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Poles Advised To Appreciate British Humour

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Friday, 15 February 2008
Polish emigres to the UK wishing to integrate were urged not to take themselves too seriously this week by Roehampton University social anthropologist Michal Garapich

"What the English love to knock down most is pompousness, false ideas of self-importance. Poles are touchy and have their taboo subjects,' Mr Garapich told Polish media,

"How Polish people react to being the butt of English humour would be the real test of whether or not Poles were really integrating in Britain,' he suggested. (Ananova)

Pet Shop Boy singer Neil Tennant, who several years ago revealed he'd once attracted a Polish female stalker who wanted to marry him, demonstrated a classic British comedy technique in handling another over-persistent admirer, in the same 2003 Observer interview.

'She rang the bell, said 'I'm here to see Neil', and he (Neil's housekeeper) said, 'Yes, he's got something for you', and threw a bucket of water over her. She ran off down the street,' said Neil.

'It was a horrible thing to do, but I knew that once she was shocked out of it, she would stop, and she did,' he added.

Meanwhile in Poland, cops failed to see the funny side after local man-hunter Hanna Wozniak called emergency services 700 times in one year in a fruitless attempt to lure a fireman into her boudoir.

'I was desperate for sex. It's been so long since I had someone in my bed,' Ms Wozniak explained. (Metro) She now faces up to 12 months in jail.

Krakow resident Agnieska Gaspar, 23, also failed to see the inherent humour provided by hordes of drunken Scotsman prowling round her city for stag trips, in an illuminating report last August.

"You can't go round the corner without seeing a Scot showing off what he has under his kilt while one of his mates photographs him,' she complained, "I saw one lying in the gutter the other day with his kilt round his waist. He was drunk, and it was freezing cold - I am surprised he did not get frostbite.' (Ananova)