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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Rolling Stones in Poland

April 9, 2014
Still Can't Get No...

Still Can’t Get No…

The manager of the Rolling Stones has announced that a concert will take place at the National Stadium in Warsaw at the personal request of the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski on the 25th anniversary of the free elections held on 4 June 1989. The Rolling Stones want to do something similar to U2 who had a concert to mark the anniversary of German reunification, reports Polish Radio One. “We knew that 4 June is an important day for Polish people, although we were not fully aware of what happened on that day,” admits the manager. “The Stones have prepared a surprise. They will sing the famous Maryla Rodowicz song “Niechżyje bal” (‘Long Live the Ball’). There is no lack of great Polish rock songs that Mick Jagger could sing. So, we are not ruling out the possibility of other Polish songs being sung. The Rolling Stones remember the Warsaw concert of 1967. There were a lot of people and it was really hot,” continues the manager. A group of Polish artists wrote a letter to Bronisław Komorowski protesting against the Warsaw concert. “We oppose this cultural initiative, which will result in making a substantial financial contribution to a foreign artist. The celebration of our national victory should be an opportunity for the global presentation of Polish music,” wrote Krystyna Prońko, Robert Chojnacki and others. However, much to the annoyance of Polish Stones’ fans, it turned out that the concert announcement was an April Fool’s joke by Polish Radio.
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Standard of Polish Living

April 7, 2014
No Fat Cats in Poland

No Fat Cats in Poland

Polish people have difficulty making ends meet, according to a report by Poland’s Central Statistical Office (GUS) on the income and standard of living. The ability to make ends meet, among other factors, determines the quality of family life. There is a large proportion of Polish people who claim that they do not have the possibility to realise these basic needs due to financial difficulties. Polish families save by reducing spending on recreation or renovation. Despite the fact that, compared with figures in 2005, the number of Poles forced to tighten their belts has decreased, more than 50% believe that a week-long holiday or new furniture is a luxury.
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Pony Theft

April 7, 2014
Pony Crime

Pony Crime

The police have arrested a 28-year-old man who beat up two younger men and stole their toys. The mugging took place during the My Little Pony Jamboree in Białystok. The young men were exchanging gadgets when the man walked up to them, beat them up and stole their belongings, including their jackets and a few pink toys. The urban surveillance system in place has made it possible to determine the identity of the perpetrator. He was arrested in his apartment in Mysłowice. The man has been charged and could spend up to twelve years behind bars for the violent robbery. Some of the stolen items were retrieved and have been returned to their owners.
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Gessler Needs Help?

April 4, 2014
Magda Gessler

Magda Gessler

Lara, daughter of famed Polish cooking expert Magda Gessler, is a sociologist. Up until very recently, she was responsible for her mother’s media contacts. However, she has finally decided to forget about working with her family and work abroad. Last year she found herself on the front cover of Viva magazine with her mother. Now, she is working in café in London. Have the mighty fallen or is she just looking for a new challenge? And will her mother need another helping hand?
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Greatest Discovery

April 2, 2014
Eclipsing Tutankhamen

Eclipsing Tutankhamen

Archeologists from the University of Warsaw are one step away from discovering the sarcophagus of Egyptian Pharaoh Herihor. If they reach the burial chamber of Herihor, the discovery will equal that of the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb. Andrzej Niwiński, a professor at the University of Warsaw, head of the Polish expedition and a well-known Egyptologist and archaeologist said that Pharaoh Herihor was probably one of the best known Egyptian Pharaohs. “As a Pharaoh, Tutankhamen had no claim to fame. He is well known in history mostly thanks to the discovery of his tomb, which was completely intact, filled with treasures and not violated by grave robbers. In 11th century BC, a rebellious Egyptian army plundered all the temples and tombs in the Valley of the Pharaohs except one, that of Tutankhamen. As for Herihor, he was a general and Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian army. He was the first to arrive to crush a rebellion. After that he decided to make his own tomb impregnable.”It has already taken fifteen years to reach the tomb. It is difficult and laborious work. Andrzej Niwiński continues: “Herihor’s tomb is exceptionally protected with tons of huge stones.  According to our assumptions, up to 5000 tons of stones were crumbled and up to 1500-2000 are left to reach the tomb this autumn.”
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Samsung in Warsaw

April 1, 2014
Innovation in Warsaw

Innovation in Warsaw

At a conference that recently took place in Warsaw’s Arkadia shopping centre, mobile giant Samsung presented its newest Galaxy series devices. They will not be inexpensive. The newest flagship model of the Korean giant is the Galaxy S5 which had its world premiere in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As well as smartphones, Samsung also presented the Galaxy Gear 2, Galaxy Neo and the sport band Galaxy Fit. All Samsung’s newest devices were presented during the Arkadia conference at the new Samsung. This included Samsung Galaxy S5 for PLN 2,999; Galaxy Gear 2 for PLN 1,199; Galaxy Gear Neo for PLN 899 and Galaxy Gear Fit for PLN 799. The presale of the devices has already started. People who decide to order the Galaxy S5 will also get the Galaxy Gear as a gift.
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Summer Time Begins

March 29, 2014
Going Forward

Going Forward

The change from winter to summer time takes place in the morning of 30 March 2014. We adjust our watches at 2:00 changing the time from 2:00 to 3:00 (in the morning). The time change roughly corresponds to the change from winter to summer and is also known as daylight saving time (DST) and will remain until 2 November 2014 when standard time (or winter time) comes into effect again. However, this is not so everywhere. For example, the US switched the time on 9 March, three weeks earlier than in Europe. Therefore, for three weeks the difference between the time in Europe and on the East Coast was not six but five hours. This three-week time difference window between the Old Continent and the New is particularly important for people moving between the two continents and, for example, for business people tracking events on the stock market. Trading on Wall Street begins at 14:30 Polish time giving Polish investors more time to analyse data. When we go to sleep on Saturday 29 March, it is important to remember that the next day, on Sunday, 30 March our clocks have moved forward so we sleep one hour less.
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Where is the Love?

March 25, 2014
Nobody Helped

Nobody Helped

Warsaw municipal police officers spotted an 88-year-old on the middle of a bridge trying to get from Bielany dictrict to Praga Hospital. Just after 9:00 a.m., the officer on duty received a bizarre piece of information that an elderly lady on crutches was walking on the Northern Bridge in Warsaw. However, she was walking the wrong way, heading towards Praga district. Police officers found her on the middle of the bridge, walking on the right hand lane. Cars were driving past her but not one of them stopped to help. When the officers finally reached her, they found a cold, petrified, lost elderly woman. It appeared that she not only had problems walking, but she also had problems seeing, which explained why she had found herself in such a dangerous place. It turned out that the lady lives in Bielany district and was heading to Praga Hospital for a medical check-up. She does not have any relatives who can take care of her and take her to hospital. “What is surprising is that not a single driver stopped and helped the woman, even though the situation was clearly dangerous and could have resulted in an accident,” officers say.
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50 Cent in Poland

March 24, 2014
Is Poland Ready?

Is Poland Ready?

“Being shot in the jaw completely changed my voice, fortunately for the better,” says Curtis James Jackson III, the rapper better known as 50 Cent. The Granmy winner is coming to Poland in two weeks. Newsweek.pl: Should I call you Mr. Jackson, Curtis, Fifty or Mr. Cent? 50 Cent: Just Fifty. Newsweek.pl: Your working life began as a drug dealer on the street so how did you manage to climb to the very top? 50 Cent: The key is to have the passion to achieve something. Some people think I’m a workaholic, but I just love what I do. Newsweek.pl: You do a lot of different things. You produce music, act, make perfume, clothes, shoes and so on. And you’re coming to Poland to promote the headphones you’ve been working on for the last two years. 50 Cent: The ‘SMS’ headphones represent not only my love for music but it also gives everybody the chance to try out a perfect combo of technology, functionality and design. I want everybody to be able to listen to music the way I do, as in a music studio. SMS is short for Studio Mastered Sound. Newsweek.pl: What distinguishes you from other singers? 50 Cent: It’s the way I tell stories in my songs. That’s the big difference between me and other artists. Newsweek.pl: You’ve shown that you can cooperate with the best singers around, such as Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Lil Kim, DMX, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, the Black Eyed Peas and Michael Jackson. Who have you learnt from most? 50 Cent: I look at Eminem’s career and I think I got a lot from him. He sings about his own life and that inspired me to release the ‘Curtis’ album which is about my own life.
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