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The Myth and Legends of Survivors / Re: "Grabbing at Straws"
« on: December 21, 2004, 10:25:59 PM »
All of this reminds me of a gal I once knew who was a great cook, but whenever someone asked for one of her recipes, she'd give it gladly...except she would deliberatly leave one or more of the ingredients and/or directions out, so whoever tried making that one dish would never get it to be as good as hers.

What I'm saying is that I think we should assume the Bolsheviks...and many other governments, including our own, at times...do NOT tell us everything that we would like to know about something, although I'm sure that's what they want us to believe.  

No, I'm not really a cynic or a skeptic; I'm just trying to live in the reality that exists.  Governments DO lie; governments DO cover up things; governments DO not tell us everything that's happening.  I used to work for the army, and, believe me, there are some things we should be HAPPY we don't know!

Anyway, the fact is that something happened to the Romanov family that last tragic night.  Not knowing the exact truth bugs the heck out of some of us, but there it is; and the mystery itself is interesting to contemplate.

Love to hear all the ideas and theories!  What an interesting board this is. Thank you, one and all, and have a joyous Christmas season.

Ming

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Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas II - Early Crushes - plus Mathilde and Alix
« on: December 13, 2004, 02:16:31 AM »
I, too, was sort of bothered by Alix's apparent inability to smile. Then I started thinking about it. There could be many reasons for her sad look:
1.  Because of the death of her mother, she really WAS sad.

2.  Because when Prince Albert, her grandfather, died, her grandmother, Queen Victoria, never did wear anything but mourning clothing and mourned her husband's death the rest of her life. Perhaps Alix thought this was what one SHOULD do at a loved one's loss.

3.  Perhaps because in those days, hardly ANYONE smiled in their photographs...has anyone else noticed that?  That COULD be just because "everyone else" did it that way.

4.  Finally...my own hunch:  For some men, a sad, beautiful woman is a real attraction.  The challenge is then to do all in one's manly power to make a sad lady smile.  Not that she rejected him, but remember, she DID play hard-to-get about changing her religion, etc., and to someone like Nicky, who probably had girls falling all over themselves to get his attention, this represented the supreme challenge.  And then, too, if you read their letters, they truly did love each other and weren't afraid to express it to each other in private.

Just a note about the religion thing:  I was very surprised that Alix, raised as a Lutheran, could make THAT issue her biggest stumbling block to marrying Nicky. I say this because if it was so im portant to her, and then she DID change her religion for Nicky, she STILL should have known better than to fall for a rascal like Rasputin. I just keep telling myself it had to be her deep, deep concern over the health of Alexei that caused her to use such poor judgment at times.

Just some ideas.

Ming

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The Imperial Family / Re: Dolls, wax figures, busts etc of NAOTMAA
« on: November 06, 2004, 10:44:58 PM »
Hey...no idiots here!  The only way to learn is to ask questions.

I have a small collection of porcelain dolls, and from what I know, I believe that the doll you saw was made by Madame Alexandra, who has made many, many dolls over the years.  "Madame Alexandra" is used as a brand name.  There are many different brands of dolls, but I know she has a wide variety of dolls. Hope this helps.

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Imperial Claimants Post Here / Re: The Heino Tammet case
« on: October 09, 2004, 07:55:44 AM »
I certainly agree that the case should be looked into. I believe that at one time the claiment received a thank-you letter from his cousin (?), the Queen.  What does she know that we don't know??

Ming

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Imperial Claimants Post Here / Re:  past lives?
« on: September 21, 2004, 02:19:55 AM »
Don't want to get too bogged down about reincarnation but just thought I'd put in my 3 cents' worth.  This is what I believe about reincarnation:

1.  We, as people, are more spirit than we are flesh and blood.  It's the spirit that lives on.

2.  There's still so much we don't know about what happens during and after death.

3.  Reincarnated "claiments" seem to have information or memories.  That doesn't mean they WERE other people...just that they have information.  Now, where that information comes from is another question....

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Imperial Claimants Post Here / Re: The Heino Tammet case
« on: September 20, 2004, 08:16:13 PM »
Show me the DNA results.  Until those facts are published, the jury's still out.  Stick to the facts, please.  Just the facts.  

Lisa or Greg or Penny...is there anything anyone can do to find the results of the DNA testing and put this matter to rest once and for all?

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Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Faberge pieces
« on: September 18, 2004, 05:15:16 PM »
Please forgive my ignorance!  I'm kind of new at this and I'm so sorry I posted in the wrong forum. I'll try to do better next time.

Ming

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Please forgive me if I'm a little confused.  Are you saying that there will be a remake of the OLD Nicholas and Alexandra movie?  I have that one on video tape, but I can't hear it well enough to understand what is being said.  I'm deaf and hope anything new that comes out will have closed captioning.  Anyone know anything about this?

Ming

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Imperial Russian Antiques / Faberge pieces
« on: September 18, 2004, 05:56:03 AM »
Just curious:  Does anyone happen to know where the IF kept the Faberge eggs and other gifts?  I know that Nicholas gave many to his mother and his wife, but I've always been curious to know where they kept them...on shelves, in curios, etc.  I believe that Queen Mary ended up with quite a few pieces, but she was known to have a knack for getting what she wanted. A few pieces are still missing, aren't they?  Any ideas as to where they might be?  Just curious.

Ming

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The Imperial Family / Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« on: September 18, 2004, 05:23:49 AM »
Oh, dear.  All these lofty, intellectual ways of coming to the interest of the Romanovs...my reason is going to sound a bit dumb, I'm afraid.  All I can remember is seeing the old Ingrid Bergman movie when I was very young, and I remember my mother telling me it was based on a true story.  Then, that Christmas, I received a book as a gift from an aunt and uncle...it was a Nancy Drew book called "The Clue In the Jewel Box."  It was thrilling to me because it was obvious that the plot was similar to what had happened to the Romanovs.  It's still my favorite book, I think, because it led me to read and research more and more about the tragic Romanov story, and here I am!  So, thank you, Nancy Drew!  Bless all of you who care.  I love reading this board.

Ming

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Imperial Claimants Post Here / Re: For Serious Claimants, Please
« on: July 06, 2004, 06:43:31 PM »
Please forgive me if this has already been addressed...I'm new at this.   My question is about Nicholas' sister, Olga, who emigrated to Canada.  I know she was an artist and lived simply, but I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about her two (I think) sons?

Any info will be appreciated!

Ming

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