Okay, time for some news catch-up.
Last week, the big news here was Wednesday's vote of confidence in the parliament for the new government, which was preceded by new Prime Minister's, Ewa Kopacz's, expose. The vote of confidence wasn't too interesting - it was obvious that the government would get it. But every new PM's expose is something to look for...
Kopacz didn't do anything too surprising in her expose: as all PMs before her, she made a whole lot of promises she most probably isn't going to keep.
The fun part was that she declared that her government would execute the former government's plan three times faster... which is interesting, considering that the new goverment has many of the same members as the old one. The biggest change is the change of the PM: from Donald Tusk to Kopacz. And, suddenly, Kopacz declares that she's going to do everything that Tusk promised, but much faster. So... does it mean that Tusk was quite lame as the PM? It's an interesting suggestion, considering that Tusk and Kopacz are from the same party and friends in personal life...
Interesting soundbite from the expose was Kopacz turning to Tusk and saying: "I've got a message for you, Donald - I'm in charge of the government now". Unfortunately, she didn't end that part with a maniacal laughter
Another interesting thing from that day: shortly after the expose, the leader of the main opposition party (Law and Justice), Jarosław Kaczyński, approached Tusk and congratulated him on the "president of the EU" job. He even shook his hand... which caused total furor in the media, as the bloody rivalry between Kaczyński's LnJ and Tusk's Civic Platform, as well as the personal bitter animosity between the two men, were the central issues of Polish politics for years. With Kaczyński shaking Tusk's hand, media immediately started speculating: will the "Polish-Polish war" be over? Will LnJ and CP stop hating each other's guts and start cooperating finally?
The predictible answer: the handshake didn't change a bit. The two parties are still at each other's throats... And I'd say that it says a lot about our media that they started to deeply analyze *one frigging handshake*.
So, that was last week.
The most striking news of today (and of yesterday's evening) is Anna Przybylska
's death. She was an actress, a model, an A-list celebrity, she was beautiful
and a fun person
... and yet, she just died, being only 36. Of course, there are many people dying every day... but we often somehow assume the celebrities like Przybylska to be immune to that. Such people seem too young, too successful and too happy to just die like that. And yet, it happens. A death like that gives you a pause, somehow... And, of course, it's just sad, especially considering that she left three children behind.
In other news, one of our universities (I think it was Wrocław's Medical University) caused a small controversy, because they cancelled Behemoth's concert that was to take place in a club owned by the university. The reason was the pressure from Catholic groups. Hmmmm.
BTW. Have you heard last week's news of HMS Erebus
being found? I think it's interesting. I've read Dan Simmons' The Terror
, so I've heard of that mystery... It's interesting to see it finally solved.