Why depth is so inviting?

By definition, depth is the distance from the top or surface to the bottom of something. But can it be truly expressed in meters or feet? Is there any gauge to measure the scope of elation and unrest one feels under the surface? Depth is cold, silent, and still bewitching. It is fraught with threats and undiscovered creatures. It lures you to go one meter deeper, and then one more again till you don’t see the sun and hear nothing but your own breath. With every inch depth exposes new scenes to engulf your attention and mind. It seems that the time has come to lose your head and swoop down as deep as possible to witness what the bottom conceals. Yet you still have to go back to the warm sun and unlimited air, so you stay cold-hearted and embrace the peaceful grace of the underwater world with a single dream to go back there again.

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James Dean, by George C. Perry: review

This official biography of James Dean proves that the legend doesn’t get boring.

All of us were touched by Jimmy, and he was touched by greatness”, Natalie Wood, an actress who co-starred with James Dean in his second movie, “Rebel without a cause” (1955), once said. These words can be read on the back cover of Perry’s book, and they seem to reflect Dean’s talent and genius, which, apart from his tragic death, gave rise to the myth of James Dean. This myth is a keynote in James Dean’s biography by George C. Perry.

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Ban on Sunday shopping? – No, thanks.

For the last couple of months, Poland has been submerged in an ongoing debate over whether shops should close on Sundays. Whatever the outcome, the reality speaks for itself – it’s better to leave Sundays the way they are, as the change wouldn’t be as beneficial for people and for the country as it’s believed to be.

So far, 19 out of 28 member states of the European Union have no restrictions concerning Sunday shopping; another 8 members of the EU have recently gotten rid of some of the strictest limitations. What’s more, all of the countries that entered the EU after 2004 fully allow for shopping on Sundays, but this may soon change, because Poland is considering introducing a few modifications to the effective law. The project has divided Polish society; the government supports the new regulations, although with some criticism. The conclusion is, however, that banning shopping on Sundays will do more harm than good, and here’s why.

According to a survey carried out for the Polish Council of Shopping Centers by PwC, the implementation of the project may cause a decrease in the volume of retail trade by 9.6 billion zloty, and in employment by about 36 thousand positions. This, in turn, will lead to lower incomes for the national budget, even by as much as 1.8 billion zloty.

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Justyna Steczkowska takes us to another world with her “Anima” show [DVD review]

In 2014, Justyna Steczkowska released the album called “Anima”, which, as she admitted, was a genuine breakthrough in her discography. “It’s a very important record for me because it’s about man in the context of the universe”, she said. Delighted with the quality of the album, I was tempted to buy the DVD from the tour of the same name. For a person who didn’t have the chance of seeing Justyna live, this was a great opportunity to experience the show. Without a second thought, I reached for “Anima Live” and… I don’t regret my decision!

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Why We Should Not Legalize Marijuana in Poland

The legalization of marijuana is the topic which keeps returning like a boomerang in all discussions about legalizing this substance in Poland, causing controversy and disagreement between politicians and citizens. Interestingly enough, the discussions about marijuana are increasingly associated with the need for legalizing this drug for recreational purposes.

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“Women are weaker, are smaller and less intelligent” and should be paid less – is the gender pay gap really justifiable?

On average, women are paid 18-24% less for the same job than men; and it should not be so.

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The statistics have it: as full-time workers women are paid on average only 76-82% of what men are paid for the same kind of job. The recent sexist tirade of Janusz Korwin-Mikke, a Polish MEP, about women being inferior to men and deserving smaller pay has met with an outburst of protest in Europe. But should it be so? Should the pay gap be sustained on the basis that “women are weaker, are smaller and less intelligent” just as Korwin-Mikke said in the EP? No, it should not; nobody should be paid less for the same amount of work, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or disability.

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Has everybody forgotten of the importance and noble philosophy of PETA?

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS DISTURBING IMAGES

Despite its controversial politics and bizarre practices, PETA remains the largest animal rights organisation in the world which takes great care of animals’ well-being and everybody should acknowledge its contribution.

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Eurovision Song Scandal 2017: to Let or not to Let?

This year the Eurovision Contest is cloaked in a scandal unfolding around the Russian contestant. The Russian Eurovision participant, Julia Samoilova, should be banned from entering the territory of Ukraine as the Eurovision 2017 host country. And while Russia tries to dictate its rules, Ukraine has to deal with Eurovision attacks.

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Polish public media – a North Korean school of media in the heart of Europe

Recent transformations in the structure and coverage of public media is a result of the political interference of the ruling Law and Justice party. The implemented changes, rather than cherishing the mission of public service, show a huge disregard for the basic values of impartiality and pluralism the public broadcaster should adhere to.

Polish national media are increasingly climbing the rankings of the least reliable sources of news in democratic Europe that not only breach the basic principles of objectivity but also threaten democracy. With the bill giving full control over the appointments of the most important people in the state media signed by President Andrzej Duda, Polish national TV has become an official channel for the government’s ideology. The bill also automatically removes the previous board members, leaving the offices for the agents of Poland’s current reign. The regulation puts the PAP news agency and Polish national radio and television in the same row of fully controlled organizations as other state-owned cultural institutions, including the Polish opera or museums. This attack on objectivity has faced a lot of criticism and generated considerable confusion among the public.

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Not going to Coachella is actually cooler than attending it.

With the second weekend of Coachella 2017 drawing to an end, it’s time to ask the question what makes people go to this major festival, or more importantly, what makes others not.

At first sight, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, seems like the place to be. Palms, great weather, fashionably dressed people walking around the festival grounds, famous musicians performing on multiple stages and the view of the famous big wheel, which looks great during the sunset, are the things that make Coachella very attractive and popular around the world.

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