> I am supposed to go out of my way now to prove I am not «a vatnik», right? Well, I wouldn't normally do it — I would just let people think what they want, but I will do it in your case, cause I respect you. > I don't mind at all when people from Russia bring up genuine problems that we have in Britain and I discussed them numerous times here with the most hard core vatnik type Russian patriots, who have a tendency to bring up the British problems out of the blue, when discussing something about Russia or current Russian crisis. In my threads I never deleted their posts in those cases, never told them «This is not in accordance with the subject of the thread, etc) Say for example, in one of the threads about the last Russian presidential elections, the so called «patriots» would jump into my thread and start talking about rapes in Rotherham. And I would drop the subject of the thread and discuss it with them — no problem. Like I said to you before — what I mind is when people tell lies and half truths, what I mind is blatant poisonous propaganda. And I already explained to you why that is. quoted1
Okay, actually, I wasn't really serious when calling you British vatnik
> 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. quoted1
I do admit you have democratic traditions and etc. I'm sarcastic about «beacon of light» because of your foreign policy. I wish you really promoted democracy in the world instead of fulfilling your agenda using democracy as a pretext (like supporting Saudia Arabia's invasion in Yemen)
> 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. quoted1
It's not about what Britain is really is. I tried to explain to you why there aren't so many news about Britain in Russia.
> 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. quoted1
I'm glad you don't agree with him. We also have dickheads among our politicans. Probably, we have them more than you do I hope that other tories don't think like him.
> Hi all, finally I have some free time to chat! quoted1
Are you all ready and set up for the New Year celebrations? I know it is the big one in Russia — obviously, here all the celebrations are coming to the end, I mean — there is New Year of course, but the New Year's day is the last day off, on the 2nd everyone is back to work. That is it. And when one leaves the house to go to work in the morning of the 2nd — the street is full of thrown away Christmas trees (people throw them out and then the Council rubbish collectors pick them up). The tree can stand till the 6th of January (as it is 12 days of Christmas) but most people here remove all the decorations earlier. Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> My friend who is a fan of Navalny says anyone will be better than Putin. I can't agree with that. Actually, we don't have checks and balances in our political system. That's why if some fool will come to power, It could be a disaster. > I never said there aren't any decent people who can replace Putin. You got me wrong here. But for now I don't see any any decen't oppositioner who can do it. quoted1
Anyone better than Putin is not the point, after this Putin there will be another Putin, etc. The system needs to change. So that you have a lot of politicians fighting for the public opinion, different ideas floating around, etc. A lot more debate, etc. So how do you envisage for such changes to take place? Sitting around waiting for some miracle to appear? You think it will all transform itself in due time? It won't. It never happens like that, in some countries they can have authoritarian or dictatorial set ups for decades and decades - well, in the Soviet Union they did and we all know what happened to that. And the more authoritarian it becomes, the harder it is to change without some revolution or something like that happening.
> No, I was too relaxed and I completely forgot you have a habbit of tunring nice small talks into a bickering all of a sudden. Nevermind let's move on. > quoted1
You were the one who started the bickering, but never mind. There is nothing wrong with a bit of bickering, is there? It 's never killed anyone yet as far as I know, but yeah — let's move on. Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Well, I suppose many people in Ireland know English very well, but they are anglophobic. > Btw, I love so many things about Britain. I like Adel, one of my favourite writers is Joe Abercrombie, etc. > I disapprove your foreign policy. I think that dosen't make me an Anglophobe quoted1
Well, the Irish are not Anglophobes. It is hard to explain really. I mean I was married to an extreme character at one point and there are characters like that there of course There is a lot of sectarianism. there if you like. And my first husband's mom wasn't even Irish, she was strictly speaking half English/half Scottish, but his Dad and brothers were right nutters (very Irish). Some people there just are and they remember all the bad stuff the English did to them — the Potatoe famine, the fact that they were treated like blacks, sold to slavery, etc. Even though none of that happened to them personally (to their ancestors rather), but they still bear that grudge. But far from all of them. If a person from England goes to Ireland — even rural Ireland — to very hardcore Irish places like County Cork, or Limerick, etc. — they are all nice as pie to you, very nice indeed, ultra hospitable — perhaps too much even. One of my husband's cousins also got married to an Irishman and lives there and even my husband — there must be Irish blood in there somewhere, cause his hair used to be very red — like flame red (it is more toned down now, cause he is just older) and his eyes are emerald green — like on my avatar, and this is very Celtic, Technically both his mom and dad are from England and he says there is no Irish blood in him, but there must be. Or it is just Celtic English blood, I don't know really. Last century it was all about the internal fight between Northern Ireland and the Republic, cause Northern Ireland is much more British you see — and they are Church of England, not Catholics.
> Okay, actually, I wasn't really serious when calling you British vatnik > quoted1
Really? I started thinking I might be a vatnik, thought I was gonna kill myself as a result of that epiphany (I am kidding of course). Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> I do admit you have democratic traditions and etc. I'm sarcastic about «beacon of light» because of your foreign policy. I wish you really promoted democracy in the world instead of fulfilling your agenda using democracy as a pretext (like supporting Saudia Arabia's invasion in Yemen) > quoted1
I don't know much about Yemen, I don't follow all that shit you see. I only closely follow Brexit and things related to Russia. That is it.
This is the latest re Brexit
Jean Claude-Juncker says the majority of British MPs 'deeply distrust' Theresa May over Brexit
They started preparations for a no deal Brexit here. But the way May played it — is there have been no serious preparations for it so far at all, and she is trying to do everything to get all concerned to accept her deal here. This is another form of pressure — the ports will be in chaos, etc. I am funny over Brexit. On the one hand — we voted against for personal reasons (didn't want any crap going on in terms of uncertainty, etc), but on the other — my heart is with Brexiteers, they are just much more decent than May and all the rest of them. So maybe I am a vatnik after all — deep down. I just hate the way she went about the whole thing. She is just a disgusting person.
But yeah, the democracy inside of the UK does exist and more so than elsewhere in my view.
> It's not about what Britain is really is. I tried to explain to you why there aren't so many news about Britain in Russia. > quoted1
I get conflicting opinions in that respect from the Russians, some say they don't talk about Britain on your telly, others say they do. But judging by how many haters for Britain there are on this forum alone — I conclude that your press does incite hatred towards Britain and the US of course. But as far as foreign policy — yeah, we are the US's ally, very staunch ally and it is on a very deep level — the alliance — at any one point there are more than 800 British serving in the US intelligence, the armies are closely connected, the banks, the elites, you name it. I can't imagine Britain to have a different foreign policy from that of the US, it is just impossible.
This is the first video I watched (I will watch the others as well) — it is absolutely beautiful. I don't really miss winter that much anymore, but always get a bit nostalgic about it round about this time of the year, Here the weather is just so crappy this time of the year — it rains a lot, very windy and muggy and warmish — +10/12C. The grass is green though. A lot of people get ill here during this time of the year, much more than in Russia or other cold places like Canada. My husband says that this is because cold temperatures kill a lot of viruses and bacterial infections, whereas in Britain — with muggy and humid climate — they just fester, it is a very comfy environment for them. People here get the most horrible flues, some die of them — especially the elderly. His mom is in hospital now with the chest infection and heart problems — I mean she is old of course, but she had a flue jab (slang for vaccination) - they give it to kids and elderly every year here, but it didn't work. This is where this climate is not so good. I know I wrote it is good for one's skin, but it is not that healthy in other ways.
They are all so camera shy. Kostornaya didn't say anything at all. She is my favourite out of the whole three, she is just so beautiful. This is where performing arts is very different from sports. My daughter loves the camera now, she opens up when she is filmed doing anything — ballet, or musical or singing. But she has always been like that a little bit. 4 years at Stage Coach (her drama school) has done its job, sometimes it seems to me she is like — performing all the time. She plays pranks on me sometimes — tells me something happened and it didn't, and then laughs her head off and says to me «Mom, you are such a mug. You are a wind up dream» (To «wind someone up» means to tell them something that is not true and they believe it is true).
The dog is horrific, I hate them little dogs like that — Chihuahuas, they are bloody evil. But here girls love them too — it is very fashionable to have one — it is a trend, it is en Vogue as they say. I think Paris Hilton started that trend. The newest trend here now are French Bulldogs. I hate all of them, can't stand the bastards to be honest. But the presenter did exceptionally well with that dog, I couldn't do it if you paid me a million quid (sterling).