Thanks, I deleted the pics and some personal posts, don't want them to hang around for too long. Yeah, the Art Deco jewellery is absolutely gorgeous, things were hand made at the time by superb craftsmen, each piece is one of a kind. These days — unless you go high end — like Cartier or something — things are made by machines, a lot of diamonds are cut by machines, etc. Modern jewellery is just poxy (slang for «shit») — it is flimsy, is not designed to last, etc. Cartier, Tiffany, Graf, Van Clef — are some nice craftsmen, but even with them — a lot of the times you pay for the name, cause they sell shit. For example, look at this Van Clef necklace — very popular here at the moment.
The chain on it so thin, one can hardly see it, inside those clovers — no diamonds, it is just Mother of Pearl (Mother of Pearl is the shell in which pearls are grown). Materials wise — it is totally worthless. Guess how much they sell it for here - in Selfridges or Harrods? (don't look it up, I want you to guess).
> Try not to look at it too often or your colleagues will start mocking you) quoted1
They mock me non stop anyway. But they make me laugh a lot. Sometimes they get on my nerves with it, but when I am away from work for a period of time — I start missing it. Generally, people here like to cheer you up. If you don't smile and walk in looking sad, they would normally say «Cheer up, it might never happen. «(meaning — bad things won't happen).
> But recently I learned that quokka mother can throw her baby to a predator to save her own life. quoted1
I didn't notice this yesterday, was a bit pissed. That is totally terrible you know. It seems totally unnatural. However, sometimes here Moms have what they call «post natal depression» and even kill babies because of it. I saw a programme about it a couple of years ago and they say it is totally chemical, one can't do anything about it — it is like a chemical imbalance in your brain due to hormonal crush after giving birth. I have never experienced it myself, but lots of people do apparently.
I think we are going to crash out with a no deal here. I think it is a given. These days — even the likes of Amber Rudd — she was May's right hand Tory Remainer — started saying they don't oppose «No deal» anymore. Apparently, Boris's lead is unassailable and they are already talking about what his Cabinet will be like, so a lot of Tory Remainers are changing their views and getting on the side of Hard Leavers. Cause what happened with the Tory Leadership hustings is the Tory MPs got in proper touch with Tory grass roots (this is what they call just ordinary members of the PArty, they are the ones who elect the leader) and were told categorically by the grass roots that unless they deliver Brexit pronto — they will never get elected again.
The penny has finally dropped for the political elite that Remain has lost
However, a lot of people are scared of all this . Sterling has gone down against the Euro massively (compared to pre Referendum heights) and the prices are going up — food prices, clothing, you name it. I had to ring a client of ours today to book an appointment with him to discuss a few things (he is Russian and prefers to deal with me only) — booked an appointment for next Monday — as I am off on holiday Thursday next week — a long holiday, so just needed to tie up a few things before going — anyway, first I wanted to make an appointment for this week, but he said he was travelling to Switzerland this week and I asked «Why?» and he said — to look at some houses, as he is thinking of moving there permanently. He said he would remain a client with us anyway and would travel to London periodically, however — he thinks that this no deal Brexit here is gonna be like Russia of the 90s (that is exactly what he said) — it is gonna be a nightmare. He said " I don't understand what those muppets on the telly (he means Johnson and that) are so enthusiastic about — it is gonna be absolutely horrid for all of us — leaving the EU".
> no deal Brexit here is gonna be like Russia of the 90s (that is exactly what he said) — it is gonna be a nightmare quoted1
It's hardly going to be like Russia of the 90s, but there is always a price to pay. I think in the long term leaving EU is more profitable for Britain. And it is better to leave EU when president of the US supports it. You have many ties with the US and if they were against it they could make the process of leaving EU even harder.
Hi, I am off today — my running event is later on today — in the afternoon. I am sitting here reading end of year school reports. You know, I always boast about my daughter, but when it comes to ordinary school (not ballet or drama or anything like that) — my boys are doing much better. I am going to post a little pic of a final conclusion from my littlest son's — Daniel's report — it is so amazing (I will delete it later). It says that he is an excellent scientist, he is number one not only in his class, but in the whole of Year 3 (2 classes) at school. I am so immensely proud. Look (will insert the pic in a minute).
At the end of the report , the headteacher writes "It has been a pleasure to teach him".
My daughter's school report is not as good. And my oldest son's is amazing also, but they don't do school reports in writing in his school, he is not in primary , he is in secondary, and they do personal meeting with the headteacher for each parent and then produce lots of different reports as regards different curriculum modules. His were absolutely excellent . I didn't go to his school, my husband went, they already broke up a week and a half ago. The littlest two are breaking up for summer end of this week.
> It's hardly going to be like Russia of the 90s, but there is always a price to pay. I think in the long term leaving EU is more profitable for Britain. And it is better to leave EU when president of the US supports it. You have many ties with the US and if they were against it they could make the process of leaving EU even harder. quoted1
In the long term — I agree with you, we will be better off. But in the short term it is probably gonna be bad. But — delaying it and delaying it and delaying it — is not the answer either, it is just prolonging the agony and increasing uncertainty. People already don't care less, the mood is «just get on with it already». The funny thing is — I think that by delaying it and making it hard for these last 3 years, they kind of hoped — the Remainers, etc. — that people's resolve to leave would be diminished, but the opposite proved true — the UK stance has hardened. They understand it even in Latvia. Look
European leaders fail to grasp 'hardening' of UK view on Brexit, Latvia warns