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Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: voices of the Imperial Family
« on: December 15, 2011, 11:56:14 AM »
This is definitely speculation. How can you be so sure that this is the voice of the Heir??? Just because you say it's the Heir's voice, does not mean that this is indeed the case. There simply is no proof for this. The fact that the Emperor took Alexei with him to military parades does not necessarily mean that Alexei can be heard in this video. I can't hear any children's voices on this old scratchy recording at all.

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Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: voices of the Imperial Family
« on: October 15, 2011, 05:49:02 PM »
I highly doubt that Alexei can be heard on that recording. For me, it does not even sound like a child's voice. I think one of the persons got out of breath and lost his voice. That is why it sounds different. This is still speculation but in my opinion Alexei is not on that record. I really hope that record is at least genuine.

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Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XI
« on: October 04, 2011, 04:12:45 PM »
Aleksei at Tobolsk. If anyone got bigger, but fuller, please do post.

I have a bigger version of this photo. Unfortunately I don't have it available right now. If nobody posts it in the meantime, I'll post it as soon as I get home but that won't be before Christmas. It still takes a while but I hope that's OK. ;)

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Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Aleksei's Pet - Boiika?
« on: August 17, 2011, 04:55:58 AM »
Yes, I read that he indeed drank coffee. But as far as I know it was only a coffee substitute made of barley (without caffeine). Regarding S. Holmes he favoured the fight between Holmes and professor Moriarty. 

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Maybe she likes to go shopping like real princesses do. Seriously speaking I have no words for this.

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Oh yes, I'm sure this enormously precious tiara once belonged to Grand Duchess Anastasia and now it belongs to her! Look at those sparkling diamonds! *sparkle* *sparkle* :-)))) xD

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I don't know what frightens me more: This ugly obese girl/woman (or whatever) on the picture claiming to be Anastasia's granddaughter or that this crap is sold on Amazon for $22.98! On the one hand you can find the best researched books about the Romanovs ever on Amazon and on the other hand they're selling this! *sigh*

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      To my knowledge, "Tarabar" is next mentioned by name in Post # 718 of the thread, "Re: Just to put this out there.....Romanov Style"  by poster "Holly": "It was called Tarabar."  In response to another poster's comments, the poster,"Holly," on Jan. 17, 2011, replies in Post # 720: " I've only seen it in one book that I can remember."  The only extant written example (able to be quoted from the source) followed in the same posting, #720. (Unfortunately, a follow-up on the book's name was apparently never remembered and posted.) 

I think I can confirm this. I can't remember exactly but in one of the threads someone mentioned that Alexei and Anastasia used a secret language. Then I asked if someone knows the name of the language and I believe it was Holly who said it was "Tarabar". I have to say that I have my doubts. As there is so little information on Tarabar, I could imagine that they used it mostly verbally and rarely in writing with a very restricted vocabulary.

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Hunting and fishing was considered too dangerous for Alexei, I guess. But the lack of information on his consumption of meat does not make him a vegetarian. Unlike today, meat was  still something special back then. Meat was not eaten every day but maybe 1 or 2 times a month and on special days. I cannot imagine him being a strict vegetarian.

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The dangers of smoking weren't really known back then.  Granted Nastya might have had some health issues late in life, but sadly, she would never see late in life.  Heck, she didn't make it out of her teens.

I'm quite sure it was known back then that smoking was unhealthy. Alexandra once stated that nicotine is noxious. Maybe they didn't know which diseases are caused by smoking, like cancer or whatsoever.

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Nicholas II / Re: Did N smoke ?
« on: March 22, 2011, 05:26:34 PM »
I read that in the book "Alexei - The Son of the last Tsar" by Elisabeth Heresch. The incident took place when Alexandra got cigarette smoke in her face whereupon she said something like: "Nicotine is poisonous. You should stop smoking." Her neighbour replied: " Your Majesty, I have been smoking for more than 70 years now and it has not caused any harm to me yet." Sorry, I can't remember exactly ;-)

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Nicholas II / Re: Did N smoke ?
« on: March 21, 2011, 07:20:32 PM »
Alexandra herself once stated that nicotine is very harmful. So I think they knew that smoking was somehow bad for their health. Maybe they just didn't know that smoking can cause cancer and/or other serious diseases.

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Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Aleksei's Formal pictures
« on: March 12, 2011, 03:09:17 PM »
You could be right but I still think it is possible that it was a relative in Hesse. The fact that it was written in German indicates that it was not a Russian. But the word "our" indicates for me that the writer must have been somehow associated with the IF. But that's anyone's guess of course. 

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The Myth and Legends of Survivors / Re: New One
« on: March 11, 2011, 06:02:28 AM »
I am glad that we know better!

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Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Aleksei's Formal pictures
« on: March 11, 2011, 05:58:48 AM »
"Alexej" is the correct spelling in German, so it is not entirely impossible that one of the IF wrote it. But I also think that this is very unlikely. Maybe the photo once belonged to one of Alexandra's relatives in Hesse.

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