November 6th, 2007

  • jjblue1

Japan: School age

I know that to start elementary school in Japan you need to be 6 already. I also know school generally start around April 1st (it can be postponed if it's an holiday day).
Ergo who's born in January/March can start going to school during the year of his 6th birthday while who's born in April/December must wait a year.
My question is: when exactly you've to be born to be still allowed to go to school during your 6th birthday's year? March 30? April 1st? Or it changes according to the beginning of the school during that year?

Sorry if I hadn't been very clear... English isn't my language... -_-;
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The 1890s

I have a steam-punk story that takes place in the 1890s, in an alternate universe. So far, the differences are attributable to my main character, who is a British inventor and a Lord. The questions I have are varied, and while Google helps on some things, it doesn't help with everything I need help with.

First of all - and Google was not much help with this - I would like to know where to get a list of famous people of the 1890s, people who were alive and healthy and already famous during that era. In as many countries as possible, but mainly Britain, Europe, and America. Including kings, queens, and so on.

Secondly, I need a list of exclamations for the era, that a Lord and other wealthy people might say. The 1890s equivalents of "holy shit" and so on.

Some sites to find manners and stuff, particularly topics they "just [didn't] discuss" back then, or how they might discuss them if they had reason to. I need some sense of the kinds of things that would have caused a stir. Some of his inventions may be very controversial.

Basically, I need stuff about the 1890s.

Edit: Okay, now I have something to add. The story I made this post about is a planned sequel to another story I wrote, which I hadn't read for months and months. And, um... turns out it takes place in 1920. *Ducks*

Second edit: Well, since the story involves a time machine, I suppose I might be able to use this info after all.

New York State, modern day - vacation homes for the rich?

OK, my story is set in the present day (actually, a little in the future, but close enough to count as present), in New York state. I have this family that's filthy stinking rich, and I want them to have a house to go to over the Christmas holidays. I also need it to be upstate enough that it gets a lot of snow. What I need to know is: Where would it be? (Places with reputations for being where rich people go is a plus.) Would it be more feasible (in real life, not the story) for them to rent a place just for the week?

I've googled for various combinations of rich living, new york state, ny state, vacation homes, etc, and haven't found anything useful.