September 12th, 2008

Area of London for rich 'artistic' young adults to live

Setting: London, England. Present Day

Some of you may remember my post about my son of an MP and his rock star's daughter girlfriend. My question now is where would my MC, and more importantly his girlfriend and her friends - self-styled 'artistic' bohemian socialites and rich kids with rock bands and internships instead of actual jobs - live? What area of London? I read that Hampstead used to be the big community for artists and musicians and free-thinkers and now has some of the most expensive real estate in the world. Would somewhere like that work? And I'm assuming these kids - they're in their early to mid-twenties - would live in flats?

Searched: Googled/Wiki'd "areas of London", "boroughs of London", and various combinations of "houses, socialites, wealthy, bohemia, young people, real estate, rich kids".
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British trial procedures

Where: Britain (England)
When: modern day

I need to know how a normal trial in Britain would go, and I'm particularly interested in how it differs from the US system. I don't need the whole thing since the scene is only a flash into the trial, but I need to know if the defence can start a minor argument with the witness and whether the prosecution can object to that (I don't even know if British courts work like that, and I wouldn't want to turn it into Phoenix Wright with the objections). How active would the judge be?

I've searched for "british courtroom", "british trial procedures" and various combinations. I even considered referring to TV, but the only courtroom scene I could find was in Hercule Poirot. I did find a promising study about differences between British/American procedures, but I would have had to order it to read past the abstract.

Extrovert (ENFP) alone, in an extreme crisis

Situation: I'm writing an adventure story, set in a modern but very dangerous alternative world (corrupt police state). The protagonists often need to resort to cunning, deception and flight in order to survive. This character is a man in his early 20s who's been forced onto the run. Now  someone he loves is in even worse danger than he is. In normal circumstances, he's a friendly, optimistic,  emotionally open, happy-go-lucky sort of kid who thinks the best of people and has shrugged off a lot of the bad things he's seen in his life.  But right now, he's completely desperate, very tired, nearly out of his mind with anxiety, etc. I don't think I've ever made the poor boy this miserable before. But to have any chance of saving his loved one, he's going to convincingly pretend to be someone of much higher rank, (a rich businessman) and bluff and intimidate his way into places he has no right to be, etc.  He's clever enough to work out to do, though he's normally a bit scatty, he's already got as much help and input from others as he can (which is not much), now he's got to act alone and he's a very long way from anyone he can trust.

Problem:  It's not what he does, it's how he does it. I am a little afraid this isn't really a valid question to raise here and I apologize if it's not -- because obviously drawing convincing characters is my problem -- but I would just love a little input from some extroverts, or those who know them well on this. Particularly anyone who is or knows an  ENFP, (because I'm geeky enough to have sorted my characters into  Meyers Briggs personality types.) I'm a female introvert so sometimes I find this young man's head harder to get into than some of the others. I'd like some minor details of how an extrovert would feel when completely alone and unable to draw on anyone else for support,  how he would feel about the people he had to lie to, etc, what he'd think others were thinking about him and so on. I thought, for example, the conflict between wanting to connect to other people and knowing he can't might manifest as feeling as if he's got a big sign over his head reading "LOOK! DESPERATE MAN IN A CRISIS! HE IS LYING TO YOU!"
 
Another reason I'd like some specifically extrovert details about this is that this is the sort of thing he's seen the other characters, including the missing loved one, do before - he's even kind of drawing inspiration from that. However those other characters are mostly daring but rather chilly introverts who don't trust people even at the best of times and are very logical, ruthless thinkers - so I want there to be a distinction in approach and atmosphere.

Research:
Meyers-Briggs sites and message boards, e.g www.personalitypage.com/ENFP , memories of extroverts I have known, etc.

  • Current Mood: nervous

Legs smashed with a sledgehammer

I can see this community being very useful. Often I ask random people about things for stories, and they just look at me funny. So - on with the burning questions.

So, the scenario. A 15 year old girl, promising ballet dancer is kidnapped by a psychopath. He smashes her legs with a sledgehammer. He really goes to town, femurs, knees, tibia/fibula, ankles, feet. Afterwards, for about 3 weeks, she's kept drugged up on painkillers and sedatives. I'd say she gets some minimal topical care for any open wounds. This scenario is set nowish.

So, the questions -
- What's the likelihood of this NOT resulting in any compound fractures?
- Is 3 weeks enough time for bones to start healing again. My premise is essentially because she hasn't been treated immediately, the bones fuse back all wrong, if it was treatable it would at least require the bones to be rebroken to reset them again properly (and this doesn't happen).
- Is this survivable? - I'm pretty confident it's a yes. She'd possibly die of shock if it wasn't for being drugged up to the eyeballs. I'm going to say she's been lucky and hasn't suffered from any infections or septaceamia or anything like that.
- How would the legs look after this?
- Would she be able to use the legs again? Would she limp? Have a cane? Walk on crutches? Or be fully wheelchair bound?
- If later she has operations and/or physiotherapy - what would be required, and what level of mobility would she be able to regain?

Research so far

- Well, I've studied biology myself, so I have little ideas of what could happen. But my speciality was ecology and animals, not human medicine/surgery.
- I Googled things like "broken bones fused wrong" and other things like that and really didn't come up with anything specific enough for my needs.
- I just had a conversation on mIRC, which actually brought up a few good points, but none of us were doctors.

Thanks for your help!