All posts filed under: Polish Gal in London

Brexit Is Starting to Affect My Son

By now anyone and everyone (that includes many hardcore Brexiters too) know that Brexit is one big shamble that is only going to benefit very few and ruin lives, businesses, dreams, and hopes of many more. The fact that the British government is incapable of delivering any kind of Brexit deal and acts like a spoiled little kid in the playground is affecting everyone, regardless of what one voted for. If you have not felt the consequences of the Brexit vote yet, just take a look at the weak Sterling, prices creeping up, businesses going down or moving abroad are all the symptoms of the Leave Vote. Still not convinced, don’t worry. Give it a year or two after the Festival of Brexit and you will start feeling the full impact. Yes, I’m European and a firm believer in united Europe. Having said that, I’m not naive to think that the EU is without its problems. No party, no country, and no alliance is perfect. My take on Brexit and rise of the nationalistic sentiments …

I Am a Dyslexic Writer…

I am a dyslexic learner and ever since I can remember I have struggled with spelling, learning (I had to read non-fictional books at least three times to be able to understand what means what), abstract concepts and ideas such as physics, chemistry (still makes me sick) and very low self-esteem. When I was in pre-school, my teacher made me read a story in front of the room full of other six years old. I was terrified, and, at first, I couldn’t even get one word out. After a few minutes of struggling she finally told me to sit down. On that day I was called lazy for the first time in my life, an adjective that stuck with me for the rest of my formal schooling years. My primary school physics teacher was the one who called me stupid first. He asked me a question and didn’t really like my honest answers so told me to leave the classroom (that was a punishment back then) and on my way out he did say to …

Gavin and The Story Behind Coolwich

I e-met Gavin on tweeter over the summer. I wrote a blog about Woolwich and Gavin decided to reach out to me. We had coffee, talked about life, art and South East London. Since we met over the summer we collaborated on this short video: and Gavin also agreed to talk to me about his work, his creativity and what is the real story behind Coolwich.  To reach out to Gavin try: Twitter Instagram Coolwich Website

Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh

Recently I went to the cinema to watch “Christopher Robin”. I know the film is not making as much money as expected; the current box office as of this writing stands “only” at $164,877,180. I know that for any reasonable person and any other industry that would be heaps of money but within the movie business this film is underperforming. Don’t even get me started on the stupidity of the current box office expectations and I won’t venture into that now. Anyway, as a person in her 30’s (yes still in my 30’s) I was brought up on Winnie the Pooh. I loved the stories, and when the Polish State Communist TV finally started airing The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, I couldn’t wait for the Sunday evening to come fast enough. The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, as well as the old Hollywood classics from the 30’s and 40’s, were my only window to the other side of the world I was so longing to be part of. To me, Pooh and …

London Used To Be the Best City in the World.

When I came to London 20 years ago, the city was breathtaking and very hard, if not impossible, to leave behind; not only for me but for many other people I came across. London was inclusive, diverse and somehow was able to seduce us all into thinking that life outside of this magnificent wasn’t worth living. Within that 20 years, London has changed so much that I don’t even know where to begin. Every time I look at the city from the top of the Royal Observatory hill in Greenwich I feel consuming sadness. The new and flashy buildings are slowly making the inner London disappear. What I see is just ugly skyscrapers, which to me look more or less the same. They differ slightly in shape or name but looking across the river I cannot see the beauty I used to be able to see. The urban changes are just the top of the iceberg, though. The high streets around the city all look alike with the same coffee shops, restaurants and shops. The …