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  1. Mike Bulgakov

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    I use to have WTA connections and be around a lot of players, but I no longer know who any of the new players are, it seems, other than the top ones and the hyped ones. It makes it less interesting to watch the WTA tour.
     
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    What do you mean? I went to Hawaii just for a holiday. Loved the fresh air and constant gentle sea breeze...like a free air con but better than air con. Loved the free tennis courts too...heaven.
     
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    Can't you connect with some of the new hotties? Following their twitter or facebook is a start. Make sure your photo is hot.
     
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    OK, I thought you had been born and raised (and had never left) Hawaii.
     
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    You have been around more than most people in the US I would imagine. I've only actually spent some time in 4 different states, and one of them is Nevada, and just barely (Reno, which is not far across the border from California).

    As for Europe, the furthest North I have spent time in is Paris. I hear Scandinavia is a very nice place to visit in the Summer though.
     
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    So you are not from Zeta Reticuli, then ? I can't offhand think of any other constellation starting with an R.

    My g/f could have been from Upsilon Andromedae, or maybe 61 Virginis.
     
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    Last year I was on a Thalys train from Paris Gare du Nord to Rotterdam and I was a bit shocked when the train went pass some small train stations in Belgium ... I thought everything should look clean and neat in that part of Europe... Some of the train stations and the buildings nearby were very very very very old and dirty and full of graffiti and looked like a ghost town. The glass looked murky and maybe never been cleaned in a decade. I remember seeing old cables and wires hanging down covering an old sign saying Brussel-zuid.... I felt I was sightseeing in a third world country. They should do a big makeover in some of the stations.... It made me think twice to visit Belgium.

    I visited some old villages outside of Rotterdam and wowwwww they looked so very very pretty and clean and neat with their beautiful gardens....
     
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  8. Mike Bulgakov

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    The worst neighborhood in Copenhagen is next to the main train station. This is often the case in major cities.
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    When it comes to informants and other intelligence assets, honesty and competence should be a valued commodity. This is often not the case.

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    You can say that again. There is probably no filthier place in the universe than the area surrounding railway stations in my place. At least, i can speak confidently about Delhi. Even I who have lived here all my life find the prospect of train travel frightening. Even as i think about it now, i start feeling sick.
     
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    ^Don't you worry, I have lived in a third world country nearby a train station, but the station was cleaned and painted regularly...looked much better than some that I saw in Belgium.
     
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    I wish i could move to this unnamed 3rd w.c. which has clean train stations :)
     
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    Vincent van Gogh - Starry Night (1889).
     
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    Sorry, Senti, I had to delete these images, because I don't want people to know where I am from. I was racially attacked because of it.
    A quick reverse google image search (searching image by image upload) easily told me where those pics are from.
     
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    #Utter
    #Disbelief
     
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    One should not need to pay for beverages in the workplace. Quite inappropriate, in my opinion.
     
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    The Ultimate Temple Raider

    The 30 or so guests enjoying spring rolls and white wine were gathered in a small third-floor gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate Subhash Kapoor, a convivial Manhattan art dealer who had donated 58 miniature drawings of Indian aristocrats, deities and beasts.

    On this spring evening in 2009, Mr. Kapoor, 60, owner of Art of the Past on Madison Avenue, stood atop the Indian art world. After his 35 years in business, museums and collectors were paying seven figures for his Hindu, Buddhist and South Asian antiquities. A 900-year-old dancing Shiva went to the National Gallery of Australia, a thousand-year-old bronze Ganesha to the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio. Now, he was being toasted by the Met for a gift of artworks from his homeland.

    “He had become quite a big fish, and he seemed thrilled,” said Eleanor Abraham, a fellow gallery owner in the crowd that night.

    What no one in the room knew was that Mr. Kapoor was under investigation on two continents, suspected of running a $100 million art smuggling operation.

    Continue reading the main story
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/26/a...t-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1
     
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    I visited Musée d'Orsay and got so excited to see Van Gogh's original paintings, took some pictures, then a female voice loudly said "No Pictures" repetitively, while I did not realise what she was saying and if she talked to me. Someone nudged me and then I got the message, lol. I did not know that there were signs saying no camera.... But those signs are too small to be noticed.
     
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    Yeah that dancing Shiva sculpture made a TV story in Australia. They showed which temple it was from and how the people there missed the statue of the Shiva. Oz National Gallery said they did not know it was a stolen statue.... They bought it from a Manhattan based art dealer.... Subhash Kapoor.

    http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2014/03/24/3968642.htm#transcript

    After reading the news below, I do hope it has already been returned to the temple.
    http://m.smh.com.au/federal-politic...ring-abbotts-india-visit-20140904-10cqvy.html

    http://m.theaustralian.com.au/arts/...of-stolen-shivas/story-fn9d3avm-1227049811026
     
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    I used to work at a company where we would get free alcoholic beverages every other Friday. Wine and beer mostly. Then, I had to do a 1 1/2 hour commute home. :eek:
     
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    So you are saying that all the 58 drawings were of @sureshs? :eek:

    Quite the story, actually. People who steal from temples are shameless. Or anybody who takes things which should be enjoyed by anyone to profit from them, for that matter. I hope he's having fun in his Chennai prison cell. :eek:
     
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    Yeah, nice museum, isn't it? The setting is really something else.

    My wife has the bad habit of pointing with her finger when she is admiring art, and I had to remind her several times that she was almost touching the paintings when we visited the Picasso museum in Barcelona a few years back.
     
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    Haha ! Good one !

    Actually, the sad part is that local people do the plundering. Suresh Kapoor is some guy at the top probably making the most of it, with a huge markup.
     
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    Yeah, but still that doesn't excuse him. The people who are doing the stealing are probably very poor and desperate, and that in my book is kind of an extenuating circumstance. This guy doesn't seem to be in dire straits, and he was just becoming very wealthy that way.

    At least they weren't destroying the works of art, like those insane scum are doing in Siria and elsewhere.
     
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    ^^ Forget what I said about "still that doesn't excuse him". I don't know what I was thinking. You obviously are not excusing him in your post.
     
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    Yes, I was just telling my mother about him. She hasn't heard about it. We have antiques which are registered, and i remember my mother telling me how (this was some years ago, so my wording is wrong) -- there is some place where you have to hand in antiques beyond a certain age, and you get a receipt for it, it is logged, and yet large numbers of pieces from that archive/museum or whatever keep vanishing.

    Then i reminded her of how during Saddam's time that palace or whatever was plundered. Is that what you were mentioning. In Iraq ? Then there was that terrible terrible destruction of the Buddha at Bamiyan. I still can't believe it.
     
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    That's really something! So the antiques that you hand beyond a certain age, are those antiques which were in the family for a long time? Aren't you allow to keep antiques even if they have been a part of your family? Maybe I'm misunderstanding.

    Well, the events I was referring to just happened within the past few months. I'm talking about the ISIS scum destroying works of art from old civilizations because they depicted deities, and stuff like that. They just went in with jackhammers and mallets, and with dynamite, and they destroyed stuff of incalculable value. Crazy stuff.
     
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    Out drinking with my head chef, and wondering where she is.

    What's weird is that she hugged me. Normally we have a love/hate relationship.
     
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    Did you expect her to express that sentiment combo with a hug, and then as she is hugging you she stabs you?
     
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    we're always joking about that.
     
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    A long commute is okay as long as the limo is roomy in the back. But nothing worse than a drinking event where only wine and beer is served.
     
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    No, this doesn't include family stuff. I can't comment on cases where you might be a Maharaja (LOL). They certainly won't take away one's grandmother's jewels or other heirloom. I don't know the definition of antique, how do you differentiate between an old rock you find on the road and something of value. Unlike the US, where you have large houses with attics and basements, we have small houses and people can't afford to keep things. So we tend to throw things away, the idea of antique is not really something the general pop understands. The idea of collecting old cars and watches, I would guess these hobbies come from the west.

    What we have, my mum has bought. I think the example you gave is of a culture that is against idolatry. So they will destroy whatever they can. Sad ..., appalling....
     
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    I am in the mood for wakame salad.
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    ^more chilies please. I think it would be nice with some sweet pink ginger too
     
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    Former President of India, Abdul Kalam died the other day (27th July) of a massive cardiac arrest, while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. He was a scientist turned reluctant politician.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._P._J._Abdul_Kalam

    He was a recipient of India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna.
     
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    These days greedy old men are always flying around for a lecture paycheck, instead of taking it easy and caring for their cardiovascular system with appropriate beverages and foods.
     
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    Beer is my favorite alcoholic drink by far. Then again, I'm no alcoholic. The nice thing about beer is that it requires such vast amounts of liquid in order for me to achieve an adequate level of drunkenness that it is mostly unsuitable for that purpose.
     
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    Yeah, I see what you mean Senti. How about people living in the countriside in India though, don't they have larger homes/farms? In the US you can probably still buy great farms with old houses for relatively little money in places like the ******* and the Southwest (New Mexico, for example).

    The culture I was referring to is not just against idolatry, but against common sense and natural justice as well. Pond scum is too high a term to describe them.

    One time, in my childhood, during a trek in summer camp, we stopped at an old abandoned village, and I found in a cottage a document dated 1654. :eek:

    It wasn't of much historical significance, but it was a thing of beauty in itself. It was a notary document describing some terms for the transfer of some land, if I remember correctly. Back then, these things were obviously made in handwriting, and the people who did this (with some sort of old pen and an ink well I suppose) were really master caligraphers. The notary (or whoever wrote the document) had a very elaborate signature with geometrical patterns. It was like a signature/seal of some kind. Not sure if this was used by lay people as well, or just by people like notaries and noblemen.
     
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    ^^ Why is Mid-West censored?

    :mad:
     
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    I fixed it for you.
     
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    Wow ! I'd love to come there and buy a large house in NM or nearabouts.
    Your culture is very different from ours (referring to large homes in the country). At least from what i have seen and toured, people living in villages have small tiny homes all in small clusters. They may have a lot of land in agricultural use, but their actual houses are quite small. I am not talking of nobility and rich landlords (we see them in movies having large havelis and such). It's also not very safe in the country so I don't suppose the rich like to move there, although today there is a trend for the very rich to live in the city and have a farm house located in the outskirts (usually with security guards) or in some scenic hilly place.

    In America, you have houses with unfenced gardens and lawns. In India, you would have heavy brick walls, with broken glass and barbed wires all around. You just cannot imagine how a place is teeming with millions of people all trying to grab whatever they can lay their hands on.
     
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    It's the name of a competitor of TW. Same for Dennis the Menace. Oh, that's strange "menace" used to be filtered as was recruit.
     
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    Ah, I see. Thank you. From now on I'll just refer to that area of the US as Tornado Alley. ;)
     

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