43. Notting Hill Carnival Video Out-takes

Earlier this year I made a video at the Notting Hill Carnival. Here are some of the bits which I didn’t include in the final edit. You can see that I got a bit frustrated on this day…

There are some bits of useful language in this video. They are all explained below.


The text captions contain some phrasal verbs and other expressions. Here are some of those useful bits of language:

The door was putting me off – ‘to put someone off’ = the door was distracting me and stopping me from concentrating properly
The chair was getting in my way – ‘to get in your way’ = the chair was in my personal space and stopping me from moving freely
I couldn’t string a sentence together – ‘to string a sentence together’ = to be able to speak properly
I was starting to get really pissed off – ‘to get pissed off’ = to get annoyed and angry (it’s a slightly rude expression)
I can’t be bothered to carry an umbrella – ‘can’t be bothered’ = I’m too lazy to do it. I don’t want to make the effort to do it.
I might get caught in the rain – ‘to get caught in the rain’ – to be surpised by rain, and get wet because you’re unprepared
What the hell? = Who cares? It doesn’t matter!
Live life on the edge = Live a risky life
I’m waiting for my mobile phone to charge up – ‘to charge up’ = to put electricity into a battery
To run out = the battery becomes empty
I was in a funny mood, perhaps because I was tired or a little fed up – ‘fed up’ = slightly bored or unhappy
That must get quite claustrophobic and awkward – ‘claustrophobic’ = frightening because it is a small space. ‘awkward’ = uncomfortable and embarrassing

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  • neonick

    Hey, Luke! I listen your great podcast from start, and I’m here. I think this page broken, isn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    Hi Luke
    I really enjoyed this video. It was nice to visit you in your English flat. I think you’ve changed a bit over the years.
    Do you think that a transcript of this one makes sense?
    Of course I have one. I need it for the completeness of my transcripts. I wonder if I can catch up with your podcasts. You are producing so many lately and because I now do not only transcripts but audios as well, which is really something I owe to you as well because it has arisen from your idea to do this audio competition. And it’s true the daily training of my tongue muscles seems to show a really good effect. I am very happy about that!

    • Sure, if you have one I’d be glad to put it on the page. By the way, I’m aware your transcripts are really good and accurate. Many of them are sitting in the collaboration page, marked “awaiting correction” but I’m aware that hardly any correction is necessary. I’ll publish them properly when I can get to it, I promise!
      And yes, I’ve changed a bit since this video, but a lot can happen in 5 years ;)

  • Anonymous

    Hi Luke
    I liked this video. Of course it’s not up-to-date and maybe you have changed a bit . But you was a cute boy.

    Cheers bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye

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  • Exactly where did you actually end up getting the concepts to publish ““Notting Hill Carnival Video Frustration (Out-takes) | Luke’s ENGLISH Blog”? Many thanks -Howard

    • I just decided it would be funny for you to see the difficulties I faced when making the video. I hope you enjoyed it.