> Are you gloating over our Brexit crisis? Yeah, it is a bit of a mess and the PM is dire, what's new? quoted1
Gloating? What an interesting word. Not really, I just find that tweet interesting. Why should I gloat if I was fooled by May as well? Remember our talk about May when you were positive about her at first, I also thought she is tough and better choice than Cameron.
P. S. I deleted my post about the Russians, they used to be our clients and I am petrified about Data Protection, etc. Even though they are no longer our customers, we are just good friends with his wife now. But still. You know — sometimes people wonder how I can be like this — not very jealous, happy for other people's riches, etc. It is this job that taught me this. Unlike banks, etc. — people like my husband — he deals with institutional investors mainly and his circle of friends (our circle of friends) — the same as us in terms of what they have, the schools their kids attend, etc. In my job we come face to face with very rich private investors — and we are faced with those who are a lot richer than us and can afford a lot more — all the time. I used to get insecure — about how little I have — compared to them, but you learn in this job to stamp that out in yourself completely. The richer they are, the better for us — we are kind of their servants. The richer they are, the more crumbs off of their table we will get. I know — sounds depressing, but it is not really. Another thing I've learned over the years of working with private investor clients is most of them are lovely people, the same people, ordinary people really — with the same troubles, aspirations, feelings, etc. We have some celebrity clients (I won't name them) and they are lovely people as well really. It is difficult to explain.
The English language is very rich in England. To gloat means basically to take pleasure in someone else's trouble, misfortune, etc. I was joking, I know you are not like that at all, you are a nice bloke.
> Why should I gloat if I was fooled by May as well? Remember our talk about May when you were positive about her at first quoted1
Yeah, I remember. I wasn't as positive about her as you were. I am never positive about any politicians here. The only person people here are positive about is the Queen. And that is precisely because she stays out of politics. She represents the British history, continuity, Britishness itself, etc., but she is not a politician. People here are lucky to have a figure like that. And it is not like some President in Germany, who no one knows. The Queen is known by everyone in the world, her family is more popular in the World and commands more respect than any presidents. She survived so many politicians — starting from Churchill onwards, served as a mechanic in the Second World War, etc. It is unreal.
Despite all the Tory troubles with Brexit, Labour ratings are considerably lower. That is good news anyway.
>> I am never positive about any politicians here quoted2
>Hm, probably, I put it wrong. I mean I felt optimistic about her, like she looks tough and she can broke the deal. > Is there a big difference between the terms «positive» and «optimistic»? quoted1
Well, I don't know, but I guess there is a difference. «Positive» is when you have a positive outlook on things and are in a good frame of mind about how things are going now. «Optimistic» refers more to your outlook as regards the future. I don't know really.
I don't like him. I don't like any of them to be honest. They were not voted into their positions by anyone, they appointed themselves to represent 500 million Europeans. Without any full open democratic process behind it. In this day and age it is just crazy. And here they are humiliating the most democratic country in the world — Britain, dictating us what to do — some unelected tossers (wankers) — excuse my French — dictating us what to do. It is unthinkable, it is truly disgusting.
Hardly. It is common knowledge that BP owns a lot of Russian oil business.
BP is one of Russia's largest foreign investors. With over 20 years of history in Russia, and with activities spanning across exploration, refining, trading, retail and the marketing of lubricants and marine products; throughout this period, BP can claim to have played a significant role in the development of the country's oil and gas sector. Working closely with its various Russian partners, BP has brought significant investment, cutting edge technology and management expertise to help the country realise its enormous energy potential. BP's joint venture, TNK-BP, which was formed with its partners AAR in 2003, has been hugely successful. The company has become Russia's second biggest oil producer and a major employer in the country, with over 50,000 local staff across all areas of operation. Additionally, BP has provided TNK-BP with world-class knowledge and expertise, supporting Russia's efforts to develop its extensive resource base. TNK-BP has generated a net profit of over $ 49bn since its creation and has made significant, wider contributions to Russian society. Corporate social responsibility and improving its best business practices have been a major focus of the firm since its creation. Moreover, in the last decade, the joint venture has paid the Russian government over $ 160bn in taxes and duties. In addition to TNK-BP, BP's other areas of business in Russia can be grouped into four main categories: lubricants, BP Marine, Air BP and Integrated Supply and Trading (IST). Setra Lubricants markets and distributes BP and Castrol branded lubricants in the Russia market and has an annual turnover of more than $ 200m. Baltic Petroleum, which is 100% owned by BP, supplies marine lubricants for international shipping vessels from its base in St Petersburg and to other parts of the premium domestic shipping market. BP Marine promotes two lubricants worldwide, BP and Castrol. Air BP is one of the world's major suppliers of aviation fuels, lubricants and special fluids. Air BP, in Moscow, provides its Russian customers with a personal relationship and service, as well as with access to all the benefits of its wider, global operation. IST is BP's global trading arm for crude oil, petroleum products and gas. IST sources more than 40 million tonnes of crude oil and petroleum products from Russia and the CIS. Today, BP's involvement in Russia extends beyond business. One example of this is a recent launch of a $ 50m CSR investment programme, which is being used to help support Russian initiatives and projects across technology, education and the arts, with the primary aim of bolstering research, technological innovation and management skills in the energy sector. BP's partners in these endeavours include universities and institutions of higher learning in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Tomsk, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Vladivostok, SKOLKOVO School of Management and the Russian Geographic Society. BP also supports cultural institutions in Russia, such as the Mariinsky Theatre, The Tretyakov Gallery, the Moscow Conservatory and Polytechnical Museum. Additionally, BP has recently signed a multi-million dollar agreement with the Skolkovo Foundation to co-fund a major research project with British and Russian higher education and scientific-research establishments. BP remains committed to Russia and hopes to have a presence in the country for the long term future.