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The Windsors / Windsor Jewels Part 4
« on: March 31, 2006, 07:43:47 PM »
My sincere apologies, but in trying to remove some horrible porno spam put into this thread, I accidentally deleted the whole thing. I'm really and truly sorry,  :-/  I guess I have some more getting used to with the new software too. Again, my apologies, I really only meant to delete the posts, not the whole thread.


Forum Announcements / Welcome to the IMPROVED Forum!
« on: March 25, 2006, 08:29:27 AM »
Welcome to the NEW version of the Forum, same as the old version just better! All your old information is still here, no need to re-register or anything like that.  

ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: please make sure to change your bookmarks or favorite place holders to the new address.  The old version is on a different server and is LOCKED to be read only.

We expect a few "gremlins" in the system so please don't hesitate to PM or email me if you are having problems or issues.



Forum Announcements / Russian translation Volunteers Needed
« on: March 19, 2006, 08:55:36 AM »
Hello all!  As most of you know, I am helping the re-constitued Imperial Automobile-Sport Club of Tsarskoe Selo with their English language version of their website. Despite other efforts, the only solution now is to find a kind volunteer who can/will translate the main Russian pages into English for me so I can build the English version.

Please contact me directly via email or PM.  There is no budget to pay you, just the heartfelt thanks of Slava and his other hard working volunteers in TS.

Thanks in advance.

Forum Announcements / Another sad spam attack.
« on: February 27, 2006, 04:26:44 PM »
Dear Forum Users,

As some of you may have noticed, we were the subject of yet another awful spam attack with spurious "postings" which advertised links to pornography sites.  PLEASE accept our apologies for such an unacceptable intrusion, and for the brief "maintenance mode" delay while I searched out and removed all of the postings (at least I think I did. if I missed any, PLEASE PM or email me ASAP with the exact location of any such postings.)

Given that so many educational institutions, schools, teachers and parents come here with the children to use the forum, it is all the more imperative that we keep such filth out. Thank you to all for so vigilently alerting me to the problem, and please accept my apologies that I was away from my computer for over an hour, sadly at the same time this spammer started up,  before I came back to discover what had happened.


Forum Announcements / New Users say Hello Here and ONLY HERE!
« on: February 10, 2006, 04:01:58 PM »
In order to keep dozens of new threads cluttering up this section, new users wanting to introduce themselves are to use this thread and THIS THREAD ONLY to do so. Any new thread started for that purpose will be removed without notice. Thanks for your cooperation and welcome!!

Forum Announcements / Sadly, more spam
« on: January 22, 2006, 08:04:21 PM »
It appears that sadly, once again, some pathetic individual is sending harassing, libelous unauthorised spam to our users. We are trying to prevent this, but if you have or should receive any such spam, please, PLEASE, forward it immediately to me. If you can forward it with the long headers, so much the better to allow me to track down the source and take appropriate action to stop it.

To view headers, go to the "view" tab for the email, or if aol go to "get details" and select either long headers or headers THEN forward on to me.

Thanks, and we apologize yet again that some sad souls can't just leave our users alone.


News Links / Shuvalov Palace to become Museum
« on: January 04, 2006, 01:42:03 PM »
Russian Billioniare Vekselberg to take over the former Shuvalov Palace in Petersburg to be a museum for Russian Art and Imperial Faberge:

The Imperial Family / Index for Photos of the Imperial Family
« on: December 19, 2005, 03:52:11 PM »
Please use this thread ONLY to post links to photographs of the Imperial Family.

This thread is SOLELY as an index of links to photographs of the Imperial Family.

Hi we just got an old photo of some Russian soldiers for the archives, but can't identify the uniform/regiment. It appears to be circa 1890. Can anyone help? Thanks!!

Imperial Russian Antiques / Auctions of royal memorabilia
« on: December 04, 2005, 03:35:21 PM »
We rarely will post auctions here in the Forum, but Bob and I were both so struck with the quality and selection of the pieces in this Auction to take place at the oldest auction house in the world, Stockholms Auktionsverk, in Sweden, on December 9, that we decided to let you know about it.  The provenance of many items is of itself noteworthy, including the Swedish Royal Family and Alfed Nobel.

Lots include: A group of postage stamps given by the Grand Duchesses to a tutor, Spectacular Russian "Jacob" furniture, Imperial Porcelain, fine Silver, several lots of genuine Faberge, a rare copy of the original Imperial Coronation  book of 1896 with Samokiche illustrations, and an amazing selection of Russian paintings, including works by Aivazovsky, Lev Bakst, Alexei Bogoliubov, Natalia Goncharova, Konstantin Gorbatov, Boris Grigoriev, Konstantin Korovin, Mikhail Larionov, Isaac Levitan, Konstantin Makovsky, Mikhail Nesterov, Vasili Polenov, Ilya Repin, Feodor Rokotov, Ivan Shishkin, Konstantin Somov, Sergei Sudeikin, Nikolai Sverchkov, and Mikhail Vrubel., as well as period portraits of Alexander III.  The star of the show, though is lot 84, an amazing original portait of Nicholas II by Lipgart, dated 1896. "Presumably from an Imperial Palace in St. Petersburg; Acquired from a private collection in France. It is possible that the painting was in the possession of a member of the Imperial Family who emigrated to France, or that it was sold off by the Soviets at auction in the 1920s or 30s."

Forum Announcements / I need translation help in the Forum!
« on: October 20, 2005, 09:04:51 AM »
A comment from a user in another thread gave me the idea for this thread. Since so many users are now coming here who do not speak English well or as a first language, they may have trouble understanding everything in here. SO, Please use this thread to ASK for help, as I am certain that there are many members who can translate the English for you.

I know for a fact that there are excellent people who can translate what you want to understand into Spanish, French, German, Russian and Japanese at the very least. So Please dont be SHY, ask for help here in understanding the posts if you do not understand the English!!


A thread for our Russian speaking users to discuss Russian literature from the viewpoint of the original language. Please keep the discussion accessible to non-Russian speakers, please, so that we all may benefit from your "first language" point of view!


Imperial Russian Antiques / Help with Karelian Box?
« on: August 07, 2005, 11:58:46 AM »
I just found a charming Karelian cheeroot case, with the etching of a mid 19th century train, a minor nobles coronet and a few words, I can't read what it says. Can any of you Russian experts help me? I've put up the box itself and as close as I can make out the Russian words on it.

Forum Announcements / Forum Privacy
« on: July 03, 2005, 10:11:18 AM »
I saw something in one of the threads that disturbed me greatly.  A user suggested that a Moderator, or the FA could read your Private Messages. I want to make it quite clear that this is not possible.  Your user account is private, even to me. The only thing I can see is your user profile.  I can not see your password. I CAN re-set your password if you wish, but you are free to then change it and I will not know it.

I just want any "conspiracy theorists" to rest assured that your PM's are not available to anyone else EVER, including me.


News Links / ROCOR to join Moscow Patriarchate
« on: June 22, 2005, 02:15:00 PM »

MOSCOW, June 21 (RIA Novosti, Olga Lipich) - The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) is set to join the Moscow Patriarchate as a self-governed branch, similar to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The union was envisaged by a draft act on canonical communication, which was published Tuesday on the official Web sites of the foreign ties department of the Moscow Patriarchate and ROCOR, along with other documents adopted by the cross commissions for the bilateral dialogue.

"These documents cover the key issues that ROCOR considered to be major obstacles on the way to a full dialogue," said Protopope Nikolai Balashov, the secretary for Orthodox ties of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Under the draft act, ROCOR will retain independence in terms of organization, but will still become part of the Moscow Partriarchate. By way of example, he cited the Ukrainian, Latvian, Moldovan and Estonian Orthodox Churches, all branches of the Moscow Patriarchate.

According to the draft act, "ROCOR is independent in terms of pastoral, enlightening, administrative, economic, property and secular issues."

The document also states that ROCOR bishops are members of the Local and Bishop Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, and can participate in the Holy Synod sessions. ROCOR will also receive its holy oil from the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The cross commissions for dialogue between the Moscow Patriarchate and ROCOR were established in December 2003. Metropolitan Laurus, the ROCOR Protohierarch, visited Russia in May 2004. Then the sides decided to begin the work of the commissions, and determined the range of issues to be discussed.

Since then, four joint sessions have been held.

"We are hopeful that the commissions will finish their work before the all-Foreign Council next May," Balashov said.

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