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Whichever dog it was in all these pictures, Sergei was certainly very devoted to it.

He can't have been such a bad chap!


All this shows a different side to Sergei!

Looks like a nice friendly dog with favourite snoozing spots!


Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: Today at 02:02:09 AM »
Once more, James makes important points.

In Britain, domestic electricity only spread quite slowly, even in towns. I remember my father telling me that his parents' house, in what was then a pleasant part of Liverpool, didn't have electricity until the 1950s. There was also a scheme during the bitter winter of 1947, when it became extremely difficult to move coal to power stations,  to provide power to coastal towns by using submarines. Non-nuclear submarines, of course, use their diesel engines to charge the batteries used when submerged. It was calculated that connecting up two submarines to the local electricity supply would provide enough power for a town of 20,000.


Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: Yesterday at 05:33:44 AM »
A perfect example!

During WW2, the BBC broadcasts to the Occupied Countries included a series of short messages just before the Nine O'Clock News. These were sentences such as 'The black cat is in the garden,' and had a specific meaning for particular resistance groups.

My late father used to say that in August 1944 the BBC used to play the Chopin Polonaise in A Major every night as long as the Polish Home Army held out in Warsaw, and then one night they didn't.... He was 16 on 23 August and remembered it very well.


I shall be walking the Nijmegen Marches. Perhaps I should nip into a church for a quick prayer!


I looked for Coryne Hall's book on Amazon UK, but it's not available yet.


Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books 2018
« on: January 20, 2018, 02:55:58 AM »
This looks good!

I would say that the Kaiser did do enough. He offered asylum, but at a time when Russia and Germany at war the Romanovs would not have accepted it.

There were major practical issues for George V, given the difficulty of getting the Romanovs to Britain in time  of war, but Denmark and Norway were both neutral and much closer.


Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: January 20, 2018, 02:51:32 AM »
According to one of the  books I have read on the killing of Rasputin (currently trying to remember which one), Sergei Sukhotin's role was to lay a false trail by making a telephone call from a telephone box at one of the railway station's to say that Rasputin had left the Moika and was on his way home.

Ultimately, it matters not - just work on the basis that there were no telephone boxes in Perm!

Another means of communication might be innocuous-sounding letters. For example, 'Grandma is now recovering,' might mean, 'Everything is ready for the hit.'



Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: January 17, 2018, 03:04:28 AM »
They had telephone boxes at the main stations in Petrograd by 1916, but they may not have spread as far as Perm by then. Also, in a time of civil war, telephone cables tend to be cut.

Telegrams were much more generally used than telephones at this time. I seem to remember reading that even in August 1914 the Kaiser's palace at Potsdam was not on the telephone! This caused problems for consulting with the Kaiser over the mobilisation and march into Belgium.


Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Possible Marriage Candidates
« on: January 15, 2018, 09:51:34 AM »
I do remember a nice story about Frederik from a policeman who accompanied George VI and Winston Churchill on an official visit to Denmark soon after Frederik's accession. The unpretentious monarch dropped by as King George's valet was busy pressing the royal trousers, and, noticing the tattoos on his arms, rolled up his sleeves to show his own, adding, 'And I've some nice ones on my chest as well'.


Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Possible Marriage Candidates
« on: January 15, 2018, 02:27:08 AM »
I'm not going to take issue with those points, but how well would a marriage between Frederik and either Marie or Anastasia have worked on a personal level?

I don't know a great deal about Frederik, except that he was a fine figure of a man (6ft 3 and approaching rugby player build), keen on conducting and had numerous tattoos.


Having Fun! / Re: Romanov story
« on: January 10, 2018, 11:23:31 AM »
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. Anything more than about 100 yards across is usually called a lake (if I remember correctly, anything more than an acre in size is legally a lake).

For drinking, cooking or washing the advice is to go for a fast-flowing stream, with a rocky, gravel or sandy bottom, as far upstream as possible, and check for dead sheep further up! Incidentally, on Dartmoor, near where I live in Plymouth, dead sheep are often to be found in nice clear-looking streams.

Now our three heroines, plus Dimitri and Ivan,  are on the run and desperate, but the capable Tatiana will be aware that they need to avoid making things worse by drinking dirty water and catching bugs as a result. They have the peasant's kitchen, and so presumably some pots and means of making a fire, so if they have to rely on pond water I would suggest boiling it.

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: January 10, 2018, 03:05:13 AM »
I don't know whether diphtheria is known for that.

My mother had it when she was 11 and was 5ft 5. She had a tall mother (5ft 9) and a 5ft 7 father, plus one tall brother and two fairly average ones (she was the only girl).


Having Fun! / Re: Romanov story
« on: January 09, 2018, 02:50:38 AM »
I'm thinking more in terms of the kind of stagnant scummy water that doesn't look very clean.

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: January 08, 2018, 05:39:37 AM »
That picture must have been taken when Anastasia had recovered.

My mother had diphtheria in 1941 and the treatment then involved complete isolation and six weeks in bed, forbidden to do anything. Even her parents were not allowed to visit!


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