymological articles.

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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #10 “Gadebridge Park”


Monday, September 17, 2018

Original playout date: 21 March 2008
Duration: 9:33

This is a nice video dominated by the blue sky over Hemel hempstead which occasionally happenes and Gadebridge part, where I caught my first fish. Starting just about 400 metres from my childhood home, flows after into unbroken rural terrain going on through England.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #14 – Ankara and the route west


Original playout date: 15 March 2008
Duration: 14:25

It’s the 14th part of Huliganov’s Turkish Experience series, and we go across country at surprising altitudes towards Kutahya. On the way we experience amazing Turkish hospitality
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #8 “Not All Police Are Masons”


Original playout date: 8 March 2008
Duration: 6:01

We look at the memorial to Frank Mason, a police officer who tackled bank robbers while off duty. I don’t think Hemel Hempstead is properly documented without showing that some people here are like that.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #7 “Tring Museum”


Original playout date: 2 March 2008
Duration: 8:28

A nice visit to Tring Museum with family. Sophie and cousins.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #6 “Berkhamsted”


Original playout date: 1 March 2008
Duration: 8:26

One of my nicest galleries from a time I was doing my best to do as much walking as possible and used the camera to encourage that, even though it tended to slow progress right down. Read the rest of this entry

Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #3 “Grand Union Canal”


Original playout date: 23 February 2008
Duration: 9:17

Here is a mainly gallery piece following my recent walk from home to Kings Langley along the towpath of the historic Grand Union Canal, which has linked London and Birmingham since the days of the Industrial Revolution.

New developments seen on most of this, such as the Apsley marina, are all new and in my youth much of this part of the canal was derelict. Not everything in the UK has gone downhill – most of what I’ve photographed in this film is actually evidence of renewal and improvement, and we see how the prestigious canalside homes in some less known Hertfordshire places like Belswains Lane have lifestyles akin to such places as Grantchester or Henley, with prices to match, no doubt.
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Huliganov’s Turkish Experience #7 – My Turkish Saturday


Original playout date: 9 February 2008
Duration: 11:04

I had to work during the day on the Saturday, but I had the evening to myself, and decided to retrace some of my earlier steps in the Beyoglu district. I bought some fine shirts at a third of the price available in Poland! And I had some more of that topik again. That topik is fantastic stuff.
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