Traditions and Culture

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 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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May 10, 2017
word of the week – Pejzaż

Pejzaż -  landscape, cityscape I first came across this word from a Czerwone Gitary song, recorded in 1972, though I only discovered it in the late 90's - "czarno-biały pejzaż...

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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
word of the week – namolny

namolny - intrusive, persistent, unrelenting, nagging I was sent this word in an email from my friend in Kraków who is looking after the remont (renovation) of our flat’s bathroom....

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