March 26th, 2009

Injury to make airplane travel unpleasant

Time/Place: present day US... Ohio to DC specifically, although I can't imagine it's relevant
Terms searched: injury air travel, air travel medical restriction, similar such combinations, this article, and some followup on terms I didn't recognize on wikipedia

My character is an otherwise-healthy FBI agent, around 30 years old, who travels a lot for work. At the end of a particular case, her options for getting home are a nice, cushy private plane ride (two hour flight or less) or being driven back by a coworker (around eight hours of driving, although they won't take it all in one stretch.)

I need to injure her in such a way that would make a doctor either suggest or insist that the car ride is the better option. She's injured either by a suspect or in pursuit of the suspect, and I'm open to any sort of setting as long is can be found in eastern Ohio or western New York.

Research so far has given me a good idea of times where a person absolutely must not fly (just had a heart attack or stroke, still has a chest tube in) but I'm hoping for something a little less... dire. The car just has to be the better option; it doesn't have to be her only choice. I'd like her to be feeling at least sort of okay by the end of the week.

Suggestions?

Obscure slang

First time posting, etc. etc. etc.

You lot have been wonderful at digging out odd bits of information, and I've got a question what has been giving me an awful lot of trouble as of late.

So I have a character who, for the sake of simplicity, will be called a vampire. This vampire has been around for ages and ages, and they have largely stopped noticing things like language trends and changes in social norms. As a result, their speech is very structured and awkward to a "modern" listener/reader.

What I need to cobble together is a collection of obscure and outdated slang for this character to use when attempting to be less formal. American would be preferable, as this character has lived in the United States for quite awhile, but old slang from the UK is fine as well. I've run searches on various search engines and all I seem to get are either giant, sprawling databases that cover such a wide range of categories that I can't utilize them or unreliable lists cobbled together by random people who may or may not know what they are talking about.

Specifically, I would need terms for things that are favourable and unfavourable (analgous to awesome, horrible, etc.) and terms of endearment, most likely for a female. Generic insults are also welcome. Time frame is 1920s-1960s for the United States, Victorian era for the UK. The more obscure and outdated the better, as I would like to actively throw off the other characters in this piece when the vampire uses slang. (In addition, odd, outdated names for random objects might be fun. You know, in line with calling a car a "horseless carriage." )

((edit)): The character is aristocratic by birth but would not be above associating with lower classes, though the language that would stick would likely be middle-to-upper-class. In addition, terms of endearment would be used in a platonic, semi-condescending manner. I've gotten good suggestions on this front, but I want to stress that I would like to use more obscure language--things people either don't know or just wouldn't use these days. If it helps, think of the character as someone who has learned English largely through 18th- and 19th-century novels. Their speech is flowery by nature and likely wouldn't change structure even with the addition of slang terms. This is partially why I am looking for utterly outdated terms--I want this character to sound alien. American slang would be limited to coastal regions (mostly east coast), British to London.

Apologies for the odd, vague question. But I could use whatever you all might be able to point me toward. Thankee quite kindly in advance, and do take care.

Layout of Belfast Central library

I'm writing about a charictor who works in Belfast central library, Modern day.

I've managed to find a good indicator of what sections the library is split into, what it looks like, and roughly what it contains.

However I can't seem to locate a basic floor plan, such as which floors contain what. I know this seems pedantic but quite alot of this story is set within the Library itself, and I'd like to get it as correct as possible. So if anyone can provide information on that I'd be incredibly great full. Of course any other information on the library itself you think might be useful or interesting would be more than welcome.

Search terms used: Belfast Central Library, Belfast Central library architecture, as well as consulting wikipedia.

Articles I found particularly helpful (even if they didn't answer my question) in case of future reference: Government site containing opening hours and other basic info, General article on the libraries architecture, Wiki article.