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  Redhead
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22:45 19.03.2019
I am starting to run regularly again — preparing for the London Marathon in April — that's the big one, the biggest event of the year and by far the hardest.

I will have to wake up early in the mornings to do my running, as can't take long lunches anymore. Or run in the evening sometimes - meeting my running mates tomorrow after work and Thursday. God give me strength, work is taking it out of me, but it is quite pleasant at the moment - we are doing so much business, it is exciting.


P.S. My daughter's Brighter Sounds singing concert at the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank of the river Thames is next Monday evening by the way, yesterday was a general rehearsal. And another Matilda play is on next Sunday again. She has quite a packed schedule for a 10 year old.


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Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> I just glanced at the article from BBC Russian (they don't write much on the subject in our English press anymore) and according to their graphs — everything is up — the investment is up, their salaries are up, the pensions, the number of tourists visiting. Everything is great apart from their agriculture — that went down the drain, cause there are serious problems with the lack of fresh water supplies. Cause Ukraine used to supply them with fresh water, now they don't. https://www.bbc.com/russian/features-47576483
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If we compare Crimea and Ukraine, average salaries/pensions in Crimea are two times higher than in Ukraine. Kremlin is showering Crimea with money. But there is very serious budget execution problem. Only Aksenov (a man who did a lot in 2014 to help Putin with Crimea) and his team are allowed to steal Kremlin's money, other Crimean officials can be jaileled if they try to do it. Many of them were jailed since 2014. So Crimean officials are afraid even to touch these money now.
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Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> I just glanced at the article from BBC Russian (they don't write much on the subject in our English press anymore) and according to their graphs — everything is up — the investment is up, their salaries are up, the pensions, the number of tourists visiting. Everything is great apart from their agriculture — that went down the drain, cause there are serious problems with the lack of fresh water supplies. Cause Ukraine used to supply them with fresh water, now they don't. https://www.bbc.com/russian/features-47576483
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>If we compare Crimea and Ukraine, average salaries/pensions in Crimea are two times higher than in Ukraine. Kremlin is showering Crimea with money. But there is very serious budget execution problem. Only Aksenov (a man who did a lot in 2014 to help Putin with Crimea) and his team are allowed to steal Kremlin's money, other Crimean officials can be jaileled if they try to do it. Many of them were jailed since 2014. So Crimean officials are afraid even to touch these money now.
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Are you serious? How do you know who is allowed to steal there and who isn't? It is not like Putin is personally reporting to you what he allows to do and to whom. They are probably telling you on the telly that no one is stealing anything. Besides which, if Putin was that powerful as to control corruption by word of mouth, then no one in Russia would be stealing, but they all do.

But yeah, judging by the data from BBC — Crimea is doing quite well, considering the circumstances — isolation and all that. It is quite clear no one in Russia is going to return it to Ukraine, since they are spending so much money on it.
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23:49 19.03.2019
Got to go now, speak later.)
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00:00 20.03.2019
Have a nice evening
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00:07 20.03.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Are you serious? How do you know who is allowed to steal there and who isn't? It is not like Putin is personally reporting to you what he allows to do and to whom. They are probably telling you on the telly that no one is stealing anything. Besides which, if Putin was that powerful as to control corruption by word of mouth, then no one in Russia would be stealing, but they all do.
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Nobody knows how much Aksenov is allowed to steal, but It's well known that Aksenov (on the left) is allowed to do almost everything in Crimea



This photo was made after they signed the deal.

Putin is able to control corruption only in projects directly supervised by Kremlin. If you try to steal in that kind of project without permission… highly likely FSB will hang you by the balls. Local Crimean officials were surprised to find this out
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09:27 20.03.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> I am starting to run regularly again — preparing for the London Marathon in April — that's the big one, the biggest event of the year and by far the hardest
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I'm going to swim more (summer is coming).
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> we are doing so much business, it is exciting.
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Glad to hear it.

Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> My daughter's Brighter Sounds singing concert at the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank of the river Thames is next Monday evening by the way, yesterday was a general rehearsal. And another Matilda play is on next Sunday again. She has quite a packed schedule for a 10 year old.
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I wish her luck. It is very important for a child to be versatile. I also think that acting can be handy for her in the future)
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09:50 20.03.2019
Tarasova and Morozov set a new world record in the short program today
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  Redhead
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09:52 20.03.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> I'm going to swim more (summer is coming).
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That's fantastic., The London Marathon is on the 28th of April. I did a couple of them in my life, one last year for Cancer Research. It made me feel so proud about myself, I decided to enrol every year now. There isn't much time left, but if I train regularly between now and then — I will be allright. I am meeting my running mates after work — I already arranged for our nanny to stay overnight tonight and tomorrow night, so gonna run for 2 to 3 hours tonight, hoping to do quite a few miles.
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> I wish her luck. It is very important for a child to be versatile. I also think that acting can be handy for her in the future)
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Yeah, she is not good with English and Maths though (I mean — she speaks beautiful rich English and has a very posh accent), just struggles with writing correctly and reading complex texts (we are wondering sometimes whether she is dyslexic. That doesn't mean you are stupid, on the contrary — most creative people were/are dyslexic — like Mc Cartney for example, lots of actors -the one who had the role of Harry Porter, etc, there are zillions of them). Or whether she is so exhausted by all these extra curricular activities, that she just doesn't have enough time or energy left for anything else (teachers at school say she is tired a lot of the time in the class and doesn't concentrate properly and we should drop something- ballet, or drama or singing — it is perhaps too much. But she herself doesn't want to drop anything). Little Daniel is miles better than her at Maths for example and he is two years younger. But then again — he is a whiz in his class — number one in English, Maths and Science. And Alex is a whiz as well obviously, but he is miles ahead of both of them anyway, he is the oldest — 12 and has been in the private school for years now.
Gotta go to work now, have a great day).
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10:46 20.03.2019
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> have a great day).
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Have a nice day too
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15:17 20.03.2019
Ladies short program is over.

Performances I liked the most are













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21:01 20.03.2019
All you need to know about todays Evgenia skate)



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16:43 21.03.2019
Expectations vs reality
https://twitter.com/AlbertoNardelli/status/11081...
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  Redhead
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21:49 21.03.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:

Are you gloating over our Brexit crisis ? Yeah, it is a bit of a mess and the PM is dire, what's new?
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22:01 21.03.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Ladies short program is over.
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> Performances I liked the most are
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Well done to the Russians, the music Zagitova chose was by Andrew Lloyd Webber — he is the author of almost all modern musicals, remember I told you about him — a British contemporary composer.
We cancelled our run tonight with my mates, as we are all hurting today — we did 12 miles yesterday night. The next run is Saturday, we all need to recover.
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