April 13th, 2013

How to attach chains to concrete

Hi everyone;

I'm editing a manuscript in which a character is handcuffed and chained to a wall.  My difficultly is with the manner in which the chains are connected to the wall.  The author has described it this way: "o-ring screws embedded in the walls that connected to chains", but I'm not sure if that's correct.  I've tried the search terms "how to fasten chains to walls" and "how to fasten chains to concrete" with no usable results.  Can anyone help me with this?  Thank you!

Referring to the Royal Academy of Music

I have a story set in London, 2010, in which the Royal Academy of Music is discussed.

I'm wondering if there's a particular abreviated form that is more likely to be used than any others in conversation: The RAM, The Academy, The Royal Academy?

And also whether that might be different depending on whether the speaker is:

an insider (lecturer, student, guest)
unaffiliated but knowledgable about music
an affiliate of a rival school, say the Royal College of Music
or generally unknowledgable about music.

I guess there might be variations depending on other contextual cues as well, or even no particular convention. Please educate me!

I've looked at the official website, and googled variations of "RAM" and "referring to Royal Academy of Music in conversation" as well as "Rivalry between RAM and RCM", all of which offer a number of possibilities, but the kicker is that there are often forms that appear legitimately in print that wouldn't be spoken.

ETA: I had quite blithely been assuming that "RAM" would be pronounced as "R-A-M", but it occurs to me to seek confirmation that it would not, in fact, be said as "ram"?