Polish Film in US

April 24, 2014
Kamienie na Szaniec

Kamienie na Szaniec

Robert Gliński’s “Kamienie na Szaniec” has hit US movie theatres and has proved to be a great success. Tickets for the two premier showings sold out immediately and the film itself was met with great applause. “Kamienie na Szaniec” will play in all the major cities in North America. The film has already been screened in Toronto, Calgary and New York. There are planned showings in Washington too. Representatives of the film emphasised that, regardless of its historical message, the film reminds people about the human tragedies caused by war. What was emphasised by both the producers and the director was that the main goal of the film was to “destroy the stereotypes” of historical figures and to “modernise” the plot, in order to make the attitude of the protagonists better understood for today’s young people.
wprost.pl

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Song of Maidan

April 24, 2014
Ukraine Burns

Ukraine Burns

Taraka’s song “Podaj rękę Ukrainie” (Give Ukraine a Hand) has become the unofficial anthem of the Ukrainian Euro-Maidan. Karol Kus, the leader of the band admits, “I have cooperated with Ukrainians for many years. Last year we recorded our debiut joint Polish-Ukrainian serving of Slavic music. When the revolution started I decided to get involved somehow, support our brothers and express our solidarity. We wanted to support the desire of Ukrainians to be free and independent. This is the climate in which the song was born”. Polskieradio.pl: Many artists performed with different songs on the Maidan stage. How did you find out that your song “Podaj rękę Ukrainie” had become a kind of anthem? Karol Kus: I was in London at the time and I received a phone call and was told about it then. The song has become evidence that Poland really cares about the tragic events that have happened there. Then we arrived in Kiev and went on stage to sing the song together with thousands of people. I realised that our goal had been achieved. The song touched the hearts of ordinary people and I think and hope Ukrainians realise that we are brother nations.
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New Bike Stands

April 24, 2014
For the Planet

For the Planet

Poland’s growth in ecology, environmental awareness and fitness has been more than dynamic over the last two decades. Green lobby groups, mass recycling and city bikes rental schemes have turned the former homo sovieticus nation into a population of vibrant, young, ecologically-aware Poles. For example, Modlin Fortress (not far from the new Warsaw Modlin airport) will see the installation of new ‘ecological’ bicycle stands. This is thanks to an initiative of Allegro All For Planet, a foundation established by Poland’s most popular internet auction service Allegro.The bike stands will be officially presented to the public by representatives from the foundation and members of the local authorities. This is just one example of the positive changes Poland has seen in recent years.
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Anarchy in ‘Dążność’

April 23, 2014
Sacked!

Sacked!

There are no resolutions on the dismissal of Elżbieta Nadrzycka from the supervisory board of the “Dążność” cooperative according to the district court in Warsaw. This is in line with those who believe that she was unlawfully dismissed. During last year’s general meeting of members of the board, her appeal was to be found on the agenda. 87 people took part in the vote. There were 83 valid votes and 4 invalid ones. 56 board members of the cooperative voted to dismiss Nadrzycka. When some participants of the meeting began to protest, the head of “Dążność” confirmed that the outcome of the vote determined the fate of Nadrzycka and her dismissal. They selected a new board member in her place, Ewa Sikora.
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European Bike Race

April 21, 2014
Biking Success

Biking Success

A new bike competition will begin on 1 May and will end on 31 May. If someone wishes to take part, they should install the free smartphone app Endomondo and log all of their bike trips. The European city which clocks the largest number of kilometers wins. So a city’s success is down to two factors: the number of registered members and their activity. Competition members can use any bike they choose to, including the city bike rental service Veturilo. 32 cities across Europe will be competiting. These include, amongst others, Rome, Oslo, Tallinn and Malaga. Apart from Warsaw, the Polish cities of Gdynia and Łódź will also take part.
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Troublesome Monument

April 20, 2014
The Mikoyan Gurevich

The Mikoyan Gurevich

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 PF came to Ostrowiec Swiętokrzyski thirty years ago, in 1984, as a gift from the People’s Army. For many years it was easy on the eye for the town’s residents but it has recently fallen into disrepair. Unfortunately, there is no money to repair the monument, which commemorates Polish pilots who died during WWII. It is one of seventeen planes that were sent to Poland in order to defend its borders in case of armed conflict. According to the residents, not only is it a city landmark but also a symbol of the fight for freedom. However, according to expert opinion, the dilapidated structure will be technically viable only until October. Therefore, it is crucial that another technical expert opinion be prepared, at a cost of PLN 2,500, an expense that the local housing association simply cannot afford. Nor is the money the only problem. “During strong winds, the plane begins to sway and is a risk to passers-by,” claims Marek Zaręba, head of the local housing association. This explains why in 2010 the management board of the housing association in Ostrowiec suggested that the plane be sold. However, local residents want the plane to stay and petitioned the head of the municipality of Ostrowiec Swiętokrzyski for financial support. Therefore, the fate of this unique MiG-17 PF is now in the hands of councillors.
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Blockbuster in Poland

April 19, 2014
In Cinemas Now

In Cinemas Now

Steven Knight’s “Locke” starring Tom Hardy is the film of the week. Hardy’s magnetic voice and remarkable acting make it well worth watching. It tells the story of Ivan Locke who has a family he adores and job he loves. One phone call forces him to make a decision that changes everything. Błażej Hrapkowicz, a Polish film critic enthuses, “It’s a great movie, despite the fact that it was risky to leave the viewer watching the main character in a car throughout the whole film.” Hrapkowicz highlights the fact that Tom Hardy was great in the role “because we are dealing with monologue.”
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Psycho Nun

April 18, 2014
Not Holy

Not Holy

Radio Zet has discovered that the nun who was sentenced to two years in prison for physical and mental violence and incitement to pedophilia whilst working in the Sisters of St. Borromeo Care Centre in Zabrze is being treated psychiatrically. Sister Bernardetta should have gone to prison three years ago but as a result of an expert opinion, the court has adjourned the sentence twice. According to Radio Zet, the opinion of experts suggests that the convicted nun’s poor health prevents her from serving the sentence. Prison would be dangerous both for her and other inmates. A further motion for suspension of the punishment will be examined by the court after the Easter holidays.
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Spaghetti Won’t Fly in Poland

April 16, 2014
He Boils in Poland

He Boils in Poland

According to Grupa IQS, an independent research company, less than 20% of Poles think that the Polish courts should allow the Polish Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to be registered. “The lack of support for registration is evident; 59% of Poles are against its registration and around 25% are undecided. There is a certain pattern among people who believe in the registration of the Spaghetti Church. For example, the majority of them have at graduated from high school,” says Marta Rybicka, from Grupa IQS. The results of the poll are satisfactory for the followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (called Pastafarians). “We did not expect as much as 17% support,” commented Andrzej Kuliński, spokesperson for the church, who is especially satisfied with 10% support in rural areas. “This means that people from rural areas are increasingly more aware of human needs and their world view is not affected by factors that may depreciate other faiths”. He also discusses the group of people who are undecided: “This group is rather large in both the countryside as well as in the city. What is more, this group does not seem to be in opposed to the church’s registration. As a faithful Pastafarian, I am sure that the number of people who support our case will rise as well as the number of followers of our wonderful religion.” The whole community is controversial because many people consider them anti-religious. Recently, the Regional Administrative Court overruled a decision of the Ministry of Administration and Digitization not to register the Church in the Register of Churches and Religious Unions. This decision has made future registration still possible.
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Palm Sunday

April 13, 2014
Polish Palms

Polish Palms

Palm Sunday is one of the most important holidays in the Church. It is the Sunday before Easter. This year Palm Sunday falls on 13 April and on this day in Poland churchgoers bring palms to Church and have them blessed during mass after which the faithful take them home to protect them against evil. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem before his death. Although modern Easter palms do not resemble those that people had in the times of Jesus, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. Polish people make ‘palms’ from dried flowers on coloured willow branches, so-called catkins. In some regions of Poland there is tradition of making tall palms from flowers and paper.
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