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  • Waiting - it's what he does. Tick followed Tock, Followed tick....

    When you are flying high or racing along the highway you feel like you are going places. However, there are those moments in life where you are grounded waiting to take off again or stuck at a Red Light for what feels like an eternity. However, its crucial in life to be patient, the Red Light will eventually turn to Green and you will be able to start racing along the highway once more. One day (hopefully soon) air traffic control will give the signal for the plane to begin its taxi along the runway and take off one more time. Big life goals and small life goals each require patience. This old Guinness Advert "The Surfer" - reminded me of the waiting game, possibly the best Advert in advertising history. Despite being made in 1998 it still causes Goosebumps when I see it with the sound jacked up. If you can't wait for the next random blog post - Alex van Terheyden can be found on YouTube.

  • RE-POST - From The Foreign Policy

    This article was originally published on The Foreign Policy Website on November 22nd 2018. I'm posting it here for prosperity purposes (and just in case you haven't seen it before). Original Article can be found here. Tartu by the Wondering Englishman Published on November 22, 2018 in Entertainment by Ricardo Minesotor The Wondering Englishman, whose real name is Alexander van Terheyden is a traveller who recently posted on his YouTube Channel “A Weekend in Tartu – Estonia!” The Englishman started his weekend break flying into the capital of Estonia Tallinn from London England, before driving with a friend Southeast to Tartu. Over the course of the 30-minute video, the Young Englishman really blitzed the city, taking in the Natural History Museum, Art Galleries, and Tartu’s famous Science Museum. Despite the obvious bad weather it was clear he warmed to the city the more he explored the place. The video seemed to have been very well received when I stumbled across the video. 99% of viewers have liked the video, a rare thing on Youtube these days. People are hard to please in 2018! Maybe it’s the way Alex van Terheyden brings the viewer on his inquisitive exploration of the isolated Estonian city. Tartu may be dominated by students, but it doesn’t roll off everyone’s tongue when it comes to places to visit – it would seem Vloggers like Alex van Terheyden may change that – bringing a beautiful historical city drenched in history to the attention of the Social Media generation. Alex got to Estonia via Ryanair an airline not loved by many but thankfully opening up the more isolated destinations to the wider world. The Wondering Englishman clearly wondered what Estonia would be like so he took himself there to explore (at least according to his YouTube Channel) the capital Tallinn, the coastal resort Parnu and my favorite Estonian city – Tremendous Tartu. Once in Tallinn, he drove, but upon returning to Tallinn, he got the train back. The connections between Tallinn and Tartu and frequent and reliable making the city more accessible than people may think. I reached out to Alex van Terheyden and asked him what he liked most about Estonia and the city of Tartu. “The Estonian people are some of the nicest most amazing people I’ve ever met – I have a special place in my heart for them thanks to their hospitality and warmth. Tartu really surprised me, it was a city I really knew very little about before I got there, but its beauty captivated me from the minute I arrived. If you can ignore the odd modern building on the outskirts!” I asked him if he would be returning to Estonia – he responded “Without a doubt – I would very much like to see the rest of the country – hopefully in the summer! And I need to try more of your Beer as everyone I sampled was delicious!” Whether its a weekend break to Estonia or taking the wider country in for a longer period of time I think it’s clear Estonia and Tartu have something to offer those who may have previously overlooked the Baltic Gem. Below is the video The Wondering Englishman made about Tartu.

  • VidCon isn't as fun as ComicCon

    Back in February, I ventured to YouTube's flagship London event - VidCon. Not in any way to be confused with ComicCon or conference that promotes VHS or anything random to do with Videos - this was purely YouTube Related. I have a YouTube Channel - it's gaining Subscribers every day - Thank you each and every one of you. So with this newfound following, I figured let's go and learn how to YouTube in more detail. I bought my ticket on Groupon - yes really Groupon! I'm too small to be offered Free Tickets - maybe one day! Although even YouTubers with Millions of followers I think have to pay for their tickets I believe. If you have not used Groupon before - use this link - to get £6 off your first order if used within 72 hours. If you are curious what VidCon was Like. Here is a video I made of that day. The Wondering Englishman is Alex van Terheyden - if you wish to contact him please reach out via this blog or website.

  • Kusadasi to Bodrum

    Over the Summer I found myself on the South Western Turkish Coast. I rented a car as I figured this would be the easiest way to explore the Turkish Region. I have to say I'm glad I did. My expectations weren't super high but I had a very enjoyable time. I document this journey in my Latest YouTube Video on My Channel - Kusadasi to Bodrum. If you are considering visiting the region and you have some time to watch one of my YouTube Videos please be my guest. I would be happy to share any insight on here on via YouTube.

  • New Blog for a New Chapter

    Hi! Welcome to my new Blog - I'll try my best to update this with my Wondering Englishman Travel videos. This is a new website for me (Alex van Terheyden) - so let's see how it goes. Could it be the first of many posts or the first and the last post.... Only time will tell! :) My latest Travel Video is on Vienna Austria - But sadly I've got a few copyright disputes - I need to go back and forth with YouTube Lawyers and then the video will be released! You can Thank 1984 European Union for the fact that it's almost impossible to get a video out on YouTube these days without getting a copyright warning! All the material I use is fair use. So while we wait - here is the trailer to the latest Travel Video "A weekend in Vienna"

  • Top Christmas films of all Time!

    Christmas a time to give thanks for the Birth of Christ. The clue is in the name. We say Merry Christmas, not Merry Holidays! And I would consider myself Agnostic and the celebration doesn't offend me and nor should it offend anyone! It's a time for everyone to get together with their families, friends and special people. Eat more than you should, drink a few more than is acceptable (Hence why you say Merry before the magical word Christmas), relax and kick back and watch at least one Christmas movie. When there is so many to choose from - which should you pick? Well here is my - Top 10 List of Christmas Films of All Time! 10) Gremlins (1984) Perfect Film to watch after Midnight Mass. A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. Director: Joe Dante Writer: Chris Columbus 9) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Jim Carrey is perfect in this. On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey) who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town. Director: Ron Howard Writers: Dr. Seuss (book), Jeffrey Price (screenplay) 8) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) A Beautiful movie and you can actually watch it with all the family. Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion. Director: Henry Selick Writers: Tim Burton (story and characters), Michael McDowell (adaptation) 7) Predator (1987) This may not be a Christmas movie to anyone else - but for some reason, I've watched this movie every Christmas since I first saw it as a kid. It's a classic film that seems to get me in the Christmas spirit. Arnold Swazernegger at his best. A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. Director: John McTiernan Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas 6) Trading Places (1983) Now while I will admit this film is best watched between Christmas and New Year it is Wall Street Perfection. A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. Director: John Landis Writers: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod 5) Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Just like the Terminator series this sequel is better than the original. What's not to like it even has Donald Trump making a Cameo! One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City - and the same criminals are not far behind. Director: Chris Columbus Writer: John Hughes 4) A Christmas Carol (2009) Jim Carrey once again is on form in this animated Dickens classic. Wonderful viewing. Massively underrated - deserving of viewing if you haven't seen it. An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. Director: Robert Zemeckis Writers: Robert Zemeckis (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel) 3) Elf (2003) Christmas comedy heaven that leaves you feeling simply magical and a believer once again. After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father. Director: Jon Favreau Writer: David Berenbaum 2) Die Hard (1988) For some people, this is the Christmas film of the year. And in reality, I can't think of a year where I haven't watched this Christmas classic. It doesn't get any better than Bruce Willis spraying bullets everywhere! An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. Director: John McTiernan Writers: Roderick Thorp (novel), Jeb Stuart (screenplay) 1) Scrooged (1988) It would seem 1988 was an amazing year for Christmas movies. Maybe I was just very impressionable that year but who can complain when you have Bruce Willis and also Bill Murray both at the cinema. For me, Bill Murray just about beats Willis to the finishing line with the Dickens classic. That's 2 in the top 10! A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. Director: Richard Donner Writers: Mitch Glazer, Michael O'Donoghue Merry Christmas! To you and your loved one! And have a happy New year! Alex van Terheyden

  • This civilisation could be at least 13,000 years old!

    I recently had the pleasure of visiting the capital of Turkey - Ankara. While in Ankara I found myself in the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations. It was here that I witnessed evidence of possibily one of our planets oldest civilsations (at least recorded). Many Scientists believe the Ancient Sumerians to be the oldest in recorded history but the recent findings at Gobekli Tepe could actually prove the cradle of civilisation began in mordern day Turkey rather than Iraq. Findings that of course many Scientists dispute and are now currently arguing about. Until my recent trip to the capital of Turkey I was slightly in the dark about Gobekli Tepe. I had heard about it but I have to admit I hadn't taken the trouble to study in detail about this amazing place. Göbekli Tepe, Turkish for "Potbelly Hill", is an archaeological site in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, approximately 7 miles northeast of the city of Şanlıurfa. The tell has a height of 15 m (49 ft) and is about 300 m (980 ft) in diameter. It is approximately 760 m (2,490 ft) above sea level. The tell includes two phases of use believed to be of a social or ritual nature dating back to the 11th–8th millennium BCE. During the first phase, belonging to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A, circles of massive T-shaped stone pillars were erected – the world's oldest known megaliths. More than 200 pillars in about 20 circles are currently known through geophysical surveys. Each pillar has a height of up to 6 m (20 ft) and weighs up to 10 tons. They are fitted into sockets that were hewn out of the bedrock. In the second phase, belonging to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB), the erected pillars are smaller and stood in rectangular rooms with floors of polished lime. The site was abandoned after the PPNB. Younger structures date to classical times. The details of the structure's function remain a mystery. It was excavated by a German archaeological team under the direction of Klaus Schmidt from 1996 until his death in 2014. Schmidt believed that the site was a sanctuary where people from a wide region periodically congregated, not a settlement. In 2018, the site was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Now I didn't actually visit Göbekli Tepe due to the fact its in a volitile part of Turkey very close to the Syrian border - I didn't want to be in the next ISIS YouTube Video. I'm happy being in my own YouTube videos that I direct and keep my head. Although once the region becomes safer I plan to visit Göbekli Tepe. I'm of the belief the sight appeared either before or after the Meterorite hit Greenland some 12-14,000 years ago. This Meterorite impact was again only recently discovered and potentially Reset human civilisation, wiped out many large mammals and possibly caused the last age. In my next video which I will release on YouTube very soon I discover a little bit about Göbekli Tepe. I hope you can join me when that's released to discover something about possibly the world's oldest known civilisation. Click Subscribe on my YouTube Channel to be alerted when that video appears. https://youtu.be/z6a0KvSHYN4

  • Top Christmas films of all Time!

    Christmas a time to give thanks for the Birth of Christ. The clue is in the name. We say Merry Christmas, not Merry Holidays! And I would consider myself Agnostic and the celebration doesn't offend me and nor should it offend anyone! It's a time for everyone to get together with their families, friends and special people. Eat more than you should, drink a few more than is acceptable (Hence why you say Merry before the magical word Christmas), relax and kick back and watch at least one Christmas movie. When there is so many to choose from - which should you pick? Well here is my 2019 - Top 10 List of Christmas Films of All Time! 10) Gremlins (1984) Perfect Film to watch after Midnight Mass. A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. Director: Joe Dante Writer: Chris Columbus 9) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Jim Carrey is perfect in this. On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey) who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town. Director: Ron Howard Writers: Dr. Seuss (book), Jeffrey Price (screenplay) 8) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Beautiful movie and you can actually watch it with all the family. Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion. Director: Henry Selick Writers: Tim Burton (story and characters), Michael McDowell (adaptation) 7) Predator (1987) This may not be a Christmas movie to anyone else - but for some reason, I've watched this movie every Christmas since I first saw it as a kid. It's a classic film that seems to get me in the Christmas spirit. Arnold Swazernegger at his best. A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. Director: John McTiernan Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas 6) Trading Places (1983) Now while I will admit this film is best watched between Christmas and New Year it is Wall Street Perfection. A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. Director: John Landis Writers: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod 5) Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Just like the Terminator series this sequel is better than the original. What's not to like it even has Donald Trump making a Cameo! One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City - and the same criminals are not far behind. Director: Chris Columbus Writer: John Hughes 4) A Christmas Carol (2009) Jim Carrey once again is on form in this animated Dickens classic. Wonderful viewing. Massively underrated - deserving of viewing if you haven't seen it. An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. Director: Robert Zemeckis Writers: Robert Zemeckis (screenplay), Charles Dickens (novel) 3) Elf (2003) Christmas comedy heaven that leaves you feeling simply magical and a believer once again. After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father. Director: Jon Favreau Writer: David Berenbaum 2) Died Hard (1988) For some people, this is the Christmas film of the year. And in reality, I can't think of a year where I haven't watched this Christmas classic. It doesn't get any better than Bruce Willis spraying bullets everywhere! An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. Director: John McTiernan Writers: Roderick Thorp (novel), Jeb Stuart (screenplay) 1) Scrooged (1988) It would seem 1988 was an amazing year for Christmas movies. Maybe I was just very impressionable that year but who can complain when you have Bruce Willis and also Bill Murray both at the cinema. For me, Bill Murray just about beats Willis to the finishing line with the Dickens classic. That's 2 in the top 10! A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. Director: Richard Donner Writers: Mitch Glazer, Michael O'Donoghue Merry Christmas! To you and your loved one! And have a happy New year! Alex van Terheyden

  • Why has Brexit not happened yet?

    Imagine you land back on Earth and more specifically the UK having been up in Space for the last 5 years. The term Brexit would be new to you. To the rest of us we are so bored of hearing "Brexit" - most of us, if pressed, will be pleased to hear the last of it. However, sadly we still remain in the European Union and the will of the people has yet to happen. The next deadline is Halloween (October 31st 2019) - will the UK finally leave the EU or will it be stifled by the Judges, Lawyers, MPs and Mainstream Media and come November 1st 2019 we will still be inside the EU? The odds of us leaving moving up and down every day. GBP/USD swings in both directions as traders take views and speculate what will happen while the rest of us grow fatigued or get very angry. The Fake News Mainstream Media want us to be fatigued - they want Joe Public to give up on the idea of Brexit. They want us to believe the process is so overcomplicated that we should just remain part of the EU. This is the Globalist agenda to keep the UK in the EU. They do not want the EU to fail as the EU is a stepping stone to One World Government. A vision they have for our future where there is only One Government and it's put there by the Corporations and the Elites. I enjoy a good debate but the whole Brexit debate is a sure-fire way to ruin a dinner party or a social get together for some reason it triggers the most fragile snowflakes (usually those who can't debate). So from time to time, I like to wander over to Westminister to try and engage with those who have a different view to me. In my latest video, I found myself in Westminister engaging with Remonaics and meeting some very woke Leavers. Sense my Bias? It's my Blog - I'm allowed to be biased. :)

  • Berwick Street - Soho - Mad for it!

    Back in the day when we actually used to buy Albums - Album covers were extremely important. I recall I would grip hold of the album and dissect it for all it's detail while laying back and listening to the recently purchased Album. One particular album that got a lot of attention was the second Oasis album. (What's the Story?) Morning Glory! Why did this album get so much of mine and the attention of the world? Well, the first Album was so monumentally good (Definitely Maybe) the second album had to be bought and then overplayed, again and again, to relive the magic of Definitely Maybe. And this was when pocket money was thin on the ground so any extra money I earnt had to come from part-time jobs. Hence any money spent on Albums was going to treasured and valued. (What's the Story?) Morning Glory! by Oasis for at least a few years of the '90s was one of my many treasured albums. It sat proudly on my shelf when it wasn't open and being played cosy between Definitely Maybe and 1997's Album "Be here Now". And as I listened to the rifts, melodies and noise of Oasis blaring out of my needlessly large speakers I would stare at the Album cover and wonder what it was all about. Well, the iconic Album cover photo for Oasis' classic Britpop album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? was taken on Berwick Street in Soho, London, a street famed for its independent record shops and features two men walking are – Brian Cannon, art director and Sean Rowley and the photograph was taken by Michael Spencer Jones. I did not know that in the future as my love for Techno would bring me into contact with this street on such a frequent basis. I've spent many an hour listening to and thumbing records in the numerous record shops on Berwick street over the years. I even managed to meet one of my favourite DJs accidentally in one of the record shops - Maceo Plex. However, as I had my camera with me recently I wanted to explore the street for my YouTube Audience on My YouTube Channel "The Wondering Englishman". Here, is that exploration. #Oasis #LiamGallagher #NoelGallagher #BritPop #Indie #90sAlbum

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