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Above is from yesterday’s Ney York Times btw
I personally think that the best years of opportunity in Poland have passed...this is the result of what has happened over the last eight years.
Nevertheless, the best is probably still ahead.
Two factors complicating new ventures now are skyrocketing overhead and labor shortages.
God willing, this government will reform the archaic, socialist era pension laws. That would accelerate growth exponentially and force working age adults to work, instead of applying for a state pension.
Poland is still the only western country where one can meet retirees in their 30’s.
Other than that - What a country!!!
Just returned from Poland and cannot agree with this article, must say I have returned disappointed with the Polish people and what is going on in Poland today.
Sure things are progressing in Poland (mainly due to eu funding) but at what cost to the Polish people.
Unless your the lucky 5%, things are pretty tough.
Of all the negative comments I have heard in Poland, this one sums it up. "the best way to completely destroy Poland is to introduce American style capitalism" How true as we are all learning from the US financial crisis.
Those who believed America was a friend etc and now paying with there hip pocket
Yeah, like who needs mains water anyway?
Life was better when you had to guestimate the level in your septic tank and it was always touch and go at Christmas as to whether the Christmas pud would re-emerge on the front lawn.
Eeeh, those wo' the days!
The latest from Buckingham Palace!!
To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
> In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give
notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.
> (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)
> Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy).
> Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.
> To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
> 1. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary').
> 2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take
into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.'
> 3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.
> 4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist,then you're not ready to shoot grouse.
> 5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.
> 6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will
go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.
> 7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.
> 8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with ketchup but with vinegar.
> 9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.
> 10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.
> 11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).
> 12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will
let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.
> 13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.
> 14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1783 - when we granted you independence).
> 15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.
> God Save the Queen!
> PS: Only share this with friends who have a good sense of humour (NOT humor)!
"Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season."
Does anyone still do this (outside restaurants)? I thought it was at 3pm?
By the way I was thinking the other day how few Polish voices I hear these days. The great stampede into the UK has been replaced by a mass exodus.
The supply side of the labour market will start easing up in Poland - good news, we want to keep the Indians and Chinese out. Tusk signed treaties allowing up to 100,000 of each into Poland if the economy demanded it. Not a good idea to have mass non-European immigration.
On our last visit to Poznan we saw many Chinese/Vietnamese, Indian/Pakistani and blacks already there. Although we haven't noticed them before.
Many of the problems in western Europe result from non-Euro migration. So it seems strange that Poland hasn't picked up on this.