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

Katowice, tying up some loose ends.

It occurred to me that my previous post, 'The third time I went to Katowice…' was one of three posts I've written at various times about the same week I'd spent in Poland. I went to Racibórz via Katowice to go to a wedding. After the wedding I spent a day in Racibórz and then … Continue reading Katowice, tying up some loose ends.

The third time I went to Katowice, I went to Racibórz.

Friday August 18th, 2017 - Długa podróż. The third time I went to Katowice I had a rare old time, I had never, in all my life, dank so much vodka and not been utterly Brahms and Liszt by the early hours. I was going to write 'absolutely' there, instead of utterly but that may … Continue reading The third time I went to Katowice, I went to Racibórz.

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

Come to Gdańsk they said… Part 1

Come to Gdańsk they said, it’ll be fun they said.Part 1, in which I go to Poznań and Wrocław then back to Poznan.Adventures in Poland, Polish beer and Polish progressive rock.   Thursday 17th October, 2019. 07:31 train out of Chesham, back on that strange conveyor belt;Chesham - Liverpool Street StationLiverpool Street Station – London … Continue reading Come to Gdańsk they said… Part 1

Staying at Home 4: Two books on the go.

I’ve got a new book.Mam nową książkę.And if anybody (not of Polish extraction) can pronounce książka or any of its myriad declensions, you have my heartfelt and well deserved respect. I sat out this morning and continued to read a book I’d started last week, “The Task and Other Poems”, a compilation of poems by … Continue reading Staying at Home 4: Two books on the go.

Marillion, not everybody’s cup of tea.

Let's face it, Marillion isn't everybody's cup of tea and when people hear that I'm a fan of Marillion they still ask about Fish. I'm sure some of them do it on purpose and some of them most likely do it because they heard about the band back in the eighties when they had singles … Continue reading Marillion, not everybody’s cup of tea.

From Albion to Albion

September 2018, I'm flying to Kraków, my bag is packed, I only have to get myself to the railway station and get on a train thus committing myself to the conveyor-belt that will deliver me to southern Poland. Most of the day before and well into the night it was very windy but now the … Continue reading From Albion to Albion