Nigel Kennedy and Kroke from Krakow with Kazimierz.
It was just the way huge billboards had sprung up all over the countryside on the main roads (they showed footage of it).
I whole heartedly agree with him, there needs to be an aesthetic law put in place as regards to billboards.
The way the "inocent charm" was quickly disapearing...I suppose he saw it from a point of view that what once was beautiful and unspoilt is going down the same road as every other country in Europe.
disagree with this to a large extent.
A similar thing happened in Ireland, when we were poor and became rich, people talked about Ireland having 'lost' it's character and charm. A country can't be held back just because some people (usually rich) think it is quaint.
I understand there is probably no point saying that, as he is not here to put forward his case (is he? :) but just thought I'd throw it in anyway.
I have heard fun rumours about Mr. Kennedy here in Krakow but I am unsure as to their validity.
I understand he first came to Poland about 8 years ago and Krakow was his main city, so there was a element of unknown about it then for Brits, as most of them still thought it was in the USSR.
A lady I worked with in Krakow, when I first came here 9 years ago. Was disgusted because she thought people from my country (Ireland) thought Poland was part of the USSR. I replied that, it's possible for some less educated people to think that was the case but most would know and I explained that it is similar here, some people will think all of Ireland is part of the U.K.. to which she replied "but it is!". I had to show her my passport before she'd believe me.
My point is, it happens in both directions and I doubt if someone like Nigel Kennedy, who came and fell in love with the city, would have not been informed that it was not part of the USSR.
it must be difficult now when he goes for his Pierogi and a shot of vodka at lunchtime on the rynek, that he has to avoid the left overs from the night before stag party, and a chorus of alright geezer as he goes to his local eatery.
But the same thing can be said for any celebrity in a major city in Europe, no?
I don't think Krakow is that bad with the stag parties but I have to admit, things have change dramatically in Krakow over the past 8 years but mostly in a positive way but people always love to complain, don't they ;)