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Forum Announcements / Bob and Rob deserve an apology
« on: October 17, 2005, 10:21:32 AM »
I brought this over from another thread...
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Penny :HOW DARE YOU TAKE THAT TONE WITH ME??

IF  you can't stand your own words being brought back to haunt you and call nothing more than the exact repitition of what you wrote "pot shots" then frankly I think we are well rid of you. I am sick and tired of you down right PARANOID rantings. YES PENNY PARANOID. You accused me of attacking YOU when I merely repeated what a DNA EXPERT SAID which had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with you.

Michael G was suspended because he flat out refused to comply with my requests to stop attacking others. IN SO MANY WORDS in a PM. You sit there in "judgment" of me when you have no idea what goes on in PMs and emails between me and users.

YOU are as guilty as anyone else of attacks, sniping and frankly obnoxious behavior. I get dozens of nasty emails accusing ME of being in cahoots with YOU for  allowing YOU to post unhindered! so there are two sides to all stories.

NO ONE forces you to come in here, you have now stomped out in a hissy fit vowing to "never return" for the sixth time, literally, and yet, here you turning up AGAIN literally the "bad Penny"....

IM SICK of EVERYONE in this forum attacking US because we allow people to come in here and express their opinions, and they dont like the opinions we allow to be expressed ON ALL SIDES.

Penny go start your own forum. PLEASE... then you can have everyone tow your own rules. Bob is about sick to his stomach the way this is all going. You and the rest of these petty self indulgant ego-centric people who take any disagreement with their ideas as some sort of personal attack are DESTROYING what we are trying to create.

Can any of you tell Im about fed up?


Seeing that Rob had to say this saddens and really disturbs me.
I think we all need to step back and think about what Rob just stated in this post.I guess we all need to remember that we are guests here and we have no right to behave the way we have.

Bob and Rob have taken a lot of time,effort and money to put The Alexander Palace on the web.They want to share their love of Russia,Russian History and The Imperial Family with the world.They want this to be a place where everyone can learn.
Then they decided to add this wonderful forum too so that we all,Bob and Rob included,can discuss these amazing topics and learn from each other.I see this forum as a gift they have given to us because they didn't have to add it to The Alexander Palace website.

But now it seems that their gift is being shoved back in their faces.Bob is becoming ill because of all this drama on various threads and Rob is just plain fed up.
[glb]THIS IS JUST WRONG PEOPLE![/glb]

I think we all owe Bob and Rob a heartfelt apology.They deserve better than what we are giving them.

I for one would like to start this off.
Bob and Rob I am honestly sorry if I have caused you any grief,problems or anything else because of my posts.I appreciate all that you do here and I respect you both immensely.
I hope that others will follow my lead and do the same.

Kat

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Forum Announcements / Re: Blood initiation weekend Sep.23/24
« on: September 23, 2005, 07:30:46 PM »
I heard about this a few years ago.I don't know how true it actually is though.I've heard the warnings about this but I have never heard of this actually happening.Nevertheless it is always wise to take percautions.

Thanks for the info Sunny.

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Forum Announcements / Good thoughts and prayers needed.
« on: September 19, 2005, 06:38:02 AM »
Hi All,

I could really use some good thoughts and prayers right now.My Mom is in hospital and she's not doing too good.

We found out friday that one of the arteries to her heart is 99% blocked.They did an angioplasty to open her artery up and inserted a shunt.We are hoping that does the trick and she doesn't have to have open heart surgery.

After the angioplasty was done she had some complications.She has bleed out of her artery in her leg where they entered her to do the procedure.This has happened three times in 2 days and she almost bleed to death.She had to go into emergency surgery yesterday to stop the bleeding.She's still very week as she's lost a lot of blood.We are just hoping nothing else happens and she doesn't takes a turn for the worse.

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News Links / Russia No Longer Free?
« on: December 20, 2004, 03:39:40 PM »
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20041220/ap_on_re_eu/russia_democracy_survey
MOSCOW - Russia has restricted rights to such an extent that it has joined the countries that are not free for the first time since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, Freedom House said Monday, marking Moscow's march away from the Western democracies it has embraced as diplomatic partners.

"This setback for freedom represented the year's most important political trend," the U.S.-based non-governmental organization wrote in its annual study, Freedom in the World 2005.

Freedom House noted increased Kremlin control over national television and other media, limitations on local government, and parliamentary and presidential elections it said were neither free nor fair.

"Russia's step backward into the 'Not Free' category is the culmination of a growing trend under President Vladimir Putin to concentrate political authority, harass and intimidate the media, and politicize the country's law-enforcement system," Executive Director Jennifer Windsor said in a statement.
These moves mark a dangerous and disturbing drift toward authoritarianism in Russia, made more worrisome by President Putin's recent heavy-handed meddling in political developments in neighboring countries, such as Ukraine."

The report accused Putin of exploiting the terrorist seizure of a school in southern Russia to ram through what Freedom House called the dismantling of local authority.

In the wake of the September attack, which killed more than 330 people, Putin introduced a plan to end the election of governors by popular vote and the election of legislators in individual races. Currently, the 450 seats in the lower house of parliament are equally split between those filled through party lists and those contested in district races.

The Russian Foreign Ministry had no immediate comment on the report, which said that Russia had reached its lowest point where political rights and civic freedoms are concerned since 1989.

Grigory Yavlinsky, a former member of parliament with the liberal Yabloko party, said Russia has been "not-free" for more than a decade now.

"Today in Russia there are no independent mass media, no independent court, parliament, business. There is no public control over special forces and police. There are practically no elections which are not controlled by the authorities," he said.

Freedom House said that on balance, the world saw increased freedom in 2004: 26 countries showed gains while 11 showed decline. Of the world's 192 countries, it judged 46 percent free, 26 percent not free, and the rest partly free. Eight rated as the most repressive: Burma, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Turkmenistan.

The NGO said that only Central and Eastern Europe had seen "dramatic progress" over the past year. It noted that Bosnia-Herzegovina's rating had improved following the first elections organized entirely by Bosnian institutions.

In the Middle East, Freedom House rated just Israel as free. Five countries in the region, including Jordan and Yemen, are partly free, and 12 are not free. It said the territories occupied by Israel and run by the Palestinian Authority were not free.

Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Qatar registered modest gains, Freedom House said.

It registered democratic gains in the former Soviet republics of Georgia and Ukraine, where popular protests forced the cancellation of the results of fraudulent elections in the past 13 months.

"The positive experiences in Georgia and Ukraine indicate that democratic ferment and nonviolent civic protest are potent forces for political change," Windsor said. "They also reinforce freedom's gradual global advance."

The former Soviet republics of Belarus, Armenia and Lithuania saw setbacks — the first two due to the authorities' increasingly harsh response to dissent, and the latter because of "worrying questions about the full autonomy of Lithuania's political leadership" in the wake of President Roland Paksas' impeachment amid allegations of influence by the Russian mafia.

Freedom House, a Washington-based, nonpartisan group, was founded nearly 60 years ago by Americans concerned about threats to democracy. It conducts advocacy, research and training to encourage and nurture democracy.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?





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News Links / A Russian Winter
« on: December 04, 2004, 10:41:15 AM »
A Russian Winter
Programs and events inspired by Cincinnati Museum Center's exhibit Nicholas & Alexandra: At Home with the Tsar and His Family***
December 2004-April 2004
Cincinnati’s Museum Center welcomes the exhibit Nicholas & Alexandra: At Home with the Last Tsar and His Family with a community-wide cultural-collaboration series, A Russian Winter. A Russian Winter is an ongoing series of programs and events involving some of southwest Ohio’s finest artistic groups, featuring events as diverse as Russian-themed dance, opera, chamber music, art, lectures, literary events, film and theater. All this will put the spotlight on Russian arts and culture at the time of the last Tsar.

December
Russian Odyssey—Dayton Philharmonic
Explore the three stages of Russia's musical history through the music of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Mussogorsky as performed by the Dayton Philharmonic.
December 2, 4
Mead Auditorium, Schuster Center, Dayton, Ohio
8 p.m.
Cost: varies
For more information or to order tickets, phone the Dayton Philharmonic at (937) 228-3630, or visit their web site at www.daytonphilharmonic.com.

Russian December
Experience winter holidays in Russia with a string quartet performance by Cincinnati school groups. Sponsored by the Cincinnati Chamber Music Society.
December 4
Cincinnati Museum Center Rotunda
2 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more information about the Cincinnati Chamber Music Society, contact CCMS at (513) 522-2652 or visit their web site at www.cincychamber.org.

St. Petersburg String Quartet—Cincinnati Chamber Music Society
The Cincinnati Chamber Music Society presents the St. Petersburg String Quartet performing the works of Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Shostakovich as part of its regular season.
December 7
Corbett Auditorium, University of Cincinnati
7:30 p.m.
Cost: varies
For more information or to order tickets, contact CCMS at (513) 522-2652 or visit their web site at www.cincychamber.org.

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January
Bedazzled and Bejeweled
Participate in a Families Create! Art session for families and children. Decorate your own Fabergé-inspired jeweled piece as viewed in the permanent collection at the Taft Museum of Art.
January 8
Taft Museum of Art
1 to 3 p.m.
Cost: $4 Taft Museum of Art members, $8 non-members
For more information, call the Taft Museum of Art at (513) 241-0343 or visit their web site at www.taftmuseum.org.

Triumph & Terror—Dayton Philharmonic
Experience the events of the Russian uprising and Tsarist massacre of 1905 through music performed by the Dayton Philharmonic.
January 13, 15
Mead Auditorium, Schuster Center, Dayton, Ohio
8 p.m.
Cost: varies
For more information or to order tickets, phone the Dayton Philharmonic at (937) 228-3630, or visit their web site at www.daytonphilharmonic.com.

A Story to Tell
Classical Russian ballet performances by students from the Next Generation Dance Company of the Cincinnati Dance Academy.
January 22
Cincinnati Museum Center Rotunda
2 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more information about the Cincinnati Dance Academy, call (513) 985-0111.

All Things Russian
Explore the beauty of Russian music with a string quartet performance by Cincinnati school groups. Sponsored by the Cincinnati Chamber Music Society.
January 29
Cincinnati Museum Center Rotunda
2 p.m.
Cost: Free
For more information about the Cincinnati Chamber Music Society, contact CCMS at (513) 522-2652 or visit their web site at www.cincychamber.org.


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News Links / Re: Nicholas & Alexandra: At Home in Cincinnat
« on: December 04, 2004, 10:19:09 AM »
http://www.cincymuseum.org/cmc/attractions/nick&alex.html


Admission:
$9.75 for adults
$8.75 for seniors (60+)
$6.75 for children (ages 3–12)

Nicholas & Alexandra: At Home with the Last Tsar and His Family
Changing Exhibits Hall
January 29–May 1, 2005

This winter, Cincinnati Museum Center visitors will be able to experience the private world of Russia's last Imperial family. Nicholas and Alexandra: At Home with the Last Tsar and His Family is the first exhibit to display the Romanov family's personal belongings from their living quarters in the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, 15 miles outside of St. Petersburg.

More than 250 precious objects, most of them never before seen outside of Russia, will be presented in a series of vignettes that depict the private lives of Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra and their five children—before they met their tragic fate.

Exquisite porcelain, tapestries, paintings and portraits, uniforms and dresses, icons, decorative arts, textiles, books, photographs and letters are some of the items from the royal couple's personal collection that will be displayed. Rare film footage of home movies and photographs taken by the Tsar, an avid amateur photographer, will be included in the exhibit. Cherished family heirlooms and ordinary daily belongings will create an extraordinary picture of palace life at the turn of the last century.

Of particular interest to Cincinnatians will be photographs of Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovitch. Grand Duke Dimitri was the grandson of Tsar Alexander II and a cousin of Tsar Nicholas II. He lived with the Tsar's family at times and thus is shown in the extensive photographs of those who resided at Alexander Palace. Nicholas II exiled the Grand Duke to Persia as punishment for his role in the 1916 murder of Rasputin. This "punishment" proved fortunate as it kept him out of Bolshevik hands. After the Revolution he took the surname of Ilyinsky, after his family's former estate in Russia "Ilynskoe." In Paris in 1918, Grand Duke Dimitri met and married Audrey Emery, of Cincinnati. Members of the Ilyinsky family continue to live in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Museum Center will supplement Nicholas and Alexandra with a special section in the exhibit that focuses this "Cincinnati connection" to Russia's royal family.

Don't miss A Russian Winter, an ongoing series of programs and events involving some of southwest Ohio’s finest artistic groups and featuring events as diverse as Russian-themed dance, opera, chamber music, art, lectures, literary events, film and theater.

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Their World and Culture / Imperial Christmas
« on: November 05, 2004, 04:32:59 PM »
Since that time of year is fast approaching,I was wondering how the Imperial Family celebrated Christmas.Did they have christmas trees and other decor.What kinds of gifts and thing were given.What kinds of religious observences/ceremonies there were during this time of year.

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I happened to notice the title for this book while I was reading "The Quest for Anastasia" (it was mentioned in the book).I just got it from the library and started reading it and it's pretty good so far.I was just wondering if anyone else has read this book and what your opinions of it might be.

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I was just looking about on the net and found this great site with pictures of these beautiful easter eggs.Some of them I have never seen before so I had to share this link so anyone interested can have a peek.I hope everyone enjoys these pictures as much as I am! :) ::) :)

http://www.andrejkoymasky.com/liv/fab/fab00.html

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