> And to me she is better than Medvedeva, classier. She looks classier and acts classier. quoted1
Remeber I told you new generation of skaters from Eteri camp will BTFO both Zagitova and Medvedeva the very season they turn senior?)
Alena is so much better than Evgenia was at her 15s. And you right, she is alreadly superior to her in some aspects.
I think that was one of the reasons Evgenia left Eteri. Evgenia knew she doesn't have a chance if she stays. So she made a risky move (moving to Brian Orser - famous Canadian coach). Evgenia will struggle with some of her jumps because she needs to relearn how jump 3 lutz, it will take a year or two. But next season Alena is turning senior… Anyway, I hope all these girls will stay healthy and show us many beautiful perfomances in future
> I am not going to comment on the British one's performance, cause clearly — it leaves a lot to be desired and doesn't stand a chance compared to Kostornaya. quoted1
British skater wasn't that bad. She was ok for a junior. Actually, Alena Kostornaya is better than 99.9% of senior skaters. It is almost unfair other juniors have to compete with her and some other Eteri girls (Trusova and Sherbakova). They don't have a chance.
She is not robotic, she is just it, just the business (it's London City slang for being great). On point.
«On point «- meaning
TOP DEFINITION on point to be perfect; to satisfy; whatever it was, it met the person's standards
A dancer, a ballet dancer, skater, etc. — in art — it is just an instrument. They are allowed to bring their personality into it — as long as that does not distort the message — the message of the piece they are performing. And if they do bring their personality into it — it has to be beautiful, Alena's is.
> During my vacations I completely abstain from any news about politics. > So it's time to catch up. Any news about Brexit? quoted1
Noone knows in earnest what is going on with Brexit. At the moment, Boris is on the rampage because he thinks that the Chequers' deal proposed by May is crap. And it looks like Raab (our negotiator) is having some success in pushing it through. t's not a bad deal actually, the cornerstone is the Irish border, what May proposed is that effectively the UK will act as a «supervisor» for Ireland, i.e. — managing the border and collecting taxes, neither the Irish nor the EU like that, but there is no other way around it — if the UK wants to have hard border with the EU whilst still keeping Ireland close (and Ireland has to be kept close cause of the Belfast peace process agreement between the Northern Ireland and the Republic — there has to be no hard border there.)
Boris thinks that 40 billion is too much to pay to the EU in any case and the Brexiteers think that the no deal scenario is still better.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/09/02/... At the moment — the fight has died down a bit, cause it was summer holidays, the Parliament was in recess, etc. It is all gonna resume — come September. There is one thing that is clear — Britain is not going to lie down and take any shit from the EU. If the deal is too bad, the UK is prepared to crash out. The preparations for no deal are being made anyway. And that's the spirit. One has to be prepared to stand up and walk away from the table in any negotiations, otherwise one is just not taken seriously.
> Noone knows in earnest what is going on with Brexit. At the moment, Boris is on the rampage because he thinks that the Chequers' deal proposed by May is crap. And it looks like Raab (our negotiator) is having some success in pushing it through. t's not a bad deal actually, the cornerstone is the Irish border, what May proposed is that effectively the UK will act as a «supervisor» for Ireland, i.e. — managing the border and collecting taxes, neither the Irish nor the EU like that, but there is no other way around it — if the UK wants to have hard border with the EU whilst still keeping Ireland close (and Ireland has to be kept close cause of the Belfast peace process agreement between the Northern Ireland and the Republic — there has to be no hard border there.) quoted1
Is it just me or Brexit became a little bit like Santa Barbara? If you know what I mean)
The Telegraph also continues to slag off (strong slang for «criticize») the hell out of the deal.
If Chequers is dead, what now?
The Chequers plan is dead: it was stabbed in the back by the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson and it has been stabbed foursquare in the front by the European Union.
Like the Murder on the Orient Express, the corpse of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy lies dead from wounds inflicted by many hands.
The Brexiteers hate it because it leads to ‘vassalage' and an insufficiently independent trade policy; the Remainers hate it because it damages the UK economy and does little or nothing for services; and the EU hates it because undermines the single market.
All of which which begs an important question: «If Chequers is dead, what then?»
EV McFinnity 3 Sep 2018 6:59PM The DUP has the rest of the UK over a barrel. Talking about «no deal» is just noise and a distraction. It cannot happen. The DUP holds all of the cards. There will be a deal. They will not tolerate «no deal».
All of the gung ho posturing comes to nought. No deal would be the end of the present government. It will not even be allowed to happen accidentally. Parliament will see to that.
Get used to it.
Flag Albert Tatlock 3 Sep 2018 6:59PM 'We want a deep and special partnership'.
No we didn't vote for that we just voted to leave.
Flag Damian OConnor 3 Sep 2018 6:57PM WTO and withdrawal of British troops from NATO plus an end to GCHQ co-operation for me.
Flag Roop Patel 3 Sep 2018 6:58PM @Damian OConnor
What does 'WTO' mean? I bet you don't know.
Flag Stephen Putt 3 Sep 2018 6:59PM @Damian OConnor
Only 24 countries trade only on WTO terms, most of the WTO have better deals with the EU.
Flag Pat Thomas 3 Sep 2018 6:57PM Dictionary definition of ‘leave' =
«depart from, go away from, go from, withdraw from, retire from, take oneself off from, exit from, take one's leave of, pull out of, quit, be gone from, decamp from, disappear from, abandon, vacate»
‘Leave' does not mean staying in, half staying in or remaining joined at the hip!
Flag Stephen Putt 3 Sep 2018 6:57PM 2nd Referendum.
Flag Danny Wilson 3 Sep 2018 6:58PM Don't you have a race riot to attend?
Flag Stephen Putt 3 Sep 2018 6:58PM @Danny Wilson
Flag John Price 3 Sep 2018 6:58PM And a third, fourth, fifth, sixth…
Flag Steven Dobson 3 Sep 2018 6:59PM @Stephen Putt
Once in a generation?
Donkey Oti 3 Sep 2018 6:53PM Dear Remainers, let me be clear about what kind of Brexit I want;
I want the United Kingdom option.
Not Norway, not Canada, Not Switzerland, not Turkey.
Flag Rory Dent 3 Sep 2018 6:57PM And what exactly is the United Kingdom option? One with fish and chips?
Flag Roop Patel 3 Sep 2018 6:57PM @Rory Dent
Ha ha ha ha!
Flag Donkey Oti 3 Sep 2018 6:59PM @Rory Dent
No, one that recognises we are the 6th largest economy in the world.
The comment about fish and chips shows the childish nature of the lesser spotted remainer.
Flag Rory Dent 3 Sep 2018 7:03PM Yes the average Remainer tends to be younger than the Leaver ;)
Your chest thumping won't help in this situation. Sorry.
Flag Bob Dog 3 Sep 2018 6:53PM My forebears didn't fight and lose their lives to be ruled by the Germans or indeed the French. You can take our scallops but you'll never take our freedom!!!
Flag Roop Patel 3 Sep 2018 6:54PM @Bob Dog
Flag Bob Dog 3 Sep 2018 6:56PM @Roop Patel @Bob Dog
Roopert. You must stop screaming racism to cover up for all your inadequacies (of which there appear to be many). I think we are all getting sick of this PC victim culture.
Flag Roop Patel 3 Sep 2018 6:56PM @Bob Dog @Roop Patel
I'm pulling your leg, sensitive flower.
Flag Bob Dog 3 Sep 2018 6:59PM @Roop Patel @Bob Dog
Shame you lost the series. Beaten by a better side.
EV McFinnity 3 Sep 2018 6:53PM It would seem that Brexiters have not bothered to read the GFA.
«The Good Friday Agreement
„Wishing to develop still further the unique relationship between their peoples and the close co-operation between their countries as friendly neighbours and as partners in the European Union;“
Workings of the British and Irish Council (BIC)
17. The Council to consider the European Union dimension of relevant matters, including the implementation of EU policies and programmes and proposals under consideration in the EU framework. Arrangements to be made to ensure that the views of the Council are taken into account and represented appropriately at relevant EU meetings.»
Also, the right to dual citizenship is a minefield with regard to EU rights.
And this is an international binding agreement.
And as already agreed by the UK and EU last December, no Backstop, no Withdrawal Agreement.
Donkey Oti 3 Sep 2018 6:54PM @EV McFinnity
We weren't asked to read the blooming agreement, we were asked Leave or Remain.
Flag EV McFinnity 3 Sep 2018 6:56PM @Donkey Oti @EV McFinnity
If you were not aware of the provisions of the GFA, you were not properly informed.
Flag Phil Jenkins 3 Sep 2018 6:55PM Any mention of the border in that lot?
Flag EV McFinnity 3 Sep 2018 6:57PM @Phil Jenkins
Are you too stupid to recognise the implications of these provisions?
Flag Phil Jenkins 3 Sep 2018 7:02PM No but you are apparently so stupid that you’ve been taken in by the Commission and Ireland’s wheeze to keep Britain in the CU.
Flag Andy Watson 3 Sep 2018 7:05PM @EV McFinnity @Phil Jenkins «Are you too stupid to recognise the implications of these provisions?»
Are you too stupid to realise that we voted to leave the EU, not to concern ourselves with the impenetrable intricacies of Irish sectarian politics?
And so on
Another interesting twist — Jacob Rees Mogg met with Barnier today (the EU negotiator)
«British Eurosceptics agree more with Michel Barnier when it comes to Brexit than they do with Theresa May and her government, Jacob Rees-Mogg said after meeting the EU’s chief negotiator in Brussels for the first time.
Mr Rees-Mogg, the influential leader of a group of Eurosceptic Tory MPs, attacked Mrs May’s Chequers plan on Monday, which was earlier strongly criticised by Boris Johnson, her former foreign secretary. He was in the Belgian capital as part of the House of Commons Brexit Committee.» All he did was undermining May and her deal in the eyes of the chief negotiator from the EU. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/09/03/...
Comments Will great 3 Sep 2018 7:13PM We all had a great laugh today when we discovered that the clown prince of brexitville was calling on Michel.
Flag Richard Sim 3 Sep 2018 7:12PM I am amazed at how relaxed the Brexiteers have been in all of this, a total stitch up from start to finish and they all sit on their hands.
Flag Philip Di 3 Sep 2018 7:08PM Great work, JRM. Keep it up, and with Barnier onside there’s every possibility of kicking Chequers into touch. If May is collateral damage so be it; she only has herself to blame for unilaterally trying to force through something that is so obviously damaging to our GREAT Britain.
You have to wonder if May is starting to think that she is a plonker, who is simply not up to the job.
Flag Ove Boy 3 Sep 2018 7:10PM @Philip Di
She'll be the last person to recognise the serious defect in her wooden personality. For God's sake she can't even dance!
Flag Ove Boy 3 Sep 2018 7:05PM Only the Maybot ever believed that her Chequers deal would be accepted. Anyone wondering how she deluded herself should read Tim Shipman's book which analyses her psyche to a tee. The woman is a sad non-communicative manikin who simply cannot relate to people or events!
Flag P MG 3 Sep 2018 7:04PM So how long do we have to wait Mr Mogg for yourself and Boris, to do something about the exremley out her depth Prime Minister.
Flag M Halliday 3 Sep 2018 7:04PM Barnier’s two options, stay in EU or clean brexit? So only one legitimate option following the referendum result?
Flag Ove Boy 3 Sep 2018 7:07PM @M Halliday
I agree it's moving towards a clean break by the day.
Flag M Halliday 3 Sep 2018 7:10PM It ain’t rocket science…….
Unless someone’s lying…
Flag Constant Bill 3 Sep 2018 7:00PM May will have known from the beginning there could be no real negotiating with the eu and that chequers would not be acceptable to anyone. Everyone else did. It's all been designed to drag things out until the last minute when we'll be faced with the real choice as it has been all along, in or out. The remainer government are gambling we'll cave in at the prospect of no deal and beg to stay or at least acquiesce to brino.
Things will be a lot clearer at the end of this month — when the Tories have their yearly Party Conference in Birmingham. May might not survive that Conference, a lot of them are undermining her relentlessly and want Boris as leader. Farage on his prime time show I am listening to — is praising Boris and wondering why Boris hasn't yet come forward for the Tory leadership himself yet. And lots of people phoning the programme and saying horrible things about May. I don't know how she is coping to be honest — she is getting a barrage of criticisms from all sides pretty much. I even feel sorry for her — poor woman. We'll see what happens.
Next junior gran pirx stage is at 7th September in Lithuania. Alexandra Trusova (also coached by Eteri) is a heavy favourite to win that competition.
She is going to make history (again). Alexandra is the first lady to land quadruple toeloop jump. And she is also first lady to land two different quadruple jumps in one program. She is going for quadruple lutz — most difficult jump in figure skating. Only few top male skaters can do it (less than 10 people in the entire world).
But you probably won't like her skating. Well, almost every casual viewer or a friend of mine likes Medvedeva and Kostornaya. Not so many like Zagitova and Trusova. Because Zagitova and Trusova have chosen more traditional way of development. Usually skaters learn how to jump first, than they learn how to glide and work on artistry. Because it is extremely hard to learn new jumps or relearn jumps after you are 14 yo. Both Medvedeva and Kostornaya work a lot on artistry and skating skills. They also have the same flaws in their jumping technique ( Some people say Kostornaya is like improved version of Medvedeva, Trusova is improved version of Zagitova and Sherbakova is something in the middle between Trusova and Kostornaya.
I tend to value aritsrty and skating skills more than jumps, that's why I rooting for Medvedeva and Kostornaya. But I also like to watch Trusova doing smth that was considered impossible just a few years ago. It is like watching the future of figure skating right now.
> Is it just me or Brexit became a little bit like Santa Barbara? If you know what I mean) > quoted1
Isn't it just? Becoming like Santa Barbara? I don't understand why May is not getting it — she will get nothing from the EU — sweet ef ay. (ef all). Unless of course when it comes to March 2019 she is going to turn around and say — «Let's have a second Referendum to stay in «or «We need more time to negotiate». Even in the City the folk are fed up with it — because of the uncertainty, which is becoming quite prolonged now. Although - the City AM is upbeat about her reaching a deal http://www.cityam.com/262315/tory-mps-ramp-up-o...
Wait and see I guess — there is naught else one can do really. (naught = «nothing» up North).
But it is the City paper, circulated in the square mile (the City) and Canary Wharf only — and it is always positive about everything — so that people stay in good spirits.
> So sorry I gtg now. I wish I had more free time to spare… sigh… > > Have a nice evening quoted1
No worries, I got to go too. Have a nice evening) Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> I tend to value aritsrty and skating skills more than jumps, that's why I rooting for Medvedeva and Kostornaya. But I also like to watch Trusova doing smth that was considered impossible just a few years ago. It is like watching the future of figure skating right now. quoted1
Very nice, you must be proud of Russian figure skating.
P. S.Re — time. On Wednesday the kids are off to school again, I can't believe another school year is starting. I really wish I could stop the time — don't want them to grow up so quickly. My littlest is going to do karate and football after school clubs this year. He is so excited. The oldest one and my daughter are looking forward to school starting — want to see their mates, etc. A few months and then it's Christmas, and then another year will start. Time just races ahead when one has kids. I feel a bit nostalgic today as for the first time today it really felt like autumn is starting, another summer — well and truly over.
P. S. 2 My daughter is taking LAMDA exams in October (poetry and acting), and her ballet schedule is beefed up a lot — she is going to have ballet school 4 days a week now — 3 hours a day, that's quite a lot. Plus the Chamber choir at school, plus the Drama School. I am glad she had a great summer as it is all gonna be just hard work from now on in.