Inheritance of a courtesy title down the line of brothers - UK 19th Century

Standard inheritance, Earl created in the dim distant past, no odd clauses, all legitimate.

(Please let me know if I have got any of the establishing parts wrong.)

Walter Walls, Earl of Myra, Viscount Park, has three sons - Albert, Bunty and Charles.

Albert would hold the first level courtesy title Viscount Park, and be known as Albert, Lord Park.

Bunty and Charles would both be Hons, but would be known as just Bunty Walls and Charles Walls.

Charles marries, and has a son, Harry.

Charles dies (oh noes!). Then Albert and Bunty die, with no known children. This makes Harry the heir apparent to the Earldom, as even if old Walter did have another son, they would be further down the line than Harry's dad was.

1) Does the courtesy title pass down to the next heir apparent? When Albert died, did his brother Bunty become Viscount Park?

2) As Charlie died before both Albert and Bunty, he never had more than an Hon to his name. Thus, as he was never Viscount Park, does Harry still get to be Viscount Park, or does he have to wait as young Harry Walls until his grandfather passes away?

Research done: Laura at Chinet, Jo Beverley, general search on "does the second son inherit the courtesy titles?" and all that led off that...

inventory of typical warehouse

spacetime orientation: Los Angeles, right now (mid-late 2010s)

A group of Classic World of Darkness-style vampires need to get from LA to Elko, Nevada. The dawn is approaching and it's a ten-hour drive, so they break into a warehouse, hide in the most convenient boxes they can find, and sleep through the trip.

Keeping in mind the distance being travelled, the population distance between their start and end point, the fact the boxes are large enough for a single human-sized creature to sleep in and the contents displacable enough to pull it off, what do those boxes have i them?

Searched 'what will you find in a los angeles warehouse', 'what will you find in a warehouse', 'what is stocked in a warehouse', 'typical warehouse inventory'.
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Mental Health & Institutions in Holland

I'm trying to find information on how the Dutch do inpatient mental health care.  I know here in the US, you can go to a hospital, say you're having suicidal ideations, and they'll admit you (generally speaking--I'm summarizing my sister's experience).

But the information the Google machine keeps giving me is all about involuntary (civil/compulsory) commitment and the hospital websites are in Dutch and very unhelpful.  It seems like they do a lot of outpatient treatment, but I know inpatient exsists because I came across a collection of photos by a photographer documenting her stay.

If my character were to walk into an ER and say she's thinking about taking all her medications at once, what would happen?  What are the requirements for admission?  What are the rules while admitted (said photographer was allowed to have one item in her room).  Are visitors allowed?

A little background: She suffers from C-PTSD and bulimia.  She's been on Paxil but stopped taking it some indeterminate number of weeks ago because of the weight gain side effect.  This is current day Netherlands, specifically Holland (Amsterdam/Rotterdam).

Terms tried: psychiatic hospitals netherlands, psychiatric admission netherlands, (and a lot of others I don't remember)

[ANON POST] 18th Century Clothes Storage

I am working on a story set in 1770 England and I've been wondering how people stored their clothes in their homes, i.e. did they fold the dresses and frocks and put them in drawers, did they have some sort of suit bags, did they leave them on mannequins in separate rooms, did they have hangers, how did they store bodices and hoopskirts?

I tried several searches on Google, among others "18th century clothes storage" "18th century wardrobe" and "18th century folding clothes", which gave me results about stores (as in shops), furniture, and folding screens as well as the folds on ladies' dresses, respectively. I have seen pictures of tallboy wardrobes, but I am still unclear as to how, say, a ballgown would have been stored as opposed to just men's culottes.

Illness to order: medical emergency leading to an in-flight diversion

For reasons of Plot, my main character's mother needs to become ill enough on an international flight that it has to be diverted. I have an air traffic controller fact-checking my actual diversion, but since medical emergencies don't always lead to diversions - since these are expensive and disruptive, and not always necessary if there's a doctor on board - I need one that's going to fit the bill as closely as possible.

Here's what I'm looking for:
- the illness needs to begin before they board the flight, hopefully with symptoms that could be dismissed as a minor health issue.
- it needs to become worse over the course of the flight. The flight itself is from Canada to London, diverting in Scotland. I'll choose the departure city depending on the length of time I have for this progression from 'minor symptoms' to 'we have to land ASAP or she might die' but 6-10 hours is the current range.
- it cannot be solved with the existing medical kit on board (see here for such a kit).
- after landing, the character needs to be hospitalised for several days - she can have surgery if required - though must be able to communicate within a few days, or as long as a week. (The point is that she cannot have any serious medium-term barrier to being able to speak with her daughter about important issues, but she can't leave the hospital.)

- there will be some medical person as a passenger on board to give advice. It doesn't have to be a fully-fledged doctor, but if not, they'd contact some kind of ground service that gives medical advice.
- it cannot be anything that would cause a huge contagion scare (i.e. no ebola).
- it could be a development of a long-standing condition if necessary. The character is in her late 30s. The plot is such that, if the character were supposed to have long-term medication to keep an illness in check, it would be plausible that she'd have run out of it. The character could also think "oh, I will be safe getting on this flight and just deal with it when I arrive" and then it accelerates. (The character travels a lot, so "ignorance of the impact of air travel on this condition" would not be an excuse.)

I've checked various pages about medical emergencies on board, but while I can find some statistics (only 7% of medical emergencies needed diversions, for instance), and general discussions about emergencies/diversions, I need something pretty specific.

I was thinking appendicitis that develops complications, as it could be dismissed as a bad stomachache at first - would that work? Any other suggestions?


Eye Injury That Takes Time to Heal

Writing a story where a child (about age 10-11) receives blunt trauma to his right eye during a tornado and sustains some damage. This is set in 2013-2015 United States.

I'm looking for an injury to the eye that would not (necessarily, I am open to it) result in permanent blindness. Something that would require the injured eye to be covered or cared for consistently over a period of, let's say, at least three months (It can be much longer than that, even a lifetime thing, I'm flexible) and possibly leave visible damage on (or around) the eye itself, even if blindness doesn't occur (or at least not 100%- again, flexible). More than anything, though, I need details about the sort of day-to-day care at home that would be required to look after the injury.

As usual, this is a case of Google yielding me many details, but not the details I actually need to make this work. I've tried googling a lot of things from "eye injuries" to "traumatic eye injuries" to " traumatic retinal damage" and other variations of "traumatic [eye part] injuries", but most of what I get is either very vague and lacking the details I require, or way, way too complexly detailed; like, you can tell this is written with an audience of opthamologists in mind, and with a lot of scientific and medical jargon that I have difficulty parsing out.

And while I do need details about the injury and complications that arise from it, nothing I found went into detail about the particulars of how the patient has to care for their injury at home or what sort of long-term care they would need over their lifetime, and virtually nothing on the sort of intimate details on how a caretaker would maintain this kind of care for a young child.

Thanks for any help, I am very appreciative.

Traveling east from Masyaf in the mid-late 13th century.

The scenario: Escaping from the threat of the Mongols' increasingly frequent raids, Maria Thorpe - now pushing ninety and hence accompanied by a group of six elite Assassins - departs east across Syria. I'd like to know what would be the best methods of travel over that kind of terrain, and about where she and her group would reasonably end up after four years.

I looked up Masyaf castle on Google Maps, but while it was good for finding the general lay of the land, I still don't know what roads were built when, or how much the names and locations of cities, towns and borders have changed over the intervening centuries. So, if those of you who know more could tell me, that would help a lot, thanks.

The story I'm working on is posted here, for anyone interested.

Las Posadas in Southwestern US details

Hi guys,

I have a Mexican-American MC who was born and raised on the East Coast (U.S.) but visits her grandparents who came from Mexico (who are currently living in the American southwest) every Christmas between the ages of 5-11 years old. Time period is mid-to-late 90s through mid-2000s.

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UK Prison Psych Help

Setting: Modern day UK.
Terms Searched for: Remand centers, remand centers psychiatric, suicidal prisoners, helping someone who's suicidal in prison, advocating for a mentally ill relative in prison UK, suicide attempts in remand centers

I have learned quite a bit about the prisons and remand centers in the UK, but I couldn't find anything regarding this.

Character A (early 20's) has been charged with a crime and is awaiting trial at a remand center. He has a history of psychiatric problems including a suicide attempt and self-harm. Character B goes to visit him at the remand center and character A makes comments basically saying he's going to commit suicide. Before character B can talk him down, character A gets up to leave and won't come back.

What can character B do to make sure that character A doesn't follow through on the suicide threats? The only thing that I've been able to find is how character A could get help for himself within the prison. The threat would be great enough that character B would immediately want to get help, but is there anything he could do? Also, character A would need continuing help to deal with mental health issues while at the remand center, but he wouldn't ask for it himself. Does he have to attempt suicide for anything to be done about those issues?