How many of you would dream of seeing this headline on the front pages of the Irish newspapers on June 19th?
Daniec z Gwiazdami
Well we achieved it (in a gameshow) and I’m just back from watching myself, Mark, Peter, Sam, Luke and Agatha make eejits of ourselves on Polish national TV.
One memory I will take back with me was a joke shared with us by host, Marcin Daniec
‘Polska ma grupa marzeń – Wszyscy marzyń żeby z nami grać’
which translates something like…
‘Poland’s group, is the dream group of this tournament [pause] because all the other teams dream of qualification by playing against us’
I had great fun teaching Marcin a few simple Irish phrases throughout the day’s filming such as
Dia duit – Dzień dobry,
Conas atá tú? – jak się masz? (made famous by Borat)
Cad atá d’ainm? – jak masz na imię?
All of which he pronounced admirably well –
a dhéanamh go maith Marcin (dobra robota Marcin!)
If you would like to see a video of our epic encounter with the Spanish, Italians and Croatians on Poland’s flagship channel, take a peek at the link below
Anyway onto a more serious topic, I’m sure it needs no introduction but on this day, 15th April 1912, one hundred years ago today – the largest ship ever built in Ireland, the ship they nicknamed unsinkable – The RMS Titanic sank en route to New York, USA.
Titanic built in Ireland 1912 - 2012
It’s an event that is remembered the world over yet I’m wondering if some of you know this fact:
When the ship left the port (Belfast) where it was built (Harland & Wolff shipyard Belfast) it had not yet been christened, a lot of people said this was unlucky. The principal architect was not worried in the slightest by these superstitions as he declared the ship ‘unsinkable’.
Titanic Memorial Cobh Ireland
It later returned to Ireland on it’s maiden voyage stopping off at the port of Cobh, in County Cork (in those days named Queenstown, after Queen Victoria, as it was at that time still under British occupation) to pick up almost 1,000 third class passengers (none of whom survived including the hero portrayed by Leonardo Di Caprio in the movie of the same name). Anyway the rest of the history I’m sure you know but one thing that really impressed me recently on Polish TV was the very famous (in this neck of the woods anyway) Robert Makłowicz (the Polish culinary equivalent of Darina Allen) who went over to Belfast and recreated the first class menu at the recently opened Titanic Memorial Centre.
A video of Makłowicz’s cooking experience in Belfast (including his discovery of our famous Irish cider – a drink which still really has to catch on in Poland) and our famous ‘black’ back bacon (back bacon is something else that is difficult to find in Poland and what a pity as it’s absolutely delicious) can be seen by clicking on the link below.
A bad memorial weekend for Ireland. I suppose on a lighter note made worse by the fact that Ireland’s now most capped player, our goalkeeper, Shay Given – let in a total of 4 goals against Man Utd (a tearing of emotions as they’re my favourite team in the English Premier League) in Old Trafford this afternoon – that’s one goal more he conceded today than when he last play in Poznan’s municipal stadium against Lech Poznań as the then goalkeeper for the much over rated Manchester City. Today was another bad day ‘between the sticks’ for Shay but a better day for Lech Poznań as they beat Lechia Gdańsk to continue their quest to stay in fourth position in the Polish league.
OK that’s all folks for today, I’m off to enjoy a very nice Polish sitcom ‘Piąty stadion’ with Piotr Adamczyk (he’s sort of like Ireland’s Ronan Keating as he appears in almost absolutely everything, he most famously played the Pope in the movie of the same name – he claims his acting fee has increased since Pope John Paul II was beatified). It’s about a mad idea by a group of guys in a bar to build a fifth stadium in Poland to cope with the demand for Euro 2012 tickets.
Slan agus beannacht ádh mór,