In Poland you buy Christmas trees from a local markets, where farmers and other merchants come with their trucks full of freshly cut trees. Some of them come from legal sources, other from different, but that’s a different story. As usual, when the rednecks are involved in any story, things tend to get more interesting – and that’s the case this time as well.
We decided to get a Christmas tree late – as usual. This helps to get a really nice tree when there’s hardly any other customers left and the merchants want to leave, so they want to sell everything, hence the prices drop. We chose the tree we like – and asked for the wire packaging so we can put the tree into the boot of the car. As said before – when there are rednecks, things tend to get interesting, so I pulled the camera and I didn’t have to wait too long.
This is a very rare picture that emerged once I started to browse through my old pictures. I took this shot more than 10 years ago during my visit at the USS Intrepid, right after I read the news that Concorde is coming to town. This unique Concorde Alpha Delta G-BOAD – British Airways supersonic jet arrived to the USS Intrepid on the barge – and you can see her still sitting on the barge, ready to be unloaded. You might have noticed already that I am really into planes, this magnificent plane is in my top three. My favourites: Supermarine Spitfire, MiG-29 and Concorde – all of them are very special.
Back to Concorde – what a magnificent plane, how futuristic and ahead of its days, even for todays standards, it’s still like a science fiction creation! To bad that we, as a civilisation, seem to go backwards in time – we have no Space Shuttles, we do not fly to the moon, we do not travel supersonic anymore.
This particular aircraft, serial no. 100-010, registered under the G-BOAD sign, first flew on August 25, 1976. With a crew of nine, she could fly at 1,350 mph (2,150 km/h) at an altitude of 60,000 ft (18,181 m), where its 100 passengers could see the curvature of the Earth. The fastest Atlantic crossing by a Concorde occurred on the 7th of February 1996 and took 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds. Just an astonishing machine – too bad that I will never see it flying, let alone fly it.
You can visit this Concorde here. It’s worth it, really.
Today I visited a truly special place – top terrace of the famous PASTa building in the very middle of Warsaw. Unique history of this place, its role during the Warsaw’s Uprising in 1944, its location, the weather and the company of the new Yelp’s Community Manager for Warsaw – are all very special. Have a look at the interactive panoramas – you need to click them in order to make them work. Enjoy the view of the very heart of Warsaw during the truly sunny day.
This is where those panoramas were shot from:
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I came here first in 1992, as far as I can remember, when all the underground defence system was closed and the so-called “bar war” was full on. “Bar” from the steel bars that prevented anyone from entering, not from the place where you drink. Till today I was here like dozens of times, but still can’t get enough – this place is magic, has some special magnetism that calls me over and over again.
What you see on the pictures below – I my another trip to the Festungsfront Oder-Warthe-Bogen (Międzyrzecki Rejon Umocniony) where I follow the organised trip for the usual tourists with the guide. I criss-crossed the entire system too many times to remember, I know a lot about it, its history, strategic importance, reasons why it failed, what Russian Army did to it after the war – and I still like to come here, to feel its cold and infinite silence.
Programme of this trip:
We start with the Panzerwerk 717 (Pz.W. 717), tour the first level of the Panzerwerk, then we go down the stairs next to non-existent elevator shaft, then we go to the Heinrich train station on the main train line, then we return to towards the Werkgruppe Scharnhorst and we leave the system via the Pz.W. 716.
Ok, so I have bought myself a new computer today. A vintage, 1991 Apple Macintosh Powerbook 170 – with no charger, I have no idea if she works. I paid three small beers – so you see that the price was decent. Why have I bought such a thing? Well, this is a mystery even for me.
This is a picture of the car I washed like three hours ago. No, it’s not Paris or Kraków, where the amount of pollution is unbearable. This incredible amount of dust is a proof that the spring came and the trees and the grass blossom. Finally. I miss winter of course, but let there be a nice, warm spring. If you are allergic – take cover. Seriously.
Old, vintage soviet gents bike – Ukraina – that I got some time ago is currently restored by a super crew of Rowerownia Młyn in Wrocław (Breslau) in western Poland.
First picture (stolen from their Facebook profile) is very, very promising! Can’t wait!
Update: Amazing news! This very bike currently is starring as the vehicle of choice of the main character in a full feature movie, currently being shot in Wrocław! More details to come!
“All your base are belong to us” – a graffiti spotted on the wall in 2014 in Stettin, western Poland. It really made my day. How old is this, like thirty years? Someone still remembers – astonishing.
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