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Mar. 11th, 2014



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DO people use 'retard' as an insult in Britain? Specifically Wales?

Thanks for your responses, people! To be more specific, I am looking for intentionally hurtful language; the circumstances in my fic include physical/mental violence against the character also being called whatever insult I end up picking, and it's set in the early 90s.

In my experience, retard is considered really offensive in the US, although in the sense of 'the teachers hate it when we say it so let's just say it as much as we can.' In college, I mainly hear it on sports teams, for what that's worth.

Feb. 22nd, 2014



Wales Football and Rugby Seasons

Please help - Google is failing me tonight: in what time of year are football and rugby played?  Spring, summer, fall?  How long does a season last?

Thank you very much for any and all help.

I apologize, but I didn't see a "sports" tag.

Feb. 10th, 2014



What is the word for this item of clothing

How would Rose refer to the zippered shirt she is wearing in the Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit?  I would probably call it a hoodie even though it doesn't have a hood.  Is there a better Britglish word?

Jan. 16th, 2014



television shows...

Would the US show Little House on the Prairie be something Rose Tyler would be somewhat familiar with even if only from re-runs?  Or is there a British show I could reference taking place at a time where people wore similar type of clothing?  Context is a comparison to the clothing of the aliens on a planet she and the Doctor are visiting to the type of clothing worn on a show (my mind thinks Little House, what would Rose's think?)


There doesn't seem to be a tag for television, otherwise I'd have picked that.

Jan. 12th, 2014

Hipster Belle


Unwanted phone calls

Is there any particular agency, company or organization that is particularly known for being dedicated to making unwanted phone calls? Either especially dedicated telemarketers or collections agencies, but from the type who would potentially be trying to reach Rose Tyler. Are there any government organizations that would be calling her about something she could have forgotten to pay/attend who would be well-known for being dogged in trying to reach their client?

Jan. 1st, 2014

Bennie's Tights


Upscale/exclusive post codes/communities/neighborhoods in England

Hi there! As the subject line states, I'm trying to get at least a sketchy idea of what particular neighborhoods, towns, villages, etc. throughout England proper would be considered homes for the rich and powerful.I'm guessing that post codes could be a clue, right? Country homes, for instance, where the houses themselves have a pedigree, and the surrounding landscape is lovely. I'm doing a little online research, but folk here might have a more accurate and immediate idea. If there are particular neighborhoods within London that would be considered similarly - say, where the rich and powerful live when they're not in the country at the week - that would be gravy. Thanks for any help that anyone can provide!

ETA: Thanks so much for all your input. Everyone's given me information that will probably prove valuable beyond the specific reason I asked the question in the first place. That's why I love asking questions here!

Aug. 8th, 2013

Why I watch Merlin


My character needs a degree like burning

At my high school we had a College Counselling Office that did its best to crowbar students into applying for universities (jk). What would this be called in Britain? University Counselling?


Jul. 31st, 2013



England-to-Wales Phone Call in the Early 90s...

As I said in the title, the fic is set in the early 90s. I need a character in England to call a character in Wales. Is this going to be considered long-distance/is it going to cost more than a call to someone in England would? If it is going to be more expensive, are both parties going to be charged extra, or just one of them?

Thanks in advance for any help!

(Also, I don't really have any idea how to tag this, so for now I won't? None of the tags really seem to fit.)

Jul. 9th, 2013

Ten Initial 2


On Weddings, next question

I've poked around quite a few UK government and wedding advice sites since my last questions, but I can't find an answer to these three questions:

Does a couple (in England) have to complete their Marriage Notice Form at the Registrar, or can they download it, fill it out and sign it at home and then bring it in with their required documents (birth certificate, passport, driver's licence, etc. etc.) at the time they're giving notice?

Are any witnesses or "guarantors" needed to sign the Notice Form as well (rather like on a passport form)?

Also, what exactly does it mean when the Registrar "makes a schedule" for the couple once the 15 days of posting the Notice Form has finished? To me, a schedule is like a time-table, detailing several things that all have different times. However, from context, it seems just as if this is the wedding date? Or is it more a period of time in which the wedding is allowed to take place? Or is it open spots in the Registrar's own schedule when he or she is willing to perform the ceremony? If it's a period of time, can it begin pretty much as soon as the 15 days are over?

Thank you for any help.

Jul. 6th, 2013

Anwen and Gwen


Welsh Food and Birthdays in School

1. I need a food that Gwen and Ianto are both likely to have grown up eating and know how to make, but that Tosh and Owen probably aren't familiar with, or if they are familiar with it, they probably think it's a bit disgusting and wouldn't want to know how to make it.

2. For a different fic, how common is it for a primary school class to celebrate a child's birthday? I'm writing a fic set a few years in the future, and Anwen's birthday is falling on a school day. Would it be normal for Gwen and Rhys to send in cupcakes for the class to celebrate? If it is normal, are they likely to have been given a list of foods/ingredients they can't send in (because of allergies) at the start of the year?

Thanks in advance for any help!

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