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DannyJ - | 129
17 Feb 2010 #151
- You are selling a car thats 15 years old for the same price you can pick up a 5 year old car in UK

- You think Beer is a soft drink

- You think all them Placebo,s your Abteka sells really work

- You come from the city and think your somehow better then people from the country even tho your Gran lives in the country.

- You think that the pork exported overseas is worse then that sold in Poland even tho its all from the same big factory farm

- You think property prices in Poland will keep going up and up...... (dream on your crash is coming)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
21 Feb 2010 #153
you treat hypochondria as sth normal, rather than a last resort.

you have thousands of L4 forms set aside at the start of every day (doctors)

you neglect to mention how the impetus of communism in Poland wasn't solely determined by Russia but by others within home ranks.

you think you are some form of nobility (in public offices)

you can't outline the central tenets of Catholicism when asked

you value your heroes and culture very highly

you dislike being compared to Pakistanis in the UK as an immigrant group

you can freely move from topic to topic. Academic Poles are good at this :)
Myszolow 3 | 157
21 Feb 2010 #154
you dislike being compared to Pakistanis in the UK as an immigrant group

Oooh, that one's gonna hurt a few. Some friends of mine hired a Polish au pair. I'd love to have seen her face when she met them first time - they're Nigerian.

It didn't work out. :)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
21 Feb 2010 #155
Myszolow, it's a reality. If you know areas like Peterborough in England then you can see competition first hand. Many English folk see Poles doing manual labour and they base their assessment thereof.

The Polish legal adviser that I teach even mentioned it. He is not happy with some of the ambassadors that Poland has sent but life shouldn't be about judging.
Trevek 26 | 1,702
21 Feb 2010 #156
you treat hypochondria as sth normal, rather than a last resort.

I imagine a lot of Poles take pills for their hypochondria.
Myszolow 3 | 157
21 Feb 2010 #157
Myszolow, it's a reality. If you know areas like Peterborough in England then you can see competition first hand. Many English folk see Poles doing manual labour and they base their assessment thereof.

The Polish legal adviser that I teach even mentioned it. He is not happy with some of the ambassadors that Poland has sent but life shouldn't be about judging.

I wasn't saying it's not true, but we all know the truth hurts - particularly since there aren't many Pakistanis or blacks in Poland, so they do tend to look down on them. can you imagine Murzynek Bambo being allowed to be read in UK schools? I can't.

"Mama powiada: „Chodź do kąpieli”,

A on się boi, że się wybieli."

First time my wife read that I was quite surprised - I'm not a PC type, but it made me laugh and tut.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
21 Feb 2010 #158
Good point! Worried that he got bleached to turn white, ouch!
Myszolow 3 | 157
22 Feb 2010 #159
Well in context of come and have a bath it's rather a dirty implication don'tcha think? ;)

Mind you I'm sure Tuwim didn't mean any harm by it and it's only the modern PC way of thinking that could ever really find it offensive. It's supposed to be innocent kid's poetry FFS. :)

So to remind others why this is still on topic, you are Polish if...

You think it's funny that Bambo might get white after a bath and there's no possible way anybody could find that offensive. ;)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
22 Feb 2010 #160
Still, it's below the belt but I won't be too PC about it.

You pick up messages from church, e.g love your neighbour etc, then go and do what you can to go against that ;0 ;)
Brian Burns 1 | 4
22 Feb 2010 #161
When you start complaining about the barometric pressure - you've really got to consider citizenship.
Myszolow 3 | 157
22 Feb 2010 #162
Yeah. First thing you do in the morning is look at the outdoor thermometer, shake, and proclaim "zimno" unless it's above 30 Celcius. ;)

"zimno jak cholera" if it's below 15 C.
Trevek 26 | 1,702
22 Feb 2010 #163
You think it's funny that Bambo might get white after a bath and there's no possible way anybody could find that offensive. ;)

geograph.org.uk/photo/905902

A notorious pub sign in England. The name of the pub is "All Labour in Vain" (ie 'wasted effort')
Pibwl - | 50
22 Feb 2010 #164
If you can't name a country or city without saying "the" in from it.
...
What do you say for Holland? The The Netherlands?

No, only THE Netherlands - but it just confirms the rule ;-)

(by the way, I was rather convinced, that Poles mostly omit these unnecessary a/the things, of very unclear and doubtful purpose ;-)

you like Ptasie Mleczko (yuck)

But only Wedel's :-P

you have a good sense of humour as long as the joke is not about you or your country

Nooo... You find jokes about "Polak, Rusek i Nemiec" funny and true! (I don't know, if they are still told nowadys though... They used to be popular in a primary school)
Myszolow 3 | 157
22 Feb 2010 #165
geograph.org.uk/photo/905902

A notorious pub sign in England. The name of the pub is "All Labour in Vain" (ie 'wasted effort')

I'm surprised it hasn't been banned (but glad it hasn't - I'm all for free speech).
DannyJ - | 129
23 Feb 2010 #166
- if your female in your 30,s and find your self sitting under a blue light 3 times a week

- if your female and have more shoes then Imelda Marcos
Pibwl - | 50
23 Feb 2010 #167
- if you are angry, that the world is not grateful to Poland for inventing a kerosene lamp in 1853 by Ignacy £ukasiewicz
Myszolow 3 | 157
26 Feb 2010 #168
You win 10,000 Euro and eat the scratchcard coz they can't give you the money straight away.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8539560.stm
Pibwl - | 50
27 Feb 2010 #169
- You think Mr Bean is funny

- You still watch Benny Hill

Well, we were always told, that THIS is the famous, highly estimated British sense of humour... ;-)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
28 Feb 2010 #170
you were born to Polish parents
BevK 11 | 248
28 Feb 2010 #171
The worst was when I was coming back from Edinburgh at Xmas. In plain English, she told them to stand back but they were so eager not to lose their place in the queue that they just ignored her. It was like bydło (cattle), nothing more and nothing less.

I think this is why Wizz Air staff are so very very surly on the Warsaw-UK route... it's hysterical. SIT DOWN!!!!!!!!
Seanus 15 | 19,706
28 Feb 2010 #172
True enough, Bev. There was an old goat who couldn't accept the fact that I was waiting nicely for sb to put sth in the overhead compartment. She started to maneuver to get past me and I swiftly moved across and told her, 'nie bądz chamem'. She was offended but I think I taught her a lesson there. She just humphed and waited. I have no tolerance for hurried people, this rat race is a nonsense and, anyway, doesn't apply to airplanes ;) ;)
Trevek 26 | 1,702
1 Mar 2010 #173
She started to maneuver to get past me and I swiftly moved across and told her, 'nie bądz chamem'. She was offended but I think I taught her a lesson there. She just humphed and waited. I have no tolerance for hurried people, this rat race is a nonsense and, anyway, doesn't apply to airplanes ;) ;)

I know that feeling. I was on a coach from London to Poland. I'd just got on as they were about to leave and the stewardess told me to sit down so they could leave the station (I could stand up after). There were only 2 seats and so I sat in the nearest. The old bat I sat next to kept huffing and moaning, asking why i did sit next to the girl further up, because she was nearer my age! I tried to explain that it was just for the moment... (not as if I preferred the company of a moany old cow who seemed to think she'd paid for two seats, to the company of a young lady).
Ironside 49 | 10,108
1 Mar 2010 #174
Still, it's below the belt but I won't be too PC about it.

You think so?
Let see from a different point of view - the line of thought that stand behind sentence you make hassle about is that Bambo regardless different skin color is basically same than withes.

On the other hand way of thinking you presenting finding it offensive is viewing Bambo and his skin color as something different and foreign, and seeing him as an outsider because of this very skin color.

Who is racist,now ?
Seanus 15 | 19,706
1 Mar 2010 #175
Ironside, you misinterpreted me. I was clearly trying to say that the insinuation of washing him 'clean' is there for all to see. I don't want to second guess him but you err on the side of caution in such cases. Many people who read that would likely say that he needn't have said sth like that at all. I judge by people, not by skin colour. I've met and liked people who were white, brown, yellow and black. I can just sense racist undertones/overcurrents in writing. It's not like I'm consciously looking for sth that isn't there.

Trevek, I hear ya. In Scotland, quite a few people want their own seats but I've noticed that, in Polish buses, they sit 1 to a chair of 2 throughout the bus and others stand.
IronsE11 2 | 442
1 Mar 2010 #176
-you love soccer

Spoken like a true American.
Ironside 49 | 10,108
1 Mar 2010 #177
Ironside, you misinterpreted me.

maybe :)

As for your observation on cattle like behavior polish population at large I find it very accurate.
Its pisses me off all the time!
I can think about three reasons for that kind of behavior.

Hopefully it will change in time !
Seanus 15 | 19,706
1 Mar 2010 #178
Don't get me wrong, I don't see it everywhere. Many queue correctly and don't firmly brush by you in the streets. I just see many tense people which makes me appreciate the nice, laid-back Polish people that I know.
anton888 - | 82
1 Mar 2010 #179
Yes, it will be interesting to find out why Poles behave strangely when they are on the plane. Since majority of the Lot planes is too small to use the connecting bridge, so most of the time you need to go to terminal/plane by bus. I can't understand those rush if in any case, you will have to wait for everyone in that bus!?! Let alone those started to call once the plane landed (at the same time, open the overhead cabinet and taking out everything to search for their bags) to inform the other side they are in the plane now!?!

And is true that when you see the queue in front of an ice-cream shop or bakery, they are fine, no pushing at all.

Why is that?
IronsE11 2 | 442
1 Mar 2010 #180
You are Polish if...

You burst out in rapturous applause when the pilot of your plane lands safely.


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