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« Reply #650 on: November 17, 2018, 06:41:16 PM »

Yikes. I meant to write "SELF-serving!" (So sorry. )  As for the spelling of Romanov or Romanoff, czar or tsar, I leave the debate to greater minds than my own.  I always use Romanov, as I have rarely seen the alternative.  As for Tsar/czar -  meh. What do you think? You're the real Russian among us! I do think that the Alexander Palace participants can be quite entertaining, perhaps taking themselves a bit too seriously. Still, the site has been an invaluable resource for me, and for that I am grateful. BTW, my students just watched the Coronation Scene from the  opera
Boris Gudenov. I was amazed at how engaged they were. Some wanted to watch the whole opera! 
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« Reply #651 on: November 19, 2018, 08:19:18 PM »

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Yikes. I meant to write "SELF-serving!" (So sorry. )
Thanks, Buckethead. Your politeness shines. Smiley In cyrillic, "Romanov" is written "Романов". "в" in the end is equal to English "v". But, when we say guy last names which usually end with "в", we de-voice it, as any bright consonants. Perhaps this is why people change "v" to double "f" when dealing with Russian & the like last names. By the same rules, "tsar" is correct. But I'd seen czar used many times in the Internet. I think it's sth. to do with which spelling they're familiar. Smb. in alexander palace said it's easier to type. Speaking of, it's good site, we agree. Cool info in many threads. & can be fun. In fact, in "Having Fun" subboard there's really nice thread with pics about cats. The other favorite - Photoshopped Images. Users create images that look really real. But there's funny images they did like NII with Alix, her "prettier sister" Ella with husband Sergei (AIII's brother) being ABBA:
Sides split about this case - users say Imperial fam should be respected & the others it's OK thing to do if it's in "Having Fun", not the main board. Moderators in alexander palace don't seem to be against it. What do YOU think, Buckethead?
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« Reply #652 on: November 20, 2018, 05:15:58 PM »

Thanks for the info about the spelling of Romanov and czar. I think that I once read that the use of czar in English-speaking countries might have something to do with spelling in other Slavic dialects.  As the theory goes, many more Poles, Czechs, etc. came to said areas., so non-Russian spellings predominated.

I shall have to check out the cats and photoshop fun on the AP website, perhaps this long Thanksgiving weekend. Honestly, unless the latter involves porn or spoofing on the massacre, I can't see how what you describe could be disrespectful. The ABBA thing sounds hilarious! I'd like to think that the Romanoff/vs  had a sense of humor. I get the impression that, while they took their roles seriously, they didn't take themselves so seriously.

By the way, I was telling my principal today about  my SS friend who sets me straight about all things Russian. She was dubious that such conversations would occur on a BB board. Not intellectual enough?  Anyway, thank you for you being you!
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« Reply #653 on: November 21, 2018, 11:20:17 PM »

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Thanks! If you visited Russia, I'd invite you to drink tea with me. I'd make sure it's fresh, not expired.

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Links for you, Buckethead, enjoy!
Photoshop thread: http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=9256.0

(Btw, you say ABBA thing sounds hilarious. You mean you don't see the 'shopped pic? I shared it. But check it here, in the thread, they do look hilarious as ABBA, esp. NII: http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=9256.msg352398#msg352398 )

Cat thread (it began as some guy naming his new cat Tatiana, then everybody else joined to tell about cats/pets): http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=17059.0

Reading Imperial fam's letters & diaries, they def. had sense of humor & could laugh at goofiest pranks/ jokes, even seemingly cool & distant Alix.
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« Reply #654 on: November 23, 2018, 04:04:29 PM »

I'd love a cup with you (and Kitty)!
I did miss the pic you posted of Romanabba. Hilarious!
Agree about the probable Romanov sense of humor. OTMA needed one to have their pic snapped while they had their heads shaved!
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« Reply #655 on: November 25, 2018, 05:56:57 AM »

Check the links, it's fun/ cool threads. French language teacher Pierre Gilliard took many pics with OTMA, including pics you mention (plural pics - there's few different shared in various pic threads in addition to the famous). Btw, the hair began falling *after* they recovered, not like many used to think right when they catch measles. Besides, it isn't just OTMA with cut hair - Alexei too.
I read alexander palace daily - it's YOUR fault, Buckethead. police YOU bit with Romanovs bug. Ha. But seriously, it's cool pastime, to read about this time in history. I dislike the 18-19 century times, Medieval find dullville, ditto mid-late 20 century times. At least by now.
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« Reply #656 on: November 28, 2018, 03:29:13 AM »

Ivan Bunin's short tales collection "Dark Alleys" (literal translation, in English the title, as usual, may be sth. else). This writer, like Chekhov, got accessible style which is appealing. But, thing I like about Chekhov he didn't describe things in extended way; his characters talk plenty. The narration bits bring boredom to this reader. Still nice collection. Will be banal by naming especially "Antonovsky Apples", popular favorite by Bunin appreciators. But the best is Bunin's diary, years 1917-8, with double-side photograph pages depicting his fam house, young Bunin, elder, wife, people he met/ friends with etc. Neat. 2.5/5.
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« Reply #657 on: November 28, 2018, 05:06:54 AM »

Over here the book collection is called " Dark Avenues. "
Not familiar with Bunin. Will check him out as there are numerous books available including the diary you mentioned .
(Also need to check out Chekhov; only familiar with him for The Three Sisters.)
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« Reply #658 on: December 06, 2018, 06:35:44 PM »

I read alexander palace just now & in Olga's thread Olga mentioned to've read & liked Chekhov's short comedy play "The Bear". Says in the letter she's going to negotiate it with fam to set spectacle & she playing the leading lady. Didn't read it yet but here's page in English about it: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bear_(play)

It isn't inclusive as far as info but in Russian page there's tidbit saying Romanovs put the play in Tobolsk 3 May 1918, during *exile* (cool fam!). alexander palace' letter threads back it up. NII in his diary tells about it & that he, Olga & "again Maria" was the cast. Says it went well (curious with who - Bolshevik guards? Servants & butlers? Who's spectators?) but they were little nervous performing it. Anyway, it proves again, to Buckethead especially :D, that they did possess sense of humor just fine.

It's jolly fascinating to read which books they liked, plays they played, what they lived like. F.inst. Anastasia in her letters & diaries thread says she began reading with teacher I. Turgenev's "Hunter's Notebook", says "it's very interesting". Olga stated in some letter that they gathered together to read Chekhov's short tales & they enjoyed & laughed at them. Would even be better if the titles specified but generally she's right, it's funny.
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« Reply #659 on: December 11, 2018, 06:13:25 AM »

Moliere "Le Bourgeois gentilhomme"/ "Burgher at nobility". Reason to read: Anastasia with Maria did short spectacle in French. Put by teacher Mr. Pierre Gilliard. A is Nicole, Mrs. Jourdain's maid, Maria - Mr. Jourdain, the main guy.
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« Reply #660 on: December 11, 2018, 05:48:24 PM »

Have started to read Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy - The Story of Little Women and Why it Still Matters. It's a critically acclaimed book about the first novel I remember reading .
And yes, along with this I will be re-reading Little Women as well.

Am also reading Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Our local paper is serializing it on Sundays this month.
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« Reply #661 on: December 11, 2018, 05:56:50 PM »

I see you write titles in cursive. Before, you didn't. Jus' tiny observation. Anyhoo, who'd written the 1st book mentioned? Can't you cite the author's name? Did you see "Little Women" adaptations? I reviewed 1933, 1949, 1978, 1994 films in Movies.
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« Reply #662 on: December 11, 2018, 09:05:33 PM »

The book about Little Women was written by Anne Boyd Rioux.
I sometimes use italics, or bold, for titles. Depends on my mood.
I've only seen the 1933 version and that was a long time ago. I just assume that the movies won't live up to the book.
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« Reply #663 on: December 17, 2018, 07:04:49 PM »

"Cat's Pajamas", sci-fi short tale collection by Ray Bradbury.
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« Reply #664 on: December 18, 2018, 06:39:30 AM »

A highly recommended fanfic about The Walking Dead:

https://archiveofourown.org/works/16751251?view_full_work=true
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« Reply #666 on: December 19, 2018, 03:08:17 AM »

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago.
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« Reply #667 on: December 20, 2018, 02:36:44 AM »

I  listened to this video of some fellow reading the crack up essays
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu63uDHHnW4
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« Reply #668 on: December 22, 2018, 06:09:08 PM »

Mother likes Hemingway. Tie with Nabokov.

To topic - Stephen King's short tales.
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« Reply #669 on: December 24, 2018, 05:23:58 AM »

"Teeth-clicker & Mouse King" by E.T.A. Hofman. Nice tale. 3.5/5.
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« Reply #670 on: December 26, 2018, 08:21:23 PM »

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, by Robert D. Putnam
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« Reply #672 on: January 04, 2019, 02:11:43 AM »

This thought-provoking blog, still under construction but already a feast for the eye and mind:

An Aquarian Observer
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This thought-provoking blog, still under construction but already a feast for the eye and mind:

An Aquarian Observer

Now that said blog is down for an overhaul, I'm back to my fabulous "holiday read", in which Hannibal has just taken the stage--and how!
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« Reply #674 on: January 13, 2019, 07:59:26 AM »

THE HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR and its GREAT HAWAIIAN MUSICIANS, compiled by Lorene Ruymar  with foreword by Jerry Byrd.


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