Joining the Gym

Joining the Gym

Now, anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis will know that I’m forever trying to get myself in a better shape. Well, aren’t we all? Whether it’s more exercise, better diet, less pizza or whatever. But I’ve never gone as far as to actually join a gym! However, two weeks ago a friend of mine suggested we did just that. We started going last week and already I’m feeling the benefits. While I might not look any better yet, just having been a few times has certainly made me feel better…Czytaj dalej …
Christmas In August?

Christmas In August?

Last week I had an arranged meeting with a client of mine in a popular hotel - to save embarrassment I won’t mention names. Everything was going well, arrived on time, table booked, so on and so forth. However, upon entering the hotel foyer, I was greeted by a huge seven foot inflatable Santa Clause and a sign urging me to book my Christmas dinner. Now call me old fashioned, but surely August is a little bit too early to be thinking about such things..?! We’ve not even got the school summer holidays…Czytaj dalej …
RIP Kora

RIP Kora

Like many of my friends and colleagues, I was saddened recently to hear about the passing of Olga Aleksandra Sipowicz - better known by her mononym ‘Kora’. Born in Krakow in 1951, Kora’s influence on the Polish music scene has been undeniably huge and any music fan worth their salt would be able to name you at least a handful of Maanam songs. One song that I will always love is ‘Lucciola’ - one of Maanam’s finest moments and a song which my band chose to cover live whenever we played concerts around…Czytaj dalej …
Song and Memories

Song and Memories

Two nights ago I was travelling home by taxi and a song came on the radio. It was not really the kind of music I listen to but it's such a powerful song it brought tears to my eyes. The tune in question is 'New York' by Alicia Keys, a beautiful track which pays homage to one of the most amazing cities in the world. I've only been to America once, but I was lucky enough to visit NY during the spring and I got to see it in all its splendour. I…Czytaj dalej …
Spot on Spotify!

Spot on Spotify!

Well it's been a right heatwave across Europe and what better time to get out and enjoy the sunshine? But while many folks have been out there enjoying the weather, us here at English Matters Towers have been cooped up indoors producing the magazine you love most. Whilst being hard at work, one of my colleagues recently introduced me to the wonders of Spotify. And what a life-changer it is. Like many of my friends, I no longer own a CD player or a record deck, so having access to a constant stream…Czytaj dalej …
World Cup Fever

World Cup Fever

Well it's finally here... after months and months of waiting, the World Cup is now upon us! Many years ago I was a season ticket holder at my local club Middlesbrough FC, although this obviously had to change when I relocated to Poland. While I do try and get to as many live games as possible in my newfound homeland, it's not quite the same as watching your local team. Anyway, the World Cup is a chance to see teams and players from right around the globe that you may never have seen…Czytaj dalej …
Scottish Delights

Scottish Delights

I've written about the wonders of the Scottish countryside before in this blog, but it is something that really never fails to amaze me. Whenever I return back to the UK, I always make a point in travelling 'North of the Border' to visit family members and also see what the beautiful country has to offer. In my most recent visit, we were met with blistering sunhine (you could easily have been in Spain or Portugal) and not a cloud in the sky. Not great for those of us prone to sunburn, but…Czytaj dalej …
Royal Rumblings

Royal Rumblings

As you may well have heard, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to name their recent addition Louis Arthur Charles. This is of course their third child now, and he is still a long way off sitting on the throne. And many newspapers and TV channels are getting themselves into something of a frenzy, delivering round-the-clock reports on every little bit of information they can get their hands on. It really does feel like a new Messiah has been born! The British Royal Family has always divided opinion - there are…Czytaj dalej …
Hats & Horses

Hats & Horses

Those who were lucky enough to find themselves in the UK on Saturday April 14th, will have got to witness one of the country’s finest sporting traditions - The Grand National. First started way back in 1839, the event is a series of horse races over a one day period which millions tune in to watch on TV. The main event is a 6.9 km race with a £1 million prize fund - the most prestigious in Europe. But of course, while most watch at home or in pubs, the main place to…Czytaj dalej …
Finding a Decent Film

Finding a Decent Film

While the weather is beginning to turn and the sun is threatening to shine, the evenings are still far too cold to spend sat outside talking with friends. So over the last few weeks, I’ve found myself watching quite a few films, at both the cinema and at home. Here are my top picks: Games Night Currently at the cinema, this has everything a good comedy needs; strong characters, good music and laughs aplenty. Yes, it’s slightly ridiculous in parts (well, in quite a few parts) but it’s guaranteed to put a smile…Czytaj dalej …