I'm still on a bit of a high from last thursday, by the end either
they were singing slower or i had got used to it! :D, i managed to
join in on choruses of Czarne Madonna & Maria Krolowa Polska
at the risk of going all mushy on you, i don't feel as isolated any
more (i don't get out much because of my health)
wonderful people, wonderful day
Excellent news on the Holodomor Museum Lenarda
On 08/07/2013, Barbara <barb_001@...> wrote:
> Hi Tim
> I enjoyed reading your report and many thanks for sharing your experience.
> It brought back wonderful memories of when I use to go on Polish
> Ex-servicemen Anniversary trips with my parents. There was always lots of
> singing throughout the journey especially of military songs to the extent
> that I learnt the words so I could join in.
> Barbara, London UK
> --- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, Tim Bucknall <tim.bucknall@...>
>> Dear all,
>> what an amazing day, arriving at Manchester for 7:30 i was greeted by
>> the gang who instantly felt like old friends. the bus was slightly
>> late but i was glad of the chance to chat before we got separated on
>> the bus, i didn't mean to to get separated from Eva in the chaos but
>> it worked out great, it was an absolute honour to find myself seated
>> next to Bogdan Trybuchowski from Kresy who was interned by the Soviets
>> at the age of 7. Bogdan is the author of the memoir "Polskie Droga".
>> an English translation is in the works but in the summer gardening and
>> tending to his bees takes priority :-)
>> after a reasonably speedy journey south on the motorway, which seemed
>> even quicker thanks to the excellent company and fascinating
>> conversation with Bogdan about his childhood in an ethnically mixed
>> area of what is now Belarus, we were in Nottingham.
>> The Church of our Lady of Czestochowa is an attractive building
>> halfway up a narrow hilly street that with the hot weather, one could
>> easily imagine was in southern Europe.
>> The Service was excellent, i heard many positive comments from others
>> about the quality of the female singer who sang Panis Angelicus, from
>> my vantage point she was obscured by a pillar and i had assumed it
>> was a recording until i talked to others
>> Pani Dobry was one of the Hymns that i can remember.
>> 3 portraits of General Sikorski were displayed beside the altar.
>> From Nottingham it was back on the bus for the short hop to Newark.
>> The Polish Cemetary is situated within a larger Local cemetary and was
>> immaculate, Bogdan counted 450 graves. we could have easily spent a
>> lot more time at the cemetary but that really is a small criticism.
>> The lovely choice of Pink & purple wild flowers was a nice touch and
>> very different from the German & British War cemetaries i've visited.
>> the Consulate made speeches and this is where the Mayor and Lady
>> Mayoress of Newark joined us for the onward journey to Newark town
>> 2 Polish flags hung above the towns butter market to welcome us
>> At Newarks beautiful Georgian era town hall we found ourselves dining
>> on Polish food under a huge vaulted ceiling like Buxton opera house we
>> were flanked by gold topped columns and a huge chandelier and i
>> couldn't quite believe it was all really happening!
>> Newark Council had specially hired in Polish caterers for the event,
>> and the deputy mayor on the adjacent table turned to us to ask if
>> everything was alright - it was!
>> after a splendid lunch of Chicken stuffed with mushroom, heavenly
>> dumplings and a variety of potatoes cooked in ingenious ways, we were
>> treated to a lecture on the generals life, then a brief fascinating
>> talk by the Gentleman who had exhumed the general in 1993.
>> Upon opening the coffin they found that some farsighted person had
>> wrapped the General in a British Army blanket soaked in formaldehyde
>> and that because of this the generals Skin & Hair were quite intact 50
>> years later
>> we then watched a video of the 1993 ceremonies in Newark & Krakow
>> the videotaped speech by Douglas Hogg spoke for many: "General
>> Sikorski was a loyal ally at a time when Britain had very few friends"
>> The Mayor told us a great story from the 1993 ceremony, Prince Phillip
>> had said to the Mayor,"you'd better be careful wearing that red robe,
>> they'll think you're a bloody commie!"
>> The drive home though the beauty of the Peak District national park
>> was another highlight as a sing-a-long erupted on the bus, the
>> atmosphere was incredible
>> here's a taste of what you missed
>> when the singing at the front died down it would start up from the
>> back of the bus like a game of Singing tennis!
>> needless to say i will remember that bus trip for the rest of my life.
>> from my point of view it was great to hear people speaking Polish in
>> real life situations as everyone agrees that the speakers on Radio &
>> TV are not representative of real life. i was able to correct some of
>> my pronounciation mistakes.
>> I met too many wonderful people to list them all and i noticed
>> virtually everyone on the bus swapping contact details
>> Huge thanks go to the consulate for arranging this day, to the Mayor,
>> Mayoress and Town council of Newark
>> but most of all Thanks to Eva for lobbying tenaciously to get KS invited
>> Tim Bucknall
>> Congleton, UK
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