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750th Video: Lech Wałęsa and Lech Balcerowicz – 20 years of Polish Freedom


Original YT playout date: 12 March 2009
Duration: 41:59

Warsaw Voice selected these two amazing people as joint winners of the chair of the two decades of Polish freedom, and 20 years also of the Warsaw Voice. This is the premier English language weekly in Poland. Lech Walesa and Leszek Balcerowicz need little if any introduction, and this great video, showing more of the evening and their speeches than was shown on TV, is a fine piece to place at the 3/4 spot in my collection here. We are three quarters of the way to the thousand videos goal I want to achieve before introducing some new ideas and formats. I hope Polish speakers will enjoy the speeches of the two great Polish heroes. I am aware that the sound level is not high enough, but I had to work with what I had. For non-Polish speakers, I hope you get a glimpse of what was a tremendous evening, one of my life’s highlights so far.
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Don’t miss the Grupa Strategia logo on the board at the back! We were sponsors of the event.

***Statistics and Credits***
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,539
Likes at the time added to HTV: 4
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 3
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 57.1%
Comments at time added: 0
Total interactions at time added: 7
Total interactions to views 0.5%
Location: At Europejski hotel
Other people featured: Lech Walesa, Lech Balcerowicz
Genre: Gala
Music used: Background only
Languages used: English, Polish,
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks: You cannot be in Poland for long before seeing important, historical people.

Radio Gold with Tommy Boyd


Original YT playout date: 11 March 2009
Duration: 24:38

A discussion with the talkradio guru about a number of topics: driving in Poland, surfeits of lampreys (it was Henry I by the way – I got the Henry bit right) Henry the Eighth, and about meeting Lech Walesa and Lech Balcerowicz. The video of the evening I’m talking about with Tommy is coming up as the next video and that’s going to be my 750th video, as it is a very special video. It’s rare to see those two giants of Polish politics on the same platform.
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Shouldn’t Poland be taking in more African refugees? Poland is a large EU country with a booming economy.


Last time I looked, Poland wasn’t the First Safe Country for any African country. Nor any Middle Eastern one. It is, however, First Safe Country for Ukraine, so in accordance with the relevant international treaty that is actually signed up to by our nations, namely the Dublin Accord, (as opposed to making new laws up as you go along, which is what some leaders in the EU, notably Merkel, have been doing) it accepts refugees from that country, and has done so far in excess of its duty, with about a million Ukrainians having benefited from an open door to Poland. And this in spite of Ukrainians having been responsible for some of the worst massacres against Poles in living memory. They are not exactly natural allies. In the main Ukrainians get on OK, and are popular, but there are those who need to keep their views to themselves as they would be quickly excoriated if they expressed Banderista tendencies in Poland.  As long as they treat the Poles as friends, it is reciprocated.

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We don’t need to import the desert – we’re the only EU country to have its own one! (Photo of Pustynia Błędowska by Manfred Rackelhuhn CC BY-SA 3.0)

As far as economic migrants are concerned there is no point in accepting these from Africa in a big lump but for sure there might be some who have skills we need, and indeed you do see Africans around, and I have been to a fine Nigerian doctor here in Warsaw, probably some of the people from Poland reading this post know who I mean, I will not embarrass him by naming him but there are several African doctors here and people like this man will always have an open door to Poland.

But they are also needed by their home countries, so accepting Africa’s best is not necessarily a brilliant moral high ground either.  Still, I do believe in freedom of movement for those who have talent and hard work. It is up to them, after that, what they do for their country of origin. On the one hand it seems unfair to drain the best brains from Nigeria, but on the other hand we can expect that among 200 million there will be some more with brains who would like to solve the considerable problems that country still has. Maybe a partnership between them and their countrymen and tribesmen resident in Europe and America will enable them to do more. I only hope the best for the Nigeria people as any African nation.

Now I should say clearly one more thing. Poland is not interested in allowing armies in. When Ukrainians come, we see couples, families, and singles of both sexes. When North Africans come we see men who ought to be fighting for their homes, not leaving women and children behind to fight us for our spaces, which they will go on to ruin because the sort of people who cannot make their own country right cannot make ours right either.

We’ve been told by al-Baghdadi and his baggy buddies that the refugee stream will contain trained jihadis but so far this threat doesn’t seem to have been taken seriously enough in Europe. I get “innocent till proven guilty” but when you consider that the people who have been barging into Europe have already broken multiple laws to get here and linked themselves up with gangs on insalubrious people, I think we would be justified in suspending that grand maxim of jurisprudence in the interests of the safety of those we already have in our part of the world who live peaceably and pay their taxes.

I will admit that it is a major headscratch to know how to distinguish jihadies from ordinary people, it is not like they walk around with “I’m a jihadi” written on their faces (they don’t do tattoos, that’s one thing I actually like about them), but the most serious agents are of course going to have like a “dispensation” to behave in a non-Islamic manner to avoid suspicion. Just because someone has a drink with you and enjoys a ham sandwich and is nowhere near the Masjid on a Friday night – it’s no guarantee, I’m afraid. On the other hand there are plenty in the Masjid who wouldn’t hurt a fly, and you can’t tell for sure who they are, either.

People used to say that Russians were like matryoshka dolls, with different levels that you peel off to get to the next one, but in my experience, Russians are “Israelites in whom there is no guile” in comparison with the sons of the desert. And Uighurs, I have heard it said, are like onions.

If people genuinely fleeing conflict need help in the First Safe Country for sure Poland will send aid commensurate with its economy and in accordance with what the law intends and not Mrs Merkel and her great solo performance of holiday help. Poland has footed its share of the bill for measures undertaken both in Turkey and in Greece. And Greece itself is only First Safe Country if you say that Turkey is unsafe. I think the jury may well be out on that one.

(First published on Quora by me and now rewritten given that the original answer, which was not as full as this one, received 1.6 thousand views and 72 upvotes.)

Puławska Street and politics


Original YT playout date: 2 March 2009
Duration: 19:02

We have a drive through Mokotow and the talk turns to politics…
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Japanese friend in Warsaw


Original YT playout date: 24 February 2009
Duration: 24:49

Here is a day spent in the company of Takahiro Kajiura, an intelligent and cultured gentleman from the land of the flowering cherry.

I used for the background the song Ue o muite arukō, also known as Sukiyaki, by Kyu Sakamoto. This is a song I remembered from earliest childhood, which Takahiro-san helped me to identify.

上を向いて歩こう
Ue o muite arukō
I shall walk looking up

涙がこぼれないように
namida ga kobore nai yō ni
So that my tears won’t fall

思い出す春の日
Omoidasu haru no hi
Remembering Spring days

一人ぼっちの夜
Hitori bocchi no yoru
On this lonely night.
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On Not Meeting Konwicki


Original YT playout date: 19 February 2009
Duration: 15:26

This living legend of literature was signing his book right next to my office, and as a literary person I wanted to go along and meet this figurehead letterhead. Unfortunately, all the other budding literati had the same notion, and the crowds of cultural vulturals descended on Wiejska Street in such force that I could not get anywhere near the great man.
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Wroclaw Revisited


Original YT playout date: 15 February 2009
Duration: 52:08

Here’s an interesting one. The original video length is 52 minutes and 8 seconds. I did use back then various pieces of music in the mistaken belief that I was doing labels a favour by introducing them via my films to a new set of people. In most cases this has been reason to take all the ad revenues and share them among the music providers with nothing left for me, as though there was nothing in the video other than their music. I have never seen the logic of this, but it is not the main problem.
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Jerusalem Avenue


Original YT playout date: 14 February 2009
Duration: 10:45

It’s Aleje Jerozolimskie in Warsaw, and I’m in a grumpy mood. I’ve wanted to tear the London Steak House apart in a rant for some time. It counts as a blot on the landscape as far as I’m concerned. Why can’t they get this place put under new management?
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In an Aquarist Store


Original YT playout date: 10 February 2009
Duration: 7:45

It’s Kakadu, formerly Anna Zoo, in Galeria Mokotow, Warsaw
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Duda-Bis protests against Raiffeisenbank


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Original YT playout date: 7 February 2009
Duration: 4:07

The following is the original comment from 12 years ago. I kept it in as its relevance to today is somehow abiding.
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Huliganov’s Chicken Cretins


Original YT playout date: 7 February 2009
Duration: 1:22

If you think this is gonna be another cookery programme, then you’re in for a big disappointment. Or maybe not…
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Drive through Warsaw on a Saturday Afternoon in Winter


Original YT playout date: 3 February 2009
Duration: 19:37

From Praga Polnoc to Ochota just to see a bit of Warsaw.
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