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The Final Chapter / Re: Alexis reaction...
« on: February 14, 2006, 12:13:31 PM »
Hi Joy ;

I have read  [somewhere on the A.P. discuss. forum] that a FEW of the assassans/shooters [in REAL life] had so much remorse for what they had done that they took their own lives.   May I add that I recently finished reading "The Kitchen Boy" and if I may paraphrase the kitchenboy himself--Leonka--he said something like this :  "Now, I  wish that someone would come and blow MY brains out, for I can no longer stand that constant image of their deaths in my mind anymore."     I imagine that the assassins also could not get the sounds of the screams and death-throes out of their ears either.   Oh yes---trust me, they couldn't!


I would never condone suicide--Never!  
However, I can REALLY understand WHY one would want the IMAGES to stop and the SOUNDS to cease!
I have even smelled death--and it is something that is hard to get out of your memory.





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The Final Chapter / Re: Alexis reaction...
« on: February 14, 2006, 09:13:12 AM »
Dear Joy 0318 ;

Maj. Jesse Carnes (nee, Cairns) here.
I obviously am a man and I must confess that after reading
about the murder scene, and the quotes that Aleksey made
about wanting to die--thus noting his intuitive nature, in addition to statements regarding Olga's intuitive side , this whole affair reduces me to tears.   UTTERLY!!

Aleksey would have been the playmate that I would have loved as a boy and he would have been the son I would have longed to have had as a grown man.
I am at a loss how a Malignant Morass of Maniacal Malevolence--or as I call them,  the  "Bolshevekii Monstrii" could do what they did to Aleksey, his sweet sisters and their parents and aids.   It utterly devestates me--i do not think that I ever be the same person ever again! I mean this!!!

:'(   :'(   :'(       -jesse

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Having Fun! / Re: Anastasia's poetry or prose translated?
« on: February 03, 2006, 09:41:08 AM »
Oy, Imperial Angel ;

I just ordered a copy of John Courteney Trewin's "the House of Special Purpose"  as a result of your kind
reference.   I got it for $3.75 in good condition and it's hardback.  Not shabby for  $3.75    YAY!!

---jesse






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Having Fun! / Re: Anastasia's poetry or prose translated?
« on: February 03, 2006, 08:47:37 AM »
Hi Imperial Angel ;

You kindly mentioned the tome entitled,  "The House of Special Purpose."  Do you happen to mean the 2004 publication by Onyx Press which is authored by Christopher Hyde . . .  or would you mean the 1982 publication by John Courtenay Trewin [published by Stein & Day]?

Both concern the Romanovs but the former is novelized fiction and the latter is the collated memoirs of Charles Gibbes (English tutor to OTMA).

warmly ;

--Jesse
"A superb piano performance is always a key issue."
PS :I have been working with books for the past 18 years, and if anyone out there on the Alex Pal.- discuss forum is wanting to find a rare or out-of-print tome on the Romanovs, please talk to me and I will be glad to see if a copy can be located.  











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Having Fun! / Re: Anastasia's poetry or prose translated?
« on: February 02, 2006, 01:52:06 PM »
Hi Imperial angel ;

No I have not that summary of that poem.
Thanx for the kind reference.

--jesse

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May I add that the URL which I had listed ALSO states that THEIR renderings are digital colour copies.

For the record, Sergei Gorskii used a true 3-colour process analogous  to that of Disney in 1939/40.   All the fotos are and were in colour as they were made in 1910-1915.  And to boot, the colour has not faded to any virtural extent.






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Major Jesse Carnes here.

Can I assume that everyone here is aware that Nicky had commissioned a  genius photographer : Sergei  Prokudin-Gorskii, to  take snapshots of Russia between 1910 and 1915?  If you are unfamiliar with his shots of Russia, your eyes will not believe what they see! TRUE colour fotos that were NOT hand tinted.  Doubt it?

SEE :  http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/architecture.html

Click especially on View of the Nilova Monastery foto.    That foto is as good as any I have seen at the present.

---Jesse
PS :  the only FAUX PAS committed by the Tsar is that he failed to have Sergei snap his family's  photograph as a group and also individually.    A real mistake.









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Having Fun! / Anastasia's poetry or prose translated?
« on: February 01, 2006, 01:22:18 PM »
I might have overlooked a thread about Anastasia's prose or poetry, but has anyone ever translated Anya's poetry or prose?  i have a piece of her art & poetry and would like to know what it says.   Yes, I could try to translate the cursive Cyrillic but would still lose the oft humourous connotations for which her mind was legendary.

---Major Jesse Carnes



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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: January 29, 2006, 07:20:01 PM »
Dear Laura and Grace ;

If there were one foto that I would want to put on my work computer as "wallpaper" it would be the one of Alexei in his STANDARDT hat, and pouring water out of a teapot . . . the frontispiece foto of N & A: the Family Albums.   By the way, what sort of pencils, or other medium did Anastasia use to colour fotos??

--Jesse
PS :  Just a bit off-topic,  I am a musician of multiple instruments, and because of my Romanov research, I am now interested in the Balalaika.   I find the tone fascinating and moving.   When I hear such things, I can almost imaging myself walking through their wool-carpeted rooms, being able to smell the "home" scent that the Imperial Family held at the Alex Palace  [every family has a "scent" you know].









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Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei playing the balalaika
« on: January 27, 2006, 07:55:40 PM »
Oy, RussiaSunbeam1918  ;

THANX for your kind help.  As they say in Britain, your
a brick!  I would LOVE to see an Alexei-balalaika foto.

--jesse
(brick= dependable and helpful sort of person)


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Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Alexei playing the balalaika
« on: January 27, 2006, 12:15:19 PM »
VERY kind of you,, Imperial Angel and also Jelisaveta.
NOW i am interested in playing the balalaika.   One can
get inexpensive ones in Russia, but I am not sure if
they are viable musical instruments.

cheers now, me hearites . . .

--Jesse




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Having Fun! / My Alexei Poem
« on: January 27, 2006, 11:09:40 AM »
Hi everyone ;

Here is a poem which I found--an ode to Alexei.  I copied
and pasted it.  It is anonymous.

---Jesse



His was the clearest day, and his was the rain.

Bubbling, fresh, and vibrant with youthful joy ;

This blue-eyed lad oft grimaced with pain,

Possessed of a secret far too big for such a boy.




None could resist his fine enchanting smile—

Who could but love him for his impish mirth?

His light was with us, but just for awhile,

And who foresaw the end from his birth?




No sailor ever wore a nicer, nor finer bezkozirka,

Which bore in gold threads the ship STANDARDT

This mid-shipman—a true sailer and soldier by birth,

Won our love and then stole our hearts!




The strains of his balalaika can still be heard,

In rooms long empty at his royal Tsarskoe-selo.

Listen to the notes, and hear his words,

See his smile as he sings, lo, years ago.




Erect and straight in his Cossack uniform,

His playtime armies were just fun and pretend ;

Kind, compassionate, and yet a bit forlorn,

This boy stood taller than legends and men!





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Having Fun! / Re: poem for Olga Nicholaievna
« on: January 27, 2006, 09:13:06 AM »
Hi ;

Maj. Jesse Carnes here.
I found an Acrostic poem concerning OTMA and i wanted
to post it, but I am not sure where to post it.  IF I am in the wrong place, to add this acrostic, please re-direct me and I will RE-Post it.    My deepest apologies to the Forum, due that it was in all-caps.    ---j


NOTE :  I have removed the acrostic poem to OTMA--I sensed that it did not minister effectively.  Some poems are more poignant than others, and some are even classics.  Such was not this case.

humbly ;

---Jesse




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Having Fun! / Re: Poem For OTMAA
« on: January 27, 2006, 08:31:03 AM »
hi ;

Maj. Jesse Carnes here.
HERE is an Acrostic poem about OTMA, which I have come
across.   If it is in the wrong thread, please RE-direct me, and I will submit it again to the proper thread.  I just couldn't find an OTMA or OTMAA poetry-related thread.
I beg the forgiveness of the forum administrators, as this
thing was written in all caps and I did not have the time
to convert it to munuscule.   My deepest apologies.

____________________

OTMA—A TRIBUTE IN ACROSTIC POETRY



OLGA—THE CLEVER AND GRACEFUL ONE WAS FIRST . . .

TANUSHKA, THE LOVELY AND CONCISE ONE PROVED NEXT ;

MASHKA’S "BLUE SAUCERS" HAD RELENTLESS LOVE THIRST ;

ANYA WAS NEVER SHY—BUT, AN IMP, A WAG AND A VEX.



RUSSIAN ONE—AND—ALL, BUT CULTURE-TIED TO BRITAIN,

ORDINARY, NYET-AN EXCEPTIONAL SIBLING CORPORATION ;

MAIDS DEVOTED, ABOUT WHOSE LOVE MUCH IS WRITTEN,

ALL VICARIOUSLY BORE THE PAIN OF THE 5TH CREATION—

NICKY’S HEIR WHOSE 13-YEAR LIFE PROVED BALE.

OF HIS VISAGE, PROVEN DELICATE AND OFTEN PALE—YET

VOWED FAITH IN CHRIST AND LIFE PAST DEATH’S VALE.


LONGED—YET TO LIVE, LAUGH ; TO LEARN AND JOY . . .

INSTEAD PRIVATIONS, UNCERTAINTIES FEARS AND LOSS ;

VISITED BY MEN, BENT UPON KILLING BOTH KING AND BOY—

EXTINGUISHED WITH THE REST BY THE ANARCHIST’S BOSS,

SINGLED AS SAINTS—KIND, GIVING, LOVING, AND MOY.

! AMEN!

______________

*(MOY = gentle, mild ; SEE the OED)



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Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Alexei playing the balalaika
« on: January 26, 2006, 10:30:24 AM »
This may be the briefest thread to start on this discussion
forum, and if I am repetitive, someone please re-direct me.
But, I know that Alyoshekna was competant at playing the Balalaika.   It is a noted fact, granted, but is there a foto which indicates him at the instrument?

---Jesse
"Tone is the bottom line when it comes to music."

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