March 4th, 2013

Cocktails in 1890s England


I was wondering if anyone knows approximately when the tradition of having cocktails for an hour or so before dinner started? I'm writing a story set at an English house party, around 1894: the hero needs an opportunity to tell his host about the ZOMG CREEPY THING that happened earlier, and that seemed like a good occasion, but I'm not sure if the custom was actually going on by that point.

Googled "Victorian cocktail hour," "Victorian Dinner party", "Cocktail hour 1890s", "Dinner party 1890s."

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Leg injuries

Hi! So I'm looking for an injury, most likely to the leg, that could be caused by a car accident and would fit the following:
-loss of full range of motion, bad enough to prevent a career in dance, but not so bad as to prevent dancing, period.
-Occasional "locking" of the knee, either as a permanent side-effect, or just during recovery
-Little to no scarring

In my story, the MFC (main female character) is involved in an accident that's left her unable to pursue her dream of being a professional ballet dancer. Aside from occasionally locking up, she's still able to go about her normal life (walking, running, jogging, swimming, ect.) and even some dancing, leaving the option of teaching dance still available.

I've searched the following: leg injuries, knee injuries, injuries that would prevent a career in dance, injuries that would end a career in dance, leg injuries that cause the leg to lock up, common car crash injuries.

It's extremely important to the story, as it effects not only the mfc, but also every other major character. I'd prefer it if her range of motion is such that other characters are surprised to find out about the injury.
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History/Culture Question: Kamo no Matsuri/Aoi Matsuri 1870 - 1884

Searched: variations of Kamo no Matsuri 1870's/1880's, Aoi no Matsuri 1870's/1880's, and Aoi Festival Meiji Period.
Found: No day-to-day details nor any mention of interim activities.

Question: When the Aoi Festival was discontinued during the Meiji Period, exactly how discontinued was it? Wiki (ugh) only indicates that the procession was discontinued. Does that mean that other aspects of the festival, like the horse races and archery exhibitions earlier in the month were also discontinued, or did those still happen? Would there still have been a large influx of people into the city during May?