November 1st, 2012

Crossing the English Channel in the late 1950s

How long would it likely take?

I have two characters who will be taking the ferry between Dover and Calais in early 1958, but I can't find any information on how long a crossing would have taken at that time. The Guardian helpfully informs me that the first hovercraft crossing occurred in 1959 and took 2 hours and 3 minutes, so I'm assuming a conventional ferry crossing took quite a bit longer--but how much longer?

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Searches tried: channel crossing; channel crossing history; english channel history; channel ferries; dover-calais ferry;

Subway Operator

Hi everyone, first time poster here! I'm writing a story in which the main character works in the subway. i haven't fully decided yet if he's going to actually drive or have some other job (possibly maintenance related?) but my basic problem is that the only thing I know about the subway is how to ride it. So I was hoping someone could come to my aid and tell me: 

A) What the job of a subway driver actually entails 
B) What are some other regular jobs in the subway, and what they entail

Thank you all so much, and sorry if my question is poorly worded! 

ETA: This is specifically about the New York subway, sorry guys! 

How does a fashion show go?

I'm writing a story about events taking place at a fashion show (the sort with runway models, etc), but I'm afraid I have zero familiarity with how those things are structured. A few questions:

  • How many pieces might be exhibited? (Upper and lower bounds, estimated)
  • Are there speeches? Explanations/commentary from the designer?
  • What about other bits of performance? My impression is there's usually music, but I don't know if that's just used as background, or if there's ever any kind of song-and-dance around the actual runway display.
  • Who's likely to be invited, besides fashion critics and photographers?
  • Anything else I should take into account in describing the scene?

Thanks!
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