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Last Post: 27 Nov 2015
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JollyRomek   
7 May 2015
Life / Concerns of a Swede who is about to go to Poland for work [53]

I called the company earlier this week to inform them that I would not accept the offer.

Based on.......

even though i study, i have some part time jobs, and im used to a good income. On an average month, i earn 15000 swedish krona gross, which is about 7000 PLN, which is higher than the offer i am getting in Krakow. With 5500 PLN gross, how good can one live?

and the responses you got of people who either don't live in Poland or just simply produce nonsense?

If you manage to live on 7000 PLN per month in Sweden, do you think that 5500 PLN in Poland would be too little?

It's a pity that you let a good chance of getting experience abroad in a beautiful country go past by taking the nonsense posts of Lyzko and Gosc into consideration.

If you can live of 7k PLN in Sweden you would have ball on 5.5k PLN in Poland.

My advice to you would be to just quit studying because it does not matter how long you study or what you study if you allow your mind to be made up by the non-educated opinions of some.
JollyRomek   
7 May 2015
Study / Studying in University of Lodz as an Indian student? What's the city like - is it safe here? [56]

Deported directly back to his home country.

So basically you do not know. Just because he was never seen again, does not mean he was deported back to his country.

Whether it was the Germans or Danes that deported him

You just do not know otherwise you would know exactly who deported him.

According to EU / Schengen regulations the person will be deported back to the where he entered the country from. So, even if he made it to Denmark, the Danes would have deported him back to Germany and then the Germans would have deported him back to Poland.

That is of course if they can trace the route he took to get to Denmark. In this case I am sure they would have been able to do so as he was under the assumptions to be legal and would said how he travelled.

Will have no impact on city centre traffic. It's not blocked yet AFAIK.

That's because there is no city center traffic anymore due to the blocked roads. All roads lead around the center and they are blocked. Do you drive in Lodz? It took me 45 minutes to get from Pomorska to Miedziana yesterday. That's a 7 minute drive when the roads are clear.

Cyclists are so spoiled in Lodz there is now an anti-cyclist campaign. Piotrkowska has NEVER been quieter or more cyclist dominated.

Since when are cyclists spoiled in Lodz? There is hardly any cyclists path. They have to cycle on the pedestrian path in order not get hit by a car. Do you ever venture out of Piotrkowska and see other parts of Lodz?

We all know how much the Irish like their stories, after all, every single Irish person was in Stuttgart in 1988, but please, try to stick to facts and not to something you heard somewhere and then sell it as facts. Keep that for when you enjoy your Guinness down at Piotrkowska 77.

Don't get personal because another poster has a different opinion, the thread is about £ódź
JollyRomek   
7 May 2015
History / Politics of Poland in past, present and future; your opinion [21]

Well Crow, it is not just "two girls". They represent each others country and believe or not, the Poles don't have a very high opinion of Russia.

Looks like your beloved fantasy "Slavia" is falling apart before it even started. What a pity........
JollyRomek   
6 May 2015
Work / Possibly changing jobs in Lodz - higher salary [19]

she, alone, can't do anything.

That's quite a disappointing reply because there are always ways and methods to do something, specially in the company you are currently working for.

She is of course right in saying that she personally can not do anything i.e. give you a counter offer, but she certainly is able to make a recommendation to her manager and her manager to theirs.

It might be different when you hand your notice letter to her. She might wake up then.
JollyRomek   
5 May 2015
News / Footie hooligan punch-up thwarted in Poland [47]

numbered tickets, named

Yes, tickets have the bearers name on it which is linked to the Karta Kibica. No registration - no ticket.
Usually clubs also have cameras at the turnstiles and monitors displays the ID photo of the person who holds the Karta Kibica. You hold your ticket against a scanner and your photo appears on the monitor visible to the steward behind the turnstile.

the threat to their ticket revenues

And again, Legia is a perfect example of this. After the match in Belgium this season and the ban handed down by UEFA i read a report that said that Legia has accumulated fines and missed out on ticket revenue of approx. 10 million zlotych combined over the past 2 years.
JollyRomek   
5 May 2015
News / Footie hooligan punch-up thwarted in Poland [47]

I chose to restate it in other words so maybe jolly would get it.

eye retina scanners at them. You will have to look into them before entry and all who have been convicted will be denied access.

What is there to "get" apart from the fact that once again you are trying to discuss something that you have no clue about. This thread is about football hooliganism in Poland, not about current events in the U.S. . Is that so hard for you to understand?

Regarding the eye scanners, if you would have the slightest clue about Poland or Polish football, you would know that appropriate measures have been introduced at Polish football stadia already.

However, Concordia Knurow plays in the fifth Polish league where measures such as the ones introduced at higher level clubs, simply do not make sense because they normally wouldn't have the attendance needed to justify such measures. Usually everyone would know each other on the stands anyway. No point to have an eye-scanner, "karta kibica" etc. if the "stadium's" fences can easily be climbed over too.

The problem is not the security measures that have been introduced. The problem is the follow up. Legia Warsaw is a fine example. The capo of their Ultras has been banned from the stadium several times, yet he lifted the Polish Cup in the stands of the stadium when a player went to bring it to him.

In any case, last weekend the police overreacted. There was no need to use rubber bullets as there were plenty of police to keep the two sides apart. In my opnion, and watching the video over and over again, the cop that shot the gun felt secure and safe not to attract any media attention in a 5th league Polish game, so he decided to use the gun to demonstrate "his strength".
JollyRomek   
5 May 2015
News / Footie hooligan punch-up thwarted in Poland [47]

... which means Polionius should discuss the nets in German football stadia in the off-topic, whereas he himself tries to discuss it in the on-topic. Should only the US be removed to the off-topic and Germany shouldn't?

You don't get the point. The references to the current events in the U.S. are in no way related to football hooliganism.
The references to the nets which apparently are shot across the pitch to catch pitch invading hooligans in German stadia, are related to the topic.
JollyRomek   
5 May 2015
News / Footie hooligan punch-up thwarted in Poland [47]

Polonius3, do you want to discuss current events in the U.S.? If so, please use the off topic thread or find another forum.

If you want to discuss what happened in Knurow, please do not mix the topics in one answer. Hooliganism in Poland (or anywhere in Europe) can not just simply be described as "mindless violence". There is a lot more to it. A look at the group's infrastructures makes it quite clear that we don't just talk about uneducated thugs.

However, first of all, I would like it if you could answer my questions regarding the nets in German football stadia, that shoot out across the pitch when someone invades it. Can you please tell me at which German stadium you think you have seen such a net?
JollyRomek   
4 May 2015
News / Footie hooligan punch-up thwarted in Poland [47]

In Germany they've got these nets that are shot out and can enwrap a large slice of pitch. With them the thugs can be scooped up and dragged to the nearest lock-up.

You seem to know more than I do. Can you please advise in which stadium in Germany they have nets that shoot out when the pitch is invaded?

Anyway, I do agree that what happened on the weekend has to be looked at from both sides. On one hand, I agree that the police overreacted. The rubber bullets should be the last resort. On this occasion, the police did not even try anything else. According to the videos there were enough officers to keep the two sets of supporters apart. Looked more like a case of a trigger happy cop who thought he would get a away with it, seeing that there would be no media attention to his aggressive "crowd control". I guess it didn't quite work out as he would have imagined.

On the other hand, I can see and understand the argument "they should not have been on the pitch in the first place" .

Either way, if anyone thought that Polish football has returned to normality, at least in some Stadia, will find that the idea of violence free football games in Poland is now completely out of the window. Police will now have an even harder time to control the crowds at games.
JollyRomek   
3 May 2015
Study / Studying in University of Lodz as an Indian student? What's the city like - is it safe here? [56]

Deported directly back to his home country.

Did that person intend to travel to Denmark via Germany from Poland? If so, either you are making something up or you have been told nonsense. Germany does not deport back directly to the country the person is from but back to the country the person entered Germany from. In this case, the person would have been handed over to the Polish police at the German / Polish border.
JollyRomek   
30 Apr 2015
Work / Possibly changing jobs in Lodz - higher salary [19]

I will think over during Majowka

Do that. Have a few beer / vodka over Majowka (as is tradition in Poland) and think about it. But, if it is about money, speak to your manager at your current company first to see what they can offer you. If you have the right language and do a good job, they would be happy to offer you an increase which can be anything between 200 and 1400 zlotych. I know of a Polish native with fluent Spanish who just got 1400 PLN increase to make him stay because he was that good at what he was doing.

Don't listen to people like Dominic. It is usually people like him, who shout the loudest on internet forums, because in real life they have nothing to say in their "dead end jobs".

I am not sure which engagement you in at your current employer but if you want, drop me a note and we can take it offline.
JollyRomek   
30 Apr 2015
Work / Possibly changing jobs in Lodz - higher salary [19]

He'll end up working in a lousy call center

You still don't know what BPO is, do you? You compare it to a call center without any real knowledge.

Your arguments and "facts" are nothing but laughable nonsense. The OP would have a lot of opportunities to "beef up his qualifications" in the company he is working for now. I know the company and they do offer external qualification programs such as ACCA or CIMA. But i guess, becoming a qualified accountant would be something his children would have to be embarrassed about, right?

Laughable, Dominic, simply laughable.
JollyRomek   
30 Apr 2015
Work / Possibly changing jobs in Lodz - higher salary [19]

that Poland is rarely the best choice,

You would like to point out your opinion which more often than not is far from reality.

Working in a call center is not considered valuable experience.

The OP has never said that he is working in a call center. He said BPO. The fact that you immediately think "call center" when being confronted with BPO, shows how little you actually know about the Polish job market. Yet, you are always the first one to give your advice which usually is nothing but nonsense.

do you guys think it is a good idea?

At the moment, you are left with 2000 PLN on your bank account. These 2000 PLN are yours to spend however you like. You do not have any other financial commitments i.e. rent, bills, internet etc. etc.

With the new job, you get approx. 1700 PLN more net but you still have to pay rent, bills etc. After paying rent and all the bills, you will be again left with 2000 PLN but you have start all over in a new company.

I think I know which company you currently work for. I know the apartments they offer their employees are usually of good to high standard. This company also offers you training and development opportunities. Not only internal but also external trainings for example ACCA etc.

You may want to speak to your manager about the possibilities of development before you make your decision. I also know that this company, should you be doing a good job, would most likely make you a new offer (add a few hundred zlotych) if you indicate your intentions to move on.

Financially you would not be better off if you do decide to go for the new job. Perhaps even worse than you are now. I am not sure if it is worth to move for this offer.
JollyRomek   
27 Apr 2015
UK, Ireland / PLN to GBP - how to get the best possible rate for over 100K zloty? [21]

Do you have a link to the new regulation where it says that the same rule applies when travelling between two EU member states? The link and quote you posted points out the non-European Country rule

if you take it between the UK and any non-European Union (EU) country.

I am not aware of the change from 2012 so it would be quite interesting. It would also be a step back in our freedom of travel and movement of goods within the EU.
JollyRomek   
27 Apr 2015
UK, Ireland / PLN to GBP - how to get the best possible rate for over 100K zloty? [21]

you have to declare amounts over 10,000 Euros or its equivalent in another currency - the OP would definitely need paperwork.

Jon, that only applies if the OP travels to the UK from outside the European Union. Same as if he was trying to leave the European Union, he would have to declare it.

Seeing that the OP will be the travelling from Poland to the UK (inner EU travel) the 10k EUR rule does not apply.
JollyRomek   
25 Apr 2015
News / Germany provoke Poland using Silesian question. Poland's attitude ? [124]

Silesians are considered Germanic by other Poles, but Polish by the Germans:-)

Why would you say that? Germans have a close relationship with Silesians. And Poland does allow for that relationship to grow by allowing dual language city / town signs. We are on a good way.
JollyRomek   
25 Apr 2015
News / Germany provoke Poland using Silesian question. Poland's attitude ? [124]

Your point is that nobody can trust the Germans?
How do you feel about the fact that Germans are happy to admit about their country's wrong doing while your beloved Russians still deny the invasion of Poland in 1939. Is it part of your "brotherly love" to just ignore that historical fact? Do you want to discuss Katyn or do you start to shut up?
JollyRomek   
25 Apr 2015
Work / What is a good monthly salary for an English teacher in Poland? [86]

You never know,

When i first came to Poland I worked as an English teacher in conversational classes for 66 zlotych an hour. I am German so English is my second language, yet i got paid for speaking English to a group of people. At the end of each class they thanked me for encouraging them to use their English. Teaching is not my background either nor do I hold any teaching qualifications.

Go for it and don't let negative people hold you back. I am not a big fan of people saying "go for it" when it comes to risking live savings and investing into a business. But when it comes to getting experience abroad for the sake of enjoying life and seeing something new, why not? Go for it. Let us know when you are in Poland. More than happy to meet with a Canadian for a piwo and talk some hockey. The guys from the US here in Lodz don't know much about it unfortunately.
JollyRomek   
25 Apr 2015
Law / Obtaining PESEL, ID Card and Passport in Poland [39]

A temporary passport is what's given to you by your consulate if you lose your normal one when on holiday.

Yes, I know. In fact, I once had a German consulate refusing to issue a temporary passport to me because I kept losing my passport on every single groundhopping trip when i was younger. I did get it eventually but was told to look after of my documents more carefully.

My question was more related to the wording "Hrvatwithapolak" has used -

Nope he'll only be allowed a temporary one, once that expires he won't be able to get a permanent one.

- because whether this is PESEL or passport related, it does not make sense. PESEL is for life so no temporary PESEL numbers and a passport always is issued only for a defined period of time.
JollyRomek   
25 Apr 2015
Work / What is a good monthly salary for an English teacher in Poland? [86]

Nonetheless many English teachers do return home to continue their teaching careers.

Those who return back home to continue teaching, should indeed think about the proper qualifications. But that's a bridge they have to cross when they come to it. First of all, they start off working as teachers abroad. Some may do it for one or two years and then return home or go somewhere else. Others go back home to continue teaching.

But first they should experience the life abroad and then make their decision. It does not help them if some disgruntled people just mock them. Let them do it, give them proper advise instead of scare them, help them to get some experience abroad and then they can make their own decisions.

A know it all like DominicB, who has nothing positive to say based on the fact that he ran some silly group in Wroclaw is neither helpful nor does it help people to find out what they really want to do.
JollyRomek   
25 Apr 2015
Law / Obtaining PESEL, ID Card and Passport in Poland [39]

a temporary one

A temporary what? Temporary PESEL number? I thought that's a number that follows you for the rest of your life once issued.

A temporary passport? There is no such thing as a permanent passport. All passports have an expiry date........
JollyRomek   
25 Apr 2015
Work / What is a good monthly salary for an English teacher in Poland? [86]

But he would be better off getting a qualification and working in a proper language school.

But most of the "English teachers" in Poland do not go back to their country to continue to teaching career. Most likely they are young folks, looking for some adventure abroad, meet new people and perhaps even learn a new language. They don't return home and work as teachers.

I don't understand why it is so bad to be an English teacher abroad and why they are mocked so much. These guys should be respected for having the guts to just pack their bags and go somewhere else for a while. Anyone can settle down after Uni, get a mortgage and do the "right thing". Not many people have the guts to just simply live and do what they feel like for as long as they can.

In my opinion most people who mock them. Most people who advise foreigners to go somewhere else are simply jealous of the fact they do not have the guts to just pack their bags and do what they want.
JollyRomek   
25 Apr 2015
Work / What is a good monthly salary for an English teacher in Poland? [86]

it will do nothing for your CV.

What do you base that assessment on? Do you have any experience as a hiring manager?

I for one have great respect for people who go abroad , work for little money and do not run as soon as they face some difficulties but instead stay and make it work. That makes them more attractive to any hiring manager than someone who goes abroad, earns an above average salary and possibly lives in a company apartment. Anyone can do that.

It takes character, guts and strength to take a job abroad that may not pay very well and make it work.
JollyRomek   
25 Apr 2015
Work / What is a good monthly salary for an English teacher in Poland? [86]

Why come to Poland

That's the question. Why do anything? But most importantly who are you to answer it for other people? Believe it or not, there are people who would just like to live abroad for a while and get some experience.

I pity you, i really do. You should learn to live instead of being consumed with doing everything "right".
JollyRomek   
24 Apr 2015
Work / What is a good monthly salary for an English teacher in Poland? [86]

Brutally, yes! Realistic, no!

The advice that you give to people here, particularly when you say "go to another country because it will be hard for you in Poland" usually contradicts the experience I have made here in Poland. Once you told a Spaniard to go somewhere else or stay in his country because foreigners don't get hired as bartenders. When I told you about the Irish Bars and particularly the Irish Mbassy in Krakow which was managed by a Canadian girl, you had nothing to say.

When I told you about the SSC / BPO's looking for native speakers and are willing to pay good money (for Polish standards) despite of their qualifications, you responded with "I ran the largest English group in Wroclaw for eight years", yet you had no facts to support your stand apart from running some group.

The one thing you seem to have missed when you started studying at the age of 16 is that as long as you can not make a case, nobody is going to take you serious. So far, you have been unable to produce any evidence of what you claim here. You have no leg to stand on yet you keep telling people that what you say is fact.

When you say that "The main reason to go to Uni is to create a network of contacts" i start smiling because a network of contact is not going to get you anywhere unless you can build a case for yourself or your argument. Your contacts are not going to be of any use if you just keep repeating the same thing over and over again without the ability to convince the right people with facts and figures. What you produce here are posts about what you believe might be right, based on the fact that you ran some group for eight years.

To use your words.....

As an academic, you should know better.

JollyRomek   
24 Apr 2015
Work / What is a good monthly salary for an English teacher in Poland? [86]

no one is going to hire them except McDonalds, Tesco or Starbucks,

Do you life in the real world? I am asking because I am trying to figure out whether I can continue to talk to a normal person or adjust a little bit to meet your fantasies.

It seems to me that you have either been brought up in a privileged household, allowing you to study whatever you want because the Bank of Parents just kept increasing your overdraft facility or you come from an underprivileged family and you carry a massive chip on your shoulder.

Either way, you seem to be forgetting that it is perfectly fine to have an average economics degree without risking that your children need to be off sick on the day they discuss "My daddy is a ......." in school.

You need to get back to the real world because the last couple of threads in which you posted about qualifications make you look as if you are either angry with your own life or you have studied too much causing some kind of wiring fault.