Heritage

October 28, 2017
Five reasons Polish Zaduszki win over Halloween

As I returned today from cleaning Polish graves at our local cemetery with the scouts, in time for Zaduszki (All Saints and All Souls Days) on 1 and 2 November,...

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October 21, 2017
Hygge – with a Polish twist

The Danish concept of 'hygge' has been all the rage here in the UK these past two years; it resonates because British people love to find any new way to...

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October 11, 2017
Ten images of growing up Polish

The images of Poland we 'English Poles' grew up with in post-war UK were, I suspect, nothing like what our contemporaries in Poland had.  Our identity was rooted in the past and...

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August 25, 2017
Five things I love about Poland

As I've travelled around Poland this summer, I've thought about the many differences between Polish and British culture. Some are quite superficial but others much deeper. Here are the ones...

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August 15, 2017
Why is 15th August a national holiday?

There are two reasons, intertwined due to history and tradition, peasant, church and military.  There's a holiday atmosphere to this day, re-established in 1992 and the flags are out in...

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August 5, 2017
Hooray for mud, country life and British farming

Here in Britain we love the idea of country life, to see cows and sheep in the fields around our towns and cities. Many dream of one day being able...

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July 9, 2017
Joining the Crocodile – why do the English so like to queue?

The Wimbledon Championship queue is the queue of the moment, but this weekend for the nth time we visited the Chatsworth Summer Garden Party, hosted by the Duke and Duchess...

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June 28, 2017
For Polish Navy Day Today – a bit of Morse Code …./.-/…./.-

Since 1928, the 28 June has been known as the Święto Marynarki Wojennej (Polish Navy Day). Although Morse Code is no longer used as an international standard for maritime distress,...

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June 21, 2017
Five ways to celebrate Midsummer’s Night

Although the longest day of the year (the solstice) is today, 21 June, the tradition in medieval England and ongoing in Poland is for midsummer celebrations on Noc Świętojańska (St...

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May 10, 2017
Polish Heritage Day helps people find their roots

Imagine never knowing where your father is buried, anything about your grandparents’ lives or family history. It is a common experience for those whose families have been uprooted by conflict,...

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