Original YT playout date: 9 January 2010
I had a flying visit to this suburb of Amsterdam containing one of Europe’s most pleasant – or maybe least unpleasant is the more accurate way of putting it – airports.
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Original YT playout date: 4 May 2008
The 21st and final part of Huliganov’s Turkish experience – final that is until I go back there in 2014, This rounds off the current series, and some folks from Turkey who watched all 21 episodes concluded that I came away with a better understanding of Turkey than most visitors they know about, which I took as a great compliment. I think Turkey’s a fantastic place. Much better than I thought it would be.
Before my first visit I did not want Turkey to join the EU because they might spoil it by introducing Islam. Now I’m more worried that the EU could actually ruin their successes, built originally by the massive statesman Ataturk. They have a secular society, which means that although Islam is the majority religion, most people in the big cities are fairly disinterested and the clerics and zealots don’t get to push everyone else around. They know how to deal with Islam in their society, we don’t. We give the Islamic pushers more room to manoeuvre than they get in Turkey, and the EU would probably end up telling Turkey to give more freedom to the religious conservatives, allowing them to wear their scarfs in Parliament, etc, as well as forcing them to stop preparing certain local delicacies which we think are not healthy, like sheeps’ intestines.
In the end one way or another, we may be destined never to be in the same Union, but we should be close friends with Turkey, and allow them the best trade and mobility relations with our countries.”
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Original playout date: 30 March 2008
A mobile Hulirant encouraging people to repect the CITES convention and not buy rare species or things made from them while travelling. You can see the items confiscated in Warsaw airport, in a special “gablotta” as the term of art is, dedicated to making travellers wise up and stop taking elephants’ feet.
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You can’t get the staff
Now for Huliganov TV I’m writing different blurbs to each film than the ones I originally wrote. If you want the original blurb it’ll still be there if you click through on the film to the YouTube environment.
This was my second piece ever posted up to YT. It was a humorous sight to see the chef out on the street drumming up business with his saucepan, flagging in the cars.
The location was near Wroclaw, Poland. Just south of it on the road I think to Walbrzych. December 2004 was nearly 5 years ago now. Needless to say I can’t remember the food, but I do remember why I was there – it was an interesting assignment where I did an “internal due diligence” for someone who had just been appointed director of a company his group had bought earlier. He didn’t want to be blamed for anything that might only come out of the woodwork during his time as director, so he wanted me in there checking what assets and liabilities there were and also giving him a strategic game plan for how to turn it around a bit. The company was fairly hopeless, but I think we made the best of a bad job, and at least no blame fell on the new director that way when the thing inevitably went pear-shaped.