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bullfrog   
15 Jan 2013
Food / What do non-Poles think about eating the following Polish foods? [1293]

why the assumption that i don't know languages? another tired stereotype, mmm?

Well, maybe just because you're British.. As the joke goes , how do you call someone who speaks 3 languages? -Trilingual.; OK, 2 languages? Bilingual 1 language? A Briton.. Sorry, I couldn't resist it.. I know it's cheap, but I swear, I first heard it from the mouth of a true Londoner..
bullfrog   
13 Jan 2013
Work / Possibly moving to Warsaw- husband offered a job in Warsaw [21]

When I compare based on the people I know (I spent 5 years in Warsaw, after having worked 5 years in Paris and 8 years London and before Z├╝rich currently ), my experience is that's a bit more difficult in Warsaw (doesn't apply to me , I have a Polish spouse and am of the 2nd type!)
bullfrog   
13 Jan 2013
Work / Possibly moving to Warsaw- husband offered a job in Warsaw [21]

Warsaw is a great place to live, I have lived here for a total of 11 years.

Well, that's true, but it does take time ... Warsaw is probably the least "pretty" among big cities in Poland (Krakow, Wroclaw, Gdansk.) so it's rarely love at first sight but rather fondness growing over time. Plus remember, the climate is quite dissimilar to the one in San Diego, especially at this time of year (not that much of an issue for Pip I suppose considering she comes from Canada)
bullfrog   
9 Jan 2013
UK, Ireland / Polish city that's moved to Britain [120]

doubt they'll get very far. A city trying to sue a newspaper because they disagree with an article would just be laughed out of any English court.

Last year, Socgen (French bank) sued the Daily Mail for an article the paper during the summer 2011. Not only did the paper withdraw the article and had to publish an apology, they also lost in court (English court) and had to pay unspecified damages..
bullfrog   
7 Jan 2013
UK, Ireland / Polish city that's moved to Britain [120]

Wikipedia is a good source. Why do you suggest otherwise?

See below why

It's good to have an access for such broad source of information for free, but one must be a bit critical when reading it, it might contain mistakes.

bullfrog   
7 Jan 2013
UK, Ireland / Polish city that's moved to Britain [120]

According to Wikipedia, it was the de facto capital from the end of WW2 until 1948 while Warsaw was being rebuilt

Well, first we have The Sun, then Wikipedia quoted as sources.. What next, the Pravda?
bullfrog   
26 Oct 2012
Travel / Is there a healthy expats scene in Poland? (drinks, food, golf, etc.) [143]

If you want the real expat scene try Osiedle Konstancja. It is a gated community next to the American school. It is full of people from every nation- it is just down the road from Wilanow- again only serviced by bus (as opposed to tram or metro) but it is guaranteed you will enjoy all the place has to offer.

Pb with Osiedle Konstancja , apart from the fact that it is gated (talk about ghetto!), is that it is located just after the main road linking Konstancin to Warsaw narrows down from 4 lanes to 2 lanes (one each way). That means traffic jams and long waits in the morning and the evening.. That is , unless there has been roadworks since I left Warsaw (summer 2011)..
bullfrog   
21 Sep 2012
Travel / Lublin ruined by arrival of Ryanair [33]

milky

Yes, and a bit more. Brits are fundamentally one of the most reserved and self conscious people on earth, and they need to drink to loose their inhibitions. It's not a question of lower prices/greater quantities of alcohol in Poland, you see the same antics all over the UK
bullfrog   
17 Sep 2012
Life / Poland and every aspect..... Please help me learn and understand the realities? [108]

Since bullfrog got it right with the day, but got it wrong with the year of the Polish constitution, I wonder if it could affect the ranking? ;-)

Indeed, mixed up my years. I was referring of course to modern democratic constitutions with the 3 oldest being in that order the USA (21 June 1788), Poland (3rd May 1791) and France (3rd September 1791). The UK has, at least to my knowledge, no written constitution.
bullfrog   
14 Sep 2012
UK, Ireland / British - Stupidest nation in Europe [127]

Maritime borders are still borders - he didn't say "land border", but borders.

Pedantic, I know ;)

Here is something even more pedantic..Territorial waters extend for about 22 km from the shore line of each country.. So given that the Baltic is wider than 44 km, Poland and Denmark (or Sweden) don't technically have a common border since there are separated by international waters..
bullfrog   
14 Sep 2012
UK, Ireland / Polish is the 5th best languages to study for Brits [11]

Lots of Brits own homes or holiday to Spain, many settle there and try and find work, start businesses, etc. The same can't be said about German or French.

Are you serious? Ever been to France? It's teeming with Brits owning properties, especially in the western part..

propertywire.com/news/europe/france-spain-second-homes-201204176424.html
bullfrog   
14 Sep 2012
UK, Ireland / Polish aversion to the truth about UK [10]

Never ceases to amaze me the Polish aversion to anything mildly critical of their nation and their people abroad.

So what?? Nihil novi sub sole.. Most nations are the same, they accept criticism from inside (ie nationals) but hate it when foreigners (especially ignorant ones!) do the same..
bullfrog   
14 Sep 2012
News / 1.3% birth rate = Poland's slow death [221]

And so the government has doubled its tax animal slave force, the family has been destroyed and we're a step closer to a new worldwide communist utopia with only the obligatory rivers of blood part left for us to wade through.

Kondzior, Enoch Powell was a die hard leftist compared to you!
bullfrog   
13 Sep 2012
Life / Poland and every aspect..... Please help me learn and understand the realities? [108]

If you walk through a doorway in Poland and then hold the door open for someone else coming behind you, why don't they thank you? This used to p1ss me off but I know Polish people are generally very polite, so it must be something else. I know this may seem trivial when compared with elected kings, etc. but it intrigues me.

I think the answer to that one is quite simple; it was until recently the norm (ie expected) in Poland for men to hold doors with women, to hold coats etc.. You usually don' t get thanked for "normal behaviour" but you get frowned upon if you don't do it. .. In Western Europe, it's the contrary:holding a door etc has become so rare that doing it for someone elicits a "thank you".

was Poland originally feudal and then at some point unified,Is this the case with Piast

Poland was populated by several tribes and it is indeed under the Piast and Mieszko 1st that Poland as we know it was unified and created.
bullfrog   
13 Sep 2012
Life / Poland and every aspect..... Please help me learn and understand the realities? [108]

I have been on PF for a little while now and I have seen some very good discussions about Poland.

A few facts for a start:

- Poland has the 2nd oldest written constitution in the world (3rd May 1793)
- The Polish-Lithuanian was at one time the largest European state by area spanning from the Baltic sea down to the Black sea
- Polish kings were elected by nobility, unlike the rule prevailing in Western Europe (hereditary monarchy). That explains why Poland had many kings/ queens of foreign origin (hungarian, french, swedish..). It is thanks to a swedish king that Warsaw became capital at the end of the XVI th century (before that , it was Krakow but the swedish king wanted to be closer from Sweden!)
bullfrog   
12 Sep 2012
Travel / So where are Warsaw's slums? [30]

I have never seen a neighborhood in Poland with ghettos as the ones here in the US.

It is one of the very rare few positive things that came out of communism:no real ghettos in the western (esp US) sense, a real mixity where you could find ordinary workers and people having high social positions living in similar flats in the same buldings.
bullfrog   
10 Sep 2012
News / 1.3% birth rate = Poland's slow death [221]

ultimately the destruction of the planet

Maybe not such a bad thing after all? All these fashionable ideas about preserving the environment and the planet make me wonder.. Isn't the destiny of humanity to aim for the stars and spread on other planets?
bullfrog   
4 Sep 2012
Travel / Travel to Poland (through Vancouver and Berlin) [8]

i know but it doesn't make sense to state Schengen as a destination. it would be like saying ' I want to fly from London to the USA'..Whereto in the US? NY, SF, LA, Chicago...the choice is wide
bullfrog   
4 Sep 2012
News / 1.3% birth rate = Poland's slow death [221]

Polonius, I agree with your assessment, but that is not specific to the Poles; I would argue that in their case it is all the more understanble since they were deprived of all those 'consumerist' goods for 45 years..
bullfrog   
4 Sep 2012
News / 1.3% birth rate = Poland's slow death [221]

If ones studys carefully the evolution of Poland's birth rate over the past 30-40 years, one cannot help but to notice that:

- it was higher than today during PRL times and at its peak during the "state of war" post 1981
- it collapsed following the demaise of PRL in 1990.

So to bring it back up, there is only one answer: bring back PRL and state of war!!
bullfrog   
4 Sep 2012
News / 1.3% birth rate = Poland's slow death [221]

Comment traduisez-vous "Françaises de souche" en anglais

well, you've answered it yourself:

True, genuine, ethnically pure, honest-to-goodness, dyed-in-the-wool, red-blooded, pure-blooded, full-blooded Frenchwomen

bullfrog   
4 Sep 2012
Real Estate / Poland's apartment prices continue to fall [1844]

For those who think prices can not fall to 2004 levels should note that gant share price (theoretically the sum of all future profits) is at 2005 levels.

What kind of reasoning leads you to link the share price of Gant in 2005 to 2004 real estate prices??