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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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What's the crappiest draft beer they serve in London Pubs. You know the bottom of the line, cheapest swill that people drink to get drunk. Or at least common low end stuff.

Thank you!


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My dad says John Smith's Extra Smooth.

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I was just wondering if any of you guys know anyone who still (past the age of say, 15) calls their mother 'Mummy'?
I'm not saying it's a bad thing or questioning canon or anything - I just can't think of one person I know in real life who does that. What about you guys? :)

I 18 and I go between "Mum" and "Mummy" in both speaking and email/texting.

Granted, I'm also an American, so I don't know if that's useful to you.... ^^;;

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Sitting On The 221b Couch

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It's become standard in fics that Sherlock and John sit side by side on the couch, eat takeaway and watch telly.

It's been a bit since I've watched the series but I don't recall the two ever sitting on the sofa together. Just Sherlock hogging the entire thing like a little king. :)

Am I right? Don't they usually relax in those two chairs, the fusty one with the Union Jack pillow and the modern leather and chrome one?

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Yes well that was before they realized their EPIC PORNTASTIC LOVE for one another. Or, you know, when the unresolved sexual tension was still at a manageable level.


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Today sucked. The sort of suck that is going to last me probably through the end of the week. So I plan on installing myself on the sofa and doing some fandom-related reading.

What's good? I prefer gen, but will read slash if it's in the background and heavy on the plot. What's new? What's old that I might have missed. What's just plain interesting?

Not a rant, but I need to be a horrible person for a moment...

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I'm watching the tornado coverage on the news (specifically the AC360 podcast) and he's got this family looking for their missing teenage son. This is a wealthy family (the 17 year old drives a hummer, they've got at least two cars) - they have the resources to have already pulled together a website, a facebook campaign, and a group of people in their town to search for him. Oh, and they're on AC360.

And I'm sitting here thinking "How many people who don't have blackberries and 3G plans and multiple vehicles and perfect Englishm - are missing family members? How many of them might have benefited from a little airtime and a picture of their missing child and/or loved one to help them?"

And suddenly I'm irrationally upset at a family that probably deserves my sympathy more than anything else.

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So, that said: Your recommendations for donation avenues?

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I'm not usually a huge fan of the Red Cross but right now it looks like they are the best avenue for donations in tornado cases.


Out of curiostiy...

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Why do people hate Steven Moffat so much?
I'm curious to know because I haven't seen anything really to inspire the hate he gets.
TBH, I quite like him. I like his writing, the way he comes off in the interviews I've seen and in a very awesome article he wrote for DW Magazine.

Why do I only see Moffat-induced venom throughout DW fandom?

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Butthurt reasons:

He's not RTD. He doesn't ship Rose/Doctor, called Rose clingy and had the audacity to introduce a love interest of his own. He writes women who are smug when smugness is only appreciated in male characters. He's going to write Irene Adler. He writes story arcs that span more than three episodes, and some people percieve anything that doesn't get solved immediately as a plot hole.

Good reasons:

Actual plotholes. Many people find it difficult to emotionally connect with the characters he writes, although I don't understand why. He's extremely self-referential and has a habit of spoiling a good idea by doing it over and over. He's made some sexist remarks of the butthurt!man kind and has an unfortunate track record when it comes to casting POCs.


And Mycroft says he smells of garlic.

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Personal questions hooray!

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Yesterday, my roommate told me that people sometimes get off to fic.

I was floored.

Let me tell you where I'm coming from. I'm a 26 year old asexual. I've been reading porn since I was 12 (whether in terrible romance novels, online, or in the few risque school library books I could find). I find sex really fascinating, probably in part because it's completely foreign and exotic to me. In fact, I spent a good chunk of my teenage years publicly declaring that I wanted to become a sex therapist (before I realized that would probably not be the best career choice for an asexual). It is literally THAT interesting.

I also participate (naturally) in writing some of the dirtiest porn ever. But people actually enjoying fics or published lit that way had quite honestly never occurred to me before as a real-life possibility. I suppose it was silly to assume most people read fics where nothing happens except John giving Sherlock a good dicking in the shower without having any sort of sexual response. But is is true that it can be that strong?

Anyway, what I'm wanting to know is whether you do get off to things on fic memes like this. I can take an educated guess and say that stories published in Playboy or something are supposed to be purely for sexual enjoyment, but fandom has so much more depth to it than that so I'm curious about how much of a sexual component there is for most of you anons when you read a porny fic here on the meme? What's it like for you?

There are many other asexuals here too. What's it like for you all to read meme fics?

It's incredibly personal to ask, I know. And I also know this all probably sounds batshit insane but I really am curious.

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Yes, a lot of us read PWPs to get off.

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Recently another kinkmeme writer and I were interested in getting some actual concrit feedback on our writing (on the meme people usually get lovely positive comments - which is AWESOME, no complaints! - or very rarely trolls, but not much in terms of helping improve our writing).

So a couple of us posted a fic each at concrit_anon18 here and here. We reviewed each other's and generally had a lot of fun!

Today I posted another ficlet at concrit_anon's fanfiction post here and I'd love it if anyone felt like providing any feedback!

Concrit doesn't have to be long - it could be anything you noticed about the fic that you think could be improved (especially if you have pointers about how the improvement could be made). Also you can comment anonymously :-)

The concrit comms are not very active - a few of us from the kinkmeme here were hoping we could get some more Sherlock participants. If you are looking for a place to get constructive feedback, even posting anonymously, there's at least one or two of us who'd be happy to help!

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Oh this is a brilliant idea! Wonder if the mods would post a link to it somewhere?

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dr what?

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Is Doctor Who always so...emotionally draining? Made my way through the first 2 seasons of the "new" Who and idk, it all seems very...dramatic and tragic and overwhelming


or am I just insane?

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Basically? Yes. Not every episode, but often. Especially Series 1-4. It's kind of Russell T Davies' thing.

Moffat's series are less tragic, and more narratively intricate.

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Aberdeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

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So i'm at uni in Aberdeen, and I swear to God i have not found any fangirls here in a whole year.

Seriously, where are all my fangirls at?

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I'm pretty much on the other side of the world to you, but I know what you mean. My usual fannish friends haven't gotten into Sherlock. :(

And now I'm going to hijack your post and ask if there is anyone here from Brissie? :P

Additional Resource Post - Police (1/?)

Since a fair amount of our favourite characters are police or work with the police, this seems like another post that people may find useful. My background on this: various police fandoms for the last four years. I’ve put a hell of a lot of research into this, and have gone to several officers I know through fandom for some of this).

The New Scotland Yard are basically the CID (Criminal Investigation Department), but they’re sort of off on their own, rather than sharing space with the uniformed guys. You’ll still find uniformed officers around NSY, but it’s not really their domain, so to speak.

CID officers are most notably set apart from ‘police’ officers (okay, they’re all police, but this is also a distinction within the system; more later) because they’re not uniformed. You may not even recognise one as being a cop until they show their warrant card. Generally, they tend to dress ‘office smart,’ with the exception of very practical shoes. These guys have to be prepared to do a lot of running, possibly hopping fences, et cetera. Good shoes are important.

These officers are also not armed. The only officers who carry guns are the Armed Response unit and those on Downing Street. Everyone else has to get by with a baton (usually collapsible; Sam Tyler used his in the first episode of Life on Mars) and maybe a canister of OC Gas (pepper spray. Sort of). The OC gas isn’t common, but some people do carry it.

Their handcuffs are also much different from what people (especially in America) tend to imagine. There’s no chain on them at all. Instead, the cuffs are joined by a metal bar encased in hard plastic. Lestrade, or any officer, would not be able to easily use these for bedroom shenanigans.

The ranks are fairly straightforward, and follow two separate, but practically identical tracks. You have, in this order of rank:

Constable (*C)
Sergeant (*S)
Inspector (*I)
Chief Inspector (*CI)

(There are more, but these are generally the only ones you need, since the Chief Constable will probably never make an appearance. If you want the whole list, see here; NOTE: CID have the same ranks through Chief Superintendent, and then it sort of goes all over the place.)

Prefixing each of those will either be Police (P) or Detective (D). Lestrade is a Detective Inspector. Donovan is a Detective Sergeant.

Up until the end of the 90s, there was an additional prefix – W. As in, WPC. This was a Woman Police Constable, or whatever the prefix was attached to. Eventually, someone realised that this was a bit politically incorrect and kind of stupid though, so it was dropped all together, which is why Donovan is just a DS.

Those with a Police prefix are uniformed officers. Anderson is none of these things. He is SOCO (Scene of Crime Officer – the British equivalent of CSI, which they are sometimes called). He doesn’t have a badge or warrant card; he has a laminate. He’s in this weird grey area where he works with the police, but he isn’t a police officer. He can’t make a proper arrest and would never be called officer. He’s just Anderson. It’s very possible that he may have some sort of doctorate, though (I believe he was even called Dr Anderson in the pilot). His laminate can get him onto a crime scene, and that’s it.

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Officers have a warrant card, which identifies them and contains their badge. This is the thing that Sherlock pickpockets from Lestrade.

Now, Lestrade. Let’s talk about him for a moment, because Sherlock has basically ruined his career. Still on the subject of warrant cards, Sherlock claims to have loads of them back at the flat. Which means Lestrade has had to replace his loads of times. NSY are not going to like this. It basically means that he can’t keep track of the one thing that identifies him as a police officer, and leaves the potential for other people to have it and impersonate him (as Sherlock does). This is just the first in a long list of reasons that his DCI probably wants to put his head through a wall.

Lestrade is also old enough that he should be a DCI by now. But odds are that he’ll never make that rank, and is lucky to have not been busted down to sergeant. In addition to apparently (from the POV of everyone else) being an airhead about his warrant card, he’s completely untrustworthy. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t trust him, but his reports will be under a microscope every time. It’s obviously no secret that Holmes works with the police. Dimmock seemed to know who he was fairly quickly (more on TBB in a bit).

Now, Holmes is a consultant, and he should be in the system as such. The police will sometimes consult with professionals from fields that aren’t standard in their training. I’m not sure what Holmes is claiming to be an expert of, beyond antagonising people and areas that SOCO would be experts in, but it’s hard to fault a detail that was written over a century ago.

The problem with bringing in this consultant who is an expert in… whatever, is that it’s fairly clear that he breaks a lot of rules to get his results. Burglary seems to be his favourite method of extracting evidence. Now, unless Lestrade (or whichever officer he’s working with) wants to not get sued, lose his rank, or worse, his job, they’re going to probably leave out the bit about how they got their crucial bit of evidence because some complete nutter broke into the suspect’s flat to find it.

Again, we have to sort of rely on that suspension of disbelief, because this is a modern adaptation of something that is more than a bit old, and a lot has changed since 1890.

But. Still. It’s obvious that Sherlock knows this is common practise, because he tells Dimmock to do it. Now, if Dimmock knows to fudge his reports, how many other officers do? How many other officers are aware of this going on, but don’t do it themselves? I’m pretty sure Lestrade’s DCI is well aware of this practise. He knows his DI works with this civilian lunatic, and he probably knows that Lestrade lies about it sometimes. So, if he lies on cases where he did work with Sherlock, how do we know that he doesn’t lie about cases he solved himself? It’s probably down to a matter of PR and politics that Lestrade has his job at all. Holmes seems to enjoy working with Lestrade, which gives Lestrade a higher solve rate. You can’t sack the best officer on the force without people getting upset. There’s probably deception all through the ranks as to why Lestrade’s success rate is so high, but at this point, it’s blind speculation.

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I'm not sure, but I think I might need a beta for a fic I'm working on. It's multi-pov but John-centric, fairly dark at places, and contains non-con. It's maybe 2k words right now, still a WIP. I'm not sure how much longer it'll get (it's about halfway through, plot-wise), but I'm guessing 3-5k. It currently has some John/Sherlock undertones.

Um, any volunteers? I'll need someone for plot cohesiveness, themes, and characterization, mostly, who isn't easily triggered.

If you decide you do need a beta, give me a shout. :)

Okay, I feel reeeeally dumb, but can somebody tell me what #bakerstreet is?

It's the IRC chat some of us waste time hang out in.

Edited at 2011-05-26 10:02 am (UTC)

Is anyone going to the Harrogate Crime Festival in July? There isn't a specific SH panel but it might be nice to have a meet if anyone is going.

I'm thinking about it. Went last year, had a great time, but the panels don't look quite so appealing this year.

I'll update here if if I decide for definite.