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nursery rhyme [Aug. 4th, 2016|08:39 pm]
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Does anyone still bounce small children on their knees with this nursery rhyme?

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a white horse,
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
And she shall have music wherever she goes.

ETA: sounds like it's still used - thanks, everyone!
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Earning cash in 1970s England [Dec. 17th, 2015|11:52 am]
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What would a boy living in an underpriviledged area of England do to earn some spending cash in the 70s?

I'm not thinking about getting an actual job like a paper route. I'm more interested in less scheduled things, like redeeming coke bottles and such. What would an 8-12 year old boy with the freedom to run the streets do?

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What is this? [Nov. 23rd, 2015|06:22 am]
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I anyone able to tell me what is the structure in the picture below? I see them all over England and nobody seems to be able to tell me what they are or their purpose. I usually get, "Oh, yeah! ... I don't know" when I ask locals.


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Yuletide help needed! [Nov. 18th, 2015|12:03 am]
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I'm setting this present-day.

Is there an informal name that the locals would use to refer to the Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire? (Example: "He's working in the gift shop over at...") Bucks? County Museum? The Museum?

I'd be interested in knowing if there are similar informal names for other points of interest in and around Aylesbury.

Thanks so much!
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Tell them of us and say [Nov. 8th, 2015|03:03 pm]
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American or British expression? [Oct. 19th, 2015|11:49 am]
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Hello everybody.

I stumbled by an expression in my beta work:

I need some glue, paper, string, and all that jazz to make a kite.

I was wondering is the expression in red is American or British. I think it's more American. I'm brit-picking so I should tell the author to change it if in BrE is not used so much. Right?
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Question [Sep. 17th, 2015|08:49 am]
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I would like to ask you about using this way of expressing one's self:

Harry was stood in his kitchen.

Draco was sat in his office.

instead of using:

Harry was standing in his kitchen.

Draco was sitting in his office.

Someone told me that it stands out as very British. Is that true?

Is it ok to use it in the narrative part of a story or just in dialogue, or never in writing?
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cottage roofs [May. 24th, 2015|11:44 pm]
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Hello! In my fic, a traditional country cottage (inherited by Luna Lovegood, precise location not determined) gets its roof taken off in big chunks and tossed onto the ground, preferably loudly and dramatically. It would help if I knew what the roof was likely to be made of. Big pieces of thatched roof would presumably land with more of a whump than a crash? Would there maybe be tiled roofs? Would the tiles crack and clatter? Or wooden shingles? Are all of these things laid over a wooden base, so would boards need to come off too in order to get to where daylight was coming in to the house through the roof? I am trying to create disruption for the unsuspecting tenant when someone comes to remove the roof for a Luna-tic renovation project.

I realize that it depends on the age, style, location, etc of the cottage, and I haven't worked out all those details as this is a quick pinch hit fic. So I'd just like to know some likely possibilities.

Where I live houses are rarely very old and tend to have asphalt shingles so I don't know much about older roofing materials!

Thank you so much!
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Questions re: applying to university in England and medical education [Apr. 14th, 2015|07:04 pm]
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If someone could provide some guidance on the following, that would be fabulous:

In the 1970s, when you applied for university in England, did the applicant send their marks to the university themselves, or was there some central agency that sent their marks to the university in support of their application?

If someone left school at 16 (also in the 1970s), what would be their path if, say, three or four years later they wanted to go to university (specifically a pre-medical program)?

What educational background/course of study would a person pursue at university before starting medical school?

And info anyone can provide would be fantastic!
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