Debrief host John Beauchamp speaks to the author of a new book in English about Princess Daisy von Pless, an English-born noblewoman who lived the high life in what is now southern Poland at the turn of the 20th century.
The melancholy piece entitled A Girl’s Tears by musician Bolesław ‘Bollo’ Ilnicki was found in a Scottish hospital where he composed it for the nurse who had looked after him in 1940.
Ahead of her times in many ways, Princess Daisy von Pless’s legacy still resonates in south-west Poland.
One of Giacomo Puccini’s best-known pieces, the aria from the opera Turandot climaxes with the soaring proclamation: “I will win! I will win! I will win!”, considered by many to be a fitting rallying cry in the battle against coronavirus.
The Polish presidential couple, health minister and US ambassador to Poland conveyed their best wishes to nurses and midwives on the International Nurses Day on Tuesday. They also expressed their gratitude for their hard work during the coronavirus epidemic.
After seeing a post on social media by the nurse’s daughter, kind-hearted Rafal and Gregorz Chmielewscy, who are better known as the Collins Brothers and whose TV show about prestige car wrapping has brought in clients including Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny, record exec Simon Cowell, and Take That frontman Gary Barlow, swung into action.
When one of the nurses discovered the plastic bag full of cash lying under a table in the hospice lobby hall, little did she know that two years later the mystery of who left it would still be unsolved.