Around Poland on Rollerblades

August 19, 2014
More Than Just a Sport

More Than Just a Sport

Two rollerbladers Roman Konera and Tadeusz Schreiner had a plan to rollerblade almost 2,800 km around Poland. However, only Roman Konera is still attempting the record as Tadeusz Schreiner had to quit the tour near Tomaszów Lubelski. The plan was to rollerblade a total of 2,727 km around Poland; the purpose of “Rollertour 2014″ was to popularise skating and rollerblading in Poland as well as to promote the small towns they planned to visit. Not a small task. The rollerbladers started their tour on 1 August from Międzyrzec Podlaski and on 3 August Roman was already in Oleszyce. In three days he managed to travel 300 km. “I will fight to the end and not give up,” declared Roman Konera before he began. He now plans to complete the tour on 30 August in Międzyrzec Podlaski. No Polish person has ever achieved such a mammoth challenge.
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Lynch Mob Attacks, Kills Man

August 7, 2014
Caught But Too Late

Caught But Too Late

Five men are suspected of having tortured a drunk 25-year-old, who caused a car collision in Bełchatów. They are facing up to ten years in prison. “On Sunday, around 2:30 a.m., a 25-year-old inhabitant of Silesia caused a car collision in his Ford Mondeo in a parking lot on Edwardów Street. The driver of the other vehicle was a 28-year-old woman also from Bełchatów,” according to Sławomir Szymański, Press Officer of Bełchatów Police. According to the woman’s statement, the perpetrator looked drunk. Whilst talking to the Mondeo driver, some unknown men walked over to them and started a fight with the 25-year-old man. They hit him, kicked him, and jumped on him. When he lost consciousness, the men ran away. Police officers, who were called to the incident, attempted to resuscitate the man, but unfortunately he died on his way to the hospital due to the severe injuries he had sustained. Tests showed that he was intoxicated. Thankfully, police stopped the perpetrators of the crime within just a few minutes of their attack on the man. They were a 31-year-old inhabitant of Bełchatów, a 39-year-old inhabitant of Drużbice, and three inhabitants of Zduńska Wola aged 28, 29 and 34. All of them, bar the 29-year-old, were intoxicated. Police are now investigating the reasons behind the crime.
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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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Amnesiac Patient Goes Missing

August 3, 2014
Empty

Empty Bed

On 27 June, Teodor Majowski underwent brain surgery in a Katowice hospital. Ten days later, he slipped out of the medical facility and has not been seen since. While the police have been investigating the man’s disappearance, his family have not been idle either: “We keep looking everywhere: in shelters, restaurants, empty buildings, and on the streets. We have been checking in all surrounding cities as well, because we have no idea where he could have gone. The worst part is that we do not know what his present condition is,” says Artur Majowski, son of the missing 56-year-old. After suffering a stroke, Teodor had been experiencing serious memory problems. His family blames hospital staff who knew about the man’s condition but allowed him to go in and out of the building as he pleased. “He didn’t need constant supervision and would wander around the hospital, but would usually find his way back. Occasionally, he went out for a smoke. He was completely lucid,” said Piotr Bażowski, head of the hospital’s neurosurgery department. Teodor Majowski has been missing for over four weeks. He is 175 cm tall. On the day he went missing, he was wearing a yellow T-shirt, navy blue shorts and a pair of slippers. His head was half-shaven, bearing the visible marks of recent surgery.
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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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13 million Prize

July 16, 2014
Winning Ticket

Winning Ticket

The lucky winner chose six winning numbers in a lotto gaming house on Trzech Krzyży square in Warsaw. The new millionaire won more than PLN 12.7 million. “We do not know if the person who won yesterday in the rollover had some holiday plans, but if not, this person can now confidently start an amazing new adventure and visit all the best beaches in the world,” says Jarosław Tomaszewski from Lotto. Yesterday’s lucky devil is the 970th millionaire of Lotto. His winning numbers were: 8, 19, 20, 26, 28, 36. This recent ‘six-in-a-row’ is the fourth prize of at least one million in Warsaw. “In total, since 1996, there have been 93 in Warsaw,” adds Tomaszewski. The record for the largest win in the lottery still belongs to a resident of Gdynia won who won PLN 33,787,496 on 9 February 2012.
Gazeta Wyborcza

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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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