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Having Fun! / Re: Whom would you cast for an "Ella" movie
« on: January 30, 2018, 04:19:02 AM »
To my eyes, Ilze Liepa looks a pretty good likeness for Ella, but she will need to leave off all the make-up to do the part properly.

She has brown eyes, however, and I have a suspicion that Ella's were blue.


Having Fun! / Re: Romanov story
« on: January 26, 2018, 06:07:05 AM »
To add to what I said earlier, the way people cope with practical issues in a crisis says a lot about their character.

Here you have three young girls who have led very sheltered lives, and have now just escaped from a massacre. This is a classic situation where people's true nature will come through. Do they have the inherent capability to rise above everything, and grow as people, or not?

I've just been thinking that this is probably the first time in the girls' lives that they have spent more than a few hours away from their parents. Now they are having to make decisions and take charge of things themselves - or are they just going to leave everything to Dimitri and Ivan?

James is right that getting arrows out is difficult, as they normally have barbed heads. If you want to make it straightforward, have to go right through Tatiana's leg, so that all that needs doing is to cut the head off and then pull the shaft out backwards. If the head is embedded, then things become much more complicated. Three possibilities:
a) If possible, push the head right through, or cut a channel to push it through, then cut it off and pull the shaft out backwards;
b) Cut away enough flesh around the head to release the barbs and then pull it out backwards
c) An instrument was developed in medieval times, I think, for getting arrows out. Essentially it was shaped like a pair of spoons. The surgeon needed to cut away enough flesh to get the spoons over the barbs, and could then pull the arrow out without doing further damage.

A bullet is more likely in this scenario, and with any luck, at the sort of range we're talking about it would go right through.

James is very well-informed and always makes sensible suggestions..


Having Fun! / Re: Romanov story
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:40:47 AM »
Clearly I write and think differently from you! I like my fiction to be planted in reality.

I would add that I am not alone. If you read the comments on Tim M's 'Operation Rod of Iron, you will see that the discussion is nearly all about practical issues - currently whether the assassins would be able to find a working telephone box in Perm during the Russian Civil War.


The Imperial Family / Re: Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovitch
« on: January 24, 2018, 11:13:11 AM »
He does look quite remarkably like Sergei Alexandrovich!

I wonder whether Sergei was godfather to Sergei Belevsky.


Having Fun! / Re: Romanov story
« on: January 24, 2018, 11:10:42 AM »
I know perfectly well that coke was not widely available then - certainly not in Siberia.

But we are dealing here with a small group of young people on the run, with not much of anything, so my immediate thought is, inevitably, 'where do they get X?' Besides, the books I really like tend to explain how the characters do things or get hold of things. So, how about:

Tatiana: 'We really need some surgical spirit, but there isn't any.'
Dimitri: 'I've still got some vodka in my hip flask. Is that any good?'
Tatiana: 'Perfect!'


Plenty of churches on the Nijmegen route. In fact, there is one hard by the finish.


Having Fun! / Re: Romanov story
« on: January 24, 2018, 03:15:22 AM »
Good stuff! But a practical point, where did they get the vodka?


The Imperial Family / Re: Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovitch
« on: January 24, 2018, 03:12:02 AM »
Alexei Belevsky sounds an interesting fellow.

I know he died in the Gulag, but does anyone know what happened to his wife and children?


The Imperial Family / Re: Imp. Family/Romanov's Family's Pets Links List
« on: January 23, 2018, 06:13:09 AM »
Whichever dog it was in all these pictures, Sergei was certainly very devoted to it.

He can't have been such a bad chap!


The Imperial Family / Re: Imp. Family/Romanov's Family's Pets Links List
« on: January 23, 2018, 02:05:22 AM »
All this shows a different side to Sergei!

Looks like a nice friendly dog with favourite snoozing spots!


Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: January 23, 2018, 02:02:09 AM »
Once more, James makes important points.

In Britain, domestic electricity only spread quite slowly, even in towns. I remember my father telling me that his parents' house, in what was then a pleasant part of Liverpool, didn't have electricity until the 1950s. There was also a scheme during the bitter winter of 1947, when it became extremely difficult to move coal to power stations,  to provide power to coastal towns by using submarines. Non-nuclear submarines, of course, use their diesel engines to charge the batteries used when submerged. It was calculated that connecting up two submarines to the local electricity supply would provide enough power for a town of 20,000.


Having Fun! / Re: Operation Rod of Iron: AU fic
« on: January 22, 2018, 05:33:44 AM »
A perfect example!

During WW2, the BBC broadcasts to the Occupied Countries included a series of short messages just before the Nine O'Clock News. These were sentences such as 'The black cat is in the garden,' and had a specific meaning for particular resistance groups.

My late father used to say that in August 1944 the BBC used to play the Chopin Polonaise in A Major every night as long as the Polish Home Army held out in Warsaw, and then one night they didn't.... He was 16 on 23 August and remembered it very well.


I shall be walking the Nijmegen Marches. Perhaps I should nip into a church for a quick prayer!


Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books 2018
« on: January 22, 2018, 05:07:45 AM »
I looked for Coryne Hall's book on Amazon UK, but it's not available yet.


Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books 2018
« on: January 20, 2018, 02:55:58 AM »
This looks good!

I would say that the Kaiser did do enough. He offered asylum, but at a time when Russia and Germany at war the Romanovs would not have accepted it.

There were major practical issues for George V, given the difficulty of getting the Romanovs to Britain in time  of war, but Denmark and Norway were both neutral and much closer.


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