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On 1 May 2004, Poland joined the EU. The UK government at the time predicted this would make for an influx of c13,000 additional immigrants per year. A decade or so on, there are reckoned to be around one million Poles living in the UK. Why did so many Poles come to the UK? And how have they settled here? What impact have they made on our way of life? What do THEY think o On 1 May 2004, Poland joined the EU. The UK government at the time predicted this would make for an influx of c13,000 additional immigrants per year. A decade or so on, there are reckoned to be around one million Poles living in the UK. Why did so many Poles come to the UK? And how have they settled here? What impact have they made on our way of life? What do THEY think of OUR way of life? Do they love our carpeted bathrooms and strangely separate hot and cold taps? Do they yet understand why we have to change into our swimwear at the merest hint of sunshine? What do we think of their ubiquitous (and cheap) plumbers, and “Polski Sklep” (Polish shops)? Find out in Polska Dotty 2! In this hilarious follow-up to Polska Dotty, Jonathan and his Polish wife Marzena return to the UK from their two year sojourn in Poland to encounter more Poles: plumbers, builders, handymen, hairdressers, cleaners – and a whole host of others. It’s a rollercoaster ride as they engage Polish plumbers on various work, and eventually a Polish builder to carry out a major extension to their home. All is well which ends well, but not without the joy and pain along the way of multiple leaky pipes, half-in half-out fireplaces, and world-record breaking light switches – all facilitated by a world within a world of Polish suppliers and itinerant workers operating in the UK. Laced with references to the key press coverage on Poles in the UK during the last decade, and with a contribution from Marzena's inimitable All-Girl Polish Book Club – this is an incisive, comical and ultimately myth-busting account of the recent great wave of Poles into the UK.


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On 1 May 2004, Poland joined the EU. The UK government at the time predicted this would make for an influx of c13,000 additional immigrants per year. A decade or so on, there are reckoned to be around one million Poles living in the UK. Why did so many Poles come to the UK? And how have they settled here? What impact have they made on our way of life? What do THEY think o On 1 May 2004, Poland joined the EU. The UK government at the time predicted this would make for an influx of c13,000 additional immigrants per year. A decade or so on, there are reckoned to be around one million Poles living in the UK. Why did so many Poles come to the UK? And how have they settled here? What impact have they made on our way of life? What do THEY think of OUR way of life? Do they love our carpeted bathrooms and strangely separate hot and cold taps? Do they yet understand why we have to change into our swimwear at the merest hint of sunshine? What do we think of their ubiquitous (and cheap) plumbers, and “Polski Sklep” (Polish shops)? Find out in Polska Dotty 2! In this hilarious follow-up to Polska Dotty, Jonathan and his Polish wife Marzena return to the UK from their two year sojourn in Poland to encounter more Poles: plumbers, builders, handymen, hairdressers, cleaners – and a whole host of others. It’s a rollercoaster ride as they engage Polish plumbers on various work, and eventually a Polish builder to carry out a major extension to their home. All is well which ends well, but not without the joy and pain along the way of multiple leaky pipes, half-in half-out fireplaces, and world-record breaking light switches – all facilitated by a world within a world of Polish suppliers and itinerant workers operating in the UK. Laced with references to the key press coverage on Poles in the UK during the last decade, and with a contribution from Marzena's inimitable All-Girl Polish Book Club – this is an incisive, comical and ultimately myth-busting account of the recent great wave of Poles into the UK.

19 review for Polska Dotty 2: Polski Sklep, Polish Plumbers, and Other Tales of Poles in the UK

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mike Ormsby

    Ever wondered how it feels to be a Pole in the UK? What the ubiquitous Polish handyman thinks of Brits? How a nation of shopkeepers tried to cash in on the 'invasion'? How the national press reacted to the newcomers? All this and more is reported in humorous detail in Jonathan Lipman's 'Polska Dotty 2'. Picking up where 'Polska Dotty' left off, we join Lipman as he returns to the UK to set up home with Marzena, his indefatigable Polish wife. Needless to say, this takes them time, patience, and g Ever wondered how it feels to be a Pole in the UK? What the ubiquitous Polish handyman thinks of Brits? How a nation of shopkeepers tried to cash in on the 'invasion'? How the national press reacted to the newcomers? All this and more is reported in humorous detail in Jonathan Lipman's 'Polska Dotty 2'. Picking up where 'Polska Dotty' left off, we join Lipman as he returns to the UK to set up home with Marzena, his indefatigable Polish wife. Needless to say, this takes them time, patience, and good humour. Along the way, we meet numerous examples of 'Polak potrafi' ('the Pole who can'), such as Big Mick and George the Cat who overpromise and underdeliver - or the other way round depending on your perspective - on a domestic building project. With a lawyer's eye for detail and a storyteller's nose for narrative, Lipman sets the minutiae of his colourful story within a bigger picture where leading questions abound, m'lud: how did so many Poles end up in the UK? What do they make of it? What do they like/dislike? Do Brits play fair? Are Brits tolerant? Diligent? What's with two taps for every sink? Building his case, Lipman teases out the answers and arrives at a welcome, two-fold conclusion: he and Marzena are happy with their new extension, sort of, and most Poles are happy, sort of, in their new homeland. If the socio-economic overlap of eastern/western Europe interests you, or if you're intrigued by how cultures merge, or if you just want an engaging holiday/bedtime read, dip into 'Polska Dotty 2' - a labour of love, a savvy account of modern history in the making.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark Szolkowski

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    Jamie Dainton

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    Kim

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    Yim

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