April 7th, 2010

Five Death

Incendiary weaponry

Hey guys:

So there's two types of bomb dropped during the first phase of the Blitz of London, yes?

1) The high explosives, and
2) the incendiary bombs.

I need to know, in German or English, http://www.livejournal.com/update.bmlwhat you'd CALL the incendiary bombs specifically. Wiki suggested Terrorflieger as a catch all for both the sort of warfare and the sort of bombs themselves, but German readers have flagged this up as really jarring for them, and say this brings to mind the pilots or planes, but NOT the bombs. I'm using the general 'Fliegerbomben' at the moment, but I'd REALLY prefer a specific name?

THANKS if you can help!
and such a long journey, the heart expands to claim this world, bring me that horizon, anywhere but here, I need things on a grander scale

Cultural Icon of Elite Neighborhood in London

In New York City, if you want to briefly describe the stereotype of an area populated mostly with rich, powerful, high status people, you say "Upper East Side". Whether or not the Upper East Side is actually entirely composed of elite people is irrelevant; it fills the role as the cultural ideal as the home of elite people.

Is there a neighborhood in London or a city in the U.K. that has that same image associated with it? And if so, what is it?

I've tried googling a couple of combinations of 'London, elite, rich, neighborhood', but I'd really like to get people's personal perceptions.


ETA: This is modern-day. And the specific thing I want this for is to fill the blank in the sentence, "there's no elite neighborhood here, no [unknown London neighborhood]" so it doesn't matter if it's really where rich people live, it's just about the neighborhood's image. Originally I had that blank filled with Upper East Side, but I need to switch it from a NYC reference to a London/UK reference.

Missing Person in modern day UK

Aaaaaa I am really ironing out details in my story right now and I have a feeling I'm going to be making a ton of posts here, so I apologize in advance ;_;

OK SO the story involves time travel, and the main character gets in a mishap with said travel and ends up accidentally being blipped forward five years. No one in her area or family knows what happened, so to them she just vanished into thin air. They assume, because of her wrecked apartment, that she was kidnapped or worse. 

She lives in a small town in the UK, but I haven't decided which one yet. Also, she starts in 2000, but makes a jump to 2005.

First Question: Having no other leads, her family pins all the blame on her best friend/roomate, and do a good job of getting a lot of other people to also suspect him as well. I can imagine a dozen ways they'd ruin the guy's reputation(especially since he refuses to leave town and his angry, snarky attitude doesn't exactly help his image) but is there anything they could do to him legally, considering other than maybe being the only other person seen at the apartment theres no evidence against him? Her parents have a lot of money and know a few important people. He has little money or support, himself.

Second Question: What'll happen when she suddenly pops up again five years later? With apparently no memory of where she was or what happened? ("What the hell are you talking about? I was at the store for like, one minute.") Could she be forced to go anywhere like an institution against her will? What sort of legal processes would she be forced to go through?

<b>EDIT: Woops, sorry about that, title and time period added!</b>

"Ladies Man"-type cologne(s)

I'm trying to get an idea of which type of (brand) cologne to describe for this present-day male character. Time period: Circa 2000-present. He's a late 20's/early 30's ladies man who's not wealthy but enjoys furthering the illusion that he has more than people would expect and he does enjoy the finer things even if he occasionally has dubious ways of paying for them.

One thing though is that Curve is one that keeps popping up in the searches I've done. While Curve is often described as being strong and obnoxious to most after a while - much like this character - I'm hoping to find something just a little less popular and preferably a litle more expensive that is considered to have a similar description.
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questions about attitudes towards homosexuality in the 1910s US and about US WWI military uniforms

Hi, I'm currently trying to write something set in a steampunk-ish sort of America. It's pretty much an alternative history thing, so most of the events which happened in the past in our world would have happened there too, only with science being a tad more advanced there than in our corresponding time.

The Setting

Basically, it's set in the 1910s, during WWI (which, unfortunately, with the state of science being more advanced, also contains some tactics more commonly associated with WWII, and covered a much larger geographical scale). For various reasons, America has decided to join the war in Europe much, much earlier instead of adopting a pacifist stance, and to a much larger degree. (I am also toying with the idea of possible sporadic air incursions by the Central Powers over (coastal) American areas, but am as of now still quite undecided.)

Anyway, one of the characters is involved in intelligence gathering, and as part of his cover is a member of the aviation side of the US army fighting on the Western front. He gets his information but gets injured in the process, and is made to go on a rest cure somewhere back home in America. There, he meets this other guy, hijinks ensue, and they supposedly fall in love in the process.

American Attitudes Towards Homosexuality in the 1910s

1) How accepting would American society have been of homosexuality in the 1910s have been?

All I know that the suffragette movement was accompanied by a quieter movement for homosexual rights, that the 1920s saw a wider acceptance (though there were still fears of persecution) which diminished upon the return to conservatism in the 1930s, and that the years during and post-WWII were far, far, far from homosexual-friendly. My research targetted specifically at the 1910s, however, has come up with nothing, and the up-and-down changes over those few decades makes it rather hard to extrapolate.

2) Closely tied with the first question, since social attitudes would definitely inform personal opinions - how accepting/willing-to-admit would a man of that time be of homosexuality, and/or to be able/willing to venture that another male party who he has met in a clandestine setting might be interested/that way inclined?

Both of characters are men, in their 20s, from Texas (Dallas and San Antonio). As mentioned, one of them is from the army, and has already been involved in at least one other homosexual liasion. The other (the unknown character, basically) is one of those liberal, 'mad scientist' types.

US WWI Military Uniforms

3. What were they made of, and/or were they even standard issue?

Far as I can tell, they appear to be of a khaki-ish sort of colour, though I might be wrong about the official name of the colour too, in which case, I'd welcome every and all corrections. I know the British WWI uniforms were made of khaki drill, and I was wondering if the same might be said of the US uniforms.

I've also stumbled across various clothing catalogues for various department stores and the like, advertising (military) clothing (coats, shirts and the like) for military men. I was particularly fascinated by how some of the catalogues mentioned stuff like tailoring said military-ish garb, or that this piece or that piece or this whole collection was targeted at the richer sort of military gentleman - to me, this seems to imply that much if not all of the US WWI military uniform wasn't a standard issue 'uniform' per se. How true is this?

4. Would a US soldier on leave and in the US still have to wear his uniform about, or could he just wear civillian clothing?

The impression I received of the British in WWII was that they did, but this was WWI, and if the war was an ocean away from America...