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28 November 2016 @ 05:22 pm
Hello, invaluable comm:

Can someone point me to a source describing what a London resident would do to secure housing or a housing subsidy if they were suddenly and catastrophically disabled? This is the information I have found that seems to apply: http://www.scope.org.uk/support/disabled-people/housing/deposit

The character in question is an army veteran and unarguably (even to a hostile bureaucracy!) unable to do the work he has been trained for, or, indeed, any skilled work. He doesn't specifically need wheelchair access.

This is a magical AU, so I can fudge details, but I'd like at least to generally follow the track of what would happen in our reality; as long as the link above provides accurate information, it's probably as much detail as I need.

Thank you!

(Mods, I don't see a tag for public benefits or the like -- my apologies if I missed it.)
06 November 2016 @ 05:11 pm
If someone dies of a drug overdose in a public place, according to what I've gleaned from +this post and +this Wikipedia entry, the coroner would order a post-mortem performed but probably no inquest would be held because there would be no suspicion of third-party involvement. Is that right?
Where would those post-mortem records then be kept? Would the police have the originals, or a copy, or would they only be kept at the coroner's office?
13 October 2016 @ 11:03 am
It would be great if anyone of you could help me with this. I'm currently writing a fic where Sherlock ends up bound to a chair and left to die in a London sewer. Can anyone tell me whether these sewers still are connected directly with the Thames? So when the tide rises the sewer would fill and Sherlock would drown? Or does anyone of you know of a site where there's a kind of sewer 'floor plan' to be found? Wikipedia just sends me off scrambling in all directions.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
25 April 2016 @ 09:49 pm
It would be lovely if some of you could help me with this. Does anyone of you know whether there arefolktales or nursery-rhymes or songs regarding the Uffington horse or any of the other white hill horses in England?

Also, can anyone tell me a bit about the countryside around the Uffington horse. On Google maps it looks rather deserted. Is that indeed the case?

Any and all information most welcome.
12 April 2016 @ 07:34 pm
Is there a fairly well known folk song that talks about love of the countryside and home? I don't mean anything patriotic and nationalistic like God Save the Queen, and also not anything that's specific to a single region or town. Just something that says how beautiful England is in a 'there's no place like home' kind of way.
12 January 2016 @ 07:56 pm
How does income tax work in the UK?
* Do you have to submit paperwork once a year detailing your income and such? In the US this is called 'filing a tax return'. What is it called in the UK? Or is there some other procedure?
* What is the deadline for submitting your tax return?
* Is it usual for people to prepare their own tax returns? How complicated is it?
* I saw something on the government site about 'bands' as related to income tax. Are those like tax brackets in the US?
21 May 2015 @ 06:09 pm
You know, those skin tight ones. Do casual runners wear these? Men? Are they called running pants or running trousers? Or something else entirely?
16 April 2015 @ 12:18 pm
Hey, guys...
I need someone to help me the name of some well-known and cliche mailing list, something that many consider common junk mail - like the UK equivalent of Publishers Clearing House flyers...(assuming there are such things! The idea of a country with no junk mail is a lovely one, but I presume it's a fantasy.)
The dialogue exchange I'm trying to complete is:

"Oh yeah—mailroom sent this up. Addressed to you."

"Better not be (___) again. It was hell getting off their list the first time."

(This is for the *other* WIP and is set present-day.)
Any thoughts?
03 April 2015 @ 09:55 am
Hey all,

I'm trying to figure out whether there would have been any sort of men's hair dye products available in London, beginning in approximately 1986 and going forward (if there wasn't anything like that until later, it would help to know exactly when things of that nature began to be marketed). What I'm hoping for is something like the sort with a little touch-up wand - apply a little by hand to cover specific grey hairs, semi-permanent to gradually wash out within three to six shampoos.

Obviously this has to do with a plot point involving Lestrade, is it obvious? ;) I did a bunch of searching which probably was more like flailing my arms wildly at Google and Wikipedia, but I came up with nothing useful.

If there weren't any products like that on the market at the time, do you think it would be at all feasible to apply tiny amounts of mascara to disguise small areas of grey/silver hair? He'd have to re-apply that every day, and be very careful to avoid clumps, but it might be a workaround.

Any help would be much appreciated!
Hello, fellow Brit here looking for some advice whether or not I should include some potentially controversial references to real-life crimes in something I'm working on at the moment. I'm writing a post-HLV fic where Mycroft abducts Baby Girl Watson from John and Sherlock (Mary's in custody and probably about to be extradited) by way of a faked stillbirth and places her with a couple he's chosen specifically to adopt her (a cop in the Mounted Branch and a farmer living in Quarter, near Glasgow) so as to completely sever any ties the baby has to Mary should someone from her past discover her latest alias and come to extract their vengeance.

As Mycroft's turning this over in his mind, he justifies taking the matter into his own hands rather than creating a fake identity for her and turning her over to Cafcass because he knows that dropping such a huge timebomb in their lap would do nothing for MI5's relations with the Cabinet. The main threads running through this are supposed to be that:

  • He feels like he should be the one to deal with this problem because he feels responsible (he knew about Mary prior to HLV) and that he should be the one to suffer the consequences if something goes wrong further down the line.

  • He doesn't trust Social Services to do what he thinks is a good enough job protecting BGW.

  • If he did leave it to Social Services and BGW ended up getting revenge-killed, a situation might arise where the only way that it could be covered up would be by manufacturing a Baby P type scandal that would mean Social Services would be forced to take a terrible hit to their reputation for something that they couldn't possibly have had any chance at preventing.

Honestly, I feel I might end up cutting this bit in future drafts, but I figured I might as well ask while it's on my mind.