December 3rd, 2010

  • wneleh

Medevac via dangling stretcher

I'm writing a short bit of fanfic for The Sentinel. The episode I'm jumping off from was filmed in the late 1990s and is set in Washington State in what is referred to as the "Northern Wilderness" at an abandoned mine.

The episode ends with one of the MCs, who has been shot in the leg, being flown off in a stretcher dangling from a helicopter. Screaming his head off, because the less manly character screaming is funny :-/.

FWIW, the MC seems stable, and there are numerous first responders around; we don't know how they got there, as no vehicles are shown.

My questions:

(1) Would a helicopter doing this necessarily be an air ambulance?
(2) How long would the MC be kept dangling - until the helicopter reached a place where it can land, until it reaches a local medical center, until it can meet up with EMTs, until it reaches Major City Hospital?
(3) Wouldn't any helicopter doing this be able to pull the MC aboard? (We don't get a good look at the helicopter, so can't tell how big it is.)

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But I've found absolutely nothing that even hints that people are ever flown off hanging via stretcher, let alone what you do with them once you've got them there.

Wedding Ceremonies in Medieval Norway

 I've tried searching Google, Google books, (search terms: "medieval norway wedding", "medieval wedding", "middelalderske bryllupet" - I got that search term from Google Translate, so if it's incorrect I apologize) and even tried searching Noway's wikipedia using Google translate.  I am looking for precise information about the rituals, ceremonies, etc. for a wedding in medieval Norway, specifically the Oppland county area, 1200s-1300s.  I know that a wedding feast was held at the home of either the bride or groom, and that drinking and dancing was a large aspect.  

What I've been unable to find out is about the actual ceremony itself.  Did it take place at the farm manor as well, or would it take place at a church.  If at a church, would it be inside or outside?  What kind of scripture was read, or what kind of prayers or words were spoken (their equivalent of "do you take this man, etc.")?  

And if someone has any book recommendations for where I could find this kind of info, I'd greatly appreciate it.  

I definitely appreciate any information possible!  Thanks!  
emote - funeral of hearts
  • bwinter

French Christmas traditions - 18th century, upper-class

I'm working on a story that features Christmas around 1776 in the family of a French general. He's about 50 at that point and has no particular noble title - I'd think he's a younger son of a provincial noble. He's well-connected though: his wife is a lady-in-waiting to Marie-Antoinette and may be higher-born than he is, while he himself was at one point in the Royal Guards. There are no young children in the house.

I'm stumbling on the history of Christmas traditions in France vs class divisions: would they have a nativity scene at home? Would the house be decorated in any particular way?

I tried searching for French Christmas/holiday tradition history, but while I found plenty of general information (food, decorations, nativity scenes), it's centered on peasant and bourgeois celebrations, not upper-class.