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Joined: 23 Oct 2007 / Male ♂
Last Post: 14 Jul 2008
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From: Scarborough
Speaks Polish?: A little, but learning more with every shift!
Interests: Piwo, kobiatta, the usual.

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14 Jul 2008
UK, Ireland / Polish Immigrants in England - and their Cultural Impressions [36]

...I am really interested in impressions made by Poles while living in U.K...what's wrong with that?


But in the absence, I gave my view... from what I know of going out with a Polish lass... and my best mate being a Pole.

Though I am no longer going out with the Polish lass.... thankfully! :lol:

I'd personally like to hear what other Poles think of "English Pubs" ....
14 Jul 2008
UK, Ireland / Help - posting a letter to Poland from the UK. [12]

Hey... they dont call me postie for nowt!

As said above, you're going to have to go down to the PO to sort this one out.

The alternative is, you can guess and get it wrong. It'll be returned to you as being underpaid.

(always.. ALWAYS.. use a return address.. especially for International mail. )

But... if you are posting magazines abroad.. ask for "Book Rate" .. it should get you a discount. Or "Paper" rate. .... (yeah, I know you are sneaking some birthday cards in... just don't tell them.. and FFS dont include any real money in them!)

But do include your return address.

Hope that helps.

If any one is returning home to Poland, and wants to get a shedload of non valuable gear back very cheaply, I can help there too... I used to get some Japanese mates stuff home, first class post , for 1/10th the cost of posting it by normal mail. Just by knowing the rules.... ;)

OK, just gone away and looked it up... because things have changed while I haven't been a postman.....

But if you go to

Or.. >>>> delivery services >>> overseas>>>>prices (prices is left hand column)

Then you get the matrix of costs... look at the right hand column, after "Europe" and "rest of World" and you see "Printed Papers"

I don't know what you are sending... but.. ;)

Everything to Europe below 80g is £1.07 .. at Printed Paper rate.

It's hard to describe the tariff... but, you are better sending it PP rate... if it is over 80g. ;)

Weirdly.. you can send something at "letter rate" and it will cost you more than at "paper rate" over 80g.

And it ALL goes on the same plane out... there's no real reduction in service!
12 Jul 2008
UK, Ireland / Polish Immigrants in England - and their Cultural Impressions [36]

Sorry GodandBrown, but while I abhor noimmigration, and have kept away from this site for months because of him, and yet the git is still allowed here, I think you may just find this is an Anglo-Polish site. And we defend its Anglo-Polishness. You ask a question, my friend, and you're going to get Brits and Poles answering. It's the nature of forums!

But, as a Brit myself, I can answer one of your points. Most, not all, of my Polish friends like the British pub culture. The smoking outside is odd... but it is for me too. But they seem to love it. And they seem to know, as long as it isn't a "heaving" town centre place... but more of a "local" pub, that they're going to be able to go there when they want, and improve their English.. or just get drunk. And they seem to. I think the most integrating of places in the UK is the local... it seems to be working out.

Still though, with the price of beer in uk pubs, and the smoking ban, it's not an absolute's far easier and cheaper to invite your mates around with a bag of beer, and get drunk at home. But I think us English are finding that too... especially those of us who smoke.... :?
24 May 2008
Travel / What can I do off the beaten track in Pruszcz Gdanski? [2]

Hello, it's been a bit of a while since i've been on here, but today.... I'm typing this from a flat in Pruszcz Gdanski!!!! I'm on my first visit to Poland, I arrived last night and am here for a week.

So, as my question says in the title, what's to do while I am here? Is there any thing that's off the beaten track, basically not in the guidebook ( I don't have one!) that would be worth doing...

Today I've been to Soport, which was rather nice. But any other suggestions are more than welcome
20 Mar 2008
UK, Ireland / New British Based Points System [30]

Dubious link the PLK, as it's akin to the ancient laws we have in the UK, where I can, as an Englishman, kill a Scotsman in the city of York, after midnight, with a longbow.... seems to be one of those laws that are a hangover from the past.

BUT to get back to the main point. Yeah, I have no real disagreement with a points based system, as used in Australia. It keeps out undesirables and lets in those who would benefit this country. As those from EU states wouldn't be affected by that ruling as they have the right to travel and reside, then fair enough.

I've always said that Great Britain is "great" because we take the best...and leave what we don't want. Seems to follow that logic.
17 Mar 2008
UK, Ireland / Poles in UK turn to fast food [29]

. Has chips in curry sauce or brown sauce become popular amongst Poles? Many Scots love that combo, especially when lathered

Or a Mars bar !!!!!!!! *eeek!*
17 Mar 2008
UK, Ireland / My fellow brits here - are "traitors" by not dating English girls? [103]

Where you from then? Because you write like a native...

But.. seriously. I've seen some overweight Polish lasses too... not as many as English lasses with Piwo-babies, but yeah, there are some. ;)

Fill ya boots southofdathames. :)
1 Mar 2008
UK, Ireland / The Daily Mail's Swans Are Back [29]

Poles are eating swans????? But they weigh tons and I've never seen any pachyderms in east London..

I bet they sell the ivory tusks too!
24 Feb 2008
UK, Ireland / Catholic church experience for Poles in England [22]

I'm a total athiest... and today, I went for a smoke break while at a kids "play-zone" ... and it overlooked the only Catholic church in my town.

First smoke break was with my mate, i mentioned that the church nearby was Catholic.. he siad not to mention it to his missus...

2nd smoke break.. i wnt out with his missus, I didn't mention it.

But.,.. I'll ask.. next week when I see them ( I work out of town all week, so only see them at weekends now)
23 Feb 2008
Language / Correct Polish spelling [69]

I am a teacher and have a Polish boy starting in my class with no english (age 5).

This book could be really useful to give you a basic start on many words ... I bought it for my friends two kids, who had no English when they arrived here. The older one is doing OK now, although he hates to speak English at home.

I'd also suggest that if you can have a word with his parents, and ask them to let him watch English children's TV at home, as he'll pick up language from there too. I know of a few Polish families here, who have got Polsat installed (the Polish version of Sky), just so their kids can watch Polish cartoons (or CBeebies dubbed into Polish). Personally I don't think that helps the kids at all, as it gives them no incentive to learn English.

Hope that helps....
23 Feb 2008
UK, Ireland / Three more Polish males lose lives on Irish roads [18]

Maybe another contributing factor might be tiredness. I don't know for sure, but if someone has been doing a lot of overtime, as many Poles do tend to do when they have the option to, as well as working their days off, then at the end of their shift drives home, tiredness can cause fatal errors, especially when driving on roads that are unfamiliar.
16 Feb 2008
UK, Ireland / Paying tax in the UK??? Then you're breaking the law!! [41]

dunno if anyone heard about blueys, they are free sorta envelopes you send your letters in to members of british army posted in war zones

try an e-bluey, basically an email version of the bluey. You can Google e-bluey

As for the mail getting lost . No idea! (used to be a postie, but not any more)
6 Feb 2008
UK, Ireland / What's needed by an employers to employ a Pole in the UK? [4]

Sorry if this has already been covered, and if it has, please point me at the thread where it is.

OK, if my employer wanted to hire a Polish person, what would he need to do, as an extra to employing a UK person?

I'm presuming the Workers Registration Scheme would come into it somewhere? But is there anything else to keep it all above board and Kosher?

The reason I ask.. and this is going to annoy the socks off noimmagination.... is he keeps offering jobs as a long distance van driver to UK nationals, who take the job, then let him down when it comes to turning up on their first day. This guy pays well over minimum wage too. I reckon it's lazy arsed dole-wallahs who don't want to come off benefits, who are just turning up for the interview to say they "are looking for work"... but don't want to work.

I also reckon that if the same job was offered to some of the Poles who I have worked with on the agency, they'd love it.

Oh... and.. it's driving a long wheel based van (Mercedes Sprinter), all over the UK, dropping off and occasionally spending nights sleeping out in the van, for which an allowance of £20 a night is paid on top of the above min wage pay. (and some days are 16 hours long!) Soooo. my 2nd question is.. what's the equivalent driving licence to a C1+E UK licence for Poles? ( C1+E is van plus attached trailer, which is only used on one job, but it's handy to have someone who can switch into that job when the need arises)

Any advice gratefully received!
29 Jan 2008
UK, Ireland / Need a job for my husband in Scotland or UK [8]

. My husband is locksmith,

Any back street pub in Glasgow ;)

Sorry, I am joking.

Honorata, more information is better. Is it important he has to work in Scotland only?

I'm sure, that if you start a thread, asking for work prospects in Scotland, then you will get more noticed. Hiding your request in this thread, isn't going to help.

And if Honorata is Polish, can someone please explain that to her by private message, please!
27 Jan 2008
UK, Ireland / Poles working in the UK should be getting more money from your employer! [62]

Now how did we get from the minimum wage rate to Pakistani's fighting for Britain in WWII ;)

Because the ignorant and stupid turn every single thread on here into a Pole bashing debate. You could start a thread on Zebras, and soon enough "noimmigration" and others would soon have it swung around to there being too many immigrants in this country.

It's very very sad, as this used to be a place I enjoyed coming to, now I only pop in briefly, see if there's a new thread, and read until it starts descending into racist ranting... then I leave.

Sad really, as I am sure any newbies coming here are going to be so impressed with the level of hatred seen on here.
12 Jan 2008
UK, Ireland / What's it really like being a Polish worker in the UK? [25]

Snip... because it's twaddle

Michel, you just can't help yourself can you? Do you know how annoying it is to see you constantly denigrate every thread with your own twisted personal agenda...

Anyhows, back to the original point. I'm around my Polish mates house tomorrow, probably, so will ask him the questions and get back to you... hope it helps!
7 Jan 2008
UK, Ireland / What's So Great About The UK? [416]

Ah... so.... don't tell anyone... because you want your Polish boyfriend to get a job up here?

Gotcha... wont say a dicky-bird! LOL
7 Jan 2008
UK, Ireland / polish identity card and work in england [15]

thanks i have just looked om this site -it is useful-my friend id hoping to stay in england so i think he is making sure he has his documentation- he doesnt understand much english-is there any information he can access in poland-so i can advise him to seek information he needs to work here-or is it best to wait unti lhe gets here?

I'm sure if you asked on here you could get a wealth of information.

For a quick guide though, on the radio orla site is a link to this:

I think it has a fair amount of info for Poles coming to the UK.
7 Jan 2008
UK, Ireland / What's So Great About The UK? [416]

Magdalena - firstly, from what I have read on here, you have an excellent grasp of English, at least of the written word. I don't know how your spoken English is, but I'd presume it was of an equal level. But like someone else said, there are a lot of Polish here now, and that will mean others who have an equally good grasp of English, both written and spoken.

Which brings me to my next point. Most Poles seem to head initially to London and the South East, which is very expensive to live in. Like you say, you find yourself earning peanuts because of the cost of living. A lot of big towns and cities now have a Polish population and this might be one way of improving your situation.

Personally, I dislike the mentality in London (and I am a Londoner) but I live in Yorkshire. The cost of living is a lot less in cities like Leeds, Sheffield and York (and York is very typically English, if you're looking for that romanticised view of England!). At least compared to London. Maybe it would be beneficial to you to look at other areas of the UK, that doesn't have such an established Polish community.

Maybe have a look at, on the towns/cities in the north of England, and search on "polish", there might well be something there.
7 Jan 2008
UK, Ireland / polish identity card and work in england [15]

As far as I am aware, a Polish ID card isn't needed to travel. Though having one might help in other circumstance, like applying for the Worker's Registration Scheme. But the WRS can be applied for after you get here, so the ID card could be sent on to your friend from Poland by post.

More info on the WRS here: _and_programmes/worker_registration/wrs_faq.html
3 Jan 2008
UK, Ireland / Working with my Polish friends in UK [28]

Dear Michal and Noimmigration,

Sorry to spoil your fun on this thread, but a couple of facts for you:

1. We work in the IT industry. My polish mates are highly skilled. The company we work for simply can't find enough people with these skills in UK.

2. IT skills + several languages = my Polish mates are well paid.

3. They pay the top rate of UK income tax, national insurance, council tax etc. Therefore a net positive effect on the UK economy.

Cheers, Paul

Sorry Paul... please excuse these absolute fuckwits, your reply is spot on btw!!!! . I did mention earlier about them.. and i did have a post deleted from this thread. But it seems like it's OK for someone like noimmigration to say someone can die, or take it off on a tangent of their own discretion, as they do with all posts, and the post stays...

This used to be a good site.

But please ignore them... i hope this once great site doesn't lose yet another person to those who take it off tangent into their racist little world.
3 Jan 2008
UK, Ireland / Working with my Polish friends in UK [28]


me and someone else (sorry... i forget who) Had a bit of a rant about Michel turning this thread into another Pole bashing session...

And both our replies have been deleted, yet Michel's post is allowed to remain.. #

**** You who ever moderated that comment out.. this site needs you to stop ****wittery like Michel and "noimmigration" .. not to delete posts where people say they are ****wits...

As i said elsewhere... but curiously can't now find, i used to like it here... but i don't come here now because of the sheer amount of hate on this site that isn't dealt with.
6 Dec 2007
UK, Ireland / 13,000 Polish births this year, in the UK [180]

Hey. Noimmigration.

Just imagine for a moment, if you can get your lonely braincell to work for a moment.

All the Poles go home, all of them. And then what?

Close on a million low paid, low skills jobs will be available... yet no one doing them. No one paying tax or NI. No one renting flats or spending the money earned at those jobs in UK shops.

Imagine it. Is it going to be beneficial to the UK economy?

And once the Poles have gone, who is going to be the target of your hate then? The muslims? OK, send them home... who you going to rant at next? The blacks? OK.. send them home... who next...the Irish? Send 'em home... who next.... Hugenots! Send 'em back... The Jutes? Send 'em all back.... cos somewhere down the line we might get rid of fuckwits like yourself. :)