April 18th, 2007

Snowfall in London

Hi guys,

I'm having a surprising amount of trouble finding a very simple piece of information: how much snowfall does London, England usually get? I've Googled lots:

History weather UK
Snowfall in UK
UK climate
Precipitation in UK
Amount of precipitation in UK


A note: My story is set in 1975, so this would be before the major climate change of recent times.

<B>As usual, incredible response. Thank you to everyone!</B>

Cigars! cliches, types, and the style of it all

* Are there any types of cigars (brands, types, country of origin) that are considered to be a literary cliche?

* Is there a "blunt" type of cigar, or does that only refer to marijuana?

* Cuban cigars are illegal in the US. Is this a common fact in other areas of the world?

And ... please help me find a type of cigar that is relatively androgynous (ie. neither 'girly' nor over-masculine: no penis symbolism!). Ideally, it would be fairly thin and long, tapered slightly, and easy on the eyes. It would be a rich looking cigar, with that feeling of I'm-so-elegant-and-I-don't-even-try.

I've googled "types of cigars", but I think I need first-hand experience from an affecciendo. This is more about style and class, you know. (My character rules a county with a heavy hand, but he tries to seem ... kind).

EDIT
Thank you all so, so much! Your information is exactly what I needed. Three cheers!

famous housekeepers of the 1950s?

I realize this is an incredibly bizarre question, but does anyone know any famous figures from the late 50s (57, to be exact) who were the perfect picture of domesticity? For example, now, if someone keeps a spotless house, bakes, sews, etc., someone might say "You're a regular Martha Stewart!" I need a character to say something similar, only obviously Martha Stewart wasn't around then so that doesn't work.

Googling brought up...NOTHING that was helpful, and I've been sifting through pages for the past ten minutes. Like I said, I know this is really obscure, but any help would be greatly appreciated.

ETA: Sorry for not specifying American figures. I originally intended to. At any rate, you've all been more help than I could hope for! :D thanks so much!

Telegram process late-1940, Ireland/France

I am trying to find the process (for the user, not technically) for a telegram exchange between Kildare town (Irish Free State) and Marseilles (zone libre, L'État Français) during late 1940.

At the time both countries were at peace and neutral, although this was more theoretical in the case of France under the Vichy regime. I would welcome, in addition to a full answer, links and information describing the standard process for exchanging telegrams in each country in the general period (1930's - 1950's) as well as any special restrictions which may have been imposed due to the Emergency (Eire) or to appease Germany (France).

I have searched for Telegram, Ireland, Emergency, Vichy, Sending Telegram, &tc.

EDIT: While thanking those who responded for their time, I'd still welcome any specific knowledge or answers to this. I'm willing to accept this would be a difficult/costly undertaking at that but how could it work if the telegram was very important (to P&T as well as to the sender/recipient)? Remember I'm looking for how it would be sent and how it would be received, not the routing in between, lets stipulate it goes via the transatlantic cable to countries not (yet) involved in the conflict such as the USA and USSR.

Earth Images in Real time?

Hi, folks! Quick question:

I know there are websites where you can watch real-time feeds of earth as seen from orbiting satellites in space. What are the urls for some of those sites? I've tried a variety of searches, but can't find 'em.

Thanks!
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