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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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Do English universities have some sort of a prefect/tutor system, and if so, do they (as in, the people doing the tutoring) have some kind of a specific name?

If you mean like, 3rd years helping out 1st yrs or something, then I can tell you mine didn't. However, it seems like the sort of thing which could vary Uni to Uni - even course to course, maybe?

We did have 'slaves', as in, when you got to your finals in 3rd year, you had a first and a second year to help you out with everything APART from your work (I did an art degree) - so when it came to your final show, you could send them shopping for fixtures/fittings, get them painting walls, building plinths, going out and getting your lunch! We were called 3rd years, they were called slaves :)

Brit Pick Question

Trying to write betting in a fic and want to make sure I'm getting it right:

25 dollars = 15 pounds
50 dollars = 30 pounds

Correct? And it better to write 'pounds' or 'quid'? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks! ^_^

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And *is* it better - nice. Good going, me!

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Just curious if anyone games here, and what current games they've been playing? I used to be pretty active with RPGs/console games until World of Warcraft sort of took over my life. Now I'm getting a bit sick of it, and am wondering what recommendations people have. Has anyone tried Rift yet? Not that I necessarily need a new MMO to replace my old addiction.

Re: Gaming!

I've a fairly limited knowledge of games, partly because of my parents but mainly because of using Macs for the majority of my life, but some PC puzzle games like Portal and Myst have quite a high place in my heart. Finally got around to trying Uru Live some months ago (if you're more familiar with online games), though I've been terribly inactive there for the past few weeks.

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Ain't got no class.

Okay. So.
I am American and I really, really don't understand the British class system. I've tried to do research on it but my mind just isn't wrapping around it.
I just discovered that it's not based on money, apparently? So if you open a business over there and become a millionaire, you still wouldn't necessarily be "upper class"? Am I way off the mark? Because Kate Middleton's family is pretty rich and everyone's calling her a "commoner" and "middle class" and I just do. Not. Understand. That. yes I just brought the wedding into this eeek

What do different accents have to do with this?

Jesus, that's a lot to explain. Any information would help tame my curiosity. :) Thanks so much.
If this has been discussed elsewhere, please let me know!

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Massively complicated subject :-)

But yeah, it's not based on money. Certainly not based on "new" money; very posh people might well come from families that were wealthy a few hundred years (or more ago), but it's much more about social status than anything else. Having said that, typically working class people are poorer, upper class people are richer, middle class people are in-between.

Classes aren't as defined as it sounds when we talk about them though. My husband and I argue about the fact that I think we're working class kids who are now middle-aged and middle class. He insists he still working class.

The last fifty years or so have seen a massive upheaval in British social mobility, and it's much *much* less of an issue than it used to be. Manners and behaviour are much more likely to be considered to matter than what class you are, or what school you went to, or who your family are. Having said that, most British people could still tell you if someone they spent five minutes talking to is upper class, middle class or working class; they just might not care very much.

Some massively generalized and open to debate stereotypes:

Middle class people have fruit in a bowl on the table even when no-one's ill.
Middle class people earn enough that they don't have to know how much their utility bills are.

My best guesses for character on the show (others may well disagree):

Sherlock/Mycroft - upper class, or upper middle class. Privately educated, money in the family although probably not fabulously wealthy.
John - middle class, state education, not traditional "officer class" but well-mannered enough for that not to matter.
Lestrade - lower middle class or working class, state educated, not wealthy.
Donovan - working class, state educated.
Anderson - probably middle-class.
Moriarty - anyone's guess. Probably working class, though, judging by how precious he got about the Westwood suit.
Molly - probably middle class.
Mrs hudson - probably working class moving up to middle class, but a product of an era when it mattered.

Accents: the closer to "Received Pronunciation" (RP - the sterotypical British posh), the more there's a tendency to assume posh. The broader or sharper the accent, the greater the tendency to assume lower-middle class or working class. The assumptions may not be correct.

BTW - Kate Middleton being a "commoner" - that just means that she's not royalty. Until the last generation or two, it was highly unusual for British royalty to marry non-royals, especially British royalty who were directly in line to the throne. I reckon she's upper middle at a minimum, very possibly upper class (I mean, he landed his helicopter on land her parents own, c'mon.)

Long rambly comment was long and rambly, but it's such a complex and ingrained part of the culture and society here that it's a bit difficult to de construct.

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Sherlock meets Mike?

Is it covered anywhere how exactly did Sherlock end up knowing Stamford? I know John and Mike studied together, but I don't suppose Sherlock was a student at Bart's as well?

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I think they met through Sherlock's visits to the morgue/Bart's but not because Sherlock was a student. I don't recall where I got that from--I'll eta if I find my source!

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I can't be the only one here who loves rentboy!Sherlock?


It turns out my kink for rentboy/stripper/clubber BBC Sherlock is simply too strong to ignore, so I made a community for all things of that ilk: glitterlock.

I mean, you can write/draw whatever you want -- Sherlock as a junkie rentboy, a fetish model, an amateur porn star, an alien sex slave, -- anything goes as long as Sherlock's involved and there's an element of . . . debauchery about it. The comm is extremely kink-friendly, obviously.

I'll be going through the meme and asking anon fillers if they'd like to repost their links on the comm, or if they'd like me to do it for them. The comm would be a sort of in-progress archive/recs-list. Also, if any of you would like to repost your links there, please do! Even if they're super-old fics. agsafjhdsf



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About time we get a community for this. Sadly do not (yet) have anything to contribute but will be keeping an eye on this.

Anybody here follow SherlockSH and the associated?

They've been doing a Slenderman thing. I don't know if any of you guys agree, but it sounds like they miiiight be doing an RP on this fic:


The whole fog=gas thing and the organs, it sounds similar. What do you all think? Does this mean they'll not make it? :S

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I got linked that by a friend. I don't know at all if they are basing it on my fic - the fog and the organs are both tropes of Slenderman stories. It would be pretty awesome either way. I've tweeted them a couple of times and they do seem to be aware of the fic.

I'm just excited to see what happens in general :D

According to the warning label on my Pamprin Multi-symptom Menstrual Pain reliever, I shouldn't take it if I have an enlarged prostate.

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I use that... P___P

Good thing I don't have a prostrate y/y?

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Probably TMI, but...

I have a rather big issue in my life right now. My family is all asleep, and the two people I would normally talk to about this kind of thing are the issue. So I've been sitting here in my room trying to figure out what to do, and I thought "hey, the people over at the Sherlock kinkmeme are generally open minded and willing to share experiences and wisdom" so I'm asking here because I'm totally miserable and lost.

So (TMI time!): Two very good friends of mine got together. Then they broke up, a few months ago. Then last week, he finds out that she was sleeping with someone, and he totally lost it and told me I had to choose between the two of them. Which made me really angry, because I didn't think he had any business bringing me into it. But I met up with him earlier today, and he told me some things which, if true (and I believe him, even though I don't really want to) means my other friend acted in a totally horrible and immoral way, and that she's lied to me about a lot of things. And now I don't know what to do. Because they are both really good friends, only how good a friend is she if she actually did what he says she did, and if she lied to me?

Any advice/opinions/experiences you're willing to share with me? I need all the help I can get at this point.

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First order of business, sweet nonnie, would probably be to find out independently if what he's saying is true. He could, theoretically, just be angry and spiteful. *shrug* I'd suggest finding a way of doing that without her finding out you're doing it, because if it turns out it's not true and she found out what you were doing, the two of you could end up having problems later. Stuff like that tends to fester in a friendship and make things go sour.

If what he's saying is true, then maybe you need to hash this out with your friend. And possibly pick sides if you're so inclined. =)

Good luck! *hugs*

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So, I've been on the Internets since I was 14, and into slash about just as long. I've never told any of my closest RL friends about my internet habits, including fanfiction. I'm...I dunno, slightly embarrassed, I guess? I'm quite private, and I don't want my friends to catch me perving over gay sex.

What about you, lovely anons? How much do the people in your life know about your fandom?

My sister's in kpop fandom, so I talk to her about fandom stuff a lot. We like to compare which fandom gets more out-there badfic, and which fandom gets more wank, etc, etc.

I'm not telling her my SPN OTP is Sam/Dean though. That's an awkward conversation I don't want to have.

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Re: ASIP: Apparently it's subliminal

*snorts* Priceless.

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Dear everyone who is reading/waiting on a fic from me,

Some pretty bad stuff's going on in my life right now. I was hoping it wouldn't bleed over to the fandom, but it has. :/ I do plan on finishing what I've promised, I swear, but I'm really sorry that I can't put things up right now like you guys deserve.

Please forgive me, and I *will* still work on my fics as often as I can. Its just hard right now. :/


*hugs* You have to take care of yourself first! *sends good vibes your way*


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Details of Lestrade's job?

I apologize if this has been asked already, but this page is at 23 parts and I haven't yet seen it pop up. (Links would be appreciated, though, if I've somehow missed it.)

So we know that Lestrade is a DI. He would be supervised by a chief inspector, right? But we also see him doing the press conference at the start of ASIP, and he seems to have the authority to call in a civilian consultant (who, we assume, no one else will work with) -- is he somehow more senior than the other DIs? How are cases assigned between the DIs -- whoever is free at the moment, I suppose? How many active cases are DIs assigned at a time? And what role do the DIs play in finishing up a case?

Wikipedia says: The rank is mostly operational, meaning that inspectors are directly concerned with day-to-day policing. Uniformed inspectors are often responsible for supervising a duty shift made up of constables and sergeants, or act in specialist roles such as supervising road traffic policing. [ . . . ] Plain-clothes detective inspectors are equal in rank to their uniformed counterparts, the prefix 'detective' identifying them as having been trained in criminal investigation and being part of or attached to their force's Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

asjhg;kjasdf BASICALLY I would just need to know what a "typical" work week would look like for Lestrade, who he would interact with, his duties for that period of time, because I am an idiot and got Plot in my Fluff and at this point I am tempted to handwave it all and say he did nothing but paperwork for five days. D:

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I wanted to know too some time ago... there wasn't much! What I found is at http://community.livejournal.com/dilestrade/12317.html


What are adjectives/phrases you'd use to describe American vs. British accents?

American: drawled, lazy, nasal, whiny, hard (?), relaxing (?), arrogant, soothing (?), monotone, smooth, slushy (???), twangy, squashed (okay these are not flattering)
British: posh, clipped, fancy, cultured, lazy, proper, slanted, articulate

Any input as to the differences between the characters' accents, too, that'd be appreciated. (Sherlock = posh, Lestrade = rough, etc.)

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There are a huge variety of American and Brutish accents. I don't think you can generalise without pinning it down to specific people. Most of the characters in Sherlock are middle or upper middle class and have accents to match, almost exclusively S.E.English ones. A middle class Scot, Geordie or Cornishman would sound different.

The only characters with particularly posh assents are Mycroft and Anthea - though Sebastian tries. Sherlocks is educated but not 'posh'.

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