Thursday, 8 May 2014

Two rainbows

My journey to work yesterday was interrupted by the closure of the Metro's middle section, due to the detection of gas in the tunnels. Turns out it was not gas as such, but the chemical used to give (odourless) gas a characteristic smell, tert-Butylthiol (TBM). This incident occurring as it did at the height of the high school final exam week (the matura, which Eddie is currently taking), there is a suspicion that this incident was some form of sabotage.

Anyway, unable to take the Metro to work, I took the tram from Wilanowska, and passing Pl. Zbawiciela, I had the chance of getting a clear shot at Warsaw's rainbow, restored after having being torched for the third (or is it fourth? I lose count) time. Note the fire hydrant in the middle foreground! Yesterday's Gazeta Stołeczna published a poll in which 61% of Varsovians are in favour of keeping the rainbow.  When it first appeared ahead of the Euro2012 football championships, I was sceptical, but now I find myself quite fond of this new symbol of the Polish capital's increasing tolerance.


This evening, arriving home from work, I saw a beautiful double rainbow over Jeziorki, which I snapped from the balcony with my 10-24mm Nikkor zoomed out widest. A polarising filter helped to crank out the maximum from the rainbow, with pleasing result. Under the rainbow, the State Valuable Paper Creation Plant (Państwowa Wytwórnia Papierów Wartościowych) caught in the rays of the evening sun.


This time last year:
Dandelions in bloom (about two weeks later than this year)

This time two years ago:
Warsaw's city centre - a deli-free zone
[Today, the rather poor delis have gone, replaced by better shops. Differ or die.]

This time three years ago:
Patching up the holes

This time four years ago:
In search of the sublime aesthetic

This time seven years ago:
Flying in from the Faroes

13 comments:

Marcin said...

the Polish capital's increasing tolerance
You call a kind of the terrorizing by the LGBTies of the rest of the Varsovians "an increasing tolerance"? Pardon me Mike, but I have to point out, that if in London someone install a big penis in front of the Westminster Cathedral, then more then 61 percent of Londoners might be irritated and vicious on that. You should learn something more about Warsaw, to know, that after the WW2 communists intentionally destroyed the view on the Kościół Najświętszego Zbawiciela Sanktuarium Matki Zbawiciela (the Church of the Holies Saviour) by a building up of a mass and huge blocks of the MDM, as that sanctuary irritated them and most of the Party nomenclatura which settled over there. And because of the same reason, that sign of LGBT's rude and obscurity was installed there. That rainbow, has to antagonize Poles, provoke people from that parish and manifest intollerance toward people who disfavor the LGBTies. Here you have something about that square and church.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savior_Square
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Holiest_Saviour

Michael Dembinski said...

Beg to differ, Marcin. "Varsovians terrorised by the LGBTies"? Sorry I must have missed the news stories about meaty dresiarze getting beaten up by gangs of perfumed poofs :-)

Marcin - a rainbow's a rainbow and a penis a penis. A big difference.

The rainbow only antagonises those who a) have been told to be antagonised by it, b) are looking for something to be antagonised by.

Was the rainbow not originally a symbol of God's covenant with Noah? Why not see it that way?

Marcin said...

Helo, Mike. So what you say about a swastika, its origin and a meaning in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism? Or about a Celtic Cross. You, Englishman should be very sensitive toward that last one. Can you imagine, to install Celtic Cross in front of the main synagogue in London? So, how about the Rebel Flag, that in many places are banned and forbidden? And for example, to place an installation with the Rebel Flag in front of the Afro American Headquarter in Memphis, where Martin Luther King was assassinated? Can you imagine an installation with the David's Star in front of the Al-Kaba in Makka?

Marcin said...

Sorry I must have missed the news stories about meaty dresiarze getting beaten up by gangs of perfumed poofs :-)

Adding more. So, there's absolutely obvious, that four years ago in spring at the Krakowskie Przedmieście in front of the Pałac Namiestnikowski, most of the drunk and drug addicted old mohers, who prayed there, bit (using rosaries, flag-staffs and crosses), kicked, spited and abused peaceful, happy, unconcern, polite and nice youths, who unfortunately went on to a town exploring and simple walking. Have I missed anything? :O

Michael Dembinski said...

Marcin - at the end of the day this is about tolerance - about not being beaten up in the streets of Warsaw for the colour of one's skin or the clothes one wears. Not about forcing the LBGT agenda down anyone's throat. Tolerance and non-aggression.

Alexander said...

Tolerance has to come from both sides. The rainbow there has got nothing to do with tolarance, it is just a provocation. Everybody knew it will attacked, and the builders just want to accuse the Polish people of being narrow minded.
But most Polish people are civilized in there respons. What do you think will happen if you put up such a rainbow arch in front of a mosque in England ?
Best regards, Alexander

Marcin said...

Tolerance and non-aggression - you say. Okay, what's your point about year after year Drumcree conflicts at the Drumcree area near Portadown, where loyalists of the Orange Order aggressively and provocatively attack catholic and Irish minority, that lives there? And it occurs not only in Drumcree but in many cities in the Norther Ireland?

Michael Dembinski said...

@ Marcin

Marcin - sorry - I'm not blogging about Drumcree. I lived in the UK for nearly 40 years and have never heard of the place. Is it not beginning to dawn on you that maybe religion could be a cause of hatred and intolerance, of people being unable to live together in harmony?

Reminds me of the joke about the Rabbi walking down a street in Belfast. He's approached by a gang of men in balaclavas. "Protestant or Catholic?" they ask him. "Actually, I'm a Jew," he replies. "Alright - are you a Protestant Jew or a Catholic Jew?"

Michael Dembinski said...

Two things crossed my mind on the bus into town this morning. One: the provocative advert showing a pair of lips (this provocative advert) across the road from the Catholic church in Pyry. Now this is an outrage - and planned to outrage.

Why don't you take up arms against these cynical money-grubbing scandalists? (I for one will stop buying Profi soups after this.)

The second is the spuriousness of your arguments about synagogues. I'd agree with you if a Nationalist-Homosexualist regime had murdered six million Catholics in the name of ideology.

Michael Dembinski said...

@ Alexander - It would indeed be a great test to see what would happen if such a structure were to appear in a public space outside a mosque in the UK!

Bring it on. A great challenge to political correctness.

Marcin said...

OK, Mike, but you didn't answer on my question about a swastika, Celtic Cross, Rebel Flag and David's Star.

The second is the spuriousness of your arguments about synagogues. I'd agree with you if a Nationalist-Homosexualist regime had murdered six million Catholics in the name of ideology.

So, you haven't heard about that, that guy with a shorten moustache and a left-sided fringe had Slavics, catholics and some more on his Untermensch "agenda"? Sayin' more, more of them were exterminated. "The German Nazis were responsible for the Holocaust, the killing of approximately 6 million Jews (overwhelmingly Ashkenazim), as well as 2.5 million ethnic Poles, and 4 million others who were deemed 'unworthy of life' (including the disabled and mentally ill, Soviet prisoners of war, homosexuals, Freemasons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Romani) as part of a programme of deliberate extermination."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II#Concentration_camps.2C_slave_labour.2C_and_genocide

Marcin said...

From this night you, Mike, have a new face of a tolerance. It's name is the Eurovision Contest Winner, Conchita Wurts of Austria. Do you belove of such perversions? And what differs it from guys kissing each other, licking themselves, palpating each other, putting a male's finger into a male's..., and doing all of those disgusts publicly and provokatively? Is a sodomy a matter of tolerance, too?

Michael Dembinski said...

@ Marcin

My first, spontaneous, reaction to seeing the face of Conchita Wurst was disgust. As was my second reaction. I have had my natural instincts challenged, and did not feel comfortable.

I find all displays of overt sexual affection in public by two persons of whatever gender somewhat distasteful.

But that does not mean I'd attack such people with baseball bats or bricks if I did see them.