Freelance journalist, blogger, podcaster. Columnist of @blisty.
Tweeting mostly about politics - British and Polish.
Also: I like trucks :)
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May 28 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
RATUNKU, ZAPĘTLIŁEM SIĘ!
1. Chcę złożyć wniosek o nowy paszport.
Idę na stronę konsulatu w Edynburgu. Czytam "obowiązuje system zapisów przez stronę e-konsulat". Jest link. Klikam. 2. Z listy wybieram Wielka Brytania a następnie klikam Edynburg:
Apr 18 • 36 tweets • 8 min read
I was asked what "westplainer" is. It's a word we use in our part of Europe usually used to describe a person from the West, who often hasn't even known until last year where Ukraine is, but suddenly needs to tell us how we in Eastern Europe are wrong about Russia.
A Thread ⬇️
So let me show you one on an example, as one just bumped up my Twitter notification feed. Meed Alexander, an engineering student from Vienna, who saw my recent thread on what we have to remember when planning for our future with Russia, and decided to throw a racist card in 1/n
Apr 16 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Poland, hailed worldwide for it's warm welcome to refugees from Ukraine, still breaks Polish, international and human laws on the border with Belarus, not only by not allowing people coming through there to claim asylym, but also illegally pushing them back into Belarus. Some 1/n
activist placed interesting signs on the local roads there, and they have to be local as govenrment made it into exclusion zone and no outsiders, including press and humanitarian organization, are allowed.
"ZONE OF EXCEPTIONAL VILLAINY" says this one "HELPING FORBIDEN. 2/n
Apr 16 • 18 tweets • 5 min read
At the beginning of that war, I was willing to believe that it was just Putin's madness, and those soldiers were framed, they weren't told the truth, and so on. It could be true for some of them for, like, the first two days. But by today we know it's Russia's war 1/n
Of course, there are still Russians who are decent people appalled at what is going on. But the fact, that it is widely accepted and the majority of the society goes along with it - even if they are against it when talking with friends in the kitchen - is appalling. 2/n
Mar 11 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
How an Ukrainian village armed with two flags defeated two Russian tanks:
1. 4 Russian tanks enter village. Villagers watch carefully from distance. Russians transfer fuel from two of them to other two, get onto those two and leave the two dry tanks in the village.
2. Villagers plant Ukrainian flags on those tanks.
3. The other two tanks return, see tanks with Ukrainian flags and open fire, destroying them completely. Keep driving around looking for their other two tanks.
Mar 10 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Yet another British person tells me I am to quick to jump to conclusions about who is to blame for that war and that we in Eastern Europe are biased against Russia. So let me explain it here: our opinion of Russia is based on experience. I am Polish for example and my country 1/
Had been occupied by Russia, dominated by Russia or was fighting with Russian "special operations" aiming to "protect ethnic minorities opressed by Poles" for most part of the last 300 years. So don't tell me "we dont have enough facts" and we need to look deeper. 2/
Jan 24 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Driver shortage, you say?
I was invited for driving assesment to a major supermarket chain. They booked me twice by mistake, but called me and we confirmed it's today at 7am. Arrived 6:55 but nobody was answering the intercom at the gate. Drove around looking for alternative 1/x2/X entrance to the depot, asked someone, told I was in the right place first time. Arrived again 7:03, this time they buzzed me in without speaking to me. I am now sitting at the unstaffed reception, waiting. Tried to go upstairs to ask in the offices, told to go back here and
Dec 25, 2021 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
16 years ago there was a dangerous situation on the Polish railways. A train A was going downhill on single-track line lost its brakes. It was supposed to pass train B in a small station of Jeleśnia, pictured. The driver of A reported loss of brakes on the radio. 1/x
According to the procedure, the station master should direct train A into the siding so it derails. But at the speed it would get by the time it reaches the station, it would crash through a busy road, industrial site and then into a river. 2/x
Sep 24, 2021 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
"It's only one garage" I was told when I mentioned that there was no HGV diesel at Lomond Gate earlier this week. But is it really not an issue when "only some garages have no fuel"? A thread: 1. Lomond Gate is the last garage on the A82 going north that is really suitable for trucks. There is a self-service one in Luss, but does not take fleet cards. Then there is Green Welly in Tyndrum but it closes at 9pm. The ones in Ballachulish and Onich are also daytime only
Jul 2, 2021 • 33 tweets • 19 min read
I've decided to collect all the #brexitbenefits I observe in one thread, so it's easier to find them.
So here you have Tesco in Oban right now:
This was KFC in Cambuslang yesterday
Jan 14, 2021 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Polish trucking magazine 40ton.net reports: A Polish truck driver entered Kent on Monday with valid Kent permit. He turned up at Ashford when they told him that his documents need to be double-checked, so he was sent to a different truck park to wait. 1/4
On Wednesday (!) he was informed his paperwork got a green light and told to come back to Ashford custom place only to find that custom truck park is full. He was told to park on yet another truck park which serves the queue. 2/4
Dec 22, 2020 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
Truck drivers stranded on the airport near Dover are not allowed to use portable cookers, even outside their trucks, due to fire hazard. So they can't cook themselves a meal or even boil a kettle for tea.