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Good news! I still have to read Olga's 1913 diary, but it's great to see that more is coming!  :)

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: blood transfusion in Tobolsk?
« on: July 27, 2010, 08:45:51 PM »
Indeed, but I much prefer books and films which stick to reality - especially when there's plenty of drama in the reality.

It was dramatic license. Romanovy, though it's been a while since I watched it, is the closest to what truly happened. Much more close than "Nicholas and Alexandra".

Great news!!!

Romanovy: ventsenosnaya semya is available on DVD in North America! NTSC,  Dolby 5.1, Russian subtitled in English, for 21.99$. You can check it out on!

I'll order it next week!!!

Finally!!! ;D

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Letter
« on: February 07, 2009, 09:51:42 PM »
I have it!

I'll try a rough translation:

2/15 May, 1918. Tobolsk.

My dear little Mama,

Since your birthday, we had no news of you, I mean, that's why we're waiting for some news of you impatiently. And you, do you not receive our letters? We sent, all in all, two telegrams. I'm writing near the wide open window. Today, the weather is splendid; no wind. The little one is out in the garden. They moved him there in his wheelchair. He also got up and put his clothes on yesterday, but he didn't get out. We also cut some wood, for the bath. Zhillik and Trina had cut it before with the saw. We were on the roof, sleeping under the sun. Yesterday, there was a splendid sunset, and a marvelous evening. It was so luminous, and the sky was filled with stars!. You certainly don't have such a deep silence when the night has arrived...My dearest, how do you live and what are you doing?  I would like so much to be with you! We don't know when we'll leave. My little brother must go in the garden more often and regain more strength, then, I think we will be able to leave. I've sent a card to Kay these days. Today, I got a letter from Trofimov. He salutes you all, and send his regards. He's writing that the little Anatoly, his son, sends his wishes to his "grand-mother". There's a lot of funny couples coming and going in the street, even sometimes on bicycles.

Tell Mashka that I saw N. Dim. and Pimy from afar. We have moved the piano in your lounge, also the couch that was impeding us during Mass. Last night, the fan exploded with a lot of noise, and in our rooms, upstairs, we had no electricity. I hope that, at least, you get our letters. A strange man has just passed, with a red fez on his head. Well, it's time. May the Lord protect you, ma dear Mama, and all of you. I kiss Papa, you and Mashka, I take you in my arms and love you all.

Your Olga.

It's not perfect, but it's the best I can do on such a short notice. :)

It has been in the programming of many Independant Film festivals; it even won the Best Writing prize at the California Student Media Festival of 2008...

No way to find it on the Web so far... :(

Just saw the DVD yesterday. Very well done. Nothing new, per se, but I really liked the fact that they got their facts straight. Really liked the part where they tested if diamond-filled corsets could stop bullets, and they tried it with the actual guns used on that horrible night.

I had no idea that the bones were so small, but it's so cool to see the DNA results!

It was good!

In Russian, perhaps the Synodal Translation, by Makarios and Pavsky, used by the Russian Orthodox Church. In English, most probably the KJ.

Imperial Grounds, the music you are referring to is a poem by Aleksandr Blok. I have it in Russian, but I think that you can find it earlier in this thread...

That movie is very touching. I really like when the girls are singing around the piano, I like when Olga N. is chatting with Private Denisov, who is really in love with her. Aleksei, Anastasia and the sling...  ;D  I also like when you see them working in Tobolsk...

For him, it was kind of " it's nothing personal, but I have to kill you all!"

Nothing against what kind of person they where, but they were the "Enemy of the Revolution" and hence had to be killed...

It's horrible, when you think about it...  :(

Oui, Proud Olga; ton anglais est très bon!

Olga was attractive, but Tatyana had a more regal kind of beauty, and people were reacting more to her than her sister.

Shy people often passes as arrogant, and since Olga N. had some trouble to keep her emotions in check, perhaps they were thinking she was also a spoiled child and reacting as such...

But we all know that she wasn't, of course!  ;)

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra's Personal World
« on: June 25, 2008, 06:36:18 PM »
This is something I didn't know!

I can see where the grand'duchesses' talent for playing music came from...

I wonder what repertoire the Tsaritsa was playing...

Having Fun! / Re: Had they all survived, where/how would they live?
« on: May 12, 2008, 07:42:40 PM »
Yes, very funny! Imagine a client saying:

You seem know, you look a lot like the King of England!

Danemark most probably. England? I think not. Perhaps Canada or the United States; imagine them on a farm in Alberta, with the Russian speaking communities, or something like that, and the GD marrying some young handsome Russians without thinking of rank, only following their heart...

Olga N. couldn't stand Prince Carol of Romania. Being stubborn, I'm not sure if she could've been persuaded, even by her own parents, to marry him, even for Russia's sake, or by Raison d'État. She wanted to stay in Russia, and if it meant being single, then so be it! Her romantic life was tragic...

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Pictures of Marie Thread
« on: May 12, 2008, 07:02:26 PM »
Apparently the same photographer who took the coloured pictures (see Jelisaveta's post) took pictures of the Imperial Family in 1913 I think...but nobody knows for sure if they still exist. Wouldn't that be fantastic if they would be found?

News Links / Re: News: How did the Russian Tsars die?
« on: April 05, 2008, 08:33:08 PM »
I must agree with Robert_Hall here; after all, hunting was the sport of princes. But that much in one day?

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