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Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« on: October 18, 2008, 12:24:32 AM »
Evgeny Onegin by Pushkin was surely one of his favorite books, because he and Alexandra chose the name Tatiana for their second daughter after one of the main characters of that book (and to match the name of their firstborn, Olga, who was named after her aunt Olga, but maybe also after Olga in Evgeny Onegin.) I have also read that Nicholas loved to read Russian writers, but enjoyed some English love stories which he read with his wife.

Their World and Culture / Re: Romanovs at Play--Entertainments and Hobbies
« on: December 03, 2007, 03:15:17 PM »
Picture of Olga and Anastasia skating:

Thank you Helen, Bob, and Laura for those lovely videos! I visited Catherine and Alexander Palaces in early June, 2006, and the day was very much like that in the videos - speldid weather, sunny, warm, the lilacs in bloom... I didn't have any video camera back then, but I took many photos there, and the videos brought the memory of that unforgettable day so vivdly back to me.  :)


Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Bottled up emotions
« on: April 07, 2006, 12:18:08 AM »
And Alexei surely got 100 x more attention than the girls, because: a)he was the only boy in the family, b) he was the youngest of them all, c) he was the heir whom the parents had hoped for so desperately and for such a long time, d) he had that horrible disease which made his parents protect him extra carefully, and even spoil him, because they never knew if he would be alive next day...

Scandanavian Royal Families / Re: Swedish royal titles, ranks & orders
« on: April 04, 2006, 03:27:09 AM »
Was she the same Jeanne Tramcourt who was a Danish film star?

I don't think she was. Prince Wilhelm's Jeanne was from France and had been married to a swedish artist before she met Wilhelm.

Count Freedericksz was present when Nicholas II signed his abdication at Mogilev. He was a Finnish citizen (his family owned a big Taubila manor in Finland, Pyhäjärvi in Karelia), and was allowed to move to Finland after the revolution. The family lived in Helsinki, Rahapajankatu 3. When the count begun to have illnesses of eldery, the family hired a house (Villa Lansen) in Kauniainen, where he could have health care at baths of Kauniainen. He was buried in Kauniainen, too, as a first dead person at the new graveyard. That was in 1927.

Quite a little of Count Freedericksz life is known in Finland. In 1960, the family portraits were sold in Finland in a little antique store in Helsinki. Maybe he had no family left here? He had at least two daughters, Eugenie and Emma, who were named as Court Ladies at the Russian court...

He was an interesting figure and it would be nice to know more about his life in Finland.

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Bottled up emotions
« on: March 31, 2006, 12:45:37 AM »
Sometimes joking and making him/herself a clown can be for protecting herself, to hide her real feelings and emotions, too... Anastasia was an extrovert and loved fun, antics and mischief, that's true, but maybe she developed to such an imp for to be more noticed. She was the fourth daughter and although she was well loved, she maybe felt she was not as important for her family AND for the nation(!) as her little brother. Maria with her good nature felt a little unloved, too!

There was Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich, too, whose mother Maria Pavlovna (Aunt Miechen) wanted to have Olga as her daughter-in-law... and his son nearer the throne...

Scandanavian Royal Families / Re: Finnish "Royals"
« on: February 27, 2006, 01:09:55 AM »
It's true that Friedrich Karl never reached Finland. His name as a king of Finland was mere speculation. He could have been Kaarle, Frederik Kaarle or even Väinö I, which always arouses hilarious feelings amongst Finnish people. (Väinö has been a very common and largely used name here before, but nowadays it is considered somewhat - funny... - However, it was quite a popular name again in 1990's, when a Finnish singer J. Karjalainen named his son Väinö and made a song where his name is repeated many times in refrain, and many male babies where named after that song. There has been a boom of other old Finnish names here as well.) -I've read that Friedrich Karl's son visited Finland during the II World War, and surely one of his descendants did during this century, he was Philipp of Hesse if I recall it right, a Finnish magazine invited him to show him the places and to speculate how it would be like if his ancestor would have been crowned. Our president Tarja Halonen once joked with Philipp, suggesting he could marry her daughter, and thus be a "prince of Finland"!


Scandanavian Royal Families / Re: Finnish "Royals"
« on: February 24, 2006, 01:24:18 AM »
They decided to name Friedrich Karl something very traitionally finnish, he would have been Väinö I ... :P
Just speculations though, because he was never crowned...

Forum Announcements / Re: Torino Olimpic
« on: February 22, 2006, 04:35:32 AM »
Thank you Lanie! :) I'm waiting to see good performances from Susanna and Kiira in the free, too!

I was wrong about Elena Sokolova, she is 18th, not held up at all. Maybe I was too tired when I was watching the competition- it lasted until 00.30 here! What a pity she collapsed like that! She has done so well lately, and now - at the most important competition - she had such an awful time!  :(

Forum Announcements / Re: Torino Olimpic
« on: February 22, 2006, 12:42:40 AM »
I forgot Elene Gedevanishvili, she was absolutely GREAT!! Like at Europeans. Hope she have a solid free as well!

Forum Announcements / Re: Torino Olimpic
« on: February 22, 2006, 12:26:58 AM »
It was really some good skates yesterday! Sasha was really astonishing! I once saw her at a competition in my country and she was just adorarble, both on and off the ice. Very kind and friendly towards the little girls around her, wanting for autograph.

Irina - great competition for her as well! I have always liked her so much. That elusive gold is so very near, but she has to skate perfectly, and Sasha has to make a mistae. I can't really tell whom I'm rooting... Maybe they could share the gold medal...?  ;D

Shizuka is very near and had a good skate, too...
Fumie was wonderful as well.
Kimmie and Emily - so good techcally, but I think they could mature a bit before stepping to the podium. They were happy and why not!

So many beautiful performances to watch!

One thing I disagree with the judges is Elena Sokolova. Disaster and she was held up. There were skaters with clean programs (AND difficulty) placed behind her.

What a shame that Carolina fell her combo. Otherwise, she skated with grace.

I must admit I'm a bit disappointed for our Susanna Pöykiö's placement (12th). She had a clean skate after all... Kiira Korpi made a mistake, luckily she is 20th and will go for free.

I'm eagerly waiting for the free program!!

Scandanavian Royal Families / Re: Prince Eric of Sweden
« on: February 21, 2006, 01:12:21 AM »
He really doesn't seem to be mentally retarded, but very normal, especially in the tennis picture very alert and hapy.

Forum Announcements / Re: Torino Olimpic
« on: February 20, 2006, 01:45:54 AM »
Surfing around, I found that Evan's mother is called Marina, and Matthew's mother is Tanya (hope it's the right info), it doesn't prove anything of course, but their names sound Russian. Evan's family name sounds Chech/Slovakian, but could of course be from some other East European country.

Talking about Johnny, I really like his skating. I don't know why he seems to be so disliked in his home country (but I don't read the American press, either). Anyway, I don't care so much about what the skaters talk, if they are talented & skate beautifully...  ;)

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