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Life in communist Poland - personal relations


mafketis 36 | 10,814
15 May 2022 #151
I've only heard curry comb,

Of course things have different names in different places but 'curry comb' sounds to me like something you use to groom a horse....

Look up 'hair pick' or 'afro pick' on google images (wiki pedia uses 'afro pick' but the kids i knew just said 'pick').
jon357 74 | 21,871
15 May 2022 #152
groom a horse...

Something a bit like them for horses is called that.

Perhaps that's where I know the term from.
OP pawian 222 | 23,676
10 Jun 2022 #153
In my elementary school when I was a pupil, and later in schools where I taught in 1990s, students who had a birthday used to bring sweets to class for all mates.

Still happens in kindergartens and lower grades of school in the countryside.





Novichok 5 | 7,779
10 Jun 2022 #154
Wow! All white and binary!
Alien 18 | 4,787
10 Jun 2022 #155
Novi, it is Poland full of Poles.
jon357 74 | 21,871
10 Jun 2022 #156
students who had a birthday used to bring sweets to class for all mates.

We used to do that in primary school in the seventies. I'm not sure if it still happens.
Alien 18 | 4,787
10 Jun 2022 #157
And I recently brought all my coworkers ice cream for my birthday.
mafketis 36 | 10,814
10 Jun 2022 #158
I remember when name days were a thing in Poland* and being surprised that it was the person celebrating their name day was expected to treat co-workers.....

*they seem to be partly replaced by birthdays but there doesn't say to be any kind of established etiquette about them so in a real way imieniny have been replaced by... nothing.
Lenka 5 | 3,403
10 Jun 2022 #159
I'm not sure if it still happens.

It does.
Novichok 5 | 7,779
10 Jun 2022 #160
Novi, it is Poland full of Poles.

White and binary! After 50+ years of multicultural hell here, it's like wow! A heaven on earth!
jon357 74 | 21,871
10 Jun 2022 #161
It does.

That's good to hear. Some traditions are worth keeping.

I changed primary schools from a large one in a fairly poor area where it always happened to a very small one in an affluent village where it didn't.

Similar maybe in Poland however from what Pawian says its the other way around.
OP pawian 222 | 23,676
10 Jun 2022 #162
the person celebrating their name day was expected to treat co-workers.

Still happens all over Poland. E..g, in my school. Today you treat others, tomorrow you are treated - what goes around... One day I will show photos.
OP pawian 222 | 23,676
17 Jul 2022 #163
I found a photo of price boards from the butcher`s. It is from the times which I don`t remember coz I can see names of sausage unknown to me, e.g, lemon or beer sausage. Amazing!

Also, it might be interesting to recall what kind of offal was on sale in communist times, mostly beef and pork but also veal:

liver
kidneys
tongues
hearts
tripe
tails
legs
udders
spleen
brains
heads
lungs

And sth called beef feet.

Yummy!!!



Alien 18 | 4,787
17 Jul 2022 #164
Offals....just disgusting🤮
OP pawian 222 | 23,676
17 Jul 2022 #165
Nope. I have tried liver, kidneys, tongues, tripe, tails, brain. Yummy except brain which is like scrambled eggs after cooking.
Alien 18 | 4,787
17 Jul 2022 #166
And the kidneys always smell like urine.
OP pawian 222 | 23,676
18 Jul 2022 #167
So you need to keep them in water which you change several times. Simple. And then they Smell like Teen Spirit.
Alien 18 | 4,787
18 Jul 2022 #168
Teen Spirit...? Still better than Brutal.
OP pawian 222 | 23,676
20 Jul 2022 #169
Still better than Brutal.

But not better than Nirvana.

Teen

Another memory connected with teens - rascal boys used to go on granda - iść na grandę - meaning they visited sb`s orchard/garden and consumed apples, pears or other fruit straight from trees. Illegally, of course.

Today I haven`t heard about such cases.
OP pawian 222 | 23,676
25 Jul 2022 #170
Alien, you provoked me to mention it
Grilling sausage over a campfire was my fave diversion on group trips and outings as a child and later in teen years. Firstly, I was fascinated with fire coz it was so brightly colourful. Secondly, I have always liked Polish sausage.

As a grown up man, I taught my kids to do it.









Alien 18 | 4,787
25 Jul 2022 #171
Memories of the past.
Miloslaw 19 | 4,751
25 Jul 2022 #172
@pawian

Nice post!
I have similar memories!
Paulina 16 | 4,208
25 Jul 2022 #173
Grilling sausage over a campfire was my fave

Yes! No other sausage tasted better for me :)
OP pawian 222 | 23,676
4 Aug 2022 #174
Take a look at my class photo. Amasing!



johnny reb 47 | 7,049
4 Aug 2022 #175
That is you the teacher with your class ?
Pretty blouse, did you make it yourself ?
OP pawian 222 | 23,676
5 Aug 2022 #176
That is you

No, the teacher is my mum and I am in front of her. :):)

did you make it

Yes, in communism women sewed a lot and often it was better than stuff sold in state shops.
Alien 18 | 4,787
29 Oct 2022 #177
@pawian # 174
This photo is an evidence that life in communist Poland was in gray color but in 50 shades of it.
OP pawian 222 | 23,676
29 Oct 2022 #178
was in gray color

Except for comic books which gained full colour in 1970s.

Let`s see what crimes the communist police under heroic Captain WildCat dealt with 50 years ago:

Challenge to the stronger:

Final grade students from gitowcy prison subculture bully and rob younger students of money. Teachers receive letters with threats. The headmaster refuses to expel troublemakers - he still wants to educate them. Captain Wildcat suggests starting judo classes in school. Bullies refuse to attend them and one day they get a nasty surprise from their peers.









OP pawian 222 | 23,676
29 Oct 2022 #179
Captain WildCat

Codename Briefcase

A clever thief steals briefcases at train stations - the middle picture shows how.







OP pawian 222 | 23,676
11 Nov 2022 #180
Who killed Jack? Captain Wildcat solves the riddle of sly poachers who hunt red deer.









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