>It is really hot and getting hotter and hotter. The heat is different here — not like on the Continent. It is very humid here, the air is very heavy and the heat is much harder to endure. quoted1
Humidity plays a great role. When I was in Chita (very dry climate) it was 35 C, but I felt it like 26−27 C and I was OK. But it Vladivostok I was dying at 26 C, it is very humid there (it is 92% in July, compared to London's 72%)
>>It is really hot and getting hotter and hotter. The heat is different here — not like on the Continent. It is very humid here, the air is very heavy and the heat is much harder to endure. quoted2
>Humidity plays a great role. When I was in Chita (very dry climate) it was 35 C, but I felt it like 26−27 C and I was OK. But it Vladivostok I was dying at 26 C, it is very humid there (it is 92% in July, compared to London's 72%) quoted1
It s absolute hell — this heat. But tomorrow is gonna be even worse 38.5 C in London- that is the hottest temperature on record EVER in the UK
Parts of Britain are hotter than anywhere else in Europe with 36C (96.8F) forecast for Thursday, as the heatwave forces the cancellation of trains amid fears tracks will buckle.
With the country just one stage away from a national emergency being declared, the Met Office predicts the UK might experience its hottest day on record with temperatures possibly exceeding 38.5C (101F) on so-called Furnace Friday , Read more https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/26/uk-w...
I am not going anywhere near the public transport today — taking a black cab home -where there is air con.
The pro Remain camp's paper here is the Guardian. Today the Guardian published the press conference results of the latest negotiations by Barnier (the EU negotiator) and Raab (our man) and it turns out that Barnier rejected the central piece of May's Chequers proposals. The EU want to keep the UK at least a member of the Customs Union, the Brexiteers in the Conservative Party don't want that. If May gives away another inch — going forward, then she will totally lose the support of her Party and will be brought down. Some people have already been resigning, as I said before.
Michel Barnier tears up Theresa May's Brexit customs proposals
Some tweets from the journalists re what happened today
From the Telegraph’s Steven Swinford
Steven Swinford ✔ @Steven_Swinford As Dominic Raab is discovering, these joint pressers with Michel Barnier are painful.
Yet again Barnier is adopting his 'reasonable gentleman' routine while utterly eviscerating the Theresa May's offer, which she spent huge amounts of political capital on.
4:54 PM — Jul 26, 2018 134 92 people are talking about this
From the Spectator’s James Forsyth
James Forsyth ✔ @JGForsyth Clear from what Barnier said that he still hopes to get the UK to agree to a full customs union. But May doesn’t want that and it would prompt more Cabinet resignations that she would struggle to survive
5:09 PM — Jul 26, 2018 88 84 people are talking about this
From ITV’s Libby Wiener
Libby Wiener ✔ @LibbyWienerITV Barnier says EU can't farm out collection of tariffs to a non-member — sounds as if that's a NON to May's Chequers Plan #Brexit
4:46 PM — Jul 26, 2018 7 See Libby Wiener's other Tweets
From the Daily Mail’s Jason Groves
Jason Groves @JasonGroves1 Michel Barnier says EU 'cannot and will not' accept UK collecting EU customs duties — the centrepiece of Theresa May's Chequers deal
4:45 PM — Jul 26, 2018 121 122 people are talking about this
Now all the political life here will die down as the Parliament is shutting down for the summer holidays' recess.
The Telegraph is worrying about the Remainers gaining more ground during this time.
Remainers want to stitch us up over the summer. Theresa May must stop them, not swan off on holiday
Judging by the Telegraph — the situation with the tariff free deal is dire straits (meaning of "dire straits" - in a very bad situation that is difficult to fix: ). The Guardian is writing the same. So things are not looking very good at the moment.
> It s absolute hell — this heat. But tomorrow is gonna be even worse 38.5 C in London- that is the hottest temperature on record EVER in the UK quoted1
Can it be the global warming? If yes you could start growing grapes. On a serious note I'm afraid nobody among important politicians takes it seriously. For example Trump doesn't gives a duck about it. This can cause serious problems in the future (in the nearest future probably).
> things are not looking very good at the moment. quoted1
It seems it will take longer than everybody has expected. I think it is a good time to make the deal since US president is so anti-EU. In other case it could be even harder for the UK to break from EU, because US is very important ally for the UK.
I am contemplating not going to work at all today. My kids are coming back from the Lake District tomorrow and this is my last proper day off before next week (Saturday and Sunday are going to be busy days with my kids) — next week is gonna be very hectic for me. Today a lot of people will stay away from the Central London anyway so it is not gonna be busy anyway. Will give my boss a ring in a minute. Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Can it be the global warming? If yes you could start growing grapes. > On a serious note I'm afraid nobody among important politicians takes it seriously. For example Trump doesn't gives a duck about it. This can cause serious problems in the future (in the nearest future probably). > quoted1
It is the global warming. They say that if the ice in the North Pole continues to melt — it will affect the Gulf stream and the UK will be frozen and we will all die. Eventually. People here don't believe it though as such conversations have been going on for decades and we are still here. With this heatwave- they explain this by jet streams. https://www.express.co.uk/news/weather/994053/UK...
The UK is a tiny country, we don't produce anything, just sell services, people here recycle like crazy and really take care of the environment and nature, economize relentlessly on water and heating (not because of the money, but out of ethical concerns), it's not our fault. The UK is an exemplary country in that respect. Who contribute the most to polluting the world is China, India and the US. But the deal with China on climate and global warming was bad apparently. So the US ditched it. Until those big countries decide to do something about it properly — everyone else will suffer it seems.
P.S. Grapes, strawberries , etc. - grow in the UK anyway. It is a relatively warm country and normally without any extreme weather (hot or cold). This weather is very unusual and out of the ordinary. It is too much. The Eurostar cancelled most of their trains to Europe and the tracks are overheated , here in England East Anglia, etc. - also cancelled lots of trains in the South East of England. The trains themselves are very comfy and with aircon, but the tracks are overheated and there is high risk of them buckling.
> The UK is an exemplary country in that respect. > Who contribute the most to polluting the world is China, India and the US. But the deal with China on climate and global warming was bad apparently. quoted1
The problem is you can be exemplary country and act nice but you'll face the consequences of China's and US' behaviour together with them.
>> The UK is an exemplary country in that respect. >> Who contribute the most to polluting the world is China, India and the US. But the deal with China on climate and global warming was bad apparently. quoted2
>The problem is you can be exemplary country and act nice but you'll face the consequences of China's and US' behaviour together with them.
> > Gtg now, I'll answer you later. > Have a nice day) quoted1
Yeah, I know. It doesn't depend on us, all I am saying is we are doing our bit — our carbon footprint is the smallest in the world. The US, China, India, Russia, etc. — their carbon footprint is much much higher than ours. They are the ones who have to sort it out. I believe they will eventually. There are many viewpoints on the global warming — some scientists say it is not to do with the pollution at all, that the climate in the world has never stood still, it has changed and evolved all the time. There was ice age in this country at one point (that is why most people here have blond hair and blue/green eyes, they didn't require melanin like people did in Africa, so it disappeared in Northern nations). In any case, such extreme heatwaves are a rarity here, I have been living here for decades and don't remember anything like this. There was snow in London this year as well, but that is also quite rare. Once every three years or so and it never settles. So this horrendous heatwave doesn't mean that we will automatically have anything like this next yearl. And none of the predictions re Gulf stream have come true yet, although the ice up in the Arctic has been melting. On the one hand we have people who are crazy re the global warming, on the other — lots of others say they are just being alarmist. There have always been cyclones, extreme weather conditions, earthquakes etc. By the way during Victorian times the climate in the UK was harsher. Summers were hotter, winters colder. It snowed a lot in London then -if you look at old Victorian cartoons and pictures and Christmas post cards — winters were snowy. Now the climate in the UK is mostly lovely.
Anyway, a funny cartoon from the Telegraph re London today.
By the way, today there will be what they call here «blood moon» — the longest lunar eclipse so far this century.
We will watch it at night, as we have a great telescope at home, very expensive one. My husband bought it ages ago to watch the sky with the kids. Unlike me he didn't get time off today unfortunately, almost half of the people at my office got time off. So I am having a blissful relaxing day at home and in the garden. Our garden has a lot of shade, as we have very tall trees at the back.
But if Gulf Stream collapses (slows down a lot) — the country most affected will in fact be the US (recent extreme weather events in the East Coast of the US are being analysed in this scientific article). But Gulf Stream is such a global stream that it affects the weather systems in Europe, the US and even Africa. So everyone will suffer, Russia included - it will be "a domino effect."
I reckon that during the course of this century a lot of pollution will go away anyway. Because people will rely less and less on oil, gas,coal etc. There are going to be a lot of scientific breakthroughs in that respect, they are already happening — like the use of electric cars is growing exponentially for instance. Here a lot of people use solar panels, more and more houses have them fitted each year. Those houses rely a lot less on gas, etc. In the UK up in Scotland especially some energy is generated using wind turbines. You see them a lot here in England as well — in the countryside. Things are going in the right direction. The future of humanity depends on scientific progress arguably much more than on any paper agreements which less developed and more corrupt countries like China, India and Russia will violate anyway.
Hi, what do you think about the situation with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange?
Assange took refuge a few years ago in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after being accused of sexual offenses by Swedish authorities. While the charges have been dropped, he still fears extradition to the United States, where he is wanted for leaking Iraq War logs.
And new Ecuadorian is highly likely is going to strip Assange from refugee status.
> We will watch it at night, as we have a great telescope at home, very expensive one. My husband bought it ages ago to watch the sky with the kids. Unlike me he didn't get time off today unfortunately, almost half of the people at my office got time off. So I am having a blissful relaxing day at home and in the garden. Our garden has a lot of shade, as we have very tall trees at the back. quoted1
It's great. Many of my friends were watching it too live.
Alina Zagitova performing her new SP to Phantom of the Opera at Japanese show recently (there is no video yet) She looks lovely. But you can see it with a naked eye this choreo is new to her. Alina will definitely improve it in next two months
> This is also a part of anti-Eteri stratedy some of her rivals and haters follow. To make long story short, they claim she is starving her students and makes them overtrained to prevent them from growing tall. I think it is bullshit. Yes, her training program is very similar to balerinas training programs (diet+hard work), but her aim is success, not preventing girls from growing tall
I disagree with you that it is bullshit. A very intense physical training at a very young age in sports like gymnastics, figure skating — does prevent girls from growing tall. Their careers in these kind of sports are very short lived and these girls usually don't age well either. Look at Alina Kabaeva now for instance — she looks like a short middle aged pig (to be honest she actually looks older than me and I am older than her in terms of age — no kidding), being short doesn't help either at that point, because all of them invariably gain weight once the intense physical exercise routine goes away — their metabolism crashes. They use a lot of body resources in a short period of time and it is not good for them, not at all. And it is not natural either. I don't know if you have any kids of your own, but sometimes kids get bigger (fatter) just before they are due a growth spurt, then they thin out again as they grow — it is a natural process. Those sports' kids are never allowed to. You see, coach or no coach (it doesn't depend on any particular coach) — professional sports are not designed to be good for a human body, measured physical exercise is, but not intense professional sports — especially for kids. Also it is good for kids to be exposed to a very varied diet, even junk food — a little bit of it of course. They have to be exposed to a bit of everything. I allow my daughter sometimes to laze around and eat packets of crisps and other junk like Milky way bars and stuff when she is watching something she likes on her tablet — cartoons, movies, etc. It is part of childhood. We have some middle class moms here who never allow their kids anything but raisins and water (cause juice is too sugary, etc) or a fizzy drink. Once their kids grow up and get hold of their own money — first thing they do is go to a sweetshop and buy themselves shit load of chocolates and discover those things all of a sudden — like fizzy drinks, etc. They buzz of off this stuff and don't know how to control it as someone always did the controlling in the past for them. Then they run a risk of developing an addiction to wrong type of foods and becoming obese.
In ballet also — a very intense professional ballet is not good for you. Professional ballerinas last longer than figure skaters or gymnasts, but their feet are ef'd (look up «ballet feet» — images — they are ugly), some can't have kids or even experience a very early menopause (like in their twenties or thirties) — cause they exhaust their bodies' resources. From the very beginning I made a decision that my little girl is not going to be a professional ballet dancer. Ballet is part of her performing arts routine, that's it. She was offered a place this summer in an intense ballet summer camp and I said «No». She has to have a period of summer holidays where she does only what she wants, plays with other kids, eats junk food and lots of ice creams sometimes, etc. It is part of childhood.
Everything has a price, any kind of professional sport has a price. It is the same with male sports. My oldest is in a private school and loves football, but that is not a private school kind of sport, it is a working class man's sport. But would you believe it — rugby is a private school kind of sport. We were already approached by people with the requests to let my oldest do rugby professionally — cause he is a fighter, a ginger nut, has a right type of personality for it, etc. And I said «No», through my dead body. He is a strikingly good looking boy (I will see if I can find a recent picture of him without his school uniform on, as that will give away what school he is at and I don't wanna do that), and all professional rugby players end up looking like thugs — cauliflower ears, permanently smashed noses and deformed foreheads. Like Zara Phillips's husband for instance. Zara Phillips is Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter (she is a professional athlete herself, an equestrian (horse rider)). She married a professional rugby player (but he is also upper class). There is no way I want my handsome refined son to end up looking like this.
Let him (my Alex) play golf with his Dad instead.
The most recent pic I found is from one of the children’s parks in the Lake District (they just came back yesterday, my parents took them there). He is jumping on the super trampoline in one pic, in the other - looking like a moody teenager (he is only 11 but has been acting. like a teenager since he was born - thinking he is a “hard man” - must be a Russian in him) I will delete the pics later
> Hi, what do you think about the situation with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange? Assange took refuge a few years ago in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after being accused of sexual offenses by Swedish authorities. While the charges have been dropped, he still fears extradition to the United States, where he is wanted for leaking Iraq War logs. And new Ecuadorian is highly likely is going to strip Assange from refugee status.
I haven't really been following the story with Assange. I don't really follow politics at the moment — only Brexit, because it affects us. You see — take Euroclearing for instance. I am not involved with that directly at all, I don't work for any clearance houses etc, but my husband is a merchant banker and somehow Brexit will affect their operations in Europe, etc. Brexit will affect the whole of the City one way or another, cause everything «filters through». During boom times — banks, brokerage houses, etc. — they invest a lot in various projects, bonuses rise, salaries rise, freelance IT people earn £20 K a week, etc. During bust times and harder times — somehow everyone becomes a little bit poorer. It all «filters through». So — even though — we are all utterly fed up with the subject of Brexit — we are following it closely. Other than that — nothing in particular bothers us. And with Russia — I just want things to be great there that's all, so follow what happens there. I am a profound anti Putinist, but I think with the pension reform (I have been reading what they are writing on the forum) — the authorities raising the pension age is inevitable, people live longer. Here people don't rely on the State Pension as much. It is nice to see that the Russians are fighting for their rights though. Nice to see that spirit is still there.