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Dougpol2   
7 May 2010
Law / What are the bike laws in Poland? [30]

We are in agreement here Jola - All Saints Day is outright dangerous.
And of course drunk drivers can expect what is coming to them. But I object to cyclists who drink responsibly being categorised together with drunk drivers. A fine maybe would be called for on occasion, but a driving ban?

I don't think so. This law should be repealed.
Dougpol2   
7 May 2010
Law / What are the bike laws in Poland? [30]

Very funny mate. But PIS laws are for Wiesniaks - most of us who like a picnic beer live in the towns and ride to keep fit and for pleasure. Not the same animal as this chap.

Anyway, for most, who drive sensibly, such a chap is not a problem - you can just drive around - unless you doing the mad 140 km an hour on a country road that is :(

Are you saying that PIS or their ilk did not concoct this law? It's new, but not that new...Surely Platforma have better things to do with their time than harass people?
Dougpol2   
7 May 2010
Law / What are the bike laws in Poland? [30]

That system isn't that bad, what's bad is fines should be scalable to ones earnings. Rich and poor get the same amount when receiving a ticket. Hence whoever is rich can take the liberty and not care, and then do the thing agian.

Frd - you've just contradicted yourself. So the rich can pay the bribes or whatever, and the system isin't bad? . 4 points or 8, whatever. 3 offences like that in a year and you're banned, after the year your history is wiped, and most of the time you can bribe your way out of it.

Another way round it also is to drive on a UK licence....... Wouldn't work for a dinking and driving ban of course but UK licences cant have points awarded. Anybody care to correct me if I'm wrong on that?

Every drunk pulled over has only had a couple beers, and hundreds of thousands believe they are safe on the road while pissed.

Pulled over lol. The boys in blue would have to pull me off my bike, and seeing as I know how to ride her they would have to shoot me to get me to stop. The fact that I don't drink has got nothing to do with it.

It's a stupid law concocted by PIS against cyclists and needs pi ssing on.
Dougpol2   
7 May 2010
Life / Driving test, English speaking driving school in Warsaw? [95]

Sorry to compalain again boys, but here goes. Everyone knows the Test Centres in Poland are dodgy. Anyway, the Polish test doesn't make sense. When was the last time anyone out driving had to reverse through a set of traffic cones?

My daughter is taking driving lessons next year. I will personally vet the instructor - as Poles cant drive. period.
Sorry to offend you guys, you can build fantastic structures, you are great engineers, artists, sportsmen, and so on and so on , but behind the wheel of a car on a public road you have no spatial concept of what is safe and what is not. Ask any foreigner, including the UK Foreign office website.

I would never personally volunteer to take a test in Poland for love or money.
Dougpol2   
7 May 2010
Law / What are the bike laws in Poland? [30]

Me and hundreds of thousands of others believe that there is nothing wrong with cycling on a country road or through the forest or on cycle paths after a couple of summer beers.

Get off your high horse. We don't see such a ridiculous law in other countries. Priorities are completely wrong. Here in Poland you have a 24 penalty points system for maniac drivers - you'd have to be mental to be ever banned under that "system." It is far too lenient and encourages madmen to get away with kamikaze driving.

And all the while your proud police are told to lower themselves to the sad levels of lying in wait for some poor cyclist who's stopped off for a couple of Tyskies after a forest ride.

You couldn't make it up, and this law shouldn't be tolerated by any sensible cyclist.
As before, the cycle "law" in this country is a disgrace!
Dougpol2   
7 May 2010
Law / What are the bike laws in Poland? [30]

If you are drunk on a bike, you will lose your driver's license, if you have one.

The law is an ass. There is only one remedy - to wear cycle gear and a helmet and not to entertain the police.
They've eyeballed me a few times but that was because I was going 60 in a 40 zone :)
As to "drinking and riding " when the law is ridiculous (PIS again I believe) you just have to blatantly ignore it. There was some talk a while back of a 1000 cyclists going on the **** for a couple of beers in Wroclaw and then cycling em masse through the centre waving their driving licences.

Of course, this being Poland, people chickened out, afraid to put their heads above the parapet for such a "small" liberty as the right to enjoy a couple of pints when out for a picnic :((

My blood boileth over.
Dougpol2   
4 May 2010
History / History of Poland in 10 minutes. Really worth seeing! [129]

Dougpol got banned for his anti-Kaczynski views. It's a good job Son of Dougpol is here to keep up the good fight. Censorship never wins out, totalitarianism should have taught Poles that, shirley?
Dougpol2   
27 Apr 2010
Travel / Visiting Sopot for a week in late May/start of June looking for restaurants/pubs [17]

I guess nobody has ever been here before then. I better watch out for the tumbleweed blowing down the roads.

I spent 6 weeks in hell - er, I mean Sopot - last summer Andy at the wifee's cousins' gaffe.
A stuck up lot - the Sopotians - as it's the most valuble real estate in the whole of Poland.
Can't see why - a pre-war rotting dump. IMO

Also watch out for potential rucks.
Dougpol2   
27 Apr 2010
Life / Saw a girl in black openly smoking a spliff on a Katowice street today [49]

Smoking tobbaco joint is exactly the same as smoking cigs, you just buy rolling paper in any tobbaco store just as random flavoured tobbaco - same tobbaco as in cigs.. and just make your own joints... they don't contain marihuana or any other weird drugs ( that is beside tobbaco ), hence I though she might have been smoking a normal self - made fag - they look exactly the same as marihuana joints...

Frd - we've all rolled our own.......tabacco, that is (smile)

At the old Uni we used to roll the Old Holborn quite generously - but not a Hokie :) No point, no gain - just mighty expensive and not logical.
Dougpol2   
27 Apr 2010
Life / Saw a girl in black openly smoking a spliff on a Katowice street today [49]

But it will soon be illegal under new proposals, hopefully.

This is worth a new thread, or has been done to death already.But here goes.

All this nonsense about allowing a non-smoking room and a smoking room in bars and restaurants is absolute cock.

Decade old research proved that the partition co -efficient set up between the smoke in one room and the clean air in the adjacent room raises carcinogenic levels by a factor of X - yet this is what the Polish Sejm seems set to propose.

Again, and stop me if I've got my facts all wrong, the Polish parliament shows an amazing arrogance in the face of axiomatic truth.

A scandal, and a killer.
Dougpol2   
27 Apr 2010
Life / Saw a girl in black openly smoking a spliff on a Katowice street today [49]

Smoking a joint isn't a crime it might have been a joint with some flavoured tabbaco.. and not pot or hash..

Nah - it was the real thing. I recognised the look of contentment - very akin to David Crosby 1970s :))

Also she had the rebellious air about her, like she was all tooled up :)
Dougpol2   
27 Apr 2010
News / 2010 Polish Presidential Election [39]

To both of you....

Why?

Because Kaczynski was shown as a clown when he was prem? Hated even more than his brother? The fact that enough Poles are hopefully fed up of the (supposedly non-existent) presidential veto? Time to actually pass some legislation through parliament instead of just talking the talk?

Having said that... nowt surprises. My best mate is PIS through and through, luckily he's never sober so never bores me on the subject:)
Dougpol2   
26 Apr 2010
News / 2010 Polish Presidential Election [39]

That's your official prediction?

Not a chance of the Dwarf MK2 winning. If he does I'm giving up after 17 years and returning to Blighty. On my bike.
Dougpol2   
26 Apr 2010
News / 2010 Polish Presidential Election [39]

Platforma all the way for me and more. If they can get a bloke in who can remove the veto then we might find more infrastructural programmes actually being passed and less free housing handed out as a populist carrot.

Everybody's talking about PIS - as if they ever did anything but ***** - Olszewski was the man to fix the commies back when, and other Poles than him were too soft to implement the purge.

It's all over now baby blue, in with the new. Just a pity it isin't Sikorski.
Dougpol2   
25 Apr 2010
Life / Any good Polish films to watch? [70]

DzieƄ wielkiej ryby

It's about a fisherman who returns to the scene of his first love affair on the Bug river (I think) after a life-long obsesssion with catching the big fish.

Not to give anything away, it's all metaphorical (not surprising, as that's Polish cinema in a nutshell, and I'm a big fan)