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  Redhead
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23:28 10.07.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> Tory leadership candidate Boris Johnson has faced strong criticism for failing to fully support him.
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>Seriously, why on Earth should Boris fully support official who f*ed up so badly. You know I'm pretty far from such important position as ambassador to US but I always think twice before writing smth to my colleagues. Especially via email.
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Well, to be honest — you are a very clever button and you are very reserved, a bit English I would say — the English are like that — they think so much about what to say, how to say it — comes naturally to them (that Ambassador — well, I am a bit shocked to be honest. The answer is — he must be a Remainer, the society is split here, passions run high when it comes to the Brexit issue). Me, on the other hand — I can't judge him — I myself shoot my mouth off sometimes like there is no tomorrow. It is just in my job — I learned to shut the ##### up and grin and bear it and «take it on the chin», it is part of the job. But out of the job — I do the opposite — a bit like a kid who behaves well at school and badly at home — to relax, that is why I am so rude sometimes — on the forum as well — to let off steam. Since I started this purely front office job — well, I have broken up with a lot of my friends from the past — they just live in a different «back office» chilled world.
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23:36 10.07.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> one who support the current «globalization model» and the others who don't (the latter camp is winning here)
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>Actually I'm glad the other camp is winning because I'm an anti-globalist in my heart. Remember you told me that it's better for ordinary people if politicians compete among each other. I think she same goes for different countries. Imagine entire world ruled by one group of people. I don't think it will be a nice place to live
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You are absolutely right. And you know — the hypocrisy is — all the things that are being preached to us by the telly — diversity, etc — well, what about diversity when it comes to just having different countries, different cultures, etc. You know, I think there was this backlash after racism, etc. — partially the Brits are to blame for that of course. But right now — it is kind of — swinging the other way. People actually are proud to appreciate their countries, their cultures and unique ways. And there is nothing wrong with that whatsoever.
It is such a pleasure talking to you, as always — but I have to go — have to put the kids to bed — I am on my own with them at the moment, nanny is gone, hubby is Singapore on a business trip. I also have to make them packed lunches for tomorrow (the youngest two are refusing to eat school dinners at the moment, it is too hot here, they want «snacky food». Speak later.
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  Redhead
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00:19 11.07.2019
Phew, the kids are in bed. Arkadiy Novikov — the place we ate at today, is apparently a star here with his cuisine. You know — unlike other Russian places here — he doesn't just do «nostalgia «food — he does fusion cuisine, the works. I wish I could photo the dishes today to show you — but couldn't — the client and my workmate would have thought I was nuts. But — I was nuts in a way — about his cooking and food — really amazing, godly I would say. And the public at his Mayfair place — well, it was mostly the English, hardly any Russian language — not like in Zima or Mari Vanna. BBC made lots of features about him apparently. He is truly an international chef.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/writer/arkady-noviko...
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00:36 11.07.2019
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> chef
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«Chef» here means «the main cook»
chef
[ʃɛf]

NOUN
a professional cook, typically the chief cook in a restaurant or hotel.
synonyms:
cook · cordon bleu cook · food preparer · head chef · sous chef · [More]
VERB
informal
(cheffing)
work as a chef.
«he spent the next seven years cheffing in top restaurants and hotels in Germany»

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It is people like him (Novikov), or Slutsky — the former Hull football manager — who sell the Russian culture here to the English very well, soft power so to speak. Like you — with your Taygan videos. I showed them to some people at work and a lot of them now want to go to Crimea and see it.
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00:42 11.07.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> It is such a pleasure talking to you, as always — but I have to go — have to put the kids to bed — I am on my own with them at the moment, nanny is gone, hubby is Singapore on a business trip. I also have to make them packed lunches for tomorrow (the youngest two are refusing to eat school dinners at the moment, it is too hot here, they want «snacky food». Speak later
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Thanks, It's a pleasure talking to you too.
Have a nice evening
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11:32 11.07.2019
I made another pic of Arbuzik yesterday. When she is bored she goes to the yard. Other cats try to stay away from her because she is big and very experienced in street fighting)




I remember when some people came to visit their friends who live in our house. They had a dog with them. Arbuzik didn't allow it to enter
She scared the shit out of it despite the fact that the dog was twice of Arbuzik size
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20:56 11.07.2019
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> I remember when some people came to visit their friends who live in our house. They had a dog with them. Arbuzik didn't allow it to enter
> She scared the shit out of it despite the fact that the dog was twice of Arbuzik size
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Cats are very territorial. Our Fifi is quite petite and thinnish looking, she is a young cat, but very agile. The other day I saw a huge fox chasing her and she climbed up the tree really quickly. Foxes can't climb — thank God. We have lots of them running around in London, especially at night. They attack cats and sometimes — if people leave their back garden doors open during hot summer days — they can attack kids and babies.

https://metro.co.uk/2018/02/15/killer-urban-fox-...
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21:12 11.07.2019
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> Actually I'm glad the other camp is winning because I'm an anti-globalist in my heart.
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To be fair — we can't escape globalism, cause of technology, etc. And we need globalism — to fight things like global warming, to trade, to live in peace, etc. The question is — the EU model hasn't really brought prosperity to its citizens at large. If people were happy with the model, they wouldn't complain. But they aren't happy. It is undemocratic. And one should learn from history — anything centralized imposed in an undemocratic way from above has never ever succeeded in the long run. Ever. And this is not succeeding. It benefits multinationals, cause they have access to cheaper workforce. But as far as prosperity and standard of living — that has all gone down. The statistics in the UK shows that the gap between the rich and poor in this country is bigger than it was during the Victorian times. This is what they say here. In other EU countries it is worse, not better. Thing is — there are a lot of people here from other countries — the countries which are more democratic than Russia for sure — who advise the Russians to challenge their authorities, tell them how everything is bad there, etc. — but they do not have the same attitude to the countries where they live. And people here — the English — they do — they are very critical of themselves, their authorities, etc. They question things all the time. Of course — when the Russians here lie about the West and recite their Kremlin propaganda without any knowledge — then yeah, one can expose that. However, the «westerners» of this forum do not possess a grain of critical approach to what is happening in their own countries. We have a great saying here «Lead by example». And to me it is quite clear — that the current globalization model as regards the EU — is undemocratic, doesn't bring prosperity to people at large and doesn't benefit European citizens. One can't just have an attitude whereby they basically have one message "Everything is bad in Russia, but hunky dory in the West, therefore - nothing about the West can be questioned". People who live here are not like that at all. Yeah, they criticize Putin , but they criticize our politicians and things that are going on here - a hell of a lot more. There is a lot less hypocrisy.


And — don't get me wrong — but Eastern Europeans — even Polish — well, they are quite far off in their culture and mentality from the British. Here in the UK just recently they busted a huge Polish gang which was involved in modern day slavery, they shipped vulnerable people from Poland into here and treated them as slaves. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/05/uks-...
These people have nothing to do with the UK and shouldn't be here, they are uncivilized pigs and should take their ways back to Poland.
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21:17 11.07.2019
The thing with the EU — people here at one point had a hope that the EU can be improved upon, reformed, etc. But — I am afraid that was an illusion. A lot of people now say that the EU in principle is irreformable. Because you can't have one Parliament representing 500 million people, you can't have a bunch of self serving corrupt unelected and unaccountable officials dictating their laws from above. This is when Boris made the decision to lead the Leave Campaign and go against Cameron back in 2016 — prior to the referendum. I think this was the turning point in this country, like — enough is enough. Here is that announcement — listen to it and tell me if you agree with it.

Boris Johnson Announces He Will Campaign For Britain To Leave The EU

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09:38 12.07.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> They attack cats and sometimes — if people leave their back garden doors open during hot summer days — they can attack kids and babies
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It is dangerous. Foxes can carry different diseases.
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09:48 12.07.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> To be fair — we can't escape globalism, cause of technology, etc. And we need globalism — to fight things like global warming, to trade, to live in peace, etc.
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As for me it is okay if different nations cooperate to fight global warming, boost trade etc. But EU is trying to take sovereignty from its' members. I'm against that form of globalism.

Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> The statistics in the UK shows that the gap between the rich and poor in this country is bigger than it was during the Victorian times
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The situation is similar in many other countries (including Russia).
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> current globalization model as regards the EU — is undemocratic, doesn't bring prosperity to people at large and doesn't benefit European citizens
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Agreed

Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> even Polish
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Even? You know, one of my friends visited Poland many times. His employer has some business there. He is mostly positive about Poland. But he was surprised that Poland has more «gopniks» than Russia (in relative measures). He said it feels like 1/3 of Polish males are «gopniks».
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11:34 12.07.2019
I have a day off today — have to go and visit some end of year school events, they actually don't break up for summer till the end of next week, but the main end of year Assembly is today in most schools in London.
So nice to wake up late. Well — every day this week I woke up at 4:40 am to do running — as I am preparing for a charity running event. It is nice to run in the morning — it is cool, fresh, cause during the day and in the evening it is very muggy and hot here (not too hot — 25C, but muggy, humid, so — feels a lot hotter). But waking up so early every morning becomes quite exhausting eventually, as it makes the day too long. Nice to have a break from it.
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> It is dangerous. Foxes can carry different diseases.
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Yes, they know all about it here and they give those who get bitten by foxes — appropriate vaccinations, etc. It is very hard to control fox population in London, 48% of London is parks, lakes and forests — green land. And a lot of parks have wild areas, they are not all just manicured flower beds, etc. Also, foxes control the population of rats here, squirrels and water rats, of which there are zillions here.
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11:37 12.07.2019
I have a question. You said earlier that the phrase «stop jumping to personalities» is an example of bad English.

What can you say about the phrase «Let's stop distracting from the conversation with petty personal digs»
Looks much better to me. Am I right?
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11:38 12.07.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> I have a day off today
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Great! I have a very busy day unfortunately.

Got to go now, speak later
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11:44 12.07.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> As for me it is okay if different nations cooperate to fight global warming, boost trade etc. But EU is trying to take sovereignty from its' members. I'm against that form of globalism.
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Same here. I am against that form of globalism as well.
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> The situation is similar in many other countries (including Russia).
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Ironically enough, they say that the living standards have been generally on the decline and the gap between the rich and poor has been growing since the collapse of the Soviet Union. They feared here a lot — the Soviet Union, the possible revolution in the West, etc. So they were much more careful when it came to workers' rights, trade Unions, salaries, etc. Now — there is no other socialist model to fear, so — the capitalism has gone a bit wild. When we came to this country at the end of 80s — everyone could afford to buy a house — even a post man, or a nurse, or a primary school teacher. Now — forget it. Most people find it hard to even rent a house in London, let alone buy anything. Just goes to show.


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Actually, I was wrong to blame all the Polish people. Most of them are lovely, hard working people. And we also have our share of slobs and chavs here. It is just that — when you see Eastern European chavs or «gopniks» from other countries — well, let them go back to their countries, we have enough of our own. As regards «Russian gopniks» — I have never seen them here, not one. That is probably because — number one — they can't afford to come here, and number 2- the Russians here are very well behaved, they like the English culture and fit in quite well. In general, I remember when we lived in Moscow — we weren't particularly wealthy — we were like anyone else — quite poor by the British standards I guess — but people were not gopniks, their flats were clean, they were well spoken, played musical instruments, etc. The cultural level and the education in the Soviet Union was very good.
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