July 19th, 2011

The Future of Belarus

I'm working on a story that involves the interactions between a few European countries, especially Finland, Belarus, and Russia. It is set in the near future. Based on the recent news about protests in Belarus, this story operates under the assumption that Lukashenka is no longer in power. However, I'm entirely unsure how such a change would affect international relations. Would it be plausible for Belarus to seek to join the European Union in such a scenario?

Assuming that is possible (because that is the direction I would like for my story to take) what about the relationship between Belarus and Russia--would it cause the collapse of the Union State (which, from the research I've done, seems to be mostly a formality at the moment)? What about Belarus's energy resources? I've read that Russia has been trying to buy Belarusian oil refineries.

Research: I've read through lots of news articles about the protests in Belarus and about current Belarus-Russia relations as well as articles on Belarusian energy resources, and I've read the wikipedia article about the Union State. I also googled "future of Belarus" and "future of Union State," but if anything, I just feel more ignorant and confused than I did when I started research.

Uh, I'm not sure if this post is even coherent anymore, but any help would be very much appreciated!

Specifics about a German Jewish student attending Eton College in the 1920s

I'm pretty sure Jewish students were technically allowed at Eton by the '20s, but I'm wondering about how a German Jew would've been treated by others at the school--not well, I'd assume, given that the war had just ended. Specifically, would they be permitted to/forced to skip chapel or other religious services? Seems like a small question, but I can't find any definitive answer and it's important for what I'm writing. ;) I've Googled every relevant combination of words, searched the Eton website and also ctrl-f'd this book and this book. Please & thanks!

Romantic Music 1940s - End of WWII

Hello Little Detailers - hoping some of you could toss some recommendations my way. I'm writing a story that is has a major scene where two main characters are thinking back over their relationship, and it pivots around them dancing to a romantic song. The song/scene needs to take place somewhere after WWII, preferably as soon after the end of the war in the European theater as possible.

Googled: Romantic songs of 1940s, Romantic songs of 1950s, Love songs of 1940s, 1950s

What I'm looking for is a romantic song, preferably a bit sappy, that could be slow danced to, as soon after the end of the war as possible. The characters in question have had a love/hate relationship, and the war/this song is to be the combo that pushes them further towards the "love" side of the equation. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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