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Forum Announcements /  Tsunami Disaster 26-12-04 anniversay
« on: December 26, 2005, 05:41:06 PM »
     Today is the anniversary of one of the greatest calamities in human history,on this day a year ago a huge earthquake created a lethal tsunami that killed 215,000 people in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka,Bangladesh, Myanmar and Malaysia.Thousands were left homeless and communities wiped out, the recovery will take years.The distribution of aid is continuing from around the world. Today, please, pause for a minute or so to remember :(

Forum Announcements /  November 22
« on: November 22, 2005, 06:55:57 AM »
         U.S. President  John F Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, 42 years ago.   I believe that the vision of JFK lives on in his words and that many people today still find in them an expression of their own hopes and dreams. Regards  I. Opal  

The Alexander Palace / Exteriors of Alexander Palace
« on: June 12, 2005, 04:16:07 PM »
Hi everyone,just curious about the statues in front of the courtyard - near the colonnade of corinthian columns - their history,were they removed before the german occupation in 1941,one statue looks like a Atlas figure.Thanks,Stephen ;)

The Alexander Palace / Photo of Alexander palace-1921
« on: June 10, 2005, 01:16:38 PM »
Recently I was reading a book on W.W I. and there was a chapter on Russia post revolution, In 1921 there was another horrific food famine in the country. To help the population survive the american public provided donations to buy food under the President Hoovers administration, anyway they must have got permission fron Lenin to use the Alexander Palace  to organise the food relief there,the caption under the photo states that every day 2000 children were fed there,the photo shows the front of the Palace surrounded by hundreds of children, apparently Lenin turned a blind eye on the war between capitalisam and communisn to let the americans provide food relief throughout Russia to save many lives. Anyone know where to find more information and photos during this period,more photos of the Alexander Palace might be there,Regards Stephen ;)

Hi there,not sure if anyone has discussed the soundtrack recording of Nicholas and Alexandra, I purchased the LP in the late 70.s $60.00 aussie dollars.The music was composed by Richard Rodney Bennett and the score for the movie was influenced by Russian music of the late 19th century and by Russian folk songs.Still waiting for it to released on CD, also there are 22 tracks on the recording, I like the overture, sunshine days and the declaration of war.Regards, Steve ;)

Good day,everyone, can some one tell me what is the Imperial Russian medal equivalent to the British Victoria Cross,I recently saw a news item on BBC news that the captured Crimean cannon from which the Victoria Cross is minted from is in short supply.Regards Steve.

Forum Announcements / 25th APRIL
« on: April 24, 2005, 06:36:49 AM »
ANZAC DAY IN AUSTRALIA  AND NEW ZEALAND                                                                                    ''THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD.AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN.AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN,AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.LEST WE FORGET.                                                                                         REGARDS.STEVE FROM SYDNEY,AUSTRALIA

A few weeks ago I saw a series on the History Channel down under called Days That Shook The World ,each hour episode has two different stories,the episode I saw was about the last days and assassination of the family,worth having a look.Regards Steve.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / TSAR, by Peter Kurth
« on: April 22, 2005, 02:36:44 PM »
 :)This excellent book is about the lost world of Nicholas and Alexandra and contains many colour photographs of the Alexander Palace,published in 1995.worth buying for your library.Regards,Steve. :)

    I am interested to find out if the Romanovs Cossack body guards were like the gallant Swiss soldiers who tried to defend the Tuileries Palace in 1792 during the French Revolution and were massacred in their attempt to save the french monarchy.Were the cossack units employed like the swiss guard for their loyalty and during the revolution under the circumstances they faced did they desert the Tsar and his family in 1917.Regards.Steve.

Knight without Armour stars Marlene Dietrich and Robert Donat and is set in Imperial Russia.In Australia it is only available on VHS.Anyone know if it is on DVD. Marlene plays a widowed russian countess,the movie has some splendid scenes and a first class thriller,and directed by Alexander Korda,  a 1930's classic, has anyone seen it.Regards.Steve.

Good day,every first question on the forum.My interest is the Russian Imperial uniforms and helmets of the Chevalier Guardes portrayed in the film Nicholas and Alexandra 1971. I found a book- Military Fashion by John Mollo in the eighties which has photos of helmets,uniforms ect.Also he was the military advisor on the film. I would appreciate any assistance on the subject.Thanking you.Stephen,Sydney.Australia.

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