February 22nd, 2005

Question for railway enthusiasts again

I've been googling for European railway history at e.g. the Orient Express and the Compagnie de Wagons-Lits, but I can't find any really good online sources. Are there any railway history buffs who have pet sites they want to share?

Anyway, my young history master from a public school will be travelling from England to Italy during the Easter hols some time in the 1890s, as a chaperone for one of his younger students on his way to visit his guardian. The route from Paris will be something like Strasbourg-Basel-Zurich-St Gotthard-Milan-Firenze-Rome-Naples (unless any experts are objecting). Now, my estimation is that the journey might take something like two nights and one day - possibly even two. Does that sound realistic?

Now off to read Stalky & Co.

Spanish names

I'd like to know:
1. What is the most usual Spanish/Hispanic form of the name "Catherine"?
2. Is "Teresa" the usual Spanish form of that name?
3. What nicknames or diminutives would be commonly used for those names? i.e. the equivalent of Cathy, Terry, etc.
4. What diminutives are commonly used for parents? i.e. equivalents to Mom/Mommy, Dad/Daddy.
5. Just for fun, any suggestions for: a cow's name; and a villain's name?

Seeking UK form of legal pleadings

I know at least one or two people on my f-list are in the UK, and I know at least one or two people on my f-list are in the legal profession. I'm hoping I can cross reference my f-list to contact a UK lawyer or legal student to help me find I need (and I'm x-posting to my journal just in case) because I'm tearing my hair out here.

No, I'm not in legal trouble! LOL!

I need to find forms of UK legal pleadings, for authorly purposes. I've been googling and searching to no avail. If I were looking for a form of pleading in the USA, I wouldn't have to go any further than the references in the office where I work, but I can't find a single thing online that gives me, for example, the official wording of a subpoena in the United Kingdom.

In the US the wording is so pompous and cool -- for example: THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK TO (person's name): WE COMMAND YOU, that all business and excuses being laid aside, you appear and attend before etc etc etc

I don't expect, in fiction, to get the exact wording perfectly, but I know that the wording for the UK courts *must* be different, and want to at least get the flavor of it.

Can anyone help? Thanks!

Religious artifacts and popular music of the Dark Ages

What sort of items would monks from northeastern England bring on missions that required sea travel? I know that it's the Irish who are famous for this, St. Brendan and all, but I seem to remember it wasn't limited to them. This would be around the 9th or 10th century -- is there any chance they'd bring some sort of book or religious tract, given how valuable they were? Or would they limit themselves to visual storytelling elements, like crosses or reliquaries?

Also, is the song "Barb'ry Allen" extant around that time? If not, what's an analogue piece that would have a large number of verses to remember, and anyone could be expected to know?
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a few days ago i posted a request here for symptoms of child abuse that a third party -- such as a girlfriend -- might pick up on. after posting it and getting some informative responses, i realised i was looking for different information than i had asked for.

in abusive relationships -- particularly with a young victim -- how does this effect the victim's relationship with his or her abuser? i know about stockholm syndrome, but i would imagine that relationships of this sort tend to be a little more complex than that.