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Michael Dembinski
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Jeziorki meltdown in the fog
It's been a long winter - the ice on the ponds has been there for an unbroken 47 days. On Thursday, the temperature soared to 8C in the sunshine, then fell back to around 2C at night, has stayed around that level ever since. It rained much of yesterday. The...

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Truth,spin, bullshit and lies
In my childhood, I was taught not to lie, to tell the truth. Parents, teachers, priests would all say in unison - fibs are bad, truth is good. The world has moved on. Lies in politics once meant the end of a career. Then came Spin. "From their point of view...

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Historical turning point - which way now?
The world I was born into was created in late July 1945, in the wake of the Labour Party's victory in the UK general election. It was an unexpected victory; Winston Churchill, who had led the nation to defeat the Nazis, was beaten with a 12% swing to Labour...

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Short haul musings
Unbelievable! You can fly Ryanair from Warsaw Okęcie to Wrocław for 9.19zł + 8% VAT (as a domestic flight), in total 9.93zł, or £1.95 each way. Booked just 15 days in advance. I had to be in Kąty Wrocławskie for a meeting that started at 09:30; the outbound...

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Fifteen years in one house
Old Polish proverb: "The first house you build, you build for your enemy. The second house you build, you build for a friend. The third house you build, you build for yourself." The suggestion is, of course, that practice makes perfect. Far more Poles live ...

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Walkers' London
Beautifully sunny day in London, 10C, spring on the way. In Warsaw, it's -7C. And snowing. To get to know any city, go on foot. Last November, I was in Edinburgh on a similarly lovely, sun-drenched day (as sun-drenched as is possible in Edinburgh in Novembe...

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Ukraine: Would I stay or would I go?
The war drags on. It's not a civil war between the Ukrainian government and separatists - it's a war between two nations - Russia and Ukraine. Russia is using the formula that 'pro-Russian separatists' are trying to gain independence from Ukraine, to fool t...

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How to annoy the passengers
As I wrote six months ago , the area around Metro Wilanowska, a major public-transport junction served by the Metro, trams and buses, is being redeveloped. The main pedestrian thoroughfare has been closed for the duration, which might be another year to 18 ...

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<i>Adventures of a Young Pole in Exile</i> - book review
Every now and then a book comes along which resonates with my family experience. The last such book was B.E. Andre's With Blood and Scars , about Poles living in 1960s Manchester. Now, a new book has appeared that tells in great detail the story of how Pole...

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Nikon CoolPix P900 Superzoom put to the test
For aviation photography, I'm being won over by the Nikon CoolPix P900, despite its small sensor size (a mere 6.2 x 4.6 mm compared to the 24x16mm on my Nikon D3300). It can turn out spectacular images, but its real strengths are to be seen at the long end ...
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