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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!

Jun. 25th, 2013

Ten Initial 2


On Weddings...

To all the kind folk in Who Britpickery, I need some advice about what the official words need to be at a non-church wedding. I can't see anything in the tags, and I haven't been able to afford to go back to the UK for weddings, funerals, etc. etc. for all my relatives. So I'm woefully ignorant in this regard. For example, I've jotted down the following, but don't know the actual / legally necessary steps and wording:

1.'Name of Character ], do you take [ Name of Character ] as your lawfully wedded wife?'
'And, [ Name of Character ], do you take [ Name of Character ], as your lawfully wedded husband?'

2. [ Names of Characters ] need to sign the certificate.'

3. 'And now, I now pronounce them husband and wife.'

I also take it that posting the banns is only needed for a church wedding but not a civil one, right? Is there still an amount of time for... I don't know... a registration process to take place? And what would that involve?

Also, I know that navy captains can perform weddings when on their own ship. Would there be some kind of rank Martha could have achieved in UNIT, or special dispensation, to perform a wedding? If necessary, I'll handwave the issue through with a UNIT-created special dispensation, but I'd much rather have something factual to back me up.

So, if any of you can help me out, I will be grateful!

ETA: The wedding is taking place in England, near Wayland's Smithy in Oxfordshire.

May. 28th, 2013

Anwen and Gwen


On Driving Licenses Expiring...

How often do driving licenses expire in the United Kingdom? (Does it depend on the region? It'll be a Welsh driving license, if that makes any difference.) When I google it, the only information it's really pulling up is information about the licenses expiring when you turn 70. Since the license in question belongs to Jack Harkness, I can certainly make that work, but I'm used to licenses expiring at least every ten years in the United States and I want to make sure it really is different in the UK.

Thanks for the help!

May. 11th, 2013



Proper Usage of "Quid"

For some reason "quid" just doesn't feel right to me as slang whenever I'm talking about large sums of money, and I don't know if that's justified or not. Like, "twenty quid," sounds fine, but the sentence in question is "He asked what I was doing running around the countryside at midnight with three-thousand quid in my bag..." and 'quid' just feels weird there. Is it still okay, or would there be another slang term (something more like the American "three grand") that's better? Thanks in advance for any help.

May. 5th, 2013




Jerusalem is to England as God Bless America is to the United States.

Feb. 27th, 2013



Analogous Accents

This is not technically Brit-picking, but I thought somebody here might know anyway:

If we assume that the Doctor is not speaking in English but rather that everyone hears him in their local language and we just hear him in British English for convenience, what could be the American accent Mr. van Statten hears when the Ninth Doctor speaks? (He made note of Rose being English as soon as he heard her speak, but he didn't seem to notice anything unusual about the Doctor's speech.) I'm not looking necessarily for a "northern" U.S. accent but rather one that would carry similar class connotations and perhaps stereotypes as Christopher Eccleston's accent. (I like to think the Ninth Doctor adopted the slang of the Shobogans out of an instinctual wish to distance himself from the arrogance and massive privilege of the Timelords. From what I can gather, the Tenth Doctor's estuary accent is the stereotype for young upper-class/middle-class people who want to appear more friendly and in touch with the 'common man' by adopting some aspects of the Cockney accent? This would work well with his renewed pride in being a Timelord and a lot of other changes in his general attitude and class-coding.)

Actually, I'm not really looking for what Mr. van Statten would hear, but rather what Jack would hear, assuming he used some kind of futuristic language training device to change his native language to some generic form of 1940s American English. (Having Jack hear the Ninth Doctor speak his actual native language while processing Rose's English at the same time would be too complicated. Plus, he conversed with John Hart in English, too.) So if someone has an idea what the equivalent American accent would have been at the time of World War 2, that would be even better.
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