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Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga & Bi polar
« on: November 04, 2007, 08:41:27 AM »
I myself have scoliosis and had two major depression (the one had nothing to do with the other). I don't think you can call scoliosis a desease, it's more a condition; it's a deformation of your spine and causes a lot of back pain. Standing up for more than an hour is realy painfull, so I can imagine what Anastasia went through (considering all those ceremonies).
I am 23 now (the age Olga was when murdered). As for bi-polar, there have to be periods of extreme happiness following periods of extreme depression. I don't think Olga had bipolar disorder, just depression. Or does anyone know of her having manic periods? Being the oldest and brightest of her siblings, one can understand why she was more vulnerable for depression. The moods I can understand, I myself went through them. Being depressed you try to hide it from your family and the people close to you, so not to cause them more pain (and Olga's parents had enough of their own problems with the war, the hospital, Alexey,...) So the best thing you can do is to put on a happy face, but that doesn't realy work when you're actualy dying fom the inside, so you make a bigger efford. But it never works, cause you still feel awfull. To the outside world it looks like you have moodswings, but you're just trying to live trough the day and to please the people you love. The worst thing about depression is that you feel guilty you are depressed. And when you think about Olga who spend whole days with realy sick, invalid soldiers, her guilt must have been immense. Here were lying hundreds of brave young man, in great pain, and you are young, have everything and still feel so terrible. The feeling of guilt eats you up from the inside. No wonder Olga had a nervous breakdown.
It's realy hard to explain what I'm trying to say (it's always hard to put in words what you feel) but I hope some of you do understand what I'm trying to say.

Imperial Russian History / Re: Russian money system
« on: October 30, 2007, 06:52:44 AM »
Thank you very much for the information, it was realy interesting to read. In the text you mention different kinds of paper bills. It waw nice to see I have some of them.  I also found out that my 100 ruble-bill differs from the 1902 kind. Mine is from 1910 and with a pinkish tint and on the back a portrait of Elisabeth II (the 1902 bill had a portrait of Catharine II)



Russian Noble Families / Re: Princes Volkonsky
« on: October 29, 2007, 02:30:57 PM »
I've also read about her in Orlando Figes' "Natasha's dance". A couple of extracts from her letters are being used in the book, there is also a picture of her in there (being very ill with consumption). I thought her a very strong woman.

Imperial Russian History / Re: Russian money system
« on: October 29, 2007, 02:23:36 PM »
I've got some Russian money I bought over the summer on an antique market in Warsaw, Poland. The coins go back to 1824, the bills only to 1899. Does anyone know the worth of money, say around 1900. How maney rubles did a bread cost? If I have a bill of 100 ruble from 1910, living back then, what could I have bought with it? Was it a lot (I think so but don't know).
Where can I find information about the worth of money in late tsarist Russia? Can anyone help me?


Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Question About/Need Help With Picture(s)
« on: August 31, 2007, 09:08:39 AM »
Hi, could someone place and date a photo for me. I'm drawing it now, and don't know when it was taking.
It's the one where Tatiana and Olga are sitting on a balcony having lessons with Gilliard. There is a mountainrange to be seen in the background.
I think it was taken at Livadia, but am not sure.

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Remains of Maria
« on: August 31, 2007, 08:40:44 AM »
The first time I opened "Tsar: the lost world of Nicolas and Alexandra" and came to the photo with the three skulls (Alexandra and two of her daughters)  immediately recognized Olga. It was like getting hit to the head with something: I just knew it was Olga. As for Anastasia or Maria, I never saw it clearly. It could have been Anastasia concidering the fact that Yurovsky wrote that they've burned Demidova instead of one of the girls (and according to his testemonies Anastasia and Demidova were standing together in the basement when teh shooting appeared, Maria standing further away from them).
The weird thing is, I always "felt" if Maria was the last one of the girls who died, being so far of the rest that night; Olga and Tatiana were holding eachother and screeming, and Anastasia and Demidova were together, Demidova fainting and waking up after the shooting. I just have this feeling they shooters didn't pay so much attention to (the killing of) Maria, being so busy with the others.

« on: August 25, 2007, 01:34:53 PM »
There was an item today on the Belgian national news (VRT nieuws).

Yes, I saw it too. A couple of minutes later it also apeared on the Belgian Wallon news (RTL TVI). Although I have to admit the one on the wallon news was better: more information instead of fragments of the Romanov home movies as on the flemish news.

« on: August 25, 2007, 06:36:08 AM »
John Kendrick among others will obviously never admit to being wrong about his little fantasy Alexei survived story.

There are still people who believe there never was a holocaust, so I don't think if the bones would proof to be Alexey's and Mia's he would stop believing someone survived.

I'm sorry, I maent the collar bone stops it's ossification at the age of 21, not growth.

As for accuracy I prefer thee BBC too.
As for the age of Alexey, with only 40 bones (shared with his sister) I don't believe they were looking for height. I thought regarding to age, you have to look at the pelvis, and also to a bone near the shoulder, I think the collar bone, but am not sure. According to wikipedia, it stops growing at te age of 21.
Maybe  that's how they've mesured the age of the bones.

Maybe that explains why whole parts of the bodies are missing

The most curious part for me was the fact that they've found so little bones, not only now with the two new bodeis, but also when the've exhevated the rest of the family.
What happend to the rest of the bones? Where they removed? Did they vanish?

Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas II's Favorite Things
« on: August 14, 2007, 09:41:16 AM »
As a tsarevits, Nicky was taught to paint by someone named Kyril Vikentevich Lemokh (1841-1910). Lemokh seemed to be the keeper of the art department of the Russian Museum of Emperor Alexander III from 1897 to 1910 (according to N&A:the last imperial family of tsarist russia).
Lemokh himself was a great romantist painter.

Nicholas II / Re: Telegram from Nikolai to Albert I
« on: August 14, 2007, 09:37:01 AM »
I remember reading in a letter from N to A that in februari 1917 N & A received some decorations from Albert I and N asked A to send Albert a cross.

The Russian Revolution / Re: Communist people we like
« on: June 24, 2007, 08:44:24 AM »
I believe there is a difference between finding someone interesting and liking someone.
There are a lot of people that I find interesting, but that doesn't meen I like them, like Wittgenstein.

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