> Look who's talking about one-sided picture. Your propaganda tells Britain is a beacon of light and you write it here. Kremlin propaganda tells Russia is a beacon of light. I never claimed it. > My view isn't that black and white as yours. I have no beacons of light, no ponies and rainbows in my head. quoted1
About «beacon of Light». That is not the press here. There has been nothing like that in our press EVER. This is my genuine opinion. What is it based on? Well, I traveled a lot in my life, lived in a few countries — Russia (well, the Soviet Union — I know I was nothing but a little kid then, but I trust what my parents say and think about it), the States, the Republic of Ireland and the UK. And we are close to Europe, there are lots of Europeans living here and we talk to them all the time — it is not just from the press. And I really genuinely think that Great Britain has the most established democratic traditions in the world. It is MY opinion, based on the experiences I had in life and the people I met. It is not the press. I really truly think that there is more democracy in action in Britain than anywhere else. That people here are somehow freer, less constrained in their thinking and somehow prouder than elsewhere.
> Actually, I think Condoleezza Rice was right when she said > There is no such thing as an international community. There are self-maximizing, self-interested states that will push their interests as far as possible quoted1
Well, what Condoleeza said — it depends on the way you look at it. On the one hand — there is no international community. But on the other — there is of course the international community. And the tendency is — the more isolated the people living in a particular country are from that community, the poorer they live. Look at North Korea for example. And even them — they would die without food supplies from China. So China does control them to a certain extent. And the US controls China to a certain extent, cause if the US closed their markets to China or introduced bigger tariffs, that would cause a problem for China. And China controls the US to a certain extent as well, although on a smaller scale than the other way around and so on. To take Condoleeza's words directly like yourself — that we are all independent of each other IS black and white view mate.
> What variety of views in your media are you talking about? All your press about Russia is negative. It is an obligatory narrative. Even one of the most liberal and pro-western politicians in Russia Ksenia Sobchak was shocked by the level of negativity about Russia in your media when she came to take part in some political show on your TV. quoted1
I don't care about what your Ksenia thinks, I live here and I know the situation for myself. As regards Russia — yeah, there is a lot of negativity. But at the same time — there is much more negativity about the internal things here — about May for example. So — that puts things into perspective.
> Again, Putin thinks you are like Lithuania or Poland, so RT and Sputnik write about you only when your notable politicians directly talk about Russia. Or it is something big like Brexit. Other than that, they are silent. > And you didn't answer my question about that tory. Do you agree with him? quoted1
No one sensible cares about what your Botox Tsar thinks about Britain. If he thinks it is like Lithuania or Poland, then he is just an uneducated piece of shit, excuse my French. This is not anti advertisement for Britain, but more of anti advertisement for your plebby President.
> Last time I've argued with Sybil about Syria she ended just like you did with interest rates > Speaking of humiliation. Of course it isn't humiliating to make a mistake or two if you don't know something. But it is humiliating when you try to laugh at person who knows much more than you do and in the end his statements turn out to be true. quoted1
Sybil is much more knowledgeable than yourself on the subject of Syria. She probably just couldn't be bothered to prove her point to you, cause you were acting like a dirty disgusting troll towards her and other members of our group most of the time. So — that is hardly surprising.
About me and the Russian interest rates, I meant volatility and showed you the graphs. And yeah, I did make a mistake in the sense that I thought they were raised more times during the period in question and they weren't. I admitted to my mistake and do not consider that humiliating.
> Anyway, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! quoted1
Thank you very much. It is not Christmas yet, but here people start wishing each other «Merry Christmas «from the 1st of December (the start of Advent Calendar), today — just walking down the local street, shopping, work, etc. — I heard «Merry Christmas «addressed to myself — about 30 times — I am not joking. So — thank you. the same to you as well.
> Still can't imagine a decent rock song in Spanish — not even light rock or indie, let alone heavier stuff like metal. So — the English language proves to be much more versatile than others when it comes to music. quoted1
All languages are equal in their means to express every emotion and in specific form (of course, except some primitive Papua or Amazonian languages). The English have invented rock music, OK, and Spanish rock won't sound (it is, I think, more because of Spanish pronunciation). But on the other hand, hexameter cannot be expressed in English at all. Pure one is possible for Classic Greek and Latin only.
But that tells us not about some advantages but about differences between languages. For instance, Ukrainian nobles in the beginning of the 19-th century were annoyed when they heard Ukrainian folk songs (in theatres) in Russian actors' execution. Why? Because Ukrainian folk verse is much different from Russian, and actors sang in their native manner.
⍟ Redhead (Expat), Michael Buble here is the best. I cannot say annything about 'Silent Night' because I haven't heard other versions of this songs, but this sounds very beautiful, though the singers voice sounds a bit like a very loud whisper.
I can't send you Christmas songs now, but I will look for them this week. I think that you have already heard original 'Carol of the Bells' (I remember that I have posted it to someone on this forum). Choir version:
And here is 'Jingle Bells' in Ukrainian:
That's what I can send right now. P. S.: Here is very nice children ensemble that sings in French:
Actually I have a little crisis now, because I cannot find any new sound at all. Maybe, because YT holds me in an information bubble? I suppose that I have shown you everything I have listened to.
I have found right now a very nice execution of one Ukrainian Christmas carol ('kolyadka'; translation is something like 'Good evening you, sir householder!'; 'господар' is equal to the Russian 'хозяин') by Ukrainian choir of Edmonton. They have done it in a supermarket!
> And you didn't answer my question about that tory. Do you agree with him? quoted1
No, I do not agree with him. He is a dickhead. To say that the oppressed and voiceless, etc. — deserve to be treated with violence is despicable. Yes, every country should have an army and sometimes violence needs to be exercised, but ultra carefully and only where it is needed to prevent more violence from happening or in self defense. The bloke just said something provocative and he provoked a debate, that was it. People do it here sometimes — say something outrageous — just for the sake of provoking a debate. This was one of those cases. I wouldn't make too big a deal of it if I were you.
Oleksa Єromіn (WILDTRACER) wrote in reply to post:
> All languages are equal in their means to express every emotion and in specific form (of course, except some primitive Papua or Amazonian languages). The English have invented rock music, OK, and Spanish rock won't sound (it is, I think, more because of Spanish pronunciation). But on the other hand, hexameter cannot be expressed in English at all. Pure one is possible for Classic Greek and Latin only. > > But that tells us not about some advantages but about differences between languages. For instance, Ukrainian nobles in the beginning of the 19-th century were annoyed when they heard Ukrainian folk songs (in theatres) in Russian actors' execution. Why? Because Ukrainian folk verse is much different from Russian, and actors sang in their native manner. quoted1
All languages are equal in that respect. The English just got lucky. It is not just that they had the biggest Empire known to men, they didn't really have to impose their language on anyone, they couldn't - not on the French, the German, the Dutch — for example. Or the Spanish, or the Italian, or the Portuguese, etc. But people still prefer the English language music culture in those countries. And it is for a reason. Those reasons were, have been and are analyzed by musicians and linguists and some came to the conclusion, that the English language is just more versatile when it comes to rhyming when creating different genres of music. This is just it. I mean — the English are just very lucky to have such a massive soft power tool.
Oleksa Єromіn (WILDTRACER) wrote in reply to post:
> ⍟ Redhead (Expat), Michael Buble here is the best. quoted1
Michael Buble is actually a Canadian. I said English meaning he sings in English. But yeah, he is quite good at retro type of singing, ranging from jazzy old pop to contemporary pop. He is kind of a modern Stevie Wonder, loved by everyone across the world really. Here is another Christmassy one by him
I got to go now, but I will listen to all the tracks you posted — I just wanna do it properly and really have to go now, otherwise my family members will kill me (I am kidding, they won't of course), but I have to leave the forum at the moment. We here have something new coming out all the time, but a lot of it is trashy pop — that is the problem. Things like this — this is no one in some charts right now for instance — Kiss FM, they play it all the time.
⍟ Redhead (Expat), you don't have to explain me why do you have to go! I understand that you are an adult woman with a lot of duties, so it would be arrogant and impolite from my side even to think that everybody must read and answer my posts.
Hi all, I'm just passing by, don't have much time atm. I'll reply to your posts later. I realised I forgot to post Alena's gran prix free skate. Here it is
And a very interesting intervew with her coach — Eteri. Fans call Eteri iron lady of figure skating. Hater call her evil witch and etc. I'm glad that interviewer tried to show her soft side to public. Very nice interview indeed