I think 'Spirytus' was probably gently trolling. Nonetheless, he's started an interesting discussion.
Ha. Actually I wasn't but you know how it is on these internet forums. You need to create a mildly provocative headline to drum up any interest :)
I was about to contribute to this thread until I noticed that it was me who started it ! How time flies (and my memory).
I still stand by my original points so let's revisit them....
1/ Better weather
Evidently I am NOT talking about Winter but Poland generally has better weather in the other three seasons than the UK. And to be honest, a bad Polish winter doesn't seem as bad as a bad English one. Over here (in the UK) when snow stays on the ground for more than a few days the country grinds to a halt whereas in Poland it's only an inconvenience. There is a beauty to a Polish winter landscape.
One thing that constantly irritates me is when I look at mean (average) temperatures around the world. Poland's average temperature in summer is typically recorded as between 16-19 C....really ?
2/ More emphasis on good food
I have to confess that fast food is creeping into the Polish lifestyle and on reflection my point was rather glib. I think it is true to say that there is more emphasis in Poland on cooking "from scratch" instead of buying processed food from the supermarket.
More attention is paid to cooking in Poland as the flame is passed from Babcia to Mum to grandchild.
Cooking seems to be a constant source of conversation in Polish women when they get above a certain age or maybe it's just the ones I know ?
3/ Diverse and rich natural scenery in Poland
I stand by this point. That's not to say the UK isn't diverse but I think in Poland it is simply MORE diverse with more areas of unspoilt beauty.
4/ A more comprehensive tourism infrastructure
I am not claiming that Poland is more popular to foreign tourists than the UK only that the tourism infrastructure appears to me to be better in Poland than in the UK. I agree that it might be more focused towards Polish tourists but the same can be said of tourist attractions in the UK. Other than in London I don't recall seeing tourist information in Japanese, French or Spanish.
Poland has geographical pockets of tourism that have created their own macro-culture e.g. Zakopane, Mazury not to mention forests and agro-tourism. Summer camps for kids is a Polish rite of passage and although not strictly classed as "tourism" it introduces children to the beauty of their own country something which the UK has not equal comparison.
5/ More culturally engaged than in the UK i.e. free city centre concerts, kaberets etc
I strongly believe I am right with this one. As someone else has also commented free city centre concerts, kabarets (although the ones I have seen are mainly crap), open air theatre. Culture is brought to the people in a way we do not have here in the UK.
Plus, other than London and Edinburgh, try finding a major English city that lays on a free New Year's Eve party for it's people.
This one's up in the air. But Poles seem to know about their history and seem to know more about other European countries than your average European.
Of course, wages are higher in the UK but at what cost ?