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Huliganov’s Philadelphia, part 3 – Birth of a Nation


Original YT playout date: 20 December 2009
Duration: 43:53

We get the chance to look at the place where part of the British Empire was carved out and given to the people who lived in it, or at least the well-connected ones among them, on condition that they called themselves a different name. In the end all it was was the wrangling of one sort of elite against another sort, as we can see now, but at the time it seemed to people as though at last the ordinary man was able to assert his share of meaning. The sad thing is that to this day many ordinary British and American people don’t realise that essentially they are exactly the same nation, along with every other people that speaks the same language.

Race don’t enter into it, and I say that with an awarness that this is getting posted to huliganov.tv about the first anniversary of the death of that martyr to the excesses of white supremacy in the police force, George Floyd. Politics and structures don’t enter into it. Language is what defines our thought, and language is what makes us what we are. The people who speak one language are in essence all one nation.

English speaking people should never allow the world to classify us by whichever box the masons and royalists of history have made for us. We are the English, whether born in England and speaking with the accent I have, whether born in the US and never having been in England or had any ancestry from there, also those from Canada who are not from the French speaking part. They are the French, which is OK, there’s nothing wrong with that. You can live with them, you can play families with them, but you’ve got the French and the English there sharing a givernment structure and pretending to be a Nation, but it’s only artiificial.

Nations are a neologism anyway. In the past there were city states as well as Nations – nations won out and forced everyine to have a nationality, but it was just a way to put people in boxes and control them. We need to get back to language groups, and the way to be a citizen of the world is to learn a series of languages well enough to function well in other groups and effectively be part of them too.

There is no reason why we need to wait for some official to grant us a passport. We join the Russian nation by learning Russian well enough, even though very few people are awarded a Russian passport on that score. You have to be, like, Kim Philby or something.

So it’s time that we rejected Nation, and opened ourselves to the idea of Languation, Lation, Spation or whatever you wanna call it. That’s actually where we came from, and we may have been happier then.
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Warsaw Marathon 2009



Original YT playout date: 3 October 2009
Duration: 1:10:52

I walk a third of the marathon track, with shortcuts, so as to see some of the runners three times over.

Statistics and Credits
Views at the time added to HTV: 738
Likes at the time added to HTV: 1
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 0
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 100.0%
Comments at time added: 10
Total interactions at time added: 11
Total interactions to views 1.5%
Location: Around Warsaw
Other people featured: Many runners
Genre: Walking
Music used: None
Languages used: English, Polish,
Animals/plants featured: None

A view of Gdansk – Oliwa


Original YT playout date: 3 May 2009
Duration: 25:53

“Are we human?” asks the well-known popular song, “…or are we Gdanskers?” In this video we see the human geography and the natural beauty blend perfectly in this overview of Gdansk Oliwa from the old German army watchtower point, and then wandering around the Oliwa Park, and finally walking it (7 kms) to the shore of the Baltic Sea. At the end you can see some shots from a wonderful Mexican restaurant I ended up in. The food was tremendous, the decor and service impeccable, so I can definitely recommend that.
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A Walk Around the East of Hemel Hempstead Redux


 

Original YT playout date: 25 April 2009
Duration: 58:59

Which is precisely what it says on the tin, whatever that means. See our marvellous industrial estate, Grove Hill, Highfield and Adeyfield as well as Leverstock Green, a place so posh it sets your accent back three hundred years.

This version has has part of the sound track of the original version replaced following a copyright claim by WMG. Although that copyright claim affected only 2 minutes of this hour long programme, containing numerous original observations about life in contemporary Britain and the history of the region being treated, it was considered sufficient to blank out all the other 58 minutes of audio also. The available option of audioswapping (which I do use on occasion) was not suitable as I would have lost the speechlines here, and there is also no available audioswap for a film lasting nearly an hour.

Thankfully I was able to re-edit the saved copy of the first film – it’s not seamless, but it’s better than the alternative, and I can keep the series whole.

The use of a handful of Telegraph frames I believe is fair use, as no account of Hemel Hempstead would be complete without a few words on the Buncefield explosion – the largest explosion in peace time Europe. I am happy to acknowledge the Telegraph website as the source of these images. I endorse it as the best UK newspaper site and look at it nearly every day.”
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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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North East Garden Ring (Huliganov’s Moscow #5/7)


Original YT playout date: 18 December 2008
Duration: 13:48

Another nice walk in Moscow I could do while auditing Mazars, a firm I was later to work with.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content S2 E14, London Zoo 3/3


Original YT playout date: 29 August 2008
Duration: 20:13

This concludes one of the most detailed looks at London Zoo done by a visitor currently up on YouTube – but don’t miss the ZSL’s own channel and subscribe to them. You can also support the conservation projects at ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade by joining http://www.zsl.org
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Huliganov’s Venice Experience #4/5 – Day in Venice


Original YT playout date: 20 June 2008
Duration: 25:47

This was our full day in Venice, featuring quite a bit of time on canals and in the lagoon, as well as tremendous looks at the unique architecture and atmosphere of this classic location.

Fans of the Three Tenors are in for a big treat in the gallery section…
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Poetry Recital on Madrid Street (Huliganov’s Madrid Experience #8/11)


Original YT playout date: 14 June 2008
Duration: 21:11

A poetry recital in the street and a lot more in the eighth of the series on Madrid. Those of you who asked to hear more of the Julio Iglesias piece “Corazon, corazon” will be pleased here. If you want to buy your own copy you’ll find it on my astore. That’d only make me a couple of cents, and the only reason I mention it is that the piece is not easy to find, and quite a few of you have commented in earlier parts of this series that you want to get hold of the product.
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What’s up, ducks?


Original YT playout date: 9 May 2008
Duration: 3:40

They are obviously still very much in love, but sulking. Each is hoping the other will turn around first. They miss each other, although they are only two feet apart, it may as well be another continent.
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Uncle Davey’s Cyprus #2 In and Around the Mediterranean Beach hotel


Original YT playout date: 3 May 2008
Duration: 11:52

“Part Two of my Cyprus series – and I put the new camera through its paces to see whether I could compete with these “”papirazzi”” types…

Would I recommend this hotel? Yes I would. I am likely to come back on my own budget with my family, at some point.”
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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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