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frd   
26 Sep 2009
History / The Battle of Vienna - Poland helped save Europe [57]

Sokrates

They were not spreading Islam, their power was waning due to:
- Janissaries revolts that started 1603 and following peasants and ethnic minorities revolts
- corruption of local lords
Successive sultans have chosen war - to take Janissaries out of cities and to unite corrupted landlords. It was a very short sighted policy, because war cost much more than eventual loot. It led to bankruptcy and anarchy. And that was the situation in Ottoman empire when Mehmed IV made his march to Austria. King Sobieski knew that, that's why he attacked.

As I said Hungary didn't have a problem with religion and was seeking for help to free itself from Habsburg's reign. There was no "Islam" spreading. Beside in that time Janissaries revolted against Islamic syncrasies such as celibacy and casernement.
frd   
26 Sep 2009
History / The Battle of Vienna - Poland helped save Europe [57]

With the benefit of hindsight most every failure can be explained as a blunder. The point is when things are happening about one and quick decisions need to be taken, it is usually difficult to accurately predict how things will turn out.

It's all about politics, farseeing and predicting. Poland knew that Ottoman empire was feeble that time - they wouldn't have attacked it otherwise. Politics are not about gifts and pleasentries. Russia was already a strong enemy for Poland in that times and defeating turks untied Russias hands.

Beside one of the reasons to attack Ottoman was presumed danger for christianity in Europe which was dogs bollocks - hungarians were fighting along Ottomans and this alliance somehow didn't hinder catholicism and calvinism in Hungary.
frd   
26 Sep 2009
History / The Battle of Vienna - Poland helped save Europe [57]

That's a popular Polish myth, Ottoman Empire/ Turks was in a really bad political shape when it started its warring march towards Austria. The "victory" was actually one of the nails to Polands coffin - saved Austria took Hungary into possesion and strenghtened that way 90 years later participated in parition of Poland. It wasn't a victory bad a really big mistake of King Sobieski.

Marek, do you really think that anybody outside Poland gives a flying f*ck about that battle?

Some people as you have probably noticed are interested in talking about that, why disrupt the topic then?
frd   
24 Sep 2009
Love / Proposing to my Polish girlfriend [33]

Depends on what the ring was made of, they can resize certain materials by applying different temperatures.. but usually only one size up or down this way. Otherwise they need to exchange the whole ring which may take more time - and if the ring has bigger stones ( engagement rings usually don't have these ) extending the size can crumble these stones off..
frd   
23 Sep 2009
Love / Proposing to my Polish girlfriend [33]

Well.. we are talking here about engagement ring not a wedding ring. Engagement ring doesn't really have to be very expensive, as for wedding rings, there's a statement that one should spend at least one salary on it.
frd   
23 Sep 2009
Life / Dogs in Poland - why do we keep them? [28]

It's the worse time of year, when snow is thawing away and all the stink and sight comes out. Lots of irresponsible owners who are letting their dogs to run around freely ( especially those little ones like Yorkshire Terrier ). When I'm walking my german shepard dog and those little midgets are running around attacking him, it's really hard to keep him away from them then...
frd   
23 Sep 2009
Food / Popular drink shots in Poland? [28]

Heh, the version of uboot I know was buying a big plastic bottle of table water - fi 2L pouring 0,7L of vodka into it and then adding 0,5L beer. Although it's not a short drink.. I don't think it's actually a drink at all ; ) It was pretty horrible to drink..
frd   
23 Sep 2009
Travel / Ski holiday - suggestions for ski resorts and chalet contacts [14]

Poland ain't a really good place for skiing if you are used to skiing conditions in Alps. It's much better in Slovakia.. just over the border. I've been in Korbielow and Szczyrk which beside Zakopane are ones of the biggest resorts around ( and much cheaper than Zakopane ) - usually overcrowded with lots of mud, ice and pebbles covering the slopes because snow cannons can't keep up with amounts of people pushing the snow down...
frd   
23 Sep 2009
UK, Ireland / "Angry swan eater" - The British media view of Polish immigrants? [63]

Sorry guys, I was really, really hungry.. couldn't resist this little cuddle of white delight.. I ate the poor swan in front of confused bypassers in Hyde Park.. had 2 squirrels for a snack later..

hmm I think they haven't noticed these squirrels yet..
frd   
20 Sep 2009
Food / What are some Polish cereal brands? [5]

Polish cereals are awful.. but pretty cheap in camparison to their foreign counterparts, Nestle for instance. Most of them are just lower grade copies.
frd   
20 Sep 2009
Travel / Alcohol on trains in Poland [40]

noones gonna ask questions

You're wrong, you can get a 100zlotys fine for drinking on a train and it doesn't matter whether you are completely silent or not. I've seen it few time and got fined myself for drinking a beer on train by train guards.

I'm all for drinking in a cultured, responsible manner on trains, not for getting plastered, making a ruckus and annoying fellow passangers..
frd   
19 Sep 2009
Travel / Alcohol on trains in Poland [40]

Drinking of alcohol is strictly illegal on trains in Poland. There was one thread about it already. In some trains there's a special diner cart called "Wars", you can drink alohol in it if you buy there at the counter.
frd   
18 Sep 2009
Travel / how do i know which " schronisko" is the best to stay? [6]

There are so many shelter houses in Polish mountains it'd be hard for somebody to take one over another one. I'm pretty sure it's all about personal preferences, different people can tell you different things just because they've spent more time in that one favourite place. The best way is to hike from one "schronisko" to another one with a backpack, most "schronisko" hosts I've met were nice and always gave me proper directions for example if I'll make it to another "schronisko" before the night. Have fun!

Oh and if you want to go more off the beaten track avoid Zakopane and its surroundings - lots of tourists, although probably much fewer than in the summer period.
frd   
17 Sep 2009
Love / Are all Polish women the same..... [81]

Yes, they are all the same, I always confuse other girls with my gf's. We usually stick a name tag to their foreheads to avoid confusion.
frd   
15 Sep 2009
Life / Scammed in Poland again [49]

It is actually a subject to be brought up on a national level

What are you babbling about, read the thread and then comment. Think before you start posting drivel.
frd   
15 Sep 2009
Work / Do I Need To Speak Polish To Get Around for 5 Weeks in Krakow [23]

And frd I would be happy if you get me a sandwich. I'm at terminal 1.

If you're not a woman in her 20's I'm not helping you hahaha : P

yes, avoid the small shops

precisely, you've got nothing to fear, just forget about those little shops :)
frd   
15 Sep 2009
Life / Scammed in Poland again [49]

if you are youre just another symbol of Polishness.

As you said it's not a Pole bashing thread so maybe stop acting like it is. Why are you bringing this up to the nationality level?
frd   
15 Sep 2009
Work / Do I Need To Speak Polish To Get Around for 5 Weeks in Krakow [23]

You'll be fine, you can buy a chit-chat phrasebook, beside you're probably gonna shop in a some sort of a shopping centre so you'll just put everything you need into the basket and pay for it a the register, no communication involved

If you'll have some real problems, and go on a hunger-strike you can post it here and somebody gonna bring you a sandwich saving you from a certain death ; )
frd   
15 Sep 2009
Life / Scammed in Poland again [49]

They were doing it in Ireland years back but I am sure it is not just an Irish phenomenon.

Never head of it in Poland, but there was a whole industry for funerary service companies paying hospitals for information who might die soon and giving leaflets to the grieving family just after the fact - so they get to do the funeral.
frd   
15 Sep 2009
Life / Scammed in Poland again [49]

hehe, I always give a whole jar.. maybe that's why. But seriously it's not that I give them bread crusts and moulded fruits. Normal food, fresh just bought in the supermarket ( well sometimes you could argue about supermarket food freshness ).. they always want money for %.. which pisses me off especially when they send their children...
frd   
15 Sep 2009
Life / Poland's crazy parties [8]

well there's a known case of Poles playing russian roulette with an automatic pistol.. it had to be a hell of a party, oh the fun..
frd   
15 Sep 2009
Life / Scammed in Poland again [49]

my oh my you guys are so naive... beggers come to my house from time to time and ask for "food or money" if you give them food you'll see them in a while throwing it all into a litter bin just outside the house ...