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Forum Announcements / Re: The Average poster is . . .
« on: January 03, 2006, 12:10:01 PM »
Age: 35
Marital Status: single and still looking
Gender: F
Monarchist: N
Nationality: American

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Unless any new evidence turns up:
1. Yes
2. Yes

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1. Female
2. Non-Russian
3. Adult

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Forum Announcements / Re: NEW RUSSIAN JOURNAL for AP MEMBERS
« on: November 02, 2005, 12:08:01 PM »
You've done a wonderful job.  I look forward to exploring the site in more detail.

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The Tudors / Re: Books/Movies on the Tudors and Plantagenets
« on: October 21, 2005, 01:00:59 PM »
Yes, I've read "Elizabeth, Captive Princess" as well as Margaret Irwin's other two novels, "Young Bess" and "Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain".  They're among my favorite historical novels about the Tudors.

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The opera is in Finnish.  It gets a wonderful review here:
http://listserv.cuny.edu/Scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind0510b&L=opera-l&T=0&F=&S=&P=16944

I just ordered the DVD from Amazon.  :)

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Forum Announcements / Re: I'm gonna be PUBLISHED!
« on: October 11, 2005, 12:06:27 PM »
That's wonderful, Sarushka!  :)  Congratulations!

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Having Fun! / Re: Dreams You Have Had of Them?
« on: October 07, 2005, 12:51:51 PM »
Yes, I agree that this topic should be on the "Having Fun" board.

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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Eyewitness in Tobolsk
« on: October 07, 2005, 12:21:13 PM »
That's probably true.  :)

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Having Fun! / Re: Dreams You Have Had of Them?
« on: October 07, 2005, 12:18:39 PM »
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Dear Victoria,


Vicki, please. :)

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You have missed my point completely.


I don't think I missed your point at all.  I just don't think it's silly to discuss one's dreams about the Romanovs.  But then, I've always found dreams fascinating.  That's just my opinion, though.  And I agree with everyone who says that if you don't like a thread, just don't read it.

Also, it's my understanding that this is not just a scholarly forum, and that it's for all kinds of topics that have to do with the Romanovs and Imperial Russia.  I'm sure there are other forums that are meant for scholarly discussion only.

Sorry if this sounds rude.  But I don't like being ridiculed on a public forum.  That's exactly the reason I don't post here more often.

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Having Fun! / Re: Dreams You Have Had of Them?
« on: October 06, 2005, 01:13:31 PM »
What is so odd about having dreams about the Romanovs?  If you think about them a lot, why shouldn't you dream about them?  :(

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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Eyewitness in Tobolsk
« on: October 06, 2005, 12:20:10 PM »
It was mentioned at the back of the book, but I can't find any more information about it.  So maybe she abandoned the idea.

Sorry, but I would go to see a movie based on this book.  I didn't hate it as much as you did, even though, as I said, I found some parts very annoying.

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Having Fun! / Re: Romanov Dreams
« on: October 05, 2005, 01:56:24 PM »
A few nights ago, I dreamed that the House of Special Purpose was still standing, and it had been turned into a hotel, and I was staying there.  I was supposed to have a room on the upper floor, but they messed up my reservation, and they said I'd have to stay in a room in the cellar.  I was afraid to stay in the cellar, but I finally said I would, as long as I didn't have to stay in the murder room.  Then they told me the murder room was the only one available, because no one wanted to stay there.

I had another dream recently, where I found a secret tunnel in the murder room.  For some reason, I tend to dream more about the House of Special Purpose itself than about what happened there.

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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Eyewitness in Tobolsk
« on: October 05, 2005, 12:44:19 PM »
I finished this book last night, and I enjoyed it, but I also found parts of it frustrating because I wasn't completely certain what was fact and what was fiction.  Have any of you been in contact with Hulda's family or the author?  I don't think it was completely impossible for Hulda to have seen the Romanovs in Tobolsk (especially if she lived right across the street), but it's hard to tell how much was made up.  Did she really go into the house and have tea with Demidova and Kharitonov?  That part doesn't ring true.  And, like Belochka, I found the use of the German "und" in the middle of sentences very annoying.

The parts about Yurovsky really annoyed me because they're so obviously fictionalized.  The author makes Yurovsky a close associate of Lenin, which I don't think he was (please correct me if I'm wrong).  And then Yurovsky suddenly turns out to be nice, and feels sorry for what he did, and helps Hulda and her family get back to their home!  And that ending, where Yurovsky gets shot by the White soldiers... where did that come from?  :(

Still, I thought the book was enjoyable as long as you don't take it too seriously.  The author says that she was also working on a screenplay based on the book.  Do any of you know what happened with that?

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Forum Announcements / Re: 'The Last of the Tsars'
« on: September 27, 2005, 02:24:00 PM »
I got it on interlibrary loan.  There are also some used copies available from various dealers at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0772006210/qid=1127849024/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-0587312-2215240?v=glance&s=books

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