October 28th, 2009

Oxford University scouts; Oxford landmarks in 'Brideshead Revisited'

Scene: Oxford, UK. Summer of 1995.

Situation: Main character works as a scout (i.e. housekeeper and generally omniscient being) at Trinity College. It's a new-ish position for him (less than a year). He receives an unexpected visit from an estranged friend, who has recently left prison.

Already tried: Oxford scouts (brings up boy scout troops), Oxford scout routine, Oxford University housekeeper, Oxford University cleaning, Oxford University personnel, Oxford University employee, Oxford scout tip, Oxford personnel union, etc.

I'm seeking details on two matters: the daily life of a scout, and depictions of Oxford in the 1981 "Brideshead Revisited" miniseries. Questions under the cuts. Some are extraordinarily nitpicky; any help will be welcome!

The Daily Life of a ScoutCollapse )

'Brideshead Revisited' MiniseriesCollapse )

My thanks for all and any answers!

Effects of Eternal Youth

My story is set in antiquity, about two hundred years after the discovery of medicine that repairs internal damage (disease, aging) and significantly prolongs life (the oldest person is around two hundred and thirty). External injuries can still be fatal (heads still required), but by and large, the death rate has been significantly reduced.

I'd like to look into the potential positives and negatives of a civilization with "eternal youth" ("very long youth" doesn't have quite the same ring to it). The information I've found so far leans heavily toward individual consequences. But I'd like to read more about the societal consequences. For example, what kind of psychological effect would it have? Political? Such a discovery would have an overwhelming impact, and I'm sure there are things I've missed.

If anyone would share an article or even a book title on the subject, I'd be very grateful!


ETA: These are all fantastically helpful! I will respond individually soon, but I wanted to quickly say thank you to everyone who's answered. So, thank you all very much!

12th century amputation, lubrication


Setting: 1191, Jerusalem
Searches: 12th century amputation, history of amputation, crusades amputation

Character A had his arm amputated within a few weeks of the story. What kinds of methods would have been used? I’ve found stuff about the Ancient Greeks and later cauterising, but what would they have done around this time? I can’t find much relating to this time or country (if it was any different, that is). One source I saw mentioned tying off blood vessels- would this be the case?

Secondly, some much more, uh, interesting questions. I probably won’t go down this route but just in case I do, I want to make sure. Ignoring the stigma surrounding homosexuality, what could you use for lubrication around this time?

(Wow, weird set of questions. Obvious fandom is obvious.)