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Windows on Warsaw #2


Original YT playout date: 10 January 2009
Duration: 1:59

The view from the Elektrim building and then later from the Luxmed building, accompanied by a cacaphonous collage of music underscoring the discordant mix of styles of architecture in Warsaw…
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Warsaw Night Ride


Original YT playout date: 9 January 2009
Duration: 34:59

Taking in Rembertow, Stara Milosna, Trakt Brzeski, Most Siekierkowski, ul. Wilanowska, and other nocturnal highlights. This with the usual lengthy running commentary.
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Rising Artists in Warsaw


Original YT playout date: 2 January 2009
Duration: 1:04:45

The original title of this video was going to be Vernisage. You can still see that at the beginning.

I took Sophie, who seems to have something of an artist’s eye, to this exhibition of work made by an association of rising artists in Warsaw.

In these days where shares and investment schemes are a joke, where even real estate is down 30% or more, what are you going to invest in? Gold? They’re making it right now in the Hadron collider! (You didn’t think they switched it off for six months after a single day’s work after spending all that money did you? It’s not for nothing they tucked it discreetly underneath the main banking capital of the world in Switzerland!) You are left – apart from the hopefully obvious one of storing up treasure in heaven – with workable investments in know-how, education and technology, production assets for the food supply chain and media, and with art investments.

The really rich have always invested in fine art, and you can do the same. Of the dozen or so rising artists shown here, the chances are good that one or more of them could rise to become the future Dalis, Picassos, Rembrandts. The paltry prices looked for today by these artists for their works could pay back in years to come hundreds of times over.

The chances are a good deal higher than for premium bonds or lottery tickets, and you get to use your own taste to pick and back tomorrow’s treasures, unlike the automated processes determining prizes in lotteries or the fallible, impersonal checks and balances of the financial investment system.

On top of which, of course, you get the art beautifying your living and working environment, giving aesthetic value day by day as it accrues financial value also.

I can either buy for you from the artists and arrange transport or secure storage, or you can buy from them direct, as I have no need to earn commissions and handling fees from anyone for this (although I’m also not going to turn my nose up at them either in this day and age) and you will see in the film contact details for most of the artists.
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The Wars of the Warsaw Mafias


Original YT playout date: 12 October 2008
Duration: 5:30

Using the Creative Vado discrete small size, I was able to risk snatching some covert footage of an altercation in Ochota. A “debt collecting” team from one organisation making a subtle but very meaningful statement outside the home of another prominent organization member. Thankfully on this occasion the violence did not get out of hand…
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Uncle Davey’s Big Marathon Failure


Original YT playout date: 4 October 2008
Duration: 40:24

This was quite a milestone ack then in 2008, just over eleven years ago. I got down to my lowest weight, 116 Kgs, and was able to get 8 kms into the Waraw Marathon before being carted off.
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Warsaw Storm


Original YT playout date: 26 September 2008
Duration: 18:57

The storm clouds gather over my home. What do I do? Go up to the twelfth floor, and take some footage, that’s what!
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Footage from a Warsaw Bike Ride


Original YT playout date: 30 July 2008
Duration: 26:21

What’s it like riding a bike through Warsaw? Find out with this experimental footage taken while riding using a camera mounted using a gorillapod to the handlebars…
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A Warsaw Evening in the company of Mr Alan Heath


Original YT playout date: 8 June 2008
Duration: 39:51

It’s a pleasant Warsaw evening, just the ticket for a chat with another prolific youtuber, and Alan Heath (channel name “alanheath”) is one of Poland’s most prolific, and like me he is a non-Pole living here. He is also the provider of quite a few of the Viz letters, and so if you see the name Alan Heath in the letters page on Viz, yes, this is one and the same man!

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We have lift off


Original YT playout date: 17 May 2008
Duration: 6:57

Taking off in a Boeing 737 on a day with reasonable visibility, I reconed there was a good chance to see my flat from the air, and so I did. Actually we were going to Madrid but I didn’t make this part of the Madrid series as it had a different focus.
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Starlinggrad!


Original playout date: 26 January 2008
Duration: 1:11

Some times in the year, here in Warsaw, we get inundated with huge flocks of starlings.
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Windows on Warsaw


Original playout date: 21 December 2007
Duration: 9:59

“I think you’ll quite like this concept. All of these clips were taken before, during or after actual business meetings I had in Warsaw in the late Summer of 2007. I discovered it’s quite remarkable how many people in business actually take an interest in digital photography and video. Read the rest of this entry

Huliganov’s “Downtown”


Original playout date: 29 September 2007
Duration: 4:29

This one is a mix of types of footage, Logicam and Fuji together, and a seamless overlay of Warsaw driving footage over the karaoke track done at my desk. This is a new experiment, like many of my films have been.
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