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The Imperial Family / Re: OTMA - smoking and make up ?
« on: November 22, 2008, 05:00:18 AM »
No one has said yet what drug Alix used........

The Imperial Family / Re: OTMA - smoking and make up ?
« on: November 20, 2008, 12:43:21 AM »
What drugs did Alix and Nicky use?

Thanks Sarushka.  That looks like great fun.

What is Olga talking about when she says they did "giant-strides"?  It is something that they did when they went ashore during the Standardt cruise.  So far I am struck by the simplicity of her and her sisters' lives.  Their idea of fun was to go for long walks, pick flowers, just sit and talk, maybe play tennis.........oh, and walk on stilts and do "giant-strides"!  I can't imagine young people of today, royal or not, being so tame.  It makes me nostalgic.

I received my copy a few days ago and have a hard time putting it down.  New question..........why does Olga put a person's name at the beginning of some of the entries?  The name is usually right before the date.

May I ask how long it took for you to get your copy?  I am still waiting on mine.......and so impatiently!!!! 

It is fair to say that, had not the war and revolution happened, Olga would have had a very pleasing and fulfilling life in spite of any social isolation that did or did not happen.  None of us know what life has in store for us and the fact that she thoroughly enjoyed the "good years" is gratifying to all of us.  BUT.....the fact that she and all of her sisters and brother handled themselves admirably through all of the hardships of the years 1914-18 speaks far more volumes.  The war years and their exile would have destroyed most "immature" people.......but they all measured up and met their fates with acceptance, faith, and a collective strength that I am sure we all wish we had.

I agree with rodney, raegan.  I ordered olga's diary a few days ago and I will buy all of the others as they come into print also.  Your hard work is greatly appreciated.

Imperial Russian History / Nicholas on the Balcony - Declaration of War
« on: October 21, 2008, 01:43:17 AM »
In the movie, Nicholas and Alexandra, when Nicholas gives his speech from the balcony of the palace to the troops being sent off to the war, it shows that the whole family was on the balcony with him.  But in most pictures, I see only him with Alexandra in the background behind him.  Exactly who all were present on that balcony when he gave the speech?  Did the others come out to join him after he spoke.....or was it just him?

Imperial Transportation / railroad construction
« on: September 28, 2008, 08:39:46 PM »
I guess this is the right topic for this question.....and, if it has been asked and explained before, forgive me but I did not see it.   My question is about the specifications for the construction of the Russian railway.  Why did they not make the size of the rails compatible with the rails in the rest of Europe......such as Germany.  The fact that the two countries had different size rails was an enormous drawback in war time as well as peace time.  If the Russsian army had been successful in penetrating deeply into Germany or any other part of the war would have been difficult to transport soldiers as well as supplies beyond their own borders.  What were they thinking?

I suppose another way of knowing if any of them wore glasses would be to find out if any spectacles or spectacle cases were found amongst the belongings of the imperial family at the ipatiev house after their execution.

i\I wonder who of NAOTMAA wore glasses in private?

Something has lately caught my attention......and that is the fact that you never see anyone wearing glasses in the pictures of that we see of the imperial family or even the general public of this time.  Did everyone have perfect eyesight in the imperial family?

Having Fun! / How well they would have aged.......
« on: July 07, 2008, 07:28:10 PM »
Has anyone here ever wondered what the Olga, Tatiana, Marie, Anastasia, and Alexei would have looked like as old people?  I find the thought fascinating.  Anyone else have any thoughts on this?

Their World and Culture / Re: Resteth With the Saints
« on: April 04, 2008, 10:07:52 PM »
thank you azarias.....i did not realize that this was in the mass that day by mistake........or maybe i did but just had forgotten.  it is very ironic that it happened so shortly before their executions.  it is these kind of things that make the story of the romanovs so intriguing and so very sad.  also so sad that the imperial children, all in the "springtime" of their lives chronologically speaking, could not be carefree youths looking to the future but instead were faced with realizing that life could be over for them.  again....thanks for the info.

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