Showing posts from March, 2022

Biden Visit - Poland once more the Bastion of Freedom in Europe

No further comment is possible for me on the situation in Ukraine ….. appalled yet again at human irrationality and the limitless capacity for murderous cruelty ... However the generosity of Poland just now is another story altogether 'For your freedom and ours' The great Polish rallying battle cry through the ages The music of Chopin, as always, expresses the full range of my fraught emotions at this terrible time. To understand Poland a little better, only if you have time, dip into and My immediate response to Biden’s resonant and historic speech at the Royal Castle, Warsaw, March 26th 2022: 'Almost a debilitating sadness that this is happening all over again.' '...the darkness that drives autocracy is ultimately no match for the flame of liberty that lights the souls of free people everywhere. Time and again history shows that it's from t

Filckers of Sunshine - A Visit to the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing of Kroscienko during the Ukrainian Inferno

An oasis of peace in 2022 Kania Lodge on the White Lake, Sitna Gora, Kaszuby, Poland Perhaps it appears odd I include this on a predominantly music review site, but it was so intensely appropriate at present and indicates the unique perspective of an informed 'foreigner' dedicated to Poland. I was kindly sent this account of a recent trip made by the writer and former war correspondent John Borrell to the Polish-Ukrainian border town of  Kroscienko . He is from New Zealand and runs Kania Lodge,  a superb country house hotel and wine business in the Kaszuby region of Poland. This oasis of peace is situated on the White Lake between the town of Kartuzy and the city of  GdaƄsk. His  excellent restaurant explains the warm references to food in the article.  John Borrell is also the author of two fine autobiographical books detailed below the article. Chicken Kyiv   The smell of wood smoke was drifting about the Kroscienko border crossing when I arrived there on a cold March