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Tania is Eight


Original YT playout date: 16 March 2010
Duration: 12:14

“We all celebrate
For Tania is eight
Her cake we all ate
And thought it was great
But Mimsy the Yorkie
And Pushkin the Cat
They thought it was dorky
And didn’t want that
They both prefer meat
Not things that are sweet
But at half Pushkin’s weight
Mimsy nearly got ate.”
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Scenes from Domestic Life


Original YT playout date: 2 May 2009
Duration: 8:24

Some images from the balcony before the plants start to recover from the winter.
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Novobrantsy


Original YT playout date: 1 August 2008
Duration: 2:30

Irina Levkovitch does an impromptu reading of this Russian poem of uncertain authorship.
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Irina showing off my bookshelves


Original playout date: 5 April 2008
Duration: 3:48

In answer to two sets of requests – from some viewers wishing to examine these shelves a bit closer, and from others wanting more of Irina… in the meantime she got married and had a kid, so you’re outta luck.
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Summer Morning on the Terrace



Production date: 27 June 2006
Playout date: 27/6/2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: None – but audioswap done in YT
Location: Home on terrace

This 26 second otherwise very ordinary piece is worth commenting on for two reasons, really. firstly, it has for no apparent reason risen to over 500 views per month on average for the simple reason that the centre frame features “Aunty” Irina in a black bikini. This tells us the easy way to achieve success on YT.

The second point worth commenting is that the same video has had now three audio tracks – the first was uploaded just with the camera sound that was going on that morning, and shortly after that YT started to offer a feature called “audioswap” where you could get royalty free music (in exchange for allowing an advert on the side of the piece concerned) and replace the original soundtrack with this. It was a good way round the time when you could get a good piece of video blocked and a black mark on your account for using proprietary music.

I replaced the audio that wasn’t copyrighted with one “royalty free” track offered by YT, and shortly after they told me it was blocked and so I had to do the audio swap again. You could in theory audioswap a piece of video as often as you liked.

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