An Industrial Revolution

An Industrial Revolution

Features 13 September 2013 0

Formerly left to rot, the disused factory spaces of Warsaw’s right side have been largely responsible for Warsaw’s cultural rejuvenation. Ten years back something very strange happened: Warsaw’s Praga district, hitherto regarded as a decrepit badland of bums and booze hounds, found its mojo. Through a combination of circumstance,... Read more
The Big Kon-Stytucji

The Big Kon-Stytucji

Features 10 September 2013 0

Before winter kicks in for another six or seven months take a walk with the Insider deep in the South Central badlands. The Insider points its compass in a south central direction – an area of sharp architectural contrast and history in abundance. More known for its busy bars... Read more
Gateway to the Past

Gateway to the Past

Features 4 September 2013 0

Poignant landmarks are plentiful in Poland; even so, the remains of Saski Palace are particularly symbolic of this nation’s discordant past. Architecturally speaking Warsaw’s evolution has been dramatic and unpredictable, with influences ranging from the Luftwaffe to barmy Russian town planners. Had time-lapse photography been invented earlier, few cities... Read more
The Home of Beer

The Home of Beer

Features 2 September 2013 0

Regional beers have become big news and leading the pack is the stuff from Ciechanów. As an excuse for a travel piece that tops the lot. Polish beer hasn’t always had the best press, least not from me. I liken much of it (well, the big brands) to poison;... Read more
Please, Get Me Outta’ Here!
Had enough already of grey, gloomy Warsaw? Then pack your bags – you’re going on a break. Warsaw is ill. It begins January with a hangover and ends it with flu. Even the optimist will readily admit that the capital at the start of the year is an ugly... Read more
A Natural Edge

A Natural Edge

Features 21 August 2013 0

Warsaw is often seen as an insecure city, casting eyes on others and playing the copycat. Yet in the form of the untamed Wisła it has something truly unique to be proud of. As apocryphal stories go this one reveals a lot about Warsaw, its river and personality. An... Read more
Sax & The City

Sax & The City

Features 18 August 2013 0

A former member of Spiritualized, exiled Brit and full time sax king Ray Dickaty has played some of the biggest stages out there. The Insider catches up for a natter. Ray Dickaty arrives in Poland for the first time – what happens next… Well, to be honest, I visited... Read more
For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only

Features 17 August 2013 0

Come Valentine’s hour you’re advised to keep your eyes on your date. Even so, a room with a view goes some way to adding that missing pinch of magic to the evening ahead. By Alex Webber Pure Sky Club  ul. Złota 59 (Skylight Tower), www.pureskyclub.com Clicking through the ground... Read more
My Vinyl Romance

My Vinyl Romance

Features 16 August 2013 0

With Valentine’s on the doorstep, and the crackle of Sinatra in the air, the Insider gets in the mood and snoops around Warsaw’s secret vinyl stores. Vinyl. LP. Long play. 12 inch, 10 inch, 7 inch. It ain’t easy to find them anymore, that’s for sure, even though they... Read more
Past & Present Perfect
All too often Warsaw developers get it wrong, building corporate castles lacking grace and maturity. But what happens when they get it right? Warsaw’s skyline is becoming quite something – namely, a macho competition of masculine might: my skyscraper is bigger than yours, that sort of thing. For every... Read more