Poland's Pulse in the Blogosphere

Looking on with incredulity…Impersonal meets personal on the streets in Poland. Automatic money machines not adopted by all. Shared by WarsawDaily.

On Nov. 11, Poles observed Independence Day. Apartment blocks donned national flags, but there were no fireworks. Woodcraft in Poland places the holiday in its historical context. As noted by The Poland Dairies, there was a bit of fanfare in the public sphere:

…the cavalry rode past the building – about 30 men dressed in soldier's uniforms, riding down the street on horseback.

And, observing the Polish wanted ads with an anthropological eye, Our Man in Gdansk points out some rather interesting consumer trends while de-coding Polish prose.

Gynaecologists sometimes advertise a “full range of services.” This is a widely-understood code for “we do abortions.”… If you have the old-fashioned (read: communist) type of wardrobe door, which opens out on contraptions known as “hinges” you are a clod, a bumpkin. Remember: it's not “location, location, location” here. It's: “mozaika, glazura, terakota.”

So, what's wrong with being a bumpkin? Nothing of course, according to Go Jeronimo, if you own an apple orchard. A town called Warka was the apple of their bike excursion eyes, as the account of their day trip to the Polish countryside is blogged about.

From crisp apples to Internet Panels, Poland – IP news and resources both reports and celebrates as a case against a cyber-squatter is favorably decided upon by the EU:

I am happy to announce that that we won a case of Ericpol.eu domain against domain.com@gmail.com…

And for those expats in Poland who don't know squat about the upcoming elections (hint: EU citizens can vote in Poland), the beatroot posts the ABCs of expat voting marginalization perpetrated by local politicos:

The government web site on the municipal elections is dreadful. And when foreign media have covered it, they mostly don’t even bother to mention that we can be involved too…

Continuing with the expat indignation, P3 reports on the implications of homophobia on state policy and local organization who request funding. Apparently, a Warsaw project called “Campaign Against Homophobia” was rejected due to an incompatability with the official policy. Apparently, in the rejection letter from the Polish Ministry of Education, the following reasons were given:

The policy of [the] Ministry does not support actions that aim to propogate homosexual behaviour and such attitude[s] among young people. Also, the role of [the] Ministry is not to support cooperation of homosexual organisations.

Expats of the male persuasion need not fear that all is lost as The Real Warsaw passes along some tips from a Polish lady on how to meet the so-called fairer sex.

Polish-language bloggers were observing with amusement as a completely unknown candidate in local elections from the north-eastern city of Bialystok started gathering unprecedented popularity after placing his election spot on YouTube. Fragles reflects:

I must admit, if I’ve live there [in Bialystok]… I’d vote for him. He’s your guy! He says exactly the same things as Kaczynsk brothers, Lepper & Giertych together. But how he says them! Hapeau bas, ladies & gents.

Otherwise, local elections generated surprisingly little excitement. Most bloggers contented themselves with encouraging people to vote at all, and later posting the results.

Among others, Kurczeblade noted a complete defeat of the radical right LPR’s candidate for Warsaw’s mayor, who rated even behind a well-known comedian Waldemar Fydrych, of “Gnomes & morons election committee.

The YouTube hero managed to garner a suprising 3,3% vote, which gave him the fourth place in the run.

That’s the Poland blogopshere update! Until next time – Do widzenia i powodzenia!


  • Not Frydrych, but Fydrych. Kononowicz got finally 1,8%, not 3,3. The rest is OK :)

  • jordan seidel

    Hey, thanks alot for checking our work. This is very important to make sure we are getting the most accurate info out. Keep up the good work! Jordan ans Maria Seidel

    PS. Sorry that this is so late!

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