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Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei and his spaniel Joy
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:51:48 PM »
Today I came across these better versions (possibly different sizes of the same image):

They are as the same scratch across the face can be seen in all three copies.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei and his spaniel Joy
« on: September 13, 2018, 06:17:46 PM »
Too bad the copies of my favorite picture (of Alexei holding Joy and the cat) seem to be newspaper quality.

Today I came across these better versions (possibly different sizes of the same image):

Getty Images also has one, watermarked of course.

Also, after looking at hundreds of photographs, this one is the closest I have found of what I wanted of Alexei and Joy.  I had never seen it before.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: How Has Alexey Affected YOUR Life?
« on: September 13, 2018, 04:48:26 PM »
Recently my little memorial to Alexei fell down.  I have been meaning to repair and replace it but have been sidelined by a number of issues including bad weather and health complications.  For over two weeks now I have been channeling Alexei after straining my back on a couple of jobs around the house and yard.  They shouldn't have been any big deal but the pain from one small pulled muscle has spread to several parts of my right leg so I can't move around much but don't dare stay in one position too long either, as that makes it worse, and I am unable to concentrate on activities I would like.  I always think of Alexei during such times and contemplate his family's struggles and their faith.

I was very surprised to read this eyewitness account which had Alexei's serious groin injury occurring from a bathtub fall before the 1912 trip to Spala.  I always understood he was injured after arriving at Spala when he tried to jump into a small boat and the oar struck him near his hip.  This makes it sound as if he was too compromised from the bathtub fall to have attempted any such thing as leaping into a boat and makes me wonder which if either story is true.  In any case, we do know he suffered agonies from what was believed an incurable injury only to recover and be cruelly murdered a few years later.  This is a downer but I try to be inspired by Alexei and do what I can even while not functioning at 100% capacity.  I was thankful to be able to watch a couple of good movies I couldn't have had I been rushing around trying to accomplish things.  I am also thankful for modern medicine to which I will turn for help.  Presumably there is some sort of lesson in all this.  It's hard to believe they have all been gone for over 100 years now.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Current location of Alexei's remains?
« on: September 13, 2018, 04:08:57 PM »
Can't believe Alexei and his sister were not given an official burial in time for the 100th anniversary!

A friend of mine got into the VCRs,and videos,when they 1st came out, about 25  to 30 years ago.Hes said that it was a very expensive pursuit.  Around 20 years ago, I would rent the big,clunky box of a VCR player , and videos,from a local supermarket.Twas a big production.Talking about when VCRs and videos 1st came out;are we not dating ourselves!?

I am actually old enough to remember when it was possible to check out a movie projector and 16 mm film prints from certain libraries (not all had them)!  People would invite neighbors to viewings as it was too big a deal for just one family to enjoy!

TCM showed both Nicholas and Alexandra and Rasputin and the Empress (1932) Wednesday evening/Thursday morning for the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution so I finally got to see both all through.

TCM showed both Nicholas and Alexandra and Rasputin and the Empress (1932) Wednesday evening/Thursday morning for the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution so I finally got to see both all through.

It's great having closure after nearly 100 years.  Took them long enough!

Being as this was yesterday I take it the burial is awaiting tests to be completed early next year?

News Links / Re: Rasputin killed by British spy?
« on: January 01, 2015, 02:39:36 AM »

Thanks, Greg.  I am also impressed that from what I have heard, the two remaining bodies matched the earlier remains identified as Romanovs.  The last time I checked, though, the remains had not been placed in the vaults reserved for Anastasia and Alexei, which seems a shame.

Here is a segment from the Travel Channel show Mysteries at the Museum.  The show is generally wonderfully done and they do a good job on the reenactments, although they did a very silly story on John Wilkes Booth (another person who had a claimant/impostor in later years and his was probably a better match) and I told them so.  According to this program, the DNA from Anna Anderson was taken from a hair sample left at the Charlottesville Historical Society and a test simply showed she was "not a Romanov."  They didn't say against whose DNA they checked it or how and I don't recall that they even said who performed the tests or when.  I understood the definitive tests had been taken from tissue left after surgery Anna Anderson had undergone.

Now, I was very impressed when someone on this forum (it's the bottom reply here said that the tissue would have to be from the specific part of the body (intestine or whatever) to match what was taken--in other words, it would eliminate the fear of someone having faked the test by just taking any tissue from anyone...well, presumably from someone in the Polish family suspect as being hers.  I would be even more impressed if this hair and the tissue from the operation proved to be from the same person--as they were taken at different times and places, under different circumstances, etc.  Incidentally, the hair in the museum didn't look to me like hers--it appeared blond, and I understood her to have dark hair--but perhaps it somehow lost color over the years.

A bit unrelated, but a great example of how things should be done was in the case of Bonnie and Clyde.  Authorities immediately called in family members to positively identify them, then displayed their bodies to tens of thousands of visitors, unlike Booth or Anastasia, who were shot in secret and then buried for years.  The person asked to identify Booth was a doctor who had met him perhaps once.  On sight of the body, he declared it wasn't him, took a closer look and said it was after all, fueling years of survival speculation.  You don't see too many cases of people coming forward to claim they were the real Bonnie and Clyde!

That actually gives me a surprisingly small number of degrees to the Imperial Family.  Christopher Lee met Yussupov, and I met Forrest J. Ackerman who was a friend of Lee's--only three degrees between me and the IF!  Now that I have seen the Lord of the Rings movies and Hugo, it is my great ambition to actually meet Christopher Lee and make it only two degrees!  Can anyone else boast close degrees of separation between themselves and the IF?

Hey, I finally saw this on Thursday night.  Superbly acted, beautifully filmed.  My uncle sat through it (which he often won't) but complained of the "singularly unsatisfying ending."

By the way, the sleeve in which Netflix ships the film contains a description debunking Anna Anderson, and the film itself opens with a disclaimer.  Fictional film, good in some ways, not to be confused with history.  It seemed like this film tried really hard to be "My Fair Lady" (that movie wasn't out till later but the play was) and it sounds very much as if the cartoon borrowed a lot from this film.

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