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Marcus Aurelius

On the Radar

It's only September, but for anyone who might be thinking about a Christmas present for a person interested in the Anglo-Polish experience, here's a terrific read. 

Radio Free Erconwald

It's a fictional radio station!
It was set up by the fictional Greg Stradelli in the fictional 'Speedy
 Malinowski Radio Show'. A few fictional characters compiled the playlists but the music is real and is out there to find and enjoy...

RFE part two - Here I Go Again                                                                                               23 September 2023

More selections incoming. There's no particular theme linking the choices - this is just some of the music I've been enjoying lately.
Hope other music fans like these tracks, too.

1  Jackie Trent - You Baby
2  The Rolling Stones - 2120 South Michigan Avenue
3  Paolo Nutini - Let Me Down Easy

4  Pentatonix - Midnight In Tokyo
5  The Hot Sardines - Wake Up In Paris
6  Eros Ramazzotti - Un'Altra Te
The Brecker Brothers - Scrunch
8  Robert Cray - Nothin' But A Woman
9  The Hollies - Here I Go Again
10  Misia Furtak - Mózg
Otis Redding - Pain In My Heart
12  Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite
13  The Royalettes - He's


Recording Studio
Pouring Coffee

RFE part one - I Can't Help Myself                                                                                                 9 September 2023

Welcome to the first of what I hope will be a few occasional (?) episodes. The whole thing kicks off with the all-time classic 'Green Onions' by Booker T & the MGs. I can never hear this number without imagining the voice of Wolfman Jack, as featured in the film 'American Graffiti':

1  Booker T & the MGs - Green Onions
2  Average White Band - Same Feeling, Different Song
3  Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
4  Timi Yuro - It'll Never Be Over For Me
5  The Beatles - Ask Me Why
6 Beck, Bogert, Appice - I'm So Proud
7  Tracy Chapman, Luciano Pavarotti - Baby Can I Hold You
8  The Ventures - Walk, Don't Run
9  Brenda Holloway, The Supremes - Going To A Go Go
10  Dusty Springfield - In The Land Of Make Believe
11  Kayah - Za Późno
12  Laura Pausini - Ragazza Che
13  The Pogues - Eyes Of An Angel
14  The Valentinos - It's All Over Now


The Speedy Malinowski Radio Show

and other stories 

Record Player Station
Flora says now’s my chance to write my book. She’s right. How about ‘I, Florence’, I said to her, written from a woman’s perspective? All about her boring husband who has no flair for gardening and spends his life under headphones, listening to rock, blues, jazz. And Motown. Plenty of Motown. Although, of course, it would be catchier if I called it ‘I, Claudia’. Would you like to be called Claudia? ‘Claudia was actually one of my grandmother’s names,’ Flora tells me; ‘she was Florencia Gabriela Claudia. Anyway,’ she said, checking on her phone, ‘it looks like someone has already beaten you to that particular title.’  ‘Only joking’, I said. ‘I could never write from a woman’s point of view anyway and I don’t know how a man could ever do that’. ‘Think of all those Victorian women novelists’, said Flora. ‘They used to write from every point of view'. 

Kosciuszko in London

Historic Buildings







Wednesday 31st May, 1797.


My dearest Marta, I hope you are well and still think of me as often as I think of you. We arrived in England from Sweden on Monday. Niemcewicz was sea-sick. God knows how he will cope with a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Word has spread that General Kosciuszko is here in London. It’s in the newspapers and people are flocking to see him.

You wouldn’t believe the size of this city. It is absolutely overwhelming and stretches out for miles. And the number of different people there are here! In fact, Niemcewicz says that when he was last in England , he felt much more like a foreigner than he does today. Because today, in the wake of the revolution in France, he says, we are only a few of many. It’s true, we see not only French exiles, but people of all nationalities walking along the streets. No wonder people feel safe here. And so they come from all the trouble spots of Europe, indeed the world. It’s a shame that General Kosciuszko will not be able to see much of the city in his condition. No-one dares tell him, but we think he may be paralyzed for the rest of his life.

The Chronicle of Lerna

An Unapproved Account of the Campaign at Troy

Thick Braids

I haven’t found any descriptions of Helen yet, sir, but I’m sure there must be something somewhere. But if I don’t find anything then I can give you a description myself. I did visit Troy, if you remember.

And you saw Helen?




And was she as beautiful as they say?


Well, it’s all a matter of taste, I suppose. Remember I was very young back then. I must have been about eight years old and generally overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of the city. All I know for sure is that she was the absolute focus of everyone’s attention and that she definitely wasn’t ugly. Even a youngster like myself knew she was something special at the time.

Ah, well, maybe this was a case of some kind of mass hypnosis. Or extremely successful propaganda. Were her eyes dark blue?


I couldn’t really tell from where I was standing, venerable sir.

Did you see Cassandra as well?


I did. She had the reputation of being eccentric, but she didn’t look it, as far as I remember. In fact, I found her far more attractive than Helen, but what does a young boy know about these things?

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