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  Grin
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14:07 20.05.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> I am having an early lunch at the moment, here they call it «brunch"(breakfast + lunch, as I didn’t have time for my brekkie this morn (it. means «didn't have time for breakfast this morning», talking about clear communication ) I am having this yummiest sandwich from Pret A Manger (it is a French outfit) — it is Chicken Ceaser with watercress and Parmesan on crushed avocado on gluten free rye bread — here it is
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Hi, enjoy your meal

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> Do you have Pret A Manger in Moscow?
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we have Prime




https://www.prime-star.ru/menu/sandvichi-beygly-...
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Lovely yummy looking sushi, wraps and salads.
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20:23 20.05.2019
Grin (25771),

In any case, let me tell you about Farage. Farage's main sponsor is Arron Banks. Arron Banks used to bankroll UKIP, after Farage left UKIP he is bankrolling this Brexit Party. Overall he has spent over 10 million over the years on Leave the EU campaign — the largest political donations in the history of the UK. Banks is married to a Russian woman called Ekaterina Paderina. She now calls herself Katya Banks. Allegedly, she is closely connected to some civil servants in the City of Ekaterinburg.

Here they are

Arron and Katya Banks




Katya with her mother doing «Bessmertny Polk» thing





Now, Arron Banks is a millionaire, but no one quite knows how he made his money. He claims he was an insurance broker for Lloyds and then worked for Warren Buffet's organisation called West Norwich. Both Lloyds and Buffet deny ever employing him. And whilst there is of course money in insurance broking, you can't become a millionaire just by being an ordinary broker. A lot of people think he is connected with the Russian oligarchy and Putin. Which is not that far fetched — he could well be. By the way, he bought a special number plate for his car"MI5 SPY" (car number plates like this are unique here, they are worth millions themselves and even get traded at auctions). Banks of course denies any connections to Putin. But I think he probably is connected. Prior to the Brexit vote he had some great investment opportunities offered to him in Russia. And now Gordon Brown came up with an article in the Guardian — today actually — calling for the origin of his funds to be thoroughly investigated. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/20...

Anyway, even IF he is connected to Putin, he couldn't have caused Brexit all on his own. I have been living in this country for a very long time and it has always been a very Eurosceptic country. Even if Banks is in Putin's pockets, Zac Goldsmith isn't — he is a billionaire, Bill Cash isn't, John Redwood isn't. There are a lot of them here - Eurosceptics from the British elite. And — if Putin is exploiting the fact that people are unhappy with the EU — well, he didn't cause that unhappiness and dissatisfaction. And it is undeniably there.
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20:32 20.05.2019
In any case, Tories also took donations from Russian oligarchy, from Deripaska, etc. Labour did as well. It is the way it goes in this country «Money talks, bullshit walks». After the Second World War it were the Americans, who had the most money in the world and nuveau riches, they spent a lot in London — bought properties, businesses, etc. After that there were all these rich people from the Middle East buying luxury properties, etc. Now there is this wave of rich Russians and Chinese. Having property in London is considered prestigious, it is all about kudos, status symbols, etc. The buildings are the same, the investors change.

kudos
[ˈkjuːdɒs]

NOUN
praise and honour received for an achievement.
«she was looking for kudos rather than profit»
synonyms:
prestige · cachet · glory · honour · status · standing · distinction · prestigiousness · fame · celebrity · reputation · repute · renown · notability · admiration · respect · [More]
informal
NORTH AMERICAN
compliments or congratulations.
«kudos to everyone who put the event together»
synonyms:
praise · commendation · applause · salutes · honour · acclaim · acclamation · tribute · cheers · ovation · accolade · plaudits · felicitations · approval · [More]
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22:27 20.05.2019
Thanks for the info

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> kudos
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This term is familiar to me because it is widely used in figure skating community)
For example —
Kudos to Evgeniva for winning the 3rd place despite her hip injury

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22:38 20.05.2019
I just visitied goldenskate forum, ugh, they managed to make a fuss out of Alina's music choice (that bad guy song)…

More than that, they accuse Evgenia, Daniil and Eteri in passive-agressive behaviour

It's so stupid

You know I visit that forum once a month hoping something has changed there. But it can't be helped I suppose.
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22:42 20.05.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> his term is familiar to me because it is widely used in figure skating community) For example — Kudos to Evgeniva for winning the 3rd place despite her hip injury
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Oh, good. In British English «kudos» means «status», in North American — more like «well done», «high five» sort of thing.
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> Thanks for the info
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Pleasure. I don't believe that Katya is some sort of a rich oligarch or anything like that. Prior to her marriage to Banks in 2001, she was married to a divorced Brit with two kids who was so poor, she said she was so poor she had to use butter instead of sun tan lotion, as they couldn't afford a bottle of suntan lotion. Since she married Banks, all her Christmases have come at once. They live a very high life, socialise with the elites, get invites to Buckingham Palace garden Parties, the works. And apparently — madly in love with each other. By the way — those pictures of her are not great, she is quite pretty in real life, just not particularly photogenic. Apparently, she was a gymnast in Russia.







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22:42 20.05.2019
Btw, Zelensky sworn today

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22:45 20.05.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Katya with her mother doing «Bessmertny Polk» thing
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I think the idea is great. Unfortunately there is so much politics around it nowadays. I wish it was just a way to celebrate great victory and honor the heroes who made this victory real.
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22:48 20.05.2019
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I actually also happen to think it is a great idea. Because the veterans are almost all dead now, so this is the way of «keeping them alive» so to speak.
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22:49 20.05.2019
I got to go now. It was a pleasure talking to you)
Have a nice evening
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22:52 20.05.2019
By the way, I met a client today — an investor, she has some Russian roots, her grandmother was from Russia — she is a very classy lady, a bit old now, etc. And she was talking about visiting Russia without realising I am Russian. Because I don't have a Russian accent and a lot of people here think I look Irish, or French, or even Dutch — which is silly, probably cause of red hair. They imagine the Russian look to be some blonde with blue eyes or something. My hair is red, eyes are hazel green (green with light brown). Anyways, she was telling me that people are rude, they stare at you like «they wanna kill you», etc. But she goes there all the time because she has this «love affair» with the place and is going on a Baltic cruise next week. When I told her I was from Russia — she got very apologetic, saying she didn't mean no offence, etc. I said «It is allright, I know there are cultural differences», etc.
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22:54 20.05.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Have a nice evening
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And you. I have a bit of time tonight, I am not going to work tomorrow, I was given a day off in lieu, cause I will have to go and meet a client this Saturday — in Guernsey, so they gave me tomorrow off. I am watching telly right now and have the forum open.
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23:13 20.05.2019
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It sounds like they are just sick with jealousy. Cause the Russian team is obviously enjoying some great successes. Why people just can't be happy for others?
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