Poles Aloud Show – 8th & 10th May 2016 (Eurovision semi-final 1)

What’s big, loud and happens every May? Well #Eurovision of course! Join us for some pre semi-final overview of themes and acts taking place in Stockholm this year (scroll down, it’s a long page, but keep going!).

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SEMI-FINAL 1 PARTICIPANTS (videos watched before the semi-finals on the Stockholm stage took place)

Finland – Sing it away

It’s definitely a catchy tune, but I’m not sure about the singer and dancers’ outfits, not to mention the mysterious figure on the horse. Yes, I realise it comes from the child’s drawings, but still – leaves me feeling puzzled. Fashion tip: those feathers like sleeves might be this season’s top thing as similarly modelled by Iceland’s representative.

Greece – Utopian land

Bit folky, I do like that. I prefer songs that bring some of their own culture to the Eurovision vibe. What I don’t like is the hip hop thrown into the mix, it doesn’t complement it well in my opinion. Maybe that’s why this poor half naked guy keeps on running away. I would too.

Moldova – Falling stars

It starts as a typical Eurovision pop song with a female singer and a wind machine (never enough of those :) ), but after a minute changes into a dance track. I could happily dance away to in the car. Someone throws some glittery stars on the girl trying to sing while having a photo shoot at the same time. At one point she even sings in front of a galaxy projected onto a screen. Hmm…I know, she’s applying to be Brian Cox’ assistant!

Hungary – Pioneer

It can’t be a bad song if it’s got light sabers, right? Well, half sized light sabers and a dancing monk playing a giant drum, and some seriously blinding light effects. Could definitely benefit from a light saber fight though, the singer versus the backing singers. Bring it on!

Croatia – Lighthouse

A futuristic video showing an alien (must be some twin planet as the alien resembles humans) making her way in a tiny spaceship towards Earth. She’s received a beacon from a human (a flashy red hole in the human’s palm, must be painful!) and is trying to save her. But fails, the human (aka the singer, who is the alien at the same time, very deep stuff) gets arrested and taken away. No traffic in the air, yet she was completely late.

The Netherlands – Slow down

It’s chill out time with the Netherlands; sit back (or grab a guitar), have a sip of beer and watch the world go by. It’s got some country vibe to it. I’m so relaxed now I might not make it to the next post. It might be Armenia’s turn, but who cares – I’m just chilling.

Armenia – LoveWave

Missed biology lessons in school? No worries, thanks to Armenia’s entry you’ll find out what the heart looks like, the insides at least. Or is a stomach or maybe bit of lungs, they don’t really do the boring explanations teachers usually do, so you can’t be sure.

San Marino – I didn’t know

This track stands out for a few reasons; it has a mature singer (should be more of those), who sort of speaks-sings in a really deep voice. This reminds me of Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady who was allowed to “Speak Sing” his parts. And then there’s that Saturday Night Fever era vibe to it. If you fancy bit of boogie, this is your song. You need to use your elbows though to squeeze through the crowd around the singer later on.

Russia – You are the only one

A very striking use of visual effects, can’t miss them. It’s like they saw Swedish entry last year winning with the interactive effects, so now they’re totally going the same direction. There is a story to the song; a pair of lovers is separated by an abyss, trying unsuccessfully to reach one another. The tune is catchy and this song could easily take the trophy home. But wait for the Ukrainian entry, a definite statement – we haven’t forgotten Russia what you did few summers ago!

Czech Republic – I stand

I don’t think the singer liked her diary (though it was pretty), as she threw it into the lake. Then she rolls over different surfaces (including plastic grass, come on it looks fake!) and is covered in glitter and flowers. She sings about “standing” (I stand) yet she’s definitely in a lying position most of the time. It’s a typical Eurovision power ballad. I hope this glitter washes off.

Cyprus – Alter ego

A rock band playing in the fields, this song has a rocky and heavier vibe to it (not too heavy though), people wearing long coats with hoods and occasionally driving a mustang. Pretending to be some bad ass. And there’s a wolf too (“howling for moonlight”). The wolf stands in the field, looks at the camera, walks away, what a charmer. Wait, wait a second. What sort of a wolf would not leg it straight away when left on its own in a field?! The kind of a domesticated one aka a dog, got you Cyprus! I do like the song, really.

Austria – Loin d’ici (Far from here)

An Austrian entry sang in French this year, now that is surprising as we know how well French entries normally do (not well at all). Austrians are not keen on hosting the event next year then. I’m being mean :) The singer walks on a treadmill (I guess) to give the impression of walking amongst the flowers and fields appearing on screen behind her. It’s bright, very colourful, fairy tale like. I hope it’s synchronised properly as I would hate to see her flying off that treadmill…. someone press the button :)

Estonia – Play

A minimalistic set with a young male singer singing in a really deep voice (could have just had a voice mutation). Traditional use of lights, backing singers and not much more. Still, it reminds me of a James Bond theme song for some reason, must be his smart suit. It’s a good song, but unfortunately Eurovision isn’t “a less is more” competition.

Azerbaijan – Miracle

A female singer singing to the mic in a basement like venue, with no one around – could this be prophetic? Noticeable use of lights, strong voice and nobody to take her back home. I’m concerned, can someone get her a taxi please?

Montenegro – The real thing

Warning: flashy backgrounds, not good to watch if you’ve got epilepsy. It’s a heavy beat with a DJ mixing some electronic tunes. An unusual choice for an Eurovision entry, but let’s not forget that in 2006 a Finnish heavy metal band won the competition. Hit harder Montenegro, you might have a chance.

Iceland – Hear them calling

This country is desperate to win. They mixed together at least 3 winning themes from last few years; firstly Loreen’s moves (Euphoria in 2012) at the start of the song, secondly Emmelie’s winning melody (Only teardrops in 2013) and finally Mans’ interactive visual effect (Heroes in 2015, but most acts copied it this year). Will this winning mixture bring them the long awaited trophy? Oh and don’t forget the fashionable sleeves (just like the ones Finnish representative has).

Bosnia & Herzegovina – Ljubav Je (Love is..)

Set up in a church or some other old looking building, sang in their native tongue, this song really caught my attention. Until the half way through it they brought in a hip hop artist for this modern spin on the good old classic performance. Why?! It’s not early 90s where this (rapping, hip hop lyrics) was almost obligatory. And he had the cheek to sit in the cellist’s chair, the poor woman had to stand for the rest of the song.

Malta – Walk on water

This song grew on me, I found myself listening to it more often than I’d expect. A female singer accompanied by a male dancer at the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, changing her outfits numerous times within the three minutes long track (will she be able to do it on stage?). She never manages to do the “Jesus thing” of walking on water; I’d recommend to change the song title.

DISCLAIMER: Loved all the songs, any light-hearted criticism wasn’t there to hurt anyone. More songs and comments to follow shortly.

Poles Aloud Show – 14th & 16th Feb 2016

Love is in the air! We’re giving out tips on how to impress your Polish partner and avoid those embarrassing situations when out on a date. Following on from that we’re looking at the differences between both cultures when it comes to welcoming a foreign partner into their group.

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Plus our standard blocks including headlines from Poland, World Weird Web (bizarre, wonderful and strange news from around the world) and Polish for beginners (teaching you a word or two of Polish).

To listen to the show click on the stations’ names:

Somer Valley FM – every Sunday at 5pm (97.5 FM)

Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR) – every Tuesday at 1pm (103.4 FM), repeated Sundays at 1pm.

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Poles Aloud Show – 8th & 10th November

On the show today: we’re remembering those who fought in both wars as well as celebrate Polish Independence Day. Looking at the headlines in the Polish press and ruminating about the beautiful autumnal weather that’s gone.

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To listen to the show click on the stations’ names below:

Somer Valley FM – every Sunday at 5pm (97.5 FM)

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Poles Aloud Show – 18th & 20th October

As Poland celebrated Teachers’ Day on 14th October, we’re reviewing and comparing our own experiences of education and teaching styles both in Poland and England. In the second part of the show we’re looking at the ways of learning foreign languages that sound rather aspirational – e.g. reading original texts in the language you’re learning – and try to figure out if they work.3407

Plus our standard blocks including headlines from Poland, World Weird Web (bizarre, wonderful and strange news from around the world) and Polish for beginners (teaching you a word or two of Polish).

To listen to the show click on the stations’ names below:

Somer Valley FM – every Sunday at 5pm (97.5 FM)

Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR) – every Tuesday at 1pm (103.4 FM), repeated Sundays at 1pm.

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*ELECTION – Polish parliamentary election is happening soon (Sun 25-10-15). Any Poles eligible to vote need to register first, follow this link and pass on the message to any of your Polish friends & relatives – dzięki!

Poles Aloud Show – 4th & 6th October

An interview with James Ewen from CineMe inviting all film enthusiasts to a Wednesday night screening of Polish short films. “The night will include Polish short film animations, drama, documentary, with a mix of current films and some from the past.” Free entry!

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Been suffering with a cold recently? Some of us have. How do Poles deal with coughs and sneezes? Polish grandmas know the best and we’ll share their best tips with you.

Interested in Poles and their attitude towards health and health service? Check out Magda’s piece Polish Outlooks for Astute Radio to find out more.

And as usual; headlines from Poland, World Weird Web (bizarre, wonderful and strange news from around the world) and Polish for beginners (teaching you a word or two of Polish).

To listen to the show click on the stations’ names below:

Somer Valley FM – every Sunday at 5pm (97.5 FM)

Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR) – every Tuesday at 1pm (103.4 FM), repeated Sundays at 1pm.

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*ELECTION – Polish parliamentary election is happening soon (Sun 25-10-15). Any Poles eligible to vote need to register first, follow this link and pass on the message to any of your Polish friends & relatives – dzięki!

 

Poles Aloud Show – 27th & 29th September

Join us for Michael’s birthday bash as we’re looking at the sweet side of Polish parties and debate on the love of horoscope amongst Poles. The music we chose this week will reflect the birthday theme with some real gems like the “Czterdziestolatek” tune or Ryszard Rynkowski’s song “Dziś są twoje urodziny”. Enjoy the show!

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And as usual; headlines from Poland, World Weird Web (bizarre, wonderful and strange news from around the world) and Polish for beginners (which hopefully Magda won’t forget about in this episode ;))

To listen to the live show click on the stations’ names below:

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Poles Aloud Show – 20th & 22nd September

It’s a jam-packed show today. So many things to let you know about and share some great music, we hope that the one hour will be enough.

To start with, we’re going to captivate you with a song by an up and coming Polish band Notoryczni Debiutanci, their piece is called Szczęście (Luck) and is premiering on Poles Aloud this week.

Magda just came back from a conference in London organised by the Migrant Voice concentrating on the problems migrants face in the UK, issues of negative media rhetoric in regards to portraying migrant stories and refugees crisis. But there were plenty of positive things throughout the day where you could hear heart warming accounts of overcoming fears and trouble and making a good living here in the UK. We’re going to hear from the director of Migrant Voice, Nazek Ramadan, about the most significant messages coming from this year’s conference.

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Also on the show, a Polish film night in Sherborne showcasing the Oscar winning Polish film “Ida” by Pawel Pawlikowski. All funds raised will go towards a student exchange between Sherborne and Chojna (Poland). We spoke to Jeremy Barker to find out more about this English-Polish co-operation and the Sherborne Douzelage.

And as usual; headlines from Poland, World Weird Web (bizarre, wonderful and strange news from around the world) and Polish for beginners (teaching you a word or two of Polish). Wow, that’s a lot! Told you it’s going to be jam-packed 😉

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Poles Aloud Show – 6th & 8th Sept.

We’re delighted to share a track by an up and coming Polish artist Paulina Kosobucka, whose song “Distraction” premiers on Poles Aloud today. Exciting!

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Have you seen the Hairy Bikers’ trip to Poland? Not yet? It’s a must watch, but not on an empty stomach. Have they done justice to the Polish cuisine? Will every person in Britain now know what bigos is and how to make your own sausage? We’ll have a little chat about that on the show today.

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We also just came back from our holidays in Poland and brought you some interesting stories from the south-eastern region of Podkarpacie, that we’ll be sharing on the Poles Aloud show regularly. And we’ve got the usual bits of World Weird Web and Polish for Beginners.

How to find us? Simple, visit the websites below to listen to our show:

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Poles Aloud Show – 30th Aug. & 1st Sept.

Goodbye holidays! Time to get back to reality and we’re doing it in a style by playing Polish jazz and funk tracks that we love and want to share with you.

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We’re also introducing you to Papaya Dance, based on a jazz piece by Urszula Dudziak and finding out about a sad story of Krzysztof Komeda‘s tragic death.

But it’s not all gloom – we’ve got the usual world weird web with funny, bizarre or stange news from around the world. And of course, to finish off, we invite you to learn a word or two of Polish in our weekly language section.

Poles Aloud Show – 9th & 11th August

We’re celebrating the summer holiday in August and playing plenty of Polish music. In this episode it’s time to put your glad rags on and off to party we go with some dance tracks accompanying us on the way.

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We’re looking at two surveys that reveal what sort of party people Poles are, where do they go out and what’s their favourite drink (no, it’s not vodka – can you believe it?!).

And as usual, Polish for beginners and World Weird Web with some strange, bizarre or simply wacky news from around the world.

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