August 11th, 2009

HMS Prison Choice

Good morning all,

Scenario:  Local London east end crime boss arrested in Richmond and convicted of sexual torture and murder in a depraved manner of a Yard's Chief Inspector's wife.

Questions:

1. What sentence would he receive - no previous convictions.
2. where would be the trial be located?
3. where would he be remanded to and is the transfer to Prison fast after a conviction or would he be held in a local jail until room was available in the prison assigned?

Other than watching a few British dramas - no real knowledge of the British Legal system.  Any recommendations on whey to go on the net to bone up would be appreciated.

Thanks for reading.

Barry
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Prices in 1978's England?

Hello, all you sages! ♥

I'm writing an AU fanfic which takes place in London during 1978 (around autumn, if that's any help). Now, I'm neurotic when it comes to details -- and this is actually sort of important to the plot -- I need to know what a few, very specific things cost back then. Unfortunately I don't know anyone who lived in England during that time, and I've tried various searches using Google, but to no avail. Maybe you can help me?

What I need to know the price of are these things:

  • A plectrum for guitars -- a guitar pick, if you like.

  • A carton of milk.

  • A packet of spaghetti.

Now that I look at it, it looks really ridiculous, but I don't know how to get the information otherwise. One of the sub-plots is that character A buys character B these things, B won't have charity and tries to pay A back, which A won't accept that and they keep arguing about this.
Ought to teach me to just write things set during my own time period. :P

famous ink brands?

When I write, I use a lot of small but significant recurring themes. One that has started to emerge is the use of fountain pens/calligraphy pens/just general non-ballpoint writing tools. I am relatively familiar with the different pens, but for the life of me I cannot find the names of famous brands of ink! Any search I try to run on the subject gets bogged down with printer inks, tattoo inks, T-shirt inks, anything BUT writing inks.

So I was wondering: could anyone point me toward some old, established brands? I have been using "India ink" for now, but I would love to find something a little more, well, creative.


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thankee kindly, luvs. i should have enough to go on now. thankee for the lovely, prompt responses.