October 27th, 2010

Russian Wedding Band?

Setting: Modern Day
Main Characters: Russian male, mid-30s-mid 40s (raised in Russia, Switzerland, NY). Parents were diplomats. American Female, mid-30s.

I've been trying to find information on wedding traditions in Russia, specifically details on wedding bands. Are they worn on the left hand or right? Plain band or bridal set like most western countries?

I've done various Google searches and found yes to all of the above and no to all of the above. Most interesting item found is that rather than a plain band, a tri-band (3 interlocking bands) is worn. One site even said, a modern bridal set can be worn on the left hand, but the tri-band on the right.

Can anyone offer any clarity?
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Hello everyone! National Novel-Writing Month is upon us, and I have a few questions involving poison that I hope y'all can help me with. I have Google'd just about everything I could think of concerning arsenic poisoning (and combinations of it with periods of time and "symptoms") and have come up with a few winning things.

I'm writing a novelization of a video game (Fire Emblem 7: Blazing Sword for the curious) and in canon it speaks of poison at various points. In order to be sure my work is as realistic as possible, I thought to ask here. :)

World: Fantasy, Medieval
(I am personally considering it a 1300s-1500s equivalent, but there is "magic" in the world. However, I hate using "magic" as an excuse to airbrush over/wave away details.)

Poison being considered: Arsenic
It seems to fit everything from the first question, but I'm not sure about the second and third. :) I would love alternative suggestions, too.


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Thank you all for any help you can offer! ♥
Panty ☆ False Angel

London Underground Track Level Maps

Setting: Alternate Universe, present day London, United Kingdom

I have three characters involved in a chase sequence in present day London. The underground trains are not running. One of the characters is on the run from the other two. She arrives in the guise of a civilian south of the river Thames at Vauxhall but the other two characters give chase after spotting her. At first she hides in various places within Vauxhall Station but then she is forced to go through the underground to escape. Her eventual destination is King's Cross.

All characters are equipped with hoverboots. They basically fly around at track level in the London Underground and pass through the stations.

I really want to give a fairly geographical description of that chase sequence since it has relevance in the plot later but for that I need some sort of track map. The thing is, a lot of the maps I'm finding are just of the surface level and none really at track level.

The closest I can find to what I want is this website however it has none of the places I'm interested in. And these ones from this particular book just seem far too... hm, complex and obtuse for my liking? Unless someone can tell me how to read those track diagrams

So to sum up...

Anybody know where I can find track level maps for the London Underground that are accessible enough for someone like me who only has dipped her toe in being a train anorak?

In addition, even though this is already quite fantastical with hoverboots and a chase sequence in the tube, are there any particular points to take note travelling through them in anything other than a train? (for example - closed stations, emergency lights, CCTV/monitoring, wiring, dangeruos electric bits?) I already am aware of things like engineering works and signal failure.

Many thanks for your help!

Google searches: tfl underground track map, london underground track map, london underground track level map and other variations of such.