Riverside Guitarist Dead

News from Poland

riverside guitarist

Just discovered this sad news about the sudden death of Polish progressive rock band Riverside’s guitar player through their website:

“In our deepest pain and disbelief we would like to inform you that our dearest friend and brother Piotr Grudzinski has passed away this morning. We kindly ask you to respect the privacy of his family and friends.”

Piotr Grudzinski was just 40.

The Polish band Riverside have only released their new album Love, Fear And The Time Machine (2015) and were about to start their 2016 tour.

Riverside are probably the best known Polish rock band. And since they sing in English they have a large folowing both here in Poland and throughout the world.

Here’s a sample of their music. Here they are playing live in 2014 for the Polish radio station Trójka.

The cause of death is yet to be released.

Socialist era Toruń

Toruń 1952
A photograph of Rynek Staromiejski in the centre of Toruń , 1952.

A random sample of images from our collection of photographs of Toruń, Poland, during the socialist era.

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An elevated panorama of Toruń, Poland, 1959.
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The City Hall on Rynek Staromiejski in Torun, Poland, 1965.
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A busy Torun street complete with tram, pictured in 1970.
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A picture of ulica Kopernika Mikołaja in Torun, Poland, 1977.
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The Helios sculpture in Plac Rapackiego Mariana, Torun, 1985.

See also: More archive images of old Thorn / Toruń.

Polish Foreign Policy

Krzysztof Szczerski
Foreign Policy advisor to the Polish President, Krzysztof Szczerski, giving an interview to BBC’s Hard Talk.

Krzysztof Szczerski, the foreign policy adviser to the Polish president, recently had a most interesting discussion with the BBC. Watch the full interview with the presenter of the Hard Talk here. The interview is conducted in fluent English and one where Krzysztof Szczerski performs very well.

Unfortunately, one should be in the U.K to watch the broadcast. It is, however, possible to get around this by simply disguising your computer’s IP address …

Dried Fruit and Mushrooms

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Jars of home dried fruit and vegetables on a shelf in our kitchen.

A snap of some dried fruit and mushrooms we store in our kitchen. Many Polish families will dry excess fruit and mushrooms for use throughout the year. The fruit is generally from the garden or allotment and the mushrooms found growing wild in the forests. Favourite wild mushrooms include: Chanterelles (Kurkami, Pieprznik), Bay Bolete (Podgrzybek) and Porcini (Borowik).