This is the Beatroot’s second visit to Polandian. This time he’s brought along his very own extra-large coffee mug to “save us the washing up.” We’ll be counting the spoons after he’s gone.
Ah, the perfect Polish picnic. Sitting with the girlfriend and dog by the pond in our local park on a warm, early summer’s day. In the picnic basket: cold cuts of meat, salad, sandwiches, a hard boiled egg…or two! And then the girlfriend gets out the tulip shaped glasses and I pop the cork of the gently chilled Spanish kava.
Actually, that pop just brought me back to consciousness. The last bit about popping the bubbly, of course, was a dream. Because I could get nicked in Poland by the cops for drinking alcohol in public, if I did.
I have seen police here, harass all those who drink in public. No exceptions. They don’t seem to differentiate between drunken yobbies getting aggressive in public places, from the calm family picnic with wine, or students eking out the last of the six pack. That’s because the law does not differentiate, either. It’s just a pissed law, if ever there was one.
So many people put whatever alcohol they have in thermos flasks. But you can’t really do that with Spanish bubbly, can you? That would turn it into an Improvised Explosive Device, very much like what the Taliban are using against Pole and Brit Corp in Afghanistan.
Boris the Twit?
Last month, Londoners elected the goofy Boris Johnson to the mayoral office. While a journalist, he was slightly in the direction of libertarian. But, once in office, the first thing he does is ban alcohol on the London Underground. No booze tubes allowed in Tube. Shock!
But…how many people do you know go out on the town to have a drink on the metro? How many times does someone ring you up and say: “How about coming out for a drink? No, not the King’s Head, the Circle Line!”
I mean, it just doesn’t happen. It’s a minority pursuit. People who regularly drink on metros are usually having an animated conversation with themselves about the art of Bog Snorkelling.
So I was glad that last night in London – the last night before the ban – what seemed like thousands of people did just that. They went out for a party on the circle line. CNN reports that:
Eyewitnesses have described how some drunken partygoers, often dressed in fancy dress, fought, damaged subway trains and vomited.
A little unpleasant, but I think Boris the Mayor deserved it. Twit. But what could they do if we, in Poland, had a mass drink – in, er…out? Al fresco Alcohol Day, to reclaim the streets, and parks, from the authorities, who think that each and everyone of us is a rampaging thug-in-waiting, unleashed as soon as he has consumed half a bottle of wine, in a park in Warsaw, on a lovely summer’s day, like today.
I drink to your health with a glass of Fanta. Cheers!
Uwaga – CNN link here!
The Beatroot is the author of The Beatroot (if you can get your head around that concept) a blog about Polish politics, current affairs and, occasionally, root vegetables.