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Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Public gossip as to why Olga wasn't married?
« on: February 05, 2010, 10:17:28 PM »
Whether it could be considered gossip is another thing, but certainly newspapers and especially ladies' magazines did speculate on when and to whom the grand duchesses--particularly Olga and Tatiana--would marry, all the more so as the four girls transitioned from early to mid adolescence and beyond. (Or what we now call teenagers!) I've seen "blurbs" in United States and British publications from that period re: the subject, and I wouldn't be surprised if the same was true for newspapers and magazines in most if not all of the European continent, not to mention nations such as Japan. Plus, we know Romania was rife with rumor prior to and during the famous summer 1914 visit of NAOTMAA. Once war was declared, though, speculation died down; everyone had something far more serious to think about.

Dear Fellow Claimants:

So sorry to have been AWOL. Have been working mightily to pay off the mortgage on the taco cart. Darn the economic turndown anyway!

The GD/GP Janet

Imperial Claimants Post Here / Re: House Of Rurikovich
« on: January 29, 2009, 09:51:05 PM »
Naughty T.D., get back to the Imperial Claimants thread where you belong!

The GD/GP Janet

Imperial Claimants Post Here / Re: The 8th Thread For Imperial Claimants
« on: January 27, 2009, 10:20:20 PM »
Golly, Lord Robert . . . a dozen Siberian tigers? I suppose the question is not what you do with them, but what they do with you!

And T.D., so very sorry to learn you and GD Anna are freezing your croissants. I suggest heating your  oven to about 350 degrees, placing the croissants on a tray and warming them in said oven as needed, then upon removal applying butter.

Of course itís only a matter of time before GD Anna joins me in the western Winter Palaceóthat is, Washington D.C.  Things are cold here too as well but Iím finding a lot of personal warmth amongst some wonderful secret service men.

Iím afraid Barack and I have not yet progressed to calling each other by our youthful nicknames. In his case, of course, that would be Barry. As for moi, that would be G . . . short for GD/GP, naturalmonte. Mrs. Obama and I, however, are on definite close terms; weíre always high-fiving and calling each other girlfriend. And by the way, if youíre a displaced GD/GP looking to restore your imperialness, itís great to have a girlfriend well versed in the ways of the law. Iím letting them settle in first, of course, then Iíll ask Michelle for some pro bono assistance for us all.

Imperial Claimants Post Here / Re: The 8th Thread For Imperial Claimants
« on: January 20, 2009, 09:52:25 PM »
Dearest Lord Robert:

Many many thanks for the diamonds and furs FedEx'd to the GD Anna and yours truly. The mall at that quaint American capitol was indeed crowded, but wherever we went the crowds parted in front of us like the Red Sea. I like to think it was because of our majestic personalities, tho' GD Anna felt the furs might be just the slightest bit musty.

Did you know that my friend Obama asked if I would like a role in his cabinet? Of course being quite impoverished at the moment I replied, "Certainmonte! And if you have a bit of gravy to dunk it in or some oleo to spread on it, I'd like that even more!" He laughed and laughed and I'm afraid it wasn't until later that I realized he was offering me an actual job. Ah well! 'Tis life, n'est-ce pas? 

The GD/GP Living-La-Vida-Loca-in-Washington-D.C.-and-Loving-It Janet

Imperial Claimants Post Here / Re: The 8th Thread For Imperial Claimants
« on: January 18, 2009, 06:52:29 PM »
Dearest Lord Robert:

I'm afraid it has been that long! But how good to hear from you, and how exciting your news! Alas for moi, I am currently in a state of abject poverty. Perhaps I could hang on to some outside aperture of your autogyro when you fly to Russia this spring?

The GD/GP Living-In-Not-So-Genteel-Poverty Janet

Recently I purchased my own copy of Russian Ark; I'd seen it just once and not absorbed it very well.

Now that I can watch it at my leisure I can appreciate it much more than before. As many already have indicated, the film has a dreamlike tone and is meant to show you the treasures of the Hermitage and the Hermitage itself, while at the same time reminding you of the Hermitage's place in Russian history. If you accept this approach, then you will not be disappointed in the very brief depictions of Alexandra, her sister Elizabeth, Nicholas, and the children. As many of you have noted, they are taking tea in the room at the end of a long hallway where the Provisional Government made its last stand; the filmmakers are going for symbolism rather than reality. As for the four young girls who run down the hallway with Anastasia, I believe the filmmakers intended that brief scene to foreshadow the Anastasia mythology of her supposed separation from her family.

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia's Potty moth
« on: December 19, 2008, 05:37:52 PM »
Yes, women were expected to cover up. This was not just for modesty but also to protect the complexion. In a formal setting, however, necklines could be low and shoulders bare. Also, is anybody aware that the men swam au naturale and that among the photos in the Grand Duchesses' scrapbooks is one shot from a boat or possibly the Standard showing their father swimming completely naked?

I  DO Not write papers similar to that in school, because i actually proof read and spell check; unfortunatly i write like this on the internet and in text.

Nobody expects perfection on this site; we all make errors from time to time. 

But please read your above excuse. The "unfortunatly" cuts both ways. It is unfortunate for those of us who take time and effort to post in a reader-friendly manner to see someone who cheerfully admits "I'm lazy" asking us to expend our own time and effort doing that person's research. And it is unfortunate that you don't take the time and consideration to use the spell check feature--a feature not originally provided, by the way, and which many of us subsequently requested--to clean up your comments and replies.

We cannot see each other's expressions or hear each other's voices on this forum, so it follows that all we have is our writing. As I mentioned, no one expects the style and wit of an Oscar Wilde. And we should all feel free--so long as we are civil--to be ourselves. Deliberately sloppy writing on a website such as this, however, is akin to deliberately showing up unwashed and unkempt at school or work. So if you are capable of submitting well-written papers to your instructors, please afford us the courtesy of similar thought and effort in your posts. Otherwise, why should we bother?

Jebidiah, the point is not whether any of us who do not speak and write in Norwegian can do so perfectly. The point is that this is a website conducted primarily in English, and your English has been exceptionally difficult to comprehend. All of us who are native English speakers are willing to allow for mistakes in grammar, spelling, punctuation and so forth from those who speak and write in another language. But it is important that the message can be basically understood. Even more importantly, people who post on this website need to treat each other with respect. I agree with our Forum Administrator that you need to relax your attitude.

Actually, I should have said "the angst she brought about."

I love the film.  I'm also aware--as are a lot of us, I'm sure--that the actual Maria von Trapp could be a real "problem"--far more problematic than the song suggested. Yes, she motivated the family and in many ways was their savior. But she was also domineering, dictatorial, and self-aggrandizing. Many years ago--before I had some awareness of how egocentric and damaging Maria von Trapp could be--I happened to talk with someone from Stowe, Vermont, and immediately asked her about her hometown's most famous citizen. "Well you know she's often referred to by those of us who've dealt with her as the Stowe [pregnant doggie]," said the woman. Then, no doubt seeing my face fall, she quickly said something to modify her comment. Years later I read accounts by and about the von Trapp children, as well as interviews with those who had known Maria, and I realized the comment that had startled me so much had strong justification.

Agreed, considering all the angst that Maria provided.

Forum Announcements / Re: Sad Farewell To the QE2
« on: November 12, 2008, 01:19:55 PM »
I understand your feelings about the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, David. You've had a lifelong connection to this ship, but even I who've only read about it feel a certain letdown about the QE2's retirement to Dubai. We have the Queen Mary out here in Southern California and rehabbing a ship into a floating hotel and/or tourist attraction is certainly a better alternative to being scrapped, but all the same, it is an adjustment.

Finally . . . here's to a speedy recovery from the flu and, once you're feeling better, some good brisk outdoor exercise to fight that depression. I was in London for only three days back in the 1980s, so I envy (in a nice way only, to be sure!) you your location!

Having Fun! / Re: Reincarnations of the Romanovs
« on: October 27, 2008, 03:35:49 PM »
Dear T.D.,

You are sooooo naughty.

Actually I was tempted to send the following:

Dearest Papa,

Please write soon.

Love, Olga

However, we Imperial Claimant GD/GPs must maintain our dignity.

Taking off on my segway in my nun's habit Halloween costume for my belly-dancing lesson, I remain

The GD/GP Janet

Sarushka, thank you so much for your assessment of the recently published diary of Olga Nikolaievna. Very generous of you, and much appreciated! Many thanks to Laura as well for helping to expedite your receipt of the diary.

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