June 21st, 2006

falling in love

Scotland and london life (1970 -1980's)

Hi everyone

I'm looking for info from the 70's Scotland family-life. I would like to know things like what children use to watch on the tv? Which were the most common characters in their lunch boxes? If you grew up in a middle class family in Scotland, in the 70`s, how it was your routine? Which subjects would you learn at school and at which age? Perks about living there. Little common things.

Also about life at universities in the 80's in England. Again, I'm interested in common details, not only the things I can find in the history books, because in my opinion that history is always incomplete. I want to know the common kind of music between university students, the way men and women used to interact, how it was to live in a dorm? What kind of jobs a student would most probably have? Common cheap - student like - food. I want all those personal details that people remember but that books hardly ever mention.

I already made a google/wikki search but, thing is that I'm a biology student, I grew up in a non-British influenced country, so for me, to discern between the useful info and the load of crap available in the internet about this specific topic is kind of hard.

I'm just looking for directions.

Thanks for any help.
jademortel animation

Royal headgear...

You know, I'm usually good at Googling things. But this is the first time I've had to actually use this community. (Hi, everyone!)

So my question is: would a princess, next in line to the throne, wear a crown, a tiara, a diadem... what? I'm writing a fantasy story, so I suppose I could just make it up... But I still want it to be semi-realistic.

Not sure which time period I would then use as a reference... I'm thinking 17th/18th century.

EDIT: Wow, thanks guys! You gave me more than perfect information - you gave me ideas. You're all wonderful. :)
hyakki yako: kiyo-hime / 百鬼夜行: 清姫

Walking speeds and distances


I'm a new member here. Someone suggested this group for getting answers to these types of questions. I'm writing a book concerning Japanese folklore, and I have a few general questions.

1) How far can a person walk in a day's journey?

2) How far can a person walk in a day's journey, carrying baggage for a long trip, in a mountainous area?

3) Is this speed lessened if there are more people with him? Say, six total?

4) How many breaks would they have to take, and what would be the best times to take them in?

EDIT: I guess I should have specified what types of people I'm dealing with. One is an old man, two are women, and one is a early 30's man. The other two are servants, and are late teens or early twenties (deliberately unclear). They are not fleeing an ememy, and want to make good time but are not in a particular hurry or under a deadline. All are in pretty good shape except one of the women who has never made a long journey before. The time of the year is mid-autumn.

I guess they're not the most ideal group for traveling. But that's part of the reason I'm asking this.

Thanks to anyone who can help me out, and to everyone who's already responded!!
Deku tree ~Zelda Ocarina of time~

Monks and interaction with Women

Hey, everyone! Google has failed me yet again. I searched with variations of what's in the subject line, and one time I got stuff about Monk seals. I kid you not.

Mine is a fantasy story, but it's heavily based on mostly Western European history from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (and perhaps a bit beyond). I'm not bridled by stuff fitting into exact time periods, since with fantasy you can blur the lines a bit.

My character is an orphan boy who is raised in a Western Eurpoean-style monastery from birth to age 15 or 16. For reasons of plot, I would like him to not be completely paralyzed when attempting to talk to a woman, whether she is a girl he likes or a vendor woman he wants to buy an apple from at a market.

I suppose it depends on the order of monk (Gregorian, etc.) or how rigid their vows of celibacy were (*is totally clueless*), but how often would monks be exposed to women? Were they completely not allowed? Would they go to market and see them there? Would people come peddle their wares to the monestary? Could women be allowed to take sanctuary in a monestary in a time of need?

Any help on boundaries between monks and the outside world, particularly concerning women, would be awesome.

Plus, if anybody has an easy way to tell the differences between the monastic orders in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, by all means share it with me!

Thanks again! You guys rock my flipflops. (Happy Summer, officially!)

Also, could monks receive visits from friends or family, or leave the monastery to visit their parents or siblings?
And finally, did some monestaries double as schools or places of education/learning for children in the area to be taught to read and write?

Sore throat after intubation

After intubation during surgery, what are some ways to reduce a sore throat? I tried Googling and found only recommendations for different types of tubes and topical steroids. I'm looking for something you can find in a household (gargling? lots of cold drinks? yogurt?).

I'm also looking for things that would, conversely, greatly irritate a recently intubated throat.

Thank you!
venusaur RRRAAARGH

Impromptu Spanish lesson?

I need to formulate an entire conversation in Spanish-- unfortunately, I only took about two lessons in basic Spanish, and it was years ago. I need to know if there's a present infinitive tense in Spanish (equivalent of the English -ing) and if so, what it looks like. o_O

John Donne

Late 16th c. punishment

In September of 1598, poet Ben Jonson killed an actor named Gabriel Spenser in a duel. To avoid hanging, Jonson converted to Catholicism and pleaded benefit of the clergy, donating his property to the church and being branded on his left thumb.

What would this brand have looked like?

Can't find it anywhere, nor any portrait of Jonson where his thumb is visible.

Anyone? Thank you in advance!

process of making blackpowder

No, you don't have to be afraid that I'm going to blow someone up if you answer this, I already know how to make blackpowder (and I'm not homicidal OR suicidal), there's just a niggling chemistry question that's driving me insane--

As far as I can see, there's two ways of making blackpowder: one involves chucking everything into the ball mill, which is dangerous because it blows up fairly easily, and the other mills the sulphur and charcoal, boils the saltpetre, mixes the sulphur/charcoal mix into the saltpetre solution and then precipitates it with cold propan-2-ol.

If this isn't done, if the three ingredients are merely mixed without milling, pressing or corning, you get green mix which doesn't burn very well at all.

My question is: what the hell does the milling and the boiling do, chemically speaking, that turns the stuff from green mix to blackpowder and allows it to burn properly? As far as I can figure it's just a way to thoroughly mix the stuff, and I can't see why that can't be done by hand, with a sifter and a lot of patience.

Thanks in advance.
playground love

buying your way into a school.

Say we have a girl whose parents are very rich. If she wanted to, say, buy/bribe her way into a competitive school, what would they actually have to do? Buy them a lot of shiny computer equipment? A new dormitory? If her parents were to buy off an admissions officer, would she have to buy off the whole lot?

It goes without saying that google was very unhelpful.