Original YT playout date: 3 February 2009
History is like a train, with one carriage inexorably drawing the next one on, the track already laid ahead of time, the only matter for discussion being how much delay there will be and how well you can keep occupied on the journey.
So what better place for me to review H G Wells’ Short History of the World? Enjoy!”
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Original YT playout date: 11 May 2008
My friends and I take a train to Krakow and enjoy the scenery going down. You’ll see a lot of apple and pear trees in blossom. Whilst looking at a palace we are selling I witness a person behaving in a hooliganistic manner. Despite his arm-flamenco, he is not as fast at hiding his face as my camera is at catching it, and so he is immortalised for his vandalistic deed forever. I didn’t manage to get his mate who pushed him over the hedge in the first place, though, unfortunately…
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Playout date: 24 March 2007
Riding back from Zabrze where my colleagues and I were consulting on the privatisation of the local football team, which used to belong to the council. Introducing the lawyer Margaret, who was my colleague for too short a time, despite being such a lovely and charming person. She refuses to sing her wonderful rendition , and then Huli starts a rant and ends up laughing and losing it on camera talking about people throwing their money on the lottery.
If all goes well, this will be another technological first for me – this time the first post written on and posted from a train.
Anyone who has spent any time on my You Tube channel will know that I have made a number of films on trains before. In point of fact, I have made films on this very route before, on more than one occasion.
But right now, as my Creative Vado got wrecked by my son before Christmas while my wife was in hospital getting her mitoxantrone, I don’t even carry a camera, although this phone also has one and produced the shots of our New Years Day meal that you can see a couple of posts ago on this very blog.
But that is not the same as a dedicated HD video camera. So I did order another Vado, especially as I had just bought a lens kit for it and a couple of other accessories. The problem is that Amazon won’t ship electric goods to Poland. As a US company, they couldn’t care less about the free movement of goods in the EU enshrined in the Treaty of Rome. They probably respect all their own constitutional stuff very well, but have no idea how insulting it is to Europeans to have our highest laws entirely disregarded by US corporations doing business here. So I would have had to buy the replacement camera from the online creative.pl store, where it costs more than twice as much as in the UK Amazon.
So I bought it from Amazon, and asked my parents to send it on. Hence the shipment time has been doubled. It should arrive any day now, though.
Back to this train journey – I am in one of those good trains, an Atrocity, or whatever it is they call them, but this one seems to be stopping in fields every ten minutes.this may have something too do with the snow, but this train came to Warsaw from Krakow and arrived right on time.
I am supposed to be going to Tczew for a stocktake. This is the sixth year I have done this stocktake at this place at this time. In the first four years I drove up by car and that would take a big effort. One of those years I found myself driving through the thickest blizzard I have been in outside Russia. And then finally I started to use the train and things got a lot safer. You can complain about delays, but at least you don’t usually end up dead as often as you do in a car when conditions are treacherous.
And one thing’s for certain: there’s no way I could have written this post while behind the wheel of a moving car!
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