History

August 31, 2017
On this day: 1 September 1939

It was the start of a hot, summery Friday with clear blue skies. Children had been getting ready for school the following week, but school had been called off indefinitely a...

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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 21, 2017
Our Polish Heritage – the Winged Hussars coming to the UK

If you thought the Polish Hussars belonged to history, you’d be wrong because next month (August 26 - 28, bank holiday weekend) they’re appearing at Leeds Armouries. Based in the...

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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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May 23, 2017
And my poppies have bloomed – on such a day of sadness

May 23rd, and my poppies have finally started to bloom. Not too late to remember those fallen at Monte Cassino, and yet right on the day after the worst tragedy...

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May 18, 2017
They really DID believe… Monte Cassino, 18 May

Of the many accounts I’ve read about the Battle of Monte Cassino, these words hit me hard. They were recorded by someone who sat with the surviving soldiers many years...

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May 3, 2017
What is ‘the 3rd of May’ all about?

The 3rd of May celebrates the date of the first written constitution in Europe, in 1791 – the Polish constitution, naturally. My first memory of this significant date in our...

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