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Periodic maintenance

Just to say I’ve tidied up the comments, which is to say I’ve deleted a few hundred of those “Hey, your blog looks great and I just wanted to say I really appreciate all the work you’ve done here…..etc” spammy things and approved a few others from normal, hard working, decent people!

Yes, we do occasionally come back and check the place out just to make sure no squatters have moved in.

Anyway, it’ll soon be time for our Happy Christmas 2013 post so not much longer to wait.

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Merry Christmas/ Wesołych Świąt

To all from Polandian, have a Merry and peaceful Christmas. May the holiday season be one to catch up with loved ones, rest and hopefully eat, drink and be merry.

Merry Christmas

And now to play us out, we have Ladypank!

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Strangely Park, Warsaw – A neighbourhood like no other

While nobody is looking I thought I might slip in a little shameless self promotion. Might also be of interest to our readers (all three of them!), at least that’s my excuse!

I’m writing a story of a fictional neighbourhood here in Warsaw and the wealth of eccentric characters who inhabit the place. Any resemblance to anything or anyone real is purely coincidental, so my lawyers say.

It is written in my usual style, whatever that is, somewhat humorous, a tad satirical, vaguely informative with scattered boring bits. It has a life of its own and at the moment seems to be coming out as a kind of diary although I have a feeling it may wander around a little. Anyway, I hope you visit and enjoy it. Facebook tells me I need 30 “likes” before it can give me some really useful information….I’ve got one so far, and that’s me! Hmmmm.

Here’s a random sample for you:

Monday, November 12th
Update on the garage works.

As predicted but no less disappointing for the inevitability, the garage was not useable on Saturday, nor Sunday, not today either. I sometimes wonder why they bother typing these info-notes. Even if it was, the Holy Toyota, which was pushed out so they could paint the floor, is now blocking the entrance! Almost as bad, our left-over skirting boards were moved off the floor and hung on the bicycle racks belonging to Penthouse and Slightly Dangerous, her husband (we think), who live above us.

Relations between us and our upstairs neighbours have been strained recently, to say the least. I’ll explain later but suffice to say that our “Hi”s have turned into “Good Morning”s but both have been met with at best a grunt. All we are getting from Slightly Dangerous these days is blank, rather psychotic stares.

There’s more to worry about too. When they pushed the Holy Toyota out, Darth Muller was here and had the keys. He has since returned to Vienna so I’m hoping he left the keys or we might be without a garage for a while. If he did leave the keys that would be uncharacteristically trusting of him believing as he does that all Poles, in fact all humans, are out to get him.

On the plus side it does look as though the whole garage floor has been painted and we have new gratings over the drain. Small mercies.

Anyway, here are the links

STRANGELY PARK BLOG

STRANGELY PARK FACEBOOK PAGE

All support and encouragement gratefully received!

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Modlin Airport & Ryanair

Modlin (low cost) Warsaw airport

We are back from a few days in the UK visiting my family and can report on two travel “firsts” for the Scattergood household; Modlin Airport and Ryanair.

The combination of these two is a dream come true for us as it opens up again the route Warsaw-East Midlands, which used to be operated by BMIbaby many years ago from Okęcie Etiuda but was stopped when the Etiuda cattle shed was closed and they had to pay more to use Terminal 1. It’s a perfect route for us now as Modlin is a very comfortable 30 minutes drive from home and East Midlands is the same from my parent’s home. Long may it continue!

Modlin worked fine. We decided not to risk the “come park in my field” cowboys and chose to leave the car in the P1 car park on the airport grounds right next to the departure/arrivals hall. For six days this cost 125 zlots, very reasonable IMO. The flow through the airport both going out and coming back worked well with the following exceptions:

  • Coffee shop on way out – not enough staff, too slow service = long queue.
  • Passport control in both directions – by far the longest wait of all. Inexcusable really because they clearly had enough ‘agents’ around but they just couldn’t be bothered to move their arses until the queue got to ridiculous proportions!
  • Standing outside waiting to board and also walking from plane to passport control on way back. This is a silly idea and needs to stop. It’s not a huge distance but it was bloody cold and windy. After being cuddled up warm in a plane or waiting lounge, people are going to get sick. No way this is feasible in proper winter weather.

Overall experience of Modlin was better than expected and would not hesitate using it again.

Ryanair

Ryanair has come in for a great deal of stick for many reasons, I think the main one being the way they want to charge for everything. Well, you only had to watch the vast majority of passengers struggling to hammer their ‘hang luggage’ into Ryanair’s baggage measurer to see who’s doing all the complaining and why, perhaps, Ryanair think they are wrong. I have to say, based on this one return flight, I’m on Ryanair’s side. The flight was every bit as good as Wizz Air, EasyJet or any other budget airline we’ve flown with. Yes, they do charge for lots of stuff but no more than anyone else and they don’t force you to use it. We paid for two bags in the hold of the plane and carried very small hand luggage, I think we were probably the only ones who did, and the total cost for three of us return to East Midlands was around 900 zlots. That’s a good price. The planes were clean, the seats were comfortable with enough room and the flights were without incident and on time. Both flights were very busy, I’d estimate 95% capacity on way out and 85% on the way back. They operate this route on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Hopefully it will continue to be popular and they will add more days.

Overall experience of Ryanair was also better than expected and would not hesitate using them again.

I’m sure something will come along to spoil this idyllic trip from Poland door to UK door but for now we are happy to have this available to us.

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Celebrity

It’s all too bloody weird and commercial for my liking but I suppose none of this should be a surprise.

According to this story in the Independent the celebrity couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce, were foiled in their attempt to gain the legal rights to use their daughter’s name, Blue Ivy, commercially in the USofA. After all, they only have just over a billion USD between them so another winning formula is needed.

I suppose we have to give them some credit for not naming their child Moon Unit, Fifi Trixibelle, Kal-El or Sage Moonblood. Blue Ivy does at least give the possibility of using the middle name if “Blue” isn’t working out. But my first uncomfortable thought was whether the choice of name was influenced by their already hatched commercial plans.

“Concentrate Jay-Z! We need a name that will work well with our forthcoming range of baby products and clothes so I don’t think your idea of Ma Bitch is really going to work!”

“Beyonce, baby, neither is your idea of Bling Dog. We gotta think again!”

“Okay, lets just get our marketing people on the job. They’ll come up with something.”

Which came first, the child’s name or the business idea, we don’t know. What we do know is that a wedding planner in Boston already has a business named Blue Ivy and that she mounted a legal challenge to protect her business against the big bad celebrities and won.

Again, I’m uncomfortable. Would her company not, in the main, benefit from the extraordinary amount of media attention that would be applied to “Blue Ivy – Baby Products by Jay-Z & Beyonce”? You’d think so and certainly her web site suggests she’s already making the most of it so I guess she thinks so too. But no, she was worried it would affect her business, in a negative way, and so she fought her corner and won. There is that last line of the Independent piece though where it says

“Alexander added that she would happily give up the rights to the name if Beyoncé and Jay-Z were to make an offer.”

Next moves I suppose are either to pay the lady an undisclosed sum or to call the baby product business Blue Ivy Z, Beyonce Blue Ivy, or to add the real surname and use Blue Ivy Carter, hmmmmm.

Is there anything on either side of this whole story that is not driven by money, possibly even greed? Why not call the poor mite Cash Cow and done with it?

Other heartwarming celebrity news – One Direction have burst into somebody-or-others chart of rich bastards with a combined estimated wealth of X millions, knocking the ginger Harry Potter guy down a place with only Y millions! (apologies for rampant gingerism back there!). I’ve never even heard of One Direction but they appear to be a bunch of twelve year olds with microphones. I assume they won one or other crass talent show?

I’m too old for this crap.