Back to blighty

I have to go back to the UK today, for business this time so I’ll be London based. Normal airlines so I won’t be suffering the Etiiuda factor on the way out. Going to be rather a lot of travelling though as I’m staying the first night with a work colleague and second with friends (hard times you know, can’t afford hotels).

The journeys today will be: Home-Warsaw airport, Warsaw-Heathrow, Heathrow-Paddington, Paddington-Charing Cross, Charing Cross-Wadhurst, Wadhurst-Home! Followed tomorrow morning by; Home-Wadhurst, Wadhurst-Charing Cross, Charing Cross-Office [pause for work] Office-Liverpool Street, Liverpoool Street-Rayners Lane, Rayners Lane-Another home. Finally on Tuesday; Home-Rayners Lane, Rayners Lane-Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street-Office [pause for work] Office-Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street-Paddington, Paddington-Heathrow, Heathrow-Warsaw, Warsaw-Home.

Plenty of opportunity there for something to go tits-up and for me to get thoroughly exhausted!

Final questions from our last trip to the UK

  • Why do British pharmacies have entire shelves dedicated to nit/lice treatments? (the little things that run around in your hair) This is not something you see here in Poland and it amazed my wife who was iching for the rest of the day!
  • Why can the UK have such useful medicines as Vicks First Defence or Sudafed for kids when Poland cannot have them?
  • Why does the UK have such a gap between the good TV and the bad (check out “Hole in the Wall“)? In particular, why are Neil & Christine Hamilton now TV celebrities?
  • Do people get tattoos and body piercing as a reaction against a nanny state?
  • Why was Geoffrey Perkins so unknown until he died?
  • Why is the rain in the UK so different to the rain in Warsaw?
  • Why was the foreign exchange counter in Luton airport showing a rate of 10.67 for the Polish Zloty?
  • Why does my Uncle think the Riley was his best ever car?

3 thoughts on “Back to blighty

  1. Sylwia,

    This is a subject worthy of a small thesis, but, in general I’d say the British rain is less angry but much more persistent.

    There are exceptions of course but the British Isles are masters of “drizzle” and half hearted wetness that just goes on and on and on. In Warsaw it tends to be more dramatic but shorter lived. Heavier drops in Warsaw too.

    No doubt this is the difference between a maritime climate and a plains one.

    Polish rain gets far more British as you approach Gdansk. So does the countryside. Rain = greenness.


  2. Angry and dramatic vs. light and persistent. Sounds as if we were like our rain. ;-)

    The rain in Gdańsk area can be sudden and heavy too. It depends on the season.

    So there’s no “oberwanie chmury” in England? I did notice some time ago that English and Polish don’t have all of the whether equivalents. I think we have more words for clouds, and the sharp, dramatic kind of wind, rain and snow. Perhaps you have more for kinds of “drizzle” (mżawka).

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