Gal Gadot Has Polish Roots

August 4, 2014
Gal Gadot Has Polish Roots

Wondrous Woman

Gal Gadot is in the news once again thanks to her new superhero role. This will no doubt cheer Polish fans because Gal Gadot has Polish roots. In fact, few people know that Gal Gadot’s grandma is Polish and lives in Warsaw. Her new superhero role will be in director Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. Snyder revealed the first pictures of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman during Comic-Con in San Diego. The pictures caused controversy among fans: “Why is she so thin? Why is her costume not red, blue and gold?” Gal Gadot will take on the role of Wonder Woman, as previously portrayed by Cathy Lee Crosby, Lynda Carter and Adrianne Palicki, and will be one of the main superheros in the film. Many fans are surprised by the new costume and comments on the internet have ranged from: “Why is it brown?”, “Why does she look like Xena not Wonder Woman?” to “Is it only me, or does she really look like Kim Kardashian?” Fortunately for Snyder, there is also a large group of fans happy with her new costume, sword, lasso and shoes. The world premiere of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is planned for 6 May 2016 and by that time fans will have gotten used to the idea of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
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Ramadan Bajram in Poland

July 31, 2014
Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr

Polish Muslims have been celebrating Ramadan Bayram (Eid al-Fitr), a three day feast marking the end of Ramadan. It is the second most important event of the Muslim calendar. Ramadan Bayram is a time of rest, meeting friends and family after a month of fasting, during which the faithful obey strict rules such as the prohibition of eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. On Monday, special prayers were held in the province of Podlasie, where most Polish Muslims of Tatar descent live. Prayers were held in mosques in Kruszyniany, Bohoniki and Białystok. As part of the celebrations, the Muslim Religious Association (MZR) organised a party for Polish Tartar Muslims, which was held on Monday evening in a Białystok restaurant. Almost 100 people from all over Poland took part in the event. Representatives of the Muslim community in Poland estimate that there are about 5,000 Polish Tartar Muslims in the whole country and most of them live in the Białystok area. They are all members of the MZR. It is estimated that there are around 20,000 to 25,000 Muslims in Poland. Most of them are foreigners: students, diplomats, businessmen and refugees from Islamic countries.
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Picasso, Goya and Dali in Wrocław

July 29, 2014
Picasso in Wrocław

Picasso in Wrocław

Three Spanish artists, three great individualities, three intriguing personalities and corrida, for centuries associated with the social mores of the Iberian Peninsula. The exhibition of the work of three of the world’s most recognisable artists: Pablo Picasso, Francisco Goya and Salvador Dali takes place in the Museum of Architecture in Wrocław from 24 July until 16 November. The theme of the exhibition “Tauromachia – bullfighting. Between good and evil” is a bull, an animal that symbolises strength and courage. A total of approximately 200 works of the three famous Spanish artists will be on display, all dedicated to corrida. Francisco Goya’s graphics entitled “Tauromachia” illustrate various techniques of bullfighting, a tradition reaching back to the roots of European culture. As for Picasso, who was familiar with the achievements of Goya, his works express not only the youthful fascinations of but also his protest against the events that took place in Spain during General Franco’s rule. By contrast, the famous surrealist Salvador Dali saw bullfighting more in terms of magical ritual and the human confrontation with animal in its aesthetic dimension.
wroclaw.gazeta.pl

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First Job, Then Marriage

July 29, 2014
But Most Prefer a Job

But Most Prefer a Job

People without their own source of income are postponing plans to start a family. Therefore, the number of marriages has fallen over the past five years, according to Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, based on data of the Central Statistical Office (GUS). The data show that during the past year, 29,000 newlyweds did not have their own source of income and were living on solely one partner’s or relatives’ saved money. This is, however, considerably less than it was during 2002-2003, which were the worst years in this respect. According to Janusz Czapiński, a social psychologist at the University of Warsaw, the cause of these positive changes is the improvement of the situation on the labour market, although it is still extremely difficult. There are also many more adult Poles aged 25-34, who still live with their parents. In the years 2005-2013 alone this number increased by 700,000 to 2.8 million people.
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Kraków Speaks English

July 28, 2014
Kraków or Cracow?

Kraków or Cracow?

Nine million tourists visit Kraków every year. Over two and a half million are foreigners. Most either do not speak Polish at all or know just the basics and therefore cannot fully enjoy everything Kraków has to offer. The new campaign of Kraków Municipal Council aims to change all that. The authorities are encouraging cafés, restaurants, shops, as well as taxi companies, hairdressers and dentists who employ English-speaking personnel to take part in its new campaign. All companies and private businesses which can serve their customers in English will receive a “Please come in, we do speak English here!” sticker, which means that the establishment is recommended by the Municipal Council. Another benefit for businesses taking part in the campaign is a permanent and free of charge advertisement on the city’s official website “Magiczny Kraków” (Magical Kraków).
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PLN 64m Marilyn Monroe Pictures

July 20, 2014
Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Recently, over 3,000 photos of Marilyn Monroe and other stars taken by Milton Greene were sold for the record sum of PLN 6.4m at an auction in Warsaw. The pictures were owned by the Foreign Debt Service Fund for twenty years. The auction took place at the DESA Unicum auction house. The whole collection was put up for sale as one catalogue item for the starting price of PLN 5m and was bought by Wrocławskie Przedsiębiorstwo Hala Ludowa for the city of Wrocław. The purchaser will donate the previously unseen photographs to a public collection, and keep 100 chosen pictures for itself. This was the result of negotiations between the Polish Ministry of Finance and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The collection belonged to the Foreign Debt Service Fund since the mid 1990s and after the liquidation of the Fund, some of the pictures were sold at two auctions organised by DESA Unicum at the end of 2012. Then, during a public auction, nearly 400 pictures were sold for a total amount of PLN 3.8m with a photograph of Marilyn Monroe wearing a ballet dress fetching a staggering PLN 69,000. Milton H. Greene was a famous American fashion photographer and he took thousands of pictures of Marilyn Monroe in a variety of situations. His collection includes pictures from photo sessions, movie sets, and private situations.
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Międzyzdroje Mystery

July 15, 2014
Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle

A green bottle containing a letter dated 5 April 5 1879 has been found by the Polish seaside. The ‘treasure’ was found on a construction site in the seaside resort of Międzyzdroje. Contractors who werr working on a new investment on Norwid street donated the trove to the town council in Międzyzdroje. “The National Archive in Szczecin will decide what will happen to the bottle and where it will go,” says Henryk Nogala, secretary of the local council. Officially, the find is owned by the Public Treasury. It will then be officially transferred to the National Archive in Szczecin, where the letter will be analysed, restored and translated into Polish.
Gazeta Wyborcza

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Ida nominated to LUX Prize

July 14, 2014
Ida

Ida

“Ida” is a black and white film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. It is the story of a novice nun (Agata Trzebuchowska) who before taking her vows visits her aunt, her only living relative. The young girl learns about her family history and decides to go on a journey to find the resting place of her parents together with her aunt. The film has already received a Golden Lion for best film at the Gdynia Film Festival and Warsaw Grand Prix in the International Competition for best film at the Warsaw Film Festival. The film has also been recognised at festivals in London and Toronto. At the beginning of June, “Ida” received a Golden Trailer Award for best foreign drama. Now it has the chance to win a LUX Prize, an award introduced in 2007 and given to films by members of the European Parliament. The award honours films that promote European culture, show otherness as well as demonstrate the universality of values that are important for all Europeans.
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Rodowicz Shows her Legs

July 13, 2014
Maryla Rodowicz

Maryla Rodowicz

Actress turned singer Agnieszka Włodarczyk was the biggest star during Poland’s famous annual music festival in Międzyzdroje. The beautiful star caught the attention of all the photographers. However, veteran singer Maryla Rodowicz also left her mark, and quite literally. She came to the seaside resort in order to appear at the music festival and leave her hand print in Międzyzdroje’s so-called Valley of Stars. During the official ceremony of being inducted into the Valley of Stars, Rodowicz, famous for her hit “Małgośka”, wore a colourful, rather short dress showing off her surprisingly slender legs much to the delight of fans, photographers and journalists.
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200-year Bottle of Mineral Water

July 7, 2014
Not Wine

Not Wine

Submarine archaeologists have made a sensational discovery. They have found a two-hundred-year-old bottle of Selters mineral from the German town of Limburg-Weilburg in Hesse. The archaeologists found the well-preserved, stoneware corked bottle while looking for the wreck of the F-53-31 in Gdańsk. “The bottle dates back to 1806-1830 and was discovered during work on the wreckage of the F-53-31,” says Tomasz Bednarz, an archaeologist from the National Maritime Museum. “In addition, we managed to find pieces of pottery, a bowl and a few fragments of other bottles. We also have a lot of stones and even boulders and a ship’s stern, which is a fragment of the vessel. Selters water is one of the oldest mineral waters found in Europe. Its source was discovered around the year 1000 on the northern slopes of the Taunus Mountains. For centuries Selters water has been on the tables of the most rich and powerful people in this world. Its characteristic properties are legendary: apparently a few sips of the ‘liquid treasure’ give both health and strength.
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