Summing up 2017

As on New Year’s Eve most people will think about getting wasted and fireworks, I thought a lengthy post will not receive much attention tonight. So I decided to sum up 2017 in a bit simpler way: by the means of a photograph.

It was not taken by me. It was published on The New York Times website in an 11/11/17 article by Megan Specia, “Nationalist March Dominates Poland’s Independence Day”. The author of the photo is Radek Pietruszka.

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More terrifying photos from the Nationalist Rally 2017 by various photographers including Jacek Turczyk and Paweł Supernak can be found here (Johnny Simon, “The images from Poland’s far-right rally are terrifying by design” – so true).

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Throwback Thursday, Christmas edition

It’s the 21st December. Christmas is a few days away and you cannot deny it.

Could we please look back at Allegro’s last year’s Christmas advert?

Every Autumn we get sick of omnipresent festive twists on advertising, but there is one thing everyone is waiting for – a John Lewis Christmas advert. JL was always a certain winner, but since last year there is another runner up for the prize for the most tear-jerking TV clip. In Autumn 216 Allegro, a Polish counterpart of Amazon, treated us with this gem. And like John Lewis uses no words, you don’t need to speak Polish to understand this advert – just a few simple English words.

 

The video quickly went viral not because of fancy Christmas lights or strippers. It shows us why we are so in love with things.

Things are there to open up new possibilities. Got a piano? Play the piano. Got a mug? Make a nice cup of tea and sit by the window, admiring the design and listening to the sound of the rain.

English textbook? Get down to work and learn the language to speak to your son’s family.  Make memories. Don’t focus on the stuff.

 

Winter in Poland

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The drawing speaks for itself. Or if it doesn’t, here are a few quick facts:

  • 33 out of 50 European cities with most severe air pollution are in Poland.
  • 48 thousand people in Poland die prematurely every year from diseases linked to air pollution.
  • In December 2017 air quality in Warsaw was worse than in Beijing.

If Polish government wanted Poland to become Europe’s capital, it achieved its goal – it became Europe’s capital of smog. Not sure it should stay this way…

The main reasons behind Poland’s insanely high air pollution levels are low-stack emissions – according to data, 70% of households burn low quality coal and rubbish to heat their homes. State investments in unprofitable coal mines don’t cease.

Show of hands, please: who else thinks that Poland should change its environmental policy?

Comment below!

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Sources: Polish Smog Alert  & Financial Times