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Domestic arguments caused by differences between Polish and English culture


SeanBM 35 | 5,808
22 Nov 2012 #91
Are you telling me telling me that Bricks, stones and concrete blocks wouldn't survive a bad winter?

A bad winter here would be under minus 30.

So although the bricks, stone and concrete blocks may well survive, the inhabitants may well not.

If the heating was on, the insulation would be insufficient.

The water tank in the attic would freeze,

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the outflow pipe for the condensate boilers,

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Surprisingly Poles don't use plasterboard walls so much (except for new build apartments) and the walls feel really very cold.
I had my brick walls plasterboarded over because I don't like the feel of the cold walls.

Well I've been in the building industry for quite a few years,

And don't tell us you still put in two separate taps, one for hot and the other for cold? :)

I grew up in a sort-of new town, with much of the housing stock built between the late 1970's and mid 1990's. Stuff built in the 1970's is now falling to bits - many of the houses simply aren't holding up too well. They were built during the oil boom times - so you have to question the quality of the stuff that was built in later times, too.

The D.S. are actually very good the last few years in the U.K.
goofy_the_dog
22 Nov 2012 #92
The last winter had some record low temperatures of going down to -60 degrees centigrate!!!!!
In the Uk wahat they call bloddy cold is a mere -15 ;)

Cheers
Ironside 49 | 10,292
22 Nov 2012 #93
It's not a question of better or worse, different technologies for different environments.

+1

She's perfect don't you know.

She is a woman and all women are perfect and they are always right - don't you know it?
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,845
22 Nov 2012 #94
ooh no goofy -15 would be unthinkable! -5 is bloody cold here.
what we are having here is a domestic argument caused by differences in Polish and 'the islands' weather......(I love saying 'the islands' covers a multitude of places unlike 'England')

can we get back to something cultural please like salt shakers?
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
22 Nov 2012 #95
The last winter had some record low temperatures of going down to -60 degrees centigrate!!!!!

OH No it didn't!

Poland −41.0 °C (−41.8 °F) Siedlce, Masovian Voivodeship 1940-01-11

Ireland −19.1 °C (−2.4 °F) Markree Castle, County Sligo 1881-01-16

Lowest temperatures ever recorded

can we get back to something cultural please like salt shakers?

I asked a friend here and the reply was "The one with most holes is used for the one you use more of, so salt".

I use very little salt, everything has salt in it these days anyhow.

But I get the feeling that environment has a lot to do with cultural differences.
Here's a great big whopper of a generalization but I find Northern Europeans more serious, more cold.
And the opposite of the south.
I put this down to people dying in the harsh winters, if they had a relaxed attitude, they'd be dead.

In Thailand people die of cold in plus 12, that's summer time on the islands.
Harry
22 Nov 2012 #96
The last winter had some record low temperatures of going down to -60 degrees centigrate!!!!!

Please don't tell us about Poland: we live here, we know what it is like; you don't and you don't.

Back to the topic, the vast majority of teenage males like to mouth off about anything and everything and insist that they are right, so what is it that causes most British men to grow out of it while a lot of Polish men do not?

Personally I'd say that it may be due to the fact that not many British women will let men get away with that kind of shiit but a lot of Polish women will.
berni23 7 | 379
22 Nov 2012 #97
In Thailand people die of cold in plus 12, that's summer time on the islands.

That just made me ROFL. ;)
goofy_the_dog
22 Nov 2012 #98
Hmm, I do not know what is wrong with couple of people on this forum, this forum is for people of either Polish citizenship/people of Polish origin?or foreigners. I was raised in Poland, I still speak fluently in Polish but I live in the Uk. I think that it is about soimekind of a sick envy that a lot of Polish people have. It is kind of post communism feeling guess....

Feeling sorry for you <3

Cheers
Ironside 49 | 10,292
22 Nov 2012 #99
Hmm, I do not know what is wrong with couple of people on this forum,

Whom do you have in mind?:)
goofy_the_dog
22 Nov 2012 #100
I am not going to finger point... you have to use your grey cells for that one :)

Cheers
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,845
22 Nov 2012 #101
But I get the feeling that environment has a lot to do with cultural differences.

that is so true, not only climate but also terrain I think. For example if you are hemmed in by mountains you are more likely to marry your cousins and be xenophobic (eg Wales)

Or if there is 40 degrees heat you are not going to rush about which might lead to accusations of laziness (eg Greece)
I hesitate to make such sweeping generalisations about anywhere else,perhaps I could leave that to another happy poster?
Vincent 9 | 805 Moderator
22 Nov 2012 #102
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.
OP spiritus 68 | 666
22 Nov 2012 #103
can we get back to something cultural please like salt shakers?

We've already established that I was right about the salt cellars......moving on :)
jon357 63 | 15,214
22 Nov 2012 #104
the salt cellars.

One hole for salt (which sticks in smaller holes), multiple holes for the pepper which is finely ground.

Simples.
Harry
22 Nov 2012 #105
Or just avoid the issue entirely by having a grinder which grinds pepper when turned in one direction and salt when turned in the other direction.
Ironside 49 | 10,292
22 Nov 2012 #106
I am not going to finger point... you have to use your grey cells for that one :)

Have it your way but I will be not able to help you and you will see green eyed monsters when there are none.

nearly all new houses don't have a feed tank in the loft

Since when?

grinds ** when turned in one direction and ** when turned in the other direction.

Taking about yourself again Harry?
Harry
22 Nov 2012 #107
Taking about yourself again Harry?

Oh, sorry, I forgot that you are such a pathetic failure you can't afford to eat in places which have pepper grinders, let alone dream of having such a thing at home.

Here's another cultural difference between Poles and Brits: Brits often look at successful people and see them as inspiration but older Poles look at successful people and see nothing but a person to be envious of and to feel bitter about and about whom to claim that such a person only became successful because they are a bad person. If anybody wants an example of what I'm talking about, just look at Ironside. Fortunately modern Poles (i.e. the ones under the age of 50 who actually live here) are far less likely to display such behaviour.
Ironside 49 | 10,292
22 Nov 2012 #108
Oh, sorry, I forgot that you are such a pathetic failure you can't afford to eat in places which have pepper grinders, let alone dream of having such a thing at home.

Well I still can afford cardboard box to sleep in - I'm so happy about it.

grinds * when turned in one direction and * when turned in the other direction.

See what I mean?
citizen67 6 | 191
10 Feb 2013 #109
My lovely Polish wife is wonderful but occasionally, without warning, will throw a curve ball at me which makes me challenge something that I have believed in my whole life.Argument #1.

I'v come across this, some countries do it one way, and others, the other way. Throw me at first, I think Turkey does it the Polish way around.

Yes, definitely, the cold weather is driver of well-built houses, the colder the weather, the better the houses.


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