December 31st, 2013

Russian or Ukrainian and Old Money.

I have two characters, both male. Both between 40-45. One is the son of diplomats. Traveled and educated all over the world. The other is a former Russian soldier. Ukrainian by birth (if it mattered under the soviets.).

The two of them sort of grew up together. The diplomats' kid would stay with his uncle (mother's brother, also Ukrainian) for vacations, summers and whatnot.  That's how he got to know the other guy who was like the uncle's adopted son. Uncle was something of a bigshot in the communist government.

First question
It's years later, the two are now living in France where the diplomats' kid has a large/important business and the former soldier now works for him.  I'm trying to figure out if the two of them are just sitting around casually conversing, what language would they be speaking in, Russian or Ukrainian?

Second question
In one scene the two of them are talking about a third person, an American. And the soldier is describing this American who is "old money"/"blue blood". Well, that's how another American or maybe a Brit would describe this person. But how would the former Russian soldier describe him? Is there such a concept for a Russian/former Soviet? The Diplomats' kid spent time in the West and the US, so he would understand it and might even use those words/that description. But I'm unsure if the other guy would.

I'm not so much looking for the words/translation (though they might be interesting to see) but more how he would express the concept.
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UK legal advice - company liability, philanthropic gift of a building & building contract operation

Please can anybody help me with some UK legal advice on private company liability and on the philanthropic gift of a building? Plus, I would really appreciate advice on the operation of a building renovation contract.

The story is set in the present day, in the UK, so the questions about the liability on a private company and the operation of the building work relates to now. The gift of the building was made in the early 1900s. Before 1910.

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Searches already conducted -
Limiting the search to UK sites, I searched for on-line legal dictionaries to check my basic terms.
Then I goggled "deed of gift" and read the guidance that came up on the first 2 results pages, including the guidance from the Law Society on 'Making gifts of assets'. That was mostly concerned with gifts in wills and as provision for future care, as with the stuff on the Alzheimer's Society's site.
I am also concerned that all of this is very modern and things will have been simplified since 1910. I found a sample Deed of Gift for personal assets that was really straightforward and I fear is not the sort of legal language used by Edwardian solicitors. Similarly, a sample deed of gift for a gift to the Tate Gallery was specifically about gifting works of art, not the museum building itself.
A search for information on philanthropic gifts only provided links to information about claiming a tax deduction.
I tried "deed of trust" too. Mostly that gave me information about how a married couple could formalise shares in a property. I did get the Charity Commission site, though. That provided guidance on setting up a charity and I guess that is what my donor did, but again, I am concerned that it is all too modern.

I had no idea how to search for help with my building contract operation question. I did search for university and FE college sites, in an attempt to find curriculum information from civil engineering or building work courses, but had no luck finding anything with enough detail.

Many thanks in advance for any help you can give.

I couldn't see a tag for 'present day', apologies if I simply missed it.
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Injuries sustained by improper conveyance of hurt party

Googled: injuries caused by improper transportation (which told me about workplace injuries); injuries caused by improperly transporting injured party (which pretty much said, don't do it or you risk a spinal injury). Also posted the fanfic_med group on Yahoo! and waiting on response.

I'm currently writing a Batman fanfiction involving 19-year-old Dick Grayson and 14 (or so)—year-old Jason Todd. Background is that Dick and Jason are swinging away from an exploding bomb and land on a rooftop. Dick shields Jason and his costume protects him from the neck down. However, he is concussed, bleeding from a scalp wound (which Jason bandages), and unconscious. He's also got burns and I'm not mentioning other injuries, since at this point, Jason knows he needs to get him to a doctor. For numerous reasons, including inexperience and poor judgment, Jason does not call anyone for help. Instead, he hooks a 25"x25"x42" wheeled laundry cart from a balcony below and manages to stuff Dick inside, basically folding him in half (I found out that the roomier carts weigh close to 250 lbs, and since he actually needs to lift the thing onto the roof, it's got to be the smaller, 25-lb model), doing what he can to cushion the sides.

Since he's 14 and can't drive, he feels he has no choice but to take the cart onto the subway. There will be some stairs involved, i.e. some jostling.

So... it seems likely that poor Dick Grayson will arrive at the clinic in somewhat worse shape than he leaves the rooftop! I don't want to kill him. I don't want to cause permanent damage or disability. But I would like to give him some additional injuries to be treated. Suggestions?

ETA: Thanks so much! Finished the fic!