Baszta ProgFest, Ostrzeszów, 2019

Ostrzeszów is a town in the mid-south and west of Poland which has been extant since around the 1280s. In the 1300s King Kazimierz III The Great had a castle built in the town to serve in both a defensive and administrative role. The castle was essentially a rectangular brick enclosure, 27 metres by 39 … Continue reading Baszta ProgFest, Ostrzeszów, 2019

Come to Gdańsk they said… Part 2

Come to Gdańsk they said, it’ll be fun they said.Part 2, in which I go to Gdańsk and then to Łódź.Adventures in Poland, Polish beer and Polish progressive rock. I intended to write this, and its predecessor, Come to Gdańsk they said… Part 1, a lot closer to the time when these events happened, while … Continue reading Come to Gdańsk they said… Part 2

Music, drinks, people, flamingos – it happens in Łódź…

  Well, here's a thing… I started to write this much nearer the time it happened, back in November last year (2017) but, as I so often do, I wandered off-topic and produced a sprawling piece that even I couldn't understand and shelved it. A few days ago I went back to it and took … Continue reading Music, drinks, people, flamingos – it happens in Łódź…

Łódź

There are some beautiful cities in Poland; Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk to name but four, and sure, like any big conurbations these places have their dark sides and ugly places, faded glories, tumbledown buildings, concrete stairwells that smell of urine but they also have beautiful buildings, public squares and green spaces. Łódź, a large city … Continue reading Łódź

The Vagaries of International Travel, a lone tree and a Cornish Pasty.

I almost went to Poland a month ago, almost... I was going to Łódź to see a band called "Beyond The Event Horizon", I'd just taken delivery of their latest, indeed their first album and was delighted to find out that as part of the tour promoting the album they were playing at Łódzki Dom … Continue reading The Vagaries of International Travel, a lone tree and a Cornish Pasty.

Long Weekend in Łódź and Warsaw, Part 3: Sunshine

Long Weekend in Łódź and Warsaw, part 2: Snow Saturday turned into quite a different day compared to Friday; by the time I'm up, breakfasted and out on the street, the sun is shining from an almost cloudless sky. It's still cold though and where snow had fallen in the shade it still lies. I'm … Continue reading Long Weekend in Łódź and Warsaw, Part 3: Sunshine