July 8th, 2010


william pitt the elder

The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail — its roof may shake — the wind may blow through it — the storm may enter — the rain may enter — but the King of England cannot enter — all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!
Speech on the Excise Bill, House of Commons (March 1763)

That little gem is among William Pitt's most famous of speeches, a stirring defense of the right of security within your home against any incursion (whether they be criminals or cops). Only problem is, I want the exact date. So far, nothing has been more specific than just the month and year.

I Googled "the storm may enter the rain may enter", and I thoroughly sussed out Pitt's Wikipedia page, as well as his Wikiquote page. I've searched for Pitt biographies in my local bookshops and libraries, but I guess they're not in much demand here in Texas.

Can anybody tell me what DATE Pitt made this speech?
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erika red

Question about TV lights on location...

I'm writing a novel about a reality show wherein there's some sabotage...it's a workplace-type reality show(let's say a cross between "Top Chef" and "Dirty Jobs") and I have this picture in my head of them lighting up a scene and one of the lightbulbs shatters and gets some glass in the subject's eye.
But I don't know enough about modern TV lighting to know how likely this is...I've googled both "Television lighting" and "television lighting problems" and have learned a lot, but nothing quite this specific. Is there anyone here who works in TV?
violin land

When chloral doesn't work

Setting: London, 1886.
Searched: Chloral symptoms, chloral altered awareness. I also checked for chloral experiences on Erowid,

A doctor in his early 30s has been suffering from insomnia for several months and taking chloral to help him sleep. Gradually he has increased the dosage as he develops a resistance to it. Not actually wanting to do a Lily Bart, he resolves he mustn't go any higher than forty grains. (I hope I've got this right, I'm going for a "worryingly high but not outright stupid" dose.)

One night he takes forty grains and still can't fall asleep.

All I want to know is whether he would show any obvious symptoms of having taken something.  I daresay he shouldn't  operate heavy machinery, but would he seem to himself or others to be "altered" in any way? Or would he just be exhausted and awake, as if he hadn't taken a thing?