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.
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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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Pole Wins Dutch Language Contest

July 7, 2014
(c) theswaggernews.com

(c) theswaggernews.com

Karolina Jagiełło has lived in the Hague for only four years but has already mastered the Dutch language to perfection. Dutch media report that the young Polish girl won a dictation competition for children, organised in the capital of the Netherlands. The girl made only three mistake thus beating the thirty other finalists. She can now holds the title of the “greatest expert on spelling in the Hague”. “I am very surprised and happy,” says the proud 12-year-old. “Spelling and language have never been a problem for me. You just have to concentrate and think,” she adds. Karolina hopes that her victory will change the perception of Polish people in the Netherlands for the better. Her win shows that Polish people can and do speak Dutch. “I feel that through this dictation competition I represent Poland,” said the girl.
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Largest Amusement Park in Poland

July 6, 2014
Shape of Things to Come

Shape of Things to Come

The Energylandia amusement park in Zator, Lesser Poland, will open on 14 July, although some of the attractions will not be available until 2015. The park covers an area of 26 hectares and employs 250 people. It contains Europe’s two largest rollercoasters and many other rides, which should attract at least 170,000 visitors this year alone. The man behind the investment is Marek Gocał, owner of the Energy 2000 chain of nightclubs. The location of Energylandia is not random, as Zator lies on the border of Lesser Poland and Silesia, less than half an hour from the important cities of Kraków and Katowice. The investment cost PLN 73m, and was partially funded by the EU (PLN 42m). Although the plan was accepted in 2009, constructors received European funds four years later. Energylandia will have three sectors: for children, teenagers and adults/parents, and will feature, among others, rollercosters, a large river drop and a ‘pyramid of fear’. Entry will cost PLN 49-89 for a day, but people from Zator, only have to pay a nominal fee of PLN 1.
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Pole Wins Italian Film Award

July 5, 2014
Kasia Smutniak

Kasia Smutniak

Polish actress and model Kasia Smutniak has received one of Italian film’s most prestigious honours. Awarded by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, the Nastro d’Argento is the oldest film award in Europe and the second oldest in the world. The stunning Polish beauty, who has been living in Italy for many years, was awarded the prize for her lead role in Ferzan Özpetek’s new film “Fasten Your Seatbelts”. European newspapers have written of their admiration and recognition for the Polish actress, who has been building a career in Italian cinema for several years now. Critics agree that Smutniak performed brilliantly as a woman dealing with the tragedy of cancer. “I’m always looking for new roles I’ve never played before, new characters, and most of all new heroines that will challenge me. The more they frighten me and make me uncomfortable, the more I want to play them,” admitted Kasia. The 35-year-old star has also recently appeared in the newest film by Italian masters, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani: “Wondrous Boccaccio”, which is loosely based on Boccaccio’s “Decameron”.
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Summer, Street and Music

July 4, 2014
Street Rhythms

Street Rhythms

For many of us, summer is a time of relaxation and holidays. However, young people in Poland see it as a great opportunity to make money. Some take a guitar in their hands hoping that people passing by will appreciate their musical efforts. Surprisingly, busking is quite beneficial not only financially but in terms of learning the value of being well organised. The best places to busk in Warsaw are those most often visited by foreign tourists: the Old Town, the Palace of Culture and Science and large shopping centres. Other places are not so profitable. When it comes to the repertoire, the most popular and well-known songs are usually best. People are more likely to stop when they hear melodies they know and then the possibility of making money is greater. The weather is often a source of many problems with instruments. When the temperature is too high, the strings stretch; when it is too low, your hands become stiff. What is more, you cannot perform music when it is raining. These obstacles, however, do not discourage young buskers. The reason may be because this type of job does not always bring great profit but it does give pleasure and entertainment. Sadly, most others prefer a stuffy office job sitting in front of a computer screen.
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Warsaw Breaks World Record

July 3, 2014
Rolling to Success

Rolling to Success

Over 4,000 rollerbladers took part in an event organised by Michał Machowski from Polskater. On 19 June, Warsaw Nightskating set a new world record for the largest parade of inline skaters at a single venue. The previous Guinness world record belonged to Paris. Their parade of inline skaters consisted of 1,188 participants who skated on the streets of Paris on 15 June 2008. The new record was achieved thanks to the 4,013 rollerskaters who skated a distance of 20 km together. The route began at Krakowskie Przedmieście and continued along Nowy Świat, Aleje Jerozolimskie, Poniatowski Bridge, Aleja Zieleniecka towards Wał Miedzeszyński and back across Poniatowski Bridge to Krakowskie Przedmieście. “I learned to skate two months ago but I’m doing pretty good now,” said Maciek, who took part in Nightskating for the first time. “My friend sent me an invitation on Facebook, so I came to break the record,” he explains while showing off his skating skills. Bartek learned to skate a year ago and in May took part in Nightskating for the first time. “It’s all about soaking up the cool atmosphere and spending time with friends in an active way, beating the record is less important to me,” he emphasises. Participation in Nightskating is always free. If you are under 18 years of age you must have permission to attend from a parent or guardian. The next event will be held in Warsaw on 10 July.
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