The Gender Gap

The Gender Gap

The Gender Gap There have been plenty of reports in the British media over the last few months about the astronomical differences in salaries between males and their female counterparts. The issue hit a high in July, after the BBC announced that TV personality and presenter Chris Even took home the most money, whilst the highest-paid female earned four (yes four!) times less. This is of course an extreme example, but there were plenty more examples concerning everyday jobs and managerial positions. While equal opportunity groups have been battling since time began to…Czytaj dalej …
Picking a Pet

Picking a Pet

Last weekend whilst carrying out my monthly stint of baby sitting duties, my youngest niece asked me if I could buy her a pet. The question caught me slightly off-guard and I had to fend of the nagging until we got home. After all, I would need to check with my sister and brother-in-law first. But after being given the green light, I am now left with the task of buying her a furry creature - something which will keep her amused and not just be a passing novelty. When I was a…Czytaj dalej …
Beside the Seaside

Beside the Seaside

Świnoujście, Łeba, Kołobrzeg, Darłowo and Gdynia. What do they all have in common? Well, apart from being incredibly difficult for foreigners to pronounce, they are of course all locations on the Polish coast. And great locations for a summer jaunt. Given the time of year, I’m currently visiting a couple of seaside cities and having an absolute whale of a time. I’ve been to plenty of resorts during my time here in Poland but this is the first opportunity I have had to visit Hel - and what a fantastic place it is.…Czytaj dalej …
Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

The UK’s history is as bright and colourful as any nation’s and a huge part of it involves the British Empire. Between 1815 - 1914, the Empire covered an amazing 14 million square miles and included an estimated 450 million people worldwide. Of course, for a large part of this time, Queen Victoria was head of the throne and it is one of the most fascinating periods of the country’s history. If ever a song summed up both Queen Victoria and the Empire, then this little ditty by The Kinks is it. The…Czytaj dalej …
Learn-a-Language

Learn-a-Language

We’ve spoken in the past about different languages. It’s one of our favourite topics here at English Matters. However, on my recent trip to Great Britain, I was honoured to meet a man from Afghanistan who spoke eight (yes, EIGHT!) different languages. I’ve always been quite proud of myself for my knowledge of Polish and ability to scrape by in broken Spanish. But I really don’t think I’d be able to find space in my brain for anything else! The bizarre thing about the story is, the man was working as a taxi…Czytaj dalej …
Ready for the Roses

Ready for the Roses

Yesterday I flew back from sunny to Poland to (the not-so-sunny) UK to see one of my favourite bands of all time - The Stone Roses. As any music lover will know, the Roses reformed a few years ago, having left an amazing legacy filled with mystique, anti-media jibes and, best of all, some cracking tunes. Their reformation was amazing and their homecoming concert at Manchester was one of the best musical events I have ever attended. Of course, some weren’t happy, saying that the Roses had “destroyed their legacy” and “should never…Czytaj dalej …
Celebrating Peter Sallis

Celebrating Peter Sallis

It was incredibly sad to hear that British legend Peter Sallis, OBE had passed away earlier this week, aged 96. Many outside the British Isles may be unfamiliar with Mr Sallis’ work, however on home turf he is regarded as something of a hero. As well as featuring in ‘Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors’ (you’d need to be a real Doctor Who buff to know this series), he played the part of Norman Clegg in ‘Last of the Summer Wine’. The show, which is the world’s longest-running sitcom, revolves around three retired friends…Czytaj dalej …
Dig for Gold

Dig for Gold

Anyone looking for a great, fresh comedy / drama series which their friends won’t have heard about, need look no further - we have a fantastic recommendation... I was told about ‘Detectorists’ two weeks ago and after watching the first two episodes online, I ordered both series to make sure I didn’t miss out. It revolves around two lonely men, using their trusty metal detectors to help them seek out treasure and gold in the British soil. Sounds dull? Don’t be put off - it’s brilliant! Packed full of great comedy moments and…Czytaj dalej …
A Hike in the Hills

A Hike in the Hills

I’ve always said that popping on your hiking boots and grabbing a rucksack is one of the best ways to spend your free time. And now that the sun is out in full force, it’s the ideal time to do it. I like to try and get back to Britain a few times a year to see family and friends, so yesterday I booked a ticket to go back in a fortnight to spend a few days in the Yorkshire Dales. For anyone who is looking to visit the UK but wants to…Czytaj dalej …
The Joys of Gardening

The Joys of Gardening

Last Friday I was called up by a friend of mine who owns a little allotment patch close to Wrocłwaw, inviting me to join him for a few days in the sunshine. Seeing as the springtime is in full force, it seemed like a good opportunity to meet up and catch some rays. Of course, there was some hard work involved. See, my mate enjoys gardening and growing his own fruit and veg. So a weekend away didn’t mean relaxing, but involved me helping him pot and plant seeds so he has enough…Czytaj dalej …