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Forum Announcements / Re: Formal Press Release from Ekaterinburg
« on: August 28, 2007, 02:45:30 PM »
I agree, the odds are just astronomical that it's them.  I can hardly believe this is finally it, it almost seems surreal. 

Oh the mixed up names drove me up the wall too.  I loved all the actual family footage though and overall it was on okay program. 

Forum Announcements / Re: Unfortunately some things never change.
« on: November 22, 2006, 02:27:33 PM »
As a victim of school bullying myself I couldn't agree with you more Leuchtenberg.  It’s not just a “sticks and stones” issue, its slander, harassment, assault, threatening, etc. and for many children it happens to them on a daily basis at ridiculously cruel levels.  In my own experience even ten years later, some wounds have taken a long time to heal and some NEVER will.  Not to mention many of these children, and my own experience included, go through a living **** at school only to come home to a home-life that is not much better.  Some people just cannot grasp what these things feel like to endure. 
A boy I went to school with was bullied so bad that he killed himself, as tragically many others have, and STILL nothing substantial is being done about it.  Certain measures have been taken, yes, and some bullying cases have been taken to court, but it’s still not enough. 
I hope that someday you and all victims of bullying can realize how amazing they are.  The strength it takes to survive such things is astronomical and those who do survive it are incredible beyond words and their struggles SO often go completely unnoticed.  Thank you for this post.

Very impressive Aaron, sounds very promising too!

What is this?  Is it a screen play you wrote as hobby or is it an upcoming film?  It would be great to see movies on the Romanovs out there. 

Imperial Russian Antiques / Fifteenth Anniversary Faberge Egg Replica
« on: November 15, 2006, 07:46:36 PM »
I know there are places that make replicas of the Faberge eggs, but does anyone know of any place that has the Fifteenth Anniversary Egg?  It's my favorite and it would be awesome if it were possible to buy a replica.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Photos of "The Big Pair"
« on: September 26, 2006, 01:51:54 PM »
This one has most likely been posted on here already but I'm doing a test run of a thumbnail post so I thought this would be appropriate.  It's always been my favorite photo of the big pair and I scanned it from Camera and the Tsars so it's a bit grainy.

Having Fun! / Re: colored pictures XIV
« on: September 20, 2006, 08:58:10 AM »

Having Fun! / Re: colored pictures XIV
« on: September 17, 2006, 10:54:09 AM »
Ella in court gown

Ash could you post this in black and white please?  I've been searching high and low for this photo so I could color it.

Having Fun! / Re: colored pictures XIV
« on: September 17, 2006, 10:50:59 AM »
And another, I'm not thrilled with this one as it looks like the girls faces blend with the background.
The Hesse sisters - Elizaveta is SO beautiful here

Having Fun! / Re: colored pictures XIV
« on: September 17, 2006, 10:46:03 AM »
Whooo whee this one took me a while but wow!
Olga and Tatiana in regimental uniforms

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Feel sorry for Olga?
« on: September 14, 2006, 08:02:31 PM »
If you think that Olga could just invite anyone she wanted over to the Alexander Palace, then you are seeing the situation through your 21st Century eyes. These were not your average girls who could just call friends over for a slumber party.
The fact that any potential friends of OTMA wouldn’t just walk up to the Alexander Palace, knock on the door, and ask if said grand duchess could play is precisely the point my “twenty-first century” opinion was trying to make.  I don’t see anywhere in my post where I hint that they were “average girls” calling friends over for a slumber party…in the early twentieth century.  I was stating as POLITE contradiction to Helen’s post that Olga, quote: …had nice clothes and jewerly, had friends…
I don't recall ever coming across any evidence that suggest Olga found advice on how to act as eldest child to be "nagging." If you can somehow provide evidence where Olga expressed it to be "nagging," then I am all ears. If not, I don't think it is fair for you to put your own spin on a relationship you were not a part of.

My use of the word “nagging” was my own description of Alexandra’s persistence, not Olga’s opinion of it,

Again, Janet’s biography on the AP website touches on Alexandra’s persistence too
Alexandra, to me, had good intentions in her suggestions to her daughter, though they were persistent and oftentimes with children the tighter the reins are pulled, the harder they pull back, on this note is it not notorious of Olga that she and her mother quite often clashed?
Their Aunt Olga visited them on a regular basis, and she often took them to parties and other events where they could socialize with other young people. You might recall this from Olga's biography. Alexandra had no problem with this whatsoever.
According to Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie, Olga Alexandrovna took the girls to St Petersburg every Sunday where they would partake in all sorts of activities where people their own age were around as well, and I agree with you that Alexandra must not have had any problems with this.  However, books show that in spite of activities such as these, the girls did not have what could be called intimate friends:
Does that mean they didn’t make any friends while out with their aunt?  None of us can say yes or no

Please know that I am not trying to come across as harsh, I am just trying to express my point of view.

I don’t condone being rude to someone who is stating their own opinion; when I disagree with them, I try to do it as politely as I can.  I don’t understand how typing my interpretation deserved an accusation of seeing things through my “twenty-first century eyes” and “putting a spin on a relationship” none of us witnessed and of which all of us can only speculate. 

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Which "David"?
« on: September 13, 2006, 06:13:13 PM »
I DEARLY hope this doesn't spark a huge debate over something so trivial (because arguing over the question statue or person is quite silly) but I was just curious would officers be that intimate with the royal family to know which suitors N&A were considering for their daughters?

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Feel sorry for Olga?
« on: September 13, 2006, 05:57:49 PM »
Beautiful words Imperial Angel!

Althogh she did live a very privilaged life, I don't think her life was all a basket of roses as previously mentioned.  I don't really mean to contradict, but from what I heard Olga did not have very many friends, even though she very much wanted some.  Alexandra's attitude toward the girls having visitors to the palace was that the girls should "be able to entertain themselves."  Her sisters were her friends, although I've also heard that when she was nursing she did befriend a fellow nurse I beleive by the name of Ritka (forgive me I'm not wholly knowledgable about Ritka so maybe someone could elaborate for me).  Olga also suffered the unfortunate role as eldest child and I read in Janet's biography on this website (best Olga biography I've read too by the way) that Alexandra constantly nagged Olga with high standards of how an oldest child should behave.  One part that particularly struck me was how she was expected to mind Alexei, I quote from Janets biography:

And it wasn't just the outside world that concerned Olga. In between her brother's bouts with hemophilia she was expected to monitor his frequently incorrigible behavior. In the spring of 1912, just before the family was about to leave for the Crimea, the wife of one of Nicky's cousins attended a luncheon at Tsarkoe Selo, then reported back to her husband about the Tsarevich's shocking behaviors. "He wouldn't sit up, ate badly, licked his plate and teased the others," the Grand Duke Konstatin Konstantivich recorded. "The Emperor often turned away, perhaps to avoid having to say anything, while the Empress rebuked her elder daughter Olga, who was next to her brother, for not restraining him. But Olga cannot deal with him."

Then the rumored Pavel Voronov crush story too; I imagine Olga must have struggled a lot with the aspect that since she was royal and the eldest daughter, her "acceptable" choices in marriage were going to be very limited, a worry of would she ever marry for love, as her parents had, could have possibly troubled her as well.  

One also has to take into account that she witnessed her brother suffering with his disease as well, a suffering family member brings tragedy to anyones life.  

I do acknowledge though that she must have experianced some joy in her short life too, but I don't believe her story to be a fairy tale princess story by any means.  

This was discussed on a different thread but it was said that at one point they were probably engaged; however, in my opinion if this rumor were true I think it would have been an arranged engagement/marriage, as I can't imagine him being Olga's type, they were, though, age appropriate for each other and like Jelisveta said, Dimitri had a good relationship with the Tsar (up until the murder of Rasputin of course) and supposedly Alexandra was quite fond of him as well (again up until Rasputin).  I don't think, by my own speculation, that it would have been a good match for her though.  One can't deny, however, despite the fact that they were cousins (as was usually no concern back then), that with thier stunning good looks, they would have complemented each other very well as a couple.    

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