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Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Anecdotes
« on: April 15, 2010, 07:20:20 PM »
It was nice that Anastasia hugged Tatiana.  She really did love her big sister, even if sibling rivalry cropped up from time to time.

I think the worst time was in the 1920's and 30's.  A lot of people who personally knew NAOTMAA were still alive, friends and family that had gotten out.  It must have been horrible for them to see the names of their lost loved ones being used by a claimant like this.  Also, some might have originally hoped that the claimant really was whomever they said they were, only to have those hopes crushed when they met said claimant and saw just some phony con artist at work.

Rumour had it that the Tsar had a huge amount of money stored in foreign bank somewhere (Britain, France, and Switzerland being the most hinted at).  I can see why these people did this.  If they could "prove" they were the last survivor of the Imperial Family:  KA-CHINGGGG!!  Of course, that money has never turned up, if it even existed at all, so it was really all for nothing.

Thankfully, the DNA tests have finally exposed all those charlatans for the phonies they really were.

Imperial Claimants Post Here / Re: do you realy belive
« on: April 15, 2010, 04:58:03 PM »
The funniest thing about Anna was that she could speak perfect Polish and very bad Russian.  H-e-l-l-o.......wasn't that a BIG tipoff from day one???

Also, Anna didn't speak English very well.  If you see old interviews with her, when she felt like giving one, her English was always broken.  In her final years, her husband, John Manahan, did most of the talking when they were interviewed.

The real Anastasia could speak English fluently.  All of OTMAA could, it was taught to them by Alexandra (although German born, Alexandra spent much of her youth in Britain.  Her Grandma was Queen Victoria, after all).  If it truly had been Anastasia, she should have been able to speak English without any trouble.

AA once claimed that it was the trauma of seeing her family killed that made her forget English (and Russian).  Yet, this same trauma allowed her to learn TWO new languages, German and Polish!?  Right, and I've got this bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell you.

Of course, the DNA results totally debunked her claim.  Yet, some still cling to the idea that AA was Anastasia.  Of course, some still cling to the idea that Elvis is alive.  Some people will never be convinced, no matter how much evidence you can show them.

The Imperial Family / Re: Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna
« on: April 15, 2010, 03:12:48 PM »
I think that if, and that is a big IF, the monarchy ever does come back in Russia, it will be a constitutional monarchy, like the British one.  The Tsar will be a figurehead, and will have no more political power than Queen Elizabeth II does.  The days of absolute monarchies in Europe are long over, and they won't be coming back.

Having Fun! / Re: What gives you pleasure?
« on: April 15, 2010, 02:58:48 PM »
Congrats, Kimberly.  Next year will be your Silver Anniversary.

I guess if they were living now, they'd be text messaging each other.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei and Hemophilia
« on: April 15, 2010, 10:47:46 AM »
That was the sad thing about Alexei.  Even if there had been no revolution, he probably would have died before he was 25.  Now, there are drugs that can help someone with hemophilia, but back then, forget it.  The slightest scrape or bump had the potential to be fatal to him.

Having Fun! / Re: If you could save the imperial family ?
« on: April 13, 2010, 08:20:42 PM »
Well, what I would do is hop into my time machine, go back to July 17, 1918, and save NAOTMAA and the others just before they were all executed, and bring them back to the 21st Century.  That way, history is more or less the same, in that their reign would still end, however, they would be alive now (I guess that would change a few things, in that no bones would be there to find, but the DNA tests would still debunk Anna Anderson, in that it would prove she was not related to them, because she didn't match with Prince Philip, a relative of Alexandra).

I think they would do well in our time, it's not like I was taking someone from the Middle Ages.  They could adapt.  Certainly Alexei would be better off now, because drugs exist that can control hemophilia.  He might be able to live a semblance of a normal life.

Nicholas II / Re: Nic II's Plans to go abroad April 1917
« on: April 13, 2010, 04:02:27 PM »
I think the thing about Livadia was its proximity to the Black see and Romania or Bulgaria or out through the Bosphorus to the Med.

Makes sense, if things got too hot, they could get out quickly.  Of course, things did get hot, but by then it was far too late.  Once they were in Ekaterinburg, they were too well guarded to get away.

Forum Announcements / Re: New Users say Hello Here and ONLY HERE!
« on: April 13, 2010, 03:30:50 PM »
Sorry I didn't post in here before, but I only saw this thread today.  Anyway, I'm Tim, and I too like the Romanov family.  OTMA is what gets me the most.  I have seen many pictures of these four beautiful young women and it's horrible what happened to them.  I'm glad I found this board, where there are others who, like me, remember and honour the last Tsar and his family.

Anyway, I'm Canadian, and I like to write stories, mostly science fiction and fantasy.  I also write stories based on shows such as Charmed, Doctor Who, and Will & Grace.  I'm looking forward to being a member here.

Nicholas II / Re: Nic II's Plans to go abroad April 1917
« on: April 13, 2010, 12:02:38 PM »
I have to agree.   The British Goverment may have taken some flak if they had given Nicky and his family asylum, but that's it.  Revolution?  Wouldn't happen.  The conditions in Britain and Russia were nowhere near the same.  Most of all, Britain was a democracy.  Revolutions rarely happen in democratic countries.

Of course, this is hindsight here.  I don't think anyone realized how much danger the Romanovs were in, especially when Lenin and his thugs took over.

Having Fun! / Re: Ghosts
« on: April 13, 2010, 11:52:49 AM »
I read Princess_Olishka's 2006 post about her encounter with the Romanov spirits.  Spooky!  I can see it happening.  I think there are people out there like Melinda Gordon (the character played by Jennifer Love Hewitt on Ghost Whisperer) and the kid from The Sixth Sense.  People who can see and hear ghosts, while most of us can't.

As to why the Romanov's might come to one of us.  Maybe our fasication with them attracted them somehow.  Of course, I'm guessing here.

I haven't seen any ghost stories about The Romanovs in other sites

I have one, some of you have already read it.  You'll find a link to it in the most recent Romanov Fiction Thread.

Wow, some of this thread sounds right out of the X-Files!

Scully:  What is this new theory of yours, Mulder?

Mulder:  Well, Scully, I have proof that the Russian Imperial Family did not die in 1918, but they were saved by aliens and taken to another planet.

Scully:  Right, and I suppose these same aliens also took Judge Crater, Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Hoffa, and Elvis Presley!

Mulder:  Well, Scully, since you mention it...

Scully:  (rolls eyes and wonders if it's time to get a new partner)

Nicholas II / Re: Nic II's Plans to go abroad April 1917
« on: April 12, 2010, 03:30:49 PM »
I wonder why the French or the Swiss didn't step up.  Both were republics, meaning they didn't have monarchs worrying about an image problem.

France has taken in the likes of the Aytollah Khomenhi (before he came to power) and Baby Doc Duvalier (after he was ousted from power in Haiti).  Why didn't they want to take Nicky and his family in?

Having Fun! / Re: Romanov Fiction
« on: April 12, 2010, 10:40:55 AM »
I'm glad my story has been so well received here.  I really enjoyed writing it.  As you can see, I dedicated it to NAOTMAA.

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