guess the nationality of the man playing the accordion on the beach?

Can you guess the nationality of the man playing the accordion? Yes? Post your answer below and you may win a copy of my latest crime  thriller, Food of Ghosts. (At the end of every month the names of all those who leave a comment on the blog go in a hat. One lucky person wins  a copy of my latest novel, which in this instance will be Food of Ghosts!).

I’m away now for a few days but I’ll be back on Saturday when I’ll reply to your comments  and reveal the answer. I’ll give you a wee clue: he is not French or Scottish ;o)

And yes this is in Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland in October! Ha!

ps I’d love to hear your first impressions of the video:  is it  too long, too short. too wobbly, too …?  This is a practice go before we make the all singing all dancing trailer for Food of Ghosts – yeh hey! Watch this space!

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12 Responses to guess the nationality of the man playing the accordion on the beach?

  1. Its a tough one, my first thought was Italian but then Greek. Still I’m probably way out with both.

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Hi Samrana,
      so sorry for taking so long to reply to your comment. I’ve been away for a few days and had no access to the internet. In some ways it was great but I have a bit of catching up to do now I am back! The accordion player is Polish – you weren’t too far out! I had assumed he was French until I actually started to talk to him! Thanks again for your comment 🙂

  2. Wendy says:

    I know the answer, Marianne, but don’t want to spoil the guesses. Let me know when I can say!

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Hi Wendy,
      thanks for keeping the secret and apologies for this delayed reply – and you were absolutely right, he is Polish! I’d seen him on the prom a few times and had always assumed he was French – ha ha! I was so taken aback when he said he was Polish I forgot to ask him where in Poland he’s from. Do you know?
      Thanks again for your comment 🙂

  3. Cathy Harris says:

    I am torn between Italian and Greek too but I wonder if those are too obvious…..

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Hi Cathy,
      lovely to hear from you and apologies to you too for this delayed response. You were in the right area in that he is European but as I’ve already said now, he is Polish. Next time I see him I am going to ask where in Poland he is from, just in case it happens to be from Silesia (where my mum used to live and the only area in Poland I have visited, so far). It was lovely when the woman began singing with him – the video clip doesn’t do her voice justice. Thanks again!

  4. Venezuelan. Ha.

    Love the video, Marianne. What a gorgeous day it looks to have been.

    Since you ask, there’s a bit of camera shake, which is probably more obvious because the sea is so calm, with a straight line across the middle of the screen. I have a lot of trouble with camera shake, myself! (My videos look like blowfly cam…)

    I really enjoyed the video, not least because I love the sea. 🙂 Really love those shots of the waves rolling in. Nice composition. And the pull-focus shots — very arty. And a nice idea to have the accordion playing in the background the whole way through. Well done!

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Hi Belinda
      thanks for comments and apologies too for this tardy response to your response! Not Venezuelan but Polish ;o) Fot no real reason I was so sure he was French – ha ha! And thanks for kind and helpful comments regards the film. The camera shake is really hard to control, isn’t it? I thought I was holding the camera very still too – ho ho! Going to have to work on that. And good point about the line across the middle making the camera shake more obvious. Hm.. And, yes, it was such a lovely day and the music made it perfect. Thanks again for your comment – now got to do some real work and start on that trailer – eek!

      • The horizon across the middle was beautiful though Marianne, even if it made the shake more obvious. I think shake becomes more obvious when you are zoomed in. (and zoom looks nice too… anything that looks good shakes more, apparently!)

        I have a tripod for my iPhone now, funny little thing with bendy legs. (I’m choosing to shoot my web videos on the iPhone rather than my other cameras, because it’s easier. I say this from the comprehensive experience of making one (1) web video so far. ;-D ) (Although I did shoot some video for my book trailer on my Canon DSLR when I was in NZ a few months back.) (I hasten to add that I have not yet made the book trailer. Although I have pictured it in my head. 😉 )

        Your shots are nicely composed. You have what my designer friend would call “a good eye”. 🙂 Can’t wait to see your trailer.

        • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

          A big thanks for words of encouragement 🙂 I feel determined to get this trailer done before the launch ( which is in about ten days – hem!) I have one of those wee tripods but no iphone. Ha ha ha! Maybe I need to invest in the phone instead of the iPad? Hm?? You can see I am useless at decision making 😉 Thanks again – and I’m looking forward to seeing that book trailer in your head one day soon 😉

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