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This is a place for all sorts of off-topic discussion.

You can post anon or un-anon, per your personal preference, as usual.

All I ask is that you stay civil and (hopefully) friendly.

If you also want to use this thread to try to find a beta for a fic, or ask a brit-pick-ish question, I think that would be an acceptable use. Have fun!


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Because Mycroft seems to give me a lot of leeway regarding the captcha.

Sometimes I type really fast, hit enter and then spot my typo. Obviously, it's too late so I am all *sighs* Not again... - and then, suddenly, the comment is posted anyway! Even though I typed it out WRONG.

Is it only me? Does Mycroft love me so? ;)

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Naw, it does that for me as well.

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Benedict got horny...

Damn, why wasn't I there?

From this BBC press release for the miniseries, 'To The Ends Of The Earth'


'Cumberbatch was back up in a plane, this time with one propeller, about to do his first sky dive.

"When you freefall for 7,000 feet it doesn't feel like you're falling: it feels like you're floating, a bit like scuba diving. I was strapped to an instructor and when we took off out of the plane I thought, 'I'm either going to be landing very softly or hurtling towards my death'. I couldn't stop screaming - it was an incredible experience.

"I did a really touristy thing and I got a video made of my jump. There is an unflattering film of me, double chin flapping around my ears, going through the G-Force and going 'oh-my-God' - and a lot worse!

"It was the most exquisite sensation and when I landed on the ground I wanted to do it again. I felt incredibly horny as well, because it's such an extreme thing. You think, 'God, I've just had the most massive bite out of life and I'm really hungry for more'."...

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I'll be honest, I'm torn between 'unf!' and 'too much information.'

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I have a question for the always-educational hivemind of the kink meme. Can anyone think of a semi-convincing cover story for a fairly serious chin abrasion to avoid explaining the truth of lots of enthusiastic kissing of a guy with some weapons-grade stubble? Let's just say it's research for a fic. ;)

Work tomorrow is going to be really awkward, isn't it? *sigh*

Walked into something (like a power cord) that cuts both feet out from under you and land on your chin on the rug.

I'd have had the same if it hadn't been a rope, asphalt and 7 stitch worthy roadrash.

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all right, so if cookies are called biscuits in the UK, what are biscuits called?

really, now Mycroft, there is no need to get the lawyers involved here.

ok, the American biscuit is closest in texture/taste/method of making it etc to the British scone -i.e. a small, soft, leavened thing.

BUT! the scone is generally eaten, warmed or toasted, with jam and butter. i.e. not gravy and savoury things. In terms of FUNCTION, the closest thing to the American biscuit is probably Yorkshire pudding.


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What's your worst outside of meme accidental meme reference?

At work today, I nearly made out a receipt for an over the counter client labeling him as a 'WANK IN' instead of a 'walk in'. I caught it before I hit print.


I have accidentally referred to "Mycroft" in real life (re: the internet/captcha) without a second thought. Funny looks, that one gets.

I post one new prompt every time I write a fill. No more, no less.

Does that make me really weird and/or neurotic?

No, I prompt once for every three fills I do. I always feel bad if I don't. It's like I have to compensate for asking someone for something. -__-;;

Personally, I think it'd be better if the prompt/fill ratio for everyone was 1:1 or 2:1. The amount of stupid spam-like prompts is ridiculous. But if people restricted how many they put up--instead of word vomiting it out--more good prompts would come out.

Sniffing Up In Benedict's Personal Kool-Aid

Has he ever been linked romantically to anyone besides Olivia Poulet?

I'm not from the UK. Is she well known there?

Any gossip about her? Him? Them?

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Well, they met at university, so I don't think he can have been linked to anyone else romantically.

Olivia Poulet isn't particularly well known - I knew her from The Thick Of It (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thick_of_It), which is a totally brilliant political satire/comedy set in cabinet ministers' offices/government departments etc. She's been in episodes of things here and there - also, slightly hilariously, I think she played Camilla Parker Bowles in a TV drama about Prince Charles. I HAVE NOT SEEN THIS.

basically, The Thick Of It is very very good, as is the spinoff film In The Loop, and you should try to see it, and it's written by Armando Iannucci who's a genius.

Any Mary Russell readers?

Are the Laurie R. King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novels as bad (and kind of creepy) as they sound?

I must admit I'm intrigued.

But I'm also intrigued by 'Elementary, My Dear' by Autumn Sabol which is basically vanity pressed FFN.

Let me be upfront, I'm kissed by the kitsch kurse. But even I have a limit. (and leisure time reading limit too, unfortunately.)

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I liked the first two a lot, and I am fairly picky about mysteries...but I read them a long time ago and before I discovered fanfic! If I read them now I wonder if I'd just write them off instantly as a great big Mary Sue series.

It's a well-written, plotty Mary Sue series, though, if you like that kind of thing!

Okay, this has me really confused.

Can someone explain the different types of schools in England for me?
If I understand correctly, our (Australia's) 'private' schools are equivalent to England's 'public' schools?
So then what's equivalent to our public schools?

Also, while I'm at it, what are your years/grades? I have a hard enough time getting my mind around the NSW/Victoria differences =/

Any help is appreciated.

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Doyles estate has approved a new Sherlock Holmes book


Honestly, my thought's are not terribly charitable about this endorsement, because it smacks of the estate trying to reach beyond it's copywrite to still influence the Sherlock mythos, and as a fanfic writer I think copywrite has a tendency to overstep it's creative bounds as it is.

It could be a great book. But what does it really mean to be endorsed by the Estate? They aren't Doyle, they've never even met him, and yet they are speaking as if they know what he'd approve and disapprove of, like some creative zombie reaching out for relevance.

Last time they spoke up it was to say that Doyle wouldn't approve of Holmes being gay in the Guy Richie films: http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2010/01/03/sherlock_holmes_estate_against_homosexua_1#user_comments . As if Doyle, were he alive today, wouldn't have updated his views on such things to fit with the times.

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As far as I know, Doyle had a fairly advanced mind for his time. He thought Oscar Wilde´s imprisionament was outrageous. I´m sure that had he lived today, he´d be all for gay rights.

Oh where has my little fic gone?

There's a story I'm trying to find. I can't remember if it was originally posted on the meme or the comm. I've tried looking through the delicious, but no luck. Anyone know it?

It's John pov, at the pool just after TGG. There's an explosion, and Sherlock is injured and/or unconscious. John is flashing back to Afghanistan, thinks his mobile is a walkie-talkie, and thinks the rescuers coming into the pool are enemies. I think there may be some drug in the air from the bomb, but I can't remember very clearly. Someone's wearing a gas mask at one point, anyways.

Re: Oh where has my little fic gone?

I believe you're looking for Cadence to Arms (http://mad-maudlin.dreamwidth.org/82146.html) by mad_maudlin.

I´m sorry, guys, but I need to celebrate this everywhere I can. I´m not even going to anon.


Nothing is certain this far. The law still has to be voted on our Supreme Court, and the majority of the ministers hasn´t decided on their votes, but... Nobody was expecting something like this to happen right now! Brazil is one of the countries with the highest number of violent homophobics attacks in the world. The situation was particularly bad in 2010, when there were pratically weekly attacks on a street known for being GLBT friendly, and the government didn´t seem to be doing anything. Hell, we´re a country who on our last Big Brother voted for and made winner one of the most disgusting, misoginist and homophobic persons I´ve ever seen! There was absolutely NO SIGN that something like this could be coming!

I feel so happy I don´t know whether to cry or to laugh. I´m straight, but I don´t think I´d ever be able to live with myself if I got married in a country where this basic right is forbidden to part of the population. Most of my friends aren´t straight, and now they have the chance to live their lifes with all the legal rights they´re entitled to. It´s probably to early to celebrate, and I´m usually the most pessimist person I know, but I can´t remember the last time I recieved such good news without expecting them.

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Keeping my fingers crossed that the Supreme Court makes the right decision.

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Playing Sherlock on wikipedia

Have any of you heard of this?

-Hit 'random page' on Wikipedia.
-Surf your way through wikipedia pages to get to the wiki page for the character of Sherlock Holmes.
-Try for as few pages as possible, but a lot will depend on luck of the draw.

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From Ukranian footballer Vitaliy Kaverin to Sherlock Holmes, ten steps.

Revolutionary War...

This is kinda self-indulgent and very off topic, but a prompt reminded me and I've been wondering this since high school.

When I was in school learning about the American Revolution, one of my teachers basically said that we broke off from England while they were distracted with other wars and pursuits. The colonies weren't that important, but as a point of pride England fought to keep them.

Now it could be that my teacher was a cynical bastard who was trying to impress on us that the world doesn't revolve around America. Or it could be that the Revolutionary war wasn't that big a deal on the other side of the pond.

So my question is, how is the American Revolution taught in Britain? Was it an important war? Or was just a paragraph in the chapter about colonialism.

Re: Revolutionary War...

I think the Revolutionary War was covered for about a month in secondary school. It was the same summary as your tutors said, anyway. The majority of Modern World History taught in England is based around the World Wars.

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You know that thing where people took Star Wars quotes and replaced words with 'pants'? (I.E. "Use the pants, Luke." "I find your lack of pants disturbing.") I thought it might be fun to do that with Sherlock quotes.

"Dear God. What is it like in your funny little pants, it must be so boring."

"Anderson, don't talk out loud. You lower the pants of the entire street."

Anybody else want to chime in?


'Mrs Hudson took my pants.'

'You, ripping off my pants in a darkened swimming pool. People might talk.'

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