Your top 5 hidden ( or otherwise) gems of regular contributors of content to U Tube we should watch.

Superb ongoing story & restoration of a beautiful Cutter 'Tally Ho' that won the Fastnet Race in 1927. Watched it from the start and look forward to each episode.

Rick Beato for a wide range of music stuff.

Jocko Willink - ex-SEAL, solid podcast, very little embellishment, just gets on with it and has some extraordinary guests - a must for anyone remotely interested in military stuff and the mindsets.

Tom Scott provides short, smart, informative videos on subjects you never knew you needed to know about.

Magnus is a retired pro-climber, does some amazing stuff - cool guy, always interesting, sickeningly strong for his size - great chilled Skandi attitude.

Honourable mention for the old Joe Rogan channel - stopped watching after he went to Spotify, but before I'd watch everything, sometimes not my thing but some absolute pearls that you'd never have come across.

I am saving the Sampson Boat Co. for some extended viewing later !

I took a mate of a mate through an AFF Course 30+ years ago.
He , in turn, taught me classic yacht sailing. He was skipper of Jolie Brise , another gaff-rigged Cutter - been a mate ever since and we have shared some adventures.

Jolie Brise won the first ever Fastnet - it also won the second ever !

I follow a lot of people on YouTube.

Mark Rober

A NASA Engineer, amongst other things he creates fresh glitter bombs every Christmas. They are left on a porch and if a porch thief nicks it, boom:


Covers tech fails and smartphones:


Ex Navy Seal tells scary fireside stories and true. A large amount are of scuba divers going where they shouldn't or civvies going walking or climbing without the right kit. Here's one of the most shocking and amazing:


Not sure how he hasn't died. He "plays" with mains electricity etc.

James Hoffman

Like coffee? This is your guru.

Here's how to make perfect French Press coffee. He also reviewed instant coffees even though he advises against them, so at least you can have the best one if you drink them.


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Ah well that’s killed that then.
edit to add that what I wanted to add here wasn’t just a huge list of links but your top few with a description as to why they would make a good half hour in front of the telly.
( that obv rules out sixty’s Nicola sturgeon porn site or the weird stuff don’t tell pike or even Scaly Alberto probably watch).

Contrary to popular belief I don't spend my days being tag teamed by lusty chubsters, mores the pity.....

I quite like watching Simon Whistler's various shows, short & informative.

There is a wealth of stuff on YouTube, I often watch all sorts from it from music, old speedway meetings from my youth.

The Late late brake show

These two, who have sold up & doing Europe in their motorhome

I shall check out Starkey next
8. curious droid, if you get past his eye popping shirts, it’s a well presented mostly science history based talk with some great visuals.
Curious Droid I first saw when he did an episode on proximity fuses.

Atom bombs, radar and proximity fuses were reckoned to be the top three war winners.



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LR Time. It’s a German married couple, Christian and Vera. They have a couple of Land Rovers that they fettle, and some camping/overlanding content. Christian has a brain the size of the planet, and Vera keeps him tied to earth. That it’s a german couple and they produce it in English is a wonderful thing. Full of humour and very engaging. They recently got a Disco 4, so their Disco 3 is now Vera’s. She calls the 4 “the Mall Crawler“ :)
I've seen a couple of their videos - they have a tendency to over-think stuff IMO, mainly enjoyable all the same!
I know he’s a bit marmite, but Guy Martin has some stuff on utube that isn’t just lifted off his TVStuff.
obv didn’t make the edit on his Lancaster tv prog but I watched a half hour of him help to recover an aeleron off the Lancaster with the man.
no tv bullshit or invented time jeopardy just fascinating work.
His self deprecating tale of his own Merlin mishap is rather good too.
I think the link is Guy Martin Passions.
For a self taught engineering nut whose boundless enthusiasm makes Guy look positively drugged you have to try
( any man who can build an auto loader spud cannon or a real flying bike/ speedster for fun to see if it can be done is worth watching) he sounds like he lives off red bull or speed though.
if only John Romain did videos. fascinating man in his own right.
I'm not sure what point your trying to make, is it about me commenting that "Primitive Technology" is essentially a silent movie, if you watch any of that content then perhaps you will get what I was saying, about subtitles.

His content is in the New Zealand Bush, not a 'restaurant or shopping centre'. One of the points he makes in his channels comments section is that he chooses to deliberately not do 'a piece to camera or voice over' which is one of the reasons I enjoy his content as not only informative as to the tasks he takes on but relaxing as the only sound is the natural sound of the bush. The subtitles give detail of materials and process, when he is working clay etc.
there's a very good knot tying video channel that does precisely that and it's excellent. Just two hands demonstrating knots. No music,no voices.Just knots. Works perfectly.
+1 for Colin Furze and Mark Felton threads.
there's a very good knot tying video channel that does precisely that and it's excellent. Just two hands demonstrating knots. No music,no voices.Just knots. Works perfectly.
Knotty Boys?
I had a big of a cull recently due to adding way too many trash channels. Some that survived are;

1. Bald and bankrupt - One of the more interesting travel vloggers. Gets about but mainly spends his time in old USSR satellite states due to his interest in Soviet era buildings.

2. BFBS Creative - Has some good interviews and pre-covid they were covering some of the less known Ops.

3. Evos Media - Found this through another YouTube channel. Decent production on par with the official British Army channel.

4. Royal Marines - By far the best quality and produced official UK Armed Forces YouTube channel.

5. Soft white underbelly - Some random but often compelling interviews with a variety of US citizens.

6. Wini500 - Cold war era German military footage.

7. Toprun old school truckin - One for the Loggies. Variety of old civvy logistic based documentaries.


Drachinifel, for more on Naval history and technology than you ever wanted to know. He started off with text-to-speech voiceovers before switching to narrating it himself and embarking on ever longer pieces. They're all rather good, if you have an interest.
I'd recommend "The Battle of Samar", "The Russian 2nd Pacific Squadron" or his piece on the destruction of the Hood for longer videos or any of the 5-minute guides that interest you.

Drachinifel has extremely good subject material, but by gum I wish he'd book himself on some elocution and presentation courses. His delivery is awful; he talks in paragraphs without punctuation or pause, and mostly in monotone without inflection. No wonder he started out using synth voice.

Many of my subscriptions have been covered (not that we Arrsers are all groupthinkers or anything...) but a couple more are:

Mentour Pilot. Articulate and engaging 737 pilot provides evidenced breakdowns of air accidents, plus general civ aviation stuff:

British Movietone: For those who want to look back at a time when countries were run by grownups. Huge archive of newsreels:

Scholagladiatoria: Same sort of thing as Metatron and the historic weapons sites. Matt Easton on edged weapons history and use.

Viva La Dirt League: Light relief for all the Arrse gamers. Aussie comedy team who churn out skits based on popular games and internet memes:

I won't list the Political and Russia/ China interest sites I look at, otherwise I'll get the bots piling in with their whataboutery stuff.
'Smarter Every Day' looks at the science of everyday life. The latest project is a supersonic air cannon that flings baseballs past the speed of sound. Because they can. I also like the mad Finnish bloke on the 'Hydraulic Press Channel' and 'Beyond the Press'.
I watch all sorts of stuff on youtube, From 'How to' to military stuff, through to classical stuff

At the moment there's series I'm getting into more than I thought I would is Kathy Loves Physics & History.

There is about 80 episodes - you can be selective of course and they are about the history of physics with a bias towards electricity and radiation.

Kathy Loves Physics & History
Do you fantasize about Kathy accelerating some of your particles?
During last years madness working from home I found I had a lot more spare time sat at my workstation.

This guy, Fascinating Horror has a nice array of shortish presentations of disastrous events, most of which you may not have heard of. A typical example.

He also has an earworm tune playing in the background that is quite hypnotic after a while.

Kurzgezagt also has some hugely interesting short presentations on science matters.


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