June 9th, 2009

Brittish Medical School Soon After 1892

Setting: historical England, 1893& onward. Focuses on two characters, who are basically what you'd get if you combined House, Holmes and Jeeves, and Wilson, Watson and Bertie Wooster.

The W/W/W character (James, for the sake of breifness, though I'm not settled on his name) is going to go to med school in britain, after he's already been to universtiy (haven't given him a specific degree in anything, so if it's relevent, it can be whatever it has to be. He only finished school about a year before).

I can't find any information about what medical *school* would have been like in that time period. Plenty on what medicine was like, just not what it was like to learn it.

Would James have an apartment of his own? A dorm? Did Cambridge have a medical school? Did Oxford? Would there be a place more likely for him to go than either of those?

Would he wear a certain thing, like one of those academic robes?

Were there student-done autopsies?

What would student life generally be like (James is already engaged to someone at the time, if it's relevent)?

Would his friend/caretaker (the H/H/J character, Greg, again, just for breifness) be allowed to live with him? (James originally hired Greg to help him make the passage over from America back to England while he was seriously ill, and Greg has sort of remained on in that capacity, even though James isn't nearly as weak/sick anymore, if it's relevent.)

Anything else?

Searched: variants on: Historical medical school, medical school 1800's, medical school 1900's, Oxford history, Etc...

London/near London orphanage life, 1988-1996

I've googled "life in london orphanage 1990", "london school system orphanage 1990" etc. I'm sure my google fu is at fault here and would greatly appreciate links and/or suggestions!

I need whatever you can give me on growing up in an orphanage during the nineties and perhaps late eighties. Most pressingly, I need to know about their school system: would they be taught at the orphanage or go to school elsewhere? Especially, how would sex ed be handled? But I'd also like to know other things. What sort of food would they eat? How would illness/injuries be treated? Where would they get clothes from? Would they have chores? What sort of punishments would they have for things like fighting?

Character is a female who goes into the orphanage at age 8 or so and was probably born in 1979 or 1980. It was a mixed gender orphanage and she might have been transferred orphanages a few times for conduct problems related to trauma. That's all we know.

Thanks in advance!

Gardens gone untended after two years

Sorry. I wasn't really sure how to find this. I googled "gardens left fallow" but didn't see anything useful.

I'm writing a Batman fanfiction and I'm stumped on one minor detail.

The manor has been uninhabited and untended for two years beginning around June or July. I've decided that there are vegetable gardens on the grounds which would have been planted in the spring.

Two years later, what vegetables from that planting might yet be growing wild among the weeds? (Dandelion greens weren't planted, but I have no doubt there's an abundance of them.)

Climatewise, we're talking the northeastern US (I usually put Gotham in New Jersey, but I'm not tied to that idea.) And the fic is set present-day, so figure commonly planted circa 2006.

Thanks!