Saturday, December 24, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

#16 - Man hands on misery to man

This Be The Verse
by Philip Larkin

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another's throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don't have any kids yourself.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

#14 - Obscene graffito

Old lady: "That's disgusting!"

Word for word it's "What for (a) piggery!" - a Polish idiom that expresses disgust. Prudish old ladies, known in the UK as the "blue rinse brigade" and in Poland, as I have just found out, as "mohair berets", are a stock Raczkowski target.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

#13 - Voodoo economics

#1: Explain to me why we don't have any money even though we made the Philosopher's Stone.

#2: It's because we invest all the profits in perpetual motion research.

Here I read - in addition to the obvious gag - a sly joke about how the fruits of economic growth rarely seem to trickle down into the hands of ordinary people.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

#11 - Patriotism

Father: You won't get drunk for your country, you little shit?

Ojczyzna is more literally "fatherland", but of course without the connotations that word has for Anglophones. Gówniarz is something like "shitter", pretty vulgar. Raczkowski is fond of drawing connections between loud patriotism and various sorts of crass or thuggish behaviour. A parent terrorising a child is also a common motif.

10 Mar 2015: I changed the translation on the suggestion of an anonymous commenter.

Monday, October 10, 2011

#10 - A voter's dilemma

"I can't decide. They're both so awesome."

The Polish eagle is on the wall and the ballot box is in Polish colours, but the sentiment applies universally.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

#9 - All artists are Nazis.

I've got a subscriber so I'll start posting more regularly again. Here's one that I was reminded of yesterday when I read this article on the BBC about Lars von Trier and his mouth. Raczkowski's cartoon came out shortly after the original incident:

HUSBAND: Did you hear that the director Lars von Trier 
                      turned out to be a Nazi?
 WIFE: All artists are Nazis.

Monday, January 3, 2011

#8 - Schoolroom atheism