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Offline s.v.markov

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Just a little game....
« on: April 04, 2006, 03:28:00 PM »
One of my old students and I have developed a novel way of apologising for not contacting each other as regularly as we ought, by saying that we have been in Russia taking part in events there during the reign of N & A (Yes, I know, completely silly, but fun!). The only rule is that the accounts have to be accurate apart from one deliberate error, which the other person has to spot. This has been going on for three years now, but here is an extract from the last message I received :
'As usual, I have to apologise to you, esteemed tutor, for failing to write for such a long time, but you see I was invited to Livadia for two weeks leading up to the ball to celebrate the sixteenth birthday of Olga Nicolaievna, and of course I had to go. It is wonderful there and everything was so perfect ~ the climate was just right and the new palace has to be seen to be believed. Olga herself met me when I arrived. I hadn't seen her since we met on the Isle of Wight when the Imperial Family came to see their English relations. We had plenty to talk about, and I was thrilled to see her sisters and brother again too. We spent most of the days outside, playing tennis, reading, just relaxing, and we even went shopping in Yalta several times with only one lady-in-waiting. The Ball itself was a splendid occasion. Everyone had presents for Olga. Her necklace (a gift from her parents) was made of 32 jewels, one for each of her name days and birthdays since she had been born. Her hair was up for the first time. Her dress was long and flowing, in the most delicate shade of blue imaginable. She danced nearly every dance with a different young officer, and as the night progressed, everyone agreed she was the perfect Grand Duchess. I shall never forget that night.....'

And the deliberate mistake is.............???

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2006, 04:44:52 PM »
Olga wore a pink dress to the ball, not a flowing blue one. Is that the mistake? ;)


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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2006, 09:12:02 PM »
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Olga wore a pink dress to the ball, not a flowing blue one. Is that the mistake? ;)
That had better be the answer, or I'm going to sprain my brain trying to find it.

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2006, 03:02:39 AM »
PM's sent to Bella Regina and Ivan Komarov with answer.  (svm)

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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2006, 04:22:21 AM »
'I apoligise for not writing for such a long time, but I have been caught up with joy. RUSSIA HAS A TSESAREVICH, AT LAST! the bells finally rang over 101 times. The Tsaritsa has been delivered of a boy! They have named him Aleksandr, for his grandfather and great-grandfather. Nikolai and Aleksandra look so proud! Little Aleksandr Nikolaevich has a head full of curls, and blue eyes. I will never, ever forget that day!"

From your Student, blah blah blah, 1904.



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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2006, 09:39:49 AM »
That's a good one! Who will be first to spot the deliberate mistake? If it's you, don't forget to continue the thread by posting another piece of Romanov interest, containing a deliberate error.....

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2006, 05:17:37 PM »
The bells rang 300 times, not 101.

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2006, 05:29:31 PM »
let's just say that there are two mistakes, ritka's is one of them...


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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2006, 05:53:59 PM »
Oh! I missed the other one after I saw the first. It's Alexei not Alexandr.

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2006, 02:11:32 AM »
*ding* Correct! 100 points to Ritka, lol.


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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2006, 07:33:50 AM »
...I think that means it's Ritka's turn to post a piece now....

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2006, 08:26:25 AM »
Surely. (I really really like this game!)

"Sorry for not writing for the summer. I accompanied the Imperial Family on their yacht, the Standart. They love their yacht and it's really the place where they can be themselves, other than Livadia. Alexei wears a sailor's hat with the name of the yacht in English on it, and the four girls all had summer romances with the ship's officers which the Tsar and Empress enjoyed teasing them over."

There are two mistakes. ;)

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2006, 10:14:10 AM »
OOooh!

I think I know one.  The word on Alexei's hat is always in Russian, so the bit about it being in English must be wrong.

Now, the second mistake is either that the word on Alexei's hat isn't the name of the yacht, or that the girls didn't all have summer romances.

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2006, 11:21:31 AM »
It is the Standart in Russian. And the other one is true also- Anastasia never really had much of a romance.

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2006, 12:00:47 PM »
Woo! I got them both right. :)

And I never knew that's what Alexei's hat said.  You learn something new every day.

Ok, now I'm going to have to think up something....

'Again, my dear tutor, I have to apologise for not writing sooner, but I have been quite caught up with all the excitement here over the bicentenary of the Romanov's rule; three hundred years! I was very lucky to receive an invitation to the opera on the second evening of the celebrations, which was attended by the Imperial Family.  I saw all of the pretty Grand Duchesses and I am quite sure that Grand Duchess Tatiana waved at me.  I then travelled to Moscow to see the closing celebrations and managed to secure a place at the front of a crowd.  I saw the family walk right past me, even the young Heir, who walked beside his father.'

There should be three mistakes there! Extra tricky!

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