April 4th, 2007

The Blinking Clash

High Rise apartments in London

Hey guys,

I'm not quite sure how to search for the answer to this very specific question, relating to high-rise flats (or tower blocks) in London. My novel is set in 1975, although I don't know if that's important. My question is simple: how does a non-resident get into a tower block to visit a friend who is not expecting them? Do they press a button? How can the resident see who it is that wants to come up and see them?

If you want a picture of the type of tower block I'm imagining, this is a pretty good representation:

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Great, I got exactly the answers I needed! Thank you so much, everyone.
*headwall*

Waterproofing cloth

Setting: pretty standard fantasy universe (technology level around medieval / renaissance times). Magic is available, but it's not used in daily tasks and doesn't affect daily life much.

I've got a character who needs to get her hands on some waterproof cloth; she's located in a seaside fishing village.

What I need is information on the methods and effectiveness of making cloth waterproof, and the availability of waterproof cloth.

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Thanks in advance for any help!

ETA: got the answers I needed. Thank you very much to everybody who helped!