Taking the Waters: Preview

The Bald Explorer is back and the next production is under way (Autumn 2013). In this episode, ‘Taking the Waters’, Richard Vobes, aka the Bald Explorer is investigating the story of the spring water discovered at a spot near the medieval town of Tonbridge in Kent – later it was to become Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Richard wants to find out what makes the water so good, how it became popular and why is there today for visitors who are keen to make the excursions today.

This is a teaser video, partly filmed on the common near Royal Tunbridge Wells (www.twcommons.org) and at High Rocks, a popular tourist resort and wedding venue (www.highrocks.com). The full production will be available in early 2014 on the Community Channel (www.communitychannel.org).

Follow him on Twitter: @BaldExplorer or Richard Vobes @Vobes.

Crew: Producer/Presenter – Richard Vobes. Photography – Jason Reeve. Sound – Billy Lindsey.

Lewes Boot Scrapers

Have you ever spotted those weird little metal things sunken into the walls of Georgian houses and wondered what they are? They look like miniature fire-places, don’t they? In the days before the motor car and when travel was really only possible either on your own two feet or by those of a horse, the state of the walkways was dreadful. The roads were barely paved and where they were, dirt, mud and other animal waste collected in sloppy piles. Consequently, one’s foot attire became encrusted with plenty of unwanted crap. The last thing any respectable gentleman, or gentle woman for that matter, wanted to do was to bring this putrid soil into their expensive households or spread the filth on their exotic carpets. Behold, the boot-scraper; a cunning little wrought iron device adorning the exterior of the house, at ground level and close to the front door – the perfect gadget to remove this unwanted muck.

In another of the mini-series episodes on my new Youtube channel, I am in the rural county town of Lewes, in East Sussex, on the search for a boot-scraper and another oddities from our heritage. It is amazing t see what is still out there,  left alone and for all to discover if we open out eyes. Originally, the footage appeared in the full length documentary about the town and shown on the Community Channel, but knowing that not everyone has time to watch these long format videos, I have pulled out interesting moments and repackaging them into shorter films. I do hope you will like them. There is unseen footage too – so you get a bonus as well.

Do go and check out the channel, if you have time and please, don’t forget to subscribe. Many thanks.

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At the beginning of 2011, I started to formulate ideas for a documentary series in which I explore the history, places and legends of the British nation. By the Autumn of 2012, I had a number of full length episodes produced and had been approached by the Community Channel to have them broadcast.

The series is set to grow and with luck transfer to other channels.

But why television and why go to the trouble and expense of funding these programmes on a shoestring budget in the first place? My story is an odd one.

I started as a teenager making 8mm home movies, went to mime school in London, walked on glass and ate fire for a living. I also wrote and starred in a children’s slapstick television series and acted as a bit part player in many of TV classic’s, including London’s Burning, Waiting for God, The Bill and Poirot, to name but a few. I have a few stories to tell there!

Unfortunately, in my mid 40s, I lost an eye and had a number of operations from 2006 onwards so turned to the corporate world of video production – I guessed, if I was no good in front of the lens, I could at least pay the mortgage by working behind the camera.

The corporate world is not a world I fully understand, or enjoy, so to combat that, I started to record audio podcasts – I even won an award for it for the best ‘Sound Seeing Tours’!

But heritage and history has been in my blood, only I didn’t know it. When I realised this, I wanted to learn more about our fabulous nation and make films about it.

My talk is fun, witty and entertaining. I come self contained, with a PA if necessary and do not need any hi-tech assistance.

Find out more here: Talks Website

Community Channel Youtube Page

The Community Channel's Bald Explorer Youtube Page
The Community Channel’s Bald Explorer Youtube Page

I am thrilled to announce that the Community Channel has now dedicated a special Youtube page to the shows for the Bald Explorer. It gets its own nifty url too: www.youtube.com/show/thebaldexplorer which is fabulous!

The next three episodes are due to air soon on the channel and I will update you as soon as it happens.

Articiles and Blog posts in audio format!

My new audioboo website with blog posts in audio format.

I know that some of my followers enjoy podcasts and do not always have time to read the blogs as they go up. Well, I have an answer for that to help them out. I have started a fresh website which lists all my posts and articles but in a recorded format.

By using the services of the very popular AudioBoo podcast format, I am recording the written content in my sound studio and uploading. At the moment I have the free account which permits up to three minutes of recording time. If this proves popular I will bite the bullet, open my wallets and purchase a 30 minute account. I believe this approximately £60 a year, so not too bad.

I would love to know if you like this service or have any comments about using AudioBoo, so do please send any feedback to either the Bald Explorer Audio Blog site or of course to this post.

The Bald Explorer Audio Blog site is ready for you right now!

New Vimeo Channel

The video host Vimeo.com is now offering users to create their own channel and I thought it would be a great idea for the Bald Explorer to have one. It offers a clean and bright way to display and view the productions I make and keeps them all together in one place.

The address is: https://vimeo.com/channels/thebaldexplorer and you can also comment on the videos you have watched. It is always nice to have some positive feedback.

I have used Vimeo for many of my videos and if you click on my name I believe it will take you to the main Richard Vobes channel too where you can find other stuff too.

Many of the videos I make such as The Battle of Lewes, History You Can Touch, the Coracle Man and my visit to Hopton Castle in south Shropshire is there.