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  Grin
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18:39 24.09.2018
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> I actually liked it quite a lot. It was fresh, light and jazzy. Yeah, she made a mistake. But it was a lovely performance overall. You know — this song has been covered by so many musicians since 1930s — it's unreal, even Lady Gaga covered it. It is something different. Russians are known for their performances to classics the best (classical music, etc.) — be it ballet, or figure skating or whatever. She did this. And it is different and wonderful. IMHO.
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Well, her shape leaves much to be desired. Btw, this is her free skate



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I didn't like her free skate at all. If her short program can become smth interesting, her free looks like a mediocre program designed for a mediocre skater… Maybe she will add some little things here and there and the program will shine... I don't know…
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  Grin
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18:44 24.09.2018
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Even IF the EU accepted it, like Rees Mogg said — it would never get through the House of Commons. She still went pushing forward with it, and is still doing it — can you believe it?
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Even after she was rejected by EU? I can't believe it. She must be delusional.
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  Grin
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18:51 24.09.2018
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Nice. I worked for big companies before, now I work for a little one, like an investment boutique if you like — we have some high profile customers, look after their investment portfolios, etc. But I love the job, and I like the people I work with a lot. They are such a nice bunch. Maybe because all but one of them are men, I would hate to work in a female British environment, that would have killed me. Couldn't stand it when I was at home with kids.
quoted1
I've worked in big companies for my entire life. Deloitte, Bank of Russia, etc. People in Russia think it is safer to work in large companies because they can survive almost any crisis. Big companies often exploit it and pay people less money.
I'm thinking about starting my own business, but it is really hard in Russia. Yes, I admit it. I would be a fool to deny obvious things like that.

Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Talk to you later, have to go now, we have to get up early tomorrow — going to visit our relatives in Guildford — just for a day. The weather is shit here, it is stormy, windy, etc. That is because it is hurricane season in the States and the islands there. When that happens — we always get strong winds here as well on the other side of the Atlantic
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Hope you'll have a nice time despite the weather )
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  Grin
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18:57 24.09.2018
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> I hope May is a gonna as Leader. I don't know why the Tories have been putting up with her for such a long time
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I've heard she still has some resilience. It will be fun if she stays. Just kidding

gtg now, cya)
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  Grin
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11:48 25.09.2018
Weather is extremely bad in Moscow now. Stormy winds, it's cold and raining all day long…

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  Redhead
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21:18 25.09.2018
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Weather is extremely bad in Moscow now. Stormy winds, it's cold and raining all day long…
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This track is so horrible and crappy and irritating, can't even listen to it.

This is the track I am in love with at the moment — played it repeatedly when we were driving to Guildford on Saturday, driving my husband nuts. That's because he doesn't like when I play one and the same track all the time. He is right actually — I overplay tracks, then get fed up with them and that's that. But here nice new stuff comes out all the time
It's CALVIN ft. Emilia Devina — Do You Speak French (And very timely track too — we are off to Paris in 3 weeks time)



Have you heard of Calvin Harris? You must have done- he is massive here, I noticed they even played this track in the background of the Medvedeva video which you posted — when they recapped on her performance and were giving her marks).He is a Scottish DJ (real name Adam Richard Wiles)

Adam Wiles (born 17 January 1984), known professionally as Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His debut studio album I Created Disco was released in June 2007, and it spawned two UK top 10 singles «Acceptable in the 80s» and «The Girls». In 2009, Harris released his second studio album, Ready for the Weekend, which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and was later certified gold by the BPI. Its lead single, «I'm Not Alone», became his first song to top the UK Singles Chart.

Born in Dumfries, Scotland, Harris rose to international prominence with the release of his third studio album, 18 Months, in October 2012. Topping the UK charts, the album became his first to chart on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, peaking at number 19. All eight of the album's singles, including «Feel So Close», «Sweet Nothing» and «I Need Your Love», reached the top 10 in the UK. At the time, Harris broke the record for the most top 10 songs from one studio album on the UK Singles Chart with eight entries, surpassing Michael Jackson. Harris released his fourth studio album, Motion, in November 2014. It debuted at number two in the United Kingdom and at number five in the United States and became Harris's second consecutive number one album on the US Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

Harris has collaborated with numerous other recording artists. His collaboration with Rihanna «We Found Love» became an international success, giving Harris his first number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In October 2014, he became the first artist to place three songs simultaneously on the top 10 of Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs chart.[6] He also became the first British solo artist to reach more than one billion streams on Spotify.[7] Harris has received ten Brit Award nominations—three for Best British Male and four Grammy nominations, winning a Grammy for Best Music Video in 2013. He received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2013 and at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards was named Top Dance/Electronic Artist.

One of the most successful musicians in contemporary British popular culture, Harris appeared on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the United Kingdom.[8] Additionally, Harris topped Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid DJs for five consecutive years from 2013 to 2017. Harris runs his own record label, Fly Eye Records
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  Redhead
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21:23 25.09.2018
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Well, her shape leaves much to be desired. Btw, this is her free skate
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quoted1
Really? She seems rather fit to me.
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> I didn't like her free skate at all. If her short program can become smth interesting, her free looks like a mediocre program designed for a mediocre skater… Maybe she will add some little things here and there and the program will shine… I don't know…
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Maybe she is just adjusting to changing the coach, etc. Also, she moved to a completely different country not so long ago didn't she? That's a no mean feat, as they say.
I don't know what to say — keep positive. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose — as they say. She'll be allright, she is a talented skater.
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  Redhead
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21:30 25.09.2018
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Even after she was rejected by EU? I can't believe it. She must be delusional.
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Yeah, she is a bit ("a bit " is sarcasm here). She is still insisting on pursuing Chequers and insists that Canada ++ deal is worse than no deal at all. It's pointless talking about it until the Tory Party Conference — something will emerge there. It is starting this weekend I think — in Birmingham. Theresa is nuts. Proper nuts — like «off the scale».. And yeah, she has a lot of resilience. I hope she is not going to make Tories unelectable and completely hated and let Jeremy Corbyn walk into No 10. That's all that can be said at this point really.
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  Redhead
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21:44 25.09.2018
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> I've worked in big companies for my entire life. Deloitte, Bank of Russia, etc. People in Russia think it is safer to work in large companies because they can survive almost any crisis. Big companies often exploit it and pay people less money.
> I'm thinking about starting my own business, but it is really hard in Russia. Yes, I admit it. I would be a fool to deny obvious things like that.
quoted1

Admitting to problems and recognizing them is half way to getting them solved. That is why «pseudo patriotism» is so bad for Russia — well, not just for Russia — for any country really.
Re — starting up a business. That's hard in any country. In Russia — because it is a mega corrupt place, one has to bribe everyone at every corner, there are no guarantees, no law, nothing. They showed a documentary here a while ago about how the retail giant IKEA were opening their offices and shops in Russia and the amount of corruption they had to encounter was staggering. At every corner they had to pay bribes — local authorities, etc. If such an established commercial multinational giant was given such a hard time, then I am dreading to think what it is like for someone who wants to start a small / medium business venture.
In the West — it is also not easy. But here — it is because there are less opportunities, everything is too developed. If you think of something you think is «new» — you then suddenly discover there are lots of people already doing it, so there's lots of competition. But if one comes up with a true innovation and properly calculates their finances — then it can be done, even local Councils give grants to people (grants, not loans even!) to finance new start ups. By the way, part of my firm does that — deal with venture capital start ups — it is risky, but the returns can be great.

Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Hope you'll have a nice time despite the weather)
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quoted1
Thanks — we already been — been, gone, got the T shirt — as they say. We went on Saturday, back in London since Sunday. Guildford is absolutely beautiful. I love going to my husband's uncle's house. He has a massive back garden, massive front garden and in his back garden the trees are over 100 years old, and the way his back garden is landscaped is just mesmerizing (I wish I could put out a photo of it, but can't — cause it is not mine, so feel a bit scared to do it). His dining room and living room have glass ceilings and walls and when you sit there by the fire — with all that nature around (cause it feels like you are sitting among the trees) — in all weathers — it is just magical. I love it when he invites us there for Christmas.
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11:46 26.09.2018
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> This track is so horrible and crappy and irritating, can't even listen to it
quoted1
It isn't a track, it is a remake of Teresa Mannion reportage in Storm Desmond, it's kinda meme


Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> t's CALVIN ft. Emilia Devina — Do You Speak French (And very timely track too — we are off to Paris in 3 weeks time)
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Nice one, thnx
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  Grin
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12:01 26.09.2018
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Really? She seems rather fit to me
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I was speaking about her «competitive» shape. She looks fit but she isn't prepared, her jumps look labored, she is «telegraphing» them. You can see with a naked eye how she is preparing them, no difficult entries to the jumps, shaky landings, lack of flow on the exit etc. She even made a mistake on a spin… and she fell on her 3 loop (I've never seen it before).

Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Maybe she is just adjusting to changing the coach, etc. Also, she moved to a completely different country not so long ago didn't she? That's a no mean feat, as they say.
> I don't know what to say — keep positive. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose — as they say. She'll be allright, she is a talented skater.
quoted1

There is a difference between Canadian and Russian approaches.
Canadian ladies skate like shit in the beginning of the season, they look so-so in the middle. And finally they are in really good shape only for two-three months in the end of the season when most important competitions are held.
They can allow it because there is no serious competition in Canada. There are 3 spots in their national team for ladies, but they have only 2 ladies who can compete at the highest level.

Russian ladies have to be ever ready during entire season. They also have 3 spots in team, but there are dozens of Russian ladies who fight for the spot in the team.

I suppose, Evgenia is using Canadian approach now. The question is can she allow it? I think she can, but only in this year. Because this young lady is coming for her and Zagitova next season

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12:33 26.09.2018
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Guildford is absolutely beautiful. I love going to my husband's uncle's house. He has a massive back garden, massive front garden and in his back garden the trees are over 100 years old, and the way his back garden is landscaped is just mesmerizing (I wish I could put out a photo of it, but can't — cause it is not mine, so feel a bit scared to do it). His dining room and living room have glass ceilings and walls and when you sit there by the fire — with all that nature around (cause it feels like you are sitting among the trees) — in all weathers — it is just magical.
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Sounds great. I like to go to countryside from time to time.
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21:41 26.09.2018
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> It isn't a track, it is a remake of Teresa Mannion reportage in Storm Desmond, it's kinda meme
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quoted1

Oh, I see — I am crap with memes, as you know.
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Nice one, thnx
quoted1

He is an extremely talented artist, but is obviously in it for the dough (London slang for «money»). Cause is mostly involved in writing and producing pop tracks or electronic dance genre, etc. Stuff that sells on a massive scale. A lot of people respect rock musicians more as there is less money in rock and the perception is that rock musicians are there more for the art. I mean — giants like Pink Floyd — we kind of don't have them anymore. I mean — British modern rock is still the best on the planet, but groups like Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin, etc. — they were breakthrough type of groups — they gave birth to different genres of rock etc. But then again — Pink Floyd were not poor at all, they were from relatively well off families here, so didn't need the money.

Most stuff by Calvin Harris is quite simplistic. He just collaborates with famous people like Rhianna, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, Gigi, etc. Most of his stuff is oversexed simplistic pop really — that's what youngsters and teenagers especially consider music these days. Like this
Calvin and Ellie

Calvin Harris — Summer (Official Video)

Calvin and Rhianna


Calvin Harris & Disciples — How Deep Is Your Love



Crap like this tops the charts in the States

Calvin Harris — Summer (Official Video)



Calvin Harris — Feels (Official Video) ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean



Crap really, but what can you do? This is what the folk buy. At least in «Do you speak French» the singer has a beautiful British accent. But — these kind of songs — although catchy — get on one's nerves quite quickly.
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21:46 26.09.2018
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
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> Russian ladies have to be ever ready during entire season. They also have 3 spots in team, but there are dozens of Russian ladies who fight for the spot in the team.
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> I suppose, Evgenia is using Canadian approach now. The question is can she allow it? I think she can, but only in this year. Because this young lady is coming for her and Zagitova next season
quoted1

Yeah, Kostornaya is beautiful, absolutely on point. She is a lot better. But — that's the way it goes — she will obliterate Medvedeva, then someone new will come along and obliterate her. It seems that in Russia the figure skating standards are so high cause there's a lot more competition there. See — what did I tell you about competition? Competition is good. And it is like that in everything — politics and economics included.
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22:36 26.09.2018
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Crap really, but what can you do?
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In my opinion, there is a lot of different crap, as you say, even not in every century but in every decade. Let's look on post-Soviet republics. In the end o 90's was very popular songs on criminal themes or just about how I with my bitch revell, having sex, beat each other in a face and so on, what is for unknown reason called chanson. Today is very popular 'russian rap' (that's when some guy with no voice reads aloud stupid texts on the themes considered above) or pop-music just like the Western.

I mean that there was always senseless music for the widest auditory with bland rhythmes, and better music with more complicated melodies and well written lyrics. A.e., some songs by Clean Bandit are just beatiful (here except the part of a rapper):


And now about rock. Maybe I do not listen to rock music a lot, but I would not say that it is now a truly independent and creative genre. Many bands do not want to make something new and really interesting. Tell me, what can be actually interesting in a song, where some young man thinks of a possibility of having sex with some girl?

By the wat, this band play not so simplistic melodies and it is interesting to listen to them. But if we take some other mainstream band:
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We can find only boring melodies (Lincin Park is like a benchmark) and outré or just repulsive gibberish which we should call 'lyrics'.

Rock is just like other genres, so there could be nice music and there could be crude parody on music. Everything can be commercialised.
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