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Last Post: 26 Nov 2009
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26 Nov 2009
News / Crucifixes to stay in Polish schools [364]

Where do you get that from then? Did the founder of your religion try to impose it?

Sarcasm was founded by the Great One many millennia ago. It is the only true faith.
25 Nov 2009
News / Crucifixes to stay in Polish schools [364]


No! Everything is black and white! You are either with us or against us, saint or sinner. It is not possible to believe in a religion and not want to impose it on every other man, woman and child in the world whether Christian or Atheist or any other form of belief system known to humankind. (My tongue has now bored a hole in my cheek just as certain threads have the ability to bore a hole through my skull). That was my alternative response.
24 Nov 2009
News / Crucifixes to stay in Polish schools [364]

Secular, it means that only atheists or Christians by the name only are allowed to hold important posts in this clearly anti-Christian institution.

Are you confused about what secularism is? It is not the same thing as the EU. The EU is secularist, but only a fool would assume that all secularism is the EU or even that theirs is the only form of secularism.

One cannot stick to Christian concept of morality at home, only to switch to something else at work. This is just propaganda of atheist left that something like this is possible.

Now it is also a left-wing concept to you. Anyone can live their whole life as a Christian and live and work in a secular environment. Some religions make non-belief an impossibility. An example of this is in Iran where people must sign declarations of their Islamic belief in order to get places in universities or even professional-level jobs. And don't fool yourself into thinking this is an Islamic thing. The same thing could happen and probably has happened in Christian countries.
24 Nov 2009
News / Crucifixes to stay in Polish schools [364]

that's why we have to say no to secular humanism.

You may have missed my point. What exactly do you mean by secular humanism? I don't believe that secularism denies the existence of God. What it does is deny that any particular religion may have undue influence over non-believers. Atheists (or humanists - the two terms are not exactly the same) can be as fundamentalist as theists and this can also be a problem, but secularism isn't confined to atheists alone.
23 Nov 2009
News / Crucifixes to stay in Polish schools [364]

in france they

They had once fully abolished Christianity and persecuted Christians, sending priests as prisoners to South America.

But that is not what this is about.

the USA, where the separation of church and State is part of the constitution

Indeed, but where the word God keeps appearing in schools and courtrooms, or so I have heard, not having been there ever.

In a democratic country which already has a religion that predominates across the population, it is not necessary to have an established religion. Those who vote and those who are elected are predominantly adherents whose judgement will be affected by that religion. But for some, maybe adherence is not enough, but it does seem that pushing religion at people is a sign of lack of faith in that religion.

Thee shall not forget Ezekiel 25:17

Thanks, Samuel L. Jackson.
15 Nov 2009
Genealogy / Red Hair - recessive gene from Poland? [108]

There's already a thread about this somewhere. I know this because I started it. That was before I learnt that some (perhaps many) Polish people pinch themselves when they see a ginger because they're supposed to bring bad luck.
11 Oct 2009
Life / Beggers namely Kurwa boys in Poland [70]

Give them an inch and they'll take a foot. When they've got your foot it's not so easy to give them the boot.
10 Oct 2009
Life / 3 reasons why you hate Poland. [1049]

some Poles won't work on a Sunday because in our culture it is considered a holy day,

It's not just Polish culture. Very few things are open in France on a Sunday to give but one of many examples.

like religious Jews

The really serious ones will barely even lift a cup because that is considered to be work. Switching on a light or a toaster is strictly out of the question.

I'm "working" today, but would much rather be asleep. Should I change religion?
9 Oct 2009
Food / POLISH RECIPES! [287]

Damn! I've been found out.
Home made kielbasa, anyone?
9 Oct 2009
Food / POLISH RECIPES! [287]

I made barszcz last night, only I use a secret recipe. I can reveal that I used five species of umbellifer and water with a couple of ingredients I won't name, just to maintain secrecy (unless anyone asks nicely). It is really easy to cook, but I'm never entirely sure if there's something I'm missing. Nobody Polish has ever tasted my barszcz.
9 Oct 2009
UK, Ireland / Sad life of a Polish migrant in the UK. Ch. 5 - Racism [259]

how come blacks excel at the 100 meter sprint?

The guy who lives over the road from me dawdles to his van in the morning. I can't imagine him sprinting. A Polish friend of mine can't swim either.

My mention of the three legged race in no way means I have anything against the Isle of Man. I once knew a girl from the Isle of Man (that's not a bawdy folk song, by the way).
8 Oct 2009
UK, Ireland / Sad life of a Polish migrant in the UK. Ch. 5 - Racism [259]

Back to the original list of points:

racial issues - the three-legged race is a lesser race than the 100m hurdles
white supremacy, - this must be about putting milk in tea
corporal punishment - corporals must be punished

Few things seemed worth reading in this thread, other than SeanBM's notion that race means very little to begin with and Szkotja reminding us about Krysia's cartoons that we don't see much of anymore.
12 Sep 2009
News / Prediction: Poland to be World Superpower in XXI century [147]

Israel-status doesn't sound promising when there's currently reasonably good relations with most neighbours at present.

From that article: Polskie wpływy mogą sięgać aż na Bałkany, gdzie jednak "blok polski" nieuchronnie zderzy się z inną potęgą XXI wieku - Turcją.

I imagine an eagle and a turkey squaring up to each other.

Hasn't this subject been done before?
27 Aug 2009
Language / Polish or any Slavic language key to any other Slavic languages? [126]

Polish or any slavic language key to any other slavic languages?

You could compare language families to types of key. Imagine that the Germanic languages are Chub keys and Slavic languages are Yale keys. The Slavic Yale keys will fit into the other Yale locks, but won't turn very far. English is a Chubb key which has been worn into the shape of one of those funny round keys often used for patio doors, the name of which temporarily escapes me. A small number of features of both of these other types of key can be found to varying degrees in the various Yale keys, but they still won't actually fit into any other locks than the ones for which they were designed.
23 Jul 2009
Off-Topic / PF - The Omnibus Edition [1502]

I am no longer a gold member. Is it time to flash the cash again?

The same happened to me a couple of days ago. I don't have the money to join that elite club again. Should we form a veterans club?
24 Jun 2009
Genealogy / Changing my name to a Polish one [35]

Czesław is very old fashion thou

Wouldst thou to recommend... something modern and down with the kids? Chesswaf Myechcoughskee seems quite content with the name he's chosen. For most of us the only time we get to choose our own name is when we sign up to websites or try to evade the law.
15 Jun 2009
Life / Polish plantlife and similar flora where you live. [81]

The WWF has a system of ecoregions to describe the different arrangements of flora and fauna around the world. Poland has a foot in the Central European Mixed Forests (the south of the country, with similar highland habitats as in Austria, Czech and Slovakia and so on), and another foot in the Baltic Mixed Forests of Denmark, Germany and southern Sweden. Just touching Poland is the much more evocative Sarmatic Mixed Forest that stretches from the Baltic states and eastern Scandinavia and deep into European Russia, populated by bison, bears and fir trees.

In all of these manmade divisions of the natural world, the oak tree is an important feature. More precisely, the pedunculate oak, Quercus robur. Dąb szypułkowy. Also important are beech / buk / Fagus sylvatica, hornbeam / grab / Carpinus betulus and birch / brzoza / Betula pendula.

Much of the vast stretches of Scots Pine / sosna / Pinus sylvestris are an artificial addition to the landscape. It is a native tree as it is in the British Isles, but similarly to there, it was planted in huge numbers where naturally the dominant tree species would be oak. This coniferous plantation doesn't support the same diversity of wildlife as the native woodland would, although many of the ground layer plants continue to live on under a different tree canopy.

Another important feature I had always noticed in the Polish countryside is the vast number of small orchards. Poland seems to grow enough apples to supply the world (or perhaps they are more often used as juice to take the edge off shot after shot of Polish vodka). These orchards, along with small fields divided by hedgerows must play a vital part in Poland's wildlife. I want pictures!

I'm sure we have people here living in all corners of the country. When people say they don't so much have garden than forest, I would like to know what kind of forest. Whether you know what the plants are or not, I want pictures!

Hg witham fogg ( theres a name )

I wonder if Polish garden experts have such bizarre names as Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness, Gay Search and so on.
15 Jun 2009
Life / Polish plantlife and similar flora where you live. [81]

Roses are linked to them? wow, How come the rest produce fruit?.

Roses do produce fruit, commonly called rosehips. They contain a lot of vitamin C, but I think that unprepared, they're inedible. I have tried syrup made from rosehips and it was delicious.

Rosaceae (Rose family):
Prunus: cherry, peach, plum, almond (wiśnia, brzoskwinia, śliwa, drzewo migdałowe)
Malus: apple (jabłoń)
Pyrus: pear (grusza)
Rosa: rose (róża)

In Poland and the UK (and generally in this part of the world), there are native cherries, native crab apples and native roses. There may be pears native to Poland, but the fruiting species and varieties all originate from other parts of the world.

Another plant family with a lot of edible species as well as ornamental garden plants, is the carrot family, Apiaceae, also known as Umbelliferae or umbellifers. This includes carrot, parsley, celery, beetroot, turnip, swede, caraway and others. The last time I cooked barszcz, I noticed that almost everything I put in it was a member of this family.


My guess is that Buddleia in Polish is Buddleja. The j-spelling is also used in English nowadays.

If nobody asks me about anything specific, in my next post I will talk about some of the plants that are native to Poland.
14 Jun 2009
Life / Polish plantlife and similar flora where you live. [81]

Cherry (Prunus spp.) - Do pigeons eat all the cherries before they're ripe. This can be a common occurence when there are pigeons around. Other birds eat them but are usually a little more patient. The only real answer is strategically placed netting. The Romans actually deliberately caught birds for food using the Mountain Ash tree (Sorbus aucuparia). Aucuparia actually means bird catcher.

Apple (Malus domestica) - Remember to pick off the underdeveloped apples at the end of the season or they stay on the tree and can go rock hard and even host pests and diseases. The tree will produce more fruit if you do this. Another good idea, if your apples are too small, pick about half of them off long before they are ripe. The remaining apples can then grow bigger as there is more water and energy available to them. Very small apples are pretty much useless, and it's better to have a few larger apples than lots of small ones.

The stuff in the third picture, I don't know about. The totem pole looks like a conifer that may very well be dead. Dead trees can still harbour wildlife, so I'd be inclined to leave it alone and shift operations elsewhere. An old peach that seems to be past it's use by date should actually be removed. It too will harbour wildlife, but not always the kind of wildlife you want - pests and diseases may be lurking there. The easiest thing to do is get a new tree and plant it somewhere else.

The final picture is of a vine. As with the apple, it may be a good idea to thin out the grapes when they are still small. Remove a load of bunches so that the others can grow more instead. It should be in as warm and sunny a position as possible. If this means moving it, then wait until winter, then dig it up and move it. Winter is also the time to remove branches - cut it back to a manageable size. It flowers on the current year's growth, so don't worry about cutting too much off. To prevent damage by heavy bunches of grapes weighing the branches down, make sure it has something to grow on, either wires or a trellis. You will notice how it grows tendrils that wrap around anything available to support itself.

So some of the crucial things to think about are: members of the rose family (roses, apples, pears, plums, peaches) don't like to grow in the same spot as another member of the rose family has recently grown in.

Cutting back for most deciduous plants should be done in the winter. For fruit trees, cutting too much can result in a year without flowers or fruit. Ornamental plants are usually better cut back at the end of flowering.

I'm sure there is more worth mentioning, but I'm off now to have a game of Scrabble. I look forward to more plants and more pictures.
20 May 2009
USA, Canada / Can Polish people go to university in the USA (easily) ? [22]

marry illegally

How does a couple marry illegally? Maybe it's not just a couple or something. Marrying whilst shoplifting? Marrying with your fingers crossed? Marrying whilst parked on a double yellow line (or the American equivalent thereof)? Marrying in a ceremony conducted by a fake priest?
19 May 2009
Genealogy / Polish looks? [1466]

No-one has a symmetrical face. The only part of the body that is symmetrical is the pupil of the eye that beholds all the asymmetrical people of this world.
19 May 2009
Language / Polish was chosen the HARDEST LANGUAGE in the world to learn... :D [1558]

Shetland was historically a Norse society. The language known as Norn was spoken there, in Orkney and the very far north of Scotland. It was a direct descendent of Old Norse, just as the still-spoken Icelandic and Faeroese languages are. Some kind of deal was done between Norway (or possibly some sort of Norwegian-Danish monarchy) and Shetland was handed over to Scotland and settled by Scottish landlords. I'm not sure whether they spoke Gaelic or Scots (the English language's northern twin). As the English language came to prevail over Scotland generally, so it came to be spoken in these northern Islands too.

It is possible that Gaelic was never spoken here and that the language spoken by Shetlanders shifted from Norn to English with a heavy Norse-influence. I have heard it being spoken and it doesn't sound particularly Scottish. If anything, it resembles the English of the far north of England (where there was also a lot of Norse influence, only this time much further back in history).
18 May 2009
Language / Polish was chosen the HARDEST LANGUAGE in the world to learn... :D [1558]

Estonian looks very similar to Finnish but with shorter words. It seems that rather than having to learn endings and prepositions, you only have to learn endings. Maybe it's not entirely as straightforward as that, but somewhere in storage I have a load of books left over from some jumble sales a few years ago, and I think there might be a teach yourself Estonian book there. One day, when I've long since given up with Polish and even decided not to bother with Portuguese (I think that's supposed to be my second choice), I shall have a look.