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Posts by spiritus  

Joined: 25 Oct 2006 / Male ♂
Last Post: 26 Sep 2019
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spiritus   
4 Jul 2017
Life / Polish people and racism. [943]

a youth marked by avoiding integration and education and idolizing gangster figures

A very accurate description. Young Muslim men seem to think of themselves as Italian mobsters
spiritus   
4 Jul 2017
Polonia / Half-Polish Terrorist attack on the Champs-Elysses [55]

perhaps it's for the best that the UK has border controls in place to prevent such terrorists from reaching British soil.

Interesting description Delph-did you just like using the word "terrorist" because it makes your post look more dramat"ic ?

"Gun smuggler" sounds a little boring I guess ?
spiritus   
4 Jul 2017
Life / Polish people and racism. [943]

Muslims (not every) do not fit in because they came and keep coming to Europe for a different reason.

It's a bit more complicated than that.

Many Muslims were born in Europe and many more will continue to be born in Europe. They do not "fit in" with the host nation's culture but it can now be argued that they don't have to fit in as many Western European nations have sizeable muslim communities that reduces the need to integrate properly
spiritus   
30 Jun 2017
News / New European Council's report: "Poland oasis of racism, xenophobia and homophobia" ... [276]

Perhaps if you visited Poland you'd learn

You do make me laugh Harry with your imbecilic claims. Unless you have hacked into my email server then you have no idea as to whether I have visited Poland or not or how many times I might have visited so I kindly advise you to keep your mouth shut as this type of trolling is not acceptable.

If you want to make personal attacks then send me a private message.
spiritus   
30 Jun 2017
Life / Polish people and racism. [943]

@Dirk diggler

Don't forget that there are a lot of home grown muslims who feel the way you described earlier. It's not always down to a foreigner's mentality because they come from another country.

British born muslims have become much more hardline than the preceding generation.
spiritus   
29 Jun 2017
Food / Poles prefer pizza & kebab? [64]

hey don't need to be traditional, in my city most of them are run by Bangladeshi and they also sell kebab.

I was actually disagreeing with you and not with Atch-I still haven't mastered cut and paste !

fish and chips shops run by Bangladeshis and selling kebabs are not fish and chip ships in my book
spiritus   
29 Jun 2017
News / New European Council's report: "Poland oasis of racism, xenophobia and homophobia" ... [276]

Spiritus, young European smart-asses frequently trade four-letter insults in English with one another, even if both have English only as a second language, merely to try to be clever!

Yes-and that I understand. Some punks think it's cool to use the F-bomb in English. These girls claim there were abused in English meaning that the "Polish locals" would have had to string a few sentences together in English rather than just use a single four letter expletive. As I say, something seems fishy about the story
spiritus   
29 Jun 2017
Food / Poles prefer pizza & kebab? [64]

You clearly haven't been to a chippy nation have you? In the UK there is a chip shop on every street,

I'm afraid you are wrong.

There are not many traditional fish and chip shops in towns these days. Of course they are still there but for you to claim there is one on "every street" is completely wrong even taking into account that you might have been exaggerating just for effect.

Chippys used to be the only takeaway food in Britain for many years but now the market has become more competitive. Spicy Indian food is now probably more popular
spiritus   
28 Jun 2017
Genealogy / Displaced Persons Camp / Work camp and concentration camp difference [74]

Thanks Delph. One of those historical quirks I guess.

@Yagutka Did your mother in law spend time in any other DP camps. It was very common for people to be moved around many many times. My mum said she was better fed whilst working under the Germans as a farm labourer then after the war in DP camps.
spiritus   
28 Jun 2017
Genealogy / Displaced Persons Camp / Work camp and concentration camp difference [74]

A couple of years ago an I decided out of the blue to try to rekindle some contact with an old school friend that I hadn't been in touch with for many years. He emailed me back telling me that he was in the middle of a cycle journey in Germany. He was riding solo along the old West-German border for a book he was writing and told me he was that he was about to arrive at a small German village called Marienborn-I nearly fell of my chair when he told me !
spiritus   
28 Jun 2017
Genealogy / Displaced Persons Camp / Work camp and concentration camp difference [74]

Exactly. Actually proved to be a sad logistical obstacle to my mother ever being able to visit her father's grave.

Marienborn before the war was an anonymous village where she happened to work with her family on the fields. My grandfather died a few weeks before the war ended and was buried in Marienborn.

Bad luck led to Marienborn (as you rightly say) becoming one of the main checkpoints on the West/East German border meaning it became very difficult for her to visit his grave until the Berlin wall came down.

She visited with her brother around 1995 but the cemetery was overgrown and all the markers she had remembered were obviously gone so she couldn't find his grave. Locals had told her that when the Russians arrived in 1945 they desecrated a lot of the graves so perhaps it's better for us not to know exactly what happened at that time :(
spiritus   
28 Jun 2017
Genealogy / Displaced Persons Camp / Work camp and concentration camp difference [74]

My mother was in Fallingbostel as well as about 10 other DP camps in Germany from 1946 to around 1952. However, I doubt she will know the name as there were thousands of people in those camps.

Where did she work as farm slave labour ? My mother worked in a small German village called Marienborn.
spiritus   
28 Jun 2017
Food / Poles have a more loving attitude to food than here in the UK [34]

Ours in the east are fine. Yesterday I bought a couple of kilos as I was driving through a village on my way to the city. 5PLN/kilo. Delicious.

You are obviously lying as your experience completely contradicts Delphian's claims that the babcias selling produce on the roads purchased them from the supermarkey instead :)
spiritus   
28 Jun 2017
News / New European Council's report: "Poland oasis of racism, xenophobia and homophobia" ... [276]

locals could be heard (in English) making abusive remarks about their wearing traditional garb and speaking in their native language.

why would Polish locals be making remarks in English when the girls weren't even English. Something doesn't add up with this story....

Sounds to me like a group of muslim activists.....
spiritus   
27 Jun 2017
Food / Poles have a more loving attitude to food than here in the UK [34]

Yes. Have to be honest in that I have never heard of "historical food trauma".

@NoToForeigners I think you understand the point I was clumsily trying to make. I

I was referring to the Polish love of food and it's preparation. It's something that is very noticeable especially when compared with English colleagues.

I was at our local Polish shop yesterday and they had brought a new shipment of Malinowe tomatoes in-the Polish customers were all over them. English people wouldn't know what all the fuss was about. Then again, how many English people have tasted Polish tomatoes :)
spiritus   
27 Jun 2017
Food / Poles have a more loving attitude to food than here in the UK [34]

I've noticed how Poles have a very close relationship with food

Poles can get REALLY excited about seasonal tomatoes or mushrooms or cherries or plums and when in company the conversation often turns to the topic of Polskie Kuchnie. Brits don't really have the same kind of passion
spiritus   
23 Jun 2017
News / How will BREXIT affect the immigrants in UK and Poland. [1114]

its bollocks guys

You may have a good point there.

I remember reading somewhere that most immigrants to the UK are technically illegal as they require some form of travel insurance.

Having said that, I think we need to accept the spirit of the pledge that May made. I doubt Poles or other EU immigrants will be sent back
spiritus   
22 Jun 2017
Language / Poles struggle with English vowels [42]

I often have to stifle a smile when I hear Polish friends say they have been to the "beach" but make it sound like "*****" :)
spiritus   
22 Jun 2017
Language / Poles struggle with English vowels [42]

Having spent a lot of time with Poles I have noticed that most of them really struggle with English vowels.

For example:

Sheep is pronounced "sheeeep" but Poles struggle to say this and often sound like they are saying "ship"
Two is pronounced "tu" etc etc

I guess it's a sound that they're not used to having to make in their native language.

Then again I find it impossible to pronounce the Polish "sz" sound correctly
spiritus   
19 Jun 2017
News / How will BREXIT affect the immigrants in UK and Poland. [1114]

I fear I'm more likely to see a coherent plan for Brexit from the Tories before I ever hear a Polish (or 'Polish') person explain what the price Britain was paid for 'selling' Poland to the USSR

The price of peace perhaps ?

Britain did not want to go to war again with Stalin over Poland's independence. Poland was just collateral damage.

I think when some Poles talk about Poland being "sold" they do not mean literally