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Vincent Moderator  
24 Jan 2013
Language / Mixed English Grammar Thread [183]

Ok, to be precise it goes: "I think the world was possibly too much with me"

I would say "for me" is correct, and "with" just doesn't sound right. Maybe one of our English teachers on PF will give a proper answer soon.
Vincent Moderator  
24 Jan 2013
Language / Mixed English Grammar Thread [183]

How should I understand this phrase: "the world is too much with me"?

At first glance, it doesn't look right or sound right. Here is an old poem called "The world is too much for us" which may help to explain your query.

shmoop.com/world-is-too-much-with-us/lines-1-8-summary.html
Vincent Moderator  
20 Jan 2013
Travel / Starbucks in Poland? [149]

I must say, they all look lovely. The closest thing we would probably have are wine bars or the tea rooms in some posh towns like Stratford on Avon or small villages which happen to have plenty of tourists.
Vincent Moderator  
20 Jan 2013
Travel / Starbucks in Poland? [149]

she said there are no cafés over there like the ones there are, for example, in Poland.

Not sure what you mean by no cafes like Poland. Do you mean a couple of people buy a coffee and then spend the next couple of hours chatting and staring at an empty cup? There are thousands of cafes in the UK but people generally just go to have something to eat and leave shortly after. Of course people do meet there also for a coffee and move on without spending hours there.

Most pubs will sell you a coffee nowadays and you can hang around for hours, without the fear of being thrown out for not buying anything else:)
Vincent Moderator  
25 Dec 2012
UK, Ireland / I am Polish and live in UK and i am pregnant! I need your help! [30]

Obviously angry mum`s account was hacked by her married son whom she tried to protect from the harrassment by a Polish girl a few months ago.
Now he is taking the revenge for his dear mommy`s interference into his business and is making a fool of her!!!

That is one theory, or prehaps the ip was relocated. I'm sure the OP will be back to put us right.

Just a free lance troll?

The worst type in my opinion:)
Vincent Moderator  
24 Dec 2012
Travel / Poland in photo riddles [3134]

Could they be a pair of eyes taken from some poor unfortunate animal?
Vincent Moderator  
20 Dec 2012
Off-Topic / PF - The Omnibus Edition [1502]

seven year olds in my class in Toxteth

A nice area! I passed through there a couple of weeks ago during that freezing weather, and it was so cold, one of the locals had his hands, in his own pockets.

Didn't that city used to have a top 4 club in the Prem also? I'm sure they did years ago:)
Vincent Moderator  
16 Dec 2012
Life / Is Poland a poor country? [578]

can I Claim a UK pension.

You would probably have to pay 20 years worth of UK national insurance stamps first.
Vincent Moderator  
27 Nov 2012
Feedback / Multiple usernames, accounts and privacy of the user [112]

There are always proxies, but many posters have their own style of writing, and pretty soon this will be picked up. It is not much fun being on a forum if your posts are instantly binned and another ip is blocked. It is normally trolls who use proxies, decent members are contented with one user name.
Vincent Moderator  
27 Nov 2012
Feedback / Multiple usernames, accounts and privacy of the user [112]

There is a note for all to see under rule 20.

NOTE: It is possible for Admin and moderators to determine which username/s the poster has used when submitting a message as Username [Guest]. One person is allowed to use only one username when posting to our forums or else s/he will be in violation of this terms of use.
Vincent Moderator  
22 Nov 2012
UK, Ireland / Domestic arguments caused by differences between Polish and English culture [109]

My home is Victorian,and doesn't have any problems that i'm aware of. These types of houses were built to last!

You must be very lucky pam, or the previous tenants/owners have done some referbs over the years. I have done lots of work in Victorian houses and many have the same problems, damp due to solid walls and lack of a damp proof course, floor joists rotting due to damp and woodworm, cracks due to settlement (some foundations only 300mm below ground level)and porous brickwork because of the weak mortar compered to today's standards used in the original build. The other annoying things associated with Victorian houses are lime plaster falling off, plaster and lath ceilings and wooden lintels. If you never had trouble, you can guarantee someone living there before you did.:)

The water tank in the attic would freeze,

You've been away for too long Sean, nearly all new houses don't have a feed tank in the loft, the cold water goes straight to the taps and the gas boiler. You will also find that all new homes are better insulated and the building regulations are pretty demanding on heat loss per thermal unit. I'm not arguing here about whether British homes would stand up to a Polish winter, but being subjective to delphi and Inwroclaw's claims that UK homes are thrown up and wouldn't stand up to a storm. You know what they say, too little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
Vincent Moderator  
22 Nov 2012
UK, Ireland / Domestic arguments caused by differences between Polish and English culture [109]

so you have to question the quality of the stuff that was built in later times, too.

Well I've been in the building industry for quite a few years, and I would say modern materials are much better today. I would much prefer a modern house than deal with the damp, woodworm and cracks of the old Victorian homes of yesteryear. Building control is much tougher today as well.

Large (house) building companies wouldn't survive if their houses kept falling down, or had the defects mentioned above.
Vincent Moderator  
22 Nov 2012
UK, Ireland / Domestic arguments caused by differences between Polish and English culture [109]

the stuff built from the 1920's through to the 1960's are rock solid stuff, but anything from 1970's onwards is just...crap

Are you telling me telling me that Bricks, stones and concrete blocks wouldn't survive a bad winter? Some Roman structures built well over 1000 years ago are still around today. I'm not saying UK houses are better than elsewhere, but you shouldn't knock things you know little about.
Vincent Moderator  
22 Nov 2012
UK, Ireland / Domestic arguments caused by differences between Polish and English culture [109]

Agreed, 99.9% certain of that. Some exceptions no doubt, but on the whole...sigh.

All new builds and extensions are visited by a building inspector at least 4 times during construction, and believe me these guys wouldn't pass it if they found something wrong. Their job and probably their mortgage would be down the pan if they got their decision wrong.
Vincent Moderator  
22 Nov 2012
UK, Ireland / Domestic arguments caused by differences between Polish and English culture [109]

News to me after the years of building houses that wouldn't even stand up to a decent storm.

How many houses in the UK, that completely collapsed in the last 20 years due to a storm, do you know of? Some older houses have stood for up to 3 or 4 hundred years, so I don't know why you are condemning UK houses and builders. Is it something to do with living in a small one bedroom flat in a foreign country? :)
Vincent Moderator  
21 Nov 2012
UK, Ireland / Domestic arguments caused by differences between Polish and English culture [109]

The design of English houses is inferior to Polish ones as in England we have our plumbing pipes on the outside of the house

You make it sound like the copper pipes for water are on the outside of the house. The only pipes you will find on the outside are the plastic soil pipes (new houses have them mostly inside) and plastic sink waste. Houses more than 40 years old, would probably have a cast iron soil pipe on the outside but I have also seen those inside too.
Vincent Moderator  
14 Nov 2012
Off-Topic / Are you living in Poland? [77]

Ah, that's the difference you see. I go to work because I want to, and not because I have to:P

Glad to see you're wealthy man. It must be great , going out and buying that new suit, driving around in your car, buying that new ipod and going on those long haul holidays each year without needing to go to work:)
Vincent Moderator  
14 Nov 2012
Off-Topic / Are you living in Poland? [77]

I know plenty of people with money who don't have a life

Normally heard that said by people on low wages and struggling :) Joking aside, most of us go to work, because we have to. We need to earn money to pay the bills have some kind of comfortable Life. People who have higher incomes seem to be more comfortable than people on low incomes, and this seems to be the "rule of thumb" in every country.
Vincent Moderator  
13 Nov 2012
Off-Topic / Are you living in Poland? [77]

but there's much more to life than money mate.

And without money , we wouldn't have much of a life!
Vincent Moderator  
13 Nov 2012
Off-Topic / Are you living in Poland? [77]

Delphi the same goes for you, please don't add any sarcastic remarks.
Vincent Moderator  
13 Nov 2012
Off-Topic / Are you living in Poland? [77]

Isn't half of zero still zero?

Des, please don't add sarcastic remarks.

I think your instincts are right in this case.

I did say "some" as some people on here ask about Celta etc. I also think the previous poster answered in a fair manner, and "no" I'm not taking sides.
Vincent Moderator  
13 Nov 2012
Off-Topic / Are you living in Poland? [77]

But... why would someone stay here if they hated it?

For some the reason could be, their wife's/girlfriends/partners/boyfriends wish to live there , and they have no choice if they want to keep them. It also makes me wonder why a teacher, or other professions would want to work in another country with a low income? My instincts tell me that some probably wouldn't be good enough to do these jobs in their own native country where the wages could be 5 times higher, or like I just said, someone from the opposite sex are somehow involved in their decision.

I know from my short visits to Poland, that's it's easy to fall in love with the country, or admire the generosity of the Polish people when they accept you as a friend, or as friend of their sons/ daughters etc. Others could have Polish roots and wish to live there amongst their own, so these could be two genuine reasons to live there, but I just don't get why anyone would go to work somewhere, where the income could be up to 5 times less, than it would be at home?
Vincent Moderator  
4 Nov 2012
Language / Polish past tense of chodzic/ jezdzic? [23]

Can you restate it, say it with different English words?

In the UK a "takeaway" is a fast food place where you take the food with you (usually home) because they don't provide an eating area, so it's take away only.
Vincent Moderator  
20 Oct 2012
Real Estate / Polish building plans [16]

a single door is either 800 cm or 900 cm

Sounds a bit big. If it was 800mm or 900 mm I would agree with you.
Vincent Moderator  
14 Oct 2012
Language / Busha and JaJa [134]

"Słownik Języka Polskiego" from 1905

Maybe it was slang and didn't make it into the dictionary. Anyway, you can call your grandmother whatever you want, as long as you still get your extra pocket money:)
Vincent Moderator  
14 Oct 2012
Language / Busha and JaJa [134]

I'm no expert, but I think this is where it all started and just survived through all the years. Probably a short form of endearment like the UK , grandma , granny, nan and nanny. It comes up too often, not to have a grain of truth in it.