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  • Jan Stbeck descended in golden letters into the history of the Scottish Academy of Hamilton. Had it not been for his intervention in 1969, the club probably would have ceased to exist
  • Stepbeck was close to not going to Scotland at all. During World War II, he was exiled to the Gulag, then across the territory of today’s Uzbekistan and Iran, he made his way to Great Britain
  • Born in Polish, and now Ukrainian, lands, Stepbeck has forever established his roots in Scotland. But he did not forget his homeland. He cultivated Polish traditions and brought footballers to his club in exchange for washing machines
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First of all, I will dispel one doubt. I know there are some doubts about the spelling of the name. You will surely cry. This name first appeared in the small town of Haczów in Subcarpathia. There are many non-standard names in the area there.

My grandfather was born in Haczów, while my father was born in a settlement near Lutsk in what is now Ukraine. The grandfather was given the land there as a reward for his participation in the defense of the newly reconstructed Polish border against Ukrainian forces at the turn of 1918 and 1919. The settlement was named Maczkowce, in honor of Stanisław Macczyk, the captain (promoted to general during World War II), who helped fight Ukrainian attack.

Through Iran to the islands

Dad was born in 1922. He grew up on a farm, and in 1938 he moved to the town of Buyanovo, between Wroclaw and Pozna. He studied at an agricultural school there. When the Soviet Army entered Maczkowce on September 17, 1939, my father stayed at the family home. Grandfather had to flee the execution. The Soviets saw him as a potential leader of the resistance movement.

Then, in February 1940, the rest of the family was deported to a labor camp near Kotlas in the Arkhangelsk Oblast. When they were released in September 1941, they went to present-day Uzbekistan, where they reached Iran via the Caspian Sea. There, in Tehran, my grandmother died of starvation and exhaustion. She was 39 years old. My father had typhus, malaria and dysentery twice.

After joining the Polish army, in February 1943 he was transferred to the Polish Navy, where he became a radar operator. Thanks to this, he found his way to Great Britain. When the war ended, he chose to stay there. He joined Radio and Television Engineering at the University of Glasgow.

Save the club from collapse

In 1969, my father was asked to join the Hamilton Academic Council. Activists struck a deal to merge the club with another nearby professional team, Clyde FC. If it finally comes into effect, Academic Hamilton will cease to exist as a football club. My father headed a new team of activists and saved the club from disappearing from the football map. Then he was asked to become president. First, he held this position from 1969 to 1985, and again from the end of the 1990s to 2002.

Photo: Archive/Private Martin Stebeck overview

Jan Stbeck as a gardener at Hamilton Academic Stadium

When he was named the club’s most important person, Hamilton was at the bottom of the Scottish second division. My father realized that the club did not have the resources to compete with giants Glasgow Celtic and Rangers. The former played for the second time in the European Cup final in four years, while their local rival soon won the Cup Winners’ Cup. However, my father believed that with proper management and imagination, the club could advance to the First Division in a few years. However, he had to think outside the box.

Polish activist thought

At that time, he began doing business in Poland. Thanks to the family that stayed in the country, he knew the problems your economy was experiencing. He opposed the communist regime, but wanted to show the Polish government that a free market approach could only help its citizens. He believed that this drop bears the boulder and thanks to such actions Poland will turn gently towards the west. Towards an open democratic country.

So he talked about the potential to buy Hamilton Academical for a few high-ranking players, although perhaps shortly after their glory days. He believed that in this way he could give a football club a much higher standard than in the Scottish or British transfer markets.

In 1971, he reached three poles: Alfred Olek, Witold Szygwa, and Roman Strykowski. This was the first time a British club had attended players from behind the Iron Curtain. I saw them in action and they were great. It seems to me that they lived in my parents’ house at first.

Legend has it that my father paid for it with washing machines. I don’t know if this is true, unfortunately, but it seems reasonable. And maybe send to Poland not only washing machines, but also their refrigerators and freezers. This method of payment would have resulted from the regulations that were then limiting the amount of cash payments that could be made in Great Britain to the communist countries.

At the time, my father ran a business that sold electronics and home appliances, and was also a travel agency and provided financial services in the consumer market. He was also co-owner of a luxury used car showroom.

Photo: Archive/Private Martin Stebeck overview

Stepkow store in Hamilton

Poland has not been forgotten

My father had a thousand or more ideas. So I’m sure bringing in more Polish players was one of them. Remember that Poland was very successful in the 1974 World Cup, thanks to which its best players became known all over the world, so the price of their transfers will be very high for Hamilton.

Instead, try signing a contract with Manchester United legend Dennis Law! On the other hand, he talked about managing the team with Tommy Docherty (former manager of Manchester United and the Scottish national team – editor), and even with Alex Ferguson. I failed, but he shot high.

Photo: Archive/Private Martin Stebeck overview

Martin Stepek next to the family cemetery in Haczów

My father tried to preserve some Polish traditions. We were raised Catholics, and although our diocese was in Hamilton, we often went to the Polish-speaking church in Glasgow. My father was also a member of the Sikorski Club in Glasgow, which regularly organizes music events and dances, often on the occasion of traditional Polish holidays. We had some Polish music and food at home and my mother, who was Scottish, learned your language and knew how to cook traditional Polish dishes. So he managed to be Scottish and Polish.

The fact that he supports the Solidarity movement also proves his adherence to his homeland. When it was created, many activists traveled around the world to seek support and tell people what was happening in Poland. My father hosted them in his house. After the declaration of martial law, he helped organize food and medical aid for Poland, store goods in our company’s warehouses and use our delivery trucks to transport goods by ship to Gdansk. During martial law, he funded Slavic studies at the University of Glasgow. If he does not support it, the university intends to discontinue its programs and courses. He was also the founder of the annual “Bologna” lecture at the University of Strathclyde.

In 2002, he had a series of strokes but recovered and was even able to play golf every day. For the last two years of his life, he was somewhat confined to a wheelchair, but shortly before his death he celebrated his 90th birthday with the whole family.

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Title: Scotland – Poland. Pole escaped from exile to the labor camp. Then he made a fortune and became a legend
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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


Title: Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions
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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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Title: Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!
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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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Title: How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
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