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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 28, 2017
Not an iPad in sight! How Polish kids’ camps, kolonie, entertain

So kolonie zuchowe (Polish brownie and cub camps) have been going on for nearly a century and certainly for over 60 years in the UK, yet the children play many of...

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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 – a bit of Morse Code …./.-/…./.-

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

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June 21, 2017
Five reasons 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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June 13, 2017
Kraków: streets to beat the stress

While Kraków is overflowing with beautiful, historic buildings to visit, on my latest trip (in between renewing insurances, resolving bank card problems and finding a new bin for the bathroom),...

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June 9, 2017
9 June – a day to be young and nothing more

Today is the day when young people in the UK took to politics with 50% more voting than in the last three General Elections. It brings to my mind the Culture.pl...

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