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This is an excellent movie, I think.  Not all historically accurate, but good.  I ran the website for Laurie Holden (who played Princess Ekaterina Dashkova) for about five years and have been in contact with her sporadically since I was about 13.  Random factoid there. ;)

May 6/18 1868 is the correct date; when 1900 started I believe the span of days between the two calendars went up a day from 12 to 13.

Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Paul Voronov, Standart Officer
« on: July 12, 2004, 12:49:00 PM »

An...interesting looking fellow to be sure!

As a figure skater myself, I think that program is quite amazing yet not so good as his 2003 long program that was a tribute to St. Petersburg!

*mwah to Angie too*

Well, Alix was a possessive mother, alas.  She thought she was doing good when she was in fact harming those poor children in being alone and neglected in a sense; I'm glad Gavin caught that.  But it's avery well written book, I think, although the two plots (with Joe Calvert, Richard Allen, etc) and then Olga and the Imperial Family etc are irritating.  I'd much rather cut out Calvert etc!

The Alexander Palace / Re: "At Home with the Last Czar" exhibit
« on: July 09, 2004, 02:09:22 AM »
The notes were printed--they did not look like they were written 1914 to me, the writing looked rather childish--and one note was a cartoon of some dignitary-esque people in uniform (I think Olga drew it).  She pointed at a bald man's head with an arrow and wrote something there.  I only recognized one word in a note from Tatiana--love--so I have NO idea what it was about.  I assumed making fun of people!

I think it's a very good, well-written book, although the comments about Alexandra envying Olga's appearance were really stupid.

The Final Chapter / Re: Photos at Ipatyev House?
« on: July 08, 2004, 01:53:42 PM »
That was taken on the steamer Rus, yup. :)

Bah, I want to buy this, but I only want the article on Olga Nikolaevna!  I'm not willig to spend $20 on a book I only want 30 or so pages from... pfooey.

Sunset wasn't worth it for me... but I paid about $90 for it!

Letter from Tatiana to Nicholas, 10 Oct 1915: "Anastasia is sitting beside me in the room and playing the balalaika."

Letter from Anastasia to Nicholas, 3 Oct 1915: "Tell Aleksey that I play the balalaika as well as the sisters." -- Sisters as in the other girls, I suppose?  So maybe each of the girls played the balalaika, with differing success (sort of like the piano as well?)..

Imperial Claimants Post Here / Re: For Serious Claimants, Please
« on: June 29, 2004, 01:57:59 PM »
The children had the measles following a little party given for various youngsters Alexei's age in February 1917 I believe; one of them had the measles, I guess, and they ended up all coming down with it.  The medicine made their hair fall out (I think) so their heads were shaved.  

Here's a little tidbit I found in one of my books, The Last Tsar and Tsarina by Virginia Cowles: ... that it terrified her to think 'that the time was drawing near when I shall have to part with my daughters.  I could desire nothing better than that they should remain in Russia after their marriage.  But I have four daughters and this is impossible.'  Then the book says Alexandra felt it her duty 'to leave my daughters free to marry according to their inclination'.  To me that sounds like it sort of cancels out what was said before about having four daughters, it'd be impossible to keep them in Russia, blah blah, but wanting them to marry to their own inclination...  All from pg 141 of this book.

It makes me think that they probably would have been married off to foreign princes, etc., but not without love or affection I think--they had seen their mother and father's example.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Armed
« on: June 23, 2004, 07:33:11 PM »
Oh, wow, I didn't even notice anything was there hiding amongst her sweater (not the blanket..!).  I don't know if it's a gun.  Maybe it is, but why would she carry one around at Mogilev?  Hmm.  Looks like it could also be one of those cigarette cases to me.  And it's nice to see you around, Alia! :D

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Pictures of Tatiana I
« on: June 22, 2004, 01:48:52 PM »
Oh, thank you!  ;D

The hair remained long, actually (except in Tatiana's case) -- they would just pile it up!  Having your hair up was done at 16 and over so you were now a 'lady'.

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