Monday, December 31, 2007
Happy New Year Everyone!
Friday, December 28, 2007
We then caught a tram down to our friends Pene and Mike from the New Zealand Embassy. They had cooked a huge lunch for us and their family. Audrey enjoyed spending time with Oliver, Pene's grandson who is just a little younger than her. Similarly we enjoyed catching up and swapping stories with David and Alex (Oliver's parents).
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
It turned out he was a big fan of the Wolverhampton super-group Slade when they were at their pomp in the 1970s. He knew loads of their hits, 'Cum on Feel the Noize', 'Mama Weer All Crazee Now' as well as the iconic (and appropriate for the event) 'Merry Xmas Everybody' - probably the best Christmas song in the World Ever. We chatted for a while, but strangely not many other teachers were able/willing(?) to join in our conversation.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I've put together the attached Christmas Quiz, to allow people to while away the hours between re-runs of Only Fools and Horses, Mary Poppins and The Great Escape.
The quiz is fairly self explanitory, and I'll post up answers in the New Year.
You should be able to print a copy of the quiz from the picture below, or if you can't see the picture, by clicking here
Unfortunately the file sharing software I've used requires 'flash' so if you can't access the quiz by the two means I've suggested, but desperately want to play then send me an e-mail and I'll e-mail you a copy.
If you're in the Grace family then strictly no peeking!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
It's not every day you get to meet the President. Amy was present at a state visit yesterday, representing Australia and Lech Kaczynski was pressing the flesh with his country's Ambassadors and their juniors. I'm sure if Audrey had been there she'd have got a kiss!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
who needs three shredded wheat?
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
On Sunday afternoon we took an outing to buy our Christmas tree (Polish:choinka). It was rather an adventurous trip to a garden centre up the road travelling on the 709 bus together with Audrey in her pram and a few dozen Poles. The air onboard the bus was heavy with a myriad of cold and flu viruses.
The 'Obi' store we went to was similarly busy, as people scrambled to buy plastic angels and red flock coated Father Christmas figurines direct from China.
I was pleased in a way, as up until this point I had been rather disappointed by the Polish attitude to Christmas. I've noticed that (unlike the UK) they didn't fill their shops with tinsel on the 1st November and it was possible to look around almost all of the stores in Warsaw without your ears being affronted by Paul McCartney on the in-store sound system chirpily hoping you were having a 'won-der-ful Christ-mas-time'. It was almost as though the Poles regard Christmas as if it were some kind of religious festival.
We struggled back home, complete with tree, potted poinsettia, pram and baby.
Our apartment now has the look of a winter wonderland. We've got some nice dec's including some real Polish ones bought for us last year by our Polish teacher Ewa. It's probably the last time for a few years we are able to have decorations on the bottom few branches of the tree.
I did record an early casualty - a red bauble which smashed somewhere down the back of the sofa, shards of which Audrey will probably find when she starts to crawl in a few months time - perhaps I should have invested in bounce-resistant plastic baubles from Obi.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
One thing I have noticed though is that Poles do not have their own version of Christmas crackers. I think it's a great shame as much of my material comes from the jokes contained within them! In their absence here's a few of my favourites to make up for it...
Q. Where do Santa's little helpers go to relax?
A. The Elf Farm
Q. What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?
A. It's Christmas, Eve
Q. What did Santa say to Mrs. Claus when he looked out the window?
A. Looks like "rain", "Dear"!
Q. How does Rudolph know when Christmas is coming?
A. He looks at his calen-"deer"!
Q. How long does it take to burn a candle down?
A. About a wick (it helps if you’ve got a Black Country accent with this one)
Q. What do angry mice send to each other at Christmas?
A. Cross mouse cards !
Q. How do you describe a rich elf?