About books/O książkach

EN

When I was five or six years old, thanks to my curiosity, my Mum and my Brother I learnt how to read. Since then, books became a huge part of my life. One of my best memory from that time was when I was reading to my fellow preschoolers in a kindergarten while our teacher was having her lunch. I felt so special, as nobody else in the group had mastered this skill yet. I also remember when during one summer break I visited the library so often that the lady who was working there banned me on borrowing so many books at once, because she didn’t believe that I read them all during such a short time! As if there had been soo many children who wanted to read during summer…
I’ve read so many novels, fiction, crime and real life stories that it is really difficult for me to choose my favourite book. Yet, there are some authors I adore like William Wharton, Paulo Coelho, Oriana Fallaci and Patricia Cornwell.
When I was at primary school I loved the story of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. How much I liked to be so self-confident and optimistic as she was!
Then I was presented with ‘The Secret Garden’, a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett which took me to a different world, full of secrets which I fell in love with. Until now I like mystery stories best.
I have read a horror story once and I will not do it again! The same is with horror films. No, thank you. My nervous system is too fragile!

For me  the most memorable and precious are the books and writers that encourage me to visit some places, to read some more books or the ones that simply teach me something.
One of such books was ‘Notre-Dame de Paris’ by Victor Hugo. The story of hunchbacked Quasimodo engrossed me so much that when I went to Paris my high point of the journey wasn’t the Eiffel Tower but Notre Dame Cathedral!
And one of such writer was an Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci who interviewed the legendary Polish leader Lech Walesa. This moment was shown in the film  ‘Walesa. Man of hope’, which was the main reason I watched it.

That is the reason why I love books. Not only do they excite one’s imagination, but also encourage to learn new facts, places, authors, lead to discussion and reflection.

I’d like to share my reviews of some of the books I read and I hope you will like them.

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PL

Kiedy miałam pięć lub sześć lat, dzięki mojej ciekawości, Mamie i Bratu nauczyłam się czytać. Od tego czasu książki stanowią część mojego życia. Jednym z ulubionych wspomnień z mojego dzieciństwa jest pora obiadowa w zerówce dla opiekunki, która w spokoju mogła zjeść zupę, kiedy to ja czytałam moim rówieśnikom. A że oni jeszcze wtedy nie opanowali tej umiejętności, czujam się wyjątkowo.
Pamiętam także, gdy podczas jednych z wakacji odwiedzałam osiedlową bibliotekę tak często, że Pani, która tam pracowała zabroniła mi wypożyczać tak dużo książek za jednym razem, bo nie mogła uwierzyć, że je wszystkie czytam! Taaak, wiele dzieci wtedy chciało ślęczeć nad lekturą w lato….
Przeczytałam tyle powieści, kryminałow, fikcyjnych i prawdziwych opowiadań,rozmów-wywiadów, że naprawdę trudno jest mi wybrać ulubiony tytuł. Jednakże mam ukochanych autorów, takich jak William Wharton, Paulo Coelho, Oriana Fallaci i Patricia Cornwell.
W podstawówce uwielbiałam historię Ani z Zielonego Wzgorza, napisaną przez Lucy Maud Montgomery. Pewnie dlatego, że chciałam być tak pewną siebie optymistką, jak ona, co raczej mi się nie udało…
Jakiś czas później dostałam w prezencie ‘Tajemniczy Ogród’ , Frances Hodgson Burnett, powieść, która przeniosła mnie do innego,pełnego tajemnic świata. Co z kolei spowodowało, że najbardziej lubię czytać zagadkowe opowieści.
Jedynym rodzajem książki, któremu mówię ‘nie, dziękuję’ jest horror. To samo z filmami tego gatunku. Mój system nerwowy jest za słaby!

Najbardziej cenię i pamiętam te tytuły i autorów, którzy zachęcają mnie do zwiedzenia i poznania różnych miejsc, do przeczytania kolejnej książki, lub po prostu czegoś mnie uczą.
Jedną z takich książek była ‘Katedra Marii Panny w Paryżu’ Wiktora Hugo. Historia garbatego Quasimodo ujęła mnie tak bardzo, że gdy pojechałam do Paryża, moim głównym punktem wycieczki nie była wcale wieża Eiffla, ale właśnie Katedra Notre-Dame!
A jedną z takich autorek była włoska dziennikarka Oriana Fallaci, która przeprowadziła wywiad z legendarnym Lechem Wałęsą. Ten wywiad pojawił się w filmie o naszym byłym prezydencie pod tytułem ‘ Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei’ i chciałam go zobaczyć głównie  z tej przyczyny.

Właśnie dlatego kocham książki. Nie tylko działają na wyobraźnię, ale także zachęcają do poznania nowych faktów, miejsc i autorów, skłaniają do dyskusji i przemyśleń.

Chciałabym się z Wami podzielić recenzjami niektórych z nich mając nadzieję, że Wam się spodobają i zachęcą do komentarzy.

‘Stranger’

Oxford

My first attempt to write a short story ‘published’ in first edition of LS Digital Newspaper (Open University Literature Society).

Enjoy 🙂

Entry 2 from Alina – titled Stranger

Going abroad. This was something unreal for a girl coming from a small town and a poor family. Boarding a
plane only happened in her dreams. But this time it was reality. She was invited by a friend to come to a
well known town of Oxford to find a job, improve her English and start a new life.
On the plane Maria took a seat in the first row by the window.
‘I can’t believe this is happening!!!’, she thought.
The feeling of excitement was so strong that she could not sit still. She was looking around as if she
wanted to announce to everybody that she was there, she was on the plane, that she was just about to
start her adventure! But after half an hour of gazing out of a little window she got bored and sleepy. She
dozed off.
A few moments later she could hear steady steps that became louder and then their sound suddenly
ceased. She opened her eyes lazily and saw a tall blonde hair man with a shy smile standing over her. He
asked if he could take a seat next to her. ‘Weird,’ she thought, ‘We are already in the air and surely
everybody should have taken their places by now’.
As if he could read in her mind, he said, ‘I have to change the seat, because it is too loud for me in the
middle of the plane’.
Maria just nodded and gave a stranger a quick smile. She was still very sleepy and not really in the mood
to talk. But the stranger did not seem to notice that and introduced himself.
‘I’m Mark. What’s your name?’.
She casually introduced herself and turned her head towards the window. But this did not discourage Mark
to ask some more questions.
‘You look very happy about your first flight, so excited. What do you think about Oxford? Do you reckon
you will like it?’
Maria was startled by his words. She did not mentioned that she had never flown on a plane before. And
who told him that she was travelling to Oxford?
‘I’m sorry, but how do you know where I’m going?!’
‘I just do. Don’t be frightened. It might sound bizarre, but I am here to make sure you feel right about the
decision you have made. You said goodbye to your mother and your little sister and decided to set off on
a journey which you consider will change your life and will enable you to improve theirs. You see, I am your
Guardian Angel who needs to know that you are OK.’, his calm voice slowly reached her and filled her with
anger. Maria looked at the window, so that this strange man could not see how irritated she was. Then she
rapidly turned her head towards Mark to tell him how ridiculous he and his words were, but he wasn’t there
any more!. Instead, she saw a stewardess announcing landing of the aircraft.
‘It wasn’t my Angel’, she thought, ‘It was my conscience telling me that this place is not where I belong.’

Mission completed

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After  126 days my little one finally finished the helmet therapy. Me and my husband were so excited when we were driving to the clinic. I couldn’t wait to take the helmet off my son’s head for the last time. We were so happy to see the progress after his last head measuring. He has gone from severe to moderate in four months, which, I think, is a very good result.

We received a Congratulations leaflet together with USB memory card which shows how the shape of the head has change since the first visit.

I am really thankful to the professional clinicians, especially Sandie who was always happy to help and explained the whole treatment to us.

So this is it, our helmet adventure ends here.

I hope you enjoyed reading about it and for those who would like to learn some more about plagiocephaly or flat head syndrome, please see the below websites:

http://www.technologyinmotion.com

https://www.facebook.com/technoinmotion?fref=ts

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/plagiocephaly/Pages/Introduction.aspx