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Prague Vlog #15 Don’t give up on your taxis


Original YT playout date: 20 December 2009
Duration: 15:14

Taxi ride and some own-brand music in the second part.
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Hailing and the Taxi – My Prague Vlog #14


Original YT playout date: 17 December 2009
Duration: 10:54

After not uploading anything with me in it for a while, in protest at my account having received a strike, I can now happily inform that the strike was removed this morning and therefore my strike on producing output is also over. I have a backlog of footage to put up now, this is Prague footage from about two months back, including taxi driver with appropriate name Milan Demeter and a sudden hailstorm, as well as the woman who tried to trap my colleague in her revolving door man trap.., Enjoy.
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Prague Vlog #13 – Curtain Call


Original YT playout date: 10 October 2009
Duration: 1:08:30

A musical trip down memory lane while walking to lose weight in Prague.
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Prague Vlog #12 – Entropa!


Original YT playout date: 6 October 2009
Duration: 50:17

An Evening in the presence of 370 members of Four separate Chambers of commerce. This was Prague’s business event of the Autumn, in the presence of one of Europe’s most talked about pieces of Modern Art, Entropa.

Produced for the Czech Presidency of the EU, it managed to spark off diplomatic rows between the humorless of different countries around the Union, leading to its censorship. It was also removed from Brussels prematurely by the artist as a protest against the way his own nation’s politicians behaved during the czech presidency.

Stereotypes both widely acknowledged and some more recondite are trundled out, but the most personalised satire is reserved for Klaus, the czech president, whose Euroskepticism and Eco-skepticism are quote-mined in the Czech section of Entropa, although I found myself in broad agreement with his sentiments.

The sections with the red cross showing contain background music by myself. Some was adlibbed, some was composed earlier. The song whistled at the end is my latest composition, but it doesn’t have any words or a title yet.

By the way, if you want to book the venue for functions from just a dozen people up to 2,000, I took the card of the curator of the Dox museum, and can put you in contact. They are underfunded, and need whatever help from the business community they can get.”
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Prague Vlog #11


Original YT playout date: 23 September 2009
Duration: 25:58

Features a taxi ride to the airport with no commentary. Some of the music is home-made. The Russian song sung by me is my Russian version of Mark Maysey’s own song “When all we need is love” which you should definitely look up on YouTube.
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Prague Vlog # 10 – Left, Right, Left, Right!


Original YT playout date: 30 August 2009
Duration: 1:10:15

Featuring the beauty of the sky while flying in, tips on how to get to the city from the airport without spending more than necessary, and a walk one evening in Prague.

Features discussion about the now dismantled alphabet man statue, about rotator cuff injuries and a cover of mine of a famous Ralph Mc Tell song.

It could be my best Prague film so far, so get a coffee, pull up a chair, and enjoy!
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Prague Vlog #9 – Collecting Sophie


 

Original YT playout date: 22 August 2009
Duration: 56:25

We drive from Prague to Colmar in France and back via Prague to Warsaw to bring Sophie back from her Grandparents.
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Prague Vlog #8 – Driving to Prague from Warsaw


Original YT playout date: 16 August 2009
Duration: 21:58

We start off with the battle of the conflicting GPS fembots, and then get into all kinds of traffic in Upper Silesia. Very little of this one actually takes place in the Czech Republic, but you do get to see the border at Nachod.
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Prague Vlog #7 – Breakfast Time in Prague


Original YT playout date: 16 August 2009
Duration: 36:50

“We look at what it looks like landing in a propellor plane at Prague airport, and then there’s a walk to Cafe Louvre on Narodni for breakfast. I have a bit of a rant about languages and the way people are taught in higher education these days.

After that there’s a look through the train window at Pardubice – a little footage I didn’t have anywhere else to put.”
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Prague Vlog #6 – Sixt Humour


Original YT playout date: 9 August 2009
Duration: 12:55

Analysing some rather dubious advertising humour in the Prague airport. Female passengers collecting their luggage are subjected to demeaning sexist allusions by the car-hire company with the full complicity of the airport authorities, but it’s supposed to be humour, so it’s OK. After that a few insights on my walk to work one bright morning.
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Prague Vlog #5 – Mainly in Germany


Original YT playout date: 5 August 2009
Duration: 15:28

On this occasion I was half in Prague and half in Germany. The highlights of this film include waiting in vain for the astronomical clock to perform with my aunt and uncle, someone who went to sleep in the underground, Frankfurt am Main airport’s railway station and Mannheim station.
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Prague Vlog #4 – Alphabet Man Golem


Original YT playout date: 11 July 2009
Duration: 1:08:53

“The result of walking in the wrong direction to where I thought I was going. This film contains some mistaken information, for which I blame imprecision in the guide book I bought: the Golem is not supposed to be resting in the place claimed in this film, but actually about 500m closer to the centre.

I encoded this at a higher level than I usually encode hour long films, and I hope it isn’t too slow coming through. If you do get what people in the industry call “”boofering””, then just press the paws button with one of your pause and go get an indeclinable coffee, or some tea with a soft semi-vowel stem, and it should be all right when you get back.

Featured in this film is the alphabet man sculpture outside the Rudolftherednosinum. If you should see on the current google satellite map the location of this, namely

geo:lat=50.08910985946328
geo:lon=14.415116608142852
(or, to make MsLoreley77 happy, that’s http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=50.089082,14.41505&spn=0.001583,0.004726&t=h&z=18 )

then you’ll probably just see a poor attempt at making a yin and yang sign from assorted greenery. This is because the scuplture is new – for the Czech presidency of the EU. How long it will remain after I do not know, but hopefully it will stand the test of time. After all, the Eye-full tower in Paris was only supposed to be up a while, and they still haven’t taken that down.

I’m not an expert on the Czech Republic as it is my new country, and so I’m grateful for any local people who would like to comment on the films. Any Prague based youtubers wishing to appear in one of my Prague films are also welcome to declare themselves.” Read the rest of this entry

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