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Sting to star in this years ‘Festival of Life’ in Oswiecim

Sting in Poland

KRAKOW TOURS: Today it has been announced that Sting will headline the ‘Festival of Life’ concerts at Oswiecim this year.


Sting will perform his ‘Back to Bass’ tour on June 29th, the final day of the 3 day music festival. Having seen the tour in Lodz in 2012 I can definitely recommend you try to see it.

He will be accompanied by: his longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, keyboardist David Sancious, violinist Peter Tickell and singer Jo Lawry.

In 2012 Peter Gabriel gave a fantastic performance headlining the show, I’m sure Sting will be even better,


Sting in Lodz 2012

January 22, 2013 Posted by | News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lodz – The Polish Manchester

The SunThe mayor of Lodz is considering legal action against British tabloid The Sun, after it described the central Polish city as being full of “drunks, loan sharks and pawnbrokers”.

“Today I am sending the editor-in-chief of The Sun a letter inviting him to see with his own eyes how much his subordinate was mistaken as to the actual quality of our beloved city,” Mayor Hanna Zdanowska said on Monday after the Sunday edition of the tabloid wrote an extensive article detailing what they claim is the decline of the once prosperous industrial city.


The mayor added that she has instructed lawyers at the Town Hall to look at possibilities of taking action against the Murdoch-owned newspaper for misrepresenting the city and harming its image abroad.

She has also asked the Polish Foreign Ministry to intervene.

“Derelict buildings, boarded-up businesses, crumbling masonry – the poor and elderly getting in line to buy bread,” is the grim picture painted by the British tabloid under the headline: “The Polish city that’s moved to Britain.”

When the UK and Ireland opened their labour markets to new EU members in 2004, hundreds of thousands of Poles and other central and eastern Europeans rushed to take up the opportunity to work and live abroad.

The Sun, however, says that this migration has led to the decline of cities such as Lodz – once a centre of the textile industry in Poland and known as the “Polish Manchester”.


As Sun journalist Graeme Culliford claims, Poland’s third largest city is now witnessing its decline and fall, backing his claims with photographs of grim and desolate cityscapes and alcoholics standing idle on street corners.

“On Piotrkowska Street, which at three miles long is one of the longest high streets in the world, the cobbled thoroughfare is empty even in the middle of the day,” the journalist writes.


The best selling newspaper in the UK goes on to claim that the city is suffering from a wave of westbound economic migrants, allegedly “a more destructive threat” than Nazi occupation during World War II.

“Half the adult population has left the city,” one Lodz inhabitant tells the tabloid.

“They are in Scotland, London and Bournemouth, where they have a beautiful flat, a nice TV, a car — things we cannot have here,” says a Lodz-based job centre employee.

“Nine years after it joined the European Union, Poland is facing a national crisis compounded by its people’s determination to find a better life beyond its borders,” the article concludes.


According to Mayor Zdanowska, however, the journalist who wrote the report “has no idea what he is writing about,” and “shows Lodz in a very biased way” as part of a long-held editorial stance against immigration to the UK.

Of the claim that employers find it hard to hire IT specialists in the city, Mayor Zdanowska pointed out at a press conference on Monday that companies such as “Hewlett-Packard and Samsung have moved from other countries, including England, to Lodz”.

The Polish Embassy in London has responded rather coolly to the article.

“[We] may address the issue with the Sun, if the information contained in the article proves inaccurate,” spokesperson for the Polish Embassy to Britain Robert Szaniawski has told the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

“It’s not particularly difficult to take photos of drunks and boarded-up retail shops in England either,” the spokesperson noted.

January 9, 2013 Posted by | Krakow Travel Advice, News | , , , | Leave a comment

STING – Lodz, Poland

November 22, 2012 Posted by | Events, News | , , , , | 1 Comment

Polish local presidential candidate and the strippers.

This is Włodzimierz Tomaszewski, a recent candidate for president in Łódż, appearing in his ‘Party Political Broadcast’ extolling the virtues of Łódż as a cultural centre.

Keep this up and the British Stag Parties will be flocking there in their thousands.



December 7, 2010 Posted by | News, Tour Information | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Anti-terror cops hit wrong house

KRAKOW TOURS – Anti-terror police in Lodz lobbed stun grenades into a flat before storming it – only to realise they’d got the wrong address.

The armed cops were supposed to be raiding Apartment 6C but took a wrong turn and battered their way into Apartment 6 on the same landing.

“I heard pounding on the door and the sound of smashing glass. I ran into the kitchen and saw a masked man throw a grenade through the window,” said Malgorzata Malinowska whose foot was injured by the blast.

“I was hysterical and kept shouting they’d got the wrong flat. They only stopped when they saw my daughter,” she added.

Embarrassed police chiefs have apologised for the mix-up. “In cases like this you can expect compensation for any damage and an apology,” said anti-terrorist commander Maciej Karczynski.

March 12, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment


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