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The Windsors / Re: The Royal Train
« on: August 13, 2010, 11:09:58 PM »
Personally I prefer rail travel myself, especially if I have my own en suite cabin. I have crossed Europe several time via rail,  And the next major journey will be London-Paris- St. Petersburg-Moscow. Not exactly "royal" but close enough!


I'm dying to know if you have made this trip yet, it sounds to be a dynamite adventure! Would love to hear some of the stories... is there still risk of unsavory characters filling the compartments with sleeping gas at night and robbing you blind?

Details, please!


I've been checking this thread most days but surprisingly have found no reviews or comments on Margarita's book. However, I did happen upon griff's 'Alexandra Fights Back #6' thread a little while ago and was amazed to read what he has written there about it. Posts #91-#93 make fascinating reading, and his extraordinary descriptions of various passages of her book have convinced me to order a copy.

I am posting this in case others are awaiting reviews from those who have already purchased it... wait no longer but check out griff's thread, he is himself a great writer and his posts on her book should be posted here.

Possible but not proven. That book must be treated as historial fiction as not as a bio on VMH.
Of course it needs to be treated as historical fiction--that's what it is!  :)  Ilana's made the point over and over that's it's not a biography but rather a work of fiction based on her research into Victoria's life.
Unfortunately some view it differently so it is important to make that point clear again in the dicussion just to remind some people.

I rest my case.

News Links / today in Moscow
« on: August 06, 2010, 02:23:55 PM »
For a truly scary photo of air quality in Moscow today see this link from Andrew Sullivan's blog "The Daily Dish".

Unfortunately some view it differently so it is important to make that point clear again in the dicussion just to remind some people.


Define "some people".

It seems to me that anyone literate enough to pick up this particular book and read it knows that it is historical fiction. The back cover states "Theresa Sherman is a pen name. "The Royal Mob" is her first novel."

On page two find the following statement by the author: "This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental."

LITERATE people will understand these statements and be aware that they have chosen to read a historical novel.

PLEASE do all of us a favor and 1) do your research instead of expecting everyone else on the board to do it for you; 2) think before you post, pause, then think again and then ask yourself if you have anything of value to say instead of scattering more litter; and 3) try to use a little self-discipline and restrain from posting more than 5 times a day.

News Links / Re: Orlando Figes Scandal
« on: July 28, 2010, 11:32:23 PM »
Hmmm...  after reading the links posted above plus a fascinating one that I found in the Mail archives earlier today

I'd say the chances are good that all three of the suggestions in my post above are on target.

"Oh how the mighty have fallen."

News Links / Re: Orlando Figes Scandal
« on: July 26, 2010, 12:14:12 PM »
This is extraordinary, but I have heard of this sort of thing happening on amazon -- and have read several 5* reviews supporting mediocre books in the area of Russian studies which certainly raised my eyebrows -- though not at such a high level of academia. However, having spent much of my life in academic circles I know the level to which some of these people can go to disparage the research of colleagues; jealousy and backbiting is endemic and egos inflate out of all proportion to reality. Alcoholic, narcissistic, paranoid..... take your pick.

I am particularly struck by this as I'm now reading A People's Tragedy and I find it riveting.

In many ways sites like amazon make it relatively easy for an intelligent individual to pull off something like this... when I read 'red flag' reviews I always check back on the reviewer's other reviews, that usually gives an indication of whether they're authentic or not.     

I think if you were to look back at some of the reviews of books that most of us on this site have read and discussed, you'd see a few that would raise an eyebrow.... it can be tempting to disparage the work of another when it is done anonymously.


The Greek Royal Family / Re: Greek royal jewels
« on: July 13, 2010, 12:39:35 AM »
There you go again.... playing the avoidance card when you're confronted with your own words.

You well know that the rules of this community are that facts cannot be invented, nor can speculation be passed off as gospel. You get away with doing this more often than not but sooner or later someone asks for references and of course you don't have them to give. RULES OF THE GAME --- if you're asked to back up a statement you must give chapter and verse and not weasel out by saying something like

"The Christmas tree episode is in almost every bio of Ella and well known. One does not need to plow through bios to look for that fact."

This is not junior high school, it's a serious community devoted to Russian History, generously provided with very few strings attached... but there are a couple,  and sad to say, you regularly flaunt them.

The Greek Royal Family / Re: Greek royal jewels
« on: July 12, 2010, 11:12:08 PM »
Ella had more emeralds than just those given to Marie P (which were sold to Missy and to Mignon). If you read the bio on Ella, she had much more emeralds than that...

Sorry Eric.... that's not a speculative comment, it's a statement of fact (your fact), but the only reference you give to back it up is alluding to the 'bio on Ella'. Which bio on Ella? And why should ashdean have to pore through these volumes when YOU are the one who needs to quote chapter and verse.

If you are making speculative comments they need to be identified as such, not jotted down as fact. And the onus is on YOU to provide the evidence.

The Windsors / Re: Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Part IV
« on: July 12, 2010, 10:38:07 PM »
They did do much after Alix came out and searching for a husband.

I'm afraid I don't understand what you're saying.... it doesn't make any sense at all. If you are referring to a previous post why didn't you quote it?

I always begin with Amazon because I have their priority mailing package and pay no shipping and get second day delivery. Lately I've seen that a few of the Amazon Marketplace dealers have signed on to this program also which is an incentive if they have a book I'm looking for.

I've done some international ordering but have mostly stopped as I got stung by a purchase a few months ago -- ordered a VERY expensive book from a dealer from whom I have ordered lots in the past but two days after I ordered and paid for it the online price was cut about 75% and the dealer was indignant when I brought this to his attention in an email and wouldn't give a partial refund even though I still had not received the book. It came about 3 days later and taught me an expensive lesson.

On the other hand, when I was in London last spring I went down to Piccadilly Bookshop in Ticehurst and bought about 8-10 books and had them sent directly to my home. They arrived shortly after I did and I was amazed at how little the postage was for a box that weighed around 12 lbs! I'll definitely go back there again when I'm in London later this year.

So you win a few and you lose a few but you can also learn from experience.

Palaces in the Crimea / Re: Dulber
« on: June 17, 2010, 06:08:29 PM »
Beautiful! You were there on a perfect day.... love the brillant colors!

Palaces in the Crimea / Re: Other Romanov Crimean estates
« on: June 15, 2010, 05:48:12 PM »
That's terrific , Alexander.... so glad to hear it!

Hope you'll post about your trip... I'd love to know where you went and what your impressions were.


The Windsors / Re: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York Pt II
« on: June 04, 2010, 09:00:18 PM »
I suspect one reason Sarah is publicly self-destructing is because she's become aware that Andrew's affections appear to be otherwise engaged...

I would love to know just what it is that she has on Andrew.  After all, hasn't she crossed the line well and truly?

You must not have your ear to the ground, Martyn... the story has been around for quite some time!

Having Fun! / Re: What's the weather like at your place?
« on: May 22, 2010, 11:02:13 AM »
Cool, overcast and rain expected here in DC. In the last 10 days we've only seen the sun two or three times!

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