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September 9, 2017
Unpronounceable Polish word of the week – can you?

Krnąbrny So my friend has just described her child's behaviour in this way. When you can mould your mouth around its consonants, it means: rebellious, defiant, incalcitrant, stubborn and generally...

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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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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 3, 2017
What is ‘the 3rd of May’ – Polish Constitution Day 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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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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