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Offline Sarushka

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #45 on: May 01, 2006, 08:39:24 AM »
TB, not leukemia, right?

(This is turning into the Ritka/Sarushka fact match, isn't it??)
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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #46 on: May 01, 2006, 12:08:37 PM »
Yes Sarushka, well done, I didn't see it when I read it for the first time, it was a collect money for tuberculosis  ::).

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #47 on: May 01, 2006, 09:17:09 PM »
Yes it was TB! Your turn Sarushka!

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #48 on: May 09, 2006, 10:04:13 AM »
Since I've been so slow about posting the next installment, and since Ritka & I have basically hogged the last few rounds of this game, I'd be happy to forfeit my turn to anyone else who'd like to join in.
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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #49 on: May 12, 2006, 04:15:44 PM »
Well, seeing as I started this thread, perhaps I should finish it too.......but let's make it a little more interesting this time! The piece which follows was written by the same person who did the very first one. There are LOTS of mistakes! I won't say how many...I spotted loads, and then another very knowledgeable member of this Forum found a few more! What about a small 'Romanov' prize for the person who pm's to me the best version, with all the errors corrected? Details of how to enter at the end. So here we go : ~

"Yet again I have to start by apologising for the long delay in answering your last letter, but I think you will understand when you read on. As you know I have been spending the late summer of 1910 at my Uncle's dacha near Kiev. You can imagine how thrilled we were to find that the Tsar himself was due to come to the city while we were there to unveil a statue of his grandfather Alexander III. We waited for hours in the main street to see the royal carriage go by, and waved our greetings to the Imperial family as they sped past. The second carriage contained the Prime Minister Ivan Stolypin, and some other officials. As the carriages passed, I noticed a dishevelled man next to us shouting something like 'Death is following you', but my uncle pulled us all away and said it was just a local madman. Then came the best surprise of all ~ my Uncle told us he had managed to arrange invitations for all of us to the gala performance at the Mariinsky Theatre in Kiev that evening, when Glazunov's ballet 'Ruslan and Lyudmilla' ~ my all-time favourite ~ would be performed in the presence of the Imperial Family and other important guests. You can imagine how excited we all were as we made our preparations and set off in our carriage for the theatre, and that excitement grew even more as we realised that our box was exactly opposite the royal box! We would have a perfect view of the royal party! The whole audience rose to welcome the Tsar and Tsarina, followed by their four daughters. Only Tsarevich Alexei was missing : he was still recovering from his accident at Spala the previous year. Prime Minister Stolypin and other officials were seated in the front row of the balcony. As the lights went down and the performance began, I raised my opera glasses and took a furtive look at the royal box ~ I was embarrassed to see that one of the Grand Duchesses (Olga, I think) was doing exactly the same and looking directly at me! Quelle surprise! The next hour passed in perfect enchantment as the music and dancing enthralled us all. As the curtain fell to indicate the first interval, we all stood as the Imperial Family prepared to leave their box. The next few moments are engraved on my memory forever. Three loud bangs rang out in quick succession, followed by a moment's stunned silence, and then screams, shouts and utter pandemonium. In the front row of the balcony, a man lay slumped over the rail. It was Prime Minister Stolypin! My Uncle quickly huddled us together and moved us to the back of the box. Before going, I looked across at the royal party. The Tsar stood absolutely still, a horrified look on his face. The Grand Duchesses were sobbing, and being comforted by their ladies-in-waiting. We were hurried out of the theatre and our carriage summoned. It was only later that we learned that Stolypin had died immediately, but his assassin escaped. I did not sleep for many nights after this; all I could think about was the madman who had shouted after him in the street ~ 'Death is following you' . "

How to enter : PM a correct version to me
Deadline : May 31st 2006
Prize : Well, as the scene described so inaccurately above was portrayed  in the movie 'Nicholas and Alexandra' , what about a copy of the full-colour brochure which was brought out to accompany the film 's launch in 1971? If the writer of the winning entry already has it, we'll think of something else!

Good luck, and, above all, have fun!

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #50 on: May 13, 2006, 06:40:53 PM »
The game is ending after this? :(

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #51 on: May 14, 2006, 03:52:58 AM »
No, not necessarily, I just thought it had gone a little quiet recently.........everyone is welcome to post another piece.

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #52 on: May 17, 2006, 03:57:58 AM »
Just bumping this up so people have a chance to see it and enter!

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #53 on: May 29, 2006, 07:50:46 AM »
Two days left.....a few entries so far.......worth a try..........

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #54 on: June 14, 2006, 01:07:22 PM »
Well, there were four replies with corrected versions, and the winner has been informed.....now here is the winning entry :

Yet again I have to start by apologising for the long delay in answering your last letter, but I think you will understand when you read on. As you know I have been spending the late summer of 1911 at my Uncle's dacha near Kiev. You can imagine how thrilled we were to find that the Tsar himself was due to come to the city while we were there to unveil a statue of his father Alexander III.We waited for hours in the main street to see the royal carriage go by, and waved our greetings to the Imperial partry as they sped past. The second carriage contained the Prime Minister, Piotr Stolypin, and some other officials. As the carriages passed, I noticed a dishevelled man standing next to us shouting 'Death is after him! Death is driving behind him!' My Uncle pulled us all away, and told us it was a man called Rasputin. Then came the best surprise of all ~ my Uncle told us he had managed to arrange invitations for all of us to the gala performance at the Kiev Opera House the following evening, when Rimsky Korsakov's opera 'Tsar Sultan' ~ my all-time favourite ~ would be performed in the presence of members of the Imperial Family and other important guests. You can imagine how excited we all were as we made our preparations and set off in our carriage for the theatre, and that excitement grew even more as we realised that our box was exactly opposite the royal box! We would have a perfect view of the royal party! The whole audience rose to welcome the Tsar, followed by his two elder daughters. (Omit the Spala stuff ~ it didn't happen till the next year) Prime Minister Stolypin and the other officials were seated in the first row of the orchestra stalls. As the lights went down and the performance began, I raised my opera glasses and took a furtive look at the royal box ~ I was embarrassed to see that one of the Grand Duchesses (Olga, I think) was doing exactly the same and looking directly at me! Quelle surprise! The next hour passed in perfect enchantment as the music and singing enthralled us all. As the curtain fell to indicate the second intermission, we all stood as the Imperial party prepared to leave their box. The next few moments are engraved in my memory forever. Two loud bangs rang out in quick succession. In the front row of the stalls, a man lay slumped in his seat. It was Prime Minister Stolypin! My Uncle quickly huddled us together and moved us to the back of the box. Before going, I looked across at the royal party. The Tsar stood absolutely still, a horrified look on his face .The two Grand Duchesses were sobbing, and being comforted by their ladies-in-waiting.  While Stolypin was being helped out of the theatre, there was a great noise ~ apparently people were trying to lynch the assassin, but the police intervened and took him away. The theatre filled up again and we all sang the National Anthem before going home. Stolypin died some time later. I did not sleep for many nights after this ; all I could think about was Rasputin, who had shouted after Stolypin in the street : 'Death is after him'.

I am told that Chapter 17 of Massie's 'Nicholas and Alexandra' was a great help in correcting this passage!

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #55 on: June 22, 2006, 02:50:46 PM »
Who was the smarty pants? :D Congrats to whoever it was. Can you tell us?

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Re: Just a little game....
« Reply #56 on: June 24, 2006, 04:51:44 AM »
Well, I haven't had her permission to announce it yet, as she's touring US and Canada on vacation,  but that has probably given it away anyway........She generously declined the prize, so I have put it on 'duplicate books' thread if anyone is interested.