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'Polska. Spring into.' My contribution to the 25th Anniversary of Free Elections in Poland (4/18 June 1989) via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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On Saturday morning August 23rd I contributed to an Australian national radio programme celebrating the 25th Anniversary of free elections in Poland. 
You may wonder why Australia celebrates this anniversary with a programme on national radio. 
The history of Polish immigration to Australia is a distinguished one with a history of many outstanding Polish individuals or those of Polish descent.  There are some 50,000 Polish-born people living in Australia according to the 2011 census. The number continues to fall slowly.
If you are interested in this subject the Australian Commonwealth Government website is of present statistical interest:
http://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/02_2014/poland.pdf
And the Embassy of the Polish Republic in Canberra, Australia is also informative:
http://www.canberra.msz.gov.pl/en/p/canberra_au_a_en/news/the_history_of_polish_australian_relations

Polish contact with Australia dates as early as 1696 wh…

Poland in Summer

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My good friend Simon Target, the brilliant English film maker who lives in Australia, recently sent me a really uplifting and joyful short film (5 minutes) he made in a highly picturesque town on the Vistula River called Kazimierz Dolny, about  150 kms from Warsaw.
Do have a look as it quickly overturns the ridiculous received idea of Poland only being dull, grey and depressing.
https://vimeo.com/101515664
He and his wife, a Polish medical doctor Beata Zatorska, have also produced two (from a projected four) prize-winning superb cook books set around the seasons in Poland. There are recipes and moving personal reminiscences illustrated with some of the most artistic and finest photographs of the country I have yet seen.
Rose Petal Jam: Recipes and Stories from Summer in Poland:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rose-Petal-Jam-Recipes-Stories/dp/0956699200/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408529988&sr=1-1&keywords=rose+petal+jam+recipes+and+stories+from+a+summer+in+poland
Sugared Orange…

70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising August 1st. 1944

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The artistic delights of the Duszniki Zdroj International Chopin Festival always console me for the memories of this conflagration which arise precisely at the same time of year.
In order not to repeat myself I refer you to this link to my account of the Warsaw Uprising from my literary travel book on Poland - in English and Polish.
http://www.michael-moran.com/2012/08/warsaw-uprising-august-1st-1944-1700.html