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Dougpol2   
25 Apr 2010
Life / Any good Polish films to watch? [70]

Dzień 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)
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   
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   
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   
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
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 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
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   
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   
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   
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
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]

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
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]

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

ertainly for non-EU citizens, they will have the number on the Karta Pobytu - which the police will undoubtably want to see.

But the Karta Pobytu is no longer legal proof of ID - it doesn't actually exist other than as a relic for EU citizens. When a foreigner is behind the wheel or has to ID himself he has to produce his passport - this doesn't have any Pesel information of course - and the Bill didn't ask for such info when giving mme 4 points for not wearing a seat belt.

Therefore I reckon the 4 points never found it's way to my (UK) licence.

Specially as my current licence was issued in 1983 :)

Oh like you are are really going to kill someone going a half a mile per hour on a bike.! It is easy money for the police, why should you lose your drivers licence because you have been caught drunk driving on a bike. Maybe it is the same in the uk. I don't know, but is seems pretty unfair.

Nope - no such law in the UK - A sensible country with a proper perspective on some matters, just as Poland is also sensible on some matters where in the UK you would get hung out to dry.

UK law - you can be "drunk in charge of a bicycle." Instant fixed penalty of 80 quid or soemthing.....
Dougpol2   
9 May 2010
News / Jarosław Kaczyński sharing his words with Russians! [57]

Mmmm - not convinced. The only bit I saw, as I can't stand Kaczor's hypocritical habit of being filmed in front of the family heirlooms ( no tasteless "villa" for him! ), talked down to the Russians, which their president clearly did not do when he spoke to the Poles.

Not that I am pro Russian in any way, but if I were - I would point out that Katyn occured 70 years ago - and was a another form of mass murder along the lines of the firebombing of Dresden - both war crimes were perpetuated in the name of "expedience."

I was teaching in Dresden for a while - other than curiosty as to the reasons why, I never ever met hostility. The Germans let sleeping dogs lie in general terms, an admirable quality that some Poles would do well to copy.

RE: Katyn: As the musical genius Mr James Marshall Hendrix used to admonish his fans who were crying out for "Hey Joe" - You're living in the past!
Dougpol2   
9 May 2010
News / Jarosław Kaczyński sharing his words with Russians! [57]

completely different circumstance.. i find it extremely in poor taste that you'd even make that comparison.

What? I fail to see the poor taste.

The world at large has known since the eighties about Katyn and Dresden. They are both on a par as to war crimes of horrific magnitude - Germany has anniversaries for their dead too, but after an official apology from the British over Dresden, we are reconciled. But, yet again, the Polish disaster has to be the greater in your eyes, and a Russian apology, wherever and however it might be, will never satisfy.

Why are the two poor comparison? Are you insinuating that it is because Katyn was face to face murder? And murder from the skies on an innocent civilian population isin't as horrific?

Please do tell why my comparison of two of the larger war crimes of the 20th century is facile, or in bad taste? Maybe in bad taste for Germans then? Or are you saying they are the scum of the earth and their plight doesn't equal the Poles because of war which their grandfathers waged? The women and children of Dresden had nothing to say in the matter - I'mnot going to comment on Katyn because that's you Poles to argue - except to say if it had happened to us British we would have got over it, and definitely not had it rammed down our throats all over city billboards.

That is your poor taste. IMO

I am British, and prepared to have ill will against my own (war time) government for ridicule, as to Dresden, or for sinking the General Belgrano in the Falklands conflict, so it's not as if I'm biased as to which act was the most horrific. We now know what happened at Katyn - What do you and the Poles who cant move on want? Photographs?
Dougpol2   
9 May 2010
News / Jarosław Kaczyński sharing his words with Russians! [57]

dougpol drops by and lectures Poles instead of doing me a personal favour and dying of groin cancer, who the fock gave him the right to say such things to us of all people?

Tax payer mate - and sympathy for your obsession, not a lecture :)
Dougpol2   
9 May 2010
News / Jarosław Kaczyński sharing his words with Russians! [57]

Whatever for? The fcucker wanted sinking.

Just illustrating that I am being fair - but that old rust bucket aka the Battleship General Belgrano was heading away from the 200 mile exclusion zone at the time and was about as dangerous as a lone Derby supporter on a wet Sunday in Nottingham.

It was populism for Maggie - stopped her having to do anything about the unemployed and spending cuts - there's a connection somewhere........

Oh yes, I remember :)) - it suits some Poles to bang on about the past - it is definitely a lot easier than putting money into rebuilding the slum inner cities.
Dougpol2   
9 May 2010
News / Jarosław Kaczyński sharing his words with Russians! [57]

Sorry buddy the only people i personally confer the right to lecture me or fellow Poles are other Poles or accomplished historians and even then i might cokslap them if they end up spouting nonsence.

Fair enough - by the way,any Pole that lives in Britain and doesn't vote, or doesn't contribute, doesn't have a view and is living with other Poles and not actually living amongst the British, is of no use to that society.

Same goes the other way - happy to help on some of the things you cant see for yourselves Socrates.
Dougpol2   
10 May 2010
News / Jarosław Kaczyński sharing his words with Russians! [57]

I'll summarise - I was accused of bad taste for comparing the fire-bombing of Dresden with Katyn, two tragedies of war.
I was saying that the Germans have moved on and accepted the official British government apology for that war crime.
The Russians apologised to Poland too. Some of you haven't accepted it, and the population seem to enjoy mass grief via billboards as if it all happened yesterday.

I wouldn't care less but I have to put up with half the family sitting glued to the TV, brainwashed by the latest TVN24 offerings on the war and Katyn, when there are more pressing subjects, such as death and taxes.
Dougpol2   
10 May 2010
News / Jarosław Kaczyński sharing his words with Russians! [57]

Seriously get real, they had no sense of grievance, because there was no grievance to be had.

So why did the British apologise then, if there was nothing to apologise for? (in your view)

On a more serious note Dougpol you've blasted us with your "opinion" that most Poles find tastless, are you really any kind of contribution to Poland?

Because I criticise your backward looking self pity you mean? I already stated that Katyn was a war crime - one of the worst.

Some Poles would never be satisfied until it was given number one status on the all time horror list, so much do they enjoy a car smash type scenario. Fair enough; I've made my opinion clear that you do yourselves no favours if you bring up the same subject at every conceivable diplomatic opportunity.
Dougpol2   
10 May 2010
News / Jarosław Kaczyński sharing his words with Russians! [57]

We've already had this discussion Seanus. You and me obviously share the opinion that Poland is a nice place to live - especially if you love the outdoor life. But obviously we differ as to the cause of this accident.

The only real character defect in the hard working and sociable Pole is that he likes to take risks; that's all it was, along the same lines of what very likely happened to Sikorsky.

But everything has to be conspiracy theory, to give some amusement and sell copy, just like a vision of the Madonna appearing on some bleak hillside, and I'm amazed and tickled pink that you would choose to go along with it. :)
Dougpol2   
10 May 2010
Law / What are the bike laws in Poland? [30]

OK - thanks for the warning. Maybe I should consider giving the police a little more credence, specially as they're reading this.
Dougpol2   
11 May 2010
Life / Driving test, English speaking driving school in Warsaw? [95]

To be honest, most of it has been stamped out these days. The fact that all cars are fitted with cameras and microphones makes it nearly impossible for examiners to accept bribes - the only way in is through the head of the examination centres, and even then, the current case concerns 2006, not 2010.

I was talking about the system of quotas, whereas for what appear to the layman to be reasons of financial expediency,only a certain number of learners are passed from a given centre on a particular day allegedly.

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?

In a sense, the yard tests that you can actually control the car in the first place - which is no bad thing. What's the point in someone taking the test if they can't even perform two basic tests?

I don't get that one, sorry. What's wrong with the UK hill start and the reverse around a T junction? In reality that's what you have to be able to do, and the reverse Reginald Mulhausen parking manoevre lol - remember that TV public information film on British television in the 70s?

The Polish driving test is very hard to defend in functional terms in my opinion. And it was potentially designed to ensure that cock ups on the cone reverse are quite likely, even where the learner in question can drive perfectly well. Not a viable test of driving ability and spatial skill. Again IMO
Dougpol2   
11 May 2010
Life / Driving test, English speaking driving school in Warsaw? [95]

Seems there is no standard...I know people who tested 10 times and people who tested once...and neither is a better driver than the other. Seems the one just got unlucky with examiners.

Exactly Zuczek - people wax lyrical about the "system," when my students' stories illustrate perfectly clearly that the process is rather too subjective, or worse. Getting better, but still some way to go.

And what about this protectionist bollocks that you MUST pay for a certified driving instructor? I swear to God I could teach better driving techniques than most of them - if they learnt themselves from someone who was perpetuating the old myths of "never give way" and "don't leave a gap in front of you to the next car - to prevent someone cutting you up from the inside" LOL

To be fair, most young drivers seem to be doing it right - so maybe there is some method in the Driving centre madness after all. It's the business types and the old ditherers who are downright dangerous drivers at times, and who deserve a year off the roads to be taught a sharp shock, in the case of the first group of offenders

But learning to drive in Poland is not a cheap option.
And I too will not be changing my UK licence for a polish one while this is still a grey area.