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Sad life of a Polish immigrant in the UK. Ch. 2 - Stress


southern 75 | 7,096  
2 Oct 2009 /  #31
that lack of stress.

Stress is good.It makes you slim and horny.
blueboy 2 | 34  
2 Oct 2009 /  #32
Describe the above

That's the vodka poured, now where did I put the coke?
szarlotka 8 | 2,209  
2 Oct 2009 /  #33
Christmas actually means something in Poland. In the UK it's just an excuse to drink and shop.

True.... but so is March 10th, April 13th, August 5th and all other days except January1st when your New Year's resolution is to give up drinking and shopping;)

Edit - scratch my wife from January 1st (shopping I meant, it's a compulsive shoes disorder you see)
MareGaea 29 | 2,752  
2 Oct 2009 /  #34
Especially with the nasty comments: not in the papers, not in the internet, but at work. But definitely your life is easier (and the roads go without saying)

Did you know that you're very sexy when you're complaining sarcastically? True!

Anyway, I now know that you only mean it sarcastic or for fun, but ehm, maybe your next series could go about a black person living in Poland? Or an Arab living in Pomerania?

M-G (1,5 hours to go and then weekend)
krysia 23 | 3,057  
2 Oct 2009 /  #35
This is what draws people over here, that lack of stress.

Then why don't Poles take an example from UK and make Poland a stress free country? Why do Poles always think somewhere else is better than Poland? Why don't Poles abide by the rules of the country they are in instead of doing things the way they are done in Poland: illegally and against the rules.

If Poland would mobolize itself and the people try to make something out of themselves instead of thinking that other countries will support them and help them, then Poland would also be stress free.
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444  
2 Oct 2009 /  #36
Everyone takes it easy in Britain, you have local newspapers, local radio, football teams and pubs, and that's about it. You don't fret over the politics as much as we do, you're not bombarded with Gazeta Wyborcza and TVN living in a state of permanent catastrophe.

This is what draws people over here, that lack of stress.
This is what makes people not care what job they are in - even if it's 200 pounds per week, at least the petrol is dirt cheap.

It's not stress free for all of us. Especially with the nasty comments: not in the papers, not in the internet, but at work. But definitely your life is easier (and the roads go without saying)

I understand that as a new arrival you have things to say, but I think that you need explain to people that these are YOUR experiences and YOUR way of looking at life in general. I actually troubled myself to read some of your blog entries and I came upon a post on Polish library system. It is not different then this post, so I came to conclusion that it is YOUR attitude more so then the "reality" you are trying to describe.

That reminds me of a person I had met lately and who arrived into the new country 4 months ago and she had a similar attitude. Most of the things she happens to dislike and is very critical of every little encounter. No joy in discovering a new place, but a lot of hight expectations. Sad, but true.

I see is as a misdirected anger to be honest;)
OP Ksysia 25 | 430  
2 Oct 2009 /  #37
you need explain to people that these are YOUR experiences

Now I do not understand?! Who else's would they be???

similar attitude

Why 'attitude'???

I said that UK is stress free and you say 'attitude', then others say 'so get the fcuk out'. Can you not take a compliment???
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
2 Oct 2009 /  #38
Can we have a wip round so we can send this miserable kant back to Poland?

The UK still sadly hasn't learnt that long hours doesn't mean productivity - and this is one reason I don't want to go back. There's something very wrong with the macho attitude that "oh, I worked 13 hours yesterday, you only did 12, you're not dedicated enough".

High profile projects with a client that wants it like yesterday, mean people have work like pack horses to get it out of the door, because we are not the only consultancy in the UK..I work with some pretty damn inteligent people who are shithot at their jobs...they'll be working this weekend and will be working until circa. 10pm every night next week, in order to please the "client"...by the way, they dont get paid for the extra time...its just expected.
OP Ksysia 25 | 430  
2 Oct 2009 /  #39
Why do Poles always think somewhere else is better than Poland?

good question, Krysiu. I think that some of it is to do with the political failure dating back to the 18th century, some is due to the uprisings - the soldiers went abroad and were missed by families, and avoided jail.

But also a lot is due to the American propaganda fighting with Soviet propaganda during the cold war. We did not want to be on this side of the curtain, so we yearned for the other side. Some people still believe that the mythical West is better. On both sides! Poles believe that England is like in Jeeves and Wooster, and USA like in the Disney films. Britons believe that Poland is a sad dodgy country, Americans believe that Poland is where stupic Pollacks come from.

None of this is true.

Ksysia The Prophet.
szarlotka 8 | 2,209  
2 Oct 2009 /  #40
Can we have a wip round so we can send this miserable kant back to Poland?

Who me?.... Please don't send me there. There's a price on my head in Bar Nobo. I want assylum in the UK;)
dnz 17 | 710  
2 Oct 2009 /  #41
In that case asylum shall be granted, the keys to your 8 bedroom Georgian townhouse are in the post and what sort of car would you like sir, BMW mercedes or perhaps an aston?

All free of charge of course.....
szarlotka 8 | 2,209  
2 Oct 2009 /  #42
All free of charge of course.....

What a gent you are guvnor. I'll have the Aston;)
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444  
2 Oct 2009 /  #43
Why 'attitude'???

because there is a pattern in your thinking, therefore I used a word attitude.

Can you not take a compliment???

I am not in the UK. Changing countries has similar challenges all over the world. That was my point. It could be stressful and I think that venting is one way of dealing with it.

I like some entries in your blog because you are indeed asking questions, which is a good thing.

Ksysia The Prophet.

this attitude could be dangerous though, ha, ha......
southern 75 | 7,096  
2 Oct 2009 /  #44
a stress free country?

No country is stress free.Actually I find Poland quite a relaaaaaxed country.
spiritus 68 | 665  
2 Oct 2009 /  #45
Then why don't Poles take an example from UK and make Poland a stress free country? Why do Poles always think somewhere else is better than Poland? Why don't Poles abide by the rules of the country they are in instead of doing things the way they are done in Poland: illegally and against the rules.
If Poland would mobolize itself and the people try to make something out of themselves instead of thinking that other countries will support them and help them, then Poland would also be stress free.

Why do you post under two separate names when you're clearly the same person i.e identical avatars ???

Then why don't Poles take an example from UK and make Poland a stress free country? Clearly you think life for us Brits is stress free. It isn't.

Why do Poles always think somewhere else is better than Poland? I would hazard a guess that most of the Poles who think this way are still in Poland and haven't travelled much. As a Pole you're more aware than I am of the history your country has had to endure. 50 years of Communism with all it's negativity drip fed to the new generation....YOUR generation. It's hardly surprising people THINK it's better elsewhere.

Poland is a very, very young democracy and it's inevitable there will be growing pains. Your country has waited since 1939 to be truly free again and it's a pity that people like yourself are abandoning it.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
2 Oct 2009 /  #46
Spot on again, spiritus. They feed themselves pessimistic and defeatist nonsense. Come on, show us that the Polish spirit is defined differently than the hating of Russia and Germany.
pawian 168 | 11,158  
2 Oct 2009 /  #47
Come on, show us that the Polish spirit is defined differently than the hating of Russia and Germany.

Of course it is defined differently. We also hate Jews and Ukrainians.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
2 Oct 2009 /  #48
LOL, and you being a closet Ukrainian Jew, my friend ;) ;) How could you say that? ;) ;)

How's teaching, pawian? Stress-free, just picking up or in full flow?
krysia 23 | 3,057  
3 Oct 2009 /  #49
Why do you post under two separate names when you're clearly the same person i.e identical avatars ???

Except that.....I was here first and I'm not from Poland. :)
OP Ksysia 25 | 430  
3 Oct 2009 /  #50
Why do you post under two separate names when you're clearly the same person i.e identical avatars ???

Illiogical - why would I have two accounts? krysia entertains herself with the confusion of similar names, so when I chose an avatar to differentiate myself from her, she immediately selected the same on, to keep entertaining herself.

For all who don't wish to be used as krysia's entertainment - I'm not a gold member.

I was here first

'i was here first so I will steal your avatar'. how impressive! what credit you bring to your nation!
spiritus 68 | 665  
3 Oct 2009 /  #51
We also hate Jews and Ukrainians.

Adolf Hitler, come on down !
Wroclaw Boy  
3 Oct 2009 /  #52
I am not in the UK. Changing countries has similar challenges all over the world. That was my point. It could be stressful and I think that venting is one way of dealing with it.

But youre a Ukranian Canadian born in Canada how would you know? Youre also a women pretending to be a man.
OsiedleRuda  
4 Oct 2009 /  #53
Britons believe that Poland is a sad dodgy country, Americans believe that Poland is where stupic Pollacks come from.

None of this is true.

Like many stereotypes, there is at least some truth in that. You can't honestly claim Poland is "completely non-dodgy" or that "no Poles are stupid". Show me a non-dodgy country without any stupid people, and I'll show you a liar :)

Your country has waited since 1939 to be truly free again and it's a pity that people like yourself are abandoning it.

Or, it's hardly surprising that people like her are abandoning it. It's a long time to wait for change - especially as countries such as Japan were hardly much better off at the end of the war, and look what they've achieved since then.
OP Ksysia 25 | 430  
4 Oct 2009 /  #54
Nay - my reasons are personal.
and anyway, it's closer from £ódź to EMA than Rzeszów
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
11 Oct 2009 /  #55
Is stress really that big of a factor amongst Poles? I don't see it. It is said in a tv commercial that they are more and more tired but I don't pick up on this.
Mister H 11 | 761  
11 Oct 2009 /  #56
Everyone takes it easy in Britain, you have local newspapers, local radio, football teams and pubs, and that's about it. You don't fret over the politics as much as we do, you're not bombarded with Gazeta Wyborcza and TVN living in a state of permanent catastrophe.

This is what draws people over here, that lack of stress.

I'm having real trouble understanding your situation and how you are seeing things. Everyone I know has stress of some kind and most of it is down to getting through life and hoping that they have enough money to keep their bills paid and a roof over their heads.

Life here can be very stressful.

This is what makes people not care what job they are in - even if it's 200 pounds per week, at least the petrol is dirt cheap.

Petrol is dirt cheap compared to where exactly ? You're talking about £60 to fill up the average family car. It's only cheap if you drive a Polish registered car and escape road tax, MOT and (probably) insurance. Petrol is probably your only running expense.

I changed jobs specifically so I could walk rather than drive to work to cut down on costs.

It's not stress free for all of us. Especially with the nasty comments: not in the papers, not in the internet, but at work. But definitely your life is easier (and the roads go without saying)

You are sounding very self-indulgent.

But she decided that it would be better to fiddle the benefits system and sit on her a**

I hope you shopped her to the authorities.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
11 Oct 2009 /  #57
assylum

Is that the same thing as a donkey sanctuary?
derek trotter 10 | 203  
11 Oct 2009 /  #58
Mister H

iam driving my car all the time, tax 204 a year, insurance - a lot cheaper now but I paid first year a 1400 queens money. she only needs 40 a month ( diesel ), and got queens number plates so price for fuel is cheap here. But I feck off back to my country cos I am tired
time means 5 | 1,310  
11 Oct 2009 /  #59
so price for fuel is cheap here

I don't call £1.03 a litre cheap!

But I feck of back to my country cos I am tired

Which is?
derek trotter 10 | 203  
11 Oct 2009 /  #60
time means
compare prices for fuel in poland and UK, they are not very different

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