July 6th, 2010

WalterSeras by dasaod

Beach Houses in England; English Beaches at Night

Setting: England, roughly contemporary

I'm trying to write a simple fanfic about a couple taking a long, pleasant walk on the beach at night, and oddly enough I'm running into complications.

I want them to be staying in a beach house. The beach house is owned by someone very rich, so it can be anywhere. And I want the beach to be a pleasant place where 1) it's permitted to walk at night but 2) it's not really noisy or filled with teenagers. *remembers her own youth*

They're starting out from London but it doesn't matter if it takes them many hours to get there. I'm mostly only going to be talking about the beach itself but it's too awkward to not have them mention a location in the story.

Google Terms Used: Beach House England, Walking Down English Beaches at Night, England Beaches Night, British beaches. I got mostly ads for holiday cottages, and some real estate ads. Which was helpful but as I don't know what the specific beaches are like that wasn't enough.
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Toulouse cross

Learning a second language as a child

Googled: language acquisition, second language + child
Setting: (not that it matters much): medieval England and France

If a child was taken from England at the age of five or so, and grew up thereafter in a completely French-speaking environment, am I right in thinking he would learn to speak French like a native?

How much English, if any, would he be likely to retain if he really didn't encounter any English-speakers again till he was an adult? If he retained any English, would he retain his English accent or would he sound like a Frenchman?

I'm aware that these things are a continuum,  and that there will be people at both extreme ends of the continuum, either retaining the whole of their cradle tongue, or forgetting it totally. But what would be typical?

fall from a horse

I will be honest, I've not Googled this one as I have no clue how to word my search, so while direct help would of course be best, I'll happily take hints on how to do my own search!

The question is: If someone was struck across the face (as in, punched or back-handed) by someone taller than them, on a larger horse, and the victim had their feet in the stirrups, what is likely to happen?

Seems to me the victim is likely to fall but would they actually hit the ground or would they be sprawled across the horse's rump because their feet are in the stirrups? Would they be likely to suffer injuries to their legs by getting their feet dragged out of the stirrups as they fell? They're wearing leather shoes with fairly smooth, flat soles.

Also, as this is a normal riding horse, is the horse likely to get freaked out and try to take off?

I want the drama of the single blow but not any injuries beyond a spilt lip, and I don't want a huge chase as we're in a forest by night!

thanks to all,


EDITED TO ADD: Great good God I never knew something seeming so minor could be so complex. (boggles). So very glad I asked as otherwise I'd clearly be making laughable mistakes.

Time period is fifteen century England. I have no idea what saddlery and tack was like then but from the sound of it, this might have quite an effect on the scene.

The aggressor is very well-trained in medieval warfare but of course normally uses a sword or axe – the whole thing of simply not being able to reach that far hadn't occurred to me. He's a big guy for the time, over 6ft but that's hardly massive by todays standards.

As I'm trying very hard to avoid the theorectical reader from hurling the book away in disgust at what they know to be mistakes, I may dispense with the horses for this moment.

Thanks to everyone for the replies.