December 18th, 2012

music, serious face

[ANON POST] Reaction to 9/11 in Britain

I am currently working on a short story dealing with people hearing from 9/11 for the first time. (so the setting logically would be September 11th 2001) and I am not sure where to set it. I would like to go for Britain, as it has to be an english text, but I am not sure if my idea would work in that context.

I wanted to base the story on my own experiences. (Target group are school children)

I myself am from Germany, and I was seven when it happened. It was at my grandmother's birthday party. The radio was turned on in the background and when the first reports came in, we all thought it was some kind of radio play. When we realized it was real, while those who were younger were of course shocked everyone old enough to remember WWII was horribly scared there might be a new war as a result.

My question now: What kind of effect did the news have on people in Britain? I am not talking about politicians but citizens who saw it on the news for the first time.
Did some think as far as worrying about an upcoming war?

I tried googling terms like "Reactions to 9/11 [and every possible synonyme of 9/1 I could think of or Google suggested] Britain", "Psychological effect of 9/11 in Britain" and every variation that came to mind, I replaced Britain "England", "Scotland" and "Ireland" just in case and read Wikipedia articles like "Reactions to the September 11 attacks". I also checked newspaper archives the like the Guardian. But either I found official political statements or psychological assessments of how people in New York were dealing with it, while I want to know how it affected Joe and Jane Lunchbucket.

Anyone willing to share his or her memories?

(And for some reason I only see every button here in japanese and haven't found out how to change it yet, so I don't know how to add a subject title here, my apologies, I will work on it - My subject title would have gone along the lines of "Psychological effects of 9/11 on Joe and Jane Lunchbucket living in Britain")

Victorian Mourning Customs

I'm trying to find out  what the Victorian (19th century)  customs are when mourning a the death of a friend. Also what are the Victorian customs when mourning a the death of a fiancé or fiancée?

So far I've searched Google. My search has lead me to several nice sites that talk about Victorian mourning customs, but none that address the relationships mentioned above. 
Molto bene!

Citizenship and passports for a cloned man

That was about the hardest subject line I have ever had to come up with. Anyway, on to business.

Time late 2000s, should be 2007 or 2008.
Place London, UK.

Let's say I have a man in his mid-thirties and that he didn't quite exist as of earlier today. He's the exact human clone (or, more precisely a biological meta-crisis) of one alien Doctor.

He didn't really exist on Earth as a couple of hours ago, he doesn't really have a name, or an age, and of course he doesn't have ID papers.

The Doctor himself has used the name 'John Smith' as pseudonym in many occasions, so I was planning to let his human double use exactly that name.

This is all highly fudge-able and what I'm writing doesn't really require a lot of detail on this subject, still I'm curious and I'd love to know at least how to tackle the situation.

So, how do I make him a loyal British citizen?

I have googled both in Italian (then realizing that I wanted something more UK-specific) and English variations of: "giving identity to unknown person""procedures for giving identity" "giving an identity to immigrants/nomad people" (this mostly gave up articles with the political kind of 'identity'), and I have taken a look through the 'passports', 'Uk - passports' and the 'missing persons' tags here.

Whips, Punishments.

Hello, i am currently in the beginning stages of designing my own world
and i'm at writing the more major laws and punishments. One of the
punishments is to be whipped, but when searching for information what
i'm getting is things about whipped cream and whips that are either used
to inspire fear and no or little damage or inspire terror and massive
amounts of damage.


> I was wondering if you knew of any types/brands of whips that
punish and leave marks without tearing someone to bits.