Thursday, 26 July 2012

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

ESKA AWARDS 2012



Unfortunately Ewa didn't win any anything this year at the ESKA ceremony (Poland).  But, hey, being nominated is an award in itself?
She did get to perform a (very shortened) version of Nie Przegap.
And i'll say nothing about those shoes!!!!

Friday, 20 July 2012

POLAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND - THE CULTURAL CLASH?

From time to time i get accused of bias towards the Czech side of Ewa's career.  At other times i am accused of bias towards the Polish side.  I've said it before (and will probably say it again) but the whole Czech/Polish argument means absolutely nothing to me.  I have my opinion which i will continue to keep private in an attempt not to offend either side.
Which brings me to this tonight -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18895671




Sorry for poor quality of the pic!
If you don't already know the 12th and 13th of July are Public Holidays here in Northern Ireland.  I won't go into the full details of why but briefly the 12th July is the day when members of the Orange Order (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Order ) hold their annual and largest demonstration in towns and villages throughout the country.  The night of the 11th July is the traditional 'bonfire' night when fires are lit again in many areas.

This year (as per the report) there was several instances when the Polish Flag was burned at the event and anti-Polish sentiment was expressed.
Needless to say i am disgusted and ashamed of this type of behaviour.
There are now estimated to be over 30,000 Poles living in Northern Ireland.  With a total population of approx. 1.5 million that figure does represent a significant minority.  Unfortunately there is always going to be certain 'element' who view this as some sort of threat.  There have been similar incidents throughout most of Western and Central Europe against similar minority groups.
There are 3 Polish families now living on my street.  There is a Polish shop in the centre of my town and the local large supermarket has a section which stocks Polish food brands.  On a day to day basis i have witnessed nothing whatsoever that would indicate any bitterness or resentment towards the Polish Community.  So where does this sort of behaviour begin?  I have several theories -

1. With the situation in Northern Ireland being relatively quiet over the last few years local trouble makers are turning their attention to next available 'easy target'. There remains large parts of the community who are anti-Catholic (or anti-Protestant).  Poles tend to be Catholic and such are a target.

2. Several years ago Northern Ireland played Poland in a World Cup Qualifier Football game in Belfast.  There was significant crowd trouble between fans.  In the direct aftermath there was some attacks on Polish homes and business premises.

3. A Polish lady stood for election last year for one of the Irish republican parties.  A decision which will not have been appreciated amongst the Unionist community.  I must admit that i found the decision curious myself?  If this is the way the lady feels why did she not settle in the Republic of Ireland to begin with?

4. The worldwide economic downturn has led to a high level of unemployment here and some blame Polish immigrants of taking jobs that should be available to locals.

Whatever the reasons (or perceived reasons) this sort of action is wrong on so many levels.
Here endeth the lesson.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH EWA

Ewa has collaborated with singer Dan Barta on a song to accompany a Czech TV series about daily life in a High School.
Read more and hear the song here -

 http://revue.idnes.cz/farna-a-barta-nazpivali-pisen-k-serialu-gympl-fn1-/lidicky.aspx?c=A120713_114825_lidicky_zar

I have to be honest and admit that even after several listens...i don't like it :-(
Any other opinions?

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Ewa in Slovakia 4/07/2012



Some excellent footage from a show that took place in Trnava, Slovakia on 04/07/2012.
Enjoy :-)

Thursday, 5 July 2012

EWA ON CZECH TV 26/06/2012



On 26/06/2012 Ewa (+ Martin) performed 3 acoustic songs on Czech TV.  The other songs were La la Laj and Maska.
Lovely :-)

Monday, 2 July 2012

A LITTLE CATCH UP?

I've been a little under the weather over the last few weeks with some Dental problems and haven't had much of a chance to post anything so...a little catch up is in order methinks!
Ewa has been playing on a fairly regular basis in what appears to be some smaller towns and venues  in Poland.  I won't even begin to try to spell some of them and pronouncing them is really out of the question! She also played in Wroclaw before the Poland/Czech Republic European Football Group game (see some footage below) -



She has also been involved in a Charity compilation CD in the Czech Republic.  It appears to be in aid of Children with Psychiatric disorders and from what i can gather Ewa has 4 songs on it. I have yet to hear any of the songs and as usual any further info would be greatly appreciated.  You can order/buy it here -

http://www.fajnsvet.cz/va-cd-blazinec.html

Last but not least she has been nominated twice in the Eska Music Awards 2012 for Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.  You can see more details and vote here -

http://www.ema.eska.pl/

The awards ceremony takes place on 20/07/2012 and will be shown on Polish TV.  Further details as and when i have them.
If i've missed anything please let me know?