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1. The reason the jewels were not found was that they were actually sewn into their corsets, so then when they tried to find out why the bullets were bouncin off them, they tore open the corsets to find the jewels.

2. I believe that they weren't mear jewels, but diamonds.


The Imperial Family / Re: Defining OTMA - Suggestions Anyone?
« on: April 18, 2015, 04:49:54 AM »
Also another one for Anastasia related to physical activity would be climbing trees!

The Imperial Family / Re: Defining OTMA - Suggestions Anyone?
« on: April 18, 2015, 02:29:45 AM »
Anastasia - 3. drama/plays, 4. sports and physical activity (tennis, hanging from that bar in her father's bathroom, etc).

Having Fun! / Re: Age progression of OTMAA
« on: July 21, 2014, 03:34:38 AM »
I have always thought that Tatiana looked like Uncle Ernst and Anastasia looked like Aunt Irene!  Olga and Marie, who resembled one another quite a bit, both look like the Romanov side of the family.

Forum Announcements / Re: Departure
« on: May 19, 2013, 05:25:28 AM »
You will be missed, Aleksandr Pavlovich.  Hopefully this will not be forever, so instead of saying goodbye, I will just say farewell and bon voyage!

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books in 2012
« on: October 26, 2012, 04:07:07 AM »
I know what spotted  dick is, but don't think I have ever heard of soused or dead baby. Sounds disgusting.
 And speaking of cook books, one of my new arrivals is 100 recipes from the Court of Louis XIV.  As the Court cooked for hundreds, these recipes have been modernised  for 4-6. This is the English edition, the French is still on the way.
 I have no problem with other people using Kindles, I see it all the time, especially on planes, as I travel so much. It does seem more compact than carrying a book around. I normally have a magazine- BBC History and perhaps a paperback.  I usually buy books when I am away, and those I carry back. But Kindle is just not for me.

I don't like Kindles either....Kindle books seem too disposable, if you know what I mean.  I prefer an actual book that I can hold in my hands, read, leaf through the pictures, and keep it forever.  To me, books are like old friends.  I have quite a collection.

In most aspects, the relationship seemed to be two neurotic individuals feeding off of each others weaknesses.  Alexandra was desperate for a "true friend" and Anna was desperate for attention.  At any rate, how sad for Russia that these two individuals were in the position to make or influence many crucial decisions of the time. 

Thanks for the info, Sunny.  I am currently reading the Wartime Correspondence of Nicholas and Alexandra and in it, it tells about "Ania" being sick with measles and staying in another wing of the Alexander Palace.  Alexandra writes to her husband that she worries about what "Ania" will think or say if she does not go sit with her daily.  How odd that an Empress would kowtow to a commoner in this way, especially one as whiney and childish as Anna Vyrubova.  This is a good example of Alexandra's questionable mental state IMHO.  No wonder the Emperor's family worried so much about them.......and I do not blame them for not liking Anna Vyrubova.  And I would imagine that the extended family was exasperated with Nicky for allowing such situations to develop.  They were probably thinking, "He won't listen to us when we try to advise him, but he listens to this crazy woman (Vyrubova) and Rasputin?"  What a sad state of affairs it truly was!

I know that the extended Romanov family did not like Rasputin, but how did they feel about Anna Vyrubova?  She seemed to have as much of a hypnotic spell over Alexandra and Nicholas as Rasputin did.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Wartime Correspondence
« on: December 10, 2011, 11:55:53 AM »
I purchased The Complete Wartime Correspondence of Tsar Nicholas II and the Empress Alexandra and just received it in the mail a few days ago.  I think it is going to prove to be a very interesting read.  Who else has read this book and what did you think of it?

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra's Routine
« on: November 06, 2011, 10:26:52 PM »
Where is it written that she was a vegetarian?  That is a new one for me.

Regarding the online "Sisters of Mercy" excerpts......we English speakers can use an online translator to read it!  It is a slower process and the translation is not always the best, but it works.......I have tried it.

What is "The Sisters of Mercy"  and how does one get to read it?

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Her Accent
« on: October 13, 2011, 12:47:09 AM »
I am wondering what language they spoke when they were all together at home.  For instance, when they sat around in the evening playing bezique, pasting pictures in their albums, reading, and writing letters, what language did they chit chat in?  In consideration of the Empress's difficulty with spoken Russian, I am thinking maybe it was mostly English.  Does anyone know?

I am anxiously awaiting more translated diaries also.  I wonder if they could keep us updated on the progress of the others that are being translated?

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