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  Redhead
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22:23 05.08.2018
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Don't get me wrong, Paris is beautiful — in the centre, Versailles is magnificent as well. Lots of cheap good quality food, fantastic restaurants. But if you get out of the centre — tons of ghetto areas, I mean proper ghetto — Hackney in London (this is our ghetto) is like a palace in comparison. In England people live in houses, not flats, in Paris — it 's blocks of flats, etc. In England — it doesn't matter how rich or poor — one has to have their own space — proper space - a house, a garden, etc. Englishman's home is his fortress, etc. In London the property is very expensive, very overpriced. If we were to sell our main house we live in - in the South of London — we would be able to buy a mansion in California with a swimming pool and not just one — probably two of them. Just to give you an idea.
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22:28 05.08.2018
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> May be it wouldn't be best possible deal for the UK, but I think you'll make it.
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That's just the thing. May wants some deal and is prepared to settle for something which is just acceptable, but the Brexiteers in the Cabinet undermine her — relentlessly. For them — no deal is good enough and better than the «rotten deal» we have at the moment (this is what they say). We will be all right one way or another — shipments will come into the UK from the EU ports, the trade will continue. But after March 2019 neither UK nor the EU will be the same.
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22:42 05.08.2018
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> If you and your kids like museums, you should visit Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg.
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I would love to go there, we will definitely go to St Petersburg — definitely. We heard so much good about it — we have to go there. It is like London a little bit — St Petersburg.

Museums in London are special, especially the Science Museum. It is very interactive for kids, Daniel loves it so much, I can't tell you how fantastic it is. I didn't go with them today, but they had a great time — my Dad told me on the phone and what's apped some lovely pictures.
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22:48 05.08.2018
Better quality video with Evgenia's free skate
https://vk.com/video26629043_456239092
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22:49 05.08.2018
gtg now, cya)
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20:22 06.08.2018
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Better quality video with Evgenia's free skate
> https://vk.com/video26629043_456239092
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Lovely video, she is great. Very talented girl.
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20:27 06.08.2018
Grin (25771),

Did you hear about this?
Мэттью Кэмпбелл | The Times
Матери расставляют ловушки палачам из российских тюрем

https://www.inopressa.ru/article/06Aug2018/times...

This is so horrendous I couldn't even finish reading the article. This is what I call barbaric, not an «unfortunate clumsy curtsey» by May.
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20:36 06.08.2018
Brexit «doom ang gloom» is continuing.

Mark Carney says risk of a no-deal Brexit is 'uncomfortably high'

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/03...

Mark Carney is not allowed to express political opinions, he is the Bank of England Governor, but what he is saying is true. The prices will go up here — we import a lot from Europe — food, cars, you name it. If they slap the VAT on the EU goods and the Customs Duty (like they do on all the American goods for instance) — we are talking 20% and 2.5% respectively (VAT + the Customs duty). That'll badly affect everyone's quality of life. That is not what people really voted for. And they are not vatniks enough here to put up with anything that can worsen their quality of life in any way. It will be bad for the EU as well, as people will be switching to the American goods and Chinese, Canadian, etc. Cause they will be more competitively priced. That is bad for Germany in the first place — the UK is the single biggest export market for Germany — we buy more from them than any other EU country. God, it is all such a mess.
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20:41 06.08.2018
Hi, how are you?)

Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
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>> Especially in the recent years P. S. I hope my friend from France will never read this post)
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>Don't get me wrong, Paris is beautiful — in the centre, Versailles is magnificent as well. Lots of cheap good quality food, fantastic restaurants. But if you get out of the centre — tons of ghetto areas, I mean proper ghetto — Hackney in London (this is our ghetto) is like a palace in comparison. In England people live in houses, not flats, in Paris — it 's blocks of flats, etc. In England — it doesn't matter how rich or poor — one has to have their own space — proper space — a house, a garden, etc. Englishman's home is his fortress, etc. In London the property is very expensive, very overpriced. If we were to sell our main house we live in — in the South of London — we would be able to buy a mansion in California with a swimming pool and not just one — probably two of them. Just to give you an idea.
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I got it from the very begining. All my friends and collegues who were in France and visited Paris in recent years told me about that ghetto situation there)
Some trolls call your capital Londonistan but I know it isn't true. The situation is much better in London than in Paris.
Don't get me wrong, I'm okay with muslims if they are decent hard-working people.
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20:44 06.08.2018
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
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This story gone viral and as we can see it from this article prison guards were arrested. I suppose there are many other similar cases which didn't go viral and prison guards are ok there. It's a shame of course.
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20:52 06.08.2018
Btw, do you like Anna Netrebko?
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20:56 06.08.2018
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There are two major problems with Paris. Number one — the French created ghetto areas, whereas in London they tried to minimize them as much as they possibly could. In Belgravia, where the richest world stars have their houses — Madonna, Paul McCartney etc, you will still see some council houses where the poor live. It's mixed. In France — proper rich areas are rich, ghettos are ghettos. That is why they have a lot of strikes there and Arabs and Muslims uprisings, etc.
Secondly, France is a lot more racist than Britain. They treat Asians and Blacks mush worse than they do here in Britain. Asians and Blacks who live here and who came here from France will all tell you that themselves. When I first went to Paris — it was ages ago with my first husband Mark — I witnessed at the railway station how a young Arab guy was trying to snatch a bag from some lady, and he was chased by a policeman who started to beat the shit out of him and no one even reacted. I was shocked and Mark told me «This is not England». In my daughter's ballet school there are some black girls from France who are incredibly talented, but don't have a future in French ballet cause of being black. That is wrong.

France also had colonies in Africa, etc. But in their colonies people lived a lot worse than in the British Colonies — they really robbed people of everything without giving anything back. The French are not as civilized as the British.

Thirdly — the architecture in France is not as rich. Number one — London is 2000 years old, the Tower is 900 years old. During the times of King Louis in Paris they got rid of a lot of gothic architecture and made everything Baroque. Some of it is lovely, but not enough variety. In London there is a lot more variety, cause here people have always been trying to preserve everything from the past as much as possible.

But to be fair, recently the Councils in the UK lost a lot of housing and the prices in London are so sky high — rents, etc. that poorer people are being priced out of London. They can't afford the rent — housing benefit doesn't cover it anymore and a lot of Council houses have been bought out. It was Thatcher's reform in her day - to let Council tenants in the UK buy council housing at very low prices. At the time a lot of working class people were happy with that — all of a sudden they became home owners. But now — there is just not enough housing. They are saying that even the teachers and nurses are being priced out of London — I am talking renting, not even buying their own house. One upside of Brexit will probably be the cooling of the housing market (prices will go down).
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21:12 06.08.2018
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Secondly, France is a lot more racist than Britain.
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Never heard of it. I know a few people from France, they are very tolerant.

Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> In my daughter's ballet school there are some black girls from France who are incredibly talented, but don't have a future in French ballet cause of being black. That is wrong.
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I'm kinda shocked to hear it.
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21:15 06.08.2018
I have a question for you ^^
What do you think about synchronized swimming in general and mixed duets in particular?

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21:18 06.08.2018
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Never heard about it. I know a few people from France, they are very tolerant.
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Not as civilized and tolerant as the Brits. Nowhere near. Britain's colonial past was so successful partly because they gave — not just took. In Africa black people themselves — a lot of them are saying that their best times were during the British Colonialism. A lot of countries in Africa went proper downhill after the Brits left — corruption, wars, etc.
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> I'm kinda shoked to hear it.
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I was as well, but it is true. Some things are not official, they are just people's experiences. The people I am talking about are decent people and I don't have any reason not to trust them. I heard a lot about it here from blacks themselves, etc. France is a much more racist country.
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