- Polish involvement with the crisis in Ukraine
- Sochi 2014 – updates on more medals for the Polish team
- Oskar Kolberg – Polish ethnographer who brought the forgotten countryside to the foreground
- New tracks form the current Polish pop scene – Fismoll
How to beat a cold? A very up to date topic for a lot of people at this time of the year (including our presenters), so we’re hoping to share some useful but mostly utterly bizarre cold remedies as according to a Polish babcia (granny). Think about sticking a garlic clove up your nose, plus many more.
Sochi 2014 equals success and that’s for both Polish and British teams (thrilled about the mutual accomplishments). We’re looking at the medal table and stories of hard working individuals behind the glitzy fame of last few days.
EU representative in Bristol – We went to László Andor‘s lecture on “Labour Migration in the European Union. The Inconvenient Truth” and will share an audio clip from his facts packed speech. You can also read the whole lecture here.
You might remember that the census 2011 brought some interesting facts about the language distribution in UK, namely that Polish is now the main language spoken in England after English. That may explain why you see Polish in places you wouldn’t expect – or is there a different reason behind the bilingual products display?
The Winter Olympics are under way and we’re going to look at its opening ceremony. Forget the dazzling performances, special effects or references to the Russian traditions – we’re interested in the outfits! Looking at team PL & team GB’s fashion statements.
Evviva l’arte (Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer) – some comforting statistics when it comes to Poles going to the theatre (unlike the decreasing numbers of readers) and cinema. And if you think theatre is bit too much for you, why not try watching a musical – that’s what we did last night and today we’re going to share our views and opinions on the English & Polish productions of Jesus Christ Superstar.
We’re still hanging on to some post Christmas traditions (which makes sense as Poles take down their Christmas tree at the beginning of February) and we’re going to look at one that combines religious and pagan aspects.
Shopping centres – you would think there’s enough of them by now. Well the Poles try to catch up with the West and build as many as possible. Some foreign visitors don’t seem to appreciate them though.
Food – yummy and unique Polish bread doesn’t seem to stand a chance against people’s changing eating habits. We’re going to look at the statistics in Poland and in the UK, which show a significant drop in sales of bread throughout the last few years.
The West ultimately came to Rzeszow/ Podkarpacie in the presence of huge shopping malls and cinema complexes.
Big brands (and high prices) on one hand and taste of the Western life on the other attract many people from Podkarpacie into the temple of decadent capitalism – Millenum Hall. In places like this an average Kowalska (an equivalent to UK’s average Smith) from Podkarpacie can spend her lifetime’s savings just to fit in with the current fashion style. A few stories high building is home not only to international clothing stores and cinema complexes but also to numerous bars and coffee places.
However, inadequate prices to the income of an average Kowalski made window shopping one of the favourite past times for many Podkarpacie residents coming from outside of Rzeszow. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely good to see my little homeland catching up with the West, but it’d be even better to see more work places and opportunities set up in Podkarpacie so that people could afford shopping in this capital of shops and supermarkets.
On a positive note – Millenium Hall caught my attention for a different reason altogether. The outside area has a huge (yes, size matters) screen, where the local residents gather to watch sport and music events broadcast live.
Sitting in comfy deck chairs, sipping on cold drinks and enjoying the hot Polish summer they get a glimpse of Western style holidays and the kids get wet in the near by fountain. Looked like loads of fun!
This article has been initially written for Radiowski and published on the radiowski.com website on 11th August 2012. The radio show Radiowski stopped broadcasting in September 2013 and became Poles Aloud.