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landora   
8 Dec 2010
UK, Ireland / Why British men move to Poland [63]

Are you saying that Polish women don't look like that? becuase they do.

Well, I don't know any young Polish women being that grossly overweight. I met several British girls of the size of a young whale. I think it's just far more socially acceptable in the UK. They even had boyfriends, which probably wouldn't have happened here!

The thing is, I have friends who can't find clothes in most shops because the trend is for ridiculously small clothes.

In the UK I had trouble with finding clothes small enough, cause their size 8 would be our 10 and so on - I suppose to make women feel better? I saw plenty of clothes in sizes like 26 or so. Not very common in our shops, so there can't be many people that would need them?
landora   
8 Dec 2010
Language / Spelling "aunt" in Polish [142]

My Busia came from Warsaw in 1942 and she said it was short for Babuska. That is how they say Grandmother where she comes from!!

which means your grandmother is not Polish. Babushka is a Russian word.

My Busia, Dziadzia and Ciocia were Poles who were born in Minsk, Belarus. They moved to the US in 1911. The term Busia was probably very common at the beginning of the last century but fell out of use in Poland while staying popular with Polish Americans.

So they were from Eastern territories and probably were speaking some version of Polish that was mixed up with Russian or Bialorussian. The languages change, but the "old" word for grandma was "babka", not "busia". "Busia" is not a Polish word, and never was.
landora   
7 Dec 2010
Life / Polish-American Polka Music in Poland [60]

That's a pretty serious accusation you just made there. Who are you alleging that he raped?

:D My ears, for a start :P
landora   
7 Dec 2010
Life / Polish-American Polka Music in Poland [60]

Polka music is still more Polish than rapcrap.

Neither is particularly Polish, and both are rather crap.

I don't like rap, and I find "polkas" incredibly kitsch - something like an American version of disco-polo. I hope it will not become popular in Poland, I don't want to hear it on the radio!

P.S. My city is quite famous for its rapers - for example Peja (not that I see rap as any worthwile kind of music).
landora   
7 Dec 2010
Life / Polish-American Polka Music in Poland [60]

"Polka" music doesn't have much to do with Polish music just as well, as I said, it's a Czech dance ;) (not that I listen to rap).

I used to dance "polka" dances - on the concerts of bands such as Beltain or Sailor, so playing their variations on Irish/Sea shanties music. Not very Polish, is it?
landora   
6 Dec 2010
Life / The Polish people have a strange attitude to cats and dogs? [84]

because people die in Africa and you respect your dog more.

First of all , what's one to do with the other anyway? They are not starving because I'm feeding my dog! (well, I was feeding my dog, unfortunately it died of old age last winter, still miss it :( )

Secondly, I am responsible for my dog. I am not responsible for the whole humanity.

Thirdly, I respect anything and anyone that is alive. I love those close to me: friends, family and pets. Can you honestly say you love all those children in Africa?

Fourthly, what exactly are you doing for the famine victims? I used to spend my money on meat for my dog. Are you maybe buying nice cosmetics? Or expensive clothes? How dare you not spend it on starving children? Is buying nice things wrong, cause the money could be used for charity? Why buying dog food is worse then buying sweets for one's children? Surely they don't need it, they could go without, the money would be better spent for the kids in Africa?

In all honesty, unless you are not buying any commodities for yourself or your family, how dare you tell me what I should be spending my money on?

An alcoholic is also a human being and he also deserves for your respect because you never know what story is behind his fate. And you say we all responsible for our fate and, if I understand you correctly, those who screw up don't deserve for rescpect or compassion. Is it that what you mean?

That is not what I mean at all. As I said before, all the living beings deserve respect. The fact that humans have free will and can shape their fate has nothing to do with my respect of lack of it. The ones that screw up deserve compassion and also help if they are willing to make an effort as well. However, many people want money handed over with no effort from their side. It's the same as with unemployed who can't be bothered to work in a low paid job cause it's not good enough for them - and they expect the country to give them money. Or the families living in 1 room flat with 10 kids - moaning that social help is not enough, but refusing to work and yet producing even more children. I'm all for giving a helping hand - opportunity to work and better oneself. I'm completely against handing in ready solutions.

No they don't. You talk as if all those beggers where comfy with a fact they are nothing more than human scum (for many people).

They had a choice when they reached for the first bottle of vodka. They have a choice of going to a shelter in the middle of winter - if they stop drinking. Some of them are just liars - like a famous beggar in my city who can be seen with one leg injured... just it can be either right or left depending on a day!

People should be offered help, and they very often are...but many of them don't want to use it. And they do have a choice.
landora   
6 Dec 2010
Life / The Polish people have a strange attitude to cats and dogs? [84]

I'm not cruel. I don't hurt anyone, I help my friends if they need help and I give money to WOŚP and Caritas. I always buy food for people if they ask for it (though I don't give money to beggars on the streets). I also feed homeless animals.

What's so cruel in what I'm saying or doing? Please point out what I said that would be cruel or untrue. The fact that 90% of homeless are homeless because of their own mistakes? And 100% of homeless cats and dogs are homeless because of the cruelty and/or stupidity of their owners? If you're homeless there are places where you can go to get food and shelter - but you can't drink alcohol there. Many prefer alcohol to shelter - but this is their own choice! There are places where they will try and help you to get back to normal life - but again, you must be willing to change your ways. I'm merely saying that humans do have a choice! What are the homeless animals supposed to do?

But to be honest, I couldn't care less if you respect me or not. I certainly don't respect people who are cruel towards animals.
landora   
6 Dec 2010
Life / The Polish people have a strange attitude to cats and dogs? [84]

Of course for some of us it's harder, but no one HAS TO live in Haiti. The animals living there have no choice whatsoever, they can't move, not even the slightest chance. Having said that, I'm certainly sorry for people there, I know it's terrible what's going on there and their fate is awful. Still, I'm always more moved by the tragedy of the dogs in a shelter or the "bush meat" being killed cruelly in Africa. Or the species of plants and animals going extinct all over the world just as we speak. That's who I am. And it's my business only what I'm spending my money on.
landora   
6 Dec 2010
Language / déjà vu in Polish [23]

Poles might not be too good in pronouncing French, but English are terrible as well. Ask any French person what they think about it :D

Speaking of pronunciation, have you ever heard any English native speaker trying to use Latin?? Oh, the horror!

Even relatively simple Pinus is commonly pronounced as "pajnus". :D
landora   
6 Dec 2010
Life / The Polish people have a strange attitude to cats and dogs? [84]

Humans are inherently more valuable than animals... surely?

Depends on a human.
Would you say that Stalin or Hitler were "valuable"?

All the living creatures are equally important. It's just humans usually have a choice - they can move, finde another place to live in, change job etc. Animals can't make such decisions, and we are responsible for making their lives painless or their environment livable and sustainable.
landora   
6 Dec 2010
Life / The Polish people have a strange attitude to cats and dogs? [84]

That's really sad that some people can say such things...

No, it's not.
I am responsible for my animal, which is innocent and helpless without me. I am also responsible for my family and, to certain extent, friends. The animals in general usually can't do anything to improve their fate. Humans, however, have brains and means to deal with their own troubles. You're mentioning the homeless - how many of them did it to themselves? A dog thrown out by irresponsible owners did nothing to deserve it!

You look after humans if you want, but don't you dare tell me what I should be doing with my money.

After all, your attitude towards the most helpless creatures shows what kind of person you are.
landora   
5 Dec 2010
Life / Polish-American Polka Music in Poland [60]

Sorry to burst your bubble, but those so called "Polish polkas" have nothing to do with Polish dances or Polish music whatsoever. From what I have seen they sound and look like some terrible version of Irish dances. "Polka" itself is a Czech folk dance.

Polka is not a name of any traditional Polish dance, the best known traditional dances for Poland are:
- mazur
- oberek
- kujawiak
- polonez
- krakowiak

Also, no one listens to such music in Poland.
landora   
4 Dec 2010
Love / Polish girls and contraceptives [68]

Who needs a Doctor for contraception pills EVERY MONTH for fluffys sake.

No one. Last time I went I got a prescription for 6 months.
But I disagree with the concept of free contraception. You want to have sex - you should pay for the pill or condoms. You, and not the tax payers.
landora   
4 Dec 2010
Life / What do you like about Poland? [100]

There are doubts whether soya is that healthy at all - healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/soy.htm]

So you are never safe :P

But you can get fresh filtered milk in Poland - like this: zimnemleko.com/index.php?act=static&var=mikrofiltracja

I don't know where you live, but in some areas you can get milk "straight from a cow" if you find a farmer willing to sell it.
landora   
4 Dec 2010
Life / What do you like about Poland? [100]

It is usually only fresh milk that does not impare the flavour of tea taken white.

Possibly :)
I'm not breatsfeeding => I don't drink tea with milk ("bawarka") - bleeee =>I wouldn't know :P

But you do realise that this milk is pasteurised, so not exactly "fresh" either?
landora   
3 Dec 2010
Life / What do you like about Poland? [100]

The tea I mentioned and recommend as best budget buy in Poland by far for taste:

You really like Saga??? I mean, I know it's cheap, but... :(
I often buy Tetley and it's exactly the same as Tetley I used to buy in the UK. Tesco's own brand (but not the cheapest one in the blue-white box) is ok as well. Plus, you can get Dilamh, Twinnings and other more expensive brands in the shops. Then there are special tea shops which sell rather good quality (though pricey) tea.

As for the milk, why do Brits insist on having "fresh" milk? I convinced my fiance to use UHT and he doesn't complain ;)

Lewis, which city are you planning to live in?
landora   
29 Nov 2010
USA, Canada / Polack/American Polonia/Plastic Pole "culture" [568]

I dunno. Maybe they only want to comment on Russkies? ;)

My goodness, you are obsessed!

Why don't you get your dumb a** out of Poland if you don't like us, who invited you anyway? leave

Can you people read? We are talking about Polonia, not about Poles in Poland.

Although I'm quite happy with the Polonia at the moment, after they refused to interfere in the Smolensk crash inquiry when PiS asked them to.

I still think they should not be allowed to vote in our elections though.
landora   
22 Nov 2010
Travel / Experiences in Restaurants in Poland [10]

I'd feel quite ripped off if someone gave me meat made of aluminum too.

Yes, I suppose you are right this does only happen in bottom tier restaurants

Exactly. You wouldn't expect a free "side" in a greasy spoon, so why expect it in Poland?

Personally, if the menu says "kotlet schabowy" and I get it, it's hardly a ripoff.
landora   
16 Nov 2010
USA, Canada / Polack/American Polonia/Plastic Pole "culture" [568]

again, I found your response very bitter and condescending. I'm not sure what triggers that.

Where is my response bitter or condescending?? Isn't writing "we carry Poland in our hearts, unlike the Poles in the country" not condescending? I wonder...

So asking someone to study to become a lawyer is considered to be naive in Poland? Hmm, ok

No, saying that one has to be a lawyer to make a change and defining lawyers as "helping the poor and unhappy" is naive.

What do you do in your everyday work than?

I'm a garden designer :) But that's completely irrelevant, even a cleaner can make a difference, as long and she's working to the best of her abilities.

Question, why it's too late for you to study? are you about to die?

I hope not. But I'd be well over 30 by the time I'd finish, and closer to 40 by the time I was allowed to work on my own. I've already received my education - don't need or want to study any more. I also find law studies incredibly boring.

You’re vicious, unreasonable, rude, and very close-minded and my standards are - basically the opposite

Funny. Give me examples of me being rude or vicious. And that's not me who's close-minded here :D
landora   
15 Nov 2010
USA, Canada / Polack/American Polonia/Plastic Pole "culture" [568]

I'm not bitter at all. It just annoys me that people that don't live in my country, that don't even speak Polish dare to claim they know better what's bets for Poland. Let me say this: It's none of your business!

The Polonia (and many Poles) still have the romantic view of the emmigration, of people living abroad, writing romantic poetry and missing their country that is struggling under the foreign rule. Let me tell you this: it's detrimental for our country! Poland is a free country now, you can come and work here if you want and if you care. There's no need to stay abroad, there's no danger in coming to Poland, noone will arrest you, noone will punish you. If you're so patriotic, come and pay taxes here, let's get the example from hard working Western countries, not from our spoppy romantic history and books (as beautiful as they are). The times have changed, we have our chance now.

Why do you think I should be a lawyer to change anything in my country? The lawyers don't make law - you don't have to be a lawyer to be a politician. You don't have to be a politician to make a difference. I make my country more beautiful with my everyday work plus I pay taxes - so yes, I do make a difference. More then you do, for sure.

What are your standards, prey tell me?

I know Ruski, I wasn't suggesting rewriting Polish constitution, lawyers help people fight for their rights.

Hahhaaaaaaaaaahhaaaa! You're so naive :D

Anyway, go to some high school with your advice, it's waaaaaaaaay too late for me to study law now (even if I ever wanted to, which I haven't).
landora   
9 Nov 2010
News / Smoking ban in Polish bars and restaurants (AT LAST!) [400]

There are enough. Apparently the concept isn't that popular though. People don't like going to non smoking bars for some reason.

I don't know of any non-smoking pubs in Poznań. I would go to one in a second. What is the problem anyway, so hard to go outside for a smoke instead of breathing it out at everyone inside?
landora   
9 Nov 2010
Travel / Very dangerous defrauding trend started in some hotels in Krakow [49]

Say your PP photcopy falls into the hands of those organised gangs, somewhere in russia or ukraine or anywhere in the world as a matter of fact!
All they do is get a brand new fake passport with your details in it but with some one else's picture. Now, that is Identity thefty by definition. What they decide to use the fake passport for is any one's guess.

Where do they get a brand new fake passport from?

Have you just fallen into the media hype in the UK about "identity fraud"? It's funny - ID fraud is pretty much unknown in many parts of the world, yet it's all over the UK. Funnily enough, it was the Labour government which used this myth to attempt to introduce ID cards.

Here in the UK, i've known people who have accumulated huge debt bills and they haven't got a clue why they owe on credit cards and store cards.

That's what they've told you. I know someone who works for a bank in security, and many of these people have actually run up huge bills quite intentionally - often without the knowledge of the partner, who would understandably murder them.

Bear in mind that UK legislation requires employers to take photocopies of passports or other documents - and these must be kept on file.
landora   
9 Nov 2010
Classifieds / English cuisine week in Lidl shops in Poland [203]

But when are Poles going to produce some nice sausages to cook at home?

Polish sausages are far better then English, sorry :P

I love foreign food, especially Asian, also Spanish and Mexican. Just British food doesn't really appeal.
I was never as thin as when I lived in the UK, just because I barely ate anything.
landora   
9 Nov 2010
News / Smoking ban in Polish bars and restaurants (AT LAST!) [400]

They can go to a non-smoking bar.

There are virtually none in Poland.

I'm so looking forward to the ban, finally I'll be able to come back home after a visit in a pub and not smell of cigarette smoke! I will definitely go out more often now :)
landora   
9 Nov 2010
USA, Canada / Polack/American Polonia/Plastic Pole "culture" [568]

Why should Polonians living abroad even want to vote in Polish elections?

Why are you convinced that Poles living (and paying taxes) in Poland are not capable of higher feelings? That is none of your business who we choose in our elections, you are not Polish, you don'rt have to live with the consequences. Carry Poland in your heart as much as you want (what a romantic crap, by the way), this doesn't mean anything, dance "Polka dances" and eat kiełbasa or pierogi made by "busha", but leave any important decisions to real Poles living in the country! We have to get on with our lives here. Some people have a cheek...
landora   
7 Nov 2010
News / PIS Polish Party is desintegrating? [49]

You say Jaro wasn't arrested because of the father's protection... so why didn't he protect Lech too ? I think even majority of these "intelectually superior" PO voters would notice a lack of logic (to put it mildly) in this reasoning.

Too tired to reply to the rest, but -

Lech was involved, but Jarek almost certainly wasn't. He's already been told that he wasn't there, and he seems hell bent on trying to convince people that he was.

I don't actually think daddy protected him, because there was nothing for him to protect - Jarek was a coward that only entered politics after the Russians had gone.
landora   
6 Nov 2010
Law / Ease of doing business in Poland [32]

I think the thread is about business, not students problems opening bank accounts.

And I think the thread is about foreign people struggling with the system in different countries.

Anyway, my foreign fiancé didn't have any problems opening a bank account and starting a business in Poland. He also has a PESEL by now. Not a problem.

NIP, Regon, registry etc. it,s tedious and not as simple as you make out. especially with the constant bureaucratic changes.

REGON is sent to you, NIP is given or upgraded automatically after you register your business. The starting up of a business requires 2 visits in the office: to register and then, a week later, to pick up the papers. Yes, so tedious and difficult.
landora   
6 Nov 2010
Law / Ease of doing business in Poland [32]

and to get a bank account, you normally need an NI number and proof of your residency through bills. It's about the same amount of hassle, all things considered.

Well, try to get a bank account without having a NI number or any bills (eg. being an exchange student living in halls). Nearly impossible!

It took me 3 visits to the bank in the UK and two letters from the college to convince them that yes, I live here and no, I don't have any bills, BECAUSE I LIVE IN HALLS!! The proof of payment for my room in the halls for the whole semester was not enough, my Polish ID was treated with greatest suspicion (where is your DL? - I don't have one! - :O).

Speaking of Polish ID - one shop refused to sell cigarettes to my friend on the basis of her ID. It's good enough to cross borders with, but not good enough to by booze or fags in the UK!