My Hogmanay in Vienna

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Simon with guest BirgitHappy New Year! My Hogmanay was spent working with QVC US in Vienna and it was wonderful! 

We were there to broadcast the first of our Q-Voyager shows from around the world, and had a total of five hours of beautiful jewellery hosted by Lisa Robertson

Vienna sees in the New Year by partying in the streets, letting off fireworks, waltzing to the ‘Blue Danube’ and having a very merry time. We had a crew of cameramen, soundmen, directors and producers from America and a technical crew from Italy to set up all the cables and lights. It was a truly international event!

We had a an eight-camera shoot with a huge outside broadcast truck and it was all held in the Albertina, once a winter palace for the Hapsburg royal family, but now a museum. It was quite a challenge taking over a national treasure trove and making sure we didn’t damage anything.

The crew did a great job of showing the viewers in America the wonderful atmosphere of the old palace but disguising the technology that allowed us to transmit it all back to the US. At midnight in Vienna it was 6pm in Philadelphia (where QVC is based), so it must have been a bit strange to see the evening’s celebrations at teatime!

The New Year was a strange one as I was apart from my family (the first time at New Year since I’ve been married) but with a great bunch of people. I guess that with so many destinations planned to film over 2009, many of them will seem like family pretty soon. I wonder if we will have the same arguments!

Hope you enjoy the video and pictures I’ve taken which were all taken on the GE TSV camera that I was trying out before I launched it.

Have a very happy 2009 – I know it will be a challenging year for many, but I hope that it brings you all that you hope for.

Simon X

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