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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Wednesday, 30th January 2013

    Hi to all! I'm a new one here.

    My name is Lidia, I'm from Russia but live in Slovakia for a few years.
    A teacher from our English course often give us very interesting material from BBC Learn English, I find it very useful - great recourse to improve your English!

    Now I discovered to myself the chat room, that's amazing!
    So hope I would have an opportunity to share some interesting information with you and maybe find some good friends!

    I adore traveling and use all opportunity to travel - could you tell me about the most unforgettable place you have ever visited?

    Wish a nice day to everybody!

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    Posted by Jow SingSing (U15169041) on Thursday, 31st January 2013

    Hi Lidia,

    How are you? I am Jow from Thailand, unforgettable place of me refer to a small mountain beside a beach. I discovered it when I was a child, I walk and climb to the top of the mountain together with one of my friend, however when I made a way back to my hotel down the mountain. I realize that I forgot the way and becoming extremely loss and excited since it was becoming dark and almost cannot see anything. Fortunately I managed to find a way back at last, and that is my first unforgotten place with frightened experience.


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    Posted by _Andrew_ (U15177543) on Thursday, 31st January 2013

    Hello Lidia,
    Nice to meet you. How are you?
    My name is Andrew and I am from Poland.

    Yes, you are right, this forum is amazing. I am sure that you will meet here very interesting people.
    I am not such traveller as you smiley - winkeye. But I can say that I love some trips at the countryside because the nature is amazing.
    Ones of the unforgettable places which I have visited were dams on the two rivers. These are amazing engineering construction. They are about 90 years old. Their goal is gathering the water and in this way prevent s flooding. Their additional goal are produce electricity; there are hydroelectric power station.

    Where did you live in Russia?

    Have a nice day

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Thursday, 31st January 2013

    Hi Jow! Nice to meet you.

    Very interesting story!
    And where is that place? In Thailand,which city?

    My unforgettable place was hidden in jungle old Maya's pyramids in Palenque National Park in Mexico. It was very scary and frightening there even in the day time! I couldn't force myself to come into a pyramid - so scary it was)

    Where do you live in Thailand, tell me something about your country and culture please.


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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Thursday, 31st January 2013

    Hi Andrew,
    nice to meet you too!

    Thank you for your story, where is that place exactly?

    By the way, I've been to Poland 3 times, I've been to Warsaw, Krakow and Zakopane and I liked it very much! Mostly I liked the Krakow Castle and Pałac Na Wyspie in Warsaw.
    Hope once to visit Oświęcim. They say it's very emotionaly powerful place...

    I lived in Saint-Petersburg - my favorite city. Its very different from most of European cities but close to Vienna.

    And what about you, where do you live in Poland?


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    Posted by _Andrew_ (U15177543) on Thursday, 31st January 2013

    Hi Lidia,

    You have been in one of the famous place in Poland.
    These dams are on the rivers: Bóbr near village Pilchowice and two dams on river Kwisa near village Leśna.

    Oh. I see you lived in the North Venice in "Tsar nest". In Saint-Petersburg there are some historical and beautiful places with amazing underground.

    I live in western Poland in a town called Zielona Góra. Here over than 100 000 inhabitants. It has a middle size town.

    I think in Slovakia the climate is better for you and do you ski a lot.

    See you

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    Posted by Bandeirante (U13784062) on Thursday, 31st January 2013

    Privetik Lidia !!!

    How is your expectative to the groundhog ? If it sees his shadow this means six months more in winter !! An unforgetable place to visit are the Iguazu Falls on the south, I was there one year ago, they have a large volume of water turning an excelent opportunity to make very nice photos. The Argentinian side with the Devil's Throat shall be visited too. The National Iguaçu Park has an excelent infra struture to get tourists from all over the world, you will never repent if you come. I have been also in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brugges and maybe this year I go to Piter. Do you enjoy Mashina Vremeni with "Rivers and Bridges"? Nice tribute to a beautiful city.

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    Posted by Jow SingSing (U15169041) on Friday, 1st February 2013

    Hi Lidia,

    It is in Rayong Provice we call it "Wang Kaew", actually it is not so huge mountain but due to my childhood at that time it is very hard to find a way out!
    I have see the picture of Palenque National Park , it seem so scary as you mentioned. I think it is loacated in the middle of the forest or in a valley and full of mysterious secrets if you going inside the pyramid.
    I stay in Bankgkok City of Thailand. Weather here typically hot due to tropical country as a result we wear easy going T-Shirt and not so much stuffs. Where do you live? What is your favourite recreation during a year?

    Have a nice weekend!

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Monday, 4th February 2013

    Hi Andrew,

    I managed to find pics of The Złotnicka Dam on Kwisa River on one Czech web site about Hydro -Technical constructions. If it that dam which you had mentioned then it looks great! I really enjoy watching something huge and enormous made by men.

    Yes, you are absolutely right about my hometown! But we also have great suburbs such as Petergof. If you google it you will find pictures of the Petergofs park.

    Saint Petersburg has more then 5 mln of inhabitant and Bratislava, where I live now, nearly 500 000. Do you prefer to live in a small town or in a megapolis?

    By the way you are right about the climate in Slovakia. St. P is not the coldest city in Russia but the climate there is colder then in Bratislava,
    Actually I don't skiing but snowboarding!.It was my first time in Zakopane when I tried a snowboard) aand I liked it!

    See you.

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Monday, 4th February 2013

    Privet, Bandeirante!!!!

    I suppose that it's not your name? And I would greet you in your language but I don't know where are you from. Seem that you are from South America, am I right?
    Anyway I would really like to visit Brazil an Argentina and Chile and Peru and the other countries. Now when I go to Brazil (Argentina) I'll also travel closer to the border and visit the Iguaçu Park and see the waterfalls, because the pictures are great, so if I see it in live it should be awesome!

    If you are going to visit St.P I really offer to you to stay here between the end of Maj till the half of July when the time of "white nights" has begun. It's fantastic, you just have to see it by your own. Also bridges raises in that time seem more and more romantic.

    I like the band Mashina Vremeni but I've never herd the song (maybe because I've had just born when they released the album, so I don't remember it))

    Anyway seem you now something about Russia, do you have friend from there?


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    Posted by Bandeirante (U13784062) on Monday, 4th February 2013

    Zdravstvuj Lidia !!

    Rad tebya videt !! Bandeirante is a coletive name, former explorers than in the past helped to unify the country then splitted between Spain to westound and Portugal Eastbound due to the Tordesilhas Treaty.
    Studying English in London a few years ago I decided in an afternoon to skip my classes and visit the Palace of Buckingham, just at the exit I got to know a Russian girl from Chelyabinsk and we became friends having a photo together.
    Well, visiting the Hermitage and the Peacock Clock I take the Meteor and head to Petergoff, two marvellous visits in the same day, fantastic !! The end of June would be the best date to join the Alye Parusa saying hello to Asol smiley - winkeye)!!
    Yes, I live in the São Paulo, the country's largest city, this week I'm going to Rio for carnival, four days in feast. Soon you will have masletnitsa eating blinis and litting a puppet on fire.

    Poka. Pishi.


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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Monday, 4th February 2013

    Hi Jow,

    thanks, weekend was really nice! As usual I spent that time walking with homeless dogs from Bratislava's pet shelter.
    And how do you spent your weekend?

    Now I live in Bratislava - the capital city of Slovakia, very small town in comparison with Bangkok, but very cosy. I used to live in Russia and as you might know it's little bit colder there)
    Here in Bratislava we wear t-shirts the hole summer, form June till August, sometimes springs and autumns could be warm too. But not so warm as in Bangkok I suppose)

    What about favorite recreation during the year - I'm trying to visit as much countries as I could - due to my work and free time I travel generally in Europe, because it closer than the other continents.
    But once in a year I would like to go somewhere far from here...Next time I hope I mange to go to India..

    And what about you Jow, where do you usually spend your holidays?


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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Monday, 4th February 2013

    Oi Mark!

    Ja toze rada teba videt...i chitat)
    I'm not really sure if your friend was from Chelyabinsk but from Saint Petersburg. Because you know about Saint P more than standard tourist, you know interesting details which townsman have to know or a tourist who have already visited the city.
    Are you sure you are going to visit St P first time?)
    You don't need any offers what you have to visit there I would better say nothing - and Alye Parusa its a great show (not so great I think like Rio's carnival, but we will talk about it later) and you even know how t say Hello to your Asol in Russian, so she will understand smiley - winkeye

    And now about the carnival in Rio - it;s my dream to see it one day!!! (I think not only mine), hope I still will be in a good shape when at last I manage to visit the carnival, because I want to dance and have fun with the other thousands of visitors and tourists. It must be legendary))

    What about maslenitsa they don't celebrate it here in Slovakia, but anyway i make and eat pancakes in that day, neither that year won't be an exception. Then I'm going to have Velikij Post - I'm sure you know what is it)

    And what about religions traditions in Brazil?


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    Posted by Bandeirante (U13784062) on Monday, 4th February 2013

    Hello Lidia !!

    A few time ago there was a Wicca convention in Bratislava, did you attend to it ? People dressed like in middle age, very interesting. Have you been to the Tower of London ? Holding the first positions in the world's haunted places, the most enduring ghost living there is that of Queen Anne, she is often spotted wandering and crying by the narrow corridors, often carrying her head. She is recognized by the garments she was wearing in the last day when she was beheaded on the grounds of tower green by charges of adultery and high treason. Her bones are buried under the chapel's altair.
    What about the language, was it easy to know another one though very similar to Russian living in Bratislava ?
    The summer garden is very beautiful with that fountain in summer, there is a new and interesting metro station in the heart of the city now, Admiralterskaya Station, just a few steps away from the main attractions.

    Religious traditions may vary according to the regions, in Bahia most of the population is offspring of former slaves, there is a strong syncretism between Catolicism and Candomblé where most of African entities are also catholic saints. Valentine's Day (Dia dos Namorados) is celebrated on 12th June, the date was changed in the past to join 13th June, San Anton Day which is told to be a wedding patron on the north where there is a very strong influence of the Church of Rome. Commercial reasons to move local economy. In a tiny city they cut the trunk of a tree which is carried in a procession to the city main square to make a bonfire, every girl wanting to find a pair or to get pregnant shall touch it
    coincidence or not, these are the most backward regions in the country.

    Have a nice day

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    Posted by Jow SingSing (U15169041) on Tuesday, 5th February 2013

    Hi Lidia,

    I don't often have long holiday due to my work, however when I have one I usually drive to another provinces within the country. Sometimes I go with my friends or family. In future as same as yours I wish to travel outside country and this is the reason I would like to improve my english. I wish to travel to China, Japan and Korea and later Europe or America, at that time may be I feel confidence using english for communication. My favourite thing is sport, I like to play a lot of sports for fun but cannot be a specialist of each one.
    Do you know a lot of Aisan Friends? Which countries do you like it best? In your country have you met a lot of Asian people? In Thailand especially in Bangkok we have a lot of Japanese, Chinese but not much European or American since in Bangkok Japanese, Chinese located for business. While Europen American they located here for travelling and sight seeing especially by the sea beach southern of Thailand.
    I think you like pet, I also like it. In my childhood I ever have cat and dog, I think they are human best friend. Now I don't have any, since I am afraid that I cannot give them time or have them a walk. You will have quite a happy time walking with them, you may see their happiness reflect in their eyes.
    I think it is the best idea to spend our spare time in helping the others not only human but dogs as you do.

    See you,

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Tuesday, 5th February 2013

    Hi Mark!!

    I've never taken participation in that kind of events like Wicca, I don't take it seriously, but it seems interesting) Here in Slovakia they have old castles and in spring and summer time organizer make festivals and shows in the castles. That's my favorite castle [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator] but they didn't translate the whole English version. In May it's going to be a time of nights at the Museum of the Castle, seems very scary)

    And I've never been to London - that's a great pity for me. It's quite difficult for me to get visa here, because I have Russian citizenship. I have to go to Vienna, take a day-off at work, then apply for visa, waiting for several weeks or even months! and then I maybe! get the visa, but I have to go to Vienna again and take another day-off. That time while waiting I couldn't travel. That's way I don't apply for visa, just waiting when UK simplify the rules or became The Schengen Agreement's member) But first place which I visit when come to visit London will be the Tower!!What's an interesting story!

    What about a new language of course it was easier to learn Slovak then I would start to learn Japanese for example.But it's still two different languages. Only few words are similar but most of them has almost opposite meaning. And does Portuguese very similar to Spanish?

    In St.P. on Malaya Sadovaja ulitsa when staing at big stone ball fountain you could find cats. Find out how many cats are there? But don't google it) (People in St.P. like cats [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]
    We in Russia don't have such traditions, but we still have a lot of paganism's traditions for ex. Day of Ivan Kupala. In that day you would better stay at home if you don't want to be poured over by water. 10 years ago I went to visit my grandma in Siberia and my friend and I become wet immediately when we just had opened the door to go outside...It's not so common in big cities but anyway be careful)

    See you.

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    Posted by ariadne (U15599763) on Tuesday, 5th February 2013

    Hi Lidia,

    one of the most unforgettable places I have ever been to is Barcelona. It is the capital of Catalonia. It is located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, facing the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers.
    Barcelona is Spain´s most cosmopolitan city, one of Europe´s most dynamic metropolises. It has a reputation for being one of the skateboarding capitals of the world. It aslo has always had a reputation for its gastronomy. Now the city is famous for its avangard cousine, which mixes traditional ingredientes with cutting edge techniques.

    Wish you a nice day!

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Tuesday, 5th February 2013

    Hi Jow,

    nice to see you! Thailand it's a great place for holiday i think! A lot of Russians spent here they winter vocations, because in that time you have a summer. Or is it warm all over the year here?
    I think you already have very good English to communicate but you are right improving it this way - you use it. Use it or loose it.
    Does Thai language different from your neighbors counties language?
    And what exactly sport do you like?
    Honestly I don't meet a lot of Asian friend in my life, only one girl from South Korea but unfortunately we are not in contact. In Asia I would like to visit all the countries without exception, firstly maybe Cambodia because of it's great Temples.
    In Russia there are more people from Uzbekistan, Tadzhikstan, Turkmenistan. Here in Slovakia there are a lot people from Vietnam, some Chinese, maybe even Thailand, they usually open here Asian restaurants. I visit one every week - my favorite! sushi and wok. But I don't know where are they from...
    Yes I really like pets and trying to help homeless animals, I have two gorgeous cats at home! A boy and a girl. And as long as dogs need more attention - you have to walk with them twice a day, run and play - I cant afford myself to have a dog. Visiting a dog shelter it's a good opportunity to spent time with them, and you are right they are so so much thankful for that time you are with them.
    Is it common in Thailand to have pets at home?


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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Tuesday, 5th February 2013

    Hello, Lidia... Actually LIDA for me is an unforgettable..... name! smiley - biggrin

    There are places too.... I will tell you about them somehow....

    Alye Parusa its a great show (not so great I think like Rio's carnival, but we will talk about it later) and you even know how t say Hello to your Asol in Russian 
    It seems you (and Mark!) know something about Alexander Grin! Maybe you even read his books....

    Alas! You came so late and Anneliese left us so early....

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Tuesday, 5th February 2013

    Hi Ariadne!

    I'm going to go to visit Barcelona this summer) so thank you for your message.
    And what would you offer to me to visit first and try (from food) first?

    There are several cities in Europe I really liked in past:, and want to visit in first time - London, Amsterdam and Barcelona!

    I would like to tell you about the most unforgettable place in Athens (because your name or nick name remind me a figure in Greek mythology) - white stone hill in Acropolis. Sitting here in calm in night time among other people and enjoying awesome view of the city - it was great! Groups of people was talking to each other but so quite they didn't want to disturb that fantastic atmosphere.

    Hope to see you again!

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Tuesday, 5th February 2013

    Czesc, Andrew!

    I'm so sorry for my silence - I still have to write to you in some threads.... Have you seen my latest lovely chat with Robert? He is also a cycle lover and a very good photographer!

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Tuesday, 5th February 2013

    Hello Alex,

    wow! seems that unforgettable wasn't only name smiley - smiley

    You could call me Lida or Lidia. Here in Slovakia nobody call me just Lida because they think it sounds rough...don't know why? So I get used to use Lidia.

    In school we all read The Scarlet Sails and were singing songs about Assol in summer camps. But I didn't know that the book is known abroad. Abroad I mean from the former Soviet Union.
    Seems that you are from Feodosia, am I right?

    Who was Anneliese and why did she left us? She had improved her English already so she didn't need us anymore?


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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Tuesday, 5th February 2013

    Seems that you are from Feodosia, am I right?  Seems that you didn't read that thread and my other threads either....
    Who was Anneliese and why did she left us? She had improved her English already so she didn't need us anymore?  Anneliese improved her English completely and forever....

    There is a city by the way called "Lida" - in Lithuania....

    Did you notice that the link to that film is broken? If you wish, I may try to find another one... It is an old Soviet-Bulgarian film starring Rolan Bykov.... Do you know the song? Have you ever heard it?

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    Posted by ariadne (U15599763) on Tuesday, 5th February 2013

    Hi Lidia!
    I am sure you will have a great time in Barcelona. What I drink every time I go to Spain is a lot of coffee with milk ( café con leche). And my favourite dish is Spanish tortilla. In Spanish the dish is called "tortilla de patatas". It is the most common gastronomic specialty you can find all over Spain. There are hundreds of variations but the most common is the one made with eggs, patatoes and onion.
    If you like football, you have to visit Camp Nou.

    As far as Ariadne is concerned, in Greek mythology she was the daughter of Minos, king of Crete, and his queen Pasiphae. Ariadne is mostly associated with mazes and labyrinths, due to her involvment in the myths of the Minotaur and Theseus.
    I have never visited Athens. I am sure there is a lot to be seen there.

    See you soon,

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    Posted by Bandeirante (U13784062) on Tuesday, 5th February 2013

    Hello Lidia !!

    There is an interesting castle in Edinburgh, not sure if it is the Edinburgh castel where you can have a typical scottish dinner enjoying a folkloric show, the images I have seen make a trip to there unforgetable. Inside the Westminster Cathedral you see the cousins Queen Elizabeth I of England and Queen Mary of Scots buried side to side, ironies of history, they were mortal enemies in life. After Bloody Mary leave the throne her son became the King James IV, years later Elizabeth I died without offsprings and King James I unified the crowns forming the United Kingdom.
    Also interesting is the white Kremlin in Kazan, Tartars and Russians were enemies in the past now living in peace with each other though most of the inhabitants there are moslems while Russians are Orthodox in general...except in Daguestan where they have pulled eyes.
    I can undestand Spanish well though not able to speak, the languages are similar when written but sound very different when spoken.
    The inhabitants of Piter have the interesting habit of taking pictures upon roofs where you have fantastic views of the canals, Fontanka, Neva and others crossing the city, is it allowed to go up there ?

    Have a nice day

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Wednesday, 6th February 2013

    Hi Ariadne!!

    Me too, one my friend told me about a restaurant in Barcelona which should be visited, here they prepare fresh seafood in front of you and still the restaurant is quite small there is a big queue before the entrance.
    It's pity I don't drink coffee, maybe they do tasty milkshakes) and neither I eat onion...maybe I'll find something without onion - as you said there are hundreds of variations.
    And I do like football (but watch only when my favorite team playing), but visiting real Spanish football match - it must be unforgettable experience!

    I remember that myth from the school syllabus...And mythology of ancient Egypt has always been my favorite.
    Greece is a great county - there are a lot of places that should be visited including the islands.

    Where are you from, Ariadne?

    Hope to see you soon,

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Thursday, 7th February 2013

    Hello Mark!!

    I've been to Tatarstan and spent here one New Year's Eve and holidays. Honestly I didn't mentioned if I were among Muslims or Orthodoxes. But I also have to say that there are a lot of Russians. Everything looks the same however they have more mosques than churches. They are quite cosmopolitan but you have to remember that they are still Muslims so girls have to behave themselves. And it's very rare that Tatars married Russians.
    Also our Muslim neighbors from the Caucasus in their own countries have very strict rules how to behave, how to dress, what to wear while in Russia we are almost opposite. Thats why sometimes troubles happens.
    I think foreigners have to behave and wear according to cultural and traditional laws when they came to visit or to live in a different county,
    I would never let myself to wear a mini skirt in a Muslim county, and if it necessary I could also wear a headscarf because I don't want to hurt somebody's fillings but I want the same from foreigners who come to visit Russia I think it's fair.
    What do you think about it, and how people wear and behave in Brazil?

    And it's not allowed to go up on a roof, but who cares?)) I used to know one place where it was possible to had a pic from the up of a roof, but it has been closed. But of course it still possible to find a place, you can google it when it will be actual.

    Hope to see you soon.

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    Posted by Jow SingSing (U15169041) on Thursday, 7th February 2013

    Hi Lidia,
    Thank you for your encouragement of my English but I think there are a lot of things to be improved. I feel that it is too far compare with native speakers, for example it is too official sometimes and it will confuse another whenever I have written or spoken too long sentences it is not naturally.
    I like a lot of kind of sport like table tennis, badminton, basket ball and valley ball and there are a lot of sports I would like to try like free running, roller blade and skate board. Sometimes in future may be I could practice it and that will be fun.
    In Thailand you can afford any kind of pet as long as it is legal not reserved animal and not make trouble to your neighbor. I think Bratislava is same, isn't it?
    In Asia we are going to have AEC, I mean "Asean Economics Community " I don't know that it will same mean with Euro Zone or not? How about your idea of Euro Zone, is it good or not? If you can choose you need or don't need it. In 2015 countries around Thailand will be treated as AEC, they have boasted that we people can travel and work outside country within AEC without so much restriction. But I have heard that If you are a doctor and want to work in another country in AEC, you ought to know that country language. I think this is quiate an obstruction of the idea to become true. That is why I would like to know your idea of Euro Zone may be we could compare with AEC.
    You are correct, Thailand is most of the time weather is warm to hot. That is the reason we have a lot of foreigner or even singer star and Pro golf, tennis they flee from their hometown during winter season to open concert or have sporting event in Thailand. That is the sign for me when I know they come western country will be too cold.



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    Posted by Bandeirante (U13784062) on Thursday, 7th February 2013

    Zdorovo Lidia !!

    Perfect, I understand what you told me about Tatarstan, Kazan looks a beautiful and calm city, the photos we see on google don't show the commercial center only mosques and trams. Have you been to Prague ? It is super beautiful and I intend to visit it soon. Two years ago I visited Amsterdam and Zaansen Schans which I strongly recommend if you want to see windmils in a field, it is only a few minutes away from the capital.
    Well, now it is banned for women to be totally nude in the Samba Schools in carnival, they must wear some custom even minimal; in beachfront cities it is common you see people with bikinis or shorts like in Rio, here without beaches people are more formal . I'm going to there tomorrow for the feasts but there is a nasty weather these days, cloudy, no sun, or even raining non stop like today...probably activities outside will be damaged.
    How is the cost of living in Bratislava ? In Oslo a hamburger costs 60 bucks and in Moscow I read somewhere that a cup of coffe costs 10 bucks, very expensive cities.
    Today I saw two magpies on my balcony, what does it tell you smiley - smiley?


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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Friday, 8th February 2013

    Hi Jow!!

    We couldn't be compared to native speakers as long as our native languages are different from English. I think the only one way to speak as native speaker is living to English-speaking country.
    But you and me we still could have a progress in our knowledges and abilities)
    And still we are writing and understand each other means that we rule!!)
    Ok, joking) There is a long way down but you have already made a progress, don't you think so?
    Yes in Bratislava there is the same situation with animals.

    I think you mean EU - European Union when talking about AEC. There are Europe Union, Eurozone and Schengen Area - three different meanings.

    EU - an economical and political union which develop a single market and simplify EU-citizens to work and make business within the union. It looks similar to your description of AEC. In my opinion, it's a good opportunity for people from less economical stable countries in Europe to move and work in stable countries. But maybe inhabitants of developed European countries are not so happy about it. You see, for ex. Norwegian would like to get for his job more money, but his boss wouldn't pay him more, instead he could hire 2 Slovak (I don't want to offend nobody, just an example) and pay less.
    In Eurozone there is only one main currency - Euro. Some countries of EU are in Eurozone too, some of them keep their initial currency. It's very comfortable to pay in most of the Europe in the same currency. But while Germany gain more money in Slovakia people pay more for services and are less payed. So for some strong countries it's profitable for some - unprofitable.
    And the last - Schenghen Area is a single international travel area composed of 26 European countries. So only I could travel within Schenghen with one visa!
    Some countries of Schenghen are in EU, some of them not, some has euro, some not and vice versa...Clear?)

    I also like sport, but not professional, for all my life I'd wanted to try snowboard and that winter my wish came true) In summer time I would like to play volley ball but I have no a team) And I would like to try to play football...


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  • Message 31

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Friday, 8th February 2013

    Hi Mark,

    yes I've been to Prague for 3 times and I'll visit it some time again. I really really like the city, very interesting, historical and mysterious!
    As you like Russian literature and know so much about us I think you have to know books of Sergei Lukyanenko such as Night Watch, Day Watch and etc. or at least you have herd about movies of the same name. And all the books connected with Prague.
    Also I would like to visit Amsterdam and join some of their popular music festivals.
    I'm wondering if there any Samba school for men and if it have ever been allowed to them to be totally nude...if no - it's a discrimination!
    Bratislava it's not expensive city, in comparison to Oslo - cheap! I can't imagine that somewhere in Oslo it is possible to find a hamburger of 60 backs...
    But appropriate hotels in Bratislava cost more than in Prague - here hotels have less tourists and businessman, so prices not so competitive.
    In Moscow you could find everything what you want for the price which you like. I don't drink coffee but it's true about the price. Prague has very competitive prices, but as we know - on main streets and squares in all cities prices are much higher but not always quality is on the same level.
    The fact that you saw two magpies tells me several things:
    - you are not in Brazil now - magpies do not inhabit South America,
    - you live in zoo,
    - spring is coming in Europe,
    - you use prohibited drugs and see non-typical for your region birds,
    - you how know to count till number two.
    and a lot of different thing. But I thing non of my supposition is correct.

    P.S. when next time you decided to use mine phrase in Russian in conversation with somebody else change the sex of the whiter: "rada" - means that I'm a femail, and I'm happy. Male can't be "rada". And I suppose you are a male...

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  • Message 32

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    Posted by Jow SingSing (U15169041) on Sunday, 10th February 2013

    Hi Lidia!
    It seems to me that your Euro Zone System seems complicate that what I think before, however world is changed everyday and it better to go on moving than nothing change. Actually I don't expect that much to be capable as same with English native speaker, I understand that it should take time when we learn new language or something new. Besides getting new language sooner or later, I still have you as new friend so let us a try. What type of department store located near your home or which one you prefer to go? In Bangkok we have so many department store mostly not Thai store such as Tesco Lotus, MaKro and even Fast Food a lot of another national origin food shop such as McDonald, Fujii and Oishi. Why I talk about this? It is because actually Euro Zone or AEC, we have already entered into it. A lot of Foreign Business coming for investment, take profit as same as Big fish eat little fish.
    How about your week end? Mine the weather is becoming hot, this year summer come too soon. Normally it should come late March and the most hottest weather by the middle of April. We will have Songkran holiday, when we could play water to any person pass by. A lot of travellers coming during this festival, the weather and people here will be much suited to have enjoy water splashing and a lot type of water gun spreaded every where. It seem like we are in a middle of World War 3, actually we don't use genuien bullet but cold water in big gun. I think this year I should look for new water gun, last time I was soaked and wet all through the day.
    What is your traditonal celebration during a year? Please tell me what is your favourite? How is it work?

    Have a good time!

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  • Message 33

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Monday, 11th February 2013

    Hi Jow!!

    No, maybe it's not so complicated, I just don't know how to explain it to be more understandable.
    And do you attend some English courses Jow? For me its very useful and also I have an opportunity to talk. Here I've heard about weekly meetings, it calls English Coffee. Unknown people meet in a cafe and talk in English, there is a group on Facebook. Once I'll join them. So you just buy yourself a drink and talk! And meet new people too. Should be interesting. Do you have something like that?

    Here in Slovakia there are Tesco, Billa, Carefoor - if we talking about food shops, also fast foods like Macdonald - I think it's everywhere) (by the way MCDonald could be useful when you are in foreign country and food here is very different from food in your country. So at first you could eat there), there are some Slovak fast foods. But I've never heard about Fujii and Oishi. Here you can buy all worldwide famous brands, cheap and expensive.

    While talking about food I became hungry) tell me about national Thai food, it is very spicy, isn't it?

    In weekend were snowing - it's still winter here, oh I so envy you, I wish there were warm, and I wish there were a sea or an ocean too) Anyway, I just wondering have you ever had a snow in some part of Thailand? I cant really imagine it but everything happen)

    Whats a great holiday - Songkran! The cool fresh battle) I just found pics on google
    In Russia we have common tradition but it's not so global like you have)

    I have a lot to tell you, but its for longer, so first I'll tell you about Russian celebrations: for example soon we have Maslenitsa - pancake week. So the hole week form Mo till Su we bake and eat pancakes. And from next week after Maslenitsa the Great Lent starts. So for the next 40 days you can't eat meat, eggs, milk, nothing fat and etc. Most of people in Russia celebrate Maslenitsa, but don't observe the Lent) It;s hard I can say, last year I've observed the Lent and it was difficult to deny from normal food and sweets) this year I'm going to repeat it.
    That celebrations are religions. Most of Russians are Orthodox, and most of Slovak are Catholics. What is your general religion, Buddhism?

    Hope to see you soon!

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    Posted by Jow SingSing (U15169041) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    Hi Lidia,
    It seems interesting English Coffee and Chat on Face book, but the point is that our time different between Western and Eastern side while you are awake I am asleep. This is one of the obstruction for me to learn English, since I cannot interactive with people spoken English. The best I could do is to communicate through written blog and leaving mail as we have done. Thai food is not so spicy, it depends on which part of Thailand you are visiting, the spicy of it vary between parts of Thailand. By the central part as the name of the location may be, you will find medium spicy taste of food. While by the south of Thailand traditionally the food is hot and spicy and a lot of foreigner visit most and think that most of Thai food is spicy that is the reason. By the northern part there is not so much spicy recipe, only sweet and sour ones.
    We never have a snow or actually call it real snow in Thailand, we just have some hail and a little dust of ice on flower by the northern parts. Not so envy about me beside sea, ocean and hot weather, I am also missing Ice skate, snow and most of all to be able to wear jacket and winter suits. This is it while we have something we should miss something. It is interesting your Maslenitsa and Great Lent celebrations, It would need a lot of intention to deny normal food more than 40 days. In Thailand we have same ceremony when we turn to be vegetarian, we don’t eat meat or any kind of products received from cattle even egg. Besides religions ceremony, ladies will have time for them to keep up in good shape during this period. Don’t you thinks so?
    In Thailand besides Songkran festival and Thai food, our cultural may be different with other countries. For example we consider people living in Thailand is our family, If you are Thai girl and I am older than you. You should call me brother even though we are not the same family, at least this help our relationship between people in the country not too far away from each other. In fact what is your type of subject you are learning? Are you going to finish your education soon?

    See you then,

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  • Message 35

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    Posted by Bandeirante (U13784062) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    Moe pochtenoe Lidia smiley - rose smiley - rose !!

    I'm back to the grindstone today after holidays, today is half working day and we shall work four hours. I read Dostoievsky's Crime and Punishment, the plot is in slow motion I was expecting more movement in the book but Razhkolnikov only regrets until the end, yes I finished the reading. A few weeks ago I was reading Anne Rice's interview with the Vampire, L'estat is a very cult one, however at a certain point there are so many vampires free wandering in Saint Louis that I was anemic smiley - sadface and stopped reading...maybe one day I finish the book.
    I returned today from Rio, very nice city though really big, the view you have from the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain is breathtaking, I couldn't believe in my eyes when seeing such a beautiful landscape like Bahia de Guanabara and surroundings. No photos or words can describe the beauty of that place, you have to see with your eyes...but go in a calm season. The area at Corcovado is small to face such a multitude and the best way to visit is taking a city tour, the companies take you to the main highlights for a reasonable price and you have the opportunity to meet and know international tourists. The atmosphere at Copacabana is super light, beautiful people, many tourists and an amazing beach to relax, I will surely return there again...unfortunatly the Botanical Garden was closed due to the holiday.

    Belonging to the British culture there is a children's nursery rhyme about Magpies traditional in that region, though there is a considerable variation in the lyrics used the basic and best known version tells :

    One for sorrow,
    Two for joy,
    Three for a girl,
    Four for a boy,
    Five for silver,
    Six for gold,
    Seven for a secret never to be told.

    A few time ago The Independent had a headline
    " One for Sorrow sees Magpie Owen playing a mug's punter game."

    Have a nice week, Maslenitsa is coming...

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  • Message 36

    , in reply to message 34.

    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Friday, 15th February 2013

    Hi Jow
    English Coffee it's a meetings in reality, not online on FB. I was just wondering if you have that type of meetings in Bangkok. But anyway we have several hour difference between us its true, when you wake up I'm going to bed, the sun goes from side through the Europe to the West.
    I think you could still communicate with native speakers or with somebody who learn English on some chats, some people prefer to communicate in night time.

    And what is your favorite food in Thai cuisine and in international maybe? You could give me some receipt)) In Russia our traditional food is pelmeni - it's a boiled dumpling with meat, just boiled dough with meat inside, we usually serve it with butter and mayonnaise or sour cream, very tasty!
    And in Slovakia very popular bryndzove halusky - trickled pastries with sheep chease
    When we have something we miss another thing and when we get that thingwe miss the ane thing we have already lost or left - people are very strange and incomprehensible human beings))
    And are you a vegetarian? Or are you going to be?
    Yes beside the main religion meaning of the Great Lent and others similar act you could really loose in weight, last year I lost 4 kg - for me its a quite big number, because I think I refer to the group of people who do not suffer from excess weight, but no one girl is satisfied with weight)) but thats another story) Anyway not only ladies ought to try to be in shape, don't you think so?)

    Wow, what an interesting fact, so if I were Thai I would call every body brother and everybody would call me a sister?

    I have already finished my education in a university, and I have been studying Economics So now I work. And you? I thought that you work now, isn't it right?

    Happy Valentine's by the way. Do you spend Valentin's Day in Thailand?


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  • Message 37

    , in reply to message 35.

    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Friday, 15th February 2013

    Hello Mark!!

    thanks for the roses, but why only 2? 2 for sorrow as you know. There is no reason for sorrow. Anyway we bring even number of flowers on a funeral)

    why did you have at 13th of February only half working day? And happy Valentines Day, don't know if you celebrate. In Europe and in Russia most of the people celebrate that commercial day) owners of a restaurants are happy that day)
    If you like reading I offer to you to read Via Mala by John Knittel and maybe 5-6 year ago one book in Russia were very popular - Дyxless (means spiritless) by Sergey Minaiev. Probably you wouldn't find it in English, but if yes - read it, interesting. And I really liked O Alquimista by Paulo Coelho and othere his book were good.
    I don't really like classic Russian novels about love. Women here are so soft, so waiting for love and suffering, men usually cares about different thing. With that my opinion I got a mark 2 (D in US) in semester on our literature class. But I liked Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (novel) by Nikolai Leskov!

    I thought that you'd decided to stay live in Rio) for how many times you've been to Rio? Once I'll see that gorgeous views by my own!

    Maslenitsa is coming and so the Great Lent, can't wait.
    Are you a Catholic Mark?


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  • Message 38

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    Posted by Bandeirante (U13784062) on Friday, 15th February 2013

    Privet Lidia,

    Did you see the meteor falling in Chelyabinsk yesterday ? I have a friend living there, she is well at home, it seems that there is holiday there today. Roses are not magpies, don't mix them; and they are valid only in Britain, Canada and Australia wouldn't understand this subject.

    So you work with finance as I read, very nice. What did you think about Obama's bail out plan after the crisis that managed to gobble up the Lehman Brothers ? I really don't think they closed doors to another one as the SEC President (Security Exchange Comission) has always an eye on a fat salary job in Wall Street when he finishes his time, so he will never be hard with the bankers. Now Greece is having an awful crisis, these problems only happen due to the lack of a central government in Europe, nationalities are weakening and the Union is becoming stronger. In the Buck area - read USA - Florida went bankrupt with the crisis but was helped with money from Washington and not Tallahassee - the capital, in Greece there was no central government in the Eurozone to help the country. Nations are in search of a world leader that will appear in a an attempt to solve the world's problems, but final result may be tragic.

    Indeed you are right about Russian cities, in the interior we find the pure people where don't live immigrants or Caucasians, our TV sent an Afro woman reporter to that region and everyone who passed wanted to take a photo at her side, even a just married pair. The reporter was following a writer named Paulo Coelho along the Transiberian railway.

    See You

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  • Message 39

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    Posted by Jow SingSing (U15169041) on Tuesday, 19th February 2013

    Hello Lidia!!
    Sorry for mistook your café meeting assemble as mine we call Internet Café, whereas I think it the same mean or as it was called. Practically we do have al lot of meeting resemble with the Caféteria Meeting like wise at McDonald Fast Food or even Koka or Oishis eastern favorite food restaurants.
    To go on with your topic about unforgotten places, there is another places that I go and it also excited as much same as the previous one often including of loss the way or don’t know where to go! This time it happened in Japan I go to the hotel near Biwa Lake in Japan, it is very beautiful silence and full of mysterious that you may imagine something like a loch ness monster could exist here also. In Japan it is quite difficult to travel if you were a foreigner, their sign and ways are full of complicated and confusing. At that time when I managed to catch my flight back I have to take Express Haruka to Kansai Air Port, the problem come when I and my friend also a American Foreigner, we don’t confident that the the train we took was the right one or not? We feel excited all the way to the Air port and feel relief at last when we get there.
    Basically I don't know much about cooking, I hope I will learn to cook a lot of kinds of food some day. Most of foreinger visit Thailand they like "Tom Yam Kung" cause it spicy but it is not the level of Thai people usually eat. Still they all know and like it, Tom Yam Kung consist of shirmp with Thai curry boiled together. Have you ever try it yet? In Thai "kung" meaning is shrimp. I think you like cooking when you explain your favourite, it cause me have the sense of the food in my mind. In my opinion everybody should try to keep themselves in good shape, not only for a good looking but the most important is yourself healthy condition. Obesity cause a lot of unhealthy condition, I think you have already known it.
    Yeah you understand is correct, why not? We always accept lovely sister like you.
    Wow! it very interesting your graduation in Economic. I have a lot of question, what is your perspective of world economy. What I should do or which kind of work to be done to be wealthy.



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  • Message 40

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    Posted by Nori (U4687824) on Wednesday, 20th February 2013

    Dear all,

    There are many unforgettable places in Japan, America, Australia, Taiwan and China that I will never forget. But most of all, as the BBC MB will be closing next month, another unforgettable place will be this BBC Message Boards.

    I am sure l will miss all of you.


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  • Message 41

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    Posted by ariadne (U15599763) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Hi Lidia,

    You certainly have to taste seafood when you visit Barcelona. I suppose you will like it.

    Till soon!

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  • Message 42

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Monday, 25th February 2013

    Hello Jow!

    sorry for silent - I had a lot of work last week!
    There is not enough time - the board is closing in 4 days as you may know, are you going to follow that links what they offer to chat? I think I'll better find something else for training my writing skills, it is also possible to communicate on FaceBook (BBC learning English) - you just live your comments about somebodies posts.

    Thank you for your story about Japan - that's a wonderful country, hope to see it one day, Japan in my list of must seeing countries! So you have an American friend - great opportunity to learn English by chating with native speaker!

    I have never try anything from Thai food, but I'd really like to. So what kind of food real Thai people eat?
    I don't really like cooking everyday, it takes a lot of time, but sometimes I like cooking to my family or my friends, so I like cooking but occasionally.

    It so unusually for Europeans and Russians to call their fellow countrymen brothers and sisters, that's why I was surprised. But I like the idea, it's great to feel so close to your nation and to your people. And thank you for mine acceptance)

    If I would know what should do to become wealthy I would be rich) Enjoy your life and keep smiling - that's the best rule. And most of rich people know how to count their money and how to invest. One millionaire said - the hardest to earn your firs million, then it's easy!

    Is Jow your real name or is it a nick name?

    Hope to hear from you soon.


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  • Message 43

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Monday, 25th February 2013

    Dear Nori,

    almost agree with you! That's amazing place with (in most cases) pleasant people. It was a shock for me first...but what could we do - money rules the world!

    I will miss that short time I spent here, interesting stories and people too.


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  • Message 44

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    Posted by James (U15438438) on Monday, 25th February 2013

    Hi Lidia I'm James,

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  • Message 45

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    Posted by Nori (U4687824) on Tuesday, 26th February 2013

    Dear Lidia,

    I am not sure if it's the last message to you.....but the possibiity is very high.

    In my opinion, money isn't the main reason for the BBC to close this wonderful Boards. However, it is of course the prime reason, I assume.

    It's such a pity that we will never talk to our members from different countries again. The MB has asted as an important role in making us as friends. No other places would accomplish that.

    I thank you to the BBC MB staffs and all the members of this MB for letting me involved in various topics.

    I have e-mails of some of the members like Alex, Demet, Claudia, etc., so I can still correspond to them as I feel like to talking. By the way, does anyone know why Claudia stopped writing??

    Thank you Lidia for agreeing with my previous messages. The BBC MB sure is one of the most unforgettable place in my life.


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  • Message 46

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    Posted by Jow SingSing (U15169041) on Tuesday, 26th February 2013

    Hello Lidia!
    I know it 's really a lot of work when you say so! Since I know that you like this place a lot as same as mine. It is very hearth broking to know that we cannot continue our conversation with our friends and there are only someday left. And in term of developing our writing skill and comprehension, I should try another way to keep practicing as same as yours. May be we could meet together in FaceBook someday?
    I meet my American fiend only that trip and we don't much know each other. And most of all when he spoke too fast I cannot even catch his word. Still I looking for an English native speaking friend which I hope to find someday. But before that I ought to improve my English for some level at least to know what I should interact back to them.
    Thai people like all the other countries people, we have a lot of kind of food and different countries type of food also available so much at here. Chinese, Japanese, European etc., the original Thai food it sounds spicy and full of herb that it will be good for your health. Do you like vegetable? We have a lot of kind of vegetable, someone just gone to be a vegetarian and it don't so much difficult to practice it. Only you have determination and never look back.
    I think it is good idea to call the people we meet as same as our family, it won't do us any harm. People will feel they are so close with us and we often good treatment from them, isn't it good? We will feel comfortable to communicate further, it is our country good tactic but sometime we often forget to use it.
    It is a joke when I ask you what should I do to become rich. It is question that don't need answer. We cannot be what we want and also we cannot want to be what we could not be. That is the truth!
    Jow is my nick name, since I am chinese my nick name go on to express that idea also.
    Nice chatting with you!

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  • Message 47

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Tuesday, 26th February 2013

    Hi James, I'm Lidia!

    where are you from, James, tell me your story.

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  • Message 48

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    Posted by Vladimir (U14599522) on Tuesday, 26th February 2013

    Hi, Nori

    Let me not agree with you. I think money in this case is prime, main and the single reason. The problem is that country that still called "United Kingdom" already can’t afford to supply such service for us for free. This MB was maintained on expenses of UK’s taxpayers and it became too difficult for them. So, lets look at the problem from the other side – after closure of MB more money will left for other needs inside Kingdom, or they will low taxes. So, let’s enjoy for these positive changes for other people, let's not be egoistic smiley - smiley

    Best wishes,

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  • Message 49

    , in reply to message 48.

    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Wednesday, 27th February 2013

    Hi Nori, Vladimir,

    I agree with Vladimir that the money is a single reason. But I don't really know who has payed for maintaining of the MB, but in the final analysis it as always turn out to be usual people.
    I don't know how that small sum of money with they spend on moderators salaries (small in comparison with UK's hole budget I mean!) could help the government to decrease taxes! or increase salaries for teacher or medical workers, etc.
    As usually that money 'settle' in somebodies pockets. In pockets of people who already have more then enough.
    Hope I'm not right...and that money will help people who are in need. But does somebody think about them who are going to loose their jobs?

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  • Message 50

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    Posted by Lidia (U15596761) on Wednesday, 27th February 2013

    Hi Jow!

    only two days left...I feel like soon I became homeless and I need to find a shelter to write in English, for first time maybe BBC learning English on FB could be the shelter, you could join me there, I left a comment under the Big Ben photo. Still I don't know your real name I wouldn't be able to recognize you, but you do, cause it's my real name.

    So you are Chinese? And you was born in China or in Thai, how did you get there? I like Chinese food and of course vegetables! There are a lot of yummy dishes you could make only using vegetables. I think one day I cold became a vegetarian but I have to admit I adore eating fish. But I could refuse from meat.
    Sorry I forgot - are you a vegetarian?

    Its a good idea to accept people and call them a family member, but sometimes you could meet a bed man and he could exploit your good relation to him.

    I disagree with you, sometimes we could be what we want, if we want to. My favorite quote of Henry Ford is "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't , you're right"

    See you,


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