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Having Fun! / IMPORTANT: If you use Photobucket, read this!
« on: July 07, 2017, 05:31:36 AM »
Photobucket has decided that, if I want to keep using them to present pictures, I would have to upgrade to something called a Plus 500 Plan. However, the kicker is that I would have to pay for it!

Well, this is the straw that broke the camels back. I've thus terminated my PB account.   Which is why all my pictures are gone now (although they're still on my computer, of course).

Details as to what is going on with PB here:

To see your pictures now, you're either gonna have to fork over a $US400 ($526) annual fee now, or find an alternative site for your pictures to be seen now. 

Having Fun! / MOVED: Prayer Rule of the Romanovs
« on: December 08, 2016, 10:57:39 AM »
This topic has been moved to [The Imperial Family].

The Russian Revolution / Was the USSR a living Hell?
« on: December 06, 2015, 07:22:01 AM »
This really didn't have anything to do with Writing Alternate History, so I split it off into its own thread.  

One has to wonder if so many would have backed Lenin, if they had any idea of the abyss he would ultimately cast Russia into.  The regime he ushered in was many times worst that any Tsarist one.

Since we have one of these for Royals.  Here are my choices.

1.  Abraham Lincoln
2.  Ulysses S. Grant
3.  Teddy Roosevelt
4.  Woodrow Wilson
5. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
6. Harry Truman
7. John F. Kennedy
8. Jimmy Carter
9. Bill Clinton
10. Barack Obama

Rules for This Forum / Anyone else having this problem?
« on: January 17, 2015, 11:25:34 PM »
For the past few days, I've been getting this when I come here:

The page you tried to access does not exist on this server. This page may not exist due to the following reasons:

1.You are the owner of this web site and you have not uploaded (or incorrectly uploaded) your web site. For information on uploading your web site using FTP client software or web design software, click here for FTP Upload Information.

2.The URL that you have entered in your browser is incorrect. Please re-enter the URL and try again.

3.The Link that you clicked on incorrectly points to this page. Please contact the owner of this web site to inform them of this situation.

However, I can get here, I just have to hit "Refresh" two or three times.  However, I am curious as to what is going on?  Is this happening to anyone else?

The Russian Revolution / Dyatlov Pass Incident
« on: October 05, 2014, 05:21:04 PM »
This is one of the strangest events in the bloody history of the Soviet Union (1918-1991).

On February 2, 1959, nine skiers died under mysterious circumstances in the remote Ural Mountains.  Some of them appear to have fled their camp, wearing scant protection, into the night to freeze to death.  Others were found with unexplained injuries.  Since there were no survivors, there were no witnesses.

The Soviet government wrote it off as "extreme weather".  However, they refused others to enter the area for the next three years. 

There have been many theories about what happened over the years, some of them REALLY out there (such as aliens, the Yeti, wormholes).

However, I think the answer is more human.  It's most like that the Soviets were conducting military experiments and the unfortunate Dyatlov skiers just blundered into it.  That's why, IMHO, the Soviets refused to let anyone enter that area for the next several years.  They needed time to remove all evidence of said experiments.

Apparently, there is a group, based in Ekaterinburg, who are trying to get the present Russian government to reopen the investigation.  Good luck with that.

Having Fun! / Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: May 28, 2014, 07:05:40 PM »
Place your coloured pictures here.

Having Fun! / Rare Pictures XIII
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:51:59 AM »
Got any rare pictures?  Please put them here.

Rules for This Forum / What does "leet" mean?
« on: April 25, 2014, 12:47:01 PM »
For some reason, my number of posts has been replaced by the word "leet".  What does that mean?

Having Fun! / 30 Day European Royality Challenge
« on: July 20, 2013, 02:07:03 AM »
Okay, we've done Russia and Britain, now for the rest of Europe.  You can include any from modern times all the way back to the Roman Empire and beyond.  Here we go.

Day 1:  Royal that should have been locked up in a nuthouse.

Emperor Caligula of Rome.  The man thought he was a god, he made his horse a senator, he held mass orgies while he feasted.  Coo-coo, coo-coo!

Having Fun! / 30 Day British Royality Challenge
« on: June 20, 2013, 02:08:06 AM »
Based on Lisa's 30 Day Romanov Challenge Board, I decided to make one for British Royalty.  This can include the Windsors, the Tudors, or any branch going as far back to Queen Boudicca if you wish.

Day 1.  Favourite British Monarch.

Mine is our current one, Queen Elizabeth II.

I read somewhere once, can't remember where, in which Alexandra said that the Germany of World War One, was no longer the Germany of her birth.  That Kaiser Wilhelm II had changed it.

So, I have to wonder, what would Alexandra have thought of Adolf Hitler and what he did to Germany?  His regime was much worse than the Kaiser's.  Would Alexandra have been horrified and repulsed at what Hitler did?  Would she have wondered just why her people went along with it?  How would she have felt when Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa against Russia, her adopted country (which did a lot more damage to Russia than the Kaiser's army did).

In our alternate reality story, Days Of OTMA's Lives, RHB and I touched upon this.  Given glimpses of the future, Alexandra is horrified.  Here is a line I wrote:

I love Russia, but Germany is the land of my birth, and will always have a place in my heart.  What Hitler and those like him are doing there makes me sick, it makes me ashamed of being German, and I hate that!  I HATE THAT!

I think it captures the feeling well.  One has to wonder if Alexandra had really lived, would she have felt the same.

Interesting note, one of Alexandra's favourite symbols was the swastika.  Before the Nazis adopted it for their party, it used to mean good fortune, or something to that effect.   Needless to say, that has changed.

What  do you all think?

Forum Announcements / Is it just me, or had the board changed appearence?
« on: January 13, 2013, 09:55:27 PM »
The board seems to have been altered, or at least that is what it appears to me.  Anyone else seeing this?

I noted that the board was a lot slower than usual today, in fact, I couldn't get on for several hours.  I suspect a connection.

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