Polish Communities

January 29, 2021
For post-war Polish refugees, learning English was about so much more than words

Do you recognise a cultural divide in your early life between the Polish and English languages?

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July 18, 2020
Raise a toast for Ognisko Polskie, 80 years!

Let's raise a glass this weekend for Ognisko Polskie in Kensington, London, celebrating 80 years of serving the Polish community in exile. A success story which throughout the Second World...

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June 26, 2020
Memories of Penrhos stanica – the end of the Polish scout house

The heady scent of flowers on a summer’s evening is potent as a group of zuchy run excitedly down the road: they have earned the right to spend 10 minutes...

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May 6, 2020
Why did it take 60 long years for Poles to join the Victory Parade?

The official British Victory Parade to celebrate the end of World War II took place in June 1946, once hostilities with Japan had ended. The Parade was a show of...

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August 6, 2018
Obóz harcerski, heaven on earth!

For the last few days I’ve been sweltering in incessant Northamptonshire sunshine on an obóz harcerski (scout camp). It's been my 30th obóz at least, a tally I find hard...

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May 18, 2018
18 May: The day I ignored Prince Harry

As Royal Wedding fervour reaches fever pitch, the young couple will be spending their last night apart. Prince Harry may for a moment, reflect on some of his previous relationships,...

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May 3, 2018
What are your favourite Polish things?

It's a lovely sunny day and it's the Third of  May, the day the Polish Constitution was born in 1791. It's a national celebration so in Poland no one is...

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April 10, 2018
Smolensk air crash – where were you?

Do you remember where you were, when you heard the news?  This week we commemorate two incredibly sad days for the Poles: 10 April, the 8th anniversary of the Smolensk...

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January 13, 2018
5 reasons decluttering is so hard in a Polish home

Among my New Year's resolutions, is one to carry on getting a grip on my tidying abilities - in fact, to relearn how to tidy. Tidying a home (particularly if...

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November 25, 2017
Farewell to three outstanding ladies

We are the poorer for the passing of three amazing women this year: Basia Zdanowicz, Luna Golińska and Krystyna Szwagrzak. Each had incredible stories of hardship and terror during the...

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