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11:53 12.07.2019
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>> I have a day off today
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>Great! I have a very busy day unfortunately.
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> Got to go now, speak later
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Have a great day. My day is gonna be nicely busy, I am going to do some shopping in the morning, bake some cupcakes for the cupcake stall at the Assembly (actually, I won't bake anything — I will just buy them from the bakery — that is what I usually do to be honest) and then — off to school.
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11:58 12.07.2019
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Yes, you are. But the better way of putting it is — «Let's stop the petty personal digs exchange and continue the conversation on the subject at hand» or «Let's stop dragging the conversation away from the subject by this petty personal digs exchange». If one was really annoyed , one would say "Was that a personal dig? Pack it in, and carry on talking on the subject at hand please". «Distract from the conversation» — is not a particularly good English either. But to be honest — that is if one is being really picky with the language, your language is mostly on the level of a native anyway.
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23:08 12.07.2019
There was this programme today with Andrew Neil — interviewing Johnson and Hunt — it was just put out on YouTube- Andrew Neil is renown for being a very tough interviewer and «grilling» politicians very well. If you have time and don't find it too boring, watch it — but of course, one has to know what is going on here quite in depth to understand all this

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23:15 12.07.2019
Aside from Brexit and Tory leadership hustings, just came across two very sad pieces of news — one is Zac Goldsmith's niece — she is the daughter of Ben Goldsmith (his younger brother) and Kate Rothschild — was killed in a quad bike accident near their farm. She was only 15. Apparently Ben Goldsmith is so devastated he was asking God to bring his daughter back.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/12/ben-...

Just goes to show — it doesn't matter how much money one has — when it comes to human life — we are all in the same boat with the same tragedies, ups and downs, etc.

Another sad news — a UK violin teenage prodigy Katya Tsukanova, 17- died of drug overdose after a party with her mates in London:


Ateenage violin prodigy was found dead at her father’s Kensington mansion amid warnings of a new “calvin klein” drugs craze.
Katya Tsukanova, 17, one of Britain’s leading young musicians, died from a suspected overdose only days after giving a concert at the Royal Opera House.
On Thursday night her devastated father Igor, a millionaire philanthropist, revealed how he found Katya’s body at the family home after she returned from partying with friends.
“My daughter was so happy, and she had such a bright future,” Mr Tsukanov told the Telegraph.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/11/viol...

Judging by the name — she was Russian. And living in Knightsbridge — obviously from a very rich background. And obviously wasn't a druggie, just tried something at the party, something that was probably dodgy. This is why I am for legalization. If drugs were legalized, things like this would be policed by the state and this just wouldn't have happened.
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17:57 13.07.2019
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> your language is mostly on the level of a native anyway
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Thanks, it far from a level of a native, unfortunately. But I'm working on it. And I'm very grateful for your help.

I made a some pics in the park near my home.
The weather was sunny and a lot of people were running around.

















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18:00 13.07.2019
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> Just goes to show — it doesn't matter how much money one has — when it comes to human life — we are all in the same boat with the same tragedies, ups and downs, etc.
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> Another sad news — a UK violin teenage prodigy Katya Tsukanova, 17- died of drug overdose after a party with her mates in London:
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Sad news indeed.

Meanwhile in Ukraine someone just shelled a TV station from a grenade launcher because of a documentary
https://twitter.com/yashalevine/status/114993541...
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18:12 13.07.2019
Btw, there was a small incident in Taygan a few days ago. A lioness took a tourist's jacket. Look what happened next



Poor lioness is young (you can see the spots on her fur) and she just wanted to play obviously. She looks so sad and offended to me. But allowing lions to play with tourists' things can end badly one day. So the owner of the park did the right thing. I'm surprised that elder lion understood him so well.
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19:10 14.07.2019
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> I made a some pics in the park near my home.
> The weather was sunny and a lot of people were running around.
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Hi, lovely pictures. Doesn't look that sunny though. It is the best thing to run outdoors, although — sometimes I go to the gym as well — to do other stuff- like core exercises, or cross training — all that improves one's quality of running. But I try to avoid treadmill — it is too robotic. It helps to build up endurance, but I don't need to do that — it is at a very good level as it is with me.

We just came home after my birthday celebrations which started yesterday morning — first with Jon's relatives — we gathered in Guildford, where one of his uncles lives, stayed overnight, then went straight to my parents' and had lunch with them in Hampstead, then popped over to see my mother in law on the way back, she gave me a lovely present — an Art Deco bracelet. I got lots of lovely presents, but the main one — the watch — well, I haven't made the decision yet as to what to go for. Those Patek hand crafts — well, you have to order one, there is a waiting list and they are a fortune. But they don't hold value very well — long term. It is all just marketing — to make them more expensive. The ones that hold value the most are Rolexes — Submariners, Daytonas, GMT masters. But they are all male watches, for gents. The ones they do for ladies are only Day just, Pearl master, and the likes of them. They never grow in value overtime. Well — Cartier Panthere (that's out of Cartier collection)— I like, but don't like the dial. So — I am still deciding.

I am exhausted, cause yesterday — hardly had any sleep, we left the kids with relatives and celebrated in the pub till early hours in the morning — Jon's uncle rented the whole pub for the night. I didn't particularly want any celebrations to be honest, wanted a low key family thing, but when you have a big family — it is unavoidable I guess.
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19:21 14.07.2019
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> Sad news indeed.
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Yes, and both those girls went to the same Secondary school — Wycombe private boarding school in Buckinghamshire — it is one of the best private schools in the country, very expensive. It is just that — when I read anything like that — I start worrying about my kids, etc. It is like — no one is safe, no matter what they do or how much money they have it seems. But — don't want to talk about all this doom and gloom, as they say «que sera, sera» — «whatever will be will be». There is an old children's song «que sera sera» — it is funny, Doris Day used to sing it — that was before my time, but my mother in law still remembers it (I am a bit pissed at the moment — too much champagne)

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19:24 14.07.2019
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Horrible I think — they shouldn't have punished the lioness, she is an animal for God's sake, it is unfair. But yeah — that guy — well, he is like a «Lion whisperer» (there is a term here «a horse whisperer» — that is someone who can get horses to do what he wants pretty much and has some sort of a connection with them, where they understand each other on another level), he got them where he wants them, like dogs. To be honest — I don't know whether it is such a good thing.
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19:46 14.07.2019
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> Thanks, it far from a level of a native, unfortunately. But I'm working on it. And I'm very grateful for your help.
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I haven't done anything much to help you, I don't think. I just chat with you, cause I like to, that's all. It is all your own doing. But to be honest — for the language to be like a native's — well, one has to live in it I guess — a lot of idioms, sayings here in England — well, they refer to some cultural references, literature, history, a lot of sayings come from sailors' talk so to speak, like — at the rate of knots («very quickly»), mate — «shipmate», high and dry, hand over fist, touch and go — and so on. There are zillions of them — idioms and sayings that are of nautical origin. How would anyone studying English know those by themselves, unless they hear them all the time being used? But yeah — forums on the net help a lot I guess. To be honest — I know quite a few Russians who have been living here for years and their language is not as good as yours, nowhere near. I guess it is because they mostly hang around in the Russian community and only speak English when they have to — at the shops, with the authorities, etc. Nonetheless — some of them are richer than me. But they made most of their money in Russia of course.
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21:07 14.07.2019
Vartovyy (временный),

Please do me a favour and get lost.
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22:11 14.07.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> We just came home after my birthday celebrations which started yesterday morning — first with Jon's relatives — we gathered in Guildford, where one of his uncles lives, stayed overnight, then went straight to my parents' and had lunch with them in Hampstead, then popped over to see my mother in law on the way back, she gave me a lovely present — an Art Deco bracelet. I got lots of lovely presents, but the main one — the watch — well, I haven't made the decision yet as to what to go for. Those Patek hand crafts — well, you have to order one, there is a waiting list and they are a fortune. But they don't hold value very well — long term. It is all just marketing — to make them more expensive. The ones that hold value the most are Rolexes — Submariners, Daytonas, GMT masters. But they are all male watches, for gents. The ones they do for ladies are only Day just, Pearl master, and the likes of them. They never grow in value overtime. Well — Cartier Panthere (that's out of Cartier collection) — I like, but don't like the dial. So — I am still deciding.
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22:20 14.07.2019
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> Horrible I think — they shouldn't have punished the lioness, she is an animal for God's sake, it is unfair. But yeah — that guy — well, he is like a «Lion whisperer» (there is a term here «a horse whisperer» — that is someone who can get horses to do what he wants pretty much and has some sort of a connection with them, where they understand each other on another level), he got them where he wants them, like dogs. To be honest — I don't know whether it is such a good thing
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This guy — Oleg Alekseevich Zubkov is Taygan Park owner. Lions think of him like he is part of their pride, elder lion may be. And in lions pride there is a strict hierarchy and the youngest females and at the bottom of it. This young lioness has mind of a lion cub, but the lion reminded her that she isn't a lion cub already and she has to follow the rules of the pride.
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> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> We just came home after my birthday celebrations which started yesterday morning — first with Jon's relatives — we gathered in Guildford, where one of his uncles lives, stayed overnight, then went straight to my parents' and had lunch with them in Hampstead, then popped over to see my mother in law on the way back, she gave me a lovely present — an Art Deco bracelet. I got lots of lovely presents, but the main one — the watch — well, I haven't made the decision yet as to what to go for. Those Patek hand crafts — well, you have to order one, there is a waiting list and they are a fortune. But they don't hold value very well — long term. It is all just marketing — to make them more expensive. The ones that hold value the most are Rolexes — Submariners, Daytonas, GMT masters. But they are all male watches, for gents. The ones they do for ladies are only Day just, Pearl master, and the likes of them. They never grow in value overtime. Well — Cartier Panthere (that's out of Cartier collection) — I like, but don't like the dial. So — I am still deciding.
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Thanks, it was very hectic though — I hardly slept last night, it has been relatives, relatives and relatives for 2 days. We came home all exhausted. But I have zillions of presents. Jon's uncle did a surprise party for me in Guildford, that wasn't the plan — that we were going to Guildford. It is just my husband said in the morning yesterday «We have to get ready and go to Guildford. Uncle Roddy needs our help, something happened». So he wound me up — and when we came there — well, lots of family was there and in the evening we went to the local pub and stayed there almost all night, I was so drunk. Tomorrow I have to get up in the morning to run — and well, I can't go to sleep now. It is a nightmare.
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