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What does Poland mean to you?


RadekW 1 | -  
2 Jun 2008 /  #1
Hello everybody,

We launched a new contest on our website yesterday, themed, "What does Poland mean to you?"

We're looking for creative answers, which can be both positive or negative, so long as they come from the heart. The winner will receive a brand new laptop. I'd like to invite everyone to participate.

polacynaswiecie.com

Thanks,

Krystian
noimmigration  
3 Jun 2008 /  #2
poland is a country where hordes of toilet cleaning immigrants invade my country
mafketis 23 | 8,397  
3 Jun 2008 /  #3
"a country where X" means that X happens in the country referred to to.

If hordes of toilet cleaning immigrants invade your country in Poland that means that you are in fact either Polish or illiterate. Which is it?
noimmigration  
3 Jun 2008 /  #4
the toilet cleaning immigrants are the poles and I am british.
Polson 5 | 1,771  
3 Jun 2008 /  #5
noimmigration

Poland needs you in Bad Waltersdorf, Austria, to clean the Polish team's toilets, as Scotland won't play the Euro, you seem just perfect for the job... Unless you support Deutschland (über alles) ?.. Depends what toilets you prefer to clean. haha
mafketis 23 | 8,397  
3 Jun 2008 /  #6
"I am british."

That explains a lot.

It doesn't explain how awful toilet etiquette in your country must be if "hordes" of toilet cleaners can find gainful employment there.
KatieKasia 3 | 39  
4 Jun 2008 /  #7
the toilet cleaning immigrants are the poles and I am british.

You give brits a bad name to the point im ashamed to be one. Im british and i live here in poland now and iv never in all my travels been so warmly welcomed in any other country. Its a shame that your so ill informed on what imigration has done for the UK, without the hard working nature of the Polish imigrants the capital would be a shoddy state.

I suggest you remove yourself from this forum immediatly and possibly do a little research so you can change your, frankly discusting, ignorant behaviour.

As we say in england: Bugger off.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
4 Jun 2008 /  #8
Poland is the taste of piwo, kielbasa and piwo. Poland is the sharp cold of winter, warmth of a hot summer and the sharp cold of another winter. Plus some other stuff.

poland is a country where hordes of toilet cleaning immigrants invade my country

That doesn't make any sense, but let's analyse it anyway.

Poland is a country - correct
where hordes - there may be a horde or two in Poland
toilet cleaning immigrants - in Poland? There are some immigrants in Poland, from various places, many of them keep their toilets clean.
invade my country - 1. You don't have a country, you have a hole. 2. Your country is not in Poland, therefore your post is officially...

... utter sh!te.
psycho13 - | 4  
4 Jun 2008 /  #9
What Poland means to me is much happiness as 3 1/2 years ago we adopted our son Matuesz from Gdansk. He is now 14 years old and has been a blessing.
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
4 Jun 2008 /  #10
poland is a country where hordes of toilet cleaning immigrants invade my country

yeah and they probably speak better English than you. it is a shame to see that all that money your country provided for your education did not pay off in the slightest. and you're trying to be a lawayer? what a laugh...
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
4 Jun 2008 /  #11
Poland, the land of the Pos,
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
4 Jun 2008 /  #12
Lech Land, anyone up for a lech? ;)
Shawn_H  
4 Jun 2008 /  #13
Of late I have been admiring the Żubr roaming in the wilds of the North East. Either that or the cold clear streams around Żywiec. Poland is nature at it's best.
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
4 Jun 2008 /  #14
have you seen the Polish żubr adverts? they're pretty cool ;)
Shawn_H  
4 Jun 2008 /  #15
Are they on youtube? We don't get the adverts here in Canada, only the beer.
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
4 Jun 2008 /  #16
look youtube.com/results?search_query=reklama+piwa
Wahldo  
4 Jun 2008 /  #17
Still learning really: architecture, history, beautiful women. Judging from this board , a lot of people well versed and VERY interested in economics.
monica23 1 | 8  
5 Jun 2008 /  #18
Poland is the mother land of Madam Courier, whom i adore the most. ;)
HAL9009 2 | 304  
11 Jun 2008 /  #19
Poland?
It's the land of that terribly difficult language I am trying to learn...
...and wonderful women :)
iris - | 2  
12 Jun 2008 /  #20
I was born in the UK with Polish parents, I speak POLISH fluently and hold onto traditions, but i live in the Uk therefore conform to being British.

I used to be proud of my Polish heritage and poland was country full of brave and patriotic people who fought to make their country great.

These days it seems to have descended into a place full of deceipt , greed and cowardice.
I think it is ridiculous that so many Poles to come to the UK and want to have everything Polish. If you want to live in the UK, watch British TV, speak english, make English friends.Integrate into the community.

If you want to getoise yourself like so many of this latest batch of imports you will never get on well in the UK. I watched my parents generation do the same thing.

The current hoard of Polish imports have come over to bleed the UK dry for good wages, benefits, health care etc.. because they lack the backbone, courage and character of true Poles as they were..if you love Poland... go and work there and try to turn the country into something wonderful.. dont run away just because it makes your life easier!!

The Ploes used to have such a wonderful reputation in the Uk having come over after the war and helped in the UK war effort.. these days you are seen as parasites, for good reason..

If you are so patriotic.. go and fight for making your country great! Running away to another country for a bit of money is total cowardice.. AT LEAST IF YOU ARE HERE appreciate the UK and try to integrate!!!!
Kilkline 1 | 689  
12 Jun 2008 /  #21
Running away to another country for a bit of money is total cowardice

Says the person who has benefited by her parents migrating to a more economically prosperous nation. You make economic migration sound like greed when its a basic human desire to improve ones situation in life.

I've moved from the midlands(second worse poverty levels in Britain, lowest increase in wages) to London(worst poverty in Britain but excellent job opportunites) to improve my prospects in life. By your logic I should have stayed where I was and worked to improve the region even if it meant I had to get a low paying job in an industry I'm not skilled for or have any desire to work in. Bollox to that! No one will improve my situation but me, and its me who I work to benefit not some country or region.

Genuine question, do you read the Daily Mail?
MrBubbles 10 | 614  
12 Jun 2008 /  #22
The current hoard of Polish imports have come over to bleed the UK dry for good wages, benefits, health care etc.. because they lack the backbone, courage and character of true Poles as they were

Sorry, Iris, I think you need to spend some time in Poland before you start criticising the migrant Pole's motives. Going abroad and trying to make a success of your life takes a lot more courage and determination than sitting safely at home and 'supporting your country' by being ripped off as slave labour. Contrary to popular opinion, most workers are genuinely coming to work, partly to earn more money but also to progress their careers more than is possible in Poland and to experience a more enlightened work culture. Hopefully they will bring this back to Poland.

I'd question your definition of what a 'true Pole' is. This sounds a lot like the older generation speaking, an older generation, which in your case, as kilkline has pointed out, has benefitted from moving away from their home country. Maybe it wasn't their personal choice to leave Poland, it wasn't for my folks either, but to sit back and shout down their coutrymen for trying to better their lot and improve their home country sounds like nothing more than bitterness.

The Ploes used to have such a wonderful reputation in the Uk having come over after the war and helped in the UK war effort.. these days you are seen as parasites, for good reason..

I have bad news for you here. After ww2, the Poles, Czechs, Hungarians et al were actually labelled as rabble rousers and potential fascist agitators who were against our benevalent friend in the East, uncle Joe Stalin. Anti-Polish graffitti could be found everywhere, plastered by the same kind of idiot who spends their idle hours dreaming about the majesty of their wonderful nation and bemoaning anyone more successful than they are.

These days it seems to have descended into a place full of deceipt , greed and cowardice. I think it is ridiculous that so many Poles to come to the UK and want to have everything Polish.

I'm afraid that's the world, Iris. Look at the Brits abroad in Spain.
brazilii 8 | 97  
12 Jun 2008 /  #23
Poland to me is the freezing winter and boiling summer, is the best food in the world, is crazy language, is great snowboard spots, is sweet grandmas, is my future home ;))
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
12 Jun 2008 /  #24
The best food in the world? I love Polish food but maybe u made that comment due to a lack of sampling. How much international cuisine have u tried?
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
12 Jun 2008 /  #25
Birds singing
mbarbara - | 12  
14 Jun 2008 /  #26
It doesn't explain how awful toilet etiquette in your country must be if "hordes" of toilet cleaners can find gainful employment there.

lmao!

and iris...

wow.... you say you're proud of your heritage and you keep to traditions and yet you badmouth your parents' (and indirectly your own) country up and down and left and right... it's quite dissapointing and a little sickening to be honest. I say this without any antagonism towards you and with complete somberness and gravity. It just saddens me. When I see people like you, it makes me wonder if the Poles aren't their own worst enemies. Why the intense hatred? Parasites? Are you serious?? You ought to be DEEPLY ashamed. If you consider the new immigrants are parasites, then what do you think of yourself and your parents?

I cannot get over how horrible your post was. In all seriousness, it made me want to cry.
Marek 4 | 867  
21 Jun 2008 /  #27
I heard a talk in the early 199o's given by the one-time Polish Consul in New York, the late Wojciech Adamiecki, on the rather discursive subject (in Polish!): 'Polsko, dokąd idziesz?' (Polonia quo vadis?) In his lecture, he asked the same rhetorical question, not expecting an answer. He said that what Poland meant to him, was that of a nation/state overcoming its recent past, tackling the Jewish question, bracing for the future. Not being an English speaker, I thought him a rather odd choice for Consul in such a multi-cultural area as Manhattan. I then realized that, like Karol Wojtyła, he had his own struggles with the above issues.

When I finally went to Poland several years later, I met many Poles who, like Adamiecki, were eager to shed Poland's image as a backwater and xenophobic country.

This is what Poland means to me!
Eagle20 16 | 119  
21 Jun 2008 /  #28
Hard to say, but lets start with land of my Father & Mother (except the part that my mother came from, Lwów, is not longer in Poland)

Land that I visit as often as I can.
ina_pod - | 32  
23 Jun 2008 /  #29
The current hoard of Polish imports have come over to bleed the UK dry for good wages, benefits, health care etc.. because they lack the backbone, courage and character of true Poles as they were..if you love Poland... go and work there and try to turn the country into something wonderful.. dont run away just because it makes your life easier!!

I guess you must be very angry or "high" when wrote such nonsens.. I guess your parents are very high educated people and proud of you...ha ha!

You've better read over and over again what Kilkline said above, because he is right...

Poland means for me:
-thousand lakes-Mazury
-good food, not the best but really yummy
-cold weather
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
23 Jun 2008 /  #30
Birds singing

Whenever I speak to my mate in Warsaw on skype, I always hear birds singing in the background.

I'm sure that all he can hear at my end is sirens and the drunks in the park outside my window.

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