London – Capital of Poland

October 18, 2014
Poland, in London

Poland, in London

For anyone eager to see what the life of the Polish emigration in London looked like between WWII and the 1990s, the University of Warsaw Library has opened a new exhibition. “London – Capital of Poland” offers a unique insight into the private, professional and cultural life of Polish emigrés in the UK. According to the organisers, people who come to the exhibition will feel as if they are walking through a Polish city. Visitors will also be able to take a closer look inside the office of the Polish president in exile, visit the editorial office of the Polish emigré newspaper Wiadomości, and watch a rehearsal in a post-war theatre as well as an anti-Soviet political demonstration from 1956. “The installation uses video projections, which allows for the reconstruction of the political demonstration led by generals Władysław Anders and Bór-Komorowski,” explain the organisers. The exhibition is on display until 30 November 2014, and is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Prices range from PLN 5 for a reduced ticket to PLN 15 for a family ticket. Admission on Wednesdays is free. The exhibition has been prepared by the Polish History Museum.
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Poland Beats Germany

October 13, 2014
Talisman Lewandowski

Talisman Lewandowski

Poland had been on an embarrassing losing streak against Germany since 1933 not having won a single match since that time. However, Saturday’s Euro Qualifier against the old enemy Germany brought an end to the losing streak and gave Poland a historical and sensational triumph. The match was a thriller in every sense of the word and Poland’s faithful and long-suffering fans experienced what some claimed to be the best night of their sporting lives. Nigh on 60,000 fans packed the relatively new National Stadium in Warsaw roaring on their team to victory. Journalists from around the world were in agreement that the atmosphere and noise levels at the stadium were electrifying and perfect for the match. The Polish team beat the current world champions and sent Warsaw (and probably every other city in Poland) into a state of ecstasy. The first half belonged to the Germans who dominated throughout although did not manage a goal to show for it. Poland’s attack was non-existent, the midfielders could not keep the ball, but wave after wave of German attack crashed against the strong Polish defence. Only once did Poland have a shot on target. The Germans had had 15. The beginning of the second half did not augur well for Poland and looked like being the longest 45 minutes in years. The Germans kept on the offensive at least until Jodłowiec found himself with the ball in a clear position without any cover and Milik moved into the penalty area. It was the first goal in a competitive game against Germany since 1971. It was like a wake-up call to the Germans who once again pressed forward but the Polish and Arsenal goalkeeper Szczęsny did not disappoint. The Polish team upped their defensive play, and focused on maintaining the advantage. And when the opportunity came, Sebastian Mila did not disappoint and scored with minutes to spare determining the final result: 2-0 to the home side. Even though Robert Lewandowski, Poland’s star player did not score, both fans and journalists agreed that his work rate made him an inspired choice as captain. When the referee brought an end to the proceedings everyone was dancing and screaming. The 1933 German curse had been lifted. Miracles are possible.
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Anna Przybylska Dies of Cancer

October 8, 2014
Unhappy Ending

Unhappy Ending

Popular Polish actress Anna Przybylska passed away on Sunday, after battling cancer for a year. She was 35. The actress’ death was confirmed by her manager, who said that Przybylska died peacefully, surrounded by her family. The actress left behind her partner, footballer Jarosław Bieniuk, and their three children. Przybylska rose to fame in 1997, when she made her television debut in “Złotopolscy”, a popular soap opera. Also in 1997, she appeared on the big screen for the first time, in “Ciemna strona Wenus” (The Dark Side of Venus). Przybylska was known for her beauty and great sense of humour. Her last movie, “Bilet na Księżyc” (Ticket to the Moon), saw the actress looking as spectacular as ever, despite her health problems. In 2013, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She underwent surgery; however, the tumour turned out to be malignant. In her last interview, she told Viva magazine: “I have switched my mind to positive thinking, so that I can enjoy my life and fight for it, because there are things in my life that are worth fighting for”.
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Mini Kiwi Comes to Poland

October 7, 2014
Fruit Revolution?

Fruit Revolution?

Until recently, it was only encountered as a garden ornamental. Thanks to the research conducted by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), the first Polish plantation of Actinidia arguta, known as the mini kiwi, has been opened. Whereas the popular kiwifruit cannot survive harsh Polish winters, the Polish climate is ideal for Actinidia arguta, which can withstand even thirty degrees of frost. The berry-sized fruit, which is native to Eastern China, Japan, and Korea, has been hailed “the greatest discovery in fruit farming in recent years” by Dr Piotr Latocha from SGGW. Depending on the variety and growing conditions, mini kiwi can be either green or covered in red blush. “At first glance, it does not resemble a kiwi at all, but if we cut it in half we see that the seeds look just like a kiwi. Unlike the latter, however, mini kiwi has edible skin,” says Latocha, who has been researching Actinidia for over a decade and assures all potential consumers that the mini kiwi is a naturally cultivated species whose varieties are created using traditional methods of selection and crossbreeding. He adds that the mini kiwi ripens in Autumn, just in time to provide vitamins and minerals to boost the immune system.
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Komorowski visits Berlin

September 29, 2014
Improving Relations

Improving Relations

In September Polish President Bronisław Komorowski made a two-day official visit to Berlin. In a session devoted to marking the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, the Polish President gave a special address to the Bundestag. The extraordinary meeting of the German parliament was attended by German President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the Bundesrat Stephan Weil. Komorowski is the first Polish president to be a guest speaker at the German Bundestag; earlier two Polish foreign ministers spoke in the German parliament: Władysław Bartoszewski in 1995 and Bronisław Geremek in 2002. At the beginning of September, President Bronisław Komorowski and his German counterpart Gauck took part in a ceremony at Gdańsk’s Westerplatte. During the event, the two presidents stressed that the experiences of World War II are a lesson in the face of today’s conflicts, among others, in Eastern Europe. Komorowski gave a speech stressing that World War II was preceded by concessions to the aggressive policy of the Third Reich, revisions of borders, violations of international law, the use of military pressure as well as violations of   disarmament agreements. “You have to remember that the German-Polish conflict quickly turned into a European war, which then escalated into a world war,” said the President Komorowski. Gauck warned against territorial concessions and the escalation of international tension. “History teaches us that territorial concessions often feed the appetite of the aggressors. History also teaches us that the uncontrolled escalation of such situations can lead to a point where things get out of control,” he said. The Polish and German presidents also emphasised the importance of Polish-German reconciliation. In July, Joachim Gauck together with his Polish counterpart Bronisław Komorowski opened an exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising. The exhibition will be on display until the end of October. The project was prepared in cooperation with the Topography of Terror Documentation Center in Berlin and the Warsaw Uprising Museum in.Warsaw.
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PLN 6,000 to Eat with Al Pacino

September 23, 2014
Cancelled

Cancelled

The price of tickets for an audience with Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger was PLN 2,500. Unfortunately, the events were suddenly cancelled and it is not clear whether punters will get their money back. Stage Production had been promoting an audience with the two famous American actors for quite some time. Al Pacino was supposed to meet Polish fans on 22 September in Warsaw’s Congress Hall, whereas Arnold Schwarzenegger was lined up to speak at the Centennial Hall in Wrocław on 17 October. Tickets were extremely expensive, as much as PLN 2,500. Moreover, those fans who wanted to buy tickets for a dinner with the actors had to pay over PLN 6,000. Despite the price, tickets were snapped up instantly. In the meantime, it appeared that the actors would not come to Poland. Stage Production issued a statement stating the events had been cancelled due to reasons beyond its control: “Despite huge interest, we are unable to undertake the AN EVENING WITH series due to unexpected circumstances. Therefore, we would like to thank all the people, co-workers, partners, sponsors and patrons, who were working on the realisation of this dream. Thank you to all the people who bought tickets. Refunds should be undertaken at the point of purchase.” It is not known why the two events were cancelled; none of the organisers wanted to provide explanations. The reasons were also unknown even to the PR agency hired by Stage Production.
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Namesakes Run for Mayor’s Office

September 23, 2014
The Real Grobelny?

The Real Grobelny?

In Poznań, two candidates with the same name are running for the mayor’s office. The electoral commission received two applications for the registration of an electoral committee with the name ‘Grobelny’ in it. First, on 29 August, the current mayor of Poznań registered his Ryszard Grobelny’s Time for Wielkopolska committee (Teraz Wielkopolska Ryszarda Grobelnego); however, under two weeks later, Grobelny’s List (Lista Grobelnego) showed up on the electoral commission’s doorstep. The mayor reacted immediately, asking if Civic Platform (PO) feared another defeat so badly that they had decided to reach for an old trick they tried over a decade ago when PO a businessman by the name of Ryszard Franciszek Grobelny took part in local elections. The mayor, who has held the office for four terms already, was not far off in his suspicions, however, this time the deception is the doing of the Real Politics Union (UPR). The electoral commission refused to register the second committee on the grounds that it would create confusion, so the committee agreed to change its name by adding the candidate’s given name, Bogdan. The current mayor has boldly declared he is not afraid of the competition.
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