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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Kimra » Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:33 am

I heard about it on QI. That show is ultra useful. Anyway, I hope this is helpful for you. Link.

This map is interesting.

I realise these are all probably a little later in history than you want, but you can work backwards from that. :P
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Felstaff » Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:44 pm

I can take pictures of any particular street in London, if you like. I am working right by the capital B of Bishopsgate in Kimra's DickensMap, and most of the darker shaded City of London (The Square Mile) I can reach within a few minutes o' walking.

If you have any set in a pub, make sure it's the Cheshire Cheese. That's one of my favourite London pubs, and it's been relatively untouched since 1667 (the ceilings are really low, and there are many labyrinthine runnels and gulleys and split-floors, and the basement pub is highly dungeon-like), and walking around in it in 2011 would pretty much be identical to walking around in 1800. Perhaps the beer on tap has changed, but it's Sam Smiths beer, so you never know.
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Kimra » Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:57 pm

Now I want to go to this pub. England has great pubs.
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Felstaff » Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:23 pm

They still use straw on the floor, sometimes, and the pub is mainly lit by candlelight, and the ambience of muffled voices from above and below, and scraping chairs on hard wood floors, is wonderful. It's like when the Hobbits entered the Prancing Pony for the first time, in that it's dark and brooding, except much more winding, nooky, narrow, and claustrophobic. The wood of the tables has decades of ale soaked into it, which sort of seals it like tarnished varnish, and creates a permeating, pungent, and somewhat pleasant aroma of hops and stale beer, combined with the tang of gas-lamp and the warm scent of gravy and roasting meats from the restaurant area upstairs. I wrote a story about it. It's very easy to imagine you've travelled back in time the moment you step inside its dingy, windowless corridor.

I've met a few People Of The Internet in there. Good times.
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby carbonstealer » Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:33 am

Felstaff wrote:I can take pictures of any particular street in London, if you like. I am working right by the capital B of Bishopsgate in Kimra's DickensMap, and most of the darker shaded City of London (The Square Mile) I can reach within a few minutes o' walking.

If you have any set in a pub, make sure it's the Cheshire Cheese. That's one of my favourite London pubs, and it's been relatively untouched since 1667 (the ceilings are really low, and there are many labyrinthine runnels and gulleys and split-floors, and the basement pub is highly dungeon-like), and walking around in it in 2011 would pretty much be identical to walking around in 1800. Perhaps the beer on tap has changed, but it's Sam Smiths beer, so you never know.


that would be incredibly helpful, just any streets so I have a feel for the place
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Kimra » Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:32 am

There's also google maps street view...
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Astrogirl » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:51 pm

And on Bing. With 90% less houses pixelated.
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Oldrac the Chitinous » Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:34 am

I just learned that Margaret Thatcher was part of the group that developed soft-serve ice cream.
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby sotic » Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:37 am

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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby smiley_cow » Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:46 pm

Currently reading up on grimoires. Or at least what little information I can find on them.
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Euclidthegreek » Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:04 am

Currently reading a book published by some commission about the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta. Surprisingly well written for a book of policy recommendations published by faceless bureaucrats.
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Jiro » Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:35 pm

The light spectrum and, um, something about sounds. Like, frequency or something. It was confusing.
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Kimra » Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:33 am

So really you didn't do that much research about it at all...
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Indigo » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:43 am

I've researched my family's genealogy all the way back to Scotland in the 1400's and subsequently researched what their lives were like, what language they spoke, etc.

Well, I'm in the process of that, anyway.
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Re: Things I've researched for writing

Postby Kimra » Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:14 pm

I once wanted to research my families history. Turns out my granddad was a bastard and my grandmother was adopted. So no history at all really.
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