> /feeling like a proud father > > If you like football, why don't you follow your national team and visit St. Petersburg? quoted1
I don't like football and usually don't follow it at all. It's the men around me that make me follow it right now. Football is a very popular sport here. Me and my family want to visit St Petersburg a lot — we want to go on a Scandinavian cruise — Finland, Sweden, St Petersburg, Tallin etc. — but when the kids are a bit older so that they get the most out of it. Right now my kids are at school — it is school time here. I hear enough nagging from my son for us to go there and watch the English team play, now you. I would love to go, of course I would if I could. I have no holiday now till August (apart from a day off here and there for schools' events, etc) and in August we don't go abroad — it is too hot for us (my two oldest kids are ginger and very white skinned, the littlest is blond). One of my husband's cousins has a house in the Isle of Wight — it is a beautiful place, comparable to Cannes or Britanny (France) — sandy beaches, quite warm water, beautiful nature (it is to the south of the British Isles). And they meet their cousins there, the whole family (well the English part of it — not the Americans) gathers there. There is also Dinosaur land there and my littlest is crazy about dinosaurs, it is his obsession, beautiful aqua parks, etc. I will spend a week with them there in August and then I only have a few days in October left — we might take the kids on a short city break to Italy or Holland, we don't know yet. My husband's job is very high powered. He earns good money but is very time poor. Everyone is like that at the bank where he works at his level. One of his female colleagues had a kid and two weeks after giving birth — went back to work, can you imagine? I couldn't do that for any money in the world.
P. S. By the way did you know that today it is the longest day of the year? Here they call it Solstice and it is officially considered the start of summer. Here in England it used to be a massive pagan holiday and even nowadays — lots of people celebrate it — they go to Stonehenge, thousands are gathering there right now as we speak https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/new... As from tomorrow days will start getting shorter and nights longer — but very gradually, bit by bit.
In today's Ukraine you can't freely express you positive attitude towards Russia/Russians. You will be labeled as a traitor, "separ", "vatnik". You can lose your job and if you go out with St. George Ribbon attached to your clothes you can be arrested. Looks like oppression to me
Btw, you have mentioned the Budapest Memorandum earlier. I have to remind you it was signed by the Russian Federation, the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Looks like security assurances from all 3 countries aren't worthy the paper on which they were signed.
Anyway there was also an obligation to «Refrain from using economic pressure on Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine in order to influence its politics», which was broken by the USA and EU (Britain included) on «human rights violations» pretext when they imposed sanctions on Belarus.
> And will we play with that phonograph plate like they do (by discussing Ukrainian conflict for the 924508293758254th time)? quoted1
I am not particularly fast to discuss Ukraine — it was your idea in the first place. Don't try and sound like you are doing me a favour by discussing it. Get off your high horse, it helps. Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> But Golden Skate forum is bored to the point they started discussing will Evgenia like Canadian bagged milk or not… > So, discussing Ukraine doesn't look that boring to me atm. quoted1
I had a look at your forum, it seems boring at the best of times. Discussing sport is one thing, but discussing someone's every dress and every move is quite another. People on your forum should try and get a life. Sorry to sound harsh, but it is true.
>> People who support ORDLO in Ukraine are fringes quoted2
>I wasn't speaking about people who support LDNR. I was speaking about people who are oppressed in today's Ukraine. > > As an example quoted1
I am not going to watch the video shot by one of the Kremlin paid trolls. There have been tons of them on this forum at one time and it is quite clear the guy is a fake, thick as two short planks and his humour is ultra blunt. So — no, thanks.
Glory to Ukraine does represent Ukrainians on this forum. We have some in our group too. Iezuit for example, he is a Russian living in Ukraine, he doesn't even speak Ukrainian and does not feel oppressed in any way. Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> In today's Ukraine you can't freely express you positive attitude towards Russia/Russians. You will be labeled as a traitor, «separ», «vatnik». You can lose your job and if you go out with St. George Ribbon attached to your clothes you can be arrested. > Looks like oppression to me quoted1
Looks like a normal reaction to me. No oppression. Try and put yourself in their place and take a walk in their shoes as we say here. If someone bigger than you attacked your country and bit a piece out of it and then stirred a conflict in another, what would your attitude to that country be and to those who make excuses for the aggressor? Ukrainian government was in disarray when Putin annexed Crimea, then they got themselves together and stood up for their land in Donbass. What did you expect them to do? Lie down and let you keep looting their country unstopped?