Saturday, 30 September 2006

Do Widzenia, Poland

It is with heavy heart we bid our final farewell to Krakow and indeed to Poland. It’s hard to believe that we have lived in this country for over three months now and sadly it is time to move on.

We have been extremely lucky to have stayed in some truly lovely places and with it we have met some wonderfully warm-hearted and generous people. The country has been a complete revelation and we implore anyone who has the opportunity, to visit. Take a chance and you will be handsomely rewarded.

If I had to pick just the one city to visit, it would have to Krakow. Everywhere else we have been to is equally charming but Krakow just has that little extra. It is far bigger and therefore offers much more to do, whether it is sight seeing, dining out, bar hopping or simply just out for a stroll taking in the ambience. The photos we have selected simply do not do it justice but hopefully it will offer you some indication of what to expect.

Tomorrow is the dawn of a new month and with it we head for a new country. We drive down to Slovakia; through the Tatra Mountains and into Banska where we shall find our home for the next three weeks. Thereafter we carry on to Nitra for another three weeks before deciding on our next move. Perhaps we shall continue our stay in Slovakia or we may drive into Hungary- the deciding factor remains the weather as we have no desire to drive through harsh winter conditions.

Ultimately we aim to be in Slovenia for Christmas where we intend to shore up the car for a few months before heading off into Croatia for the Spring. Slovenia is ideally situated on the Adriatic Sea and should therefore offer a more temperate climate. It is also very close to Italy and Austria where we shall spend some time- provided our budget stretches to the main land European cost of living!

So, once again we will be off line until we get settled and examine the options we have to connect to the internet Until then we will wish you and Poland a warm adieu and we hope to be back on line as soon as is possible.

OI, Victor

Yes you, Victor Kayam.

I have both a beard trimmer and a set of hair clippers both bought from your company. Both are high end products (so the price would lead me to believe) and to be honest, I am more than happy with the results.

They are both rechargeable units and each shaver/clipper has its own transformer to recharge the battery after use, BUT, why can't the basic transformers be interchanged? WHY must a lug around two heavy, bulky and awkward transformers because you decide to have different connectors?

Sort it out man, I can understand safeguarding your products from rival manufacturers but from each other? 'Dickless!

Background Noise

Do you think one gets influenced by what one hears around them?

If the background conversation is say, about the weather, do you think about the weather? Or if someone is moaning within earshot, do you begin to feel down?

It recently just dawned on me that since we've been away from the UK, we have rarely (if any) heard English being spoken and so we are completely unaware of what everyday conversation is occurring around us. Subsequently, we are always happy as we are not hearing any depressing or bad news.



Or perhaps it could be that we haven't done a stroke of work for six months now...

Thursday, 28 September 2006

Pedestrian Safety

You may recall our mentioning the rather enthusiastic Polish driving and their scant regard to things like green pedestrian lights and zebra crossings. None are the remotest hindrance to the hardened motorists and they will take you out if you even dare to look like you want to cross.

Well, we are now in a position to best advise how to cross a busy road using a zebra crossing.

Wait patiently (not for the traffic to stop you fool, that will never occur) but until a local wishes to cross.

Stand directly next to them and move exactly as and when they do. Do not stop to think or analyse the reason for moving, do not consider any aspects for personal safety but simply mirror precisely what your host does and you will reach the other side safely.

Next week we will investigate the possibility of reproducing the above procedure without having to grab hold of your crossing buddy without resorting to a death grip on their arm and blubbing like a big girl's blouse.

Curryski

Had our first curry in Poland today.

Soup starters, although it was a bit odd having chicken noodle soup as an authentic Indian dish...but wifey's lentil soup was bang on the money.

Followed by naan bread, with chicken tikka (2 x bits) and two kebabs with a couple of dipping sauces. Veggie main was rice, vegetable curry, more naan and a salad. Plus one large Coke and sparkling water. Good standard, certainly on par with some we've had in the UK and all in pleasant surroundings right in the middle of Krakow.

The best bit? No "quality" Indian music on continuous loop- we had synthesised rock and roll ballads. I kid you not. :-)

The bill came to £9.00

Poland, we are so going to miss you!

Wednesday, 27 September 2006

It's a Bargain Tel

Aside from shopping, dining out and drinking, electrical items are awfully good value here.

We bought a kettle (cordless) and toaster (de-frost/toasting rack etc) for around £7 quid a piece and a grand job they have done for us to date.

However, best deals of the tour so far?

A DVD player for £8.59 and a laptop (Toshiba) for £262, although admittedly the memory was a tad on the small side.

Beat that anyone?

More Stuff That Gets on My Tits

Part # 477:

Shoppers who stand there gawping at the checkout people and then seem amazed that they have to pay for the items they have just bought.

Naturally their purse/wallet (personal experience shows 99% chance it's a burd) is right at the bottom of their hand/shopping bag.

Then it's all in change, counting every last penny out. This usually last three days.

But the best bit is still to come- they then realise they have to pack their stuff. Never occurs to them to do this whilst the items are being priced and they're doing their gormless stare routine.



However, all of this I could forgive (just) if it wasn't for the cashiers who then noticing there is a bottle neck still continue to chuck your shopping down the same chute as Miss Braindead 2006 who is now scratching her head and wondering why she's getting splinters in her fingers.

Counting to 10, v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y...

Tesco

Yup, even here in Poland, Tesco is alive, well and thriving.

And even here we have empty checkout desks yet queues of shoppers waiting to get served by the usual two cashiers.

Of course one of these is the "Five Items or Less" express checkout.

*sigh*

Monday, 25 September 2006

Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur

*sings loud and proud*....*then fizzles out as reality dawns*

It was a nice day on Saturday here in Krakow and so we decided to go for a walk. The day's attire was my Spurs shirt (dark blue; away colours as we certainly are away by a long way) and I felt safe that no one would take objection to my wearing it as we were in Poland.

We popped into our local bar (yet again we have managed to find possibly the best pub in the area and been made to feel quite welcome) and as we entered, a football match was kicking off. It was live, it was Liverpool against Tottenham and it was a Saturday at 3.00 pm.

That may not be significant to some of you, but if you are a footie fan you will know that you cannot watch a game, live on TV at that time- impossible. You can catch the later kick off at 5.00 pm on Sky or any game on a Sunday but not then, not in England.

Yet here we were, in Poland with me wearing the colours settling down to watch the game unfold in front of our very eyes.






Wish we hadn't bothered- we got stuffed 3-0, but at least the locals had a good laugh...

Drug Trials

At some point new drugs coming onto the market will need to be trialed on humans.

Usually this is arranged by asking volunteers to come forward to undergo a series of tests and all results are scrupulously recorded for analysis to show all is well and the new drug can be issued for general use.

Now I used the word volunteer but it's not strictly true as there is also a financial incentive, which is fair enough. It can be quite lucrative depending on the amount of discomfort or possible side affects the trialee has to undergo.

Usually too, it is the student sector which supplies the volunteers- they're always desperate for cash.

It is this observation that caught my interest. Students are usually in the 20-25 year old bracket, young, fit and healthy.

How can the results of any tests be deemed to be a reasonable reflection of any possible side affects when the end user group is usually the older generation? Perhaps some 40 0dd years older, certainly not as fit and definitely not as healthy?

Sunday, 24 September 2006

Richard Hammond

Has recently been in the news following a horrific car accident whilst attempting to break the land speed record in a jet powered car, filming for the BBC's "Top Gear".

Thankfully he appears to be making a very quick recovery, despite crashing at a speed of nearly 300 mph and suffering brain damage.

I mention him as I like the guy and I used to watch him before his break into prime time broadcasting with the Beeb, when he used to present motorcycling shows on satellite TV for "Men and Motors"

I hope he continues to make a full and quick recovery- there aren't enough two wheelers out there to lose another one.

19th September

Last Tuesday in fact, was "International Talk Like a Pirate Day" (I kid you not, this is for real!)

So in honour of this prestigious day I would like to relate to you all my favourite pirate joke; apologies to all if you've heard this before.

Q: Why are pirates called pirates?

A: 'Cos they just Aaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh............


Slays me every time. :-D

The Bait Box*

Just heard that the government is producing guidelines as to what to put into your child's packed lunch.

Are you having a fucking laugh?

For decades mothers (usually) across the country have seen fit to provide packed lunches for their kids without harm, ill effects or malnutrition but now the powers that be have decided that that is no longer good enough.

Here's a lovely quote from the article from the School Food Trust's chief executive: "We're not trying to patronise, we're trying to help."

The government is telling you what to feed your kids and then insists it is not trying to be patronising! I don't even have kids and I feel insulted.

Ye gods, what is becoming of the country?


*Geordie slang for packed lunch

Saturday, 23 September 2006

The Price of Being a Fan

It has recently been estimated that if you follow a football team in the UK (from childhood until old age) the personal cost is nearly £100 000 in your lifetime!

Just imagine- one hundred grand to have your heart in your mouth every Saturday come 5.00 pm and the final scores are rolling in.

Mind you, £100k is chicken feed to some- some of the players we watch earn that in a week.


Some even deserve it! :-D

Pirate Copying

It's apparently killing the business, you know.

Illegal copying of music and films is bringing the industry to its knees because royalties are not being collected for the poor artistes.

Yeah, sure.

I can just see Tom Cruise crying into his cornflakes because someone ripped off "War of the Worlds" and he didn't get his cut. (Luckily I haven't watched his version of the film as I understand it is utter, utter bog-flush so if anyone should be crying it's the poor punter who's just lobbed out a tenner plus for the DVD or cinema seat).

I might be a tad more sympathetic if the film stars didn't earn a few million per film (plus a percentage of the takings) or if the band I want to see live didn't charge £35-55+ a ticket for a 50 minute set.

And I'd certainly be more considerate if we got a few more original films instead of the tired and quite frankly inexcusably lazy "Rocky Part VIII", "Hollywood Re-writes History so the US of A is the Heroic Winner Once Again" or "Scary Movie 9" shite.

Music is no better with "bands" nowadays unable to play instruments, hold a note or even write an original song. All it takes, it would appear, is to look good* and be able to follow a choreographed dance routine.

*And that is subjective an' all- we don't half get some munglers on the TV...

My Omi Said

Lots of wise and wonderful things as it goes.

(Omi is German for grandmother by the way and not an extra from Star Wars).

One of my favourite things she said to me, now over thirty years ago, was that all muscles need exercising if they are to remain, supple, strong and tough and not just the obvious ones. She impressed upon me therefore to exercise my eyeballs on waking up every morning- just by rolling my eyes in all directions for a few seconds.

Now she could have been a great practical joker for nearly every day since she told me that I have indeed followed her advice, but the proof is in the pudding because at the age of 42 I still have great eyesight and do not need to wear glasses.

Plus it has the extra benefit of allowing me to look well hard too...

Shaken AND Stirred

We were just debating James Bond the other day and looking forward to the revamped version of "Casino Royale" with the latest Bond, Daniel Craig.

Lots has been said about his suitability to play the role (but if Lazenby got the nod it is obviously open to anyone- and Roger Moore certainly proved that), the majority negative, but I am more than happy with the choice and expect him to play the part with all the attributes required of a modern day 007.

Our discussions included the usual agendas and typically the "who's the best Bond" caused most differences of opinion. As usual I won the argument as without a shadow of a doubt it has to be Timothy Dalton.

Yes, I know Connery was the first and he was extremely good, but having read all the books by Ian Flemming, Dalton is by far the most accurate and so gets my vote.

In case you're wondering; the official line up of the official Bonds:

Sean Connery (1962–1967; 1971)
George Lazenby (1969)
Roger Moore (1973–1985)
Timothy Dalton (1987–1989)
Pierce Brosnan (1995–2002)
Daniel Craig (2006–?)

Friday, 22 September 2006

Spell Checker

Seems to be on the fritz- it doesn't recognise "akremptious".

Bloody useless!

I Say, I Say, I Say

Did you know that Shakespeare was accredited with inventing over 2000 words?

Not too difficult then I suppose- less words around in those days.

Wonder how one gets a word invented nowadays?

It's all a bit akremptious, isn't it?

Martial Arts

As some of you know, wifey is a student of the martial art of Kung Fu (Wing Chun as it goes) and despite having to stop taking formal lessons on account of now no longer being able to commute to her classes, she continues to practise her routines most days.

Indeed, much fun is had by her kicking ten tons of crap out of me as she runs through her palm strikes, elbow swipes, kidney blows, finger jabs, knee-cap destructors and various other death blows usually only seen on television.

Her: "Of course this is necessary- think of how useful it is to be able to defend us against muggings."

Muggings: "Yes dear, call me old fashioned but I'd rather be put in hospital by an attacker than by you as it goes"

Student Grants

Isn't it shocking that the future of tomorrow have to pay for their own further education at university?

Various estimates suggest that by the time a student has completed their studies, they may be £20-30 000 in debt. OK, so the debt is deferred until a job has been obtained and interest rates are suitably reduced (should any interest be charged, I wonder?) but there is no guarantee that a suitable career can be secured.

Imagine that; £20-30k in debt just for wanting to better yourself and perhaps put a little something back into the country by way of your newly learned skills and knowledge.

I'd love to see what would happen if next year not one single university received any applications for any of the courses they offered. That would cause a flap- and rightly so. I find this whole idea quite appalling.

Equally too, some of the courses offered by these universities need to be reviewed.

By all means have a wide, varied and respectable range of subjects for study, but kick into touch the more remote, ridiculous and cushy numbers that are on offer.

How about this for a compromise?

Free and full government grants (as in the old days) for all courses that provide careers and jobs useful to the country and for the more light headed and work-shy student, study anything you like but pay for that yourself.

That will see the end of a BA in inter-continental paper folding with business studies, a BSc in crop rotation of a pea and associated pulses and a PhD in stand up comedy and Play Station gaming.

Of course that would also mean an end to a degree in marketing... :-)

Thursday, 21 September 2006

Oswiecim & Brzezinka

Not words I think you will be familiar with. However, if I were to say "Auschwitz" and "Birkenau" I'm certain all becomes clear.

We visited yesterday and even now, despite the mulititude of emotions I am still experiencing, the overwhelming feeling is of shame.








I am ashamed to be associated with the human race.

Bluetooth Ear Pieces

The essential must-have accessory for the ever present mobile phone. *rolls eyes*

Are you trying to tell me that even on your lunch break it is necessary to wear these ridiculous fashion statements because you just absolutely cannot afford to miss a single call in the next 30 minutes?

Are you so important that your office/place of work has to keep tabs on you 24/7?

Do you sleep with them in? Do you pose in front of the bedroom mirror and pretend you are a body guard or high security expert?

Per-leese.

Do us all a favour and stick the headset exactly where you look like one.

Food on the Hoof

A popular snack on the go here in Poland is something akin to a giant-sized bagel. Although I have no idea as to what they are called (but then again I have survived without local language knowledge for over three months now!) they are a top way to stave off hunger pangs whilst out and about.

Found almost everywhere around town and sold by street vendors, these delicious bread treats are filling, tasty and cheap. 17.5p cheap to be exact.

A Good Read

Something you're not used to if you follow this load of dribble but allow me to recommend two top books which we have recently finished.

1- "The Last Juror" by John Grisham
2- "The Fourth Hand" by John Irving

Take it from me that you could do far worse should you decide to obtain a copy of either book and spend a day or two perusing the pages. Both are superbly well written and require almost no effort to become completely involved in the stories.

Enjoy.

Got Me a Birthday Present

Many, many thanks to my favourite burd, Trixyminx, for taking the time, trouble and effort to send over two jars (?) of the new Marmite Squeezey.

You are indeed a life saver- cheers pet.

Wednesday, 20 September 2006

Last call for Krakow

So this is the most gorgeous - interesting - vibrant city we have yet encountered.

So the cost of beer here is 60 - 80 pence a pint, and it's good stuff.

So Ryanair and even BA have special offers on flights here.

So we have a spare bed in our cool apartment until the 1st October 2006.

So what's stopping you?

Monday, 18 September 2006

Sherlock Holmes

Arguably the most famous detective in the world and for me by far the best.

I am currently re-reading the complete works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and despite having devoured all of Holmes and Watson's adventures in my younger daze (sic) I am still as enchanted by the wonderful stories and prose from the late 1800s. Marvelous imagination, creative writing but above all a compulsive read.

Why is this not included in the English Literature syllabus? Why do we persist in sticking with the tired offerings by Shakespeare, Dickens, et al*?

I think a tad more credit should go out to Doyle and his works and it is certainly about time we had a shake up of authors for study.

Perhaps our Blog could be a contender, too...? :)

* Nowt wrong with them of course (although I am not a fan) but same old, same old is simply lazy.

Armenia Bielefeld

Not the greatest of footballing legends it has to be said, although we do hold one record in the Budesliga- the most relegated team in the entire history of Germany's premier division (and subsequently the most promoted team too; the yo-yo was named after Bielefeld).

However, for the first time in certainly my memory, Bielefeld has made British headlines having played the mighty Bayern Munchen (featuring your very own Owen Hargreaves) this weekend.

We were due for a stuffing as per, but not only did we win the game 2-1 but unfortunately Mr Hargreaves had a set back in the shape of a broken leg and he'll be out of England's next two qualifying matches against Macedonia and Croatia.

Not pleasant at all and 100% purely accidental but now perhaps you have at least heard of the place.

Bored?

Our bulging mail sack has been swamped with letters from readers of this fine board enquiring if we are bored yet.

Bored? Us? Bored?

We're the ones that wake up to different scenery every morning (well, nearly).

We're the ones who change accommodation as often as I change my "T" shirt.

We're the ones that have time to go to the cinema, concerts, theatre, museum, art gallery (yeah, right...).

We're the ones who eat out in restaurants most nights (at least whilst it's cheap).

We're the ones seeing new countries, cultures, customs and characters (last one v tenuous, but hey, such is alliteration).

We're the ones who can come and go as we choose, we're the ones meeting new and interesting people, we're the ones making our way slowly across Europe (slowly) and then out into the big wide world.


We're not the ones doing a 9 to 5, five times a week, back and forth from home to work and vice-versa.



Yeah, we're bored sackless we are... :-)

Saturday, 16 September 2006

Cracking Krakow






















Big Brother

I think that what I find most amazing is not that it is still being shown on national television or that they are still finding enough retards to appear on this piece of "quality" viewing it is that people still watch it.

Where do these people with IQs on par with their waist size actually live? Or are they related to the people who commission the programmes?

I suppose that that would quite clearly exemplify the dangers involved in in-breeding.

On the Make

Seems the theme for extorting money from passing tourists in all the countries we have passed through/stayed in is getting garbed out in fancy dress and then posing like a statue.

Should you be foolish enough to contribute to the "artiste's" art (loosely applied term) then you are rewarded with a dramatic movement allowing you to view the statue in a new and satisfying pose.


Do you shite. Look pal, here's a tenner now fuck off and leave us all in peace please...

Wednesday, 13 September 2006

You Couldn't make It Up...

Dibble in Preston (Lancashire, UK) are trying to ban a long term drinking tradition- drinking at the bar and have relabeled it “vertical drinking”.

Our “brains in blue” have come to the conclusion that it is one of the country’s main causes of public disorder. Their logic leads them to assume that if a drunk at the bar next to you knocks the pint out of your hand, it’s much easier to go for him directly than having to get out of a chair to punch his lights out. This is of course backed by the local NHS primary care trust and Preston Plod want a “no standing” drinking rule imposed on the city by the autumn; they want customers to be served only if they have a seat.

I could go on but words fail me. However, this was reported in The Times this week so not just a harmless wind up. Good to know how seriously our law enforcement officers are taking their jobs…

The Craic in Krakow

Been working on that title since Wroclaw...

Once again we venture into a new city in Poland and once again I have to report back that is even better than the previous offering.

Forget a long weekend here- you wouldn’t stand a chance to see all there is; even our three week stay is going to push it.

Situated in the South of the country, it has Poland’s second largest airport (in size and passenger traffic) so getting here is dead easy. Cheap flights from the UK are abundant and you can easily get a return trip for well less than a ton.

Accommodation is more expensive, but if you’re prepared to stay a bus ride out of town (we’re ~15 minutes away in the Dove Apartments, which are fabulous- more on that later) you can easily find somewhere within your price bracket. Again, public transport in Poland is cheap and plentiful so do not let that put you off.

The Main Market Square (Rynek Glowny) is a natural centre of the city and it is approximately 200 square metre in size. BIG. Along all four sides there are numerous restaurants and café bars, which due to the fierce competition means the lucky tourist is in for a great deal for his Zlotych. As if Poland’s prices weren’t already ridiculously cheap in the first place!

Krakow is not only a popular tourist destination but also a huge student town with upwards of 170 000 scholars frequenting the area, so including the working population and the natural inhabitants it makes for an eclectic and fresh mix.

The city centre is also surrounded by a meandering, oval ring of greenery (designed in the 19th century as a replacement for the demolished city walls) and the river Wisla flows past the East and South of the town.

It can take you a whole day to simply walk through the centre of the city and check out all the little side streets but it will be a day well spent. Fabulous place, and one we are already looking forward to seeing again later in the week to take some photos to give you a taste of what you are missing.

Monday, 11 September 2006

Wroclaw to Krakow

A shade under 300 km and we achieved it in around 2.5 hours.

No, we didn't fly. We used the Polish A4 and it was awesome. Almost Autobahn-like quality, with multiple lanes and great surfaces. Best Polish road of the tour to date and saved us loads of time.

We still witnessed some horrific carnage though- one accident (at last the remains of) looked quite ghastly. It really brings it home to you just how dangerous driving can be. :-(

However, full marks to Polish Traffic Dibble- without fuss or drama the guys kept traffic flowing and avoided any severe delay. Had that been in the UK, I'd have expected to see SWAT Teams descending on the area with GATSOs at the ready to catch out any speeders.

Yes, a tad cynical- but can you blame me?

9-11

Quite a few years ago a most terrible thing occurred.













It was my birthday...













Now, can we get back to calling it what it should be in English, please? It's 11th September if you don't mind.

Sunday, 10 September 2006

More Football Results

Spurs, Bielefeld and Southend all got dumped on their arses once again so really happy in k'tel world.

Germany on the other hand stuffed San Marino (away) 13-0 in the Euro 2008 qualifier during the week. This is a new record.

They could have scored a few less and let my other teams have the odd goal or two...

Ah well, perhaps next week?

On the Road, Again

That's another three weeks we've done in Poland and it is now time for us to leave Wroclaw and head south to Krakow. It's about a 300-350 km drive and so allowing for road and traffic conditions we should arrive there next Thursday.

Wroclaw has been a top experience and it has one of the most amazing town squares I have seen -the photos just don't do it justice. Once again I recommend a trip; a long weekend should cover most of the sights if you can't manage a week here.

We hope to be back on line soon but that depends on our next accommodation and we won't know for sure until we land, so until then, play nicely and we'll be back before you know it.

On the Buses

Being in pov mode, taxis are a thing of the past and it's all buses and trams to get us around town. It's quite a novel experience and extremely cheap in Poland to use public transport- in Wroclaw we pay around 35p for a single trip which is more than reasonable.

However, it's not the prices which have caught my eye but more so the younger generation of kids who use the bus. Without fail, without being prompted and without exception, they immediately give up there seat to the senior citizens boarding the bus. Quite remarkable and most refreshing to witness.




I just wish they wouldn't keep offering me their seat...

Wednesday, 6 September 2006

Polish Dogs

I mentioned that the Germans appear to be a big nation of dog lovers and it seems to be the same here in Poland. Dogs everywhere, either with or without owners. Not yappy little lap dogs either, but big, proper, feck-off dogs.

Unlike in Germany though, the Polish dog is not quite as spoilt or mollycoddled. It is left outside to live and guard the house and/or to scare the living shit out of innocent passers-by walking a bit too close to the fence.

I have no problem with dogs being kept outside at all. Makes perfect sense. However, this makes for a huge problem. Barking.

All day and night long you can hear a chorus of barks, snaps, yips, growls, snarls and other associated canine chatter and that really is all day and night long. As soon as one mutt stops, another starts and at times you can hear an entire pack of them from one street to another.

I presume that because everyone keeps dogs outside, ones gets used to the noise and over the weeks you do build up a tolerance to it. It must be like living next to a railway track or airport.

However, it really is quite difficult initially to get a good night's kip with all the hallabaloo going on in the background and that is about the only thing I will not miss about Poland.


Let's hope Krakow is a tad quieter.

Monday, 4 September 2006

Our Best Tour Memento


Here's the website: http://www.kafedelfin.prv.pl/

Rock an' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution,

Rock an' Roll's just rock and roll. Thanks to AC/DC for my inspired title which has bugger all to do with music, but noise.

How the bleedin' hell can the church start ringing its bells at 07.30 am on a Sunday morning?

Church bells going like the clappers (yes, deliberate...) at a completely un-Godly hour in the morning, on a weekend when most sane people are contemplating a lie in!

Unbelievable- you'd think there was a law against this, wouldn't you.

Oh, of course- the Church is the law...

Saturday, 2 September 2006

Our Apartment

Was due to be cleaned and our washing was to be taken away last Wednesday as arranged with the apartment owners when we took the place on. Nothing happened.

Friday, we heard the doorbell and there were the owners, extremely apologetic as their cleaner had quit without telling them (ironically she'd gone back to England) and they had no idea until they had just heard the apartment had not been sorted out.

They had also brought over all clean towels, bedding and they took our washing, and as way of an apology they had bought us a brand new microwave oven!

Now that is what you call service!

Poland is full of such lovely people and you're honestly all missing out.

Friday, 1 September 2006

New Month, New Photos

Look, just have a gander, say they're brilliant and I'll go away, all right?

Last month Germany, this month Poland. Now you'll be jealous.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ktelontour/

In Case You're Missing the World Cup...


How Wonderful Does This Look? Wroclaw in Pictures
















Religion

Personally I don't have one, nor do I follow a God. Quite comfortable doing my own thing but I have respect for people who do have Faith- each to their own and all that.

To my mind all the religions around this world are essentially a set of stories and basic rules on which you are expected to model your life to ensure you are a better person. These rules themselves are all decent enough, logical guidelines and usually make a lot of sense.

However, one or two of the mainstream religions have an interesting take on the humble pig. It is deemed that meat from this animal is verboten as it is a dirty creature. Sure, perhaps on first impressions it may be, but oddly enough, it is in fact one of the cleanest creatures.


So, if they can get something simple like that wrong, doesn't it make you wonder about the rest of the wise words? It does me...