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Title: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RHB on November 06, 2009, 01:15:17 PM
Okay since the original thread said that thing about being past 120 days and that a new topic would be better made or whatever here i go...

Top Ten Reasons You Are Addicted to OTMA (David Letterman Style)

10. If you like watching Romanov Films and usually skip to parts with OTMA in it (having lines or not)
 9. You have like 9 or 10 videos (in my case windows movie maker) that you want to make in which you already know what songs for each that you want to use... you're just deciding though to be too lazy to gather the photos in a subfolder and start work on them. (I have one but I'm not sure whether or not i want 2 post it on youtube)
 8. You are constantly looking to see if something new has been posted about OTMA in the individual topics more so than the other topics
 7. You are always looking for OTMA related photos
 6. Your desktop is filled with OTMA
 5. You're having a conversation about getting pets with a relative and you mention "maybe we should get a french bulldog... then again it snores... or maybe King Spaniel or(...)" you get the idea! (had this conversation with my grandmother last night)
 4. You make collages of OTMA
 3. You've written at least 4-5 poems about OTMA each individually although 1 of them is all of them together. (i have a thread on here i think i called it OTMA Poetry part 2 or something like that)
 2. You have written a small play based on or around OTMA (mine being "Four Sisters" but i don't know where to post it)

and the number reason you are addicted to OTMA...

 1.  You have your PC AND your laptop filled with OTMA related stuff and photos

Okay some of that took me a little while but there you go!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RealAnastasia on November 06, 2009, 10:22:35 PM
When I realize I have more of 100 CD with their pics!!! I know I am obsessed. Thisn is plain idolatry, mes enfants! But...you know: "...Crazyness is a pleasure that only crazy men and women knows".  ::)

RealAnastasia.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: rosieposie on November 15, 2009, 01:35:16 AM
That you grit your teeth and shake your fist at the tv, when Antique Roadshow is on and the people getting their items evaluatied have Imperial Romanov or they once belong to the Imperial family.

And the people don't take an interest or they laugh and are amused at how much a book, photograph etc is worth that once belong to IF.  Meaning the people don't have a valuable love for the item,  they just see $$$.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on November 28, 2009, 10:27:42 PM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when....

When you are sitting on the front porch with your husband, and in the quite he asks"  what
are you thinking about ? " and you say " How hot it must of been inside the Ipatiev House".

Also if you are doing your house work, think on the family and find tears are dropping into the dish water 
 
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on November 30, 2009, 09:43:27 PM
You know you're obsessed when you talk about the first thing that pops into your head and your friend says "quit talking about Russia for the 100th time!"

Then, you know you're more obsessed when most of the poetry/book you are writting and planning to publish are about the Romanovs.

Even more obsessed people stay up till  midnight watching Romanov movies.

Some of the most obsessed people cry for no apparent reason other than they're thinking about the Romanov's Execution, and people think they're emo because they cry 24/7.

REALLY obsessed people are called anti-social because their minds are in Tsarskoe Selo, running around with NAOTMAA.

But the most obsessed girls know they're crazy when they date a guy partially because he looks and acts like Alexei or Nicholas or some other Romanov guy.

Trust me, I know.  This is what I deal with everyday (except for being called emo, because I don't really think that much of the execution.  Even the execution scenes from the movies don't mae me cry anymore ofr some reason.).
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RHB on November 30, 2009, 10:18:19 PM
 ;D  ;D  ;D YES! Keep it coming... boy I'm really starting to like this thread more and more! i got 2 more for you all:

You know you're obsessed because whenever you listen to the following songs from Enya ALL you can think about is the family (in my case particularly OTMA) and the following songs are (yes the collection from Grand Duchess Ally included)

A Moment Lost
If I Could Be Where You Are

Stars and Midnight Blue
Once You had Gold (Tatiana)
Hope has a place (Maria)
and... drum roll please
Wild Child (Anastasia)

the first 2 are in bold because those 2 especially make me think of their unfair fate!

You know your obsessed with OTMA when you (possibly) create your own word OTMA-centric! You think or say something and then think "wow that was an OTMA-centric moment" or "wow I'm be totally OTMA-centric at the moment"... you get the point!  :)

Okay I'm done for now and if i get anymore I'll let you all know!  ;)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Princess Juliana on December 01, 2009, 09:39:33 AM
Here's my confessions as a Romanov-obsessed mom:

I am still calling my youngest kid, a boy, "Baby" even though he just turned 3. (no, he's healthy and doesn't have hemophilia!)

Whenever my younger daughter, who's almost 10, acts wild and squirrely, I think to myself that she is acting soooo Anastasia!

When my two daughters were younger I once had "turn of the century era" sepia tone photos taken of them, wearing lace dresses, with antiques posed around them.

No, I did NOT give them Romanov names. Except one has Marie as her middle name, although that's to honor all the Marys in the family.

Yes, we have a copy of the animated "Anastasia," except we don't watch it very much anymore. I dislike it more, the more I learn about the real story, because someday my daughters who watched the movie will learn the truth when they study history, or read one of my books.

I also have upsetting dreams about them- although in one of them they were killed in a different way- the Ipatiev house was set on fire. I was glad when I woke up.



Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Princess Juliana on December 01, 2009, 10:29:59 AM
Ha! I thought of another one, but I can't modify my last post-

I once "Google-Earthed" Yekaterinburg.

Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: toscany on December 01, 2009, 02:38:17 PM
I have been obsessed with them for at least 20 years.  I find it incredibly interesting how a family, with so much wealth and power, met such a terrible end.  Further, I am still intrigued by the espionage of this period in history.  I am learning that there are things yet to be researched, as a result of the out come of the Russian Revolution and the take over of communism.

After 91 years, there is still so much to learn...There are so many avenues that one can go down, and continue to discover more of these people's lives.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on December 04, 2009, 07:36:52 PM
I've started to get my friends to call me Alyss, which is short for Alyssa, my first name.  It was mainly because (you probably guessed) it sounds similar to Alice or Alix.  And they thought I got it from Twilight...
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: anben10 on December 04, 2009, 10:38:05 PM
I've started to get my friends to call me Alyss, which is short for Alyssa, my first name.  It was mainly because (you probably guessed) it sounds similar to Alice or Alix.  And they thought I got it from Twilight...
My name's Alyssa too! :P I go by Allie though, however i'd love to name any girl of mine Alice.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Olga Maria on December 05, 2009, 02:40:30 AM
I'm obsessed with the Romanovs because...I have many CD's and DVD-RW's filled with their pics and any article about them, I am saving money to buy a book about them, my desktop background is OTMA and I'm making poems and fictional stories about them :-)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RHB on December 05, 2009, 03:54:54 PM
my PC desktop is a collage full of OTMA now... it's been like that for i don't know 3 days now maybe!  :)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on December 05, 2009, 04:24:06 PM
I read about every single book and watch single every movie/ documentary I can get my hands on.  I have pictures of the Romanovs right over my bed that I usually kiss goodnight.  Ever since fifth grade, I've been running around outside in my  huge backyard pretending I'm a fictional maid from a novel I'm writing or some time-traveling kid who's rescuing the Romanovs from Ekaterinburg with my friends that aren't even there with me (not to be confused with imaginary friends).  Sometimes my teachers get mad at me because I'm daydreaming about Russia.  I'm the definition of obsessed. Actually, "obsessed" isn't the right word.  Maybe, "Crazy?"    :D

Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on December 22, 2009, 11:03:59 AM
You know you are EXTREMLEY interested in the Romanovs when...
There isn't a day you don't talk/think/do something to do wth them
95/100 times you go on the internet it has to do with naotmaa
almost all the pictures you have saved on your comp. are pictures of them
you google-earth their palaces and are disapointed when they are so fuzzy
you write stories and poems about them
you pretend to be otma and talk to imaginary sisters
you wish your house looked like one of their palaces
you draw pictures of them
you look through every book you see that has something even remotely to do with them (eg. WW1, royalty, princesses, etc.) to see if there is mention of them even if you've read it in different words before
you want to make an album of pictures of them like the ones they made
you write quizzes about them

all of this applies to me, perhaps more coming soon.  :)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RBorquez on January 01, 2010, 11:51:43 PM
you look through every book you see that has something even remotely to do with them (eg. WW1, royalty, princesses, etc.) to see if there is mention of them even if you've read it in different words before
I used to do that in encyclopedias, dictionaries and those big books on the history of the world before I got Internet.
I would always look up "tsar", "Romanov", "Nicholas II", and even "Anastasia"!
I usually ended up just finding a little sentence or usually nothing.
I was 10 and I wanted to learn about the Romanovs and this curiosity became my interest in them. It's been almost four years.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: ZackFaire13 on January 02, 2010, 12:18:00 PM
I've been researching them since I was 8. I saw the animated movie and loved it, and I was told that she was real. Not long afterward, I checked out every book I could find at the library. Reading about NAOTMAA is basically how I remembered the begining/ending dates of WWI... also, at Anime Detour (a convention), my friends and I are having a group go as the IF (I'm just going as a servant, really). I'm more excited about the group photoshoot and getting to waltz with the "IF" more than anything else in the convention... ::)

I used to adore the animated movie, but now I just like it out of nostalgia.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 06, 2010, 04:41:25 PM
It's funny, isn't it? Reading about them and being interested in them is a great way to get ahead in your history classes (if one is taking them) while doing something really fun...I remember a lot of historical dates that way! :D
Here's a few more...

--Whenever you ask somebody their birthday you mentally check how close it is to the Romanovs' birthdays... "Whoa, that's only a week away from Maria's b-day!!!!"

--When your teacher talks about the Russian Revolution you could practically teach the class yourself, but listen intently anyway.

--Any dreams you have of them are remembered for a long time.

--People ask you to help them with European history all the time.

--While watching movies or shows you look for actors who look like them.

--You own a lot of movies in Russian that your friends ask about when they come over.

--(this one definitely applies to me) when a documentary about them comes on TV you command your dad to tape it!

Haha
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on January 06, 2010, 06:28:42 PM
--When your teacher talks about the Russian Revolution you could practically teach the class yourself, but listen intently anyway.

I remember doing that last year.  I was so upset because my social studies teacher hardly taught anything.  This is pretty much what she said: "Tsar Nicholas and his wife had four girls, including the most famous, Anastasia.  They had a son named Alexis, who was a hemophiliac.  People were mad at the tsar because they wanted the right to vote and their lives were miserable.  In October 1917, Vladimir Lenin led a revolution, and the tsar abdicated.  In 1918, the imperial family was killed.  Any questions, class?"  I was dying to say more.  Now imagine that basic info in about two different videos and hearing that over and over for an hour each day.  Luckily, I was able to stay a few minutes after school and talk about the Romanovs with her because she was my homeroom teacher too, and I happened to be a teacher's pet...

Of course, you know you're really obsessed when you get mad at yourself for finding a new interest that is begining to overpower your concentration...
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on January 06, 2010, 06:52:28 PM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when.....I experienced a new one...one of my sisters called up and said ," people  want to know  when this current Romanov bender will be over". I said,"like I know?" LOL! You never know when it will go dormant..( only to spring back to life again later.... and stronger!  ) AND I never had  a place like AP form during one of my Romanov walking dreamstates before...where I can converse with those just as crazed and better informed than myself! So my answer to my sister  was an unapologetic,  "I have no idea. " Luckily my husband sees the art I'm doing and says his  question is " What work  will the current  Romanov binge lead you too ? "  If someone else stays on board your good ship Romanov, it's helpful if it's spousal unit! lol!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 07, 2010, 06:27:07 AM
--When your teacher talks about the Russian Revolution you could practically teach the class yourself, but listen intently anyway.

I remember doing that last year.  I was so upset because my social studies teacher hardly taught anything.  This is pretty much what she said: "Tsar Nicholas and his wife had four girls, including the most famous, Anastasia.  They had a son named Alexis, who was a hemophiliac.  People were mad at the tsar because they wanted the right to vote and their lives were miserable.  In October 1917, Vladimir Lenin led a revolution, and the tsar abdicated.  In 1918, the imperial family was killed.  Any questions, class?"  I was dying to say more.  Now imagine that basic info in about two different videos and hearing that over and over for an hour each day.  Luckily, I was able to stay a few minutes after school and talk about the Romanovs with her because she was my homeroom teacher too, and I happened to be a teacher's pet...

Of course, you know you're really obsessed when you get mad at yourself for finding a new interest that is begining to overpower your concentration...
Aww, I hate when teachers gloss over things like that. My teacher was talking about Louis XVI and how his execution was similar to the Romanovs', since they were both to eliminate any claimants to the thone...he talked about Anastasia and Anna Anderson (this guy in my class said, 'Hey, isn't that the Russian chick?' lol) and got everything accuratee xcept for saying that she was a little girl when she died. But he's interested in the Revolution and that era so I have a feeling that when we get to that unit, it'll be pretty interesting.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: ZackFaire13 on January 07, 2010, 09:07:57 AM

--When your teacher talks about the Russian Revolution you could practically teach the class yourself, but listen intently anyway.


I've been through this. Once, I walked into my European history class and saw "Bloody Sunday" written on the whiteboard. I grinned like a maniac. Also, my sister is taking the same class with a different teacher, who's concentrating more on Russian history, and I became insanely jealous and demanded full access to her notes.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 07, 2010, 10:14:38 AM

--When your teacher talks about the Russian Revolution you could practically teach the class yourself, but listen intently anyway.


I've been through this. Once, I walked into my European history class and saw "Bloody Sunday" written on the whiteboard. I grinned like a maniac. Also, my sister is taking the same class with a different teacher, who's concentrating more on Russian history, and I became insanely jealous and demanded full access to her notes.

Haha, I did the same thing with my friend! She's in AP European history so she has a lot of Romanov notes.
Whenever my teacher mentions something Romanov-related I immediately stop whatever I'm doing (drawing, sleeping, etc) and listen.
It would be so cool if there was an elective class just about Russian history!

Here's some more....

--You can successfully identify who's who in photographs of even the worst quality.
--If you meet anyone with one of their names you're immediately interested in that person.    lol
--You've spent at least a few minutes trying to get your hair to look like OTMA's in front of the mirro.r
--When your parents are trying to remember a historical date they ask you because they know you'll know.
--You want to buy a French bulldog someday.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Grand Duchess Jennifer on January 07, 2010, 05:10:59 PM

--If you meet anyone with one of their names you're immediately interested in that person.    lol
--When your parents are trying to remember a historical date they ask you because they know you'll know.

These two apply for me.  :) One time, when I was looking at our German class' school yearbook, I just had to tell my sister that I found the name Anastasia. LOL.

And for the second thing, it's not just dates they ask me about - they also ask me a bit about that historic person's life. We watched Nicholas and Alexandra one night on TV and all the way through I was talking about the Romanovs, what parts were right and what parts were wrong, etc.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 07, 2010, 08:06:55 PM

--If you meet anyone with one of their names you're immediately interested in that person.    lol
--When your parents are trying to remember a historical date they ask you because they know you'll know.

These two apply for me.  :) One time, when I was looking at our German class' school yearbook, I just had to tell my sister that I found the name Anastasia. LOL.

And for the second thing, it's not just dates they ask me about - they also ask me a bit about that historic person's life. We watched Nicholas and Alexandra one night on TV and all the way through I was talking about the Romanovs, what parts were right and what parts were wrong, etc.
That's funny..we had twins from Russia come to our school and their names were Anastasia and Tatiana.
My dad does that! If we're watching something about them like a documentaroy or something he might ask a silly question like, "Hey, what was Nicholas II's favorite color?" :D
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 08, 2010, 10:40:45 AM
Favorite color! How funny. As if we Romanov buffs could know!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 08, 2010, 02:14:56 PM
I have no idea about any of their favorite colors were...hmm.

Here's another one that I actually did just today!

--You go outside with your sister when it snows, just to do an experiment on exactly how much it hurts to be hit by a snowball with a rock inside.

It really does hurt! And she didn't even hit me in the head!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 08, 2010, 06:15:07 PM
I have no idea about any of their favorite colors were...hmm.

Here's another one that I actually did just today!

--You go outside with your sister when it snows, just to do an experiment on exactly how much it hurts to be hit by a snowball with a rock inside.

It really does hurt! And she didn't even hit me in the head!
That is funny. I never thought of doing things like that before, but that would be interesting to try it. Any ideas of less painful ones?
In my stories about the Romanovs these are the colors they like:
Olga- blue
Tatiana- teal/turquoise
Marie- golden & pinks
Anastasia-red & pinks, violet
I think that Olga would like most cool shades of colors, cool meaning cold, like blues, purples and peacock green, and that Tatiana would like peackock green, sea green, teal and turquoise as well as some shades of purple. Marie and Anatsasia, i think would like warmer colors: pinks, reds, peach, golden, violet and maybe Anatsasia a sort of green like this.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Jessamy on January 08, 2010, 07:45:05 PM
I'm pretty sure Alix's favorite colour was mauve!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: ZackFaire13 on January 09, 2010, 10:01:19 AM
Favorite color... actually, that's a pretty good question. Not that most of us (if any) would know, but as an author, those little details are fun to find out.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 09, 2010, 10:04:46 AM
I have no idea about any of their favorite colors were...hmm.

Here's another one that I actually did just today!

--You go outside with your sister when it snows, just to do an experiment on exactly how much it hurts to be hit by a snowball with a rock inside.

It really does hurt! And she didn't even hit me in the head!
That is funny. I never thought of doing things like that before, but that would be interesting to try it. Any ideas of less painful ones?
In my stories about the Romanovs these are the colors they like:
Olga- blue
Tatiana- teal/turquoise
Marie- golden & pinks
Anastasia-red & pinks, violet
I think that Olga would like most cool shades of colors, cool meaning cold, like blues, purples and peacock green, and that Tatiana would like peackock green, sea green, teal and turquoise as well as some shades of purple. Marie and Anatsasia, i think would like warmer colors: pinks, reds, peach, golden, violet and maybe Anatsasia a sort of green like this.

That's neat...I've thought of the exact same thing! The Tatiana colors seem spot-on. I wonder if their favorite colors are stated somewhere?
I read someplace that Anastasia' favorite color ws purple, but I don't know if it's true or not.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on January 09, 2010, 03:56:12 PM
The big pair's bed room room was pink and I forget what the little pairs room was...green? But I have no idea if they decided the rooms colours. I wonder if they ever mention thier favortie color in thier diaries in passing . Interesting topic!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 09, 2010, 03:58:09 PM
I wonder also! I so wish their diaries were translated and published.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 09, 2010, 06:58:09 PM
I think the little pair's room was light blue or lavender...which is intirley oppisite of what i would think.
I made some freizes for my bedroom walls, (actually, altogether they measure ony about 2 feet long,) and i alternated blue borders and purple borders with purple-blue-purple-blue butterfly stamps on the blue ones and purple-pink-purple-pink on the purple one & i called the blue-bordered freizes "big pair freizes" and the purple-bordered freizes "little pair freizes"... all of this to say i think the little pair's room would be pink and big pair blue if they chose it themselves. 
does anyone know what color OTMA's playroom walls were?
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 09, 2010, 08:54:22 PM
That's really neat. Was it difficult to make the freizes?
From all the black-and-white photos I can find of the playroom I've gathered that the walls are pale and maybe white or cream...ha. Nothing more :D
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Holly on January 09, 2010, 10:17:06 PM
I think the little pair's room was light blue or lavender...which is intirley oppisite of what i would think.

The Little Pair's room was not blue or lavender. It was grey.
The Big Pair's was pink.

I highly doubt they would have mentioned their favorite colors in their diaries as their diaries weren't really emotional musings but more like ledger of events for the day. They had to write in it.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 10, 2010, 08:53:25 AM
I think the little pair's room was light blue or lavender...which is intirley oppisite of what i would think.

The Little Pair's room was not blue or lavender. It was grey.
The Big Pair's was pink.

I highly doubt they would have mentioned their favorite colors in their diaries as their diaries weren't really emotional musings but more like ledger of events for the day. They had to write in it.

Thank you for clearing that up, Holly! :) I never would have thought it was grey...huh.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Hilla on January 10, 2010, 10:33:24 AM
But the most obsessed girls know they're crazy when they date a guy partially because he looks and acts like Alexei or Nicholas or some other Romanov guy.

That's so me, but I usually recognize the similarity afterwards. Guess I'm crazy then : )


I got my obsession started when I was younger and I got addicted to the animated Anastasia film. Then I grew up a bit and got interested in the facts, which grew to an obsession. Or crazyness, maybe. Nowadays I watch that film only for nostalgy and fun.
I often feel so strong need to correct my history teacher when he talks about Russian revolution. It's very disturbing because it's so basic things and some of the students get the wrong idea of the totality. But so far I've kept my mouth shut.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 10, 2010, 11:44:11 AM
Gray!? Odd.
The freizes were not difficult to make at all. I just cut pieces of 13 inch by 10 inch white paper in half, colored a 1 inch border on the tops and bottoms and then stamped butterflies alternating colors like i discribed in my last post. in between the butterflies i stamped little roses. i can try to scan one of them and post it if you like.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 10, 2010, 03:51:30 PM
That's very crafty, yes post the photos! Sounds cool :)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on January 10, 2010, 04:12:24 PM
That's really neat. Was it difficult to make the freizes?
From all the black-and-white photos I can find of the playroom I've gathered that the walls are pale and maybe white or cream...ha. Nothing more :D

The children's playroom was a pale yellow actually. You can view the rooms in their coloured state through watercolours done in the early 1920's. There is also a book made in the same period describing every room in detail.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 10, 2010, 04:39:54 PM
What is the name of the book? I'd love to see it, and/or the watercolors.
I have not taken pictures of the freizes yet, but when i scan my OTMA drawings i will scan the freizes themselves. they are just taped on my wall, so it will be easy to take them off.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on January 10, 2010, 07:11:28 PM
You can find ones of Olga and Tatiana's room here: http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=9702.60 If you look around in the "Alexander Palace" board (located in the directory on the main page of the forums), you can find the one's of the playroom and Alexei's bedroom and schoolroom. There are also several threads there discussing the book I mentioned by Yakovlev (translated by several members of the forum!).
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 10, 2010, 07:46:12 PM
Thank you NAOTMAA Fan!!

Here are photos from that forum NAOTMAA Fan mentioned...they're watercolors
(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y285/sarahelizabethii/Romanov/Alexander%20Palace/OlgaTatianasbedroomwatercolor3.jpg)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y285/sarahelizabethii/Romanov/Alexander%20Palace/OlgaTatianasbedroomwatercolor2.jpg)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y285/sarahelizabethii/Romanov/Alexander%20Palace/OlgaTatianasbedroomwatercolor.jpg)
Big Pair's room
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on January 10, 2010, 10:07:40 PM
There we go! Thank you abbigail : D
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: polski on January 10, 2010, 10:50:34 PM
Im laughing at your post about Enya songs fitting the OTMAs.
I used to do this and thought I was the only one! hahaha. I used the songs "Exile" from the album Watermark and theres another from Enya's album called "Shepherd moons" to songs which go great for ruminating on the Romanovs together called "I dreamnt I dwelt in marble halls" and "Evacuee". im so obsessed that when i was still in high school i compiled a collection of music into a musical version of Anastasia that I danced around the house and backyard too. lol.

I'm so obssessed ive actually created a troupe of Russian Romanov emigrees as characters in my game "the sims", writing that makes me think im not so healthy lol.

re diaries, they have been published and are available in several books. one ive read some of them is "a lifelong passion" which is really good
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 11, 2010, 02:21:43 PM
Thank you NAOTMAA Fan!!

Here are photos from that forum NAOTMAA Fan mentioned...they're watercolors
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(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y285/sarahelizabethii/Romanov/Alexander%20Palace/OlgaTatianasbedroomwatercolor2.jpg)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y285/sarahelizabethii/Romanov/Alexander%20Palace/OlgaTatianasbedroomwatercolor.jpg)
Big Pair's room

Thank you!!! they're so pretty!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 11, 2010, 05:08:45 PM
Im laughing at your post about Enya songs fitting the OTMAs.
I used to do this and thought I was the only one! hahaha. I used the songs "Exile" from the album Watermark and theres another from Enya's album called "Shepherd moons" to songs which go great for ruminating on the Romanovs together called "I dreamnt I dwelt in marble halls" and "Evacuee". im so obsessed that when i was still in high school i compiled a collection of music into a musical version of Anastasia that I danced around the house and backyard too. lol.

I'm so obssessed ive actually created a troupe of Russian Romanov emigrees as characters in my game "the sims", writing that makes me think im not so healthy lol.

re diaries, they have been published and are available in several books. one ive read some of them is "a lifelong passion" which is really good


I know exactly what you mean...I don't have "the sims" but I want to get it...for the sole reason of making sims of the Imperial Family XD
I made Miis of them on my Wii though. Lol.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on January 11, 2010, 06:32:57 PM
Thank you NAOTMAA Fan and abbigail . Those water colors of the big pair's room  are FABULOUS!!
OMG, thier writing desks!? Cool!
 
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 14, 2010, 03:28:19 PM
Are any of their desks, chairs, school supplies, etc. out in museums somewhere? I doubt it but you never know...
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on January 14, 2010, 10:13:28 PM
I think any thing the Hermitage didn't take away in 1941,  before the Nazi's got to AP, was most likely stolen or wrecked. However there could be a box of thier desk stuff somewhere in the Hermitage...why not? They seem to save a great deal. It's a matter of where in that huge place and then the will to find it. Perhaps some day someone will stumble across such a box  when looking for something else? I think there are still Romanov surprises ahead :)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 15, 2010, 03:37:31 PM
I think any thing the Hermitage didn't take away in 1941,  before the Nazi's got to AP, was most likely stolen or wrecked. However there could be a box of thier desk stuff somewhere in the Hermitage...why not? They seem to save a great deal. It's a matter of where in that huge place and then the will to find it. Perhaps some day someone will stumble across such a box  when looking for something else? I think there are still Romanov surprises ahead :)


I hope so, I'd love to see that stuff. The Hermitage is HUGE! :o I've never been there but I've seen pictures. It's gorgeous.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Holly on January 15, 2010, 04:59:46 PM
Of course, there are tons of things like that belonging to them that are still around. When I was fifteen I got to see a lot of their personal things in real life.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 15, 2010, 05:35:31 PM
Really? That must have been very interesting. I'd love to go to Russia someday and see their things and palaces. more close by is the Faberge eggs on exibit in the USA.  :)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on January 15, 2010, 06:59:04 PM
The Pavlosk Palace actually has quite a lot of the furniture which rightfully belongs in the Alexander Palace. They just won't give it back : D
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RBorquez on January 15, 2010, 11:41:19 PM
Ha! I thought of another one, but I can't modify my last post-

I once "Google-Earthed" Yekaterinburg.



I used to do that all the time, they barely changed the satellite image. It was more sunny the day they took the older one. The new one is more darker.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on January 16, 2010, 09:36:30 AM
You know you're obsessed when the only reason you enter an essay contest is because the prize money is enough to get you, your mom, and your favorite social studies teacher (who has wanted to go to Russia since the 70's when she was in collage), and a friend or two to St. Petersburg to see all the palaces, historic sites, etc.  You also know you're obsessed when you feel like exploding because the teacher to whom you entrusted the essay never turned it in, and you tell him he owes you a few plane tickets to Russia.

That is what happened to me.  I'll never forgive that teacher, and if I told my old social studies teacher that, she wouldn't either.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Holly on January 16, 2010, 09:41:44 AM
Really? That must have been very interesting. I'd love to go to Russia someday and see their things and palaces. more close by is the Faberge eggs on exibit in the USA.  :)

Yes, it was amazing. I saw paintings and notes by OTMA and clothing and photo albums and all that kind of stuff. I went to another exhibit last year where they had icons that belonged to them as well. I'd love to go to that Faberge exhibit myself. Luckily it's not far from me. I might be studying in Russia this summer and if I end up going I'll get to be in Tsarskoe Selo when they've converted the whole thing to a museum for the first time! If you look around every now and then there are often Russian/Romanov related exhibits in the USA.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on January 16, 2010, 09:59:10 AM
You are indeed a most fortunate individual to have the chance of visiting Russia! I hope no maladies or other encumbrances get in your way! : D
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Sara Araújo on January 16, 2010, 10:05:55 AM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when...

... you start screaming "That's Nicky!" in the middle of a restaurant because they're playing a documentary about the Romanovs.  :)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on January 16, 2010, 10:28:25 AM
You are indeed a most fortunate individual to have the chance of visiting Russia! I hope no maladies or other encumbrances get in your way! : D

And the teacher who gave it to me wasn't even my teacher. I was on him academic team, I won the school geography bee in front of him, and he knows I'm a writer by heart.  I'm notorious at my school, and practically everyone knows my name, so I get these extra opportunities. For example, right now, my brain is frying because I am trying to write another essay, where the theme is "Who's My Neighbor?", and I have to write anything I want, as long as it pertains to how it is important to recognize the different cultures around you.  It's a state-wide competition, and the top prize is a ten-day trip to Turkey.  I'm pretty confident that I can beat a bunch of southerners any day.  Now to figure out what to write.....

P.S. see why other kids call me a nerd? XD
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on January 16, 2010, 11:17:14 AM
From your remarks, I gather that your Fayetteville, Georgia school system (Fayette County) isn't particularly challenging?  Fayetteville is apparently a small place.  AP
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on January 16, 2010, 11:42:06 AM
You do know that Georgia's schools came 49th out of 50 states on the U.S.'s best schools list, right?  Fayette County has the best schools in the state, but we seem to be the best of the worst.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 16, 2010, 09:58:50 PM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when...

... you start screaming "That's Nicky!" in the middle of a restaurant because they're playing a documentary about the Romanovs.  :)

LOL! I get very excited when I see them mentioned in shows or documentaries.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on January 17, 2010, 07:11:57 PM
I don't get excited.  I get hyper.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 18, 2010, 08:33:44 AM
Good luck on your essay, Ekaterina!

I drop whatver I'm doing and go to watch it! Especially because things about them don't come on TV that often.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on January 18, 2010, 09:26:22 AM
You have to be seriously starry-eyed about the Russian cavalry to spend two of your previous 48 hours in St Petersburg plodding up and down the Lermontovsky Prospect in search of the former premises of the Nikolaievsky Cavalry School!

For those equally obsessed, it is on the left-hand side, going out of the centre, with a statue of Mikhail Lermontov in front.

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on January 18, 2010, 05:14:41 PM
You know you're obsessed when you get angry with another monarch for stealing you interest.  Right now, I'd love to go to the Imperial Crypt in Vienna, go to Empress Sissi's coffin, and scream "GET OUT OF MY MIND!  I GAVE MY HEART TO NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA AND ALL THEIR CHILDREN, AND YOU HAD NO RIGHT TO TAKE IT!"

Well, I wouldn't actually do that, but I wish I could.  I'd probably leave flowers and cry a bit....
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on January 18, 2010, 06:15:14 PM
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Right now, I'd love to go to the Imperial Crypt in Vienna, go to Empress Sissi's coffin, and scream "GET OUT OF MY MIND!  I GAVE MY HEART TO NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA AND ALL THEIR CHILDREN, AND YOU HAD NO RIGHT TO TAKE IT!" Well, I wouldn't actually do that, but I wish I could.  I'd probably leave flowers and cry a bit....
Fear not! I have learned after 35-40 years, that  Romanov fever only goes dormant, it never goes away! One can be interested in something else for years....then you see a book , or a photo and  Bam!  the Romanov's are back...and stronger too! Once they claim you, that's it. I don't think they will mind sharing you with Sissi'.They know it's only a loan! lol!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Nicolá De Valerón on January 18, 2010, 06:44:03 PM
You know you're obsessed when you get angry with another monarch for stealing you interest.  Right now, I'd love to go to the Imperial Crypt in Vienna, go to Empress Sissi's coffin, and scream "GET OUT OF MY MIND!  I GAVE MY HEART TO NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA AND ALL THEIR CHILDREN, AND YOU HAD NO RIGHT TO TAKE IT!"

Totally agree with dear blessOTMA.

I do not want to be a teacher, mentor, adviser or something else. But dear Ekaterina, you are very young (I'm also, but a little bit older), and you, with no doubt, as an intelligent and reflective person (I hope you are;)) will change your interests and political (social, philosophic) views in your future life dramatically, from Conservatism to Liberalism, from Romanovs to Lenin and Sverdlov, from freedom to "equality", and so on, and so on.... Of course the main "gap" of the changes and defining age, when you finally form your own views, can be very different from person to person, but this is the law. The law of an intelligent human. So, I can only advice you not to resist to your new passion with the beautiful Madam Sissi. Maybe after Madam Sissi you will interested in a more serious and defining historical persons.

P.S. I can assume, relying on the speed of your nickname changes, that your views, with no doubt, would change with the same quickness;)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on January 18, 2010, 07:47:05 PM
Fear not! I have learned after 35-40 years, that  Romanov fever only goes dormant, it never goes away! One can be interested in something else for years....then you see a book , or a photo and  Bam!  the Romanov's are back...and stronger too! Once they claim you, that's it. I don't think they will mind sharing you with Sissi'.They know it's only a loan! lol!

You're right.  For me, they went dormant for about a year.  Then about winter of last year, my mom borrowed a book on the Romanovs for me, and kaboom, it woke up.  Then, i went a few months focusing on Eva Peron in the fall last year, but it just came back at me like a boomerang.  You're totally right.  I am on loan.  I just wonder why this Sissi phase didn't come sooner, because I've known about her since I was very little (kudos Rick Steve's Europe) and I was somewhat interested in her since this summer.

I blame Eva Peron for getting me into Sissi, though.  Somehow, looking up "don't cry for me argentina german" on Youtube got me onto a video with Pia Douwes and Uwe Kroeger covering different songs from differnet musicals in German, and then I saw a link to a clip from "Elisabeth das Musical."  I was intrigued because I recognized the dress Pia was wearing in the thumbnail picture, so i clicked on it and listened to the song.  A month or two later, I decided to see if I could find the full muscial and I fell in love.  So thank you, Evita, for bringing me to Sissi, whom I've known about since I was about 5 years old but never payed attention to.  Wow, I can't believe I just typed all that.

P.S. I can assume, relying on the speed of your nickname changes, that your views, with no doubt, would change with the same quickness;)

Actually, the reason I change it a lot is because I have so many things to say. ;)

P.S. I sure hope my Romanov obsession doesn't come back stronger, because it was pretty strong before Sissi.  I could die from it if it were any stronger.

Imagine turning on the news and you hear "and in world news tonight, a young girl from the United States died from a heart attack because of a long time super-obsession with the Romanovs of Russia.  The remaining members of the family refuse to comment...."
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Nicolá De Valerón on January 18, 2010, 09:00:32 PM
Actually, the reason I change it a lot is because I have so many things to say. ;)

P.S. I sure hope my Romanov obsession doesn't come back stronger, because it was pretty strong before Sissi.  I could die from it if it were any stronger.

Imagine turning on the news and you hear "and in world news tonight, a young girl from the United States died from a heart attack because of a long time super-obsession with the Romanovs of Russia.  The remaining members of the family refuse to comment...."

Right, when you are want to say someone "many things", or to debate with somebody is called simlpy like political and social views.;)

Ekaterina, let's make a kind of bet, that your views will change dramatically and after a half-year or after the whole year you would be wearing shirts with different freedom fighters or different socialist leaders on them, instead of studying the life of Alexandra Feodorovna or other boring royalty stories. Then you will said, something like: "How could I been studying those boring things. Now I'm going to change the world!".

And I wish you not to have a heart attack because of the Romanovs.;)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on January 19, 2010, 07:40:34 AM
Oh, you know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when the first or second thing you do on internet is search about them or come to the forum, hehe.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on January 19, 2010, 12:52:05 PM
...... when the first or second thing you do on internet is search about them or come to the forum, hehe.
True!  lol! 
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Holly on January 19, 2010, 02:30:26 PM
If you find the life of Alexandra Feodorovna, I'd love to know why you're on what is mainly a Russian history and royalty website.
One person's view of what is interesting and intelligent is merely that person's opinion. To say that changing your political or social views reflects on a person's intelligence is an ignorant statement to make.

Although there is a thin line between obsession and passion, there is also a huge difference. Someone having an obsession means it comes and goes, but if you have a passion for something, it never goes away no matter how hard you may try. It's a part of you. And when it's a part of you, you'll know.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RHB on January 19, 2010, 02:36:59 PM
...... when the first or second thing you do on internet is search about them or come to the forum, hehe.
True!  lol! 

In my case it's go 2 my email first to see if i have an emails related the threads i have notifications on and then once that's all taken care of i come to the forum and look at the unread messages... and if there is a thread i have notification for i go back to my email and back then come back to the forum!

If you find the life of Alexandra Feodorovna, I'd love to know why you're on what is mainly a Russian history and royalty website.
One person's view of what is interesting and intelligent is merely that person's opinion. To say that changing your political or social views reflects on a person's intelligence is an ignorant statement to make.

Although there is a thin line between obsession and passion, there is also a huge difference. Someone having an obsession means it comes and goes, but if you have a passion for something, it never goes away no matter how hard you may try. It's a part of you. And when it's a part of you, you'll know.

True Holly maybe this should have named "You know your passionate about the Romanovs when..." Sometimes it's not always the Romanovs... yesterday i went in search of the George V thread and there have been times I've read (or maybe reread) the Tudor folder with Lady Jane and Catherine Howard even though true my main interest is in the Romanovs!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on January 19, 2010, 03:14:48 PM
Cool, Romanov_h_Buff!!
And I agree with you, Holly about the obssesion & passion =).
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Nicolá De Valerón on January 19, 2010, 03:34:12 PM
If you find the life of Alexandra Feodorovna, I'd love to know why you're on what is mainly a Russian history and royalty website.
One person's view of what is interesting and intelligent is merely that person's opinion. To say that changing your political or social views reflects on a person's intelligence is an ignorant statement to make.

Although there is a thin line between obsession and passion, there is also a huge difference. Someone having an obsession means it comes and goes, but if you have a passion for something, it never goes away no matter how hard you may try. It's a part of you. And when it's a part of you, you'll know.

I wonder, for what reason people are taking words on their own account. Dear Holly, nothing personal. I love Alexandra Feodorovna, and love Anastasia of course;) (Sorry, but I had to said it). And I love all of the other Romanovs. But the main problem, that for me Russian History and Russia itself, are not only about Romanovs, Petersburg and Count dresses. This is more complex subject with an endless human victims, different problematics, etc.

I agree with you, that even good and intelligent man could change his views very rare or even never. But this is not about "true" Romanov's fans with a five or even ten years of the Romanovs service record;) (mainly fans of a beautiful girl Anastasia, not for example about excellent poet Konstantin Romanov or brave General Nikolay Nikolaevitch.)

What am I doing on the forum, well... A lot of things. You can make a look on my profile, and you'll find there a lot of interesting things (Russian Revolution, Russian History, final Romanov days, etc.) All in all, I hope this is rather interesting for people, who wanted to find something more, than about only Romanovs.

To be honest with you, I love Romanovs, because I have Russian blood, but I'm not a big and "true" fan. And I have brains (I hope) for a more complex view at this case, and can understood all the troubles that the Last, Orthodox and closed from the public, Imperial Family, made. All in all, they had a great power and popularity at the start, but they had nothing in the end. Nicholas II with his big reforms was unable to do nothing. And even the White Guard was unable to do nothing. Please, do not take my words on your personal account.

P.S. Holly, nothing personal. I can only envy your passion and devotion.;))
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 19, 2010, 04:40:29 PM
Well said! ;)

It's basically inevitable to learn something of and be moved by other aspects of Russian history when you get into the Romanovs. I love history and every aspect of it, and the last Imperial family is one of my main points of interest, though the history is so big that the family is only a part of it.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on January 19, 2010, 09:02:12 PM
I'm passionate about Romanovs. That's all I have to say.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Holly on January 19, 2010, 10:46:10 PM
It's very difficult not to take words on your own account on a public discussion board. ;) That's what this is for anyway, discussion. I was simply curious as to how one could find Alexandra's life to be boring when not only her story, but the entire family's story, is the subject of so much media attention and interest.

Having a great interest in the ruling family of a country doesn't mean that the person puts no consideration into the other important historical and political figures of the country. I became interested in the Romanovs foremost because of the intense political situation in Russia in 1914-1918. (And although there were other important topics that can be paired with their story, I've been here since 2004 and it usually always comes back to the Romanov family.) I wouldn't say they "had nothing in the end". Obviously, the victors write the history books and definitely not all of the Russian people felt the way they did. Change is inevitable in all things this world has, but not everyone likes it. And it wouldn't be wholly correct to say that "even the White Guard was able to do nothing". As far as I know, one of the reasons the Romanovs were killed was because the Whites were advancing towards Ekaterinburg.

I didn't take anything personally, I simply enjoy discussing these matters. I would never even think to be ashamed of my devotion to the last Romanovs or feel ignorant because of it. My interest has in fact done quite a lot for me in my life and because of this I'm accomplishing many things in my university that I'm proud of. I only hope other people find the same fortune I have.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Nicolá De Valerón on January 20, 2010, 02:15:37 PM
Holly, to be honest with you, I respect you. It's great that you are interested in the Russian History.

I can only say - poor creators of Anastasia animated movie. They made an excellent work (I mean movie itself), but they hadn't calculated the consequences;)
Do not take on personal account. This is not about you.

Of course, it was not a boring story at all, especially their final days, but I can't agree with your words about such a big number of movies. If you will ask the typical American or European, who didn't watched Anastasia movie, or haven't visited this forum, or simply not interested in the History - who are the Romanovs? He will answer you: "What? Maybe this is the name of Russian vodka or the name of our new city major?" He knows Lenin, Stalin, Gorbachev, Perestroyka, but not the Romanovs. Moreover all these "interesting" movies are not about girls and their beautiful dresses, but mainly about the final Romanov days, Yurovsky, Ermakov, endless saga with Rasputin, and so on...

You a little bit misunderstood me, I meant that the White Guard was unable to do nothing not with the Imperial family, they, in the (1917-1922), and before them Kerensky, Milukov, Alexander the Liberator (good exception from the rule), Decembrists, all the Russian free and democratic people, and finally Yeltsin were unable to do something with Russia itself, after the Romanov's rulership.

By the way, as I know, you are going to Russia soon, you would have a chance to see (not in Saint Petersburg, but in the common Russian village), that even nowadays this country have the same situation. And now, other good people are also unable to do anything. This answer for me is clear: the problem is, that for a typical American or European man, living in a quite and free country with established rules, monarchy and emperors with their Empires are just innocent things, but they forgot, that they are talking about Const. Monarchy (light British variant) and not about Russia with an absolute vertical power, which was very strong and omnipotent in the Romanovs times, as in the Soviet times.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on January 20, 2010, 04:29:11 PM
... This answer for me is clear: the problem is, that for a typical American or European man, living in a quite and free country with established rules, monarchy and emperors with their Empires are just innocent things, but they forgot, that they are talking about Const. Monarchy (light British variant) and not about Russia with an absolute vertical power, which was very strong and omnipotent in the Romanovs times, as in the Soviet times.
Very interesting point Nicolá. The West is many years away from Autocrat rule...hundreds in fact, and Russia is not.  When the British crown made constitutional concessions over the years, some  thought it was imperilling the monarchy by doing so. But in fact the UK has a monarchy today because it's been a constitutional one for some time. Traditions of freedom and established rules are a slow growing plants. Russia's seedlings haven't been given much of a chance.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on January 20, 2010, 05:58:24 PM
Good points, all.

I agree with a lot of what was said...I just can't think of a way of stating what I know and how I agree with it (too ignorant at this point :)). I think people often forget how things were connected (at least, it seems so), such as absolute monarchy, the views that came with that (like God-given right to rule affecting how the problems in the country about the common people were dealt with; as far as I know many issues were ignored and the government form was maintained becuase of that for a long time, just building up the path to revolution). Of course the Russian monarchs and their families are extremely interesting; I love the subject myself, a lot! :) However, there's a lot more to the story. Luckily, being interested in the Romanov family makes you learn about the revolution and everything else in the history as well.

Of course an interest in the last Romanovs is nothing to be ashamed of! It's a fascinating subject, and connected to so many things that it's hard to not be interested in it. It's a worthy subject to study, and no one should feel that they know to little...everyone learns so much from their interest in one part. You gain a lot.

I like what you said, Nicola, and I agree with blessOTMA. I've never considered present-day Russia so much as I do now, the situation, etc. It's amazing how that kind of monarchy affects the future. For some reason i'd never considered the present-day effects very much.

Though I say all this, and I do know a good amount about Russian history, I'm afraid I couldn't tell you many significant dates, happenings, etc. I agree with what's been said, though I still need to learn more specifics.

I'll stop now for fear of saying something wrong :)


I'll stop now for fear of getting something wrong :)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 20, 2010, 06:54:30 PM
Earlier someone mentioned their interest in the Romanovs sudsiding, and then they saw a book and got even more interested...
That happened with me, too!
I stopped being interested in them for a while, and then this past summer i found a Romanov book at the library and got very excited, because i still liked them, and i have been even more interested in them since & never stopped being so  :)
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Post by: Nicolá De Valerón on January 20, 2010, 07:07:11 PM
GrandDuchessAndrea, very intersting. It is always common to change your interests during your life. Happily you are not alone in this world.

abbigail and blessOTMA, you are right.

abbigail, of course Absolute Monarchy, which was lasted for centuries in Russia, starting from the conquest of Democratic Novgorod, have a great impact on society. Plus Orthodox Religion, plus Russian endless territory without any roads, and then this would make a great impact. Remember, that the main number of Russian people all these centuries were studying not Mr Jefferson and Mr Lincoln, and were not resting on the different health resorts for heart diseases, they had been working as a slavers in Imperial times and were prisoners of Stalin camps (millions of Russian, German Russians, etc) and were killed during the Second World War.

The most big problem, is that people, who loving Romanovs, cannot clearly understand Imperial Russian/Soviet/New Russian History as a complex and total subject. And not only clearly understand, but to find in all these, on the first time very different Histories, a lot of strong and even defining similarities, like vertical power (monarchism and authoritarism, moreover Stalin was a first and maybe last Bolsheviks Tsar, Religious Orthodox man and lover of a monarchical vertical power), the same people relations (Russian and Soviet peasants, 75% of the Russian population were living by the same laws, in the same houses, had the same relations in the Imperial times/Soviet/New Russian times, and they live by the same laws today!), and all other endless different and defining things. I do not have time and desire to mention all of them.

I do not want also to be misunderstood, because I like Romanovs and the last Imperial family. I like their devotion to each other, devotion till the end. Moreover, I like big reforms of Nicholas II, because if you decided to reform and to liberalize Russia, you are signing your own death sentence. (We know the results and 17 of July, Ipatiev house cellar). But, all these things are not enough for such a difficult Russian situation. That's exactly what I wanted to say. Again, I like the last Imperial family, but I also can understand all Russian specific problematics. Sadly, but when Nicholas started these reforms, the time had passed. That was the time of more energetic men, like Mr Sverdlov and Mr Yurovsky.

P.S. Romanov History Buff, sorry again, that we turned another your topic to the next boring political conversations.
And sorry for off-topic.
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Post by: abbigail on January 23, 2010, 08:39:20 AM
Romanov History Buff, I have another one...

...when you make a collective name for you and your siblings from your initials and insist to go by that, like OTMA :)
me and my siblings go by SAM sometimes
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Post by: Tasia on January 23, 2010, 11:00:58 AM
Good points, Abbigail, Andrea and Nicolá.
Cool, Abbi. If so, me and my two friends go by LLS / ^~^!
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Post by: abbigail on January 25, 2010, 06:00:38 PM
That's neat, Tasia! Lol, I wish me and my friends could do that...I don't have any friends who are in any way into history :( Unfortunately...
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Post by: Katya90 on January 25, 2010, 10:22:00 PM
You know you're obsessed when...
- You've attempted to get your hairstyle like Tatiana's in the 1914 formal pics (I had some success with this one, but I think it's impossible to duplicate that effect with the headband. If I try it I just look silly!)
- You've learned a small amount of Russian simply because of your interest in them, and want to take classes to learn more, even though you are already deep into learning a completely different language!
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Post by: Carolath Habsburg on January 25, 2010, 10:54:42 PM
Well..i gotta say im kind of glad to find this place cause i learned a lot about Nicholas II and family. When i arrived here  i had a very "romantic" view about the Romanovs but i read a lot and learned that not everything was as i imagined it. (Example, i 100% loved Nicjholas, now i love him 50%. i find him a very mediocre tsar)

Thanks this forum i learned moire about other lesser known Romanov and im enjoying it...but...about the question of this topic...


No, im not obssesed, but, everytime someone talks abuot faberge egss , the movie "Anastasia"(Boooring for me.. and personally..the worst movie of Disney) or  Rasputin, i  give to my friend a whole lesson about the truth of thr story and they love it cause i have a very fon way to tell stories xDDD (sadly in spanish so i can give a freebie over here xDDD )
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Post by: RHB on January 25, 2010, 11:16:16 PM
You know you're obsessed when...
- You've attempted to get your hairstyle like Tatiana's in the 1914 formal pics (I had some success with this one, but I think it's impossible to duplicate that effect with the headband. If I try it I just look silly!)
- You've learned a small amount of Russian simply because of your interest in them, and want to take classes to learn more, even though you are already deep into learning a completely different language!

YES! My hair is long and annoying to take care of... so i want to go it you can all probably guess get it bobbed though I'm not quite sure about putting a ribbon or whatever in it though! In fact i was even thinking of (when i can go) bringing a photo of Tatiana and say probably like "bobbed kinda like this please?" i just have 2 go through for a good "1914 bobbed" photo! I'm trying to learn Russian through the Google translator because it has the "romanization" of the "symbols" though i highly doubt I'm doing very well hmm oh well at least it's a try right?  ;D
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Post by: Tasia on January 26, 2010, 08:15:26 AM
That's neat, Tasia! Lol, I wish me and my friends could do that...I don't have any friends who are in any way into history :( Unfortunately...
Me neither ! :/
But I'll explain:
 I have just said to my them,
- Hey! Let's make a group and its name will be LLS (our name's initial letters and from the eldest to the youngest)! Just like Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia!
They were just like: - What?
But it have* worked ^^'.

Edit: Has worked (haha). ^^""
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Post by: Katya90 on January 26, 2010, 04:57:57 PM
YES! My hair is long and annoying to take care of... so i want to go it you can all probably guess get it bobbed though I'm not quite sure about putting a ribbon or whatever in it though! In fact i was even thinking of (when i can go) bringing a photo of Tatiana and say probably like "bobbed kinda like this please?" i just have 2 go through for a good "1914 bobbed" photo! I'm trying to learn Russian through the Google translator because it has the "romanization" of the "symbols" though i highly doubt I'm doing very well hmm oh well at least it's a try right?  ;D
lol, I just learned most of the Russian characters through Wikipedia! They list what each one is supposed to sound like, so from there I just sounded out a lot of Russian words until I could recognize a lot of ones attached to the Imperial Family without doing so. But that's just about the extent of my knowledge. :P
As for the hair, mine is naturally wavy, so I just got it cut short without specifying a style, and most days it curves somewhat like Tatiana's on it's own. (Not nearly as nicely as hers though!)
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Post by: Tasia on January 26, 2010, 05:01:32 PM
Cool, Katya! xD
My hair is naturally curly too, and I love my hair (when he's good, of course). x)
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Post by: RHB on January 26, 2010, 05:08:15 PM
When you want to make a photo album full of OTMA photos. I have a small album that fits 100 photos and i already find it very hard to pick just 100 which is why i want to get a bigger album/ some bigger albums!  8)
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Post by: Tasia on January 26, 2010, 05:14:54 PM
Cool! I've an album of NAOTMAA it doesn't fits a lot of photos because I just put the ones I like the most !! Hehe
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 26, 2010, 06:06:08 PM
I am planning to make a Romanov album too, but not in a store-bought album because of size, most albums are all either 6'' by 4'' or 5'' by 7'' and not all my pictures will fit! so i'm planning to make a booklet with poster board for the covers and tie white pages in to put the pictures on.
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Post by: Katya90 on January 26, 2010, 09:20:49 PM
Here's one I forgot: When everyone else chooses your university because the Victorian-era castle on campus makes them feel like they're in Harry Potter, but you chose it because you pretend NAOTMAA could've lived there!
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on January 27, 2010, 07:14:02 PM
You know you're obsessed when you're studying something like Africa or Asia, and you manage to tie it to the Romanovs in some amazingly crazy way. (ex: Zaire/ Democratic Republic of the Congo-> Belgian Congo-> Stephanie of Belgium-> Rudolph of Austria-> Empress Sissi-> Bavaria-> Germany-> Alexandra-> NAOTMAA
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Post by: Tasia on January 27, 2010, 07:18:23 PM
Thanks this forum i learned moire about other lesser known Romanov and im enjoying it...but...about the question of this topic...


No, im not obssesed, but, everytime someone talks abuot faberge egss , the movie "Anastasia"(Boooring for me.. and personally..the worst movie of Disney) or  Rasputin, i  give to my friend a whole lesson about the truth of thr story and they love it cause i have a very fon way to tell stories xDDD (sadly in spanish so i can give a freebie over here xDDD )
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The movie "Anastasia" was made by 20th Century Fox, not by Disney, Katenka!! XD
I had doubts too, if were Disney or not xD! I found it very cool, but a movie that scapes the reallity. But I still adore it XD.
Cool, Katya!! I look to old houses here in Brazil and pretend that some people from the 1900 could have lived there! :D
And that's true Ekaterina! I do this too.
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Post by: Katya90 on January 27, 2010, 08:07:09 PM
Haha, I always correct people about the Anastasia movie not being Disney too. I bet the Disney execs were sweating a little when they saw it though, because it's such a good copy of their format!

Here's one: Whenever you hear the 1812 Overture used in tv shows/commercials, you always think about how they're playing 'God Save The Tsar' without even realizing it.
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Post by: blessOTMA on January 27, 2010, 11:41:40 PM
Here's one: Whenever you hear the 1812 Overture used in tv shows/commercials, you always think about how they're playing 'God Save The Tsar' without even realizing it.
Good one! lol!
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Post by: RHB on January 28, 2010, 06:40:53 PM
Sometimes when bored i look at OTMA photos and play a game i call "Spot the Gold Bracelet" i actually haven't played it in a while so now it kinda sounds tempting to do so!  :D  :)
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Post by: abbigail on January 28, 2010, 07:04:20 PM
Sometimes when bored i look at OTMA photos and play a game i call "Spot the Gold Bracelet" i actually haven't played it in a while so now it kinda sounds tempting to do so!  :D  :)

Lol! I always looks for rings in NAOTMAA photos.
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on January 28, 2010, 08:24:23 PM
You know you're obsessed when your friends and teachers notice the only thing that you write stories and poetry about pertains to the Romanovs.  No joke, the first poem I wrote for English this year was entitled "Grand Duchesses on the Wall."  It was a good poem, obviously, because the teacher put it on a bulliten board of the best poems on the team for that particular assignment.  My father, however, wasn't too happy that I wrote about "those ignorant people" (remind me how we're related).  Also, you know you're obsessed when the only  reason you won any geographic/history competitions is that you've read too many books on them.  (You knew the geo stuff because it was in a book about the Romanovs that happened to have a map of the empire, and you study all maps of Russia, telling yourself that Nicky once ruled it.)   

I listened to the 1812 Overture, and now I can't believe I've never picked up on the God Save the Tsar thing even though I've heard that part only 500,000 times and heard God Save the Tsar just as much. Learn new stuff everyday, huh? I take it that that part at the end was to express Russian victory? 

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Post by: blessOTMA on January 28, 2010, 08:37:25 PM
You know you're obsessed when your friends and teachers notice the only thing that you write stories and poetry about pertains to the Romanovs.  No joke, the first poem I wrote for English this year was entitled "Grand Duchesses on the Wall."  It was a good poem, obviously, because the teacher put it on a bulliten board of the best poems on the team for that particular assignment. 
Have you posted it  here? Would you? Is there a thread for Romanov poerty?? there should be!
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My father, however, wasn't too happy that I wrote about "those ignorant people" (remind me how we're related). 
Hahaha! Some of my family get uncomfortable about how much I care about the Romanovs...like that somehow means I care about them less .Luckly my husband as learned to share! lol! 
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on January 28, 2010, 11:29:14 PM
My father just plain hates royalty and stuff like that, and my mom hates studying history altogether and woud rather deal with a math problem than do anything where she has to read.  Most people think that she hates reading because English isn't her first language, but you have to consider the fact that she failed literature back in her native country in high school.  The only explanation I have is that my dad loves history and my mom likes Russia, so I got a combination somehow.  My cousin and I must have inherited some weird writer/linguist gene because no one on that side of the family writes.  Weird how things work.

And yes, I shall try to find a pre-formed topic on poetry so i can post my work.  If not, I'll make my own and post all my poems that won't be considered heresy.
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Post by: Katya90 on January 28, 2010, 11:31:16 PM

I listened to the 1812 Overture, and now I can't believe I've never picked up on the God Save the Tsar thing even though I've heard that part only 500,000 times and heard God Save the Tsar just as much. Learn new stuff everyday, huh? I take it that that part at the end was to express Russian victory? 


Don't feel bad, I didn't notice it either until I decided to look up the song on Wikipedia for some reason and it explained how it was indeed used to symbolize Russian victory (even though technically that wasn't the Russian national anthem in 1812, so it's an anachronism). Then I felt dumb as well after I listened again, haha.
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Post by: blessOTMA on January 28, 2010, 11:53:37 PM
And yes, I shall try to find a pre-formed topic on poetry so i can post my work.  If not, I'll make my own and post all my poems that won't be considered heresy.
Do it! I'll dig out the one I have. Make A Having Fun topic called,  Romanov Poetry.  Poetry, like the visual arts, is powerful in this context because one is externalizing an inner reality ( though art)  that doesn't often get shared.... Romanov emotions. 
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Post by: RHB on January 29, 2010, 12:08:33 AM
Here's the 2nd thread that I started my poems are there

http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=14086.0 (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=14086.0)  :)
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Post by: blessOTMA on January 29, 2010, 12:27:53 AM
Here's the 2nd thread that I started my poems are therehttp://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=14086.0 (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=14086.0)  :)
Thank you!!!!:-)
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Post by: abbigail on January 29, 2010, 05:33:26 PM
Romanov History Buff, those are really good! I love the Anastasia one.
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Post by: Tasia on January 29, 2010, 05:57:58 PM
Another new one!!!
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when you do songs, poetry, draws & when you day dream about them!! X)
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Post by: RomanovMartyrs on January 29, 2010, 06:48:32 PM
I agree with the above! lol I've even tried to copy a few of the GD's watercolours!

Here's my version of one of Anastasia's...(not nearly as good, might I add, of course!)

(http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l23/lizziethelezzie/Photo451-1.jpg)
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Post by: abbigail on January 29, 2010, 06:54:38 PM
It looks just like hers! Great job. Have you done others?
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Post by: RomanovMartyrs on January 29, 2010, 09:42:37 PM
Thanks! And I've done a bunch of Marie's flowers but they're dreadful lol.
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Post by: Olga Maria on January 30, 2010, 03:34:52 AM

That’s very wonderful, RomanovMartyrs! Don’t be shy to show the ones you made of Marie’s flowers.
Is anybody here trying to imitate OTMA’s signatures (in Russian and English)? I do this always; and whenever we have quizzes/exams, I write Tatiana or Maria’s Russian signature at the bottom of my paper!

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Post by: abbigail on January 30, 2010, 07:12:26 AM
Romanov Martyrs, please post it!

I've tried to copy Tatiana's signature...not exactly an easy task. Her handwriting is beautiful but virtually illegible.
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Post by: Tasia on January 30, 2010, 07:58:29 AM
I agree with the above! lol I've even tried to copy a few of the GD's watercolours!

Here's my version of one of Anastasia's...(not nearly as good, might I add, of course!)

(http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l23/lizziethelezzie/Photo451-1.jpg)

Thanks, RMartys!!

I think it's really good! At least you've tried!!! And you've to show us the flowers!!! ^^

I am always writing things in Russian! My new notebook will have a lot of russian "symbols". Lol
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 30, 2010, 11:15:19 AM
I once tried to write "Anastasia Nichoeivna Romanova" in Russian letters on Microsoft works word procsseor. i found a font that was not Cryllic, but the english alphabet letters worked for evrything except the Russian lettter that looks a bit like a square without the bottom line, or a curisve R.
on the topic of the Russian alphabet, has anyone noticed how "Romanova" in the Russian alphabet: "PoMaHoBa", looks like "pomahoba" with English letters? (nonsese word, but funny.) (i used English letters to write "PoMaHoBa", by the way.)
 i'm not sure if this is making any sense...
 
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on January 30, 2010, 11:58:23 AM
Makes sense to me.  You know, on MS Word 2007, there is a font for Cyrillic.  I love using it, but you can't copy and past it outside of Word because it's technically just a font.
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Post by: Tasia on January 30, 2010, 12:39:23 PM
When I read Романова in the russian alfabet I don't read Romanova I read Pomahoba Xd.
But I'm correcting myself!  :D
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Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on January 30, 2010, 01:02:54 PM
In Unicode you can quite easily write Cyrillic letters with multipe keystrokes. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrillic_characters_in_Unicode

Ctrl Shift U420 + Ctrl Shift U43E + Ctrl Shift + Ctrl Shift U43C + Ctrl Shift U430 + Ctrl Shift 43D + Ctrl Shift U43E + Ctrl Shift U432 equals Романов.....
in Firefox on my Linux-based Ubuntu operating system.

In Windows there are codes that function approximately the same way (often via the numeric keyboard), like Windows-1251 for Cyrillic characters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows-1251).

With both approaches you can print out the list of codes for your favourite alphabets and have them handy when you want to type something in those alphabets.

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Post by: abbigail on January 30, 2010, 02:02:14 PM
Taniyi Sovetnik, that is so neat!!

Isn't it interesting how certain letters in Cyrillic double as single words, just like in English, but many of the Cyrillic letters are two sounds put together, unlike English? For example, "и" makes an "ee" sound and also means "and". And "я" means "I" and is also written in other words as "ya" to complete the word. It's more syllable-oriented than the Latin alphabet, I find.

Of coure, I'm not Russian and can't speak the language either, so I don't know much besides that! Languages are so cool.
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Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on January 30, 2010, 02:32:22 PM
You're welcome!
Isn't it interesting how certain letters in Cyrillic double as single words, just like in English, but many of the Cyrillic letters are two sounds put together, unlike English? For example, "и" makes an "ee" sound and also means "and".
Well, you know for us Continental Europeans with more orthographic spellings (I'm Norwegian, but it's the same in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian etc.), it's English that's strange: /a/, /e/, /i/, /o/ and /u/ are the basic monophtongs or pure vowel sounds, yet you write them as ah, eh, ee, aw and oh/oo! Crazy - thanks to the Great Vowel Shift! :-)

And "я" means "I"
Tell me about it! "Ja" (pronounced /ya/) means "yes" in Norwegian and when I was in Moscow a few years ago without knowing Russian, I just noticed I unconciously said a lot of "ja, ja" to waiters, shop assistants etc. to express my approval. I tried to stop when I realized how self-centred it made me sound in Russian.... Instead I learnt to say Я не понимаю по-pусски.
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Post by: abbigail on January 30, 2010, 06:43:30 PM
Never was aware how different English was (mainly the alphabet used) compared to those other languages. Very interesting.

Your story was funny! :D "I, I, I..." hehe.
Sorry, but does "Я не понимаю по-pусски" mean "I don't speak Russian"? I only know a little Russian but I'll be so happy if I actually understood!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on January 30, 2010, 07:28:52 PM
Sorry, but does "Я не понимаю по-pусски" mean "I don't speak Russian"? I only know a little Russian but I'll be so happy if I actually understood!
Almost - it means "I don't understand Russian.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on January 30, 2010, 07:34:23 PM
You know you're obsessed when you listen to Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," and when she sings "Roma, Roma-ance..." you think about how much it sounds like "Roma, Romanov."  Hey, it's not my fault she put on a weird accent in that part and you can barely tell what she's singing.
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Post by: abbigail on January 30, 2010, 09:42:27 PM
Haha...

Another one is
...when you log into this forum more often than you log into your email.
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Post by: Katya90 on January 30, 2010, 10:37:31 PM
You know you're obsessed when you listen to Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," and when she sings "Roma, Roma-ance..." you think about how much it sounds like "Roma, Romanov."  Hey, it's not my fault she put on a weird accent in that part and you can barely tell what she's singing.

Hahaha! I'm going to do that every time I hear the song now! (And to clarify I think she actually sings 'Roma, Ro-ma-ma,' not 'Roma-ance.' That whole section's gibberish until "Oh la la")

Another: You know you're obsessed when you compare everyone's birthday's to NAOTMAA's. Like, I have a cousin who was born in 1995, so I think, "Wow, she's 100 years younger than Olga!" And then I invent some weird timeline of how old we would all be compared to them if we were magically shifted back to the 19th century... It's weird to think that Olga and my cousin would be the same age then, since I still see my cousin as so young whereas I've always thought of Olga as mature... and her sister, who I practically still think of as a toddler, would be Maria's age!
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Post by: blessOTMA on January 30, 2010, 11:35:47 PM
Haha...Another one is...when you log into this forum more often than you log into your email.
ugh oh I'm guilty as charged! lol! My usual computer is not working and I'm currently  redused to using my 1997 power Mac dial up! ( which is older than some AP members!) But the separation anxiety would be great if I couldn't access AP form at all! lol!  I can't get to hotmail or eBay, but at least I can get to AP form!
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Post by: abbigail on January 31, 2010, 07:10:39 AM

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Another: You know you're obsessed when you compare everyone's birthday's to NAOTMAA's. Like, I have a cousin who was born in 1995, so I think, "Wow, she's 100 years younger than Olga!" And then I invent some weird timeline of how old we would all be compared to them if we were magically shifted back to the 19th century... It's weird to think that Olga and my cousin would be the same age then, since I still see my cousin as so young whereas I've always thought of Olga as mature... and her sister, who I practically still think of as a toddler, would be Maria's age!
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I do that too! Except I try to find which of NAOTMAA's birthdays my family's birthdays are closest to.

blessOTMA--that darn dial-up computer :P. Well, at least you can get onto AP!
If it was me, I'd want to be able to get onto YouTube and AP. Then I'd be happy :D

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Post by: Tasia on January 31, 2010, 08:47:30 AM
A new one:
You listen Romanov everywhere XD.

- Hey have you ever visited Rom---
- ROMANOV?
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on January 31, 2010, 08:49:35 AM
Ha ha ha!   I do that a lot.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RomanovMartyrs on January 31, 2010, 05:23:03 PM
Haha...I've got one! Probably I'm the only one who's done this.

I collect American Girl Dolls (yes still lol) and dressed up four of them to be OTMA:

(http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l23/lizziethelezzie/IMG02026-20091216-1320.jpg)

(It's supposed to be left to right Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia, Olga. They don't look extremely like them though!)
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on January 31, 2010, 05:51:23 PM
I bought a doll from a thrift shop just because she looked a little like Alexandra.
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Post by: Katya90 on January 31, 2010, 08:08:56 PM
Haha...I've got one! Probably I'm the only one who's done this.

I collect American Girl Dolls (yes still lol) and dressed up four of them to be OTMA:

(http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l23/lizziethelezzie/IMG02026-20091216-1320.jpg)

(It's supposed to be left to right Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia, Olga. They don't look extremely like them though!)

Wow, that's amazing! Really well done!!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on February 01, 2010, 06:04:25 AM
Lol, Ekaterina!!

How cute, RMartyrs!
I like specially Anastasia and Tatiana's dolls.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on February 01, 2010, 04:59:07 PM
Those are so cute, RomanovMartyrs! I wish I'd thought of doing that! Me and my sister have tons of those dolls lying around, but unfortunately no awesome OTMA-ish clothes to use.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on February 01, 2010, 05:55:35 PM
It's easy to find clothes like OTMA'S one!
And do might be too..
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 01, 2010, 07:41:36 PM
If they're Romanovish dolls, you can never outgrow them.  It's a fact.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on February 01, 2010, 08:15:34 PM
Hehe :)
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Post by: Grand Duchess Jennifer on February 01, 2010, 08:21:15 PM
If so, me and my two friends go by LLS / ^~^!

Sometimes me, my two friends and my sister go by JMJM. Jen & Monika are the Big Pair and Megan & I are the Little Pair. :D
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Katya90 on February 01, 2010, 10:15:49 PM
It's easy to find clothes like OTMA'S one!

I agree, since one of the dolls is supposed to be from 1912. And I think they actually have a new one now from 1914... their outfits would probably work. And if you're creative you could even make your own. My grandma used to make me clothes for my American Girl dolls... I'll have to look around for them next time I go home to see if any are OTMA-like!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Hilla on February 02, 2010, 12:29:03 AM
Well, I'm obsessed with Romanovs, cause I found my old princess crown from my toybox, and now I keep walking around with the crown in my head and imaginating I'm a GD.

lol.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RomanovMartyrs on February 02, 2010, 04:14:12 AM
It's easy to find clothes like OTMA'S one!

I agree, since one of the dolls is supposed to be from 1912. And I think they actually have a new one now from 1914... their outfits would probably work. And if you're creative you could even make your own. My grandma used to make me clothes for my American Girl dolls... I'll have to look around for them next time I go home to see if any are OTMA-like!

Yes! :) The character Samantha is supposedly from 1904, and Rebecca is from 1914 (In her story she's actually FROM RUSSIA lol But sadly in the back of the book it talks badly of Tsar Nicholas II [Her character is Jewish and moved to America to escape the pogroms]).

A lot of her accessories are supposed to be Russian though. Like her brooch and shawl:

http://store.americangirl.com/agshop/static/rebeccadoll.jsf/title/Rebecca/saleGroupId/1182/uniqueId/628/nodeId/11/webMenuId/5/LeftMenu/TRUE

I find Sam's collection is more OTMA-like.

Especially this dress:

(http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l23/lizziethelezzie/IMG02046-20091216-2105.jpg)



(You'll have to forgive me, I'm a hardcore collector of these dolls. ;) ).
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Holly on February 02, 2010, 08:34:59 AM
Well, I'm obsessed with Romanovs, cause I found my old princess crown from my toybox, and now I keep walking around with the crown in my head and imaginating I'm a GD.

lol.

Hahahaha...
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on February 02, 2010, 05:48:03 PM
If they're Romanovish dolls, you can never outgrow them.  It's a fact.
Why do you mean by you can never outgrow them? That they're dead?
I'm brazilian and my english isn't the perfect thing in the world (as someone said this in another thread XD);
That's cool, Hilla XD.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 02, 2010, 07:18:15 PM
No, it just means that you never get too old to enjoy it.

No hard feelings about the English.  My own mother's first language isn't English, so I don't mind. ;)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on February 02, 2010, 08:50:04 PM
Your English is fantastic, Tasia! I thought it was your first language!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Katya90 on February 02, 2010, 09:29:38 PM
It's easy to find clothes like OTMA'S one!

I agree, since one of the dolls is supposed to be from 1912. And I think they actually have a new one now from 1914... their outfits would probably work. And if you're creative you could even make your own. My grandma used to make me clothes for my American Girl dolls... I'll have to look around for them next time I go home to see if any are OTMA-like!

Yes! :) The character Samantha is supposedly from 1904, and Rebecca is from 1914 (In her story she's actually FROM RUSSIA lol But sadly in the back of the book it talks badly of Tsar Nicholas II [Her character is Jewish and moved to America to escape the pogroms]).

A lot of her accessories are supposed to be Russian though. Like her brooch and shawl:

http://store.americangirl.com/agshop/static/rebeccadoll.jsf/title/Rebecca/saleGroupId/1182/uniqueId/628/nodeId/11/webMenuId/5/LeftMenu/TRUE

I find Sam's collection is more OTMA-like.

Especially this dress:

(http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l23/lizziethelezzie/IMG02046-20091216-2105.jpg)



(You'll have to forgive me, I'm a hardcore collector of these dolls. ;) ).

Oh, that's right. I was thinking Samantha was from the 1910s. I'd heard the new doll was from Russia and I got excited. :) I actually went to the children's section in my bookstore the other day and skimmed through the "Meet Rebecca" book! And don't worry, I used to collect them too. I have all but one of the original girls. I keep forgetting to buy her to complete the set... better do it before they retire them all!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 02, 2010, 10:12:52 PM
Now, how many things labled "American" in the title speak nicely about any tsar/emperor/king?  Here, our culture teaches us to think that any country with a monarchy is backwards and messed up, so I'm not surprised American Girl Dolls didn't exactly spare Nicky...
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Katya90 on February 02, 2010, 10:20:07 PM
Now, how many things labled "American" in the title speak nicely about any tsar/emperor/king?  Here, our culture teaches us to think that any country with a monarchy is backwards and messed up, so I'm not surprised American Girl Dolls didn't exactly spare Nicky...

haha yes, just how in Star Wars and so many other movies all the bad guys mysteriously have British accents while the good guys have American ones...
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 02, 2010, 10:23:42 PM
Oh, wonder how that works out? *rolls eyes*  That's why I write.  I try bringing a bit of Europe to America, because Obama was wrong about America having to be #1 in the world.  I mean, really, you can't get anywhere in the world if you don't understand other cultures like they do yours.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RomanovMartyrs on February 03, 2010, 02:00:27 AM
^ Exactly. And it's sad that America is that way, considering it is a country made up of people from all over the world. You'd think Americans would be a tad more open minded.
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Post by: Kalafrana on February 03, 2010, 03:26:15 AM
'haha yes, just how in Star Wars and so many other movies all the bad guys mysteriously have British accents while the good guys have American ones...'

Quite a number of British actors have made a big success in Hollywood by specialising in playing villains - just look at Anthony Hopkins!
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Post by: RomanovMartyrs on February 03, 2010, 04:15:05 AM
And the actor who plays Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter...he's also Captain Hook and the main bad guy (British character) in The Patriot.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on February 03, 2010, 09:09:06 AM
GdJennifer, that's cool, JMJM, hehe!
Oh, I understand, Ekaterina! Heehe!

Your English is fantastic, Tasia! I thought it was your first language!

OH THANKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, abbigail !!!! XD

You know that you're obssesed with the Romanovs when your History/Geography teacher talks about Russia and you expect that they talk about something related to the Romanovs XD
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Post by: blessOTMA on February 03, 2010, 12:40:09 PM
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You know that you're obssesed with the Romanovs when your History/Geography teacher talks about Russia and you expect that they talk about something related to the Romanovs XD
...lol! and shocked when they don't! ...and I agree with abbigail,Tasia, your English is excellent!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RomanovMartyrs on February 03, 2010, 01:27:58 PM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when you search your European History syllabus, find the date the lecture will be on the last Imperial Family, and tote your massive Romanov Photo Album to class that day to pass around.


...Heehee.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 03, 2010, 03:03:27 PM
^ Exactly. And it's sad that America is that way, considering it is a country made up of people from all over the world. You'd think Americans would be a tad more open minded.

maybe it's because many of those people came here to escape monarchies and stuff like that.  IDK.  My mom came here because her sister dragged her to go to school...

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You know that you're obssesed with the Romanovs when your History/Geography teacher talks about Russia and you expect that they talk about something related to the Romanovs XD
...lol! and shocked when they don't!

Happens a ton, especially in American schools.  i know I probably sound like some American-hating terrorist or something, but I get pretty ticked off on how America doesn't like royalty, unless it's a Disney princess.  They're not THAT bad for the the most part...
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Post by: Tasia on February 03, 2010, 03:39:48 PM
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You know that you're obssesed with the Romanovs when your History/Geography teacher talks about Russia and you expect that they talk about something related to the Romanovs XD
...lol! and shocked when they don't! ...and I agree with abbigail,Tasia, your English is excellent!
THANKS a lot!!  :-[

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unless it's a Disney princess.  They're not THAT bad for the the most part...
I think that I agree with you Ekaterina!
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Post by: imperatrice on February 03, 2010, 04:29:04 PM
^ Exactly. And it's sad that America is that way, considering it is a country made up of people from all over the world. You'd think Americans would be a tad more open minded.

maybe it's because many of those people came here to escape monarchies and stuff like that.  IDK.  My mom came here because her sister dragged her to go to school...

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You know that you're obssesed with the Romanovs when your History/Geography teacher talks about Russia and you expect that they talk about something related to the Romanovs XD
...lol! and shocked when they don't!

Happens a ton, especially in American schools.  i know I probably sound like some American-hating terrorist or something, but I get pretty ticked off on how America doesn't like royalty, unless it's a Disney princess.  They're not THAT bad for the the most part...


  that's an extremely inflammatory statement.   do you know for sure it happens in American schools?  I'm an American so i beg to differ. Where did you get the idea about disney princesses? where did you get the idea that America doesn't like royalty?  in college i specifically took a course in Imperial Russian history.  i loved it and i wanted to learn more.  the Forum is giving me that opportunity.

I don't believe you're a sound alike  American terrorist  but i think you have been misinformed.  America is a democratic nation therefore we have no royal rulers.  we have presidents.  in Europe
 do you learn about USA presidents? 

i do agree America is a nation of people from all over the world.   everyone is able to have an opinion just as you have stated yours.  i joined this Forum so i could learn about the Romanovs and i have  but i do believe we all can learn  from each other regardless of our school background, nationality and /or anything else.

Kind Regards,
imperatrice
 

Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on February 03, 2010, 04:48:44 PM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when you search your European History syllabus, find the date the lecture will be on the last Imperial Family, and tote your massive Romanov Photo Album to class that day to pass around.


...Heehee.

That's funny, RomanovMartyrs :P. We unly have a couple units to go in my world history class until we get to the Russian Revolution. I'm so excited.
That brings me to two more.

...when you feel annoyed when only two of the IF children's names are mentioned in your history textbook (Alexei and Anastasia in mine).
...when you count down the units in History all year until Russian Revolution. It's all just so interesting!


imperatrice, I agree with you. Often, ignorance or not being taught of a subject, like monarchy not being taught especially positively in American schools (I'm American as well) can be taken as dislike. Certainly everyone in America has different opinions on the subject and generally someone's negative opinion of monarchy/royalty isn't just becuase it's a monarchy, but is founded on whether or not the system works. People in America are fond of their freedom and of democracy so a system so different is hard to accept. So I agree with you.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 03, 2010, 07:56:14 PM
Hold on, I'm an American too.  And I'm not saying anything is wrong with our system, I'm just simply stating how I don't like the fact that most people don't like monarchs because they think that all of them are ruthless, heartless people.  I think we should learn to accept that if that's the government they have there, that's just how they roll, so to speak. It doesn't mean that they're all evil like we're taught in school.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on February 03, 2010, 08:23:31 PM
i was looking through a history textbook and i immediatley went to the WWI section, (of course), and was mad to see that the writers were very one-sided, saying that Nicholas was bad, etc. etc. etc. and they didn't even mention that he even had any daughters! and they said how the Faberge eggs were extravagant and they had a pic of one of the plainest ones!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 03, 2010, 08:42:01 PM
They barely mentioned OTMA in the whole lesson on the revolution.  It was Bloody Nicholas and Alexandra and Alexei and Rasputin, like they were the only ones that mattered.  And I thought Lenin and his people were harsh.  Of course, at least if they bothered to lable any pictures of NAOTMAA, they got it right.  I got a book in Thailand called "Katya and the Prince of Siam."  They had the 1914 portrait in there, and they labled Tatiana as Anastasia, Marie as Olga, Olga as Marie, and Anastasia as Tatiana, I think.  All I know is that it was extremely mixed up, and I literally started screaming.  But I know it was Tatiana labled as Anastasia for sure.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Katya90 on February 03, 2010, 10:12:29 PM
That's why I feel so lucky to have had the history teacher I did in high school... she must've been an OTMA fan, because she did a whole unit on NAOTMAA, showed us tons of pictures, made us name them all on our tests, showed us tons of documentaries on them and the whole Anastasia "imposter" thing... we even watched Nicholas & Alexandra, and when it was 'bring your little sister to school' day we watched the cartoon Anastasia. I credit that teacher with introducing me to NAOTMAA, no idea what else I would have had to obsess over if it wasn't for her! In recent months I've been tempted to get a copy of Romanovy for her to show in class, since it's more historically accurate, but the tv in her classroom is small and I doubt a big class could all read the subtitles.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 03, 2010, 11:45:08 PM
Ugh, you are so lucky.  What would I give for an actual unit on the Romanovs?  My social studies teacher last year was a NAOTMAA fan, but she didn't teach much on it because it's not part of the curriculum!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on February 03, 2010, 11:59:06 PM
You know that you're obssesed with the Romanovs when your History/Geography teacher talks about Russia and you expect that they talk about something related to the Romanovs XD

You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when you spend the entire period of your Grade 9 geography class describing in detail how the Romanovs were butchered. On a snow day. To a group of 6 people. To the point where you are asked to stop because one girl feels nauseous : D


You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when you search your European History syllabus, find the date the lecture will be on the last Imperial Family, and tote your massive Romanov Photo Album to class that day to pass around.

Is it wrong that I've pulled stunts like that before :|
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on February 04, 2010, 02:34:52 AM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... you get irritated with the fact that after more than a 100 posts you are something as Rurikean and pre-Petrine as Boyar instead of a cool Chechovesque rank like Cabinet Registrar from the Table of Ranks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_Ranks) which dominated the Romanov Empire. See All About Forum Posting, Star System & Advancing to Another Level (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=7966.msg421067#msg421067) for more detailled rant.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on February 04, 2010, 09:12:02 AM
That's funny, RomanovMartyrs :P. We unly have a couple units to go in my world history class until we get to the Russian Revolution. I'm so excited.
That brings me to two more.

...when you feel annoyed when only two of the IF children's names are mentioned in your history textbook (Alexei and Anastasia in mine).

Edit: That's funny RomanovMartys!! (End of Edit)
In 8 Grade we're going to study The First WW, and after Russian Revolution! I'm so happy xD
My friends asks: Why does she like Russia so much?
And then another friend answer: How do I know?!?
And I fell annoyed too, Abbigail! Because my History book just mentions Alexander III, Nicholas II, Alexandra, Rasputin and Alexei! But my History teacher told me that he will say more things about the Tsars and Russia!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on February 04, 2010, 09:20:08 AM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when you spend the entire period of your Grade 9 geography class describing in detail how the Romanovs were butchered. On a snow day. To a group of 6 people. To the point where you are asked to stop because one girl feels nauseous : D

How BAD you are! --""""

And, that's funny, Taiyni xD!!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on February 04, 2010, 03:38:09 PM
We, unfortunately, haven't reached the Russian Revolution in my class yet, though we did cover Bloody Sunday today. My teacher didn't talk about it though :(. Katya, your teacher sound so cool!!

Ekaterina, I agree with you. People should be open-minded (unless, of course, the govt system in a bad one).

Taniyi, what a shame! You'll reach it soon! :)

Hey, just of of curiosity, what series are your guys' history books from? Mine is Glencoe "modern times" World History.

...you know you're obsessed when you ask about that.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Katya90 on February 04, 2010, 06:53:03 PM
You know you're obsessed when someone in your photography class brings up the work of Prokudin-Gorsky, and you mention how disappointing it is that his pictures of the IF are lost.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on February 04, 2010, 07:10:57 PM
WHOA!!!!
There are lost IF photos he took??!!?!?
I had no idea! What year were these taken?
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 04, 2010, 07:15:55 PM
You know you're obsessed when your friends ask your mother if she's Russian because you talk about it too much, and they know she's a foreigner.  That says a lot, considering the fact that my mom's Asian and has no European whatsoever in her blood.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on February 04, 2010, 07:20:47 PM
That's funny. I guess if someone talks about Russia a lot, someone might assume that they're Russian. People have asked me about that before, and I usually reply, "No...I just like Russia!"

Here's another.

...when you used to think Russian was harsh and strange-sounding, but you now think it's a very beautiful and melodic language
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 04, 2010, 07:25:29 PM
I always liked the Russian language.  It always had that appealing ring to it, just like German IMO.  Now if I heard Italian, French, or Spanish, I wouldn't like it at all.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on February 04, 2010, 07:32:36 PM
I've always thought the harsher languages (like German, Russian, Bosnian etc) were more appealing, though I like the more fluid ones as well, like Spanish (which I am learning) and Italian. I find that French isn't as fluid as some people make it out to be, and is in fact kind of choppy/bubbly. What do you think?
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on February 05, 2010, 09:47:47 AM
Yeah. I agree with Abbi. Katya your teacher sounds very cool xD.
I like French very much. I think it's elegant!!
I've always tought that Russian language is weird. But it's beautiful. ^^

You know that you're obsessed with the Rv's when yours classmates are getting annoyed because you only talks about Russia !

(I don't remember the other yknowthatyareobssesed with the Rv's one that I've made, so I posted this one) !

My history book is in World's modern history!! I like Modern History because it isn't so far of us!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on February 05, 2010, 03:16:39 PM
Cool, Tasia, we have the same book! I know what you mean about modern history.

...you know you're obsessed when your parents get annoyed at you for talking about Russian history too much. They don't really care that much. XD
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on February 05, 2010, 04:52:04 PM
That's true!   ;)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: ashanti01 on February 05, 2010, 05:03:43 PM
you know you're obsessed when your photobucket account is 98% Romanov related images and 2% family photos  :-[
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on February 05, 2010, 05:09:16 PM
you know you're obsessed when your photobucket account is 98% Romanov related images and 2% family photos  :-[
LOL!!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Katya90 on February 05, 2010, 05:29:49 PM
WHOA!!!!
There are lost IF photos he took??!!?!?
I had no idea! What year were these taken?

I don't know much about them, but I read somewhere that his pictures of the IF were confiscated when he left Russia after the revolution and he only managed to keep a picture of Alexei, which I don't think anyone's ever seen. Anyone have more information?
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on February 06, 2010, 05:06:49 AM
When your chap decides to buy you some scent, and you ask for Chanel No.5 in honour of Grand Duke Dimitri!

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on February 06, 2010, 08:47:46 AM
When your chap decides to buy you some scent, and you ask for Chanel No.5 in honour of Grand Duke Dimitri!

Ann

Haha! I didn't know that about Dmitri!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on February 06, 2010, 08:50:37 AM
Dimitri had an affair with Coco Chanel in the early 1920s, around the time Cahel No.5 was created.

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on February 06, 2010, 09:10:37 AM
That's very interesting
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RHB on February 06, 2010, 09:25:56 AM
a new one: You just watched Mystery of the Romanovs on National Geographic Channel... when it comes to the part where they mention that 3 daughters were found they get three of the daughters mixed up (because apparently Tatiana was actually Olga, Maria was actually Tatiana and Olga was actually Maria or however the heck they screwed that 1913 photo up) you get so annoyed u refused to watch even to the final bit but b4 shutting your TV off your too busy yelling at your TV on how stupid they are and that maybe they should have done their research on which daughter which first! that's what i did at 9:00 my time (a half hour ago by the way)! oh it just annoys me 2 know end how they screwed it up everything was fine until then because that was just the final straw! I was actually banging the words out on my keyboard (still am) because I'm still annoyed by it! wow am i ranting?
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on February 06, 2010, 09:29:27 AM
Lol! It really irks me how they got it wrong on a National Geographic show, of all things. How annoying! I also hate when photos are labeled wrong in books. In my book "Royal Russia" they mistake Olga for Maria and Anastasia for Tatiana all the time!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on February 06, 2010, 12:13:55 PM
Ann that's amazing about Chanel No 5 . My mother would wear no other scent ...When I think of perfume,
that's what I think of. It was THE french perfume for many years ...and it's fab too! lol! 
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on February 06, 2010, 12:24:11 PM
There is a recent film called Coco Before Chanel. I haven't seen it, but apparently Dimitri makes a brief appearance.

As proof of my Romanov obsession, I keep thinking that I should go and see it purely because of Dimitri, whether he appears or not (it doesn't sound like the kind of film that usually interests me).

Heigh-ho, BBC2 are showing Nicholas and Alexandra tomorrow, and I have already rushed to set up my DVD recorder!

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on February 06, 2010, 12:36:16 PM
There is a recent film called Coco Before Chanel. I haven't seen it, but apparently Dimitri makes a brief appearance.As proof of my Romanov obsession, I keep thinking that I should go and see it purely because of Dimitri, whether he appears or not (it doesn't sound like the kind of film that usually interests me).
I have seen it and it's excellent. However I don't remember a Dimitri figure, but perhaps I was getting popcorn during his appeance! Coco was so ahead of her time, it's amazing. Now, everone has a purfume and the like. The film is about what it takes to come from nothing and  recreate an industry. She worked like a dog for years.
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Heigh-ho, BBC2 are showing Nicholas and Alexandra tomorrow, and I have already rushed to set up my DVD recorder!
Ann
Enjoy! lol! 
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Post by: abbigail on February 06, 2010, 01:42:53 PM
I've heard about that movie. Never saw it though. It would be so cool if Dmitri was a character!!
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Post by: Kalafrana on February 06, 2010, 01:48:33 PM
Perhaps I'd better go and see the Coco Chanel film and report back.

Ann
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Post by: abbigail on February 06, 2010, 01:58:14 PM
Now I want to see it too!
I'll probably be holding my eyelids open, sitting absolutely still and not blinking so I don't lost the search for possible Dmitri.
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Post by: Katya90 on February 06, 2010, 02:34:48 PM
New one: When you find the teacher at your university who occasionally teaches a Russian history class and make him agree to teach it next semester. I did this yesterday... lol.

Also, when you spend hours outside in blizzard conditions getting frostbite just so you can take pictures because you swear you can almost see OTMAA, running around out there and playing...
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Post by: abbigail on February 06, 2010, 02:43:37 PM
Lol! That sounds like such a cool class. I wish we had a whole unit on Russian history at my school..I'd be glad to go every day!

The 2nd one sounds similar to me, because I went outside just today walking around in the snow and thinking about OTMA :)
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Post by: Tasia on February 06, 2010, 03:54:45 PM
Oh! We don't have snow here in Brazil XD. But we have VERY HOT DAYS!
But I think about them when I see old big houses, and when it's sunny outside, and when I do nothing, lol.
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 06, 2010, 06:13:24 PM
Um, snow... Once a year if we're lucky.....  *jealousy*

You know you're obsessed when you spend as much time in an antique shop as you can because half the stuff in there reminds you of the Romanovs, and you spend an hour trying to perfect an OTMA-inspired hairstyle, even though you have a short bob cut that will never agree with you.  I just did that, and now my hair looks really weird!  If I had about fifty more hair pins, maybe it would work.
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Post by: abbigail on February 06, 2010, 06:40:27 PM
Tasia...GAHH!! I so wish I lived in Brazil! Or somewhere else really hot. I'd trade snow for bright sunny days in a second...I hate winter. Just out of curiosity, is Spanish your first language? I'm learning that language. I also think about them when I see big houses, and on sunny days, probably because a lot of their photos were taken arond/inside big houses on sunny days. :D

Lol, Ekaterina...maybe you should buy more hairpins XD. I've tried to fix my hair like that but I really have no idea how it's done.

Here's another
...you know you're obsessed when you sometimes find Victorian-era/early 20th century clothes more attractive than modern fashions.
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Post by: RomanovMartyrs on February 06, 2010, 07:19:51 PM
^ Yes to the fashion thing!

You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when you get into an intense bidding war on eBay over a vintage 1910s nightgown...

Which you plan on wearing yourself...year 'round. :D
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Post by: abbigail on February 06, 2010, 07:22:17 PM
That's funny! Did you get to buy the nightgown?
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Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on February 07, 2010, 04:16:04 AM
Tasia...GAHH!! I so wish I lived in Brazil! Or somewhere else really hot. I'd trade snow for bright sunny days in a second...I hate winter. Just out of curiosity, is Spanish your first language?

My guess is that she speaks a língua que é a "última flor do Lácio, inculta e bela"....
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Post by: Tasia on February 07, 2010, 05:08:48 AM
Tasia...GAHH!! I so wish I lived in Brazil! Or somewhere else really hot. I'd trade snow for bright sunny days in a second...I hate winter. Just out of curiosity, is Spanish your first language? I'm learning that language. I also think about them when I see big houses, and on sunny days, probably because a lot of their photos were taken arond/inside big houses on sunny days. :D

Lol, Ekaterina...maybe you should buy more hairpins XD. I've tried to fix my hair like that but I really have no idea how it's done.

Here's another
...you know you're obsessed when you sometimes find Victorian-era/early 20th century clothes more attractive than modern fashions.

Hehe! I would love to make a snowman!!! *0000000* ~~~~~~~~~~~~
And Ekaterina, buy more pins, hehe!
Abbigail, I think that I saw a thread in the Having Fun board that if you stop in step 8 or 9 in a beauty site you get the hairdo of the 1910 formal session, something like that O_O.  & Spanish is my third language (żHola, como estás?)! My first is Portuguese, hehe. Yes to the fashion thing [2] !!
Lol to the 1910's nightgown xD.
Yes, I speak that language Roerik! Do you speak it too? ^^
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Post by: Ally Kumari on February 07, 2010, 05:20:19 AM
You know you´re obssessed when you give lal your pets a patronymic name.
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Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on February 07, 2010, 05:24:54 AM
Yes, I speak that language Roerik! Do you speak it too? ^^
No, I just like it better than Spanish after I read the Lusophile Swiss novel Nachtzug nach Lissabon, Night Train to Lissabon! (BTW do you recognize the dragon in my avatar? :-) It's Brazilian and "lives" in Petrópolis!

I hate winter.
That is a very un-Romanov thing to say! :-) Look what Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich wrote in a poem:
Чем солнце зимнее теплее = Winter is warmer than the sun

Although that poem was called "К концу зимы", By the End of Winter....

I love the line
Я вижу север мой с его равниной снежной = I see my North with its snowy plain
in his beautiful poem "Kолокола", Bells.

You know you´re obssessed when you give all your pets a patronymic name.
Yes, that's obsessed! My rabbitt was just called Kalle Kalifornia Brĺstein.....perfectly normal. :-)
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Post by: RomanovMartyrs on February 07, 2010, 07:37:37 AM
^ Yes! Haha. I used to give all my hamsters Russian names. I named two Siberian Dwarf hamsters Vladimir and Dmitri after the two main guys in the Anastasia cartoon. And later I had a bigger hamster called Rodian Romanovich Raskolnikov, after the narrator in Crime and Punishment. Heehee. :D

Oh, and now I've a fish named Ivan the Terrible. ;)
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Post by: abbigail on February 07, 2010, 07:49:16 AM
You know you´re obssessed when you give lal your pets a patronymic name.

I always try to figure out everyone's  patronymic name! I think they sound nice.

Roerik, that is a beautiful poem!
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Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on February 07, 2010, 08:05:58 AM
Roerik, that is a beautiful poem!
Here is an entire thread about K.R.'s poetry (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=14552.0) which I created. So far there is only one translated poem, but it's about spring.... :-)
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Post by: abbigail on February 07, 2010, 08:16:01 AM
Wow! Awesome.
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Post by: blessOTMA on February 07, 2010, 01:19:31 PM
You know you´re obssessed when you give lal your pets a patronymic name.
LOL!
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 07, 2010, 01:54:32 PM
You know you're obsessed when most of the music on your iPod is related to or reminds you of the Romanovs/Hapsburgs and Russia.
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Post by: Tasia on February 07, 2010, 03:26:59 PM
Cool. Roerik, but I don't recognize the Dragon that lives in Petrópolis! Lol! What's his name?

I have a lot of music that reminds me of them on my cellphone, Ekaterina!! XD
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Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on February 07, 2010, 03:36:42 PM
Cool. Roerik, but I don't recognize the Dragon that lives in Petrópolis! Lol! What's his name?
Lol, I don't think he has a name, he's just on the Sceptre of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/27/Fala_do_trono.jpg)...................................................................(http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/FredrikBergow/KeiserriketBrasilssepter.jpg)
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Post by: Olga Maria on February 08, 2010, 03:31:53 AM
Oh! We don't have snow here in Brazil XD. But we have VERY HOT DAYS!
We’ve the very same weather here, Tasia (I’m from Philippines). No snow and I haven’t seen it yet.

Here's another
...you know you're obsessed when you sometimes find Victorian-era/early 20th century clothes more attractive than modern fashions.
I agree with the fashion, too! At the first time I knew about what OTMA wore (and how they wore their clothes), I was so glad to know they wear their skirts waist-up (I wear my pants and skirts that way…hehehe, I’m the most old-fashioned person in here)  I love the leg-of-mutton sleeves, too! Would want to have one!

RomanovMartyrs, I wish you have that gown on your hands now!

You know you´re obssessed when you give lal your pets a patronymic name.
Ally, I gotta try that. Maybe I can name my chickens Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Nikolaevna.

So, that’s where you got your avatar, Rśrik. Wow, it’s genuine solid gold!

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Post by: RHB on February 08, 2010, 03:43:18 AM
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Maybe I can name my chickens Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Nikolaevna.

I like that one... that's a good one!
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Post by: blessOTMA on February 08, 2010, 12:53:36 PM
Ally, I gotta try that. Maybe I can name my chickens Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Nikolaevna.
That would be funny if one day they got out of their pen and you had to go around calling," Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Nikolaevna! come here! " lol!
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Post by: Kalafrana on February 08, 2010, 01:28:50 PM
Like it!

Mind you, when I was writing a thesis on Anglo-Saxon England, my ex-husband came home with a kitten which I insisted on naming Edwin after the first Christian king of Northumbria. To make matters worse, the kitten turned out to be a she, but I refused to change it to Edwina because at the time there was an off-putting politician named Edwina Currie. Fortunately, the cat herself was quite happy with it, but my ex took charge of naming the next one!

Ann
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Post by: Tasia on February 10, 2010, 05:02:03 PM
Cool. Roerik, but I don't recognize the Dragon that lives in Petrópolis! Lol! What's his name?
Lol, I don't think he has a name, he's just on the Sceptre of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/27/Fala_do_trono.jpg)...................................................................(http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/FredrikBergow/KeiserriketBrasilssepter.jpg)
Lol! Oh that's cool! thanks to showing it to us!
Cool, Shandroise!!
That's cool girls!
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 10, 2010, 05:22:26 PM
You know you're obsessed when you get so mad because someone sprayed water on your Romanov book that you're reading, but when you realized it got on your library's copy of Breaking Dawn, you're just like whatever.  Note: No books were harmed.  They got on the dust jackets. :D
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Post by: ashanti01 on February 10, 2010, 05:36:18 PM
You know you're obsessed when you insist your children have at least one Romanov related name, even as a middle name.
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Post by: Tasia on February 10, 2010, 05:39:08 PM
Lol. Ekaterina!
Lol, ashanti! Some russian names are very uncommon here in Brazil hehe!The names Maria & Tatiana are common. Olga & Anastasia are very uncommon, Alexandra more or less, Alexei more or less (Here Alex looks like Alexei), Nicholas is common (Here in Brazil, Nicolau).
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on February 10, 2010, 06:04:44 PM
Ally, I gotta try that. Maybe I can name my chickens Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Nikolaevna.
That would be funny if one day they got out of their pen and you had to go around calling," Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Nikolaevna! come here! " lol!

Oh, that is so funny!
i wish i lived somewhere where there is no snow, too. I'm sick of winter.  ;D
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Post by: abbigail on February 10, 2010, 06:41:33 PM
Tasia, the name "Nicolau" is really cool. i've never heard that before.
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Post by: Tasia on February 11, 2010, 03:11:19 PM
Hehe, GDAndrea!
Tasia, the name "Nicolau" is really cool. i've never heard that before.

Lol xD, the name is kind of funny!
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Post by: abbigail on February 13, 2010, 01:29:06 PM
Here's a couple more...

...you know you're obsessed when you're out shopping and buy a nail polish called "Mauve Star" just because...well, you know.

...you know you're obsessed when your friend is having a slumber party to which you're supposed to bring a movie...you get excited, open your mouth, and the friend says, "But it has to be in ENGLISH!!! No Russian!"
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Post by: blessOTMA on February 13, 2010, 08:32:16 PM
...to which you're supposed to bring a movie...you get excited, open your mouth, and the friend says, "But it has to be in ENGLISH!!! No Russian!"
lol!  Funny!
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 14, 2010, 04:47:05 PM
...to which you're supposed to bring a movie...you get excited, open your mouth, and the friend says, "But it has to be in ENGLISH!!! No Russian!"
lol!  Funny!
That sounds a little like me! XD

You know you're obsessed when you realize you're listening to a song related to the Romanovs while reading a book on the Romanovs, and the wall behind you has about fifty photos of the Romanovs taped on it.


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Post by: abbigail on February 14, 2010, 06:35:18 PM

That sounds a little like me! XD

You know you're obsessed when you realize you're listening to a song related to the Romanovs while reading a book on the Romanovs, and the wall behind you has about fifty photos of the Romanovs taped on it.


HAHA!!! I can just picture that!
Someone should make a wallpaper, meaning one for a living room or something, entirely out of Romanov photos. Then you could get Imperial-Russian-esque furniture and things and call it the "Romanov room". Lol.
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 14, 2010, 09:02:21 PM
I had to take down those pictures today, and I was so sad! :'(  Oh well, it's for a good cause: I'm painting my room pink (hot pink or mauve?).  Once it's over with, those pics will be back where they belong. :D
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Post by: rosieposie on February 15, 2010, 12:11:43 AM
When you laugh at certain girls that have an obsession with OTMA.   Or all they talk about is OTMA and then remember "Yes I was at an OTMA love bases for two years but of course I wasn't THAT bad as those girls of today."

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Post by: abbigail on February 15, 2010, 12:34:28 PM
Lol, rosieposie :D

I've got a couple more.

...for those of you who've seen Russian Ark: leaving a buliding with a large group of people, all you can think about is the final scene of that movie.

...watching America's Next Top Model, you get excited when a girl is named Tatiana (this happened today! I started laughing!)

And just a side note...at the party I mentioned (where I wasn't supposed to bring any historical/Russian movies XD), ironically, in two out of the three movies we watched, Russian was spoken!
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Post by: Tasia on February 15, 2010, 01:36:01 PM
That's funny girls xD
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on February 15, 2010, 06:26:19 PM
When your Dad is labeling toolboxes and you insist he labels one of them 'OTMA'.
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Post by: Katya90 on February 15, 2010, 07:24:08 PM
I just remembered this one, it happened last year...
When your teacher is writing Chemistry info on the board and accidentally uses a "t" at the end of the word "Standard", he just goes "Whoops" but you crack up and everyone looks at you strangely.

And also, I'm doing a family research project, and I was talking to my mom today about how I never realized my great-grandmother was born in England, and I said "That explains why grandma always kept so many British traditions, I always thought it was strange with her German last name..." and then I go "Kind of like Alix!" lol.
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Post by: abbigail on February 15, 2010, 08:22:19 PM
When your Dad is labeling toolboxes and you insist he labels one of them 'OTMA'.

Lol! A toolbox labeled OTMA!

Haha, Katya! "Ooh, we're learning about the Standart in Chemistry today? Cool!" :D
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Post by: RomanovMartyrs on February 16, 2010, 12:09:03 AM
When your Dad is labeling toolboxes and you insist he labels one of them 'OTMA'.


*tries to understand*

So this is where he keeps the...uh...Oil...Trowel...Mower...and...er, Axe?
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Post by: rosieposie on February 16, 2010, 05:51:12 AM
Don't worry RM,  I think the rest of us here are like o.O at Andrea's post.  As I said in my post on this thread  about girls being obsessed with OTMA and Andrea's post took it to another level.  LMAO. (Not trying to be rude it is just amusing)

Yes I might have been obsessed with photographs of OTMA and their style but it didn't last that long other things took up my mind such as studying and watching Xena Warrior Princess for the  subtext.   :-[   I was in my midteens haha.  I think the worst OTMA obsession thing I had was when a friend made me a birthday card from "OTMA".

Although my love for the IF still remains it  just a love of interest and history nowdays.  Plus chatting with you guys.  Now  Being in my mid 20s my "obsession" is with my partner :)  He is the real love in my life now : D
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Post by: RHB on February 16, 2010, 07:52:44 AM
watching Xena Warrior Princess for the  subtext.

Are you a Xena fan? if so cool so am I just thought i'd say that!  :)
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Post by: Tasia on February 16, 2010, 10:25:09 AM
Cool, Rosieposie!
Thats really cool, Katya! Standart xD
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Post by: rosieposie on February 16, 2010, 01:43:26 PM
Are you a Xena fan? if so cool so am I just thought i'd say that!  :)

Yes I am,  :)  DVDs, videos, comics and magazines :P
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Post by: RHB on February 16, 2010, 03:23:58 PM
DVD's still have the old costume that's only kinda still fits that i wore once for halloween... i had a magazine once don't know what the heck ever happened to it!  :D  :)  8)
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Post by: Tasia on February 16, 2010, 05:15:35 PM
You know that you're obsessed with the Rv's when you go to History Channel or National Geography or etc, and hope that there's a documentary about them !! But sadly there isn't any... But probably in July there will be, we are almost there !! Heheh !
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 16, 2010, 05:32:33 PM
You know you're obsessed when your class is reading "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and you keep saying "Tatiana" instead of "Titania."
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Post by: Katya90 on February 16, 2010, 08:33:42 PM
When you're in a class where your teacher tells you to go browse Wikipedia to get ideas for research paper topics, you see a kid in the row in front of you looking up Russian History so you just watch what he's doing instead of actually doing it yourself. But then you keep going "No, don't click that!" as he gets further away from Nicholas II's era. Eventually he started a whole class discussion about Rasputin... lol.

When you read Little Women, just the fact that it was about four sisters made you think of the characters as OTMA. They do king of match up with their personalities, but not in correct age order, I think... in Little Women, it goes MJBA, but I think Meg = Olga, Jo = Anastasia, Beth = Maria and Amy = Tatiana. And their next door neighbor Laurie is Alexei. ;)

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Post by: rosieposie on February 16, 2010, 09:34:13 PM
I thought of these on the way home from work.   

*When you are given pocketmoney or have little money on you and  you see a Romanov book at a bookstore or booksection, you have the HAVE it.
  (12 years ago during Christmas season I was given $20 to buy gifts.   I found A Lifelong Passion and had to think presents or book.  Book won in the end and it cost me $20 lmao.  I still got it, dogeared, stained from much love and use.   I got a hard cover of it aswell.  It is the "good" copy.")

*When you see a faberage imitation or style of egg and you really want it because it was what Nicholas gave to the family during easter.   Recently I saw an imitation Faberage egg when open it had a slit for a ring (came with a tacky ring) it was beautiful but for $95 I had to bypass it.
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Post by: RomanovMartyrs on February 17, 2010, 12:10:00 PM
...when you play "Nations" on Facebook and call yours "The Monarchy of Nicholas II," and resolve the conflicts the way you think Nicholas would've. :p
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Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on February 17, 2010, 03:18:13 PM
When you read Little Women, just the fact that it was about four sisters made you think of the characters as OTMA. They do king of match up with their personalities, but not in correct age order, I think... in Little Women, it goes MJBA, but I think Meg = Olga, Jo = Anastasia, Beth = Maria and Amy = Tatiana. And their next door neighbor Laurie is Alexei. ;)

So Tatiana and Alexei get married then? ; )
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Post by: Katya90 on February 17, 2010, 09:14:35 PM
lol, true. I really only read the first part because it was assigned for school, when they were still children, but our teacher told us how it ended.
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Post by: abbigail on February 18, 2010, 03:21:06 PM
I love that book--but only the part while they're still children. It gets a little less interesting for me after that.
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Post by: Katya90 on February 18, 2010, 05:54:52 PM
Yeah, when I found out all the stuff that happened in part 2 I was like "What?? Why????" Part 1 was just nicer.
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Post by: Tasia on February 19, 2010, 09:12:49 AM
Oh, I've never read that book!

You know that u're obssesed with the Romanovs when at Math, Science, Geography etc class you want to have HISTORY instead of Math, Geo...
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 19, 2010, 10:48:18 AM
Ha ha, that's exactly me.

You know you're obsessed when you get in trouble at school because you're busy day-dreaming about the Romanovs, and at night you find yourself having fireflies about them too. XD 
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Post by: Tasia on February 19, 2010, 03:30:01 PM
That's true Ekaterina!! XP
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Post by: blessOTMA on February 19, 2010, 08:34:37 PM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when.... you walk down a  street with red cross flags and you
think about the Big Pair's nurses uniforms! lol!
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Post by: RomanovMartyrs on February 26, 2010, 07:40:21 AM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when...you scowl at a monument of Lenin (or even kick it! heehee..) in public.
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Post by: Tasia on February 26, 2010, 06:30:34 PM
Wow!! Hehe!
You know that you're obssesed with the R's when you go to a Library and tries to find a Romanov book.
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Post by: abbigail on February 26, 2010, 06:50:56 PM
You know you're obsessed when you go insane becuase your computer has a virus and you're unable to get on the forum! I'm only hre now because I'm on my aunt's computer! Gahh...
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Post by: RHB on February 26, 2010, 08:07:40 PM
You know you're obsessed when you go insane becuase your computer has a virus and you're unable to get on the forum! I'm only hre now because I'm on my aunt's computer! Gahh...

Or for some reason it comes up with 403 Forbidden to access on this server page! It did that to me 2day man i was so angry i just wanted to scream! This is the first time 2day that i've finally got into the forum!
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Post by: Robert_Hall on February 26, 2010, 08:26:15 PM
 I had the same message,  but it cleared  after a short time. So, I do not think it was our computers, maybe some one  trying to hack the sight?
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Post by: Grand Duchess Jennifer on February 27, 2010, 02:00:44 PM
It must have been something like that, because the same thing happened to me too. ???
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Post by: rosieposie on February 27, 2010, 04:51:50 PM
Me as well,  I thought I was kicked off for something I said or done.  Glad I wasn't the only one.
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on February 28, 2010, 07:36:21 AM
Good thing I wasn't on for a while.... 0.0
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Post by: Tasia on February 28, 2010, 07:39:13 AM
I haven't seen it too!
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Post by: Katya90 on February 28, 2010, 11:21:07 AM
I saw it too, freaked me out. :P

Another: When your friend complains about her workload from studying both Russian and French at the same time, you go "OMG I'm so jealous!"
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Post by: LeahMayhem on February 28, 2010, 09:15:23 PM
You get excited when you're studying WWI in history class although you know it's American history and the chances are incredibly slim that the Romanovs (or even Russia) will be mentioned at all.

You get mad when you find out that your university doesn't offer any kind of Russian history or Russian language classes at all.
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Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on February 28, 2010, 09:56:22 PM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when the university you finally decide to attend was partially chosen because it had an entire course on the Romanov Dynasty 1613-1917.
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Post by: Kalafrana on March 01, 2010, 03:34:34 AM
Not Newcastle University? That's one of the options I did on my degree course there.
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Post by: Jessamy on March 01, 2010, 08:32:40 AM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when .... you organize your Romanov books on your shelves according to rank!!  I found myself doing this over the weekend.
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Post by: rosieposie on March 01, 2010, 05:44:28 PM
lol Jeremy at least your organised, my book cupboard is a MESS.   

YKYOWTRW you ponder what the IF would think of all of us especially on how we talk about them etc or what they think of themselves being protrayed in movies.   Is that a silly suggestion?
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Post by: RHB on March 01, 2010, 06:35:38 PM
YKYOWTRW you ponder what the IF would think of all of us especially on how we talk about them etc or what they think of themselves being protrayed in movies.   Is that a silly suggestion?

lol it took me a while to figure out YKYOWTRW (for that can't figure it out it's You Know You're Obsessed With The Romanovs When)! That was a great abbreviation rosie! Yeah sometimes i wonder what they're thinking up there about us too... sometimes like when we state certain things like maybe about Olga she could be thinking "that is definitely right about me... i think people have done their homework about me well!" lol or something like that anyhow! Who knows really! I think they would go crazy and not in a good way on Nicholas and Alexandra especially i think Tatiana would be upset about that bedroom scene with the guard! And i think they would probably wish that they were portrayed as more than just "wallpaper".... ok now I have one and I'll abbreviate if rosie doesn't mind: YKYOWTRW you realize that you can "rant" on and on about them like nonstop! :)  ;D
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Post by: rosieposie on March 02, 2010, 01:39:24 AM
Hey RBH,

No I don't mind, just thought it would save little time on posting.  :)
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Post by: Tasia on March 02, 2010, 09:17:24 AM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanov's when you write YKYOWTRW,or ...with the R's when... Oh, when you don't forget to write this phrase XD
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on March 02, 2010, 06:41:49 PM
When you're trying to make it look like you've gotten over your old boyfriend by creating some new mysterious fake guy, and the first name you can come up with is either "Nicholas" or "Alexei" for obvious reasons.

When you realize your mom and friends actually know a lot about the Romanovs even though they don't like history, especially Russian history.  They then explain that the only reason they know so much is because "you won't shut up about it!"
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Post by: RHB on March 02, 2010, 06:50:33 PM
When you realize your mom and friends actually know a lot about the Romanovs even though they don't like history, especially Russian history.  They then explain that the only reason they know so much is because "you won't shut up about it!"

My friend does that to me sometimes! YKYOWTR when you read your history today subscription in your email and you end up reading "On March 2nd, 1917, Alexander II of Russia abdicated in favor of his brother Michael." instead of "On March 2nd, 1917, Nicholas II of Russia abdicated in favor of his brother Michael." and there's a picture of Nicholas II right next to it! All i could do was laugh.... i saw the photo and then read then read it and i just had to laugh apparently they don't always know their history do they?   ;D
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Post by: rosieposie on March 03, 2010, 02:17:26 PM
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My friend does that to me sometimes! YKYOWTR when you read your history today subscription in your email and you end up reading "On March 2nd, 1917, Alexander II of Russia abdicated in favor of his brother Michael." instead of "On March 2nd, 1917, Nicholas II of Russia abdicated in favor of his brother Michael." and there's a picture of Nicholas II right next to it! All i could do was laugh.... i saw the photo and then read then read it and i just had to laugh apparently they don't always know their history do they?   ;D
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Hope you emailed them and told them their mistake lol.   :-[  They will be :P

YKYOWTRW   you find yourself attracted to guys with facial hair.  I had a celeb crush on Nicky and a bit on Rasputin in highschool.   Every guy that I have kissed had facial hair although my boyfriend is the only one that has the full beard.
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Post by: abbigail on March 03, 2010, 03:43:39 PM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when .... you organize your Romanov books on your shelves according to rank!!  I found myself doing this over the weekend.

Haha! Do you mean according to the ones you like best to the ones you don't like as much? I do that too!

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YKYOWTRW   you find yourself attracted to guys with facial hair.  I had a celeb crush on Nicky and a bit on Rasputin in highschool.   Every guy that I have kissed had facial hair although my boyfriend is the only one that has the full beard.
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I would agree that this is a good indicator! Lol! I have to ask...what exactly did you see in Rasputin? :D
Yeah, Nicholas was actually pretty attractive when he was young. He looked like someone who I might see in the halls of my school. It's cool.
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Post by: rosieposie on March 03, 2010, 04:56:25 PM
The eyes Abbigail. That is what drew me to stick photocopied images the inside of my folder. LOL.  Oh and as many pics of Nicky as I could, while others were swooning over the BackStreetBoys and Hanson etc I had Nicky :p

YKYOWTRW you watch a lot of tribute videos on youtube.
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Post by: RHB on March 03, 2010, 05:04:10 PM
The eyes Abbigail. That is what drew me to stick photocopied images the inside of my folder. LOL.  Oh and as many pics of Nicky as I could, while others were swooning over the BackStreetBoys and Hanson etc I had Nicky :p

Good one... though honestly as much as i liked bsb and kinda still do (ah the classics) i never really got the big deal with hanson to me they were like "whatever" now NSYNC on the other hand well hey i was young though yes Nicholas was very attractive younger!  :)  ;)

YKYOWTRW you watch a lot of tribute videos on youtube.

I couldn't agree more with that statement!  ;D
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Post by: rosieposie on March 03, 2010, 05:42:14 PM
YKYOWTRW you see a Russian wedding tri-ring and beg your boyfriend to get it  you slip it onto your right ring finger without telling him what it symbolises.  (Because Alix most likely had one)

When my cousin found out that my boyfriend got me my tri-ring,  she goes OMG are you seriously engaged?   He said no and I said no with a silly grin on my face.

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Post by: Katya90 on March 03, 2010, 08:57:39 PM
YKYOWTRW you have a friend named Anastasia, and you have to stop yourself from pronouncing her name the Russian way. (I almost did this tonight and was waiting for everyone to look at me strangely)
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Post by: Tasia on March 04, 2010, 02:07:28 PM
Cool, girls! I don't think that Rasputin is pretty XDDDD, (LOL). When NII was young he were cool! Young Alexei is cool too, lol.
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Post by: abbigail on March 04, 2010, 06:51:11 PM
Haha, I agree with you, Tasia. Btw, I like your new avatar!

Katya--what's the difference in the English and Russian pronounciations? That's funny XD
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Post by: Tasia on March 04, 2010, 07:15:20 PM
was cool** hehe. Thanks Abby XDD !(always praising my avatars, Tehe).
The same question here, Katya!
 
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Post by: RHB on March 04, 2010, 07:24:51 PM
English (American in my case): Anna-stay-sha/ Russian: Anna-sta-see-a... Anna-sta-she-a though probably the first!

I think anyhow... i could be wrong or somewhat wrong though!  :)
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Post by: Tasia on March 04, 2010, 07:26:10 PM
Oh, I understand! Thanks!
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Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on March 04, 2010, 07:32:00 PM
English (American in my case): Anna-stay-sha/ Russian: Anna-sta-see-a... Anna-sta-she-a though probably the first!

I think anyhow... i could be wrong or somewhat wrong though!  :)
You are quite right!
I can add that in Russian, the stress is on the fourth syllable: Анастаси́я or an-na-sta-SEE-ya.
(For me as a Norwegian, who naturally pronounces it -sta-see-a and find the English -staysha strange, that Russian stress is the odd part.)
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Post by: abbigail on March 04, 2010, 07:37:15 PM
I've noticed that spoken Russian often uses a soft quality on "see/си" sound, almost like a "th" or"sh". It's really interesting to me. "T"s also sound soft in some cases.
I wish I could learn Russian! It sounds so cool spoken.
Probably the English version of the name was adapted because it was easier and less effort to say for Americans and the English...lol, we don't like having to use more words or syllables than absolutely necessary :D
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Post by: Tasia on March 04, 2010, 07:40:17 PM
Abbigail, you should try to learn it by yourself! I'm doing this and it's working hehe!

YKYOWTRS when you want to learn russian!
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Post by: Katya90 on March 04, 2010, 10:39:27 PM
English (American in my case): Anna-stay-sha/ Russian: Anna-sta-see-a... Anna-sta-she-a though probably the first!

I think anyhow... i could be wrong or somewhat wrong though!  :)

That's right. She pronounces her name "Anna-stay-sha" (even though she spells it "Annastassia" for some reason), but I almost called her "Anna-stah-see-a."
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Post by: Talya on March 04, 2010, 11:13:20 PM
I know I'm obsessed when I go to Walgreens and print out as many pictures as possible for 50 USD! (I don't trust my self with USBs, CD, or external hard drives at all.)
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Post by: Olga Maria on March 05, 2010, 01:09:14 AM
Why Nad dear? My USB is my bestfriend when it comes to pictures but I have three DVD's and CD's which are full of Romanovs (and other roya;s) pictures ;-)

Wow, 50 USD? That's too big. Hehehe, you're really obsessed (like me ;-).
You're obsessed with OTMA if the pictures in your wallet are only of themselves !!!
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Post by: Tasia on March 05, 2010, 09:07:30 AM
LOL!
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Post by: Katya90 on March 06, 2010, 10:40:33 PM
When you go see the First Ladies exhibit at the Smithsonian and you only take pictures of the gowns that look like Alexandra could've worn them... like this one (Helen Taft's):

(http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f209/earwhacks/Internet%20Stuff/DSCN3245.jpg)

(The neckline wouldn't have been as low if Alexandra wore it though!)

Also, they had a historical coin exhibit and I spent waaaaay too long looking at the 1887 British coin with Queen Victoria on it and a Russian coin with Catherine the Great on it... And then it turned out that my friend's boyfriend who was there with us knew the Russian national anthem, so I made him sing it!
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Post by: Tasia on March 07, 2010, 06:47:26 AM
Cool Katya!
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Post by: abbigail on March 07, 2010, 07:29:48 AM
Wow, I love that dress; you're right about it. Funny about you forcing the guy to sing! Ooh, that coin exhibit sounds cool.
I have no idea why we didn't go there when I went to the Smithsonian DX
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Post by: Tasia on March 10, 2010, 10:06:30 AM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when you get an A+ on your History test (subject: 1st world war)!!!!!!
WOOOOOOOOOOW ^^
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Post by: Nicolá De Valerón on March 10, 2010, 12:14:31 PM
Congratulations! You must be real/true expert now among your classmates;).

I hope you don't mind me asking, but about what part of War were the questions and about what War time exactly? Start or end? Eastern or Western front? Maybe Brusilov offensive in the summer 1916 or even maybe Romania's transition to the side of Entente which was also in 1916?
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Post by: Tasia on March 10, 2010, 03:28:17 PM
Very well, Nicolá de Valerón. I'm in 8th grade and there was a question that the teacher demand us to explain the Pan-Slavism, Pan-Germanism and the French Revanchism (you know, the Nationalisms) !!
And there was one that he wanted us to explain some interests before the WWI.
I put these of Russia: ^^

Russia x Ottoman Empire
Russia wanted some territories of the Ottoman Empire that had a exit to the Mediterran sea.

Russia x Austria
Russia wanted Austria's territories (these territories had and still have Slavic people. Coutries like Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Slovenia...) at the Balkan Peninsula. Russia wanted it because fo the Pan-Slavism (unite everyone that has slavic race...) you know!!

This is the start of the War. I think Western side, hehe. Neither of these two things were on the test !! Savy?! xD
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Post by: abbigail on March 10, 2010, 03:29:46 PM
That's pretty much all we learned too...wish they'd teach more.
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Post by: Tasia on March 10, 2010, 03:38:22 PM
That's pretty much all we learned too...wish they'd teach more.

THAT'S TRUE ABBIGAIL! Today our History teacher said that just NII, Alexandra and OTMAA were killed on the basment! He forgot to say the 4 others, lol!
We're ending Russian Revolutian, so sad !!!!  :'(
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Post by: Nicolá De Valerón on March 10, 2010, 06:09:30 PM
Oh, these are rather interesting questions, Tasia (OTMAAfan). You have a great and professional teacher!

Girls, you are both right, I've always regret about such a low quality and superficial teaching of both WWI and WWII in school. Today students have only main dates, superficial causes and some words about main military commanders. Nothing from the serious researching of prewar situation and of course nothing from the serious talking about afterwar effects (collapse of an old Europe and old ideas, new regimes like Communism and Fascism, obvious impetus to the Second World War and so on...).

Sadly, but if you want to study History, you have to forget all your previous wrong knowledge and start to learn seriously by yourself step by step starting from a blank sheet.
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Post by: Tasia on March 11, 2010, 04:01:02 PM
Oh, these are rather interesting questions, Tasia (OTMAAfan). You have a great and professional teacher!

Girls, you are both right, I've always regret about such a low quality and superficial teaching of both WWI and WWII in school. Today students have only main dates, superficial causes and some words about main military commanders. Nothing from the serious researching of prewar situation and of course nothing from the serious talking about afterwar effects (collapse of an old Europe and old ideas, new regimes like Communism and Fascism, obvious impetus to the Second World War and so on...).

Sadly, but if you want to study History, you have to forget all your previous wrong knowledge and start to learn seriously by yourself step by step starting from a blank sheet.

Lol, my history teacher give us fear!
Hmm. Or enter in a History University, Archeology maybe? Nvm hehe!!
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Post by: Katya90 on March 11, 2010, 04:31:30 PM
I did learn quite a lot of new information when I got to college as a history major. Before then, I didn't even know that Germany and Italy hadn't existed until the mid-19th century (I know, shoot me for my ignorance). Mainly classes are just interest-gathering tools though... you typically only learn a little about each subject, and then if you want to know more, you do your own research or buy specialty books on the subject. (Higher up there are more specialized classes though... I'm hoping to take one on Russian history next semester!)
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Post by: rosieposie on March 11, 2010, 06:47:23 PM
YKYOWTRW you wish your debutant dress was like the dresses worn in the 1914 photosessions.    I really wanted my dress to be like OTMA's but instead my grandma and her sister made me a dress from a bridal pattern. lol.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Nicolá De Valerón on March 11, 2010, 07:22:53 PM
Katya90 and Tasia, you both made a very interesting thoughts, I agree with both of you about low quality of History teaching itself (dates, facts and so on..).
And Tasia, your words about Archeology made me laugh;).

But I talked about slightly another History, not as a theoretical/academical boring Science, I meant serious historical forecasting, political history researching, historical effects on human society, etc. History as a live practical science with elements of politology, philosophy and jurisprudence for example. I know personally some serious historians of a high level, and all of them hardly know more dates than me;), but in the case of historical forecasting, historical intuition and philosophical thinking they go around me twice! And as you can imagine, all these important things as I've mentioned before are simply unavailable in modern schools! Only dates, military commanders and other ordinary things. I don't envy modern students. You will have a chance to know something in History only by yourself or with the help of a great professional historian. Otherwise, if somebody ask you: "Why the Rus. Revolution happened?", you'll answer - "Oh, let me think, maybe accidentally? or maybe because of the German money?". You know only dates of Russian Revolution (Feb. and Oct.), but you didn't studied at school real reasons, Russian problematics, situation before the revolution, peasants question, weak power of N-II, WWI influence and so on...
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Post by: abbigail on March 12, 2010, 07:34:23 PM
Tasia---Ohh, I used to want to be an archaeologist really, really badly...that was during my Ancient Egypt phase! Cool history.

rosie--That's actually an excellent idea! Funny. It'd be cool to have one like that but made slightly more "modern"-looking for some sort of event...does anyone here design clothes? :D

Nicolá--I agree with you. Teaching history in so much more detail could help student become better thinkers in general as well as understanding history on a deeper level. Just working out and understanding all those problems really develops the brain! So it'd be good for students. And people can learn quite a bit about psychology and human nature from history as well.



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Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on March 12, 2010, 10:56:19 PM
You're obsessed when....
...you went to the trouble of making this thread: Sample of the Table of Ranks Implemented (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=14725.0), so that everyone can find their official imperial Russian service poster rank as of 4th of March 2010! (Search for your username or scroll down to the category equivalent of your number of posts.) BTW Nicholas II's was 4, same as Lenin's father's! All high school graduates were awarded rank 14 when they entered state service.
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Post by: Tasia on March 13, 2010, 05:00:20 AM
LOL, Rosieposie!!

Abbigail & Nicolá, at least they are teaching us! I wish they could teach more, though.

I don't know if I want to be an archaeologist, Abbigail! Here in Brazil we don't have the culture of having museums, archaeological sites...
If I were an archeologist, I'd have to move away to countries that likes to preserve their culture!

Fyodor Petrovich that's really funny XDDDD!! I found myself! Hehe.
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Post by: Kalafrana on March 13, 2010, 05:49:39 AM
Fyodor Petrovich

Your mere interest in the Table of Ranks is ample proof of obsession.

But then, my enthusiasm for this forum has got so out of proportion that I now look at it over breakfast!

Ann
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Post by: abbigail on March 13, 2010, 07:44:34 AM
Kalafrana--I do the same thing! :D

Fyodor Petrovich--Ahh! I couldn't find myself! But thanks very much for sharing that.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on March 13, 2010, 08:34:27 AM
Even the BBC internet news and weather forecast has given way to the Forum!
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Post by: RomanovsFan4Ever on March 13, 2010, 08:58:11 AM
I know I'm obsessed with the Romanovs when I play "Hearts", I named the other 3 "players" as Nicola II (Nicholas II), Tatiana and Alexei...I'm not normal, I know.  ::)

(http://inlinethumb35.webshots.com/45794/2802657460101857556S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2802657460101857556KlXJAl)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on March 13, 2010, 09:31:09 AM
Well, by our standards you are. :)

You know you're obsessed when you memorize the stages of mitosis in science with this acronym:

Imp
P.O.'d
Marie
And
Tatiana

I couldn't really think of anything better, but hey, I scored a hundred on that quiz. XD
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Nicolá De Valerón on March 13, 2010, 10:02:41 AM
I know I'm obsessed with the Romanovs when I play "Hearts", I named the other 3 "players" as Nicola II (Nicholas II), Tatiana and Alexei...I'm not normal, I know.  ::)

Pier, I thought it was me! But happily you've made some corrections.

But then, my enthusiasm for this forum has got so out of proportion that I now look at it over breakfast!

Ann

Even the BBC internet news and weather forecast has given way to the Forum!

Ha ha Ann, Bon appetite! But, do not hurt yourself so much. I think that good food is more important than any forum. Oh Ann, you like to watch BBC? ;)

As far as I know this TV company is far away now from an independent and even public TV, that it was long ago. Too a lot of pro-EU officially and royal chatter with serials. I've heard somewhere from the famous former Soviet dissident and great man, Vladimir Bukovsky (now informal leader and ideologist of UKIP, and man who's strongly agitate for free and independent from EU Britain) that BBC is becoming less and less independent. But it's only my opinion, based on opinions of different UK Liberal, Libertarian and right-wing parties. What are your own opinion?
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Post by: Kalafrana on March 13, 2010, 10:25:40 AM
The BBC is definitely not what it was. On TV it's becoming very difficult to find anything worth watching among all the property restoration programmes and vehicles for celebrity chefs. Radio 4 is still worth listening to, though we're stuck with the loathsome Sandi Toksvig twice on Saturday mornings just at the moment, and far too many unfunny 'comedies'. Politically, what you get are the viewsw of the liberal left 'establishment'.

Ann
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Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on March 13, 2010, 06:05:13 PM
Fyodor Petrovich--Ahh! I couldn't find myself! But thanks very much for sharing that.
You are in there: In rank class 12: Gubernial Secretary, Your Wellbornness!
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Post by: abbigail on March 13, 2010, 09:04:55 PM
Found it! Thanks :)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on March 15, 2010, 10:12:44 AM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when you get sad because you finished viewing the Russian Revolution in history class.

~~~~~ @_@

But now you want to know more hehee!!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on March 15, 2010, 11:06:11 AM
When you look at Fyodor Petrovich's Table of Ranks and start working out what rate of posts you're going to have to keep up to become a hereditary noble!

Ann
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Post by: abbigail on March 15, 2010, 03:34:11 PM
Kalafrana--Lol!

You know you're obsessed when you're unreasonably happy to have finally started WWI in history class! We began just today! Only a couple days until Russian Revolution.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Talya on March 15, 2010, 08:16:03 PM
You know your obssesed when you start pretending your the Romanovs with your friends! (Amizingly enough there are 4 girls and one boy..... but he is a baby just like Baby lol)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on March 16, 2010, 11:22:11 AM
Lol!!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: rosieposie on March 16, 2010, 06:15:52 PM
When you have been reading and spending to much time on the IF that you absently turn to your boyfriend and say "Nicky can we please go to McDonalds for dinner." 

and I get "Who is Nicky?"

Done that on more then one occassion.  LOL.
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Post by: abbigail on March 16, 2010, 08:54:47 PM
LOL, rosie!! You've actually done that?
How does your boyfriend feel about this? :D
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Post by: rosieposie on March 17, 2010, 12:55:47 AM
He muttered something like "What is this obsession of you and dead royals."  We did get to go to McDonalds :)
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Post by: Tasia on March 17, 2010, 11:13:39 AM
That's funny, rosie xD
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Post by: Talya on March 17, 2010, 07:29:28 PM
He muttered something like "What is this obsession of you and dead royals."  We did get to go to McDonalds :)

Haha :)
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Post by: Katya90 on March 20, 2010, 11:04:40 PM
You know you're obsessed when you have conversations about them everywhere... I just got back from a school trip to Rome, and even though we were supposed to be focusing on Caesar and all that, I still managed to entice my history teacher to get everyone started on a Romanov discussion in a pizzeria somewhere!
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Post by: abbigail on March 21, 2010, 07:15:10 AM
I think that's probably a good indicator of obsession, Katya! That's funny :D
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Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on March 21, 2010, 07:40:28 AM
God, yes, that's obsession if your still preoccupied with the ruler of the Third Rome (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Rome) when in the real Rome!
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Post by: abbigail on March 21, 2010, 11:10:24 AM
You know you're obsessed when your PARENTS start dreaming about the Romanovs! My mom had a dream last night that I was friends with a family that had just moved into our school district who were the IF. She said it was becuase I talked about them so much. :D
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Post by: Kalafrana on March 21, 2010, 12:59:32 PM
Now that is serious!

Even more so than the famous episode when my father, who was an engineer in the Air Force, was having particular problems with some engine, and my mother woke up to hear him talking maths in his sleep! When she told him about it in the morning, he said, 'Why didn't you write it down? It might have been the answer!'

Ann
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Post by: abbigail on March 21, 2010, 01:37:50 PM
She really should have written it down! Could have saved him a lot of work! :D
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Post by: Kalafrana on March 22, 2010, 04:19:34 AM
Indeed. But maths was not my mother's strong point!
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Post by: abbigail on March 22, 2010, 03:37:13 PM
Oh, I know the feeling. Terrible math :P

...obsession could be measued by how widely you smile when you walk into your classroom and see "The Russian Revolution" written on the board. Sad history but so interesting!
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Post by: LeahMayhem on March 23, 2010, 10:15:15 PM
You essentially waste tuition money to take a history class that you don't need simply because the topic is Russian Revolutions and you know there will be significant discussion about at least Nicholas II. (I'm so excited for next semester!)
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Post by: abbigail on March 24, 2010, 01:20:27 PM
Lol! Sounds like something I'd definitely do!

You know you're obsessed when...
...you've said the word "Czar" in your head so often that it doesn't even sound like a real word.
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Post by: blessOTMA on March 25, 2010, 08:24:44 AM
Lol! Sounds like something I'd definitely do!
You know you're obsessed when......you've said the word "Czar" in your head so often that it doesn't even sound like a real word.
LOL! Good one abbigail!
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Post by: Katya90 on March 26, 2010, 10:53:16 PM
You know you're obsessed when you abbreviate the names of people you know in the way Alexandra would in her letters. (Example, Tom becomes T, etc.)
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Post by: abbigail on March 27, 2010, 08:54:07 AM
I do that too, Katya! It's actually quite convenient. Thanks, Alix! Lol.
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Post by: abbigail on March 27, 2010, 10:01:35 AM
Oh yes...not exactly a YKYOWTRW but...
I was in class, and my teacher was talking about what sides of the political spectrum Yurovsky, Lenin, and Stalin, etc. were on...far left, slghtly less far left, etc. and someone asked, "Well, what was Rasputin?" He was mentioned a lot in that section of the book.
"Rasputin was...nuts," my teacher replied.
I laughed.
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Post by: Tasia on March 28, 2010, 04:29:30 PM
Lol!!!
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Post by: Tasia on March 28, 2010, 04:29:57 PM
My History teacher should do more funny things, he's serious e-e.
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Post by: abbigail on March 28, 2010, 08:04:57 PM
My teacher is hilarious; he makes the class even more fun!
Boring History teachers are quite a drag, aren't they?
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Post by: ElizavetaRose on March 28, 2010, 10:28:59 PM
You know you are obsessed with the Romanovs when:
-Your friends refuse to watch the animated movie "Anastasia" with you because you never shut up pointing out inaccuracies.
-You are being home-schooled and have to watch a video on how "Animal Farm" is based on the Russian Revolution,and completely miss the point because you were too busy picking out members of the IF in the painting and photographs they showed.
-You have created your own members of the IF based on you,your best friends,and a few family members,which spans back three generations to Nicholas I.
-When in her history class,your best friend mentions the Romanovs (and occasionally the Tudors) in random historical discussions,and when asked how she knew that says:"My best friend is a Romanov Freak!"
-You picture your wedding dress after the Imperial Court Dress.
-You're constantly relating people to members of the IF and even accidentally calling one of them "Nastya" and freaking them out a bit.
-When you go to your mother and tell her "I was just watching 'Rasputin,Dark Servant of Destiny"and she tells you that most girls your age say "I was just watching 'Gossip Girl"
-You think of names for your children and the first to pop into your head are Tatiana,Anastasia,Nicholas,Alexander,and Alexandra.
-You delete all of your pictures in all other files so you can more photos to files named "Romanov" and "OTMAA"      :)
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Post by: abbigail on March 29, 2010, 06:14:16 AM
:D
Who did you call "Nastya"? That's funny
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Post by: Michael HR on March 29, 2010, 06:50:30 AM
You know you are obsessed with the Romanovs when:
-Your friends refuse to watch the animated movie "Anastasia" with you because you never shut up pointing out inaccuracies.
-You are being home-schooled and have to watch a video on how "Animal Farm" is based on the Russian Revolution,and completely miss the point because you were too busy picking out members of the IF in the painting and photographs they showed.
-You have created your own members of the IF based on you,your best friends,and a few family members,which spans back three generations to Nicholas I.
-When in her history class,your best friend mentions the Romanovs (and occasionally the Tudors) in random historical discussions,and when asked how she knew that says:"My best friend is a Romanov Freak!"

Your text made me laugh out loud, as they say.
-You picture your wedding dress after the Imperial Court Dress.
-You're constantly relating people to members of the IF and even accidentally calling one of them "Nastya" and freaking them out a bit.
-When you go to your mother and tell her "I was just watching 'Rasputin,Dark Servant of Destiny"and she tells you that most girls your age say "I was just watching 'Gossip Girl"
-You think of names for your children and the first to pop into your head are Tatiana,Anastasia,Nicholas,Alexander,and Alexandra.
-You delete all of your pictures in all other files so you can more photos to files named "Romanov" and "OTMAA"      :)
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Post by: Tasia on March 29, 2010, 10:31:27 AM
Yeah, Abbigail, I wish I was 15 and was in your history class to laugh xD ! But at least my teacher is very good. He likes to talk about soccer, and history too... lol.

Cool, Elizaveta!!  ;)

Michael? o-o
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Post by: ElizavetaRose on March 29, 2010, 10:54:04 AM
:D
Who did you call "Nastya"? That's funny
It was one of my best friends,she reminds me a lot of Anastasia and their birthdays are pretty close.They're used to it now,my other close friend reminds me of Tatiana so I've called her "Tanya" or "Tanushka" a few times.  :D  :)
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Post by: Tasia on March 29, 2010, 06:19:28 PM
YKYOWTRW you watch their videos and tries to find something cool like: a laugh, a movement...!!
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Post by: abbigail on March 29, 2010, 06:32:58 PM
Oh, I know! I found a video once of Anastasia doing what looked like blowing a kiss to the camera. Here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLM2MveFIPk
(1:52 in the video)
(Also, at 0:57, Olga accidentally bumps into a man while walking backwards. Lol!)
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Post by: Tasia on March 29, 2010, 06:36:29 PM
Cool, Abby! xD
I'll check it out!
There's one of Alexei that he eats snow and when he loks at Joy, Joy moves his tail xD
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Post by: Tasia on March 29, 2010, 06:41:16 PM
Lol! I do it all the time xD (bump into someone)
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Post by: ElizavetaRose on March 29, 2010, 08:44:11 PM
Oh, I know! I found a video once of Anastasia doing what looked like blowing a kiss to the camera. Here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLM2MveFIPk
(1:52 in the video)
(Also, at 0:57, Olga accidentally bumps into a man while walking backwards. Lol!)
Wow,I've never seen this home video! There's a lot more than I thought there were.Anastasia really does seem to be blowing a kiss,cute. Thanks for posting!  :D
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Post by: RHB on April 03, 2010, 08:04:03 PM
Just happened a few minutes ago YKYOWTRW u get one of your best friends since high school interested in the Romanovs! we were just talking about them and i guess i talked too much and she's like "you got me interested tell me more when i come back on" we were chatting on AIM so... yep i got her interested maybe it will take her mind of johnny depp for a while... then again her NEVER!  ;D
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Post by: abbigail on April 03, 2010, 09:33:04 PM
Yessss! We've got a convert, lol! Kidding :D

That's really funny though. What did you tell your friend that got her so interested?
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Post by: RHB on April 03, 2010, 10:49:34 PM
well we were talking about Anastasia and the "mystery" about survival and stuff and i told her that all remains have been found so hence the "mystery" is over (she didn't know) and so well... yes i believe say we have a "convert" i even told her about the forum so she could get more info herself so who knows maybe she'll register herself on here... yay!  ;D  ;D  ;D
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Post by: Tasia on April 04, 2010, 07:07:04 AM
tHaT'S COOL, RHB! XD
My friend don't understand why do I like the romanovs too much !! Sometimes she says (when I'm talking about them too much): Hmm, cool, Tasia! ~~ Lol.
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Post by: abbigail on April 04, 2010, 07:34:04 AM
well we were talking about Anastasia and the "mystery" about survival and stuff and i told her that all remains have been found so hence the "mystery" is over (she didn't know) and so well... yes i believe say we have a "convert" i even told her about the forum so she could get more info herself so who knows maybe she'll register herself on here... yay!  ;D  ;D  ;D

That would be awesome! :D
If she joins she'll really ejoy it and learn a LOT, too.

Tasia---my friends are the same way. They don't like history at all.
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Post by: GDLynn on April 05, 2010, 09:50:01 AM
just a little funny, showing how much I love the Romanovs!

I was at the doctor the other day and the nurse was asking about my family's medical history and she was going down a list of different illness and I was just saying "no, no, no" over and over again, finally she said "Hemophilia?" I smiled and almost said yes, even though no one in my family has it. but I was thinking about poor Alexei.

Lynn
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Post by: Tasia on April 05, 2010, 07:07:24 PM
Abbigail, my best friend likes Egypt History!! I like it too, but I prefer RUSSIAN HISTORY ♥

Wow, Lynn o-o
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Post by: abbigail on April 05, 2010, 08:38:29 PM
GD Lynn--Hehe...at my school the biology classes were doing posters on genetic diseases and they were hung up in the halls...I kind of smile for some reason when I pass the haemophilia one...of course it's a dreadful disease but it reminds me of dear poor Alexei, like you said.

Tasia--Cool! Yeah, my sister and I were really into it when we were in 6th-8th grade. We even remodedled our outdoor courtyard to be "Egypt"!
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Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on April 05, 2010, 08:47:44 PM
One of my  biology textbooks once had a case study on the Romanovs, and we had to do it for homework. I was beyond enthused.

Naturally, I went so far as to scan the pages:
(http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x232/KeeganYoung/th_3-1-200841806PM-1.jpg) (http://s183.photobucket.com/albums/x232/KeeganYoung/?action=view&current=3-1-200841806PM-1.jpg)
(http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x232/KeeganYoung/th_3-1-200845542PM-1.jpg) (http://s183.photobucket.com/albums/x232/KeeganYoung/?action=view&current=3-1-200845542PM-1.jpg)
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Post by: abbigail on April 05, 2010, 09:05:14 PM
I am glad you did that, Keegan! I wish we had stuff like that in our biology books. My sister told me they did have a worosheet all about that though, and when the teacher asked from which side, the Russian or English side, the disease came from, she was the only one who knew the answer XD
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Post by: rosieposie on April 05, 2010, 09:27:45 PM
When your deemed an "expert"  by yourself.  HAHAHAHA
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Post by: amartin71718 on April 05, 2010, 09:35:27 PM
One of my  biology textbooks once had a case study on the Romanovs, and we had to do it for homework. I was beyond enthused.
Naturally, I went so far as to scan the pages:
(http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x232/KeeganYoung/th_3-1-200841806PM-1.jpg) (http://s183.photobucket.com/albums/x232/KeeganYoung/?action=view&current=3-1-200841806PM-1.jpg)
(http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x232/KeeganYoung/th_3-1-200845542PM-1.jpg) (http://s183.photobucket.com/albums/x232/KeeganYoung/?action=view&current=3-1-200845542PM-1.jpg)
I'm jealous....
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Post by: rosieposie on April 05, 2010, 10:53:40 PM
Hey Keegan,  I'm sure you will ace the questions from the text :)   In regards to explaining on why Alexei was targetted,  you could also answer that OTMA were also possible carriers including evidence of Maria's extratiction of her tonsils. etc.
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Post by: Katya90 on April 05, 2010, 11:37:38 PM
I know what you mean about smiling at the hemophilia stuff. Every month on campus here they put up newsletters in the bathroom of events, health stuff, etc., and the last one gave a list of things that March is, one of them being "Hemophilia Awareness Month." I always smiled when I saw it.
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Post by: RHB on April 06, 2010, 09:20:48 AM
and the last one gave a list of things that March is, one of them being "Hemophilia Awareness Month."

Is it just me or is almost month an awareness of something? This Month is Child Abuse Prevention October is Domestic Violence Awareness and now i just found out that last month was Hemophilia Awareness... makes me wonder about the other months now!
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Post by: ElizavetaRose on April 06, 2010, 12:34:37 PM
Ok here's some more that happened in the past few days:You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs
- when you can't sleep and it's 2 in the morning so you flip through channels on TV.You're not really into science but on the Science Channel is something about an asteroid that hit in Siberia in 1908.You watch it just to see if Nicholas II is even remotely mentioned. He wasn't.
-On History International a two-part documentary is on called "Russia:Land of the Tsars" Once they get to Alexander II and start showing photographs you know when and where most of them were taken (and the people in them)

Now i realize just how weird and obsessed i am :)
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Post by: Michael HR on April 06, 2010, 01:38:25 PM
was watching the Antique Road show special this morning when they did an article on Faberge and after that i was transfixed for some 20 minutes as they included a whole section on NII etc. While I had seen the lcips before I still find it interesting and also to see some of the Eggs i sue, particularly the one with the three miniatures that pop out of the top (sorry of hand cannot remember the name). Oh well
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Post by: blessOTMA on April 06, 2010, 04:35:05 PM
was watching the Antique Road show special this morning when they did an article on Faberge and after that i was transfixed for some 20 minutes as they included a whole section on NII etc. While I had seen the lcips before I still find it interesting and also to see some of the Eggs i sue, particularly the one with the three miniatures that pop out of the top (sorry of hand cannot remember the name). Oh well
Lilly of the Valley, I believe. Years ago there was a Faberge show at the  Met. I went twice. It was a big deal, to arrange to do that but so worth it. I found out something. Every time you see these objects, it is a new experience, even if you are familiar with them. It's never enough to see them once. They don't reveal themselves that easily .
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Post by: Tasia on April 06, 2010, 05:19:59 PM
Cool, Michael, Elizaveta and Keegan!!! Cool homework, keegan   ;)
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Post by: Tasia on April 06, 2010, 05:24:28 PM
It's easy!!
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Post by: Katya90 on April 06, 2010, 10:06:45 PM
I thought of another hemophilia-amusing thing today... There's an episode of Doctor Who (a sci-fi show about a time traveler) where they meet Queen Victoria, and have a theory that Queen Victoria's blood mutation is really a werewolf gene. So I always watch it and think about what if Alexei was a werewolf, hahaha.

They talk about it at a minute into this clip, if you're interested. All silly stuff of course: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlzEUwjU0y4
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Post by: Tasia on April 07, 2010, 01:48:20 PM
WOW KATYA !!

Edit: Now I'm daydreaming about it... o-o
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Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on April 07, 2010, 02:22:53 PM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs and other 19th-century royalty when your Thuringian literary interests center on Gotha, not Goethe :-)
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Post by: Katya90 on April 09, 2010, 01:17:41 PM
Got another one... when you're taking a language test and you get to the "make a sentence with these words" section, and the only names you can think of to use in the sentence are GDs names. Today on my French quiz I wrote "Tatiana's room is always neat." Haha.
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Post by: Tasia on April 10, 2010, 07:46:19 AM
Lol, Katya.
I wrote sth like this in my English test!
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Post by: RHB on April 10, 2010, 12:30:48 PM
YKYOWTR when you're watching 7th Heaven's Holocaust Episode "I Hate You" and when Simon tells Ruthie "Here's how the parenting thing works when you do something bad they punish you because they love you" (or something like that) and all of the sudden you think of that sentence in Alexandra's letter to Maria in response to her feeling unloved "to scold does not mean not to love" or something to that effect i mean! I'm watching it now and when they came all i thought was "to scold does not mean not to love" and i couldn't help but laugh a little!  :)
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Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on April 10, 2010, 05:39:35 PM
I thought of another hemophilia-amusing thing today... There's an episode of Doctor Who (a sci-fi show about a time traveler) where they meet Queen Victoria, and have a theory that Queen Victoria's blood mutation is really a werewolf gene. So I always watch it and think about what if Alexei was a werewolf, hahaha.

They talk about it at a minute into this clip, if you're interested. All silly stuff of course: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlzEUwjU0y4

Regardless of all the werewolf gibberish, what annoyed me most when watching that, was the fact that they had Queen Victoria speak in first person rather than third. She says "my" instead of "we", and speaks very personally. I also noticed that actress is from and old Masterpiece Theater series : D
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Post by: Katya90 on April 11, 2010, 06:14:04 PM
Yes, I guess you would expect a Queen and Empress to be much more formal. Perhaps it was because throughout the episode, those two characters ran all around with her in trying to escape the werewolf, haha.
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Post by: Kalafrana on April 12, 2010, 03:33:03 AM
I don't think Queen Victoria actually used the royal 'we' in ordinary speech - that is a bit of a joke. The royal we is used for official documents. Nevertheless, one would expect fairly formal speech.

Ann
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Post by: abbigail on April 12, 2010, 06:28:24 AM
I thought that was rather funny, Katya.  :D

just came up with another one

YKYOWTRW...you find out your priest was born in 1916 and are vaguely thrilled.

Lol...he's 94. I find this kind of amazing. My great-grandmother was born in 1914 which is also pretty awesome, in my opinion.

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Post by: Katya90 on April 12, 2010, 04:21:26 PM
My grandmother was also born in 1914! A lot of times I just sit around mystified by the fact that she was alive at the same time that the IF was, when the Romanov dynasty was still in power, etc.
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Post by: abbigail on April 12, 2010, 06:32:28 PM
I know what you mean! Today I told my brother, "Father Charles was alive when the Tsar was still the TSAR!!!!" and he looked stunned and said, "Really??" This stuff sorta rubs off on him XD
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Post by: Tasia on April 13, 2010, 05:39:42 PM
So cool,. girls! Idk when my great-grandmother was born!
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Post by: ElizavetaRose on April 19, 2010, 11:37:15 AM
Here's one that just happened a few minutes ago. I'm not sure if this really counts.
- You get really excited when you find out that your yet unborn baby cousin is a girl that will share a Birthday with Catherine the Great
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Post by: ElizavetaRose on April 19, 2010, 11:39:39 AM
Here's one that just happened a few minutes ago. I'm not sure if this really counts.
- You get really excited when you find out that your yet unborn baby cousin is a girl that will share a Birthday with Catherine the Great

Well,going by the Old Style calendar. But still!  :)
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Post by: Katya90 on April 19, 2010, 01:21:50 PM
lol, I do that too. Someone told me their birthday recent and I almost shouted out "OMG, you have the same birthday as Olga!" That would've been interesting to explain, haha...
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Post by: rosieposie on April 19, 2010, 03:37:41 PM
YKYOWTRW  You get thrilled when your boyfriend sits engaged with the Mystery Files episodes of The Romanovs and Rasputin.  Then asks you questions and you happily give answers.  Plus you are impressed with the acting of the IF and seeing the girls with short hair while their in the Ipatiev house.
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on April 19, 2010, 04:58:46 PM
When you read Twilight and say, "OMG Edward Cullen was born in the same year as Anastasia!" and that's the only reason you bothered to continue reading.  Also when you bring in a new Romanov book to school and your friends are like "How can you POSSIBLY absorb any more info on these people?!?"   Not to mention you've made a few of them read N & A..... XD
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Post by: abbigail on April 19, 2010, 07:11:37 PM
YKYOWTRW  You get thrilled when your boyfriend sits engaged with the Mystery Files episodes of The Romanovs and Rasputin.  Then asks you questions and you happily give answers.  Plus you are impressed with the acting of the IF and seeing the girls with short hair while their in the Ipatiev house.

I love when stuff like that happens :D. When people finally see what you like so much about it!

Ekaterina--I read that book once and I never made that connection! That's cool
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on April 21, 2010, 02:23:37 PM
YKYOWTRW...a club you go to announces that it is getting some new books in to help some of the 'quieter' members pass the time, and you find out one of them is N & A, and you suddenly jump up whilst your club leader is mid-speech and shout: "YES! YES! THERE REALLY IS A GOD!"...and then have to sit down and explain your actions!  :-[
Emily x
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Post by: abbigail on April 21, 2010, 03:25:57 PM
:D You really did that?? I would have been thinking something similar!
That's so cool how N&A ws included! Did you get anyone else to read the book?
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on April 22, 2010, 08:22:08 AM
Yes, I did really do that, on Tuesday at 6:30pm actually. After I'd explained myself, I was first to the book pile, and I leapt round the room, singing a victory song and doing a victory dance, whilst clonking people on the head with the book, and informing them that they had been 'touched by the sacred book that you must worship!'.
Emily x
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Post by: TimM on April 22, 2010, 12:18:18 PM
You start out writing a brief alternate ending for the Romanov's, but you find it's not enough and you just keep going, turning it into a full length story :)
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Post by: Michael HR on April 22, 2010, 12:31:46 PM
When you sit in front of the computer reading thousands of posts on the AP forum and loving every minute of it....
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Post by: abbigail on April 22, 2010, 03:06:42 PM
TimM, I've been reading your story on the Alternate Endings thread! It is SO GOOd. I was really enthralled.

Michael HR...hehe, before I joined I did that.
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Post by: TimM on April 22, 2010, 04:21:07 PM
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TimM, I've been reading your story on the Alternate Endings thread! It is SO GOOd. I was really enthralled.


Thanks, Abbigail, I'm glad you're enjoying it.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Katya90 on April 22, 2010, 10:09:07 PM
Oh here's a good one! So my campus has some pretty popular ghost stories about certain buildings, and we had a "ghost tour" tonight, so one guy was setting up this creepy story about some lady who was murdered, and he goes "They whipped her, but they didn't know she was a hemophiliac" and I go "WOMEN CAN'T HAVE HEMOPHILIA!" and ruin the whole thing. lol.
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Post by: RHB on April 22, 2010, 10:40:08 PM
ok being a ghost "believer" do you remember the place behind the story? like where was the woman "haunting"? I'm really curious now... what can i say.
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Post by: Katya90 on April 22, 2010, 10:57:16 PM
It's the castle here on my university campus. It used to belong to a really rich entrepreneur who built it to show off. Him and his wife didn't get along and supposedly his wife found one of his mistresses and whipped her as a punishment, but she ended up bleeding to death, and supposedly every time they tried to paint over the walls in the room the blood would seep through, so they eventually just painted the room red. I dunno, seems kind of like a fishy story to me.
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Post by: abbigail on April 23, 2010, 06:21:01 AM
Actually, in my sister's biology class a girl said she had haemophilia when she was a baby. They corrected it soon after. Apparently it's like a million to one chance or something. But idk.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on April 24, 2010, 07:34:12 AM
How interesting!!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Katya90 on April 24, 2010, 02:14:58 PM
Another... I'm sure I'm not the only one here who uses Alexandra's "Becker" phrase casually to refer to the very same thing...
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RHB on April 24, 2010, 02:42:57 PM
Another... I'm sure I'm not the only one here who uses Alexandra's "Becker" phrase casually to refer to the very same thing...

oh dear i do when it comes I'm like "oh man not Madame Becker come on!" so oh yeah i always use the phrase ha i never thought about that one nice one nice one! I remember the first time i used it and i warned my grandmother i had "Madame Becker" and she like what the heck are you talking about which then changed after she knew what i meant to where the heck did you get that from? I'm quite amused by her confusion even after i told her where it was from she just finds it funny that i call it that now and sometimes goes why can't you just call it what it is (you know: "the time of the month", etc) and all i can think of is that it's a better "cleaner" way of actually mentioning it besides just saying "have 'you know what'" and nod your head or something like that!  :D  ;D
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Post by: blessOTMA on April 24, 2010, 11:00:16 PM
Romanov History Buff, that hilarious...and I'd love to know WHO Madame Becker was...someone the  Hess girls didn't like I'm thinking!!lol!

 You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when

You actually get the Imperial Standard flag on eBay! It's not much and it's great. Now if only I had a palace to raise it from! lol! 

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Post by: Katya90 on April 24, 2010, 11:37:05 PM
If it wasn't for the fact that Alexandra referred to Becker as a separate entity, I would almost say it was a name for a different "mood" of hers brought on by that time... Like, if she's feeling cranky she ceases to be Alix and instead becomes Madame Becker... but it's just a silly theory of mine.
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Post by: Tasia on April 25, 2010, 11:08:01 AM
Cool, botma!!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Jessamy on April 29, 2010, 03:02:13 PM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... you hear Coldplay's Viva La Vida and all you can think about is poor Nicky.  Here are the lyrics:

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Nor in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own.

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing,
"Now the old king is dead, long live the King!"

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand.

Chorus:
I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Calvalry choirs are singing.
Be my mirror, my sword, my shield,
my missionaries in a foreign field.
For some reason I can't explain,
I know St. Peter won't call my name.
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world.

It was the wicked and wild wind,
blew down the doors to let me in.
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn't believe what I'd become.

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be King?

Chorus.
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Post by: abbigail on April 29, 2010, 04:23:56 PM
I know!! That's the first thing I thought when I heard that song! My sister reccomended ot to me becuase it sounded "very Romanov-ish".

YKYOW You smile every time you flip past the pages in your history book with photos of the IF included
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Post by: Tasia on April 29, 2010, 04:49:03 PM
That's true, Jess and Abby!
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Post by: Nicolá De Valerón on April 29, 2010, 05:26:50 PM
Maybe not exactly about Romanovs, but anyway:

You know you are obsessed with the Imperial Russian military and the Table of Ranks, when you start imagine what rank would probably have in the Imperial Russian table of Ranks your uncle, Captain of the Russian Police and younger brother, Lieutenant of the jurisprudence service. All in all they would be in the 8th and 10th ranks in the Table of Ranks respectively;).
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on April 30, 2010, 03:22:34 AM
And when you are delighted to find that Fyodor Petrovich has appointed you a naval Captain 1st Rank on his Table of Ranks!

Ann
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Post by: Kalafrana on April 30, 2010, 07:29:51 AM
When you decide to treat yourself to 'Conspirator' (Helen Rappaport's new book about Lenin in exile) and 'The Last Englishman' (a biography of Arthur Ransome, who was a correspondent in Russia during the Revolution and married Trotsky's secretary).

Then you go to the bookshop, and come out with, in addition, a biography of Catherine the Great and a detective yarn set in Moscow in 1876.

Ann
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on April 30, 2010, 07:32:15 AM
Oh yes, Jessamy, that sounds very Romanovish! Poor Nicky! I have a song that I think should have been written about NAOTMAA in 1918 Ekaterinburg, it is (Yes, Leticia! Really!) 'BrokenPromiseLand' by Bon Jovi. The lyrics:
Angels falling from the sky,
Imagine that, imagine that,
Nobody's getting out of here alive,
No turning back, No turning back,

Who's gonna bail out all our shattered dreams?
And scrape some truth off of these city streets?
No time for praying, get up off your knees,

Chorus:
There's hope I know, out on that lonely road,
'Cos home is where you are and where I am,
Breathe in, breathe out, there's only now,
And all I got I'm holding in my hands,
We're breaking out of BrokenPromiseLand.

Let's close our eyes and just disappear,
Slip through the cracks, no looking back,
We'd get a million miles away from here,
And let the past just fade to black,

So what you learn to live with your regrets,
No need to fear what hasn't happened yet,
Well I'll forget you but you can't forget.

Chorus.

So rise my fallen angel,
Come on now, come on now,
Shine, don't let 'em break you,
Come on now, come on now,
Come on now, Come on now,

Come on now, come on now,
Come on now, come on

Chorus.

Breaking out of BrokenPromiseLand,
Breaking out of BrokenPromiseLand.
Emily x
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Post by: Tasia on April 30, 2010, 10:08:20 AM
Bon Jovi ROCKSS!!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Nicolá De Valerón on April 30, 2010, 10:30:51 AM
And when you are delighted to find that Fyodor Petrovich has appointed you a naval Captain 1st Rank on his Table of Ranks!

Ann

Ann, that was only example. No appointments at all. You can appoint yourself according to number of post with an any rank from Infantry, Cavalry, Naval or what you want.

Btw, Feodor is responsible only for the Civil Ranks, while Lieutenant of the Imperial yacht Standart Nicholay Valerov is responsible for all the military equivalents;).

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Post by: Katya90 on April 30, 2010, 02:49:59 PM
There is also a thread for songs about naotmaa somewhere in this forum that has a lot of other possibilities. ;)

Here's one... when you go to see the thesis presentations at your college to get ideas for yours, and all you can think about are possibilities for centering yours on the Romanovs!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on April 30, 2010, 08:17:44 PM
Maybe not exactly about Romanovs, but anyway:

You know you are obsessed with the Imperial Russian military and the Table of Ranks, when you start imagine what rank would probably have in the Imperial Russian table of Ranks your uncle, Captain of the Russian Police and younger brother, Lieutenant of the jurisprudence service. All in all they would be in the 8th and 10th ranks in the Table of Ranks respectively;).

I've kind of wondered about this too but of course know next to nothing about it! :D
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Joyann1 on April 30, 2010, 08:22:47 PM
YKYBWTHW: Every time you pass a bookstore you go in to see of they have any Romanov related books to expend your collection.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on May 01, 2010, 08:28:53 AM
True, Joyan!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Katya90 on May 01, 2010, 01:15:56 PM
Another... when your friend mentions how the tip of her nose sticks up, you go "You have a humble snub!" And then everyone looks at you strangely...
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Post by: TimM on May 01, 2010, 07:03:16 PM
You wish you could build a time machine so you could go back and warn the Romanov's about their fate, or, get them out yourself.
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Post by: blessOTMA on May 01, 2010, 11:09:30 PM
You wish you could build a time machine so you could go back and warn the Romanov's about their fate, or, get them out yourself.
Indeed Tim.  What you say reminds me of an idea I had in the late 60's when I first read their story. I wished I could bring them to an air conditioned theater to get a break  from the Ipatiev  House oppressive heat!  lol!
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Post by: RHB on May 01, 2010, 11:40:07 PM
YKYOWTRW you start a rant on how unfair their murder was and don't know when to shut up once you get started on the subject! I have a "typist's" cramp right now from ranting and raving about on the AIM (for those who know what AIM is)! I am very "passionate" about unfair things in history and now (this, Jane Grey, uh Salem Witch Trials... don't get me started on the holocaust if not started on this) and about now (Witch persecution, Jewish and other minority persecution, etc) just because u don't understand don't make it evil! OK I'll stop b4 i start here on the board!  :-X
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Post by: Tasia on May 02, 2010, 10:05:36 AM
You wish you could build a time machine so you could go back and warn the Romanov's about their fate, or, get them out yourself.
Indeed Tim.  What you say reminds me of an idea I had in the late 60's when I first read their story. I wished I could bring them to an air conditioned theater to get a break  from the Ipatiev  House oppressive heat!  lol!

Lol!
I always imagine that I'm back on the Romanovs time! But I always think that I'd miss technology! lol
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Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on May 02, 2010, 10:22:33 AM
YKYBWTHW: Every time you pass a bookstore you go in to see of they have any Romanov related books to expend your collection.

Guilty as charged.
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Post by: Kalafrana on May 05, 2010, 10:27:55 AM
When you need a new computer password and instantly think of something from Russian history.


Nicola

For the moment I am honoured to be a Captain Fist Rank in the Imperial Navy, but given that I am susceptible to seasickness I may seek a place in the army instead. Now, can I avoid looking foolish on a horse enough to be a Colonel of Hussars, or would I be better in the infantry?

Ann
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Post by: Nicolá De Valerón on May 05, 2010, 03:25:40 PM
Ann, what about the WWI Russian Air Force? Let's move to the early War time (1914). If you don't have an acrophobia, I can offer you the rank of Colonel of the Guard and Commander of the 1st Corps Squadron (dislocated in the same name Guard's Corps). This is very prestigious offer, because you'll command the prestigious military formation in a rather rare for WWII military division.
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Post by: Kalafrana on May 06, 2010, 03:22:13 AM
Nicola

I am honoured!

Ann
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Post by: abbigail on May 12, 2010, 05:22:52 PM
YKYOW you go kind of happily insane when finding out your school library has a copy of "The Fall of the Romanovs" by Mark Steinberg (and you check it out immediately). I was the first to ever check it out! :D

Carrying around a huge, severe-looking red book with me all day seemed to inspire interest in my friends...one friend, coming into the library with me later that day, asked me what the book was about and I gave her a brief synopsis (arrest and execution) and she asked, "You mean, they killed the whole family?" "Yeah." "Like...all at once?" "Yes," I said "Wow," she replied. Another friend of mine saw me reading the book in Spanish class and asked "Why are you reading that??", because it looks kind of like a small textbook, until I showed her what it was. I mentioned Anastasia and she got interested after that :D. There are several pages of photos in the middle and she sat and looked at those for a long time.

Lol...I liked that day! The book was good too...just finished it today, and now my sister is reading it.
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Post by: Павэл on May 12, 2010, 06:16:18 PM
Ones of my own

* You hear something that sounded (even vaguely like) the word 'Tatiana' mentioned on the TV in a bar and demand everyone goes silent and the volume turned up. (1999 - Aged 19)
* You are taken to the imperial War Museum (London) specifically to wean you off all this 'royalty rubbish' by reintroducuing you to your previous mania - WWII. You instead spend all 7 hours in the one and only Russian room in the WWI exhibit reading the same stuff over and over again (feeling upset you couldn't find a decent photo of Tatiana, but looking more intently as if one will 'just appear' if you keep looking) while your dad (A Trades Union Official of all things) looks like he's about to scream. (Aged 16)
* You start drawing little heart shapes on some of the photos in your books. :-[ (No prize for guessing which particular second daughter)
* You begin buying books on time travel possibilities and set yourelf the task of rescuing them. (Aged 15)
* You get messed up while considering the above - if they are rescued then you would never have encountered the subject (they'd just have been another historical group). Your head melts trying to solve this paradox and you burst in tears in your room surrounded by books of them.
* You blub through your tears, apologising to them, for letting them all down.
* You try instead to find a way to FAKE their execution (while still rescuing them) so that history will still go as before.
* Вы самостоятельно учитесь Русского, так что если вы преуспеваете в спасении их вы можете говорить легко!
* Turning on the telly years later you see a 3-minute clip on the revolution and spend all night thinking about it. You look on the web and start typing '"tatiana" into wikipedia. You add it to your favourites list and immediately open a new desktop folder entitled 'OTMA'. You feel somehow 'complete again'. (Aged 30, about 4 weks ago)

Posted elsewhere, but:

"This same odd fellow, uncorrected
To his Tatyana makes his way."

-Eugene Onegin
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Post by: Talya on May 12, 2010, 06:26:22 PM
You write a fan fiction about them!!! XD XD so obessed!! XD XD
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Post by: TimM on May 12, 2010, 06:51:26 PM
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You write a fan fiction about them!!!


Yeah, I know.  But it's fun.  I wrote one, Bid Time Return.  Have you written any?  Just curious.
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Post by: Talya on May 12, 2010, 07:07:20 PM
I am currently! And also you write every report you on them lol
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Post by: TimM on May 12, 2010, 11:16:08 PM
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And also you write every report you on them


Buh??
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Post by: abbigail on May 13, 2010, 06:33:48 AM
Pavel Mikhailovitch, I loved you little story/bio! I understand feeling "complete". I thought it was especially funny about you and your dad in the museum. :D

Speaking of which...YKYOWTRW (or with History in general) you understand "phases". Like, phases of interest. Mine were in this order

--Ancient China (starting when I was about 7)
--17th-18th century Japan
--Ancient Egypt (this one was elaborate!)
--The Romanovs and revolutionary Russia

And this is still going strong (obviously) with Lewis Carroll and Rudolph Valentino thrown in there as well. I have Carroll's bigoraphy and am hoping for Valentino's as well, on my birthday this Sunday!
Of course, I've asked for a couple Romanov books as well :)

Did you all have "phases"? What were they?
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Post by: Павэл on May 13, 2010, 07:02:35 AM
For me it was less of a 'phase' - I simply burned out in a 'conflagration' of nightmares (I'd been having them since the beginning, on and off). The last was when I was at University. Ever woken up and been unable to move? Its called (I found out later) 'sleep aponea' - the body when asleep is filled with muscle freezing chemicals to stop us acting out our dreams. At times of stress it all screws up and even if awake the effect continues. Its also common to have a second effect - despite being awake you're still dreaming.

The University had noted I'd been having problems - I was described as being a 'zombie' - the nightmares were coming every night. It was usually fragments of the events of Yekaterinburg. You know how dreams work - all jumbled up stuff. In one I walked out of my lecture hall (in the dream) to where there should have been a lobby to find myself in 'the cellar room' - empty but with all the 'splatters' up the walls as if it had just happened. The double doors at the back of the room were open and led to the main corridor of the chemistry department.

When people tried to find out what was wrong with me appariently I didn't make sense. I was given a week off and saw my family then returned. After a week back I'd had a few 'flickers' - standing next to "Comrade Ermakoff" in a bus queue (no grotesque bits - he was just standing there normally waiting for the bus and eating a take-away - but intimidating to see him). At the end of the week I actually felt quite settled..............(more coming)
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on May 13, 2010, 07:04:31 AM
Happy birthday for Sunday, Abbigail! I have phases, but I tend to keep most of mine. For instance, I am still in the X-men phase, the Billy the Kid phase, and the beloved Romanov phase!
YKYOWTRW.....You start teaching an 8-year-old child Russian, and are very pleased when she chooses 'Tatiana' as her Russian name. And also, whenever you see a new picture of OTMAA, you HAVE to try and make the faces that they are pulling in the mirror, and when you spontaneously walk past a mirror, you have to strike a Romanov pose. My favourites being these two:
(http://nd01.jxs.cz/512/841/30c1f4f4c2_44824245_v1.jpg)

And Maria's face in this one:
(http://nd01.jxs.cz/360/541/b42804ed4e_44824585_v1.jpg)
Emily x
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Post by: Павэл on May 13, 2010, 07:30:28 AM
.......

I went to bed with my folders laid about on the floor next to my bed. At some point during the dream I became aware of where I was - at the top of the stairs going down to the cellar watching everyone file past. I was (as was often) a 'floating entity', just watching events unfold - this was normal for the 'full plot nightmare' (as opposed to those where elements were inserted into a normal dream.) I remember my field of view following behind the guards bring up the rear of the column, through cellar rooms to the one with double doors at the back. When the gun fire began I woke up, curled up on my side facing the room - then realised I couldn't move anything except my eyes, which rolled around the room trying to get bearings, and confused at to why I could see 2 things - my room (the bedside light was still on) and something else laid over my sight like a 'transparancy' - all running at high speed but as I got my bearings it slowed down and the 'transparency' began moulding itself into the room - distorting to fit the dimensions of my bedroom; some of the furniture began fading out; the walls began growing cream and brown stripes and those bloody double doors appeared in the corner (they'd always been a prominent item - and a story to it - I'll tell you sometime).

The sequence carried on - in 'real time' - from where Yurovsky began checking pulses - one of them screamed and everyone started going in with bayonets. I'd been attempting on and off to work out the sequence of events (at least a plausible set of outcomes - hypothetical ) based on the initial white investigations, official reports and the wounds on the skeletons. I even worked out how much half a pood of diamonds were - got the same volume of gravel and small stones and determined how much body it would cover - enough to totally armour 3 torsos or partially all the ladies. This was one of the variations I'd formed. The bayonts went all over the place in a frenzy of swiping and stabbing hitting all the 'peripherals' as they bounced off her torso - stomach, arms, face (I think I'll stop there). ...............
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Post by: Павэл on May 13, 2010, 07:39:47 AM
.............

Soon I found I could move my fingers and the Ipatieff House faded away and my room reappeared. I threw up all over my books on the floor. Next day at Lectures they saw me shaking in my seat and was taken to the local hospital and from there collected by my parents. The feeling was of numbness. Quite how I'm not sure, but over the next few weeks I managed to erase the whole thing from start to end - packed my books into the attic and pretended it never happened. I remebered freaking out at uni, but put it down to 'stress'.

Over the lest few weeks I've slowly been remembering things.

So was it a 'phase'? Or did I just need a holiday from it all before I ended up in a straight jacket?

Anyway here's another:

* While typing on your live feed on facebook you start writing something like " Boring day - accounts need doing; Te Deum in the..." then realise your getting mixed up a bit.


Pav
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Post by: blessOTMA on May 13, 2010, 07:42:04 AM
Pavel Mikhailovitch..are you describing a dream, or a vision? Either way you made quite real.
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Post by: blessOTMA on May 13, 2010, 07:47:26 AM
Pavel Mikhailovitch..are you describing a dream, or a vision? Either way you made quite real.
I meant to say you made it quite real. It was well Maria didn't have jewels sown into her clothes. She was such a powerful person physically ,that added protection  would have made her death even more of an ordeal...if that was possible
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Post by: Павэл on May 13, 2010, 07:56:51 AM
Pavel Mikhailovitch..are you describing a dream, or a vision? Either way you made quite real.
I meant to say you made it quite real. It was well Maria didn't have jewels sown into her clothes. She was such a powerful person physically ,that added protection  would have made her death even more of an ordeal...if that was possible

Hmm Indeed. Some accounts give all four as having been armoured - others only OTA.

Realistic? I'd run it through in my minds eye over and over agin trying to reconstruct it. I had it well rehearsed. All it took I suppose was for it to be reenacted 'involuntarily'.
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Post by: Павэл on May 13, 2010, 08:03:02 AM
A little off topic, but it makes more sense that M.N didn't have any 'armour'.

* She went first to Yekaterinburg
* Alexandra sends the coded 'medicines' message from Yekaterinburg to tobolsk
* OTA prepare their 'medicines', then go to Yekaterinburg
* The guards at Yekaterinburg are noted as wandering into the rooms at will and without warning and taking things. In this case it is unlikely they would have risked opening up their corsets to 'redistibute' the jewellery to include M.N. as a guard could have burst in at any time.

Let me look back. Farewell, you bowers
Where days would float by lazily,
Where first I yielded to the powers
Of passion and of reverie!
And you, oh youthful inspiration,
Come, rouse anew imagination -
Upon the dull mind's slumbers break,
My little nook do not forsake;
Let not the poet's heart know capture
By sullen time and soon grow dry
And hard and cold and petrifyHere in the world's benumbing rapture,
This pool we bathe in, friends, this muck
In which, God help us , we are stuck.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on May 13, 2010, 08:12:46 AM
A little off topic, but it makes more sense that M.N didn't have any 'armour'.

* She went first to Yekaterinburg
* Alexandra sends the coded 'medicines' message from Yekaterinburg to tobolsk
* OTA prepare their 'medicines', then go to Yekaterinburg
* The guards at Yekaterinburg are noted as wandering into the rooms at will and without warning and taking things. In this case it is unlikely they would have risked opening up their corsets to 'redistibute' the jewellery to include M.N. as a guard could have burst in at any time.
lol! But of course! I wasn't looking down on Marie for being without a coat of 'medicines'! lol!  She was a test case of searching along with her parents by going Yekaterinburg. They would never undo their needle work from  Tobolsk once at Yekaterinburg!  But it was well she didn't have the extra protection being so strong already. However you very ably defend Mashka's honor! I salute you!
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Post by: Павэл on May 13, 2010, 08:12:58 AM
* You can quote most of Eugene Onegin and find any excuse to puit it in. (this muck/in which, God help us we a re stuck :))
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Post by: blessOTMA on May 13, 2010, 09:00:21 AM
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Realistic? I'd run it through in my minds eye over and over again trying to reconstruct it. I had it well rehearsed. All it took I suppose was for it to be reenacted 'involuntarily'.
What I meant was when reading your account, the emotions and images felt quite real . As if one was "there".
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on May 13, 2010, 09:10:06 AM
Pavel Mikhailovitch..are you describing a dream, or a vision? Either way you made quite real.
I meant to say you made it quite real. It was well Maria didn't have jewels sown into her clothes. She was such a powerful person physically ,that added protection  would have made her death even more of an ordeal...if that was possible
Really? I didn't know that. All the accounts I've read have stated with full confidence that all of OTMA were armoured. Your theories make sense Pavel Mikhailovitch and BlessOTMA; I suppose one could never know unless we were Maria Nikolaevna herself...what an honour that would be! See, you learn something new on this forum every day. God bless Maria Nikolaevna!
Emily x
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Post by: blessOTMA on May 13, 2010, 09:17:48 AM
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Really? I didn't know that. All the accounts I've read have stated with full confidence that all of OTMA were armoured. Your theories make sense Pavel Mikhailovitch and BlessOTMA; I suppose one could never know unless we were Maria Nikolaevna herself...what an honour that would be! See, you learn something new on this forum every day. God bless Maria Nikolaevna!
Emily x
I believe one of the executioners stated  Maria's body didn't have jewels...and he thought this meant she wasn't trusted by  the others. Pavel Mikhailovitch pointed out the reasons she didn't have jewels in her clothing ( if indeed that was the case) ...it certainly was not due to a lack of trust! ...but because she was with her parents when the jewels were sown in the clothes etc. Indeed, God bless Maria Nikolaevna!
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on May 13, 2010, 09:20:27 AM
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author=Beautiful_Anastasia link=topic=14240.msg439573#msg439573 date=1273759806]
Really? I didn't know that. All the accounts I've read have stated with full confidence that all of OTMA were armoured. Your theories make sense Pavel Mikhailovitch and BlessOTMA; I suppose one could never know unless we were Maria Nikolaevna herself...what an honour that would be! See, you learn something new on this forum every day. God bless Maria Nikolaevna!
Emily x
I believe one of the executioners stated  Maria's body didn't have jewels...and he thought this meant she wasn't trusted by  the others. Pavel Mikhailovitch pointed out the reasons she didn't have jewels in her clothing ( if indeed that was the case) ...it certainly was not due to a lack of trust! ...but because she was with her parents when the jewels were sown in the clothes etc. Indeed, God bless Maria Nikolaevna!
Exactly. Poor Maria. Although, I suppose, if she'd had had jewels, then she would have suffered for longer, so maybe it was good that she didn't? I would love to go back and insist that they all wear full body armour.
Emily x
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Post by: TimM on May 13, 2010, 11:18:06 AM
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I would love to go back and insist that they all wear full body armour.

I would love to go back and get them out.  Or better still, get them out before they went to Ipatiev House.  It would have been easier then.
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Post by: abbigail on May 13, 2010, 03:19:11 PM
Pavel Mikhailovitch, that is really frightening! I hope everything is ok now!

I find the idea that Maria was not "armored" to be very interesting. I never even considered that before.

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Post by: TimM on May 13, 2010, 04:26:10 PM
I just read Pavel's account of his dream/vision.  Spooky.

**Twilight Zone theme begins to play, Rod Serling comes on screen**

"Submitted for your approval, one Pavel Mikhailovitch, who while falling asleep one day, took a trip back in time and space and wound up in, The Twilight Zone."


For those of you unfamiliar with the Twilight Zone, it was an American TV show that ran from 1959 to 1964, hosted by the late Rod Serling.  It featured stories that dealt in science fiction/fantasy/horror.  Also, this show featured many young actors who would go on to become famous, Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, and Dennis Hopper being some of them :)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on May 13, 2010, 09:53:13 PM
Pavel Mikhailovitch, that is really frightening! I hope everything is ok now!
I find the idea that Maria was not "armored" to be very interesting. I never even considered that before.
I was thinking about that yesterday while doing the dishes of all things... that if  one of them didn't have the armor of the jewels, it was well it was Marie. Her physical strength along with that  would have simply prolonged her martyrdom, which bless her, was far, far  too long already . Pavel Mikhailovitch's  account reminded me of those  thoughts . When we do things on autopilot, interesting thoughts can rise up.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Павэл on May 13, 2010, 11:01:28 PM
Hope you don't mind - i've 'rebegun' the grizzlier bits here. (p20)

http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=1230.285

We could just end up with two conflicting threads though!

Thanks for all your comments. It's 0456 in the UK. I've just woken up suddenly sweating buckets. Hmmmm.................

C'mon: This is supposed to be a fun thread! :)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on May 14, 2010, 06:31:44 PM
YKYOWTR'S when you watch the movie "Anastasia (1997)" over and over !!!!!
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Post by: amartin71718 on May 14, 2010, 08:12:59 PM
And point out all the inaccuracies. I've done that so much I can't even watch the movie anymore.
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Post by: RHB on May 15, 2010, 04:54:49 AM
YKYOWTR when you find that you are now able to slip into an at least "okay" Russian accent! At first I started saying So-ve-et (Soviet) then the words "Russian", "Russia" and Ural Soviet... it's started with Yurovsky's death sentence i read out loud once i realized i said Ural Soviet with a Russian accent i was like what the heck since when could i pull of a Russian accent? I think I've listened to that guy's accent in Rasputin one two many times (the guy that did Yurovsky in the end of it)!  :)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on May 15, 2010, 06:20:23 AM
And point out all the inaccuracies. I've done that so much I can't even watch the movie anymore.
Lol!!!

That's cool, RHB! XD
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Post by: abbigail on May 15, 2010, 08:53:20 AM
Haha, RomanovHistoryBuff...I've never tried that. My "accent" would probably be atrocious. It's funny how yours just kinda slipped out!
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on May 15, 2010, 11:26:20 AM
And point out all the inaccuracies. I've done that so much I can't even watch the movie anymore.
Lol!!!

That's cool, RHB! XD
That movie's list of inaccuracies is so terrible! I was watching it with my friend the other day and I told her this and she was like 'Really? How many is there?' and I was like 'Do you want the list in alphabetical or chronological order?'
Emily x
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on May 16, 2010, 06:17:39 PM
True, Emily!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: TimM on May 16, 2010, 06:40:24 PM
Well, as I have said, the movie is based more on the legend of Anastasia than Anastasia herself.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RHB on May 17, 2010, 08:43:45 PM
YKYOWTR when you're presently watching the season finale of Gossip Girl and when you hear what Dorota names her new baby girl that was just born Anastasia you freak a little and be like "did she just say what I think she just said... that was not the name i heard say what!? Go figure her newlywed husband Vanya is Russian (she's polish)!  :D
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on May 18, 2010, 10:51:33 AM
I'm going to Italy next month...and weirdly (or not) I'm most excited about being able to go somewhere that Alix went once!! I guess that's another good YKYOW...
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Katya90 on May 18, 2010, 09:51:52 PM
I didn't know Alexandra had been to Italy! When exactly? I was just there a few months ago, now I wish I'd known that!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on May 18, 2010, 10:07:19 PM
YKYOWTR when you write a spoof of Lady GaGa's song Telephone called "Not Obsessed With The Romanovs."  Part of it goes like:

"I got cards, I got books, I got films and all, but I'm so not obsessed with the Romanovs
 You can say what you want and I'll hear 'Romanov,' but I'm so not obsessed with the Romanovs.
 My iPod is filled with old tsarist songs, but I'm not obsessed with the Romanovs.
 Think Yurovsky's a freak 'cause he killed NAOTMAA, but I'm still not obsessed with the Romanovs."
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Post by: Talya on May 19, 2010, 12:44:35 AM
Nice! YKYOWTR when they influence what you want to be when you grow up! (Genetic scientist, and I'm kick hemophilia where it hurts, that defective gene!) (On second thought I really shouldn't kick it, you know?)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: rosieposie on May 19, 2010, 03:21:42 AM
I'm going to Italy next month...and weirdly (or not) I'm most excited about being able to go somewhere that Alix went once!! I guess that's another good YKYOW...

And so did Hitler and of course Mussolini.  Etc etc.

Besides Eva Peron went there during her Rainbow Tour.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on May 19, 2010, 06:01:38 AM
YKYOWTR when you write a spoof of Lady GaGa's song Telephone called "Not Obsessed With The Romanovs."  Part of it goes like:

"I got cards, I got books, I got films and all, but I'm so not obsessed with the Romanovs
 You can say what you want and I'll hear 'Romanov,' but I'm so not obsessed with the Romanovs.
 My iPod is filled with old tsarist songs, but I'm not obsessed with the Romanovs.
 Think Yurovsky's a freak 'cause he killed NAOTMAA, but I'm still not obsessed with the Romanovs."

Very, very   funny!! It would make a great song! lol!
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on May 19, 2010, 06:06:04 AM
YKYOWTR when you write a spoof of Lady GaGa's song Telephone called "Not Obsessed With The Romanovs."  Part of it goes like:

"I got cards, I got books, I got films and all, but I'm so not obsessed with the Romanovs
 You can say what you want and I'll hear 'Romanov,' but I'm so not obsessed with the Romanovs.
 My iPod is filled with old tsarist songs, but I'm not obsessed with the Romanovs.
 Think Yurovsky's a freak 'cause he killed NAOTMAA, but I'm still not obsessed with the Romanovs."

Very, very   funny!! It would make a great song! lol!

Yes, get in touch with a recording artist - we'll be with you all the way!
Emily x
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Post by: abbigail on May 19, 2010, 06:16:34 AM
I didn't know Alexandra had been to Italy! When exactly? I was just there a few months ago, now I wish I'd known that!

I read that in "Nicholas and Alexandra" and all I know is that she went to Florence and Venice when she was young. Not sure eactly of the year, or when or with whom.
Anybody else know?

We're going to see the house my great-great grandfather built in Naples when the family was still living there...
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on May 19, 2010, 06:22:05 AM
I didn't know Alexandra had been to Italy! When exactly? I was just there a few months ago, now I wish I'd known that!

I read that in "Nicholas and Alexandra" and all I know is that she went to Florence and Venice when she was young. Not sure eactly of the year, or when or with whom.
Anybody else know?

We're going to see the house my great-great grandfather built in Naples when the family was still living there...

Interesting, Abbigail, are your family Italian?
Emily x
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on May 27, 2010, 03:22:18 PM
You know you're obsessed when you stay up past one in the morning chatting with fellow Romanov geeks about the Romanovs or Hapsburgs or something else related to them.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on May 27, 2010, 04:15:10 PM
Yes, my family's Italian.

Ekaterina, that's a good one! I'm sure many of the people on this forum can relate!
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Post by: rosieposie on May 27, 2010, 06:03:08 PM
YKYOWTHRW you find it amusing at the zealous ethusiam of someone else's love for a historical figure and then think "Merde, that was the way I was when I started my love of the IF."

My boyfriend's mother is into an Australian historical figure and gets all excited about them.   I found an article in the paper about the figure and she almost screamed with delight over it.  LOL.
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Post by: blessOTMA on May 27, 2010, 10:41:40 PM
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 I found an article in the paper about the figure and she almost screamed with delight over it.  LOL.
  lol!
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on May 28, 2010, 05:44:14 AM
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  I found an article in the paper about the figure and she almost screamed with delight over it.  LOL.
  lol!
We'd do the same if it was a Romanov article...
Emily x
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Post by: blessOTMA on May 28, 2010, 07:37:49 AM
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  I found an article in the paper about the figure and she almost screamed with delight over it.  LOL.
  lol!
We'd do the same if it was a Romanov article...
Emily x
Exactly!! ....and have! lol !
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: RHB on May 28, 2010, 06:39:41 PM
YKYOWTRW you get expo markers that can draw on glass so your front glass door reads the following
"Hope Has a Place in A Lover's Heart" (thank you Ally's Maria/Enya Video)
you quote underneath Lili Dehn's "Lovely and pleasant were they in their Lives..." underneath it "And in their death they were not divided" and then right next to it vertically it reads
Olga
Tatiana
Maria
Anastasia
(A)lexei with the OTMA(A) in block format and colored in... that was not easy either besides having to write all the backwards so it can be read outside!  :D  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on May 28, 2010, 07:24:37 PM
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  I found an article in the paper about the figure and she almost screamed with delight over it.  LOL.
  lol!
We'd do the same if it was a Romanov article...
Emily x
Exactly!! ....and have! lol !
LOL! cOOL, RHB! YKYOWTRW: When people ask you: "Why do you like the Russian royal court so much?"
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Antie on May 28, 2010, 07:24:49 PM
Ones of my own

* You hear something that sounded (even vaguely like) the word 'Tatiana' mentioned on the TV in a bar and demand everyone goes silent and the volume turned up. (1999 - Aged 19)
* You are taken to the imperial War Museum (London) specifically to wean you off all this 'royalty rubbish' by reintroducuing you to your previous mania - WWII. You instead spend all 7 hours in the one and only Russian room in the WWI exhibit reading the same stuff over and over again (feeling upset you couldn't find a decent photo of Tatiana, but looking more intently as if one will 'just appear' if you keep looking) while your dad (A Trades Union Official of all things) looks like he's about to scream. (Aged 16)

Ha ha, very good!

It's great to see another enthusiastic Tatiana fan!
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on May 28, 2010, 08:54:59 PM
I was digging a hole to plant a hydrangea plant in this afternoon and it made me think of the horrible Bolsheviks and them digging NAOTMAA's graves...it made me feel sad.  :'(
Also, I was scraping cake crumbs from a pan that a cake had just come out of, and it made me think of how Anastasia probably begged the cook to let her do that.  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on May 29, 2010, 02:46:47 PM
LOL!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on May 29, 2010, 03:20:49 PM
When you're at a dress rehearsal for Trooping the Colour and you start wondering what the Russian equivalent would have been like!

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on May 29, 2010, 05:36:40 PM
When you're at a dress rehearsal for Trooping the Colour and you start wondering what the Russian equivalent would have been like!

Ann
No wonder! You are witnessing  the closet equivalent to be found on earth! Shades of summer maneuvers! Must of been great!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on May 30, 2010, 04:40:42 AM
YKYOWTRW.....You start teaching a little kid Russian, tell her she needs a Russian name (to make it more exciting, and to do with name days), write her a list of them (with OTMA's at the top) and get all excited when she chooses 'Tatiana'. Lol.
Emily x
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on May 30, 2010, 09:59:00 AM
Cool, Kalafrana & Emily!!
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on June 03, 2010, 08:06:14 AM
When your Facebook profile pic is Alexandra, and when friends ask why you use it, you say "It's a Romanov geek thing.  You wouldn't understand."
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on June 03, 2010, 08:19:10 AM
Lol, Ekaterina xD
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on June 03, 2010, 11:41:17 PM
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It's a Romanov geek thing
Lol! good way to put it. And I've always wanted to be a geek at something! 
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Alyosha_Love on June 04, 2010, 10:05:51 AM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when

... your mother's birthday is July 30th and you become EXCEEDINGLY jealous that she shares your favorite historical person's birthday and then can't explain to her why you're jealous that this is her birthday.

However you are slightly mollified when you realize your birthday is November 15th, which is still a Romanov connection. (But are still jealous of your mom anyway)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on June 04, 2010, 04:50:25 PM
Lolz!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on June 04, 2010, 09:17:38 PM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when

... your mother's birthday is July 30th and you become EXCEEDINGLY jealous that she shares your favorite historical person's birthday and then can't explain to her why you're jealous that this is her birthday.

However you are slightly mollified when you realize your birthday is November 15th, which is still a Romanov connection. (But are still jealous of your mom anyway)

I know! I'm forever asking my family members' birthdays to see if they share it with a Romanov. My birthday was May 16th, which is unfortunately not shared with anybody royal (that I know of).
Who's birthdays are on July 30th and November 15th? Is the Nov. one Olga N's?
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on June 04, 2010, 10:31:02 PM
My birthday was May 16th, which is unfortunately not shared with anybody royal (that I know of).

Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Maximilian_of_Liechtenstein), one of the very few royals to have married a black person, was born on the 16th of May 1969.

And if it's any consolation I can divulge that in Norway "16th of May" is synonymous with a wild orgy!

Because all Norwegians graduating from high school each spring party real hard in red and blue overalls every year on your birthday. Because the next day is the Norwegian Constitutional Day, a massive 4th of July-like celebration (some would say with shades of the Soviet 1st of May!) in memory of certain events in 1814: The signing of the Constitution (which was actually adopted on the 16th! and was the second most liberal after the US constitution at the time)) and the election of Prince Kristian Fredrik of Denmark and Norway as King of an independent Norway the next day.

(He had to give up being King of Norway though, leave the country to Bernadotte and the Swedes and return to Denmark, where he became King Christian VIII. His son Frederik VII was Dagmar / Minnie / Maria Feodorovna's father Christian IX's predecessor as King of Denmark. He was the first constitutional monarch of Norway, the last absolutist King of Denmark and a patron of Hans Christian Andersen (whose father he was rumoured to be due to the scandal surrounding his first marriage.)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on June 05, 2010, 04:37:00 AM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when

... your mother's birthday is July 30th and you become EXCEEDINGLY jealous that she shares your favorite historical person's birthday and then can't explain to her why you're jealous that this is her birthday.

However you are slightly mollified when you realize your birthday is November 15th, which is still a Romanov connection. (But are still jealous of your mom anyway)

I know! I'm forever asking my family members' birthdays to see if they share it with a Romanov. My birthday was May 16th, which is unfortunately not shared with anybody royal (that I know of).
Who's birthdays are on July 30th and November 15th? Is the Nov. one Olga N's?

November 15th is Olga Nikolaevna's birthday, July 30th is Alexei's birthday (well, going by the Julian calendar, but whatever).
Emily x
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on June 05, 2010, 08:09:49 AM
Thanks for all the info, Fyodor Petrovich! Maybe I should find out more about Maximilian!

Yeah, it is pretty cool that there's a giant Norwegian party on my birthday! And it's interesting what it celebrates.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: abbigail on June 05, 2010, 05:20:19 PM
YKYOW...
you compile a huge collection of old photos (mostly of OTMAA) to draw on your 10-hour plane ride (ohhh, yayyyy) because it's all you really want to do for that long...
but you bring "Nicholas and Alexandra" along too, just in case you want to re-read it. :D

I'm planning on doing these, anyway!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Tasia on June 05, 2010, 07:38:05 PM
Cool, Abby. You're a taurus!
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Post by: abbigail on June 06, 2010, 08:09:20 AM
I sure am!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Katya90 on June 06, 2010, 10:53:27 AM
This morning I saw two little girls dressed in the same striped outfits, and I instantly thought "It looks like OTMA's swimming costumes!" Yep, I'm obsessed...
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Alyosha_Love on June 06, 2010, 03:24:14 PM
You know you are obsessed with the Romanovs when....

You are sitting at church and in the front row there are four little girls in stairstep order in clean white crisp dresses  with matching sashes and hairbows and you immediately think "OTMA!" - then you contrive to find out what their names out and how far they are appart in age and if they usually dress identically...
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on June 06, 2010, 03:29:59 PM
When you buy a ton of Russian music for your iPod and pack a ton of Romanov books all in preparation for your trip overseas.  Then when your mother questions it, you say, "Mom, you act as if I actually can go a month without this stuff!"
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on June 06, 2010, 03:43:26 PM
You know you are obsessed with the Romanovs when....

You are sitting at church and in the front row there are four little girls in stairstep order in clean white crisp dresses  with matching sashes and hairbows and you immediately think "OTMA!" - then you contrive to find out what their names out and how far they are appart in age and if they usually dress identically...

That is interesting... did you find out?

Yesterday I went to a dance recital and there was a lovely dance performed by four girls in matching light blue gowns and the music was sort of dreamy. It reminded me immensely of OTMA.  It was one of my favorite pieces in the recital. I think the music was by an artist named Yanni, (strange name, but beautiful music,) and the dance was called "perception", but I'm not sure if that's the name of the music.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on June 06, 2010, 04:10:49 PM
Reply #510, "Sissi of Russia":  Of course you know that there once existed a bond between the Imperial Family of Russia and your mother's native country of Thailand (then called "Siam" of course). Hopefully you can find English literature on this while you are visiting family in Bangkok Noi.  AP
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Post by: Countess of Monte Cristo on June 06, 2010, 04:44:40 PM
Reply #510:  Of course you know that there once existed a bond between the Imperial Family of Russia and your mother's native country of Thailand (then called "Siam" of course). Hopefully you can find English literature on this while you are visiting family in Bangkok Noi.  AP

And of course you would know of her mother's being Thai (I am her best friend).  She did manage to find plenty of information on that subject, as well as have the privilege of visiting where Nicholas stayed as Tsarevitch.  May I remind you that she does not need you to tell her that Thailand was called Siam until 1947?  That is a well known fact, and I'm sure that after 13 summers of going to visit her family in Thailand, she would have picked it up somewhere.  She also voraciously studies Thai history besides information on the Romanovs and Hapsburgs, so don't treat her like she is any dumb 13 year-old.

Also, sir, I have read some of your posts.  As I recall, one of the most important rules of this forum was that there was to be no slander or hurtful comments.  I am truly sorry that this is off-topic, but I think many of the other members of this forum have probably had enough, and none of them have been willing to stand up to you.  Would you please be as kind as to follow that one rule, even if it's the last thing you do?  We would all greatly appreciate it.

Thank you,

~Countess of Monte Cristo
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Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on June 06, 2010, 05:04:08 PM
Re: Reply, #513:  Thank you, "Countess ."  Your comments are duly noted, appreciated, and rather revealing.  You are certainly entitled to your interpretation, as a right and privilege.   Regards,  AP.
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Post by: blessOTMA on June 06, 2010, 08:08:29 PM
When you buy a ton of Russian music for your iPod and pack a ton of Romanov books all in preparation for your trip overseas.  Then when your mother questions it, you say, "Mom, you act as if I actually can go a month without this stuff!"
LOL!!!! So true!
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on June 07, 2010, 05:39:27 AM
You know you are obsessed with the Romanovs when....

You are sitting at church and in the front row there are four little girls in stairstep order in clean white crisp dresses  with matching sashes and hairbows and you immediately think "OTMA!" - then you contrive to find out what their names out and how far they are appart in age and if they usually dress identically...
LOL! Did you find out their names? I would laugh if they were the same as OTMA's!
Emily x
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Post by: abbigail on June 07, 2010, 09:10:13 AM
That would be kind of shocking if they did have OTMA's names, or even similar!
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on June 07, 2010, 09:30:13 AM
That would be kind of shocking if they did have OTMA's names, or even similar!

Haha, yes, Helga, Titania, Marie and Anna!
Emily x
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Post by: Tasia on June 07, 2010, 10:31:00 AM
Lol
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Post by: Anastasia Spalko on June 07, 2010, 01:14:25 PM
That would be kind of shocking if they did have OTMA's names, or even similar!

Haha, yes, Helga, Titania, Marie and Anna!
Emily x


That is, oh idk, sort of creepy?  Cool, but creepy.....
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Post by: Alyosha_Love on June 07, 2010, 02:25:13 PM
LOL! Did you find out their names? I would laugh if they were the same as OTMA's!
Emily x

XD I did - apparently they don't always dress alike but they do sometimes. One of their names was Alex - which is an odd connection XDD - the others didn't seem to have any connection to the Romanovs though.
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on June 08, 2010, 05:02:52 AM
LOL! Did you find out their names? I would laugh if they were the same as OTMA's!
Emily x

XD I did - apparently they don't always dress alike but they do sometimes. One of their names was Alex - which is an odd connection XDD - the others didn't seem to have any connection to the Romanovs though.
Alex, cool! I wonder if it was Alix? Just kidding lol, what were the others? Were they the same years apart as OTMA?
Emily x
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Post by: Antie on June 08, 2010, 07:27:37 AM
"You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when..."

...you are disappointed that someone beat you to anime-izing your favorite grand duchess, Tatiana.
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Post by: Katya90 on June 09, 2010, 10:00:55 PM
...When you relate everything to them. My friend was telling me the other day how she bought a pair of earrings that she couldn't wear because they're too heavy, and I was like "You should wrap a wire around your ear to support the weight." Like Alix did at the coronation. lol.

Then later my mom was saying how her friend had a cancer scare, and felt like if it was malignant that she would've deserved it by being a smoker for so long. I answered with "Like Alix feeling that Alexei's hemophilia was her fault..."
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Post by: Tasia on June 10, 2010, 04:58:58 PM
Hehe, Antie!
I do it too, Katya!!
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on June 11, 2010, 01:02:43 PM
Like Tasia said in reply #488, and you say:
"Excuse me, it's not the Russian Royal Court, it's the Russian Imperial Court."
Emily x
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Post by: Павэл on June 11, 2010, 07:14:11 PM
It's great to see another enthusiastic Tatiana fan!

Likewise :)
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Post by: Countess of Monte Cristo on June 12, 2010, 08:52:55 AM
...when you read a book and the Grand Duchesses are called "Princesses" and you take a pen and edit every single one (unless it's a library book or school book).  Then again, don't tell anyone, but with a pencil I lightly marked out "czar" and "czarina" and put "tsar" and tsaritsa" to the side on one of my social studies text books.  It was getting on my nerves....
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Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on June 12, 2010, 09:24:43 AM
...when you read a book and the Grand Duchesses are called "Princesses" and you take a pen and edit every single one (unless it's a library book or school book).

I like your militant approach! But did you know that to Russians and most Eastern, Central and Northern Europeans they are grand princesses and not grand duchesses!? There are even renowned royalty writers who write in English, like Charlotte Zeepvat, who use the term "grand princess" instead of "grand duchess"!

But I agree: Faced with the choice between mere "princess" and "grand duchess", I too would go for "grand duchess" in English, even though it gives the Romanovs a whiff of "La grande-duchesse de Gérolstein".

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Post by: Countess of Monte Cristo on June 12, 2010, 11:31:38 AM
Actually, I did know that, but imo, "grand duchess" sounds better. ;)
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Post by: Павэл on June 12, 2010, 07:39:10 PM
* You spend half an hour after breakfast working out which way Ekaterinburg from your house is so you can orientate you prayer mat.
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Post by: Tasia on June 13, 2010, 09:35:44 AM
Lol o-o
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Post by: Countess of Monte Cristo on June 14, 2010, 01:38:53 AM
When you and your sister are playing God of War 3, a pretty violent game, and all you seem to notice is that some of the scenes inside the palaces of Mount Olympus remind you of the Alexander Palace, and there are a pair of statues in one level that look oddly like Janet Suzman in her Alexandra costume...
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Post by: Tasia on June 14, 2010, 10:57:35 AM
lOL!
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Post by: Countess of Monte Cristo on June 14, 2010, 06:38:49 PM
Then later you play another war game. "Hey, doesn't this remind you of St. Petersburg?"
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Post by: rosieposie on June 15, 2010, 01:13:37 AM
YKYOWTRW...you see military jackets are in vouge and think "Big Whoop OTMA wore militiary jackets back then.  And looked way better then the models that are wearing them today in the pages."
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on June 15, 2010, 05:51:05 AM
OTMA wore military jackets? Are there any pictures?
Emily x
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Post by: blessOTMA on June 15, 2010, 10:19:16 AM
OTMA wore military jackets? Are there any pictures?
Emily x
ALOT...I just happen to have  this one of Olga  handy

(http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy202/blessOTMA/art%20and%20romanovs/olgahussar.jpg)
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on June 15, 2010, 10:21:28 AM
Oh I see! I have seen all those pics before, sorry for the confusion. I don't know what I was thinking of, Afghanistan and khaki? No, regimentals.  :-[
Emily x
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Post by: Tasia on June 15, 2010, 11:51:34 AM
Hehe!
YKYOWTR'S when you analize photos to find something cool like a cup, a hat, a special thing!!!
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Post by: Gorseheart on June 15, 2010, 05:33:03 PM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when.... You buy a Russian Beskozirka because Tsarevich Alexei has one. XO That's bad. JK, but I do wear it in public a lot.
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on June 16, 2010, 04:29:36 AM
YKYOWTRW...You are reading a book series called 'The Exiles' by Hilary Mckay, and realise that she must have known about OTMA when she was writing this, because the main characters are four sisters who all love reading, Ruth, the serious one, Naomi, the civil one, Rachel, who is always eating and is boy-mad, and Phoebe who is impish and boyish!
Emily x
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Post by: Tasia on June 16, 2010, 04:10:14 PM
Lol, Gorseheart!
Cool, Emily!
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Post by: Gorseheart on June 17, 2010, 12:17:59 AM
Lol, Gorseheart!
Cool, Emily!

Haha thanks.
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Post by: blessOTMA on June 17, 2010, 06:33:37 AM
YKYOWTRW....when you are on the bus , listing to your i-pod and  suddenly you think of a particularly photo, in this case the one of the big pair in their nurses uniforms in the hay field...funny one,  that...and you start tearing up. Because  helped by the music, their dearness  and their fate mixes in ones mind even more potently than usual . 
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Post by: RHB on June 17, 2010, 06:55:52 AM
Do you remember which song it was?
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on June 17, 2010, 10:54:41 AM
Nurse uniforms in a hay field?! I've never seen that photo before, at least as far as I can recall...
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Post by: Tasia on June 17, 2010, 03:24:46 PM
Cool, bOTMA!
YKYOWTR'S when you relate songs to them!
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Post by: blessOTMA on June 17, 2010, 10:09:23 PM
Here's the photo...perhaps they went for a drive after a hospital shift ...I was listening to some  movie sound track or classical piece .... music alters your thinking and mental images can have greater impact on one. This photo popped up,  and there was no defence.

(http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy202/blessOTMA/Olga%20Nikolaevna/olgatat.jpg)
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Post by: TimM on June 17, 2010, 11:40:33 PM
Another nice picture.  Looks like they're just taking it easy.
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Post by: Tasia on June 18, 2010, 06:17:14 AM
Yeah!!
Olga looks like Alix there!!!!
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Post by: Katya90 on June 19, 2010, 11:37:04 PM
You know you're obsessed when you forgot that they aren't really common knowledge, and most people wouldn't know who they were if you casually dropped them in to conversation. At work today I saw a girl with her mother that looked a LOT like Tatiana, and I really had to fight the urge to go "You look just like Tatiana!" because I realized that she would have no idea who I was talking about, and it would take far too long to explain.
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Post by: Tasia on June 20, 2010, 09:36:15 AM
You know you're obsessed when you forgot that they aren't really common knowledge, and most people wouldn't know who they were if you casually dropped them in to conversation. At work today I saw a girl with her mother that looked a LOT like Tatiana, and I really had to fight the urge to go "You look just like Tatiana!" because I realized that she would have no idea who I was talking about, and it would take far too long to explain.
LOl!
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Post by: Tasia on June 20, 2010, 09:39:32 AM
YKYOWTR'S when you see people in not so typical dresses and you think: "-Oh, she/he is dressed like a Romanov" or "-Oh! Romanovish"!
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Post by: rosieposie on June 20, 2010, 07:47:38 PM
LOL Tasia,  you made me think of when I went to a concert and a guy was dressed as a Victorian dude, with waist coat, gold watch chain and a top hat, he also wore a cravat.  He looked awesome.
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Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on June 21, 2010, 06:17:12 AM
You know you're obsessed when you forgot that they aren't really common knowledge, and most people wouldn't know who they were if you casually dropped them in to conversation. At work today I saw a girl with her mother that looked a LOT like Tatiana, and I really had to fight the urge to go "You look just like Tatiana!" because I realized that she would have no idea who I was talking about, and it would take far too long to explain.

I once spent nearly an entire meal at a restaurant trying to take a picture of a little girl at another table, who looked like an infant Olga, with my phone. Apparently I'm shameless when it comes to the Romanovs. 
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Post by: blessOTMA on June 21, 2010, 09:31:57 AM
When one runs into a stranger in public that reminds them of one of the family , it's hard not to stare...and freak them out! You do have to sneak the looks! lol!
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Post by: Tasia on June 21, 2010, 04:25:21 PM
LOL Tasia,  you made me think of when I went to a concert and a guy was dressed as a Victorian dude, with waist coat, gold watch chain and a top hat, he also wore a cravat.  He looked awesome.
HEHE, xD
Lol, NAOTMAA Fan!
Lol, bOTMA!!
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Post by: amartin71718 on June 21, 2010, 05:20:01 PM
YKYOWTR when it makes your day when Nicholas is mentioned on Jeopardy, but you get annoyed when he is called the last 'king' of Russia. Oh, and you smile at the embellishment that Alex T. puts on 'Feodorovna' while saying the question.
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Post by: Galactic_Misfit on June 21, 2010, 06:14:34 PM
YKYOWTR when it makes your day when Nicholas is mentioned on Jeopardy, but you get annoyed when he is called the last 'king' of Russia. Oh, and you smile at the embellishment that Alex T. puts on 'Feodorovna' while saying the question.

They had something similar to this on Jeopardy a few years back. I know the topic was Russian History, but I don't remember the question. All I know is that it had something to do with Alexander III and Nicholas.

YKYOWTR when you drag your boyfriend to a book store downtown (45 minutes from where you live), because you heard that they had a special on biographies and you wanted to find any Romanov book that you didn't already have. Oh and you convince your sister to let you make her a Romanov Screen Saver, just so you have an excuse to look for pictures.
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Post by: amartin71718 on June 21, 2010, 06:51:35 PM
YKYOWTR when while eating your supper of wild mushroom stroganoff, the lyrics to the the cartoon movie Anastasia's 'Learn to Do It' runs continuously through your head. "I never cared for stroganoff; She said that like a Romanov!" :)
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on June 21, 2010, 06:55:50 PM
You know your obsessed when you name one of your cats kittens Alexei, and you try to convince your brother to give the others Romanov names as well...or at least Russian names. (It didn't work, Alexei's the only one I got out of it, and that's because my brother wasn't around at the time that I named him. The others are Orange Thunder  :-X (His idea, not mine) and Little Foot (the only thing we could agree on))
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Post by: rosieposie on June 21, 2010, 08:40:38 PM
Have fun taking them to the vets XD/

YKYOWTHR when you think of having dinner with them.  Like having chips and gravey with a coke.
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Post by: Tasia on June 22, 2010, 10:03:48 AM
YKYOWTR when while eating your supper of wild mushroom stroganoff, the lyrics to the the cartoon movie Anastasia's 'Learn to Do It' runs continuously through your head. "I never cared for stroganoff; She said that like a Romanov!" :)
Oh yeah!!! I always do it! xD

Hehe, people!
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on June 22, 2010, 06:34:46 PM
Wild mushroom stroganoff...umm, sounds tasty!  :)
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Post by: Tasia on June 23, 2010, 04:18:43 PM
Hehe!
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on June 23, 2010, 04:42:25 PM
Hmmmm, wild mushroom stroganoff....I don't know I might like it. I like stroganoff, but not so big on the mushrooms, I'll have to give it a try sometime.
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Post by: toscany on June 25, 2010, 01:36:05 PM
When you name your four laying hens, OTMA! And they have the personalities to match!
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Post by: Tasia on June 25, 2010, 01:57:11 PM
O-O! LOL
YKYOWTS when you want to go to Russia just because the Romanovs lived there.
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on June 25, 2010, 02:41:33 PM
I would love to visit Russia, it's somewhere I've always wanted to go, but more so since I've started learning more and more about the Romanovs. I would really like to visit some of the places where they lived or visited.

YNYOWTR when you are seriously contemplating learning Russina (I know that did not always speak Russian) which is probably one of the hardest languages to learn. In my opinion at least.
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Post by: TimM on June 25, 2010, 03:06:07 PM
I wouldn't mind going to Russia myself.  Just need a lot of cash first :)
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on June 25, 2010, 03:19:59 PM
My thoughts exactly! And because I don't speak Russian yet a translator might be a good idea.
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Post by: Tasia on June 25, 2010, 03:59:38 PM
It's difficult, but not impossible, TT2!! ^^
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Post by: blessOTMA on June 25, 2010, 04:13:13 PM
From the pace of the restorations going on , I think they have finally realized they are sitting on a gold mine. Any Romanov fan would LOVE to go! :)
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on June 25, 2010, 04:36:12 PM
I think probably even some non Romanov fans will want to go, but probably mostly just Romanov fans. Also yes learning Russian is not impossible, just very, very difficult. I've heard though that learning a language is always easier when you already know one. I've been taking Spanish for 5 1/2  years , and I am still finding that kinda difficult...., but I did start a college level class this year and that would definitely make it a bit harder.  So I don't know maybe that would help, but Russian and Spanish are two very different languages. And I've really got to learn to stop rambling.
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Post by: Jarian on June 25, 2010, 08:47:20 PM
When you say to yourself, "I'm going to dream about the Romanov's tonight." and you do dream about them. Also this is random but I know little girls who resemble Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia in personality in so many ways and the ones that resemble Tatiana and Maria actually kind of look like them. Sorry a bit off topic
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Post by: RHB on June 25, 2010, 08:58:15 PM
I am back after a period of time! My new security program blocked cookies and i didn't figure that out until NOW that, that was the problem! So here it goes YKYOWTRW you throw a living fit each time you can't get into this forum and then when you finally figure out the problem afters weeks and weeks of being kept away you ecstatically jump for joy with "YAY I GOT MY FORUM BACK!" but then of course you of 14 pages of unread messages when you go to see unread posts since the last visit!  ;D

When you say to yourself, "I'm going to dream about the Romanov's tonight." and you do dream about them. Also this is random but they resemble Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia in personality in so many ways and the ones that resemble Tatiana and Maria actually kind of look like them. Sorry a bit off topic

Has anyone seen a movie called "The Good Witch" with Catherine Belle? She tells someone who is having bad dreams to say "I will not dream of bunnies! I will not dream of bunnies!" and then they actually dream of bunnies... I wonder if I say something as I'm sleeping like "I will not dream of the Romanovs! I will not dream of the Romanovs!" if I'll end up dreaming of them! Who knows!
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on June 25, 2010, 09:03:27 PM
Its worth a shot... I don't think I've ever been able to make myself dream of anything. I'm going to try that now!  :)
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Post by: Tasia on June 26, 2010, 08:17:02 AM
Hm!!!! COOL! How was it, TT2?? ^^
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Post by: blessOTMA on June 26, 2010, 08:22:14 AM
glad you are back Romanov History Buff ....lord knows it's rough when one can't access the forum!!
 

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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on June 26, 2010, 11:07:15 AM
Wish I could answer you Tasia, but I forgot to do it!  >:( I did have a dream though....nothing about the Romanov's in it once so ever! I'll just have to try again, and hope I actually remember tonight.
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Post by: Tasia on June 26, 2010, 11:11:40 AM
Oh, hehe!
I'll try today too! Lol
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on June 26, 2010, 11:16:00 AM
Alright sounds like a plan, now we just have to remember. I don't know about you but I have a terrible memory. I'm lucky I remember what days I have gym on when schools in....and its everyother day! Kinda hard to forget, but I still manage to do it...I also manage to forget the combination to my locker....and this is way off topic.
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Post by: TimM on June 26, 2010, 12:52:22 PM
I've had some dreams about them myself.  You'll find mention of said dreams in the More Romanov Dreams thread.
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Post by: abbigail on June 26, 2010, 06:30:28 PM
YKYOW you get really excited when you find a lamp in a hotel bathroom that looks like one of the flowers off of OTMA's ceiling lamp.
I took a photo of it.
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Post by: blessOTMA on June 26, 2010, 06:44:21 PM
Hey abbigail you're back! Hope it was great!  Do you mean the OTMA ceiling lamp in Ipative House? That's a rather famous  and flowerly one .
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Post by: abbigail on June 26, 2010, 06:49:06 PM
Thanks...I'm glad to be back on the forum :)
Yes, the famous and flowery one! Except the lamp I saw was only one flower, not a bunch.
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on June 26, 2010, 06:54:50 PM
Could you post the pic? I'd like to see it if you don't mind. I don't think I've ever seen the actual one your talking about.
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Post by: Gorseheart on June 26, 2010, 08:11:42 PM
YKYOW You buy a pet and name it after someone who's related to the Romanovs.
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Post by: Tasia on June 26, 2010, 09:11:32 PM
Oh how cool, Abby!
Lol, Gorseheart xD
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Post by: blessOTMA on June 26, 2010, 09:24:44 PM
Could you post the pic? I'd like to see it if you don't mind. I don't think I've ever seen the actual one your talking about.
I'll see if I can dig one up. Their English tutor,  Sidney Gibbs,  collected it from the Ipative House after the town fell and then installed it  in his London home...where it still might be. It's quite beautiful.
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on June 26, 2010, 09:30:11 PM
Thankyou! I'd really like to see it. If you can't though that's OK.
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Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on June 28, 2010, 01:41:49 AM
Could you post the pic? I'd like to see it if you don't mind. I don't think I've ever seen the actual one your talking about.

Behold the infamous Ipatiev House ormolu chandelier:
(http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x232/KeeganYoung/th_IpatievBedroom-1.jpg) (http://s183.photobucket.com/albums/x232/KeeganYoung/?action=view&current=IpatievBedroom-1.jpg)
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Post by: blessOTMA on June 28, 2010, 07:30:00 AM
Thank you NAOTMAA Fan ! I couldn't find the book it was in.... I'm so glad Gibbs collected it.


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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on June 28, 2010, 11:15:48 AM
Thankyou! It is really pretty!
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Post by: abbigail on June 28, 2010, 06:03:13 PM
This reminds me...YKYOW you go to Home Depot or some other furniture/hardware store and look for a lamp like that flowery one. I've yet to see one that nice.
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on June 28, 2010, 07:52:47 PM
The flower on that lamp looks rather exotic, like some sort of tropical lily or something like that. It's very pretty, whoever decorated Mr. Ipatiev's house had good taste. It's nice that NAOTMAA lived their last days in a residence that had interiors similar to their palaces, I mean that it wasn't all dreary and dingy with plain furniture like some people who don't know much about them think.

YKYOWTR when you happen to glance at the clock when it is 9:01 - 9:18 and you immediatley think of the Romanov-related events that happened in that year, or an image pops in your mind of the IF then. It happens to me all the time!   :)
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Post by: Katya90 on June 28, 2010, 09:54:15 PM
Ha, that happens to me! Or at work when someone buys stuff and the total comes to $19.18 or similar.
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on June 28, 2010, 10:47:49 PM
Nothing like that has ever happened to me before, but now because I've read it, it'll start happening aaaallllll the time.....oh well.
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on June 29, 2010, 06:02:25 AM
It happens to me too! Especially on 24-hour clocks where there is things like 19:18 and 19:05 and stuff!
Emily x
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Post by: Tasia on June 29, 2010, 10:19:36 AM
True, GDANDREA! It happens to me too, lol
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on June 29, 2010, 10:21:58 AM
I don't think I've encountered a 24-hour clock reading 19:00-1918 since I became interested in the Romanovs, but that is a great example.    It also happens when I read dates in non-Romanov books and such, for example, if a novel is taking place in 1906, when I first read that the 1906 OTMA formal picture of them all lined up pops in my head!
And from now on the shopping total thing will happen to me too!    ;D
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on June 29, 2010, 01:41:18 PM
Same.
Emily x
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Post by: Katya90 on June 29, 2010, 09:42:29 PM
You know you're obsessed when...

You get a new car and you decide to name it Nastya!
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on June 29, 2010, 10:59:58 PM
Haha, wow! That is obsessed! Well I don't have a car to name, and even if I did I don't think I would ever name it...I just can't see myself naming my car....of course that all depends on how obsessed I get, and I can get pretty obsessed!
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Post by: Countess of Monte Cristo on June 30, 2010, 09:23:31 AM
Spending 35 American dollars (though you'd be willing to pay more) on a doll that you found that looks vaguely like Alexandra...
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Post by: Tasia on June 30, 2010, 04:27:22 PM
Lol!
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Post by: RHB on July 02, 2010, 06:15:42 PM
YKYOWTRW you're watching a movie called Haven and when it comes to FDR's death they show footage of the Yalta Convention with Churchill and Stalin and you yell "hey that's Livadia in the back... oh my god!" after you notice Livadia's columns in the background it's still paused on the scene right now as I'm typing this!  ;D
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Post by: Countess of Monte Cristo on July 02, 2010, 07:26:37 PM
Pointing out all the mistakes they made in "Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess" from the Royal Diaries series.
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on July 02, 2010, 08:08:31 PM
When your watching an episode of Army Wives and they are talking about a memorial for someone who was born in 1918, and go hey Romanovs!, then immediately get sad because of the terrible events that happened that year.
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on July 03, 2010, 02:29:57 PM
I was taking a bike ride with my Dad earlier today and I was trying to explain to him about a company that makes paper towels that is called 'towl' and he thought I was saying 'powl' so I said 'no, P as in potato and T as in Tatiana,' because that was the first T word I would think of!  :)
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Post by: Katya90 on July 05, 2010, 11:49:19 PM
...When you go to the beach and wear a wide-brimmed sunhat like one of OTMA's, and then spend the whole day gazing at your shadow in the sand because it looks like one of them could be sitting there...
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on July 06, 2010, 10:49:49 AM
When you're sitting on the couch and watching the history channel because that's what your Dad has on the TV and when they show a map of somewhere in the middle east and there is a spot on it labled Tasa (I think that's how it was spelt) and you thought it said Tsar.
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Post by: Tasia on July 06, 2010, 03:12:47 PM
Lol!
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on July 07, 2010, 01:11:16 PM
When your reading the newest book for the Vampire Academy series and immediately think of the Romanov's when ever Queen Tatiana is mentioned, or they even slightly mention Russia. And for some reason kinda expect a slight mention at the least to the Romanov's.
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Post by: Denushka_89 on July 07, 2010, 02:02:15 PM
YKYOWTR When you remember that your grandmother was born in september of 1918 and think "OMG, only two months after!"
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on July 08, 2010, 07:18:20 AM
YKYOWTRW... When you are researching Nelson Mandela and you gasp as you find out that he was born on the 18th of July 1918, the day after the Romanovs were murdered!
Emily x
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on July 08, 2010, 09:32:19 AM
I thought of a really good one last night, and I was going to post it as soon as I got the chance, but now I can't remember what it was....then again I don't really know if it was as good as I think it might have been, or even have been a legitimate one 'cause I was asleep when I thought of it! :D
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Post by: TimM on July 08, 2010, 10:11:14 AM
I've done that too, Amber.  I'll go into a room looking for something, but then I can't for the life of me remember what it was :)
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on July 08, 2010, 11:31:40 AM
Yup! It happens to everyone....it happens to me almost on a daily basis....doesn't happen in my sleep all that often, but it has happened before now.
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on July 09, 2010, 05:25:37 AM
I dreamt last night that I was reading a book. I can't remember the name of it because it doesn't even exist, but I can remember the pages word-for-word. The strange thing is that the subjects it was talking about I have never known about before, and when I check them on Wikipedia, the facts and dates and names are exactly right! Spooky.
Emily x
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on July 09, 2010, 01:57:13 PM
That is weird....but really cool at the same time!
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Post by: Tasia on July 09, 2010, 04:46:30 PM
Wow!
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on July 11, 2010, 12:37:04 PM
Yesterday I saw a sign that said "Tourists" something from a distance and I thought it said "Tobolsk"!
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Post by: Tasia on July 13, 2010, 09:16:08 AM
Lol!! How obsessed xD
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on July 13, 2010, 01:57:01 PM
When your sleeping and have a dream that your here at the boards. That happened to me last night.
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on July 14, 2010, 08:36:48 AM
When, in your dreams, you have long conversations with the Romanovs, and can remember them clearly, voices and everything...
Emily x
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Post by: Tasia on July 14, 2010, 09:31:07 AM
Wow, TT2 and Emily! Lol
YKYOWTRS WHEN everytime you want to talk about them with someone.
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Post by: Павэл on July 15, 2010, 10:30:13 PM
When, in your dreams, you have long conversations with the Romanovs, and can remember them clearly, voices and everything...
Emily x

'in situ' or in 'odd places'?

Or put another way - in your dreams are they on the standart or having a pint of beer in the Crown and Mitre? (The latter was mine 2 nights ago.)*

* Bit underage as well!

Olga was in the dark skirt with shoulder straps and white dots. (Picture of her in 1910 sat at table with officer). Being bitchy. Not at me - 'at life'. Tatiana was actually older than Olga, (say 1913?). Maria was in '1909/10 vintage' and Anastasia wasn't there. Felix Yussupov was though just down the other end of the bar watching the football on the big screen. (No match in particular) Everyone else was a 'scattering' from my life. No one you know.
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Post by: Beautiful_Anastasia on July 16, 2010, 05:16:56 AM
When, in your dreams, you have long conversations with the Romanovs, and can remember them clearly, voices and everything...
Emily x

'in situ' or in 'odd places'?
Both.
Emily x
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Post by: abbigail on July 17, 2010, 08:12:43 AM
I've got one...

It's hard to find photos of your actual family in your computer folder because 90% of your saved pictures are of the Romanovs.
This just now happened to me...that one family photo has been lost in a vast sea!!!
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Post by: Katya90 on July 21, 2010, 09:54:39 AM
...When you watch a movie about French, German and English soldiers in World War I, and get annoyed that they don't involve the Russian troops as well. The movie was really specifically about the trenches in France, so it would be kind of strange to involve the Russians as well, but I was like "Come on, just a little mention of Russia or the Tsar..."
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Post by: NAOTMAA Fan on July 21, 2010, 10:32:48 AM
...When you watch a movie about French, German and English soldiers in World War I, and get annoyed that they don't involve the Russian troops as well. The movie was really specifically about the trenches in France, so it would be kind of strange to involve the Russians as well, but I was like "Come on, just a little mention of Russia or the Tsar..."

Was it "Joyeux Noël" by any chance?
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Post by: Katya90 on July 21, 2010, 09:28:15 PM
Yep it was!
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Post by: amartin71718 on July 21, 2010, 11:50:15 PM
Love that movie!
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Post by: amartin71718 on July 23, 2010, 12:54:04 AM
YKYOWTRW you go to see the movie Inception and everytime you see the actress that plays DiCaprio's wife, all you think is: "She looks like Tatiana!"
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Post by: Lady Nikolaievna on July 23, 2010, 09:40:12 AM
I've got one...

It's hard to find photos of your actual family in your computer folder because 90% of your saved pictures are of the Romanovs.
This just now happened to me...that one family photo has been lost in a vast sea!!!

Abbigail, I'm just like that! I think I have over 4.000 photographs of the Romanovs, and I have only 25 of my family.
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Post by: TimM on July 23, 2010, 11:13:29 AM
Quote
actress that plays DiCaprio's wife, all you think is: "She looks like Tatiana!"

Ellen Page :)
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Post by: amartin71718 on July 23, 2010, 11:42:49 AM
No, not Ellen Page. Marion Cotillard is who I'm talking about. She was in La vie en rose, Public Enemies, and Nine.  (I finally took the time to look up her name. =] )
Her from the movie:
http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1052738304/nm0182839
Does anyone else think she looks like Tatiana?
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Post by: Lady Nikolaievna on July 23, 2010, 11:46:21 AM
Wow... she does look like Tanya...  :o
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Post by: Tasia on July 24, 2010, 10:21:01 AM
Yes! She looks!!!
In Brazil we have a actress that looks a little like Tanya too! Her name is Adriana Birolli.
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Post by: Lady Nikolaievna on July 24, 2010, 11:56:21 AM
Tasia, I didn't know who she was, so I googled it... she does resembles Tanya!!  :)
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Post by: Tasia on July 24, 2010, 03:27:24 PM
Tasia, I didn't know who she was, so I googled it... she does resembles Tanya!!  :)
She played "Isabel" in the soap opera "Viver a vida" (Live life)!!! Do you remember?? ^^ I prefer Lu and Mia, though! Isabel is mean!
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Post by: Lady Nikolaievna on July 24, 2010, 03:33:14 PM
Actually, Tasia, the last soap opera I saw was "Páginas da Vida" (Pages of Life). I've not seen any soap opera that followed that ^^  Do you remember "Alma Gęma" (Soulmates)? I always thought Drica Moraes (who played Olivia), looked a little like Maria, I don't know why, I think only because of her eyes... It was just me? :)
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Post by: Tasia on July 24, 2010, 03:35:11 PM
Actually, Tasia, the last soap opera I saw was "Páginas da Vida" (Pages of Life). I've not seen any soap opera that followed that ^^  Do you remember "Alma Gęma" (Soulmates)? I always thought Drica Moraes (who played Olivia), looked a little like Maria, I don't know why, I think only because of her eyes... It was just me? :)
I didn't watch it xD I just saw some chapters when I finished my school things. I googled it and she does looks a little like Maria!!
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Post by: Gorseheart on July 25, 2010, 11:39:12 PM
YKYOWTR when....

       You're at a beach and you notice an overhang that looks like the one Alexei climbs up in Nicholas and Alexandra, and you take a photo of it!
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Post by: Douglas on July 27, 2010, 01:55:21 AM
..........spend three years of your life making a four foot long model of the Imperial Yacht Standart.

http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=14303.0
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Post by: blessOTMA on July 27, 2010, 08:04:24 AM
..........spend three years of your life making a four foot long model of the Imperial Yacht Standart.

http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=14303.0
Douglas , where is that truly  FABULOUS model now?? I would love to see it exhibited somewhere...so I may see it!
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Post by: Tasia on July 27, 2010, 09:22:02 AM
Hehe, Gorseheart!
Very cool, Douglas!!!!
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Post by: Gorseheart on July 27, 2010, 02:36:38 PM
Hehe, Gorseheart!
Very cool, Douglas!!!!
That's amazing Douglas!
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Post by: ashanti01 on July 27, 2010, 03:58:01 PM
That is a very cool and impressive piece Douglas.
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Post by: TimM on July 27, 2010, 04:06:08 PM
It's a great model of the Standart, well done.
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Post by: abbigail on July 31, 2010, 09:50:32 AM
WOW. That is amazing! Excellent, excellent job!
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Post by: RHB on August 01, 2010, 08:18:14 PM
I actually finally stopped being lazy and i posted my play!

Here is is... so enjoy!

Four Sisters - A Play (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=15303.0)

It has it's own thread!
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Post by: Gorseheart on August 02, 2010, 12:43:07 PM
I actually finally stopped being lazy and i posted my play!

Here is is... so enjoy!

Four Sisters - A Play (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=15303.0)

It has it's own thread!

That's excellent!
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Post by: ashanti01 on August 02, 2010, 12:49:12 PM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanov's when...instead of asking for jewelery for your anniversary/birthday/Christmas you ask for rare Romanov related books.  :-[

and...

YKYOWTR...when your cell phone cover is a Romanov cover.  :-[ :-[
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on August 02, 2010, 12:51:26 PM
I'd like to see your cell phone cover, can you post a picture.
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Post by: ashanti01 on August 02, 2010, 01:57:35 PM
I'd love to. I'll get someone else to take a picture of my phone and I'll post it. I really need to get a digital camera  ;D
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on August 02, 2010, 02:04:16 PM
Cool, I can't wait to see it.
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Post by: Lady Nikolaievna on August 02, 2010, 02:19:22 PM
Oh, I'd love to see that too!
All my notebooks have their photos on the cover! Well, had, little incident on school, but I'm working on it again.
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Post by: ashanti01 on August 02, 2010, 02:28:09 PM
Yeah, I currently have the Yusupov's on my laptop as a cover and screen saver, and the phone was more for the Romanov's. I'm always changing the covers... but I will try to get photos taken and posted asap
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Post by: Countess of Monte Cristo on August 08, 2010, 01:23:51 AM
Lol this is my best friend.  She was just in Thailand and made her mom buy a book IN THAI about Russian history, mainly Nicholas II's family and the revolution and since she couldn't actually read Thai but could understand it perfectly she asked her mom to read it to her.  And this was a long book, probably as long as Nicholas and Alexandra.  I feel bad for her mom. XD
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Post by: ashanti01 on August 23, 2010, 02:13:09 PM
Forgive the bad quality but it's the best I can do for now.

Front of my cell phone. Young OTMA
(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/ashanti01/IMG00538.jpg)
(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/ashanti01/IMG00537.jpg)

Back of the cell phone. OTMAA and favorite pic of Nicholas and Alexandra
(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/ashanti01/IMG00534.jpg)

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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on August 23, 2010, 03:39:44 PM
Thats really cool. How'd you get it for your cell cover.
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Post by: blessOTMA on August 23, 2010, 05:33:25 PM
Very cool ! 
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Post by: ashanti01 on August 24, 2010, 12:45:10 AM
Thats really cool. How'd you get it for your cell cover.

Thanks.

I usually get my covers for my cell phone and laptop on skinit . com. You can chose a cover for your phone or create one.  : )
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on August 24, 2010, 11:20:14 AM
Cool, I'll have to keep that in mind.
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Post by: Lady Nikolaievna on August 24, 2010, 12:21:09 PM
Wow, I loved it, ashanti01!!! really nice!!! :D
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Post by: ashanti01 on August 24, 2010, 03:36:26 PM
Thanks. Just taking obsession a step further  ;)
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on August 28, 2010, 06:13:33 PM
When your answering a question for someone on Yahoo!Answers about the Romanovs and start to use IF instead of Imperial Family 'cause even though they were asking about the family they might be obsessed enough to know wat IF stands for. (That made more sense in my head.)
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Post by: Lady Nikolaievna on August 29, 2010, 10:05:32 PM
I understand what you mean :)
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on August 30, 2010, 11:50:35 AM
Ok, good.  :)
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on December 28, 2010, 11:03:58 AM
When you suddenly burst out of the bathroom shreiking "I have Olga waves on both sides of my head!!" scaring your cat and making your mother come upstairs saying, "You have what?" "Olga waves on both sides of my head!" This happened to me this morning; I have "Olga waves," (or finger waves, as their more properly called, but I call them Olga waves,  :D) on only the right side of my head, but I just discovered I actually have some, (not as distinct,) on my left side too! After I told Mama what I meant, she went back downstairs, shaking her head and probably wondering why I had gotten so excited.
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Post by: Kalafrana on December 28, 2010, 12:02:34 PM
'After I told Mama what I meant, she went back downstairs, shaking her head and probably wondering why I had gotten so excited.'

My mother would have gone further than that.

Ann
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Post by: blessOTMA on December 28, 2010, 09:37:55 PM
'After I told Mama what I meant, she went back downstairs, shaking her head and probably wondering why I had gotten so excited.'

My mother would have gone further than that.

Ann
LOL
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on December 29, 2010, 10:28:53 AM
'After I told Mama what I meant, she went back downstairs, shaking her head and probably wondering why I had gotten so excited.'

My mother would have gone further than that.

Ann
Oh dear! Luckily my mom doesn't mind my Romanov obsession!
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Post by: blessOTMA on December 29, 2010, 10:01:12 PM
'After I told Mama what I meant, she went back downstairs, shaking her head and probably wondering why I had gotten so excited.'

My mother would have gone further than that.

Ann
Oh dear! Luckily my mom doesn't mind my Romanov obsession!

I'm guessing , but I believe Ann means her mother would have warmed your back side for frighting her... lol!
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Post by: Kalafrana on December 30, 2010, 03:56:48 AM
'I'm guessing , but I believe Ann means her mother would have warmed your back side for frighting her... lol!'

No, my mother would have told me firmly to stop being so silly!

Ann
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Post by: blessOTMA on December 30, 2010, 10:10:49 PM
'I'm guessing , but I believe Ann means her mother would have warmed your back side for frighting her... lol!'
No, my mother would have told me firmly to stop being so silly!
Ann
Ah! Thank you for that clarification! lol!
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Post by: amartin71718 on January 02, 2011, 08:33:35 PM
YKYOWTR when you are really bored one day and decide to create a Xbox 360 profile for Nicholas and get really excited when the avatar ends up actually looking like him.
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Post by: Katya90 on January 23, 2011, 10:59:44 PM
When you suddenly burst out of the bathroom shreiking "I have Olga waves on both sides of my head!!"

You might be amused to know that I saw The King's Speech today and when I saw Helena Bonham Carter's hairstyle I thought, "She has Olga waves!"
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Post by: Holly on January 24, 2011, 11:38:36 AM
Hahaha, that is funny.

I have naturally curly hair so if I just pull a brush through it I have the same hairstyle. ;P
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Post by: LauraO on February 15, 2011, 03:17:34 PM
When you suddenly burst out of the bathroom shreiking "I have Olga waves on both sides of my head!!"

You might be amused to know that I saw The King's Speech today and when I saw Helena Bonham Carter's hairstyle I thought, "She has Olga waves!"

i did exactly the same thing. lol.
when someone says something and you get into a heated discussion about it thinking of the romanovs in connection to the topic..although its really nothing to do with them :)
when someone makes a comment online or otherwise about them and you become so agressively defensive that you actually scare yourself :)
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Post by: Kalafrana on February 16, 2011, 03:48:25 AM
When you are talking to an Air Cadet about people with strange beliefs who ignore all scientific evidence, and what you really want to talk about is Anna Anderson.

Ann
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Post by: LauraO on February 17, 2011, 12:50:54 AM
when your going to poland TODAY  and very excited and all you can think about it how close you will be to spala!
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Post by: rosieposie on February 28, 2011, 04:19:30 PM
You also will be close to Auschwitz.
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Post by: Justine on March 01, 2011, 07:57:29 AM
Where are you going to be in Poland?

btw. it's not that close from Auschwitz to Spala... it's really close to Auschwitz only if you're in Kraków or Katowice, or in south of Poland anyway.
not to mention there are also other Nazi Concentration Camps in Poland besides Auschwitz, in case you want to visit...
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Post by: LauraO on March 01, 2011, 01:05:11 PM
hi!
back from poland, it was amazing thanks! i've wanted to go forever so it was a bit of a dream come true! yeh we flew into katowice and spent quite a lot of time in krakow. went to auschwitz, wish i hadn't of now, it was unimaginable. i know obviously you expect it to be, but you can't imagine it until you go. but it was an experience. the guide was very very good, and lovely to listen to because of the wonderful accent that you could literally dissolve in, we also spent time around the zakopane area too. (is that how you spell it?) thought about naotmaa a lot when away. it was a mind blowing experience to finally go to poland after wanting to go forever though. now i can tick that off my list and denmark moves up to no. one place to go. :)

so....
when you go to poland after wanting to go forever and think about naotmaa the whole time!
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Post by: rosieposie on March 17, 2011, 06:00:29 PM
Where are you going to be in Poland?

btw. it's not that close from Auschwitz to Spala... it's really close to Auschwitz only if you're in Kraków or Katowice, or in south of Poland anyway.
not to mention there are also other Nazi Concentration Camps in Poland besides Auschwitz, in case you want to visit...


Yes I do know of Sobibor, Treblinka etc.   I did take an interest in the Holocaust and have visited the Sydney Jewish Museum.   

Tuna Ears glad you had a good time in Poland :)  I can only imagine how heart breaking and moving seeing Auschwitz in person would have been.   

YKYOWTR when you see girls dressed in Edwardian style on TV such as "Turn back the time" and the hemline is to the ankles and you think "No costume people you have got it wrong,  hemline is ment to be above the knees or below after a certain age.   When the girl becomes of age the hemline is down to ankles.  OTMA photos are a good example."
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Post by: rosieposie on March 29, 2011, 06:41:00 PM
YKYOWTRW your watching a doco on women who keep getting pregnant or try to get pregnant wanting a child of one sex and you think of Alix.

I recently watched a doco called "8 boys and wanting a girl" which followed four women who have mulitple boys,  some have four, five or six while one woman had eight sons.   

The women talk about the pain of not having a little girl.   Seeing them so sad about what fate has given them it made me want to reach out and hug.   

One scene showed a woman being optimistic about her 20 week scan to find out the sex of her baby.   She crossed fingers it was a girl, while her husband and her dad believed that baby was a boy.    I think seeing her finding out it was a boy and watching her breakdown at finding out it was another boy made me think of Alix when she found out it was another girl when she gave birth to Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia.
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Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on March 29, 2011, 10:00:04 PM
I recently watched a doco called "8 boys and wanting a girl" which followed four women who have mulitple boys,  some have four, five or six while one woman had eight sons.  
The women talk about the pain of not having a little girl.   Seeing them so sad about what fate has given them it made me want to reach out and hug.

I think I'd rather slap kick them back to reality. Besides, the runt of the litter is likely to be gay (they've literally run out of hetro hormones), so she can probably still have somebody to go shoes shopping with. But what she wanted was perhaps a nurse to take care of her in old age?  
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Post by: Kalafrana on March 30, 2011, 03:17:35 AM
Going off topic a touch, I find it interesting that it is now socially quite acceptable to want a daughter to put in pink dresses and go shopping with, it is entirely improper for parents with only daughters to want a son.

Ann
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Post by: Naslednik Norvezhskiy on March 30, 2011, 04:40:36 AM
Going off topic a touch, I find it interesting that it is now socially quite acceptable to want a daughter to put in pink dresses and go shopping with, it is entirely improper for parents with only daughters to want a son.

Yeah, just as fascinating as these little pink-lovers wanting to be princesses without playing the piano, speaking French, helping the poor and doing embroidery. By OTMA standards they are aiming more for demi-mondaine than princess! 
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on April 08, 2011, 08:24:28 PM
YKYOWTRW an elderly member of your parish dies and her obituary gives her birth date as 1916 and you think "Wow - Nicky was still on the throne when she was born!"
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Post by: historyfan on April 08, 2011, 08:59:24 PM
YKYOWTRW an elderly member of your parish dies and her obituary gives her birth date as 1916 and you think "Wow - Nicky was still on the throne when she was born!"

...and then you think "And that's the year GD Olga and Nikolai Kulikovsky got married...and that's the year Rasputin was murdered..." 

Yeah.  I'm obsessed.  ; )
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Post by: Sunny on April 09, 2011, 09:21:59 AM
I know i'm obsessed when...
- i found out that a friend of my grandma's was born in 1917 and i said: "oh, the same year of the revolution!" (and she replied: "Which revolution?? I was born just before our defeat in Caporetto!" and didn't understand... - i'm italian, by the way... that's why you maybe don't know what's Caporetto defeat  :D)
- Every time i see a pretty vintage dress i imagine one of OTMA wearing it (like this morning...)
- every time i read an interesting scene in a book or something, i imagine it could happen in my OTMA novels

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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on April 09, 2011, 09:56:51 AM
YKYOWTRW...you see a word that begins with "hus" and you recite the poem the 3rd Hussars made up about Olga: We Hussars are not of foil, we are all of damask steel, how we value Olga's name, our white cloaks and our flags of fame.
And when you briefly glance at a package that says the name "Peter Gillham" you think it says Pierre Gilliard!
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Post by: Sunny on April 10, 2011, 06:01:45 AM
 YKYOWTRW when a friend it was ages since i saw her last time speak me about her cosplay and in the night I dreamt of me cosplaying about the Romanovs...  ::)
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on April 26, 2011, 11:53:22 AM
YKYOWTRW you're chopping up ham for a recipie and you think of Minnie's advising Alix to eat raw ham in bed to combat morning sickness. (I get flashback morning sickness every time I think of that!)
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Post by: Sunny on April 26, 2011, 03:56:27 PM
YKYOWTRW you're chopping up ham for a recipie and you think of Minnie's advising Alix to eat raw ham in bed to combat morning sickness. (I get flashback morning sickness every time I think of that!)

 :D :D I always believed it was a stupid advice, but i found it so amusing, I just can't forget it  :D
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Post by: Kalafrana on April 27, 2011, 01:39:36 AM
Slightly off topic since non-Romanov.

When you're taking part in a 50-mile military march, meet a Danish team and want to ask them what they thought of the baptism of the Crown Prince's twins!

Ann
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on May 08, 2011, 05:14:15 PM
YKYOWTRW you are in an elevator at your parents' retirement community and a man with a cute little dog gets on. You ask about the dog and he says it's name is Nicky and it's "a little girlie" and you think, "Wow, I have to go home and post that on the YKYOWTRW thread!"  :D
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on May 08, 2011, 05:45:51 PM
(This is actually a "You know you're obsessed with the Tudors when..." post, but I don't know where to put it but here.)
YKYOWTT when you call thornless roses "Katherine Howard roses".
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Post by: RHB on May 08, 2011, 06:50:34 PM
(This is actually a "You know you're obsessed with the Tudors when..." post, but I don't know where to put it but here.)
YKYOWTT when you call thornless roses "Katherine Howard roses".

Ha, ha... I like that one... and hey it makes sense don't it?  :)
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Post by: Kalafrana on May 09, 2011, 03:45:04 AM
When you are in the gym at a time when UK Channel 4 screens repeats of 'Frasier' and there is an episode involving a clock belonging to 'Princess Sonia, daughter of Alexander II'. You say to yourself immediately, 'They've got that all wrong and should have done some proper research!'

Ann
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Post by: historyfan on May 09, 2011, 09:06:55 AM
When you are in the gym at a time when UK Channel 4 screens repeats of 'Frasier' and there is an episode involving a clock belonging to 'Princess Sonia, daughter of Alexander II'. You say to yourself immediately, 'They've got that all wrong and should have done some proper research!'

Ann

Well, that is irritating!  A fact like that doesn't take a long time to check!  : P
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Post by: Kalafrana on May 09, 2011, 10:41:21 AM
Precisely. As I was plugging away on the treadmill I was thinking, 'His legitimate daughter was called Maria, the one who died was Alexandra, and the illegitimate one was Catherine."'
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Post by: historyfan on May 09, 2011, 09:48:20 PM
Thinking, or muttering?  I would've been muttering.  : D
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Post by: Kalafrana on May 10, 2011, 03:06:24 AM
Too short of breath for muttering!
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Post by: Janet Ashton on May 10, 2011, 03:56:07 PM
When you are in the gym at a time when UK Channel 4 screens repeats of 'Frasier' and there is an episode involving a clock belonging to 'Princess Sonia, daughter of Alexander II'. You say to yourself immediately, 'They've got that all wrong and should have done some proper research!'

Ann

Well, that is irritating!  A fact like that doesn't take a long time to check!  : P

Oh, heck guys (gals!)! :-D

Isn't this the episode when Frasier and Niles find they have the runaway princess's clock and assume they were descended from her? Only to find that they were descended from her maid who nicked it.....I'm thinking that they'd have got MORE complaints from irate royalists if they'd put that elopement story on a REAL daughter of Alexander...:-P
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Post by: Kalafrana on May 11, 2011, 03:23:01 AM
The very same episode.

Ann
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Post by: Павэл on May 12, 2011, 01:21:27 PM
Hearing across a crowded bar the word "AnastAYsia".

Not only do your ears prick up but you really feel the violent urge to walk over and correct his pronunciation.
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Post by: rosieposie on May 16, 2011, 12:55:49 AM
Hearing across a crowded bar the word "AnastAYsia".

Not only do your ears prick up but you really feel the violent urge to walk over and correct his pronunciation.


That isn't even cute or funny.   There is different ways to pronounce Anastasia.      No need to get violent urges because someone pronounce it different.   Anastasia the movie is a good example. 

Moving on,

You know your into the Romanovs when,  You see a renactment of the meeting of Stalin, Churchill and Rossevelt at Livadia Palace and just a feeling of excitment that they are Livadia :)
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Post by: rosieposie on May 17, 2011, 02:43:30 AM
YKYOWTR when your family member has their first baby it makes you think of Alix. 

My cousin had her first baby a few weeks ago and it was a good as birth as any,  she didn't need an epidural or an episiotomy (cutting of the vagina to allow easy access of baby's shoulders to come out) although she did need a lot of stitches as she tore.   

She made me think of Alix and when she gave birth to Olga,  Nicholas' diary entry.  The amazement to see this tiny being that has grown inside, suddenly out in the open.    Only two weeks before my cousin had seen me and she was very pregnant.   It was an amazing experience holding the baby. 
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on May 17, 2011, 07:59:03 AM
You know your into the Romanovs when,  You see a renactment of the meeting of Stalin, Churchill and Rossevelt at Livadia Palace and just a feeling of excitment that they are Livadia :)
YKYOWTRW you see videos of the White Palace at Livadia with plaques commemorating this historic meeting and you're like "Oh, who cares about them? The IMPERIAL FAMILY lived there !!!"
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Post by: historyfan on May 17, 2011, 08:33:16 AM
You know your into the Romanovs when,  You see a renactment of the meeting of Stalin, Churchill and Rossevelt at Livadia Palace and just a feeling of excitment that they are Livadia :)
YKYOWTRW you see videos of the White Palace at Livadia with plaques commemorating this historic meeting and you're like "Oh, who cares about them? The IMPERIAL FAMILY lived there !!!"

LOL!
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Post by: Sunny on May 19, 2011, 06:46:20 AM
YKYOWTRW: today at work i was writing down a telephone number and it ended with 872 and i tought: "'872, alix's born year!"
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Post by: rosieposie on May 24, 2011, 12:02:48 AM
YKYOWTRW:

You see the new series of Downton Abbey coming on and see the costumes are similar to OTMA' everyday outfits :)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_OAh4Xl94vrU/TThV6IZIXKI/AAAAAAAAags/H2ARGO763R8/s1600/2.+downton+abbey.jpg)
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Post by: Kalafrana on May 24, 2011, 03:15:16 AM
Not Romanov but Habsburg.

The cleaner at work tells you that she's going to Majorca on 28 June, and you think, 'Ah, the death of Franz Ferdinand'!

Ann
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on May 24, 2011, 10:38:39 AM
Gorgeous dresses, 'rosieposie'. I'd love a gown like those.
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Post by: clockworkgirl21 on May 24, 2011, 03:38:46 PM
-The only reason you know anything at all about WWI is because of your study of the Romanovs.
-When you're in your house in the summer, and it's hot because your parents refuse to turn on the AC, you pretend you're in the Ipatiev House.
-When you read their letters, in your head they each have their own distinctive voice.
-You have NAOTMAA's birthdays on the calender, but not the birthdays of your family.
-You read through this entire thread, and 95% of the things on it applied to you.
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Post by: RHB on May 24, 2011, 04:16:09 PM
-The only reason you know anything at all about WWI is because of your study of the Romanovs.

Totally!

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-When you're in your house in the summer, and it's hot because your parents refuse to turn on the AC, you pretend you're in the Ipatiev House.

That's a good one!

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-When you read their letters, in your head they each have their own distinctive voice.

I so do that!

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-You have NAOTMAA's birthdays on the calender, but not the birthdays of your family.

Even better... you DO have your family's birthdays in your daily planner/cellphone calendar but NAOTMAA's are apparently more important! That's me!

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-You read through this entire thread, and 95% of the things on it applied to you.

Well maybe not 95% but something like that, yeah!  ;D

Those were good ones Clock!



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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on May 24, 2011, 08:04:41 PM
-The only reason you know anything at all about WWI is because of your study of the Romanovs.
Quite the same here!
-When you're in your house in the summer, and it's hot because your parents refuse to turn on the AC, you pretend you're in the Ipatiev House.
I should do that sometime! Excellent idea!
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on May 26, 2011, 07:31:35 PM
YKYOWTRW you're watching Real Housewives of New Jersey (yes, I know, we all have our failings  :-[) and you're thinking "You know what would really be good? Real Grand Duchesses of St. Petersburg! Minnie, Miechen and Alix! Wow!"
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Post by: RHB on May 26, 2011, 07:46:36 PM
YKYOWTRW you're watching Real Housewives of New Jersey (yes, I know, we all have our failings  :-[) and you're thinking "You know what would really be good? Real Grand Duchesses of St. Petersburg! Minnie, Miechen and Alix! Wow!"

Ha, ha, ha! That's a good one! Those three would probably be arguing nonstop!  ;D
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Post by: TimM on May 26, 2011, 07:56:00 PM
Miechen??
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on May 27, 2011, 05:04:47 PM
Heck, yeah, Miechen! There's only one person Alix and Minnie can't stand more than each other, and that's Miechen!
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Post by: RHB on May 29, 2011, 05:09:26 PM
-When you're in your house in the summer, and it's hot because your parents refuse to turn on the AC, you pretend you're in the Ipatiev House.

Similar... YKYOWTR when it's spring though feels like summer and your grandparents always say (because it's still spring) that it's too early to put all the AC's in and you think "now i know how they felt at the Ipatiev House!" especially today cause it is HOT!
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Post by: blessOTMA on May 30, 2011, 11:49:13 AM
we lost electricity during  a heat wave last year and let me say it was a revelation .... It changes how one thinks of Ipatiev House. The physical and  psychological effects of such heat...without a a window...11 people and three dogs closed up in five rooms? It had to be torture. Particularly for Allx as she loved the cold! Her daughter's would complain about the chilly rooms she favored ( like Queen Victoria! )
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on June 01, 2011, 12:00:24 PM
YKYOWTR when you're checking the "best by" date on a container of yogurt and it is June 14th, and you say "June fourteeth, the release date of The Lost Crown and Maria's Julian calendar birthday!"
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Post by: blessOTMA on June 01, 2011, 05:31:48 PM
I have heard of secondary smoke.....but it seems  there is such a thing as secondary Romanov  obsession.  Yesterday my husband said ," At the train station I saw a man who looked like the cook at Ipatiev House " lol!
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Post by: Maria-Nikolaevna on June 01, 2011, 07:31:51 PM
I hope it's not here but:


- You dream of /have named your children after them
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on June 24, 2011, 12:15:21 PM
.....When your in school and you look through the index of any and all history books you recieve, no matter how small they are, automatically to look for anything in them about anything remotly Romanov or about Imperial Russia.
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on June 24, 2011, 09:23:03 PM
YKYOWTRW you're all dressed up in a suit, heels and pantyhose in 85-degree weather for a job interview and you think "Gee, I've probably got about as many clothes as Nicky wore on the Standart but at least I'm not wearing a corset and petticoats like Alix!
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Post by: RHB on June 24, 2011, 09:40:09 PM
YKYOWTRW you're all dressed up in a suit, heels and pantyhose in 85-degree weather for a job interview and you think "Gee, I've probably got about as many clothes as Nicky wore on the Standart but at least I'm not wearing a corset and petticoats like Alix!

Oh, that's a good one and it's very true!  ;D
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on July 04, 2011, 07:27:16 PM
YKYOWTRW you're in the grocery store and you hear a man give a warbling whistle and you think "I wonder if that's how Nicky's whistle for Alex sounded!"
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on July 05, 2011, 11:07:14 AM
Nicky's whistle for Alix? What was that?
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on July 05, 2011, 11:38:58 AM
Nicky's whistle for Alix? What was that?

He'd whistle for her, a kind of bird whistle, and she'd blush red and go to him wherever he was (Nicholas and Alexandra, p.124) ... It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what that was all about!  ;) :o ;D
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Post by: Holly on July 05, 2011, 04:00:31 PM
I have heard of secondary smoke.....but it seems  there is such a thing as secondary Romanov  obsession.  Yesterday my husband said ," At the train station I saw a man who looked like the cook at Ipatiev House " lol!

Hahaha, that's hilarious.
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on July 23, 2011, 10:38:56 AM
YKYOWTRW you make up an iPod playlist entitled "Songs for the Tsar and Tsarina."
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Post by: Talya on July 31, 2011, 11:14:27 AM
YKYOWTRW your bed is taken over by romanov books and you have to sleep on the floor, or at least of the side of it. As my bed is. I have a picture, if anyone wants to see it, email me because photobucket and imageshack hate me right now(:

YKYOWTRW you think about renaming your cats Nicky, Alix, and Aloysha. :D I've thought about it, but decided to name the chickens at our house instead. There's about thirty some free range chickens, and so far I've only named the mean old rooster I hit with a bowl of spaghetti Nikolasha. (after Nicholas Nikolaevich of course)

YKYOWTRW you write poetry about them at 4am. Its a classic, and I love to do it!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Talya on July 31, 2011, 12:23:42 PM
YKYOWTRW your thinking about calling your next boyfriend Pelly, in honor of them... ;]
 and when you wonder what kind of emoticons Anastasia would use
 and when you instantly awake from daydreaming when some one says anything that sounds remotely like Anastasia, Maria, Olga, Tatiana etc etc.
 and when you pronounce your good friends name Mar-ee-ya and she understands what your saying
 and when you drink Dr. Pepper you instantly think of the Romanovs via Dr. Botkin, or Dr. Derevenko :D
 and when you start comparing you grandpa's old photos with Romanov ones!
(I do all of this.... XD )
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Post by: Duchess of Diego on July 31, 2011, 12:51:25 PM
YKYOWTR when you see a baby in the store and think "Wow she has a big head! And she looks EXACTLY like Olga in the 1896 pic with NA and QV!"

Not the Romanovs in particular, but you know you're obsessed with history when you're ringing up items on the cash register and you match totals with historical events of that year. This happens to me at work, for example: $18.46...Princess Helena/Christian's birth year!
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Post by: Talya on July 31, 2011, 12:53:10 PM
YKYOWTR when you see a baby in the store and think "Wow she has a big head! And she looks EXACTLY like Olga in the 1896 pic with NA and QV!"

Love this one!
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Post by: Olga Bernice on August 01, 2011, 09:08:28 PM
Wow, Talya, is there anything that you don't do?


YKYOWTRW you nearly cry with delight if their name is mentioned in a book or movie (NAOTMAA)
-You would rather look at a Romanov book than watch Disney shows with your little sister and brothers ;)
-You give your family Romanov nicknames :)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Talya on August 02, 2011, 02:28:11 AM
My passion fell dormant when I was 9, but came back stronger when I was 12 :D
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Post by: Maria-Nikolaevna on August 02, 2011, 02:40:24 PM
My passion fell dormant when I was 9, but came back stronger when I was 12 :D

Same but stronger at 11
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Talya on August 02, 2011, 02:42:08 PM
It was my 12 birthday, and my parents had gotten me a romanov book :D
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Post by: Maria-Nikolaevna on August 02, 2011, 02:55:41 PM
Nice!
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Post by: blessOTMA on August 02, 2011, 06:49:36 PM
You bring up an important point. Romanov fever only goes dormant, but  never compleatly away!  ...and it does come back stronger too! lol!
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Post by: Talya on August 02, 2011, 06:51:25 PM
Imagine when I'm 80... Dormant when I'm 60... *shudder* it would be of apocalyptical power :D
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on August 02, 2011, 07:22:42 PM
You bring up an important point. Romanov fever only goes dormant, but  never compleatly away!  ...and it does come back stronger too! lol!
Isn't that the truth!!!
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Post by: blessOTMA on August 02, 2011, 07:45:18 PM
I was talking to another fan once and they said they were interested in other things right then. I joked hey the Romanovs don't mind if the other interest  has  you for awhile...they know it's just a loan! lol!
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Post by: Olga Bernice on August 02, 2011, 09:02:36 PM
I was talking to another fan once and they said they were interested in other things right then. I joked hey the Romanovs don't mind if the other interest  has  you for awhile...they know it's just a loan! lol!

=D Good point!
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Post by: Sunny on August 03, 2011, 06:51:52 AM
Today a customer entered my shop. I know her - and hate her. Never knows what she wants. Always undecise. Always asking for advice and then - not following. It take her not less than 30 min. to buy something, she never spends much and always wants sales and quarrels about it.
She' not unkind or similar - just so slow and undecise. Today with my collegue we were chatting asbout her once she had gone out. My collegue: "I don't even find a word to define her."
"Oh, i have!" i exclaimed. "A cow!"
She began to laugh and laugh, but a bell sounded in my head, so i shouted out: "I got it, Fran! she's Anna Vyrubova's reincarnation!"
Of course i don't want to offend poor anja, but that "cow" remindend me of something...
Now i know i'm deeply obsessed!
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on August 03, 2011, 10:29:18 AM
I like that! Anna Vyrubova's reincarnation!  :D
But how would "cow" describe someone indecisive?
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Post by: Sunny on August 03, 2011, 11:39:02 AM
In italian we usually refer to people who speak slowly, without enthusiasm, indecisive, as "cow"; maybe (but i'm not sure) because cows are always ruminating their grass with a odd expression - just like those kind of people "ruminate" their thoughts without expression? Justr IMHO, but it commonly used in italian. We also call them "cattle" when they also seem ignorant. Don't know why!
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on August 03, 2011, 02:26:42 PM
How interesting! It makes sense now!
The things you learn about foreign expressions on forums...
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Post by: blessOTMA on August 26, 2011, 03:04:21 PM
When you keep hearing about "Hurricane Irene ,"
which threatening the East coast of the United States,
......and you think of Alix's older sister ! lol!
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Post by: RHB on August 26, 2011, 03:07:15 PM
When you keep hearing about "Hurricane Irene ,"
which threatening the East coast of the United States,
......and you think of Alix's older sister ! lol!

Ha, ha... never thought about that! Well I guess when the world has hurricane Elizabeth! We can think "wait are they talking about Alix's sister Ella?" Or for example Hurricane Ernie comes... well i guess who we can think about then! Interesting how we can joke about a serious situation... but hey it's better then being nervous wrecks!
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Post by: Olga Bernice on August 26, 2011, 05:22:30 PM
Hmm . . . Hurricane Irene . . . Too usual. Let's call it Hurricane Alix's Sister! Yeah!  :)
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Post by: RHB on August 26, 2011, 06:01:32 PM
Oh dear I think you got that from me... which i totally don't mind! It's good to make nice out of a situation like this i mean what else should you do sit and feel sorry for yourself and think "oh god i'm going to die" not the way to go! But yes Olga Bernice I agree with you... I now declare it to be called "Hurricane Alix's Sister"!  :)
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Post by: blessOTMA on August 26, 2011, 06:25:46 PM
The funny thing is Irene was known as the "quite" sister...you could fool me!
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Post by: RHB on August 26, 2011, 06:33:44 PM
Apparently so... she doesn't seem the quiet one to me now! Oh poor Irene... I only hope she's laughing at us from up above! Okay maybe not AT us but at this conversation!  :)
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Post by: blessOTMA on August 26, 2011, 06:49:56 PM
It's nice to be remembered....even if it's thanks to a hurricane! =)  If I had photo shop skills, I'd make some thing up ! lol!
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Post by: Olga Bernice on August 26, 2011, 09:06:03 PM
Hmm . . . maybe find a resemblance: Alix's sister Irene, and the hurricane Irene! =D
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Post by: Talya on August 27, 2011, 03:24:19 PM
When you get very very very mad that your school curriculum only teaches World History from pre-civilization to 1500AD. Mrs. Crabb, you really should teach us about Russia(:
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Post by: Olga Bernice on August 27, 2011, 08:09:10 PM
When you go to school and on your binder have a picture of the 1906 portrait (http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll299/Romanovy/artwork/Imperial_Princesses_by_VelkokneznaM.jpg) (thanks to GD Ally!) of the Romanov sisters. Yup, there you have it!
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Post by: historyfan on August 27, 2011, 09:03:00 PM
My son and my niece are 14 months apart in age.  He just turned 6 and she'll be 5 soon.  I call them the Big Pair.

My two nephews, both 2 years old, are three months apart in age.   I call them the Little Pair. 

: )
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Post by: Olga Bernice on August 27, 2011, 09:38:20 PM
My son and my niece are 14 months apart in age.  He just turned 6 and she'll be 5 soon.  I call them the Big Pair.

My two nephews, both 2 years old, are three months apart in age.   I call them the Little Pair. 

: )

=D Love it!
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Post by: blessOTMA on August 28, 2011, 12:02:23 AM
My son and my niece are 14 months apart in age.  He just turned 6 and she'll be 5 soon.  I call them the Big Pair.

My two nephews, both 2 years old, are three months apart in age.   I call them the Little Pair. 

: )
Cute!
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on September 09, 2011, 05:28:56 PM
When in any of your history classes you go to the back of the book(s) for that class and look through the index to see if their is anything about the Romanov's in it.
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Post by: blessOTMA on September 09, 2011, 09:11:15 PM
When you get mad at Anna Vyrubova for putting her own relatives in her photo albums! lol!
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Post by: historyfan on September 09, 2011, 09:32:55 PM
When you get mad at Anna Vyrubova for putting her own relatives in her photo albums! lol!

Hah!  : D
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Post by: Duchess of Diego on September 09, 2011, 10:34:26 PM
When in any of your history classes you go to the back of the book(s) for that class and look through the index to see if their is anything about the Romanov's in it.

So true!! Then you flip to the pages, only to be disappointed by what little information is there :)
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on September 10, 2011, 07:07:27 AM
And what they do have is often inaccurate ...
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Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on September 10, 2011, 03:19:16 PM
And what they do have is often inaccurate ...
Yes, grr! And they often take the Bolshevik's side, too.  >:(
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on September 11, 2011, 09:14:26 AM
OMG, YES! Thats usually what happens (actually I do this with the Tudors and stuff to, but....), I get to the page, sometimes pages and I'm looking around to find where it starts, I'm so happy!.....then....wait......you mean thats it, just a few sentences. Maybe a paragraph. Boo! lol
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Post by: Talya on September 13, 2011, 04:16:10 AM
When you hug the girl sitting next to you in French class because she knew the Romanovs were executed and told they were going to be photographed. :)
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Post by: Sunny on September 13, 2011, 06:55:45 AM
When you are studying for your exam about the historical context of the Bible and get mad reading that a theologician publiched his biblical researches in july 1918 - you think "How could he publish a book when the wordl was torn by WWI and NAOTMAA were killed?"
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on September 20, 2011, 03:13:46 PM
YKYOWTRW your son texts you from college to tell you his history class watched Russia: Land of the Tsars today - he says Nicholas "was a terrible ruler and kind of a d**k" (his college-kid terminology, not mine) and you spend half an hour texting back and forth arguing the point and of course, standing up for Nicky!
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Post by: RHB on September 20, 2011, 04:15:23 PM
Ouch... poor, poor Nicky can't catch a break can he?
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on September 20, 2011, 05:56:02 PM
Actually, I think I won out in the end. Will said at least A III cared for his people, while I told him that A III was the d**k and, although he did keep the peace, he was a reactionary who treated Nicholas like a dog and that if he had been a better father, N might have been a better tsar. I also told him A II was the good guy who freed the Serfs and was ready to take steps toward a constitution when he was assinated. Will thought I meant N, whom he said "granted a constitution with a gun to his head, so it doesn't count." I pointed out that A II was N's grandfather who was offed in 1881. Will was like "So the revolutionaries screwed up and killed the guy who would actually listen to them" and I told him A II was a d**k in his personal life but a pretty good Tsar, but Nicholas was a good and decent man who wasn't Tsar material - he cared about his people in his way but didn't want to make changes. Will said "You can't have your cake and eat it too" and I said "True, true, very true." History debates by text! I love it!
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Post by: RHB on September 20, 2011, 06:11:08 PM
Very well put debate... on both your parts i must say!  ;D
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on September 24, 2011, 07:54:31 AM
... when you pass Gymboree at the mall and they have this display of absolutley gorgeous Christmas dresses in a full array of sizes and you think "I can totally see OTMA in these ... Alix would go nuts over this place!"  ;D
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Post by: GrandDuchessIsabelle on September 24, 2011, 08:45:18 AM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when...

You beg your mum to buy you that stripped sailor top. Not just because it's fashionable, but OTMA had them.

You daydream about being a part of the IF. OTMAI anyone?

Your friends are reading 'Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging'. You're reading 'Nicholas and Alexandra' the 1969 hardback edition.

(You know you're obsessed with history when...
You get furious with the library if the history shelf is half empty and there are no books on the Romanovs on it. Or the Tudors. Or Victoria. Actually, if the only books are on finding out your family history are on it, you sulk.)
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Post by: Sunny on September 24, 2011, 10:46:58 AM
You daydream about being a part of the IF. OTMAI anyone?

same for me!! it's 12 years since i started and it goes worse and worse! I spend my half an hour on bus to work daydreaming about it with Orthodox Church melodies in my mp3 to have a suitable soundtrack for my inside movie... LOL!! In my case, OTMAM instead of OTMAI  :)
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Post by: Duchess of Diego on September 24, 2011, 12:25:11 PM
Quote
I spend my half an hour on bus to work daydreaming about it with Orthodox Church melodies in my mp3 to have a suitable soundtrack for my inside movie...

Haha I do the same thing!!! Now I know I'm not alone :) Not just OTMA but mostly my own original stories (I have tons of them, I should really write them down one day)
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Post by: Mersan on September 24, 2011, 12:41:36 PM
To my I also love to invent my own stories. I have some written in notebooks.
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Post by: Talya on September 24, 2011, 02:30:25 PM
YKYOWTR when you imagine meeting them and then start freaking out if you should call them your Majesties or Your Imperial Highnesses or Emperor or Tsar *hyperventilating* or when you faint in your day dream and you're telling yourself to wake up for the IF! (also, for me its OTMAN! NAOTMAAN, here I come! ;D)
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Post by: Sunny on September 25, 2011, 03:19:42 AM
YKYOWTR when you imagine meeting them and then start freaking out if you should call them your Majesties or Your Imperial Highnesses or Emperor or Tsar *hyperventilating* or when you faint in your day dream and you're telling yourself to wake up for the IF! (also, for me its OTMAN! NAOTMAAN, here I come! ;D)

Me too!!!
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Post by: Talya on September 25, 2011, 01:09:16 PM
So I'm not the only one? Yay! :D

I found out, it is a trigger for me to go to sleep, so whenever I can't sleep, I think of them... Its quite peaceful whenever I think of them. Kindof like they're watching over me.... :) *daydreams*
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Post by: GrandDuchessIsabelle on September 25, 2011, 02:26:26 PM
Thank God I'm not the only one!

New one:
YKYOWTRW... There are miniature portraits of them in your dolls house. I have masses and keep adding!
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Post by: Sunny on September 25, 2011, 02:46:59 PM
We can open a circle. "Romanov obsessed daydreamer", for friends it's simply RODD! Sounds good!! (the little anastasija hidden in me suggested the acronym)
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Post by: Talya on September 25, 2011, 11:30:10 PM
Lol!! XD
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Post by: GrandDuchessIsabelle on November 19, 2011, 05:38:17 AM
YKYOW Royalty when...
You correct tour guides at stately homes.

(I have done this at least three times, at Windsor Castle, Balmoral and other National Trust places. Most memorable was at Balmoral, where there was a lovely painting of QV with two young ladies in bustle dresses. I asked the tour guide who they were and he told me that it was Princess Victoria and Princess Alice knitting for the soldiers fighting in the Crimean War with QV. I told him that it couldn't be, because: 1.  the fashion was wrong 2.  Victoria was in morning clothes and Albert died after the CW and 3. really, they looked nothing like Vicky and Alice. He looked quite flustered and muttered, 'yes, yes' and nodded when I told him that it was more likely to be two of Alice's daughters or even Princess Beatrice and Louise. My mum dragged me away before I could embarrass him further. I hope they've found out who it was now!)   
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Post by: GrandDuchessIsabelle on November 19, 2011, 08:27:54 AM
YKYOW Royalty when...
You correct tour guides at stately homes.

(I have done this at least three times, at Windsor Castle, Balmoral and other National Trust places. Most memorable was at Balmoral, where there was a lovely painting of QV with two young ladies in bustle dresses. I asked the tour guide who they were and he told me that it was Princess Victoria and Princess Alice knitting for the soldiers fighting in the Crimean War with QV. I told him that it couldn't be, because: 1.  the fashion was wrong 2.  Victoria was in morning clothes and Albert died after the CW and 3. really, they looked nothing like Vicky and Alice. He looked quite flustered and muttered, 'yes, yes' and nodded when I told him that it was more likely to be two of Alice's daughters or even Princess Beatrice and Louise. My mum dragged me away before I could embarrass him further. I hope they've found out who it was now!)   
I meant Osborne, not Balmoral! Sorry!
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Post by: Vecchiolarry on November 19, 2011, 10:00:38 AM
Hi Isabelle,

Great story - loved it!!!

I have done this also:
at the Neus Palais in Potsdam, when a guide said two portraits were of Frederick the Great's daughters and I corrected him as he had no children. The portraits were of his sisters.
I guess we're both naughty
Larry
 
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Post by: GrandDuchessIsabelle on November 19, 2011, 10:58:47 AM
Hi Isabelle,

Great story - loved it!!!

I have done this also:
at the Neus Palais in Potsdam, when a guide said two portraits were of Frederick the Great's daughters and I corrected him as he had no children. The portraits were of his sisters.
I guess we're both naughty
Larry
 
Lol, but it has to be done! We can't have them telling other people the wrong thing. (Plus, it's kind of funny ;) )
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Post by: Maria the Beautiful on November 19, 2011, 09:31:41 PM
 :)  Hello all.  I don't often post here because I'm not as knowledgeable as most of you are, but I have been lurking here reading your posts for a few years and am as obsessed and as passionate about the Romanov's as you all are.   I just had to share me little story with you.   I just returned home this morning from a week-long cruise on the Norwegian Jewel (NYC-Nassau, Bahamas).   If any of you have ever sailed on the NCL Jewel you will know that the main dining room is Tsar's Palace.   I was travelling with my niece who knows of my passion for the Romanov's, especially for our beloved NAOTMAA.   She had sailed on the Jewel before and knew that Tsar's Palace was lined with paintings of the Romanov's.   The main part of the dining room contains mostly paintings of the "older" members of the Imperial family, beginning with Peter the Great; however, there is one wing off the main dining room that is only used for "overflow" diners.   It just so happened that on our first night on the ship when we went for dinner we were seated in this wing.   The entire wing was dedicated to NAOTMAA!   I gushed as we followed the waiter to our table!  I almost cried, really!  Every painting were reproductions of so very familiar photographs that we all know and love.   My niece was ecstatic that we sat dined here because, although she is not as familiar with NAOTMAA as I am, she knows how much they mean to me.    The rest of the week we were not so lucky to be seated in "MY WING", but wouldn't you know, last night, for our final dinner on board, guess where we were seated?   Yep!   No lie.   I just know NAOTMAA had a hand in this - maybe this were their way of letting me know they were feeling my love, what do you the rest of you think?   BTW, this niece I was travelling with is my normal travel partner and we have a joint savings account started about a year ago that we are going to use for a trip to Russia.   I need to work on her a little to raise her to my level of passion for NAOTMAA before we leave.   Thanks for listening to my story.   Have a great day all.
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Post by: Maria the Beautiful on November 19, 2011, 09:39:41 PM
I just re-read what I posted above and realized I used some incorrect grammar.   I apologize for that - I'm usually better than this, but I was just so excited to tell my story.   Forgive me!
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Post by: Talya on November 19, 2011, 10:07:50 PM
It's fine, we all make mistakes ;D

I need to go on the cruise and get pictures..... Like now. Oh that's so cool! I seriously want to go on a cruise now. I will go beg my parents if I have to! :)
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Post by: Maria the Beautiful on November 19, 2011, 11:43:36 PM
Yes, Talya, you must take a cruise on the Jewel.   When you do, keep in mind that the NAOTMAA wing is only used for overflow, so you stand a better chance of being seated there during the rush dinner hours.    We never requested to be seated there - it just worked out that way.   Also, the paintings are not very good reproductions of the original photos (I would have preferred they had hung the actual photos), but you will recognize them immediately because they are of the most common photos of the family.   The people sitting at the table next to us heard me telling my niece about each of the paintings and they commented that no one was smiling in any of the paintings.   I laughed and explained to them why that was so and about how very rare it is to see a photo of NAOTMAA where any one is smiling.
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Post by: GrandDuchessIsabelle on November 20, 2011, 03:54:41 AM
What a fantastic cruise you must have had! Wow, a whole room full of NAOTMAA pictures. Sounds like the best wallpaper ever!

P.S Post more often! I don't know very much either, but by asking questions I've learnt a lot.
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Post by: blessOTMA on November 20, 2011, 08:05:32 PM
Maria the Beautiful , since I make paintings of the family from photographs, I'm most interested to read your post! Fascinating! and I  2nd  GrandDuchessIsabelle , please post more often =)
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Post by: Maria the Beautiful on November 21, 2011, 01:42:51 PM
blessOTMA, I was thinking of you when I saw the paintings!   I've been lurking around here long enough that I am familiar with some of your incredible artwork.    You folks may not know me yet, but I sure do know a lot of you from your previous posts.  Also, bless OTMA, I see from your personal info here that we are almost neighbors (I live in Wilmington, DE - formerly from West Chester, PA and we are pretty close in age as well!).   
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Post by: Sara Araújo on November 22, 2011, 03:42:25 PM
Last Summer, I visited the Ajuda Palace and Lisbon and I was so surprised to find a painting of Maria Nikolaevna (daughter of Tsar Nicholas I) on the wall that I kind of made a fuss. (I might have squealed a little bit. :p) But, anyway, my fuss, besides infuriating my cousins, who were with me, attracted the attention of one of the cleaning ladies who was very glad to see that someone knew and cared about one of the portraits. Turns out she knew quite a lot about King Luís and Queen Maria Pia, as well as of everyone else who had a portrait in that room (mostly the Leuchtenbergs who, of course were very close to the Portuguese royal family because Queen Maria II's first husband had been one, and the brothers and sisters of Queen Maria Pia) because her family had been working at the palace for several generations and she ended up making a tour, she let us stay until after the closing time and, best of all, she let me take a photograph of Grand Duchess Maria's portrait with the flash on, so sometimes the obsession with the Romanovs is something like a perk. :D

This was the photograph: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grand_Duchess_Maria_Nikolaevna.JPG
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Post by: Vecchiolarry on November 22, 2011, 06:27:08 PM
Hi,

Beautiful portrait;  very colourful dress....
Thank you for posting it....

Larry
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Post by: blessOTMA on November 22, 2011, 10:28:58 PM
blessOTMA, I was thinking of you when I saw the paintings!   I've been lurking around here long enough that I am familiar with some of your incredible artwork.    You folks may not know me yet, but I sure do know a lot of you from your previous posts.  Also, bless OTMA, I see from your personal info here that we are almost neighbors (I live in Wilmington, DE - formerly from West Chester, PA and we are pretty close in age as well!).   
Thank you for your compliment! You are very welcome to come see my pictures ( as is any member of the forum )  I have a galley set up in my home  which is open by appointment ....drop me a line if you are in the area =)

(http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy202/blessOTMA/AP%20Postings%202/th_DSC04385.jpg) (http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy202/blessOTMA/AP%20Postings%202/DSC04385.jpg)(http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy202/blessOTMA/AP%20Postings%202/th_DSC04400.jpg) (http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy202/blessOTMA/AP%20Postings%202/DSC04400.jpg)(http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy202/blessOTMA/AP%20Postings%202/th_DSC04391.jpg) (http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy202/blessOTMA/AP%20Postings%202/DSC04391.jpg)
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Post by: Maria the Beautiful on November 23, 2011, 05:12:58 AM
blessOTMA, I got your PM but for some reason was unable to successfully answer it - I've got to get that ironed out with the site.   But, I would love to come see your paintings in person some day and will contact you when I'm going to be in Philly.   Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone here on the site who will be celebrating tomorrow.   
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Post by: Yelena Aleksandrovna on November 23, 2011, 02:41:47 PM
Amazing work blessOTMA!!! I love the first one you did (I've always liked that photo)!!!! I expect to see more of your (excellent) work!  :) :o 8)
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Post by: blessOTMA on November 23, 2011, 03:19:22 PM
Amazing work blessOTMA!!! I love the first one you did (I've always liked that photo)!!!! I expect to see more of your (excellent) work!  :) :o 8)
Thank you! Right now I'm working from the photo of Anastasia sitting on a tree stump at AP park in captivity =) I spent nearly a year on my painting of OTM, so of course Imp wanted her own! lol!
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Post by: TimM on November 23, 2011, 07:30:35 PM
I love your paintings of OTMA, Anne.  If I'm ever in your area, I'll be sure to make an appointment.
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Post by: blessOTMA on November 24, 2011, 02:20:41 AM
I love your paintings of OTMA, Anne.  If I'm ever in your area, I'll be sure to make an appointment.
Thank you Tim, that means alot. =)
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Post by: GrandDuchessIsabelle on November 30, 2011, 03:34:05 PM
YKYOWTR when you find yourself staring at people in the street/classroom/church etc. and when they tell you to stop you say:
'Oh, sorry it's just that your beard/eyes/hair reminds me of Nicholas/Maria/Tatiana.' Also when you see them in yourself when you look in the mirror.
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on December 01, 2011, 08:27:59 AM
YKYOWTR when you get a new smartphone and you search the app market for anything pertaining to them.
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Post by: blessOTMA on December 01, 2011, 01:17:16 PM
YKYOWTR when you get a new smartphone and you search the app market for anything pertaining to them.
any finds =) ?
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Post by: bestfriendsgirl on December 02, 2011, 07:21:30 AM
Not really - just some general WWI-type stuff. I'd think about developing one, but frankly I'm doing good just to be able to get on here.
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Post by: historyfan on December 02, 2011, 09:16:06 AM
YKYOWTR when you get a new smartphone and you search the app market for anything pertaining to them.


Or, when you don't have a smartphone, but if someone does find something interesting, it might just compel you to get one!
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Post by: TimM on December 02, 2011, 04:28:59 PM
You watch a historical movie and insist on saying "No, that's not right!"
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Post by: blessOTMA on December 02, 2011, 05:51:16 PM
Not really - just some general WWI-type stuff. I'd think about developing one, but frankly I'm doing good just to be able to get on here.
  lol! I hear you!
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Post by: LauraO on December 23, 2011, 12:18:53 PM
YKYOWTR when you see a picture of a birdcage and think its a picture of nicholas :)
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Post by: Павэл on December 31, 2011, 11:23:41 PM
Got up early today. I'm getting old - guess who missed new year as he had fallen asleep at about 8pm.

There's a programme on UK cable TV called This is Jinsy. I've never actually seen it before and I'd just finished watching the early morning showing of the X-Files. This was immediately after it. An odd but interesting programme - it's about the surreal inhabitants of a fictional island. But it was the theme tune that stopped me changing channels - within a few notes I joined in humming it then remembered a few notes later what it was......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYgEhZkxFs8&feature=BFa&list=PLF5E2904BEE537611&lf=BFp


Pav.
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Post by: Павэл on January 01, 2012, 01:07:17 AM
You've got a computer game called Il-2 Sturmovik (a very accurate flight sim of the eastern front including models of buildings, etc.) On one mission in the campaign, as the Leningrad pocket gets smaller and smaller with each mission you lead your flight of 4 Yak 1Bs you simultaneously spot:

* A large force of Heinkels heading for the city centre.
* A small group of Ju-88s heading for Tsarskoe Selo.

Normally you'd attack the former........................

I'll get you some pics of the game (it lets you save screenshots, but you can only view them in the game files, not online.)
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Post by: clockworkgirl21 on January 01, 2012, 06:06:59 AM
I'm late to the party, but those are amazing paintings! OTA's hair colors look like they might be exactly right, but I always imagined Maria's to be a little lighter.
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Post by: Maria the Beautiful on January 02, 2012, 08:56:36 PM
First of all - Happy New Year to all here on the AP site!  :)

Today I watched The Sound of Music (for the thousandth time!) and for some reason everything in the movie made me think of the Romanov's.  The movie was set in a different country, different war, but in my mind today I kept noticing so many similarites: the beautiful, innocent children, the love between the parents, the beautiful estate that they eventually had to flee.   I could imagine OTMAA romping around Tsarskoe Selo singing DO RE ME and Favorite Things.   Yes, today I was somewhat obsessed with the Romanov's and I'll never see the Sound of Music in the same way again.   Has anyone else had this experience with other movies or have I finally gone over the edge with my obsession?
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Post by: GrandDuchessIsabelle on January 07, 2012, 02:21:26 PM
Indeed not! I have often thought that Mashka would sneak out to meet a boyfriend (if given the opportunity) and would dance with him in the rain. And Anastasia and Alexei would have fun thinking up ways to get rid of governesses!

This morning, I passed a restaurant called 'Revolution'. Outside on the tables were information cards on different revolutions in the world. I was the only person to pick up a card, which was on (guess what?) the Russian Revolution.
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Post by: TroubleTwin2 on March 02, 2012, 03:08:02 PM
When last semester on your final for History of Western Civilization(covering really nothing related to Russia what so ever) and when talking about ancient Greece and the Roman empire in a short essay manage to tie in the Romanovs. Weather or not what I said was correct I don't know, but I did it! =D
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Post by: edubs31 on March 02, 2012, 03:39:22 PM
When last semester on your final for History of Western Civilization(covering really nothing related to Russia what so ever) and when talking about ancient Greece and the Roman empire in a short essay manage to tie in the Romanovs. Weather or not what I said was correct I don't know, but I did it! =D

Haha, same here and same for many people I'm certain. My obsession is along these lines but a more general one...I simply figure out a way, subconsciously or not, to work the Romanov's into virtually any "interesting" conversation that lasts more than 10-15 minutes. It's like "Six Degrees of OTMA" or something. For example...

Topic of Discussion: Flyers Hockey

1) Flyers discussion begins
2) Wow the Flyers are inconsistent this season, so too have the 76ers been lately after a great start...
3) Speaking of the Sixers, today is the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game...
4) Yeah I was looking it up and actually today is the anniversary of a lot major world events...
5) Like the importation of slavery ended in the U.S., Reconstruction began, Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietman, Queen Victoria narrowly escapes execution, serfdom ended in Russia...Tsar Alexander II ascends to the throne upon the death of his father...
6) Tsar Alexander as relating to the...ROMANOV'S?...BAM!!!

Yeah something like that, lol...
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Post by: Jen_94 on March 02, 2012, 04:36:53 PM
That is brilliant, edubs31! I'm pretty much like that, any conversation I have with family, etc, I always somehow manage to find a connection to the Romanov family. 

YKYOWTR when you got to a museum and try and find something that is connected to the Romanov family in there....

I remember going to Edinburgh Castle and they had a museum for the Royal Scots Greys, the regiment Nicholas II was Colonel in Cheif for. I went in and began to search for anything about him in there and what do I see?! A huge painting of Nicholas II with some infomation (http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/1430177 (http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/1430177)).
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Post by: blessOTMA on March 02, 2012, 06:44:21 PM
" Six Degrees of OTMA" Funny!!

Jen_94 , that must of been amazing. I'm always staggered when my inside thinking of the family is unexpectedly met with
something out side. For a moment I think hey how did you escape my head! ?
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Post by: Jen_94 on March 03, 2012, 07:17:09 AM
Yes, it was pretty amazing. Quite pleased to find it I was!
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Post by: blessOTMA on March 03, 2012, 11:46:28 PM
Yes, it was pretty amazing. Quite pleased to find it I was!
Just found this on the web =)

http://s58.radikal.ru/i161/1106/2a/f5bf79db63c0.png
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Post by: Jen_94 on March 04, 2012, 06:31:58 AM
The link isn't working :(
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Post by: Sunny on March 04, 2012, 08:03:45 AM
The second works for me but not the first :(
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Post by: Jen_94 on March 04, 2012, 08:16:09 AM
Here is the pic from the first, Sunny:

(http://photos.travelblog.org/Photos/41510/192423/f/1430177-Russian-Tsar-Nicholas-II-was-Colonel-in-Chief-of-the-Scottish-Greys--Who-knew-1.jpg)
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Post by: blessOTMA on March 04, 2012, 08:39:25 PM
Jen_94  I can't see the picture you posted ,and the link is working for me. However I'll host the picture =)
(http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy202/blessOTMA/AP%20Postings%202/th_Nickyukuni.png) (http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy202/blessOTMA/AP%20Postings%202/Nickyukuni.png)
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Post by: Jen_94 on March 05, 2012, 06:36:01 AM
Okay thank you! =]

Yes its a very nice painting, I like it alot!
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Post by: blessOTMA on March 06, 2012, 12:04:12 AM
Indeed, and I  realized later what is diffrent about Nicholas in that painting ( besides the UK uniform!) it's  that he's looking so intensely at the viewer. Usually he appears more placid in his portaits
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Post by: Kalafrana on March 06, 2012, 06:25:11 AM
Do we know who painted the picture and when? As I remember, Queen Victoria made Nicholas Colonel-in-Chief of the Greys when he and Alexandra visited Balmoral in 1896. A slight irony, as the Greys took part in the successful Charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava in 1854!

There is a nice story that there were a few problems with Nicholas's Greys' uniform. The Russians sent a set of his measurements to the regimental tailors, who set about making the uniform, using inches, whereas the measurements had been done in centimetres! As there are 2.54 centimetres to the inch, I fear the result would have been too big even for Alexander III!

Meanwhile, when I was in the gym this morning an advert for a vacuum cleaner came up on the TV screen. I thought it said 'Romanov' when it said 'Removes'!

Ann
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Post by: Jen_94 on March 06, 2012, 11:16:30 AM
I've read it was painted in 1902.  :)

Here is the uniform, which I believe is in Russia. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/db/Colonel_of_Royal_Scots_Greys_%28Nicholas_II_of_Russia%27s_uniform%29.jpg/391px-Colonel_of_Royal_Scots_Greys_%28Nicholas_II_of_Russia%27s_uniform%29.jpg)

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Post by: Talya on March 14, 2012, 08:08:03 AM
YKYOWTR when on of the things you think about at night, when nothing is stirring, if what you would do if you could just go and meet them.

Like for example, I ponder whether I would call them Your Majesties, and in what order would I greet them, etc. I have it pretty worked out xD (First, I would hug whichever of NAOTMAA I see first, put gingerly if it was Alexei or Alix, and then introduce myself as someone from the future. Then I would tell M&A to not burn any diaries, and Alix too... And I would figure out just which bedroom was which. :D)
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Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on March 14, 2012, 03:20:07 PM
YKYOWTR when on of the things you think about at night, when nothing is stirring, if what you would do if you could just go and meet them.

Like for example, I ponder whether I would call them Your Majesties, and in what order would I greet them, etc. I have it pretty worked out xD (First, I would hug whichever of NAOTMAA I see first, put gingerly if it was Alexei or Alix, and then introduce myself as someone from the future. Then I would tell M&A to not burn any diaries, and Alix too... And I would figure out just which bedroom was which. :D)


    Perhaps you could beneficially work these "ponderances" into the "Days of OTMA's Lives - And So It Continues" fantasy saga, of which I believe you have agreed to co-write recently.  ("Glad to be on board!" - Jan.01, 2012, "Writers' Circle" Topic)   AP.
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Post by: blessOTMA on March 14, 2012, 07:26:11 PM
If my experience in the studio is any indication, I believe if we met them, it is highly likely we would faint . So keep the smelling salts handy =)
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Post by: Talya on March 15, 2012, 07:18:10 AM
Indeed blessOTMA, indeed!

AP, I hardly think that would have a place in it. The characters are established, and of course, this is just my daydream. (It's rather ironic isn't it? Day dreaming at night I mean.) I don't really see where it would fit in.
This attitude is making me think you're a fan of the "saga". Is there any truth to that?
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Post by: Maria the Beautiful on March 15, 2012, 10:35:56 AM
Talya and BlessOTM - I had to chuckle when I read the last few posts.   You think you would faint?  Imagine the effect on NAOTMAA if they were suddenly dropped into 2012!!!   From the protected, pristine environment they lived in to the permissive "anything goes" environment of today, I'd love to know what their reaction would be.   Think about them flipping through tv channels today - just the titles of shows alone would be enough to send Alexandra straight to confession.    It would be fun to make a list of current tv shows and movies that you would want them to see without embarrassment.   I think the list would be pretty short.   
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Post by: Kalafrana on March 15, 2012, 10:56:30 AM
Songs of Praise?
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Post by: Talya on March 15, 2012, 10:59:52 AM
Antiques Roasdhow.... ummm..... ummm.... ummm.... You are so right! I was talking more like I drop in about say 1916, but I agree with your post whole heartedly! I seriously can't think of anymore shows. This will bother me for a while now xD

Let get a list going, shall we?

Antiques Roadshow

That's all I can think of :)
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Post by: edubs31 on March 15, 2012, 11:11:12 AM
Maria) Nice that you brought that up...I'm by no means alone when having given some thought about how I would handle someone from the past (OTMA or otherwise) brought into 2012, even though most of my dreams have dealt with the opposite scenario...me going back in time to meet them instead of the other way around.

It would be quite a challenge, and one we have discussed on other topic forums, but I would do my best to ease them into their new reality. I might even spend several months getting them slowly accustomed to things and brought up to speed. Using the IF as an example, and if money were no object (let me sell some of your jewels girls!), I'd probably purchase a cottage or estate out in the countryside surrounded by nature and with limited exposure to the outside world.

History would be the main topic...90+ years of it on literally hundreds of topics. I'd also spend some time each day introducing to them a new gadget, synthetic material, new food, etc. Get them familiarized with it. This would be a long and often arduous process, but over several months of learning in living conditions not all that dissimilar to what they were accustomed to in their day I think they'd finally be ready for a trip to the great places & cities of the world.
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Post by: TimM on March 15, 2012, 11:22:08 AM
YKYOWTR when you name your new cat after your favourite GD :)
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Post by: Maria the Beautiful on March 15, 2012, 12:07:27 PM
edubs31 - You have the right idea - ease them into it.   But it seems like more of the lifetime project than just several months, don't you think?   You're right about the updates on history.   That would have to be the priority since it affects every aspect of our lives every day.   I nominate you for the job - GOOD LUCK!   :) ;) :)
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Post by: Maria the Beautiful on March 15, 2012, 12:16:59 PM
Talya, you have the best idea though - go to them instead of them coming to you.  So much less confusing.  We have the advantage of knowing past history and can adapt ourselves.   See, now you have me dayidreaming about meeting them too!   Wouldn't that be wonderful to have such a gift!
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Post by: edubs31 on March 15, 2012, 12:27:04 PM
Haha thanks, I'll call or consult the AP for any assistance :-)

Originally I was thinking they'd need at least a year to get up to speed but of course that's a year pretty much locked away from the world that they're no doubt itching to see and I'd hate to do that to them...especially Alexei who I would of course make top priority his health and administer some modern medicine (get Alexandra on some meds as well!) too.

One or more of the girls would probably try to runaway if kept in seclusion for a year though, don't you think? Like the stories of Amish kids going in joyrides that you hear every now and again, lol

But back on topic...how about being obsessed enough that as I type this message, on my phone, I'm ignoring the NCAA tournament games that I specifically walked down to the bar on lunch break to see!!!
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Post by: Talya on March 15, 2012, 09:05:33 PM
It's okay, sometimes in school I like to get on the forum, via phone. I then save pictures and email them to myself for later! Oh, the Romanovs rule my life, but I don't mind!

Maria, I always daydream about going to them, but you've gotten me daydreaming about them coming to us! I've always liked the idea of going to them, so I can see how they lived and what daily life was like.
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Post by: Jen_94 on March 16, 2012, 08:01:51 AM
I would love to travel back in time and go to them, and like Tayla said, I sometimes daydream about seeing them in like real life/going back in time to meet them, you know, and to see how their daily life was like. :)
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Post by: TimM on March 16, 2012, 05:00:27 PM
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I would love to travel back in time and go to them, and like Tayla said, I sometimes daydream about seeing them in like real life/going back in time to meet them, you know, and to see how their daily life was like

As I have said, if I could go back, I'd rescue them and bring them to 2012.  They would be much safer here than there.
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Post by: edubs31 on March 16, 2012, 05:24:09 PM
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I would love to travel back in time and go to them, and like Tayla said, I sometimes daydream about seeing them in like real life/going back in time to meet them, you know, and to see how their daily life was like

As I have said, if I could go back, I'd rescue them and bring them to 2012.  They would be much safer here than there.

Except you'd be taking them away from their world, the culture they knew and many of the people they loved...obviously if it were some type of last second rescue sequence (like in your Bid Time Return story) I'd totally be on board. But had I been able to visit them earlier I'd simply attemp to alter the events of history so they'd survive...even if it meant living their remaining lives in exile with their legacies greatly diminished of historical impact.
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Post by: Jen_94 on March 16, 2012, 05:49:49 PM
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I would love to travel back in time and go to them, and like Tayla said, I sometimes daydream about seeing them in like real life/going back in time to meet them, you know, and to see how their daily life was like

As I have said, if I could go back, I'd rescue them and bring them to 2012.  They would be much safer here than there.

Except you'd be taking them away from their world, the culture they knew and many of the people they loved...obviously if it were some type of last second rescue sequence (like in your Bid Time Return story) I'd totally be on board. But had I been able to visit them earlier I'd simply attemp to alter the events of history so they'd survive...even if it meant living their remaining lives in exile with their legacies greatly diminished of historical impact.

I agree(in bold) with you, edubs31. That is exactly what I would do, I would attempt to alter events of history so that they would survive, most definitely.
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Post by: Talya on March 16, 2012, 09:56:23 PM
If I did go back in time, to make sure they would survive, I would go and slap Yurovsky (courtesy of all Romanov lovers!), and at least try to get him to wimp out on the murder, along with his men. That way the Whites would win over Ekaterinburg, bringing them to a safe place. Or I might stop the murder via stopping the telegram. (It was a telegram right?)

I think, if they escaped, they would go to Crimea first, and try to rescue some old stuff, but I think Nicky or Alix or even Olga would realise that it's too dangerous to stay in Russia, so I think they would move to France, (I think Alix wouldn't have liked to expose the girls to Paris though) or the US or Darmstadt. Nicky and Alix would be so much more relaxed, and the girls and Alexei would have a lot more friends! A simple English house, out in the countryside, where Nicky and Alix can grow old, and the children can visit, and the grandchildren will get scratchy woolen sweaters. This is making me tear up a little :)
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Post by: Maria the Beautiful on March 16, 2012, 10:33:54 PM
Talya, I love the idea of your slapping Yurovsky - maked me laugh  :)   

 If I went back in time, I'd have to assume I did so in an H.G. Wells type of vehicle.   That means I'd have to drag that thing into the Church of the Blood so that when I set it for July 1918 it would end up being right inside the Ipatiev house when it "arrives".   This phenomenon would surely throw Yurovsky and all the guards into a panic which would give me the opportunity to pile the IF into the Time Machine (they'd have to sit on laps - remember in the movie it only held two people).  I'd then set the time for maybe 1991 or so.  This way they'd end up still in their beloved Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union.   From there I'd employ of assistance of everyone here on the AP Forum to take over and bring the family up to speed on what had transpired in the past 80 years and let the IF decide what they want to do and where they want to go.

I know, this is quite far fetched, but it's 11:30 p.m. on a Friday night where I am.  I'm tired and should be in bed.   I just let my imagination run wild.  I imagine the IF is up in heaven reading these posts and having a good laugh.    As much as we all wish we could go back and change history, we have to remember that they are all now with their Savior and wouldn't want to come back, right?  Have a good evening all.   

Gloria  (Maria the Beautiful)
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Post by: TimM on March 16, 2012, 11:44:52 PM
If I had a TARDIS, I could materialize it around all eleven of them.  I would love to see Yurovsky's as a blue box appears and all eleven of them vanish.  Then, I could take them safely away in the TARDIS.
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Post by: Talya on March 17, 2012, 02:23:21 AM
Gloria: I agree on the last part, but I'd at least like to give OTMAA a taste of life, after all, they were so similar to little children.
Tim: If you mean Yurovsky's face, I would pay to see that!

I can just imagine their faces right now, reading all of these daydreams! :)

YKYOWTR when you start to make your own Julian calendar, complete with days of the week and holidays, just so you can crosscheck the dates on diaries and letters. Also, I can't add 13 days without thinking my math is wrong, so the calendar is a bit of a bonus!
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Post by: Jen_94 on March 17, 2012, 08:52:53 AM
Tim, that is a brilliant idea! I would love to see Yurovksy's face too ;)

Tayla, me too! I wonder what they would think?? :)
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Post by: TimM on March 17, 2012, 11:54:18 AM
Of course, I did that, kind of, in Bid Time Return in which the IF and Co. are snatched away right on front of Yurovsky's eyes :)
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Post by: Jen_94 on March 17, 2012, 04:19:16 PM
I think I will have a read of that, seems like an interesting story. You are a good writer and I love Days of OTMA'S lives, so I'm bound to love this one :)
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Post by: TimM on March 17, 2012, 05:30:42 PM
I hope you enjoy it, Jen.
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Post by: GrandDuchessIsabelle on July 26, 2012, 02:41:40 AM
Returning to the forum with a new YKYOWTR when... You mutter 'Imperial' under your breath every time your history teacher says 'Russian Royal family'. The boy next to me has moved seats now, oops.
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Post by: rosieposie on July 26, 2012, 09:15:02 AM
YKYOWTRW after giving Alexander Palace Forum and the IF a rest after a few long months.  Its still in the back of the mind :)
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Post by: blessOTMA on July 26, 2012, 07:18:55 PM
 Romanovs don't let go lol
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Post by: edubs31 on July 26, 2012, 07:29:25 PM
YKYOWTRW you're out a concert or sporting event and are more concerned with checking in on the AP for updates and/or messages than focusing on a song you like or a critical moment in the game...
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Post by: rosieposie on July 27, 2012, 01:08:43 AM
No they don't :)
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Post by: blessOTMA on July 28, 2012, 12:56:21 AM
YKYOWTRW you're out a concert or sporting event and are more concerned
with checking in on the AP for updates and/or messages than focusing on a
song you like or a critical moment in the game...

(http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy202/blessOTMA/AP%20Postings%202/romanovfever.jpg)

" Doctor, the ex-ray shows a most serious case of Romanov fever!"
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Post by: Jen_94 on July 28, 2012, 03:41:32 AM
Oh my goodness!!! Thats brilliant!!! :)
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Post by: Kalafrana on July 28, 2012, 07:01:51 AM
Love it!!
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Post by: edubs31 on July 28, 2012, 09:08:20 AM
HAHAHA! That's awesome Anne!

More cowbell please :-)
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Post by: Rodney_G. on July 28, 2012, 11:41:35 AM


More cowbell please :-)

I laugh at that expression just thinking about it. Classic!
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Post by: blessOTMA on July 28, 2012, 04:29:49 PM
Thanks guys, it was fun to do! lol!
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Post by: TimM on July 28, 2012, 05:43:28 PM
Very good, Anne, I like it.
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Post by: rosieposie on July 30, 2012, 12:58:06 AM
I love that doodle :)  Made me giggle out loud.  

YKYOWTRW:  When you see an obvious new fan of the family online.  How I can tell is the way the fan goes "OMG The girls are just gorjus",  "Alexei is so adorably cute" and "I wonder what it was like to hug Alexei and smell his smell?"   and I physically cringe and roll my eyes at the comments.  

It's not on here, though I think this fan has not found this site,  just photos via google of Alexei.   This is on a Romanov fanpage on Facebook.   I know it sounds mean but I think gee the IF were just normal human beings who happened to be born into that particular society and time.  They are not some adorable cute kitty/puppy that we can coo over.  
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on July 30, 2012, 02:15:13 AM
I have to say I've resisted swooning for decades, but I no longer do so( resist that is lol  ) I've stopped puzzling over my emotions when it comes to the family, now I  just enjoy the emotions  to the full . People and diffrent age groups  have diffrent emotional temperaments and express themselves at different volumes ( so to speak).  It's about  the personal style of how one approaches a topic that is important to oneself. One is quite sensitive about that..... and a person can  feel uncomfortable when meeting up with someone  whose way is diffrent.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: rosieposie on July 30, 2012, 02:35:23 AM
True hun :)  Yes I admit when I first got into IF I thought they were gorgeous with a tragic ending.   However I never went into the "I wonder what they smelt like." etc phase.              That's just to weird for me.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on July 30, 2012, 03:28:46 AM
I am not a swooner over small children, and to my jaundiced eyes any infant who looks 'cute' is bound to be a little horror.

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on July 30, 2012, 12:18:28 PM
I am not a swooner over small children, and to my jaundiced eyes any infant who looks 'cute' is bound to be a little horror.

Ann
lol . They get to be freer in expressing thier base humanness...and one has to pretend they are 'cute"   Sometimes they are, however I have recently told a friend I won't be lunching with them if thier out of control 8 year old joins us....this is an outrage it seems. But watching the tiny terror throw things at me, is " cute" . Much to both of thier surprise, I threw the stuff back.  I explained I'm entering my 2 childhood. lol  But you know what?  the child behaved after that. They were used to adults just taking it . Interesting

Reminds me of a story about Alexis looking around a store room at his sister's hospital. He asked a nurse"  what if I tore this place up? " The nurse said"  then that will be how your visit will be remembered."  He moved on with out disturbing anything . Tatiana said to  the nurse,"  If you had told him it was forbidden, he would have done it ".
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: edubs31 on July 30, 2012, 12:35:21 PM
I swoon, I'll admit it. Although I'd rather refer to it as having a bond and feeling profound admiration for OTMAA and certain other characters involved in this saga.

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I am not a swooner over small children, and to my jaundiced eyes any infant who looks 'cute' is bound to be a little horror.

Ann

Seen one too many baby pictures of your "difficult" teenage students have we Ann? lol, I hear you though!

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But you know what?  the child behaved after that. They were used to adults just taking it . Interesting

lol, good going! Yeah I have a soft spot and therefore a lot of patience with children but my wife always points out the apparent failings of the parents she sees. Some of my favorite one liners...

"That kid needs a dad not a dishrag"

"Just pick up your damn kid and get across the street. We got cars stopped and waiting here...it's not time for baby step lessons!"

"I feel bad for those children...they really have no chance being born into that family."


How about this one...you know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when...you make multiple posts in a forum thread called "You know you're obsessed with the Romanov's when..." :-)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on July 30, 2012, 12:46:23 PM
I always think of the 'angelic-looking' four-year-old boy who lived next door to us when I was 11 - blond curls, big blue eyes, and adoring mother. He once stuck a mapping pin in his mama's backside, at which she looked down at him fondly and said, 'Richard, darling, you mustn't do that.'

He would be about 45 now, and I sometimes wonder what has become of him.

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: edubs31 on July 30, 2012, 01:49:30 PM
Well bratty kids and bullies turn into sweet mild mannered adults just as often as sweet little "angel" children turn into bad men & women don't they?
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Vecchiolarry on July 30, 2012, 06:38:47 PM
Hi,

My mother has said (not often but a couple of times) at a restaurant to the parents with misbehaving brats - "I don't like the way your child(ren) are bringing you up!!".......
That has made them think!!

Larry

Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on July 30, 2012, 09:25:16 PM
How about this one...you know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when...you make multiple posts in a forum thread called "You know you're obsessed with the Romanov's when..." :-)
LOL. I'd look into a 12 step program for Romanov obsesstion, but I'm enjoying it too much
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on July 31, 2012, 01:22:57 AM
'I'd look into a 12 step program for Romanov obsesstion, but I'm enjoying it too much.'

Hm, I'll see if I can produce a 12-step programme! Or maybe I'm already too much in the grip of Romanov Obsession!

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on July 31, 2012, 02:06:12 AM
'I'd look into a 12 step program for Romanov obsesstion, but I'm enjoying it too much.'

Hm, I'll see if I can produce a 12-step programme! Or maybe I'm already too much in the grip of Romanov Obsession!

Ann
  In that case it might have to be a 24 step program/programme ! lol
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: rosieposie on August 02, 2012, 11:58:40 PM
I stand corrected found out person is floating around here.  Uh.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Rodney_G. on August 03, 2012, 03:27:56 PM
YKYOWTRW , while listening to classical music on Public Radio, you hear the name of the classical musiician/ composer Yurovsky  as I have, and have unpleasant thoughts. Likewise re former Russian president Medvedev.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on August 05, 2012, 01:18:30 PM
When you go for an afternoon kip and start dreaming about the Forum!

Now I really do need that 12-step programme!

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Jen_94 on August 06, 2012, 06:27:35 AM
YKYOWTR when you cannot miss a day going on this forum and reading through all the new posts (totally me)

I'll join that 12 step programme too!! lol
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on September 02, 2012, 11:34:45 AM
Not the Romanovs this time, but I think the Habsburgs count!

When you are meeting your new students for the first time, one says that she spent a period working in Funchal, Madeirs, and your instant thought is to ask whether she took the opportunity to visit Karl's grave!

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: edubs31 on September 02, 2012, 06:44:42 PM
YKYOWTR when you come across someone named "Ekaterina" (Russian tennis player Ekaterina Makarova in this case) and feel some mild discomfort. You don't don't fixate on it being a perfectly regular name for a female from that part of the world, but instead your mind spells out "Ekaterinburg"...the place of the IF murders :-(
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Ortipo on September 04, 2012, 11:34:16 AM
no words necessary for this one...
(http://i47.tinypic.com/5e7b7k.jpg)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Rodney_G. on September 04, 2012, 04:45:33 PM
YKYOWTR when you come across someone named "Ekaterina" (Russian tennis player Ekaterina Makarova in this case) and feel some mild discomfort. You don't don't fixate on it being a perfectly regular name for a female from that part of the world, but instead your mind spells out "Ekaterinburg"...the place of the IF murders :-(

Right you are, Edubs, though I don't have the same reaction to the name 'Ekaterina'. But for those who, YKYWOTR, there can be only one thought when hearing the not uncommon Russian name Anastasia. Likewise, with Tatiana, though that name is becoming just slightly more common in the West.

More generally, YKYOWTR when you realise you're especially attuned to certain calendar dates that are not overly significant in our  political and cultural history. Like: July 17; March 2(or15); January 9; May6(or18); March 1; October 17; September1; June5(or18); October20(or November1)July30, 31.  And numerous others, depending on how OWTR you are.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Jen_94 on September 04, 2012, 04:49:46 PM
I do that with the calendar dates!

Don't know if this has been said but...

YKYOWTR when you try and relate everything around you to something to do with the Romanov family.

Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: amartin71718 on September 10, 2012, 08:30:41 PM
YKYOWTR when you sit down in Littrans 201 (19th Century Russian Literature) for the first time and you look at the guy sitting on your right and think, "Oh my gosh, he looks just like Nicholas!" Identical profiles, same hair color, neatly trimmed beard. He looked like Nicholas dressed in a baseball cap and T-shirt. It was weird.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: GrandDuchessIsabelle on September 12, 2012, 03:32:20 PM
YKYOWTR when you plan a film script of the family's lives whe you should be sleeping. oops!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: edubs31 on September 12, 2012, 04:25:45 PM
YKYOWTR when you plan a film script of the family's lives whe you should be sleeping. oops!

And what script would that be GDI? You trying to steal my thunder here? :-)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: GrandDuchessIsabelle on September 15, 2012, 03:59:00 PM
Absolutely not my dear! Just a little daydream of mine.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Ortipo on September 26, 2012, 12:40:06 PM
тяв!,

"Anastasia" by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash --->  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G49s6t6Bj5E

If you don't like Guns N' Roses and you click on the link anyway then YKYOWTR!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: edubs31 on September 26, 2012, 12:51:15 PM
тяв!,

"Anastasia" by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash --->  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G49s6t6Bj5E

If you don't like Guns N' Roses and you click on the link anyway then YKYOWTR!

lol, sounds like a Bach intro there. I wonder who the song is actually about...
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: rosieposie on September 26, 2012, 09:12:34 PM
Maybe said on here lol.

YKYOWTRW you hear your co-worker going on about loving the name Anastasia and want to name her first girl Anastasia after the character from a certain famous drivel of a novel.  And all I could think of was argh why did E.L James name her "heroine" Anastasia. Nooooo!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Maria the Beautiful on September 29, 2012, 10:12:09 AM
YKYOWTR when you are admiring OTMA's gorgeous long hair in photos and think to yourself  "Gee, if only they had blowdryers and the great hair products we enjoy today, can you imagine how much more drop-dead gorgeous they would be."   I think I notice this because I have the kind of hair that when I was young could not be grown too long because it just went limp and stringy.   Those girls all had luscious heads of hair that I would have given anything for.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on September 29, 2012, 07:41:41 PM
Maria the Beautiful  and how about their skin? I mean did they ever have a pimple? How fair is that? lol
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: historyfan on September 30, 2012, 09:50:34 PM
They didn't have McDonald's either. : )
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Maria the Beautiful on September 30, 2012, 10:20:19 PM
BlessOTMA and HistoryFan - right!  This made me think of Nicholas who reportedly had poor dental health.   We certainly have access to better dental care now than they did at the turn of the century, but Nicholas could have afforded the best the world had to offer.  I often wondered why he didn't take care of that.   Forensic reports state that Alexandra and the children did have expensive (for the times) dental work done.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on October 01, 2012, 02:29:37 AM
The Kaiser patronised an American dentist in Berlin, who later wrote a book based on his meetings with him (Arthur N Davis: The Kaiser I Knew). According to him, the Kaiser was an extremely stoical patient (I imagine dentistry was a good deal more painful than it is now), but Davis didn't get much done on days that he visited, since the waiting room filled up with ADCs and after his appointment the Kaiser liked to stay and chat! However, his youngest son Joachim was a complete wimp in the dentist's chair.

Ann

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Post by: Maria the Beautiful on October 01, 2012, 05:21:44 AM
Ann, funny story!  The Kaiser and his ADC's would never get away with that these days.  They'd each be billed for the entire day under the billing code for "Consultation".   
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on October 01, 2012, 06:59:09 AM
I wonder whether the Kaiser managed to hold forth with a mouthful of instruments!

I well remember a dentist in my history student days  asking me about Polish anti-Semitism when I could do nothing but grunt.

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Maria the Beautiful on October 01, 2012, 08:59:37 AM
That must be something that all dentists worldwide are trained to do in Dental School - ask their patients questions while their mouths are otherwise engaged.   
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: edubs31 on October 01, 2012, 10:23:03 AM
That must be something that all dentists worldwide are trained to do in Dental School - ask their patients questions while their mouths are otherwise engaged.   

lol, totally. I'm always getting multiple questions that I cannot physically answer and then trying to play catch up once I'm given a break to rinse. "Oh wait a second Doc before you start drilling my teeth again let me answer question #2 of 5 that you asked before our last break".

Nicholas was said to be terrified of receiving dental treatment I believe. I'm sure he had pretty bad teeth by today's standards because of it, but then their diets contained less sugar and crap than most ours do today. Nicholas didn't seem to have much interest in cuisine and ate pretty much whatever was placed in front of him without objection. Still I'm sure the family was getting the best of the best in terms of quality. Someone today who ate what they did and went to the dentist regularly would probably have pretty perfect teeth I'd imagine.

@BlessOTMA - I too am pretty astonished with their complexion and hair (at least as far as we can tell from black & white photos of early-20th century quality). I'm not terribly educated about the world of cosmetics but how did women, who had money, deal with unsightly pimples and other blemishes back in the day? Lather on the make up to hide them I would imagine? There couldn't have been much treatment otherwise. I'm guessing they had to just pop the damn thing and give themselves a nice wash with soap. Of course I'm not sure how much better the stuff we have today is. I had my fair share of pimples during my adolescent phase and the crap I used to use never seemed to be any more effective that just washing with normal soap and keeping my face as clean as possible.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on October 01, 2012, 10:45:54 AM
One of the points which emerged from the examination of the remains, as recorded in FOTR was the awful state of Nicholas's teeth. The state of one's teeth is not simply a matter of diet and how often one goes to the dentist. I grew up with parents who were very serious about teeth-cleaning and no sweets between meals, and going to the dentist regularly. Guess what - my remaining natural teeth are all filled and I have quite a few missing. My theory is that people start off with basically sound teeth or not. Basically sound teeth will survive a certain amount of abuse (it's like people such as Winston Churchill, who smoke and still live to be 90!). Basically non-sound teeth can be prevented from being worse than they have to be by sensible eating, regular cleaning and regular treatment, but will never become good teeth.

I think Nicholas started out with basically non-sound teeth, and did himself absolutely no favours by avoiding the dentist!

Arthur N David records that when he first treated him the Kaiser's teeth needed quite a lot of work, but he was subsequently a regular visitor to his surgery - about 100 times in 12 years, which averages out at once every six weeks. Davis, however, says very little about the actual treatment (patient confidentiality).

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Maria the Beautiful on October 01, 2012, 12:03:45 PM
Arthur N David records that when he first treated him the Kaiser's teeth needed quite a lot of work, but he was subsequently a regular visitor to his surgery - about 100 times in 12 years, which averages out at once every six weeks. Davis, however, says very little about the actual treatment (patient confidentiality).

Does anyone know if they had dental floss or the like back then?   I doubt they realized back then the importance of flossing, so it could be that those visits at six-week intervals were for mainly a good cleaning.   Yilk!  What a conversation to be having while I'm eating my lunch!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on October 01, 2012, 11:11:15 PM

I think Nicholas started out with basically non-sound teeth, and did himself absolutely no favours by avoiding the dentist!
Ann
I believe that is right...and yet their dentist visited them in Siberia. They had access to dental care even in captivity.  AF was identified in part by the cutting edge dentistry  she had...and I think the girl's had it as well
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: edubs31 on October 01, 2012, 11:47:55 PM
Would I be correct in assuming that Alexei probably had very poor dental care. I don't imagine they could have risked any kind of work on his mouth without the constant threat of his hemophilia acting up. I wouldn't even think he could have brushed his teeth for the fear of a simple bleeding of the gums. It would have to be a brush with very soft bristles, no?

Also do we know anything of the problems he might have had losing his baby teeth. Often some mild bleeding comes with that, but of course nothing is mild when talking about a hemophiliac. Fortunately cuts in the mouth do seem to heal very quickly so maybe the Tsarevich wasn't in as much danger as I'd assume?

Oh and just so we keep this all on topic, YKYOWTR when you're up posting questions about their dental treatment at 12:45am on a work night :-)
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Post by: Ortipo on October 02, 2012, 09:46:31 AM
(http://i48.tinypic.com/314yn1w.jpg)

http://www.redbubble.com/shop/otma+t-shirts
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Post by: Jen_94 on October 02, 2012, 11:01:04 AM
Ooooh wow! I want that!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on October 03, 2012, 09:49:44 PM
Would I be correct in assuming that Alexei probably had very poor dental care. I don't imagine they could have risked any kind of work on his mouth without the constant threat of his hemophilia acting up. I wouldn't even think he could have brushed his teeth for the fear of a simple bleeding of the gums. It would have to be a brush with very soft bristles, no?
very interesting points, however I believe the main danger with the disease is internal injury, so perhaps " getting thier teeth picked at "as Olga called it, might not be as much of a problem since any injury would be external could be treated ...but then again anything could cause an internal injury ...
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Oh and just so we keep this all on topic, YKYOWTR when you're up posting questions about their dental treatment at 12:45am on a work night :-)
LOL!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: GrandDuchessIsabelle on October 05, 2012, 04:01:48 PM
YKYOWTR when they are all you think about in your Chemistry lesson once you see Damstadium on your periodic table.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: historyfan on October 31, 2012, 09:04:27 AM
When, anytime you see a figure with a date of birth in the late 1890s or early 1900s, you think, "Oh, they were the same age as (name a Grand Duchess)."
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: edubs31 on October 31, 2012, 09:55:07 AM
Haha, good call! I was looking up Babe Ruth stats the other day and I'll be darned if I didn't pause to think for a moment realizing that he was born the same year (1895) as Olga N.

How is it that despite being somewhat more famous, living considerably longer, and excelling in a profession that is still hugely popular today (unlike, say, royalty that seems so out of date with the times), Ruth seems so ancient to me and Olga and her siblings seem so contemporary?
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: TimM on October 31, 2012, 05:22:25 PM
Perhaps because OTMA died much younger than Ruth did.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: historyfan on October 31, 2012, 05:25:00 PM
Perhaps because OTMA died much younger than Ruth did.

And that's the other thing - when so-and-so, born same year as Grand Duchess Whoever Nikolaevna, died in their ripe old ages, I often think, "Wonder if Grand Duchess Whoever would have lived that long also?"

: (
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: edubs31 on October 31, 2012, 06:03:45 PM
That's probably part of it...the whole dying young thing.

But even if they'd all lived til 90 we would still have the photos from their youth to look at. Olga and Xenia A survived the revolution and yet 90% of the pictures I see are of them as younger women during the empire. My mental image of both are as 20 or 30-somethings.

The other explanation is that there is just something timeless and special about OTMAA that transcends age, area, and history :-)
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: TimM on November 01, 2012, 01:06:13 AM
The late Queen Mother was a contemporary of the Little Pair, she was born in  1900, right between Maria and Anastasia.  The QM lived for over a hundred years.  I've seen pictures of her as a young woman, but I always picture her old.

Same with Queen Victoria.  I think most picture her as an old woman, even though she was quite young (18) when she came to the throne.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on November 01, 2012, 01:37:05 AM
It might indeed  be the dying young part, but imo it's also that people here think about them and all that entails.( feelings ) So they are "current"  in that sense. We mentally bring them along to the present.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on November 01, 2012, 10:22:05 AM
You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when you read a review of a book about Coco Chanel and wonder why it doesn't mention her affair with Dimitri Pavlovich.

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: historyfan on November 01, 2012, 10:45:33 AM
Is that "being obsessed with the Romanovs" or simply "knowing more about Coco Chanel than the average bear"? ; )

Why *wouldn't* the book mention that affair? Good question!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: TimM on November 01, 2012, 12:11:52 PM
Her Wikipedia article briefly mentions it...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coco_Chanel
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on November 02, 2012, 07:30:03 AM
You're obsessed with the Romanovs when the only interesting thing about Coco Chanel is her affair with Dimitri!

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: TimM on November 02, 2012, 10:57:39 AM
Yeah, that is so true.  I'd heard of her, but wasn't interested until now.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: historyfan on November 02, 2012, 08:51:27 PM
You're obsessed with the Romanovs when the only interesting thing about Coco Chanel is her affair with Dimitri!

Ann

Ha, very true! I care nothing at all for fashion, so I wouldn't even be talking about her if not for that!
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on November 02, 2012, 10:45:01 PM
 I do have to give Coco a nod for creating  an empire from nothing .....while dallying with a fellow from an  Empire that sadly, went to nothing . Ships crossing in the night as it were
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Post by: TimM on November 03, 2012, 04:53:21 PM
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I do have to give Coco a nod for creating  an empire from nothing .....while dallying with a fellow from an  Empire that sadly, went to nothing


That is indeed a sad irony, Anne.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: rosieposie on November 04, 2012, 07:31:54 AM
YKYOWTRW- Going into surgery and thinking if the IF survived even after their faces were bashed and having broken bones in the face.  This is what it feels like.

I'm off to be having lower jaw surgery on Thursday.  Where my lower jaw is going to be moved forward so I have a bite :)  It envolves having my lower jaw broken and postioned so the break is held in place with a titanium while the bones heal.  I'm looking forward to it when I heal but not looking forward to the procedure.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: edubs31 on November 04, 2012, 08:55:21 AM
Good Lord! I hope they are able to put you under during the procedure, yes?

My thoughts go out to you on your rather unusual and painful sounding surgery...best of luck!

Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Maria the Beautiful on November 04, 2012, 01:42:44 PM
YKYOWTRW- Going into surgery and thinking if the IF survived even after their faces were bashed and having broken bones in the face.  This is what it feels like.

I'm off to be having lower jaw surgery on Thursday.  Where my lower jaw is going to be moved forward so I have a bite :)  It envolves having my lower jaw broken and postioned so the break is held in place with a titanium while the bones heal.  I'm looking forward to it when I heal but not looking forward to the procedure.

Best of luck to you rosieposie!   Here's wishing  for an easy and speedy recovery for you!
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Post by: GrandDuchessIsabelle on November 04, 2012, 03:49:09 PM
All my prayers go out to you, Rosie.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: blessOTMA on November 04, 2012, 10:55:50 PM
 Sending best wishes to you rosieposie! You are very brave and you'll  be fine
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: rosieposie on November 05, 2012, 03:24:10 AM
Thank you guys :)  I'll post a pic of before and after surgery at a later date :hugs:
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on November 05, 2012, 04:35:26 AM
Rosie

This sounds most unpleasant. A student of mine had that or something similar done and her jaws were wired together for weeks!

Good luck and swift healing

Ann
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Post by: TimM on November 05, 2012, 12:17:33 PM
Good luck, I hope the surgery goes well.
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Post by: Jen_94 on November 05, 2012, 05:20:58 PM
Will be thinking of you....hope surgery goes smoothly and well!
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Post by: TimM on November 06, 2012, 12:00:23 PM
YKYOWTRW:  Any movie or book about the Romanov era, you mercilessly nitpick.
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Post by: rosieposie on December 27, 2012, 07:59:40 PM
:It's been 7 weeks post surgery and it went perfect, glad to be eating soilds lol:    Back on topic YKYOWTRW you read Guiness World Records and Nicholas is there as being the 3rd Richest person in history. 

If anyone is interested:  It is Guiness World Records 2012 page 148.
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Post by: edubs31 on December 27, 2012, 10:42:32 PM
:It's been 7 weeks post surgery and it went perfect, glad to be eating soilds lol:    Back on topic YKYOWTRW you read Guiness World Records and Nicholas is there as being the 3rd Richest person in history. 

If anyone is interested:  It is Guiness World Records 2012 page 148.

Behind only #1 John D. Rockefeller and #2 Andrew Carnegie according to the list I saw.

From what I've read Felix Yusupov was considered to be the richest person in Russia at one point. I guess that only takes into account "private" citizens? At no point would his wealth have exceeded the astronomical total obtained by Nicholas II, at least until after the the revolution and after the Tsar's death. By then I seriously doubt Felix's fortune could have fully remained in tact as well...and then of course he fled the country.
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Post by: Jen_94 on December 28, 2012, 05:58:57 AM
:It's been 7 weeks post surgery and it went perfect, glad to be eating soilds lol:    Back on topic YKYOWTRW you read Guiness World Records and Nicholas is there as being the 3rd Richest person in history. 

If anyone is interested:  It is Guiness World Records 2012 page 148.

My brother got that book and I had a look through it and saw this!
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Post by: Empire on January 25, 2013, 03:55:41 AM
......everytime the news mentions that the European leaders are meeting in Davos, you think - Dmitri Pavlovich died there, in a tuberculosis sanatorium - and you wonder if that is where they are all staying, as it is now a hotel.
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Post by: blessOTMA on January 28, 2013, 12:45:32 AM
Glad it went so well rosieposie  ! :)
 
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Post by: rosieposie on March 28, 2013, 04:19:28 AM
YKYOWTRW I had morning tea with fellow workmates and one of them brings up wanting to go to St Petersburg.   And I  said that I too would go to see the Palaces.   Which the others agreed and I mention that I want to see the AP the most most.   Most of them looked confused except for one guy he said it would be great.     The topic changed when someone spotted some important papers in the bin :-/   Maybe might chat with the guy later about AP?   Maybe lol.
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Post by: edubs31 on March 28, 2013, 12:26:03 PM
YKYOWTRW I had morning tea with fellow workmates and one of them brings up wanting to go to St Petersburg.   And I  said that I too would go to see the Palaces.   Which the others agreed and I mention that I want to see the AP the most most.   Most of them looked confused except for one guy he said it would be great.     The topic changed when someone spotted some important papers in the bin :-/   Maybe might chat with the guy later about AP?   Maybe lol.

Rosie, what was the confusion though? Did you call it the 'AP' instead of 'Alexander Palace' and that was the reason for the blank stares? Or did people not recognize Alexander Palace as being one of the premier tourist attractions in and around the city?

If the latter that seems strange to me. Sort of like someone saying, "I'm hoping to get to Disney World" receiving approval, and then mentioning "And specifically Epcot" and receiving blank stares.
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Post by: rosieposie on March 28, 2013, 07:08:09 PM
Rosie, what was the confusion though? Did you call it the 'AP' instead of 'Alexander Palace' and that was the reason for the blank stares? Or did people not recognize Alexander Palace as being one of the premier tourist attractions in and around the city?

I said Alexander Palace,  I only refer to it as AP when on this forum or talking to other members.   My co-workers are in their mid 30s to late 40s and I'm pretty sure the ones who gave me a look of confusion have not heard of the Alexander Palace.   They would know of Peterhof,  Hermitage and the Catherine Palace as they are the more famous palaces in St Petersburg.    The guy who I was talking to knew the AP and it's history while the others didn't.    I did say I would like to see all the palaces, and AP would be one of the ones I want to check out on my list of things to see.  I wasn't bragging to them that I want to see it the Alexander Palace, I said I would like to see Gatchina, Peterhof, Hermitage, Catheriene (which they all said that would be great to see how the Imperial Family live) and I added "If you want to see the home of the last Tsar check out Alexander Palace."

So you see not alot of people know the of the Alexander Palace as a premier tourist attraction of St Petersburg. 
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Post by: Jen_94 on March 28, 2013, 08:04:18 PM
Yeah, I tend to find Catherine Palace, Winter Palace, Gatchinaand Peterhof are the most well known of St.Petersburg's palace, and when I mention Alexander Palace, I find that I have to explain where it is, because it's not the most well known of the palaces. Whenever i look in books about Russia (i.e. the travel books) I find there are huge sections about the other palaces and a small bit about AP.
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Post by: rosieposie on March 28, 2013, 09:30:49 PM
That's right Jen even in travel shows when it is about St Petersburg in regards to Palaces,  it's always the Hermitage,  Catherine and Peterhof.   I don't think I have come across a travel show featuring Alexander Palace.   
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Post by: Jen_94 on March 29, 2013, 06:35:25 AM
Neither have I. Sad, really in my opinion.
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Post by: Maria the Beautiful on March 29, 2013, 07:16:59 PM
That's right Jen even in travel shows when it is about St Petersburg in regards to Palaces,  it's always the Hermitage,  Catherine and Peterhof.   I don't think I have come across a travel show featuring Alexander Palace.   

I think this was  the original purpose of AP Time Machine website - to make more people aware of the historical value of this once beautiful palace.   I don't remember how I originally found this website, but when I did I was instantly hooked, and yes, obsessed.   Hopefully, it will be completely restored to its original beauty soon, will attract more visitors and make more people outside of Russia aware of the beautiful family that once lived here.
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Post by: Jen_94 on March 29, 2013, 07:27:19 PM
Yes, I'd never heard of the AP until I learnt about the last IF. And then I joined this forum and learnt more about the AP. I do hope that it is restored to it's beauty soon too.
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Post by: edubs31 on March 29, 2013, 11:08:00 PM
Rosie, what was the confusion though? Did you call it the 'AP' instead of 'Alexander Palace' and that was the reason for the blank stares? Or did people not recognize Alexander Palace as being one of the premier tourist attractions in and around the city?

I said Alexander Palace,  I only refer to it as AP when on this forum or talking to other members.   My co-workers are in their mid 30s to late 40s and I'm pretty sure the ones who gave me a look of confusion have not heard of the Alexander Palace.   They would know of Peterhof,  Hermitage and the Catherine Palace as they are the more famous palaces in St Petersburg.    The guy who I was talking to knew the AP and it's history while the others didn't.    I did say I would like to see all the palaces, and AP would be one of the ones I want to check out on my list of things to see.  I wasn't bragging to them that I want to see it the Alexander Palace, I said I would like to see Gatchina, Peterhof, Hermitage, Catheriene (which they all said that would be great to see how the Imperial Family live) and I added "If you want to see the home of the last Tsar check out Alexander Palace."

So you see not alot of people know the of the Alexander Palace as a premier tourist attraction of St Petersburg. 

Interesting. I did not realize that.

So I guess my Disney parallel would have been more accurate had I said "I'm hoping to get to Disney World...and specifically Blizzard Beach" :-)
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Post by: historyfan on April 01, 2013, 09:44:38 PM
YKYOWTRW...you're colouring Easter eggs with the child(ren) and you attempt a Faberge-inspired design - sans mechanics, of course - but it still didn't turn out all that well. : P
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: edubs31 on April 01, 2013, 09:45:26 PM
Interesting. I did not realize that.

So I guess my Disney parallel would have been more accurate had I said "I'm hoping to get to Disney World...and specifically Blizzard Beach" :-)

No, your Disney Parallel comments and questions makes you sound like a dunderhead.  Even a person who has had a date with an ice pick through the eye socket sounds more intelligent in thought then you do.

What the hell?

Really Rosie? My extremely lighthearted comment on what is an equally lighthearted comment thread was enough to draw that sort of comment from you?

Care to resolve this through PM?
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Post by: TimM on April 02, 2013, 11:44:06 AM
**Putting on my Moderator cap here**



I have deleted Chantelle's (rosieposie) insulting post to Edubs, as it clearly violates the rules of this forum.  

Respect your fellow posters here, even if you don't agree with them.  Thank you.
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Post by: Jen_94 on April 02, 2013, 06:29:32 PM
YKYOWTRW...you're colouring Easter eggs with the child(ren) and you attempt a Faberge-inspired design - sans mechanics, of course - but it still didn't turn out all that well. : P

I like that idea! Sounds fun! :D
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Post by: historyfan on April 02, 2013, 08:40:07 PM
YKYOWTRW...you're colouring Easter eggs with the child(ren) and you attempt a Faberge-inspired design - sans mechanics, of course - but it still didn't turn out all that well. : P

I like that idea! Sounds fun! :D

I just need a better plan next time.
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Post by: Jen_94 on April 03, 2013, 06:11:56 AM
YKYOWTRW...you're colouring Easter eggs with the child(ren) and you attempt a Faberge-inspired design - sans mechanics, of course - but it still didn't turn out all that well. : P

I like that idea! Sounds fun! :D

I just need a better plan next time.

Indeed so. I'd love to attempt to do that. Faberge eggs are beautiful.
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Post by: TimM on April 03, 2013, 10:05:24 AM
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YKYOWTRW...you're colouring Easter eggs with the child(ren) and you attempt a Faberge-inspired design - sans mechanics, of course - but it still didn't turn out all that well. : P

I'm guessing that is what you did this Easter, Yvette.
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Post by: historyfan on April 03, 2013, 08:56:55 PM
Yes indeed. : )
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Post by: TimM on April 05, 2013, 03:37:27 PM
YKYOWTRW:  You mean someone with the same name as one of the GD's and can't help but wonder if they were named after said GD.
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Post by: Jen_94 on April 05, 2013, 05:29:38 PM
That's a good one Tim!
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Post by: Kalafrana on April 06, 2013, 05:18:13 AM
When you are instructing on a Cadet Force course and meet a Sergeant of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. You instantly think, 'I must check whether the black patch behind your cap badge is mourning for Nicholas II.'

Ann
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Post by: Kalafrana on April 06, 2013, 01:24:45 PM
And when you are listening in to a conversation between this Sergeant and two others on the extreme poshness of their officers, and wonder how well Nicholas would have fitted in to the Officers' Mess of the modern Scots DGs.

Ann
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Post by: Jen_94 on April 06, 2013, 04:55:45 PM
I'm not sure if I've mentioned this but I've been to Edinburgh Castle, where they had a Royal Scots Dragoon Gurads museum, and they have a huge portrait of Nicolas II in there and a photo of him too. It's pretty good!

I must admit, Ann, I'd do the same as you!
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Post by: Duchess Hydrangea on April 29, 2013, 08:54:23 PM
I wouldn't call my self obsessed but...

You're watching Wreck it Ralph and the character named Felix gets called a civilian and you think about Olga's letter to her pa.

For those who don't know what I mean:

"Felix is a 'downright civilian,' dressed all in brown, walked to and fro about the room, searching in some bookcases with magazines and virtually doing nothing; an utterly unpleasant impression he makes – a man idling in such times," Olga wrote to her father, Tsar Nicholas II, on 5 March 1915



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Post by: amartin71718 on August 30, 2013, 02:08:13 PM
YKYOWTRW you name your brand new DSLR camera 'Masha' in memory of Maria Nicholaevna because she was an avid photographer.
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Post by: TimM on August 30, 2013, 05:36:56 PM
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YKYOWTRW you name your brand new DSLR camera 'Masha' in memory of Maria Nicholaevna because she was an avid photographer

LOL!  Good one, Allison.
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Post by: rosieposie on February 23, 2014, 07:46:54 PM
Seeing Lenin's statue being pulled down by protestors in Kiev made me smile.     This was last night but two months ago Kiev protestors also pulled down another Lenin statue.     It makes me think of the IF and wonder how so much has changed in almost 100 years.   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvWohthpZzY

This footage was from 2 months ago.
Though kind of ironic since we know any statues of the IF were also pulled down by protestors.
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Post by: Превед on February 26, 2014, 07:50:26 PM
YKYOWTRW you despite your fascination with Albania wishes Spence Olchin in the King of Queens had been "Lithuanian-American" instead of Albanian-American, as that would have meant his ancestors emigrated from a minority persecuted by the Tsarist authorities in a way as quirky as himself. (http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=17848.0)
(And would have gone much better with his complexion and figure too!)

And YKYOWTRW you want to rename "The King of Queens" "Царь Царицына*" instead of "Король Квинса" in Russian :-)

* I'm not sure if Queens evokes the same kind of heroďsm as Stalingrad (formerly Tsaritsyn, now Volgograd), but certainly some snobs can be as prejudiced against Queens as against Stalingrad!
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Post by: Kalafrana on January 04, 2016, 02:21:42 PM
When you're on holiday in Tenerife and find yourself thinking, 'If this was Madeira I could visit the tomb of Karl of Austria-Hungary.'

Ann
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Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 04, 2016, 05:44:44 PM
The greatest loss to WW I history is:

1. The destruction of much of the British army's WW I records in a 1940 bombing raid

2. The destruction of much of the German Army's WW I records in a 1945 bombing raid

3. The destruction of about 80% of the US militaries personel records form the period 1912 to 1960 in a 1973 warehouse fire

4. The destruction of Alexandra's and OTMAAs diaries and letters

If you answer number 4 you are clearly obsessed with the Romanovs
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Post by: TimM on January 05, 2016, 06:25:47 AM
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The destruction of much of the British army's WW I records in a 1940 bombing raid

The destruction of much of the German Army's WW I records in a 1945 bombing raid

Sad irony that records of one war was destroyed in another.
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Post by: Kalafrana on January 05, 2016, 10:49:10 AM
A problem for me, as the service records of both my grandfathers were among those destroyed.

Ann
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Post by: TimM on January 06, 2016, 06:37:12 AM
Sorry to hear that, Ann. 
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Post by: Kalafrana on January 06, 2016, 10:03:22 AM
It's very frustrating, especially as both died before I was born, so I wasn't able to ask them anything.

One grandfather was in the Royal Engineers, which was an absolutely huge organisation, so even pinning him down to a particular unit is difficult.

Ann
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Post by: TimM on January 07, 2016, 06:36:50 AM
It sucks that all that info was lost.  Hard to research your own family history when so much is no longer available. 
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Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 10, 2016, 09:10:16 PM
It looks like my effort to be funny wasn't. Sorry about that Ann. I understand about 60% of the personel records from the British army records were destroyed. However, there were sometimes duplicate records kept at the local level so you might make a posting on the Great War forum and they might be able to help you.


More on you know your obsessed with the Romanovs: You buy a set of 1/72nd scale soldiers and paint them up as the regiment of your favorite Romanovs regiment These are from the Napoleonic period:

Russian:

Hat Dragoons Kazan Maria Ns regiment

Hat Cuirassers Chevalier Garde DE Maria Fs

Zvezda Hussars Elizabethgrad Olga Ns
                       Alexandria Alexandra Fs
                       Akhtyrsk Olga As

Zvezda Polish Lancers convert to Guards Lancers Alexandra Fs

Hat 1805 Infantry 48th Odessa regiment from which the 148th Caspian Regiment was formed Anastasia Ns

believe it or not I did this. I collect and paint model soldiers in this scale. My Hussars are painted as Olga Ns

For more information see:
plasticsoldierreview.com

hat.com were they have a forum for questions where I got the information on the Lancers

Osprey has books on uniforms of the Russian army uniforms of all the Romanovs wars.
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Post by: Bryndis on May 24, 2016, 09:35:27 PM
...you're willing to watch most anything as long as it happens during the time that they were alive
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Post by: Rodney_G. on May 27, 2016, 11:00:44 PM
...you're willing to watch most anything as long as it happens during the time that they were alive
You too?
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Post by: Bryndis on May 28, 2016, 12:58:27 PM
haha yes. I've watched a lot of shows/films just because they are 'familiar', you know what i mean..the fashion, the look, the feel.
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Post by: TimM on June 01, 2016, 07:01:18 AM
I've seen some of those shows and movies as well.
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Post by: Превед on January 07, 2018, 01:37:40 PM
You know you are one sick Romanov puppy when you watch some Russian smut on a site of ill repute, of a threesome in a boat at an apparantly much-visited lake or river and wonder so badly if the shining palatial building on the other riverbank is Arkhangelskoye on the Moskva river that you research the regional code on the motorcycle in the video, find out its St. Petersburg and check out the lakes in Leningrad oblast on Google Maps till you find out its the popular holiday and dacha area on the south side of Lake Khepoyarvi by Toksovo, apparantly known as the Finnish or St. Petersburg Switzerland already in Tsarist times.

See for yourself by googling "Three men in a boat (to say nothing of a pick up girl) scene 3", if you dare - and wonder how they don't get attacked by no more than one mosquito when they are so.... naked.......outdoors, on a summer evening, by a lake on such Northern latitudes!?. A NSFW scene worthy of the most lecherous grand dukes!
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Post by: Kalafrana on January 08, 2018, 05:37:01 AM
Brilliant!

But what are you doing on a site of ill-repute!

Ann
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Post by: Превед on January 08, 2018, 09:20:04 AM
But what are you doing on a site of ill-repute!

Lol, I assume you mean it as a rhetorical question on par with "What on earth was the grand duke doing in the establishment of ill repute?"
 C'est la vie ! :-)

Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Превед on January 10, 2018, 03:12:20 PM
BTW, Ann, I blame the viewing of filmaticized versions of much classical Victorian British litterature, which the Norwegian State Broadcaster showed instead of "violent and degenerate American filth" in my formative years for many of my erotic kinks. The pond discussion in another thread made me think of:

Yes. In England ponds tend to be isolated and often stagnant or nearly so. The word 'pond' is used of small bodies of fresh water.

But some small ponds, like the one in E. M. Foster's  "A room with a view" are just "distinctly successful" and "no apologies necessary for the pond", according to the Reverend Beebe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVh3uPrubyo#t=53m13s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVh3uPrubyo#t=53m13s). I watched that as a 10-12 year old and yeah, it was part of the building of  the framework that led to an interest in the Honeychurches'  and Beebes' contemporaries, the Romanovs, and a few other things..... :-)

Reviewing it, I now notice that the Reverend Beebe picks up and briefly mentions Housman's "A Shropshire Lad" before that splendid bathing scene, which can be viewed both homoerotically (yours truly certainly did!) or just generally anti-Victorian, anti-prudish and as an anti-modern protest.

That pond scene can certainly point to a fascination with Italian joie de vivre (as it does in the novel), but also to the curious contradiction which the Romanovs represent: People who outwardly were Victorians ruling over Slavs who (they bemoaned) had not yet reached modernity with all its artificiality and restraint. The Slavs are of course a race not sprung mythically from the sea and mountains (like the Nordic, Celtic and Mediterranean), but from the swamps, ponds, lakes and rivers of the plains and forests.
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Post by: TimM on January 21, 2018, 11:23:25 AM
And this year will be the 100th Anniversary of the murders.
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Post by: Превед on January 21, 2018, 02:49:42 PM
And this year will be the 100th Anniversary of the murders.

I'm already planning a memorial picnic in my local park for the 18th of July.
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Post by: Kalafrana on January 22, 2018, 05:09:57 AM
I shall be walking the Nijmegen Marches. Perhaps I should nip into a church for a quick prayer!

Ann
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: TimM on January 23, 2018, 11:10:58 AM
I might do the same.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on January 24, 2018, 03:17:11 AM
Plenty of churches on the Nijmegen route. In fact, there is one hard by the finish.

Ann
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Post by: Превед on February 06, 2018, 10:25:53 AM
I shall be walking the Nijmegen Marches.

Marching music suggestions in Het Land van Maas en Waal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts8PBliw98g (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts8PBliw98g)
and
Jan Klaassen was trompetter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeeijNvZJCo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeeijNvZJCo), allegedly dead in the Battle of Mookerheyde outside Nijmegen.
Title: Re: You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when... Part 2
Post by: Kalafrana on February 06, 2018, 02:32:04 PM
THanks.

We get plenty of musical accompaniment from local bands as well as military bands. There is a specific Nijmegen March.

Ann
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Post by: TimM on February 27, 2018, 11:15:46 AM
I might offer a silent prayer on the anniversary.