I have just noticed that our Facebook fan page already has 78 fans, yippee! That’s absolutely fantastic! Thank you.
But the question is: when will we break the 100 barrier?
Perhaps I should think of some incentive, but what should it be? Ideas?
In the meantime, you can join the Facebook page by clicking on the link below:
Years ago, when the inflation in Poland was in triple figures, we were all multi-millionaires.
I remember getting as a student a salary in the region of 14,000,000 old Polish Zloty, which would nowadays be worth probably around £300 or less.
I completely forgot what these notes used to look like until I stumbled across a fascinating collection on Flickr, called Polish Banknotes “Great Polish” featuring the entire collection of old 1980s and early 1990s notes.
There’s everything there – from a pretty worthless (even then) and pretty ugly 10 zloty note to a coveted 2,000,000 note featuring Ignacy Jan Paderewski, former Polish Prime Minister and pianist.
Marie Curie was featured on the commonly used, but pretty low-value 20,000 Zloty note, while Frederic Chopin was valued at only 5,000 Zloty.
Nicolas Copernicus, without whom we would still probably believe that the Sun circles the Earth and not the other way round, was featured on the 1,000 Zloty note. What a cheek.
I asked Peter, the owner of the collection on Flickr why he uploaded the images.
“Memories. Plus I wanted to share part of our history with the world,” he told me.
You may have heard about the latest installation at Tate Modern in London by Miroslaw Balka, called How it is. It’s been there since October last year and – like every major installation in the Turbine Hall – it’s been covered by most mainstream UK media already. I only managed to see it for the first time yesterday.
It’s an epic ‘sculpture’, which in fact is a very tall metal cube, accessible via a ramp in the Turbine Hall. Once inside you’re confronted with darkness and your senses need to readjust to the environment, which I guess is part of the experience.
The other part is probably more fun – you just stand there watching other people enter the dark chamber and observing their reactions.
While probably not as spectacular as the big sun or the slides a few years ago, the installation is probably worth a visit if you’re in the area.
It’s there until early April, so there’s plenty of time to visit Tate Modern. Otherwise, here are my pictures from yesterday: