Polish Communities

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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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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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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May 3, 2017
3 May Launch Trip around the best haunts of London

To launch the blog I took a trip around a few of my favourite Polish places in London. This is not an exclusive list, there are more places, but a...

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May 3, 2017
Struggling with your child’s Polish?

I know from experience it’s hard to manage in a bilingual home, especially if only one of you speaks Polish. What with work and school, it’s sometimes easier to just...

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May 3, 2017
Finally, a book about us!

“Are My Roots Showing” is a light hearted fictional breeze through the exploits of British born Magda Mikołajczyk, as she goes to Warsaw to teach Polish. It’s full of wonderful...

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May 3, 2017
Lost memories, life in Polish Resettlement camps

It's a little-known fact that the Polish Armed Forces in Exile were the third largest Allied fighting force in the West after Britain and the US. If, like me, you...

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