Category Archives: Personal

My Book!

My book, Kings and Comedians: A Brief History of British-Polish Relations, has been published today and is available on Kindle and in paperback, as well as from It contains war, repression, liberation, art, heroism, war, betrayal, poetry, war, football … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Human Body…

Yesterday I ran my first half marathon in one hour and forty-six minutes. The first sixteen kilometres were tough but fun. There were people cheering. There were kids with water, juice and raisins. There was pathetic thrill of overtaking people. … Continue reading

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For My Grandmother…

When I was a child I collected soft toys. This was not a stereotypically feminine exersize in playing house but an ambitious, undeniably eccentric form of worldbuilding. Each glove puppet, slipper, teddy bear and doll became a character: from “Eddie”, … Continue reading

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On Being An Uncharismatic Christian…

For some people, growing up as a Catholic makes one feel bad for enjoying oneself. Growing up as a Charismatic Christian can make one feel bad for not enjoying oneself. I hate people exaggerating the trials of their youth. Sometimes … Continue reading

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The Year of Dead Celebrities…

I would be lying if I claimed to have been affected by the celebrity deaths of 2016. I rarely listened to Bowie, Prince or George Michael. It had been years since I had watched a Gene Wilder film. I had … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas…

A small song by yours truly.

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Mein Weltanschauung…

Ben Southwood, Sam Bowman and Anonymous Mugwump have written on their influences. I felt like doing the same: partly because it is diverting and partly because it makes some sense of what has lead me, after strange adventures in liberal … Continue reading

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I enjoyed a break from politics this weekend in the Beskid Mountains. This blog needs a break from it as well.

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Getting Rid of Books…

I am on holiday in England, at my parent’s house, and am throwing out some of the old books that I had left with them. I have hundreds here: the result of a childhood and adolescence spent rummaging through charity … Continue reading

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On Compassion…

I recently enjoyed a holiday in the beautiful Polish city of Gdansk: known for the grim shipyards where Lech Wałęsa first led striking Polish workers in their opposition to the communist regime but also boasting grand old churches, elegant streets … Continue reading

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