Showing posts from March, 2022

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  Gdańsk. 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

Ukraine, the town of Berdychiv and its legend of Fryderyk Chopin - Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu performs the 212th Birthday Anniversary Concert - 1st March 2022, Warsaw

A Ukrainian child's view of the conflict A scene of destruction in Berdychiv, a town 150 kms from Kyiv Irina Maniukina plays her piano amidst her destroyed home in Bila Tserkva, 77 kms south of Kyiv, one last time, before being forced to flee Chopin’s Étude Op. 25, No. 1 (Aeolian Harp)  Unmute to listen Prior to the bomb explosion outside their house, her daughter Karina said there was no warning; no plane sounds, no air sirens, just an “orange and black” cloud when the blast hit. “After the explosion, everything was smashed and in ashes,” Karina said. “I looked around the house and saw that a fire was starting in my brother’s room. I had already called my mother and they rushed as quickly as possible. They couldn’t drive straight to the house. Since the wires just lay on the road. “They ran into the house and all together ran to put out the fire. After that, everyone breathed a sigh of relief, and my mother decided