April 19th, 2008

marvin on mars
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Concession stands at the 1980 Winter Olympics?

So I'm working on a story set at the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid during the USA-Soviet Union hockey game.  Was there a concession stand?  If so, what kinds of things were served?  (I remember watching the game as a very small child on TV, but I don't remember anything about concession stands in the 1980s.  I went to a football game soon after, and I remember getting a hot chocolate.)
Sleepy Kittens

"Sitting in a Tree" rhyme

Hi all,

I have a bit of an odd question... does anyone know around when the old rhyme " xxx and xxx, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g..." originated? My story is set in 1925 New Orleans and I want to know if I can get away with having one of my characters singing it to tease her friend.

Googled "sitting in a tree"+rhyme, "sitting in a tree"+rhyme origins, "sitting in a tree" children's rhyme, etc. Found a lots of places with variations on that rhyme, some not so... innocent, shall we say, and a few places with a whole bunch of differing jump-rope rhymes and the like, but no date references except the word "old." Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Gretel by Miwa Yanagi

Northern Irish accents

Place: Northern Ireland
Time: 1970s - present
Google terms: "belfast accent", "derry accent", "londonderry accent", and a bunch of YouTube videos

I have a character (from a Catholic, working-class family from Derry City, if that's relevant) who is attempting to describe the differences between the Derry and Belfast (working-class) accents.  Trouble is, I'm American and I can't distinguish between the two unless I already know the speakers' origins.  And even then, I may just be fooling myself. :)

How would one casually (with adjectives) describe the difference?  E.g., is one rougher than the other, or flatter, or less nasal, etc.? 

Is it a subtle difference (do you have to listen for a bit before you can place the accent) or is it immediately apparent?  Is the difference apparent only to those native to Northern Ireland, or can people from other parts of Ireland and GB easily distinguish between the two? 

How would one "linguistically" describe the difference between the Derry and Belfast accents?  Are there particular vowel or consonant sounds that you would listen for in order to spot the difference?

ETA:  Thanks to everyone for their responses! 

Bullet wound causing leg injuries needing a cane, movement and therapy with leg injuries

Searches: I've been going through the tags on this one and I've googled combinations of 'need cane bullet wound' , 'bullet wound leg limp', 'bullet wound needs cane to walk'. I'm afraid I still need some help though the searches turned up a few interesting sites. (This site was an interesting read about an accidental self shooting with pictures and treatments if anyone's interested).

Setting: Modern (current) time, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I have a character that will be shot during the course of a police investigation, he's a detective in his late thirties/early forties I think but in good physical condition. I want him to have sustained more then one bullet wound while on duty. The other wounds that aren't leg related I was going to make minor injuries. One of the wounds needs to make him have a permanent limp that will take him off field work. (The point is he leaves to become a P.I. rather then 'ride a desk'). I was thinking of a a bullet or two in his upper thigh that possibly damaged muscle and also caused an infarction (I hope that's right) possibly because of the bullets themselves being lodged in the leg. I need the character to be able to use the leg in a limited fashion and I was assuming he would need physical therapy. I wanted him to be able to use a normal cane (I'm seeing the basic hook at the top wooden ones when I say 'normal') and be able to run/walk a bit without it but the leg just doesn't support him the way it should and tires easily and tends to hurt a lot if he over does it and doesn't use his cane. I also wanted him to be able to have gone through some painfully physical therapy to get to the point he's at.

Is this type of limp realistic considering the injury or would there be more damage?

I'm also assuming the that he would need to continue some sort of therapy even after he was deemed ready to leave regular physical therapy, would simple exercise be enough or would he need to do something more? (Example: Walking a certain amount or would he need something more specific to his injured leg?). I was also hoping to have at least one or two throw away lines from his doctor telling him take it easy on the leg and possibly do ' x' if he's going to be over doing it. (Massage the muscle, heating pad, etc). Is that plausible?

Also, pointing out any flaws in reasoning would be wonderful. This will be big part of the background of the fanfiction so I want to get the details right. Thanks in advance and please mention if I left something out.