But quite a few Poles I have met seem to have quite a chip on their shoulder about it, and seem to think that Brits like me 'should be told' about this opinion, whether we ask for it or not.
Regardless of our place of birth we are all still subject of propaganda of the state's we were brougt up in. Sometimes it's subtle and sometimes it's more obvious, but it doesn't matter if you are from England, USA, Lithuania, Poland or North Korea, we all went through it and are unconsciously burdened by it.
I'm sorry CasualObserver, but I'm pretty sure that somewhere in the past I was this typicall Pole who, when finally got the chance, set the record straight and explained "the ignorant" Briton our side of the WWII story... I can't even pin point the exact situation when I heard about the western betrayal... I guess it's something that just flouts here in the air.
But I wasn't trying to be malice. It was just an innocent pub banter. No harm was intended as I actually really like your country.
Talking about differences between Poles and Britons, thought, I actually think you guys are more sensitive about the words, the way, the manner and the circumstances things are being said, that often our straightforwardness is being evaluated as inappropriate and even hostile, despite our true intentions.
Plus, you expect and actually use the word please like mad! ;)