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Anna’s Tale


Original YT playout date: 7 March 2010
Duration: 7:21

This is the title of the tune here, by my friend Krzysztof Orlowski, whom you may remember meeting in my film of Amber Hotel in Olesnice about a year back. I also have more footage of his fine playing to play out in the near future from my visit to the same place this year.

Krzysztof gave me a fine CD of his music, which you could get on http://www.gitana.pl – though not sure that page is still going. It is very well produced. I noticed that the song “”Anna’s Tale”” went very interestingly together with this footage taken recently landing in a blizzard at Warsaw airport, so I chose this clip to showcase this evocative and mysterious piece.

If you are wondering why a lot of the start of this video appears to be a blank screen, look again, and you will see the snow whipping by as a multitude of tiny horizontal lines. And then the snow-covered land appears below through the clouds…”
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This piece would have done for a broad range of films actually. In retrospect, the dark landing barely does it any justice. I could have used it in a much better context. This guy did great music but became practically invisible, like Richard Halley.

***Statistics and Credits***
Views at the time added to HTV: 2,618
Likes at the time added to HTV: 5
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 2
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 71.4%
Comments at time added: 3
Total interactions at time added: 10
Total interactions to views 0.4%
Music used: Anna’s Tale, by Krzysztof Orlowski, used by personal permission
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None

Lost in Lower Silesia, I discover the nectar of Amber


Original YT playout date: 26 April 2009
Duration: 41:12

First the road doesn’t go the way the GPS says. It tries to get me to drive my car right into the Oder river in flood, then I drive along having a bit of a singsong to myself and reciting the world’s longest place name, or whatever that thing is, and then I find a lovely place to eat – Hotel Amber in Olesnica. “”We’ll make sure you come back”” they claim as you go in. They got that right, despite my initial scepticism. I’m going back as soon as I can.

If the pianist was at all disturbed my my singing along to his pieces, he didn’t show it. He simply got on with the show like a professional. It was over too soon though. The soundtrack doesn’t do justice to the quality of play – although I got my better camera out at the end when the Vado ran out and possibly you can hear the quality better in the last third of the film.
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This Evening’s Table


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This evening I’m back in the Hotel Amber, in Olesnica, a place which has featured in videos in my Youtube channel for two years running. This would be the third year, but no film this time, as there is really nothing new to show, that can’t be shown by an atmospheric pic of the table with the pot of rooibos tea, the Polish barszcz with crocquet, one of the icons of Polish cuisine, the candle, the fabrics, the slightly incorrectly presented cutlery. . .

Tonight, my musician friend Krzysztof whom you may remember from videos of this place can’t meet me as he is preparing a group off musicians down in Walbrzych, which is a pity, but the food is still good, the atmosphere still great for what is essentially just a glorified roadside motel.

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