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2 hrs ago
Real Estate / Victorian-style house in Poland? [9]

Which the builders built from instructions provided to them by architects and structural engineers. Unless you can provide your builder with detailed plans in Polish and you can pay them extra, for the extra trouble of building something they're completely unfamiliar with, then it's not going to happen. Builders in Poland just like the UK want straightforward, in, out, Bob's your uncle, Fanny's your aunt no hassle jobs.
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7 hrs ago
Real Estate / Victorian-style house in Poland? [9]

Just add............crown shaped chimney pots.

It's not that simple Jake. The proportions of a two up-two down Victorian terrace are completely different, the size of the windows, the pitch of the roof etc. Sticking a couple of crown shaped chimney pots on top of a modern Polish house won't give you the same look.
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19 hrs ago
Off-Topic / Brexit 2019 and Poland [2638]

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1 day ago
Life / TIL Rzeszow got an airport decades before larger Lublin [12]

What's the amount of EU funding that Rzeszów has received so far?

Good question. I found a set of figures for their upgraded public transport system which gives an example of the proportion of their budget which comes from the EU. The upgrading cost 80 million euros of which the EU contributed 60 million. Elsewhere I read that the total external funding received by the city in 2012 was 710 million PLN. It certainly must run into quite a few billion since 2004.
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7 Dec 2019
News / New Polish traffic laws [25]

I palm wave after they've stopped

Oh yes, I give a little salute as a thank you and like you it's an automatic gesture. There's no doubt that we like to have our efforts acknowledged, a little thank you goes a long way towards promoting a nicer culture.

I used to be able to use my death stare to shame them into stopping

I have a version of that too! It involves staring intently at the number plate of the approaching vehicle, usually works. As I don't remotely resemble a policeman, they must think I'm either somebody important or the wife of somebody important :D and that they're likely to be prosecuted if they offendeth me ;)
Atch   
7 Dec 2019
News / New Polish traffic laws [25]

would never work in Poland because our people would not understand them"

They would if there was a proper public information campaign. For God's sake, I remember a hundred years ago in Ireland we had ads on telly explaining things like Pelican crossings etc. But of course PIS would rather throw 500 a month at people than spend a few quid on an advertising campaign to save lives.

And how do they work? Because I didn't notice anything special about them....

Well, did you notice Lenka that when the man is green, the pedestrian has right of way? In Poland, if the cars are turning right, the pedestrian SHARES the bloody right of way with the drivers!!! Works fine if the driver has the common courtesy to allow pedestrians to cross, which I'm sorry to say, they frequently don't. Another clearly observable safety issue with that system is that you frequently see cars speeding up as they approach such crossings in order to get there ahead of approaching pedestrians and 'beat them to it' so they don't have to wait for them to cross.

Also allowing right of way to cars and pedestrians at the same time means that cars on the inside line whose view of the road ahead is obstructed by vans and trucks in the outside lanes, come up the inside lane at great speed while the man is green and proceed with no caution at all, all they see is that they have the green light for turning right. It never occurs to them that pedestrians may be in the act of crossing.

When the man is green that should be the sole right of the pedestrian to use the crossing. That would be a nice start to pedestrian safety in Poland.

In the end it's all part of the terrible, terrible driver education and appalling driving skills of Polish people. It simply cannot be denied because the figures speak for themselves, one of the worst road death rates in the EU.

I always wait to see the car is serious about stopping

I always put my hand up traffic cop style and basically 'command' them to stop. Would you believe it works!
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3 Dec 2019
Off-Topic / Random Chat Poland [1839]

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3 Dec 2019
Life / The best online shopping portal in Poland? [39]

It varies, depends on the individual seller. You can send the seller a message and ask if they will send orders to the UK but you need to write it in Polish as most of them are not fluent in English. Just put your message in Google Translate and copy and paste it, it won't be perfect Polish but they will understand it.
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2 Dec 2019
Off-Topic / Random Chat Poland [1839]

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28 Nov 2019
Study / Poznan University_Masters in Civil Engineering_Review & Job Prospects [6]

A degree offered through English won't have the same level of content as if it were offered through Polish. The universities generally put most effort into the syllabus for their native language programs. Also unis in Poland tend to have poor links with industry and business which is important in technical disciplines. I would say, just start applying for jobs in Europe and see where it takes you.
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28 Nov 2019
Study / Poznan University_Masters in Civil Engineering_Review & Job Prospects [6]

Terri is Polish.

If you have ten years industry experience you don't need a Masters to get a job in Europe. It's experience that counts. Any degree you do in Poland through English will be basic/superficial in content and not worth your time and expense.
Atch   
27 Nov 2019
Law / Can I take my son to Poland? My ex partner has sole guardianship. [12]

Ah now that's a bit different. If your son lives with you,then I can see why both he and you would want to remain together. But all the same, Irish, I'm an Irish woman myself with a Polish husband and I would say, think very long and hard before you decide to uproot yourself and move to Poland. It's one thing visiting it for holidays and quite another living there. Also your child is basically 'Irish' more than he's Polish because culturally he's more Irish and he will find it a huge change. Also depending on where you're moving to, what are the opportunities for him as he gets older, jobs, education and so on. Just think it all through very carefully.

As to the other, don't cause a whole lot of drama in your child's life - how do you propose to get him out of the country? Just take him without saying anything? Or take him openly and have a huge scene with his dad showing up at your house or the airport, you know the vibe. Either way it's not good for your son. Go to Treoir website and get the mediation people's details there. Then ask your ex to talk it through with you, using them as a buffer and see if you can reach an agreement of some kind.
Atch   
27 Nov 2019
Law / Can I take my son to Poland? My ex partner has sole guardianship. [12]

Terri- noone said whether the couple was married.

I think the OP indicates they weren't married by using the term partner rather than husband. In any case it would seem the child was born in Ireland because I looked up sole guardianship in Ireland and the term applies only to children of unmarried couples. The mother has it by default when the child is born, but can surrender it to the father which the OP appears to have done. It's not done by court order though, only through signing an agreement to that affect via a solicitor. The paper you sign is your only proof of guardianship as it's apparently not registered in any way by the courts. If there is a subsequent dispute between the parents, as in this case, it's resolved through mediation with some kind of mediating authority and then a Rule of Court is obtained to legalize it.

If the OP comes back to this thread I advise her to contact Treoir, the association for unmarried parents. They will advise her as to what's likely to happen if she takes her child without the father's permission. However, I think it's a terrible thing to do. If the child is happy living with his father, she should leave him where he is. The attitude that she can't seen any problem because her ex partner's grandparents only live 80km from the child's proposed new home and he could still see his child, seems very offhand and doesn't show much of an understanding of the bond between parent and child. Also uprooting a nine year old child from their school,their friends, their community etc.
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19 Nov 2019
Off-Topic / Random Chat Poland [1839]

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19 Nov 2019
Off-Topic / Random Chat Poland [1839]

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19 Nov 2019
Off-Topic / Random Chat Poland [1839]

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15 Nov 2019
Off-Topic / Random Chat Poland [1839]

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15 Nov 2019
Off-Topic / Brexit 2019 and Poland [2638]

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14 Nov 2019
Off-Topic / Brexit 2019 and Poland [2638]

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14 Nov 2019
Off-Topic / Brexit 2019 and Poland [2638]

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14 Nov 2019
Off-Topic / Brexit 2019 and Poland [2638]

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13 Nov 2019
Off-Topic / Random Chat Poland [1839]

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9 Nov 2019
Life / Child maintenance / expenses living in Poland [11]

unqualified native speakers

Not only unqualified as teachers but frequently speakers of English as a second language from countries which are not strictly 'native' eg Phillipines.
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8 Nov 2019
Off-Topic / Random Chat Poland [1839]

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