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May. 22nd, 2008



Holmesian Art

Holmes is a master of disguise...


From the Baker Street Blog, who reports that the artist Will Elder, ("one of the original MAD Magazine artists and the creator of Little Annie Fanny for Playboy") died last week.

(cross posted)


Apr. 21st, 2008

heh. heh.


Right... some more JB icons I just found.

I am too lazy to post them all over again, and it was a nuisance anyway, because LJ kept editing the script in a weird way.
Anyway, I hope you aren't too annoyed to visit my art-blog. This way...


Mar. 25th, 2008



A Decided Genius

I've recently begun posting a new fic which, I hope, cleaves fairly close to the canon and still throws up some ideas I've had on the back burner for nearly twenty years.

The link is here for the tag collecting all the pieces, but please be aware that if you click it, you have to start with the entry at the bottom, not the top.

Mar. 17th, 2008



(no subject)

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. I have a few things to post about today.

First of all I watched a wonderful show over the xmas period called "The Shackles of Sherlock". It was a look at Doyle's life and the success of the Holmes stories, theres alot of the business side in there about who bought what and what the money was used for. It is presented by David Burke and has some wonderful interviews in it.

I have the show on my computer and would very much like to share it with other Sherlock fans. I don't want to upload to you tube as I'm scared of getting into trouble for it!

I don't think you can buy this anywhere, it was done for TV I think, so I hope I'm not being horribly naughty by offering it to people, if I am, please point it out to me so I can desist!

If I'm not being horribly naughty and anyone would like a copy then I'd love to send it to you.

So really: who would be interested and how would it be best to do this? (it's 45mins long and a .mpg)

I wanted to have a little test run of all these issues and questions first before I offer this up on the baker street live journal group.

I have a web-site that I can upload the file to but I’m not sure exactly how to do that so people can download it, sympathy for the testing phase please!

Second is that I have started a little Sherlock Holmes section on my site, not much up there right now but if anyone has any suggestions of things they think would be good or bad or redundant to go on there then that would be very welcome.

Last and least I did a Holmes fic a while ago that people may or may not be interested in reading, non slash (sorry :p) which can be read on my site in the fiction section or on Helium.

Phew! Thats all for now I think XD After all that everyone;s probably seen the show anyway lol.

Feb. 7th, 2008

Iris the Writer


Sherlockian calendar ready! :)

All ready and uploaded to my Gallery here. :) Enjoy! :)


Jan. 3rd, 2008


10 Facts about Conan Doyle

(from this article)

1. As one of the handful of writers to play first class cricket, he was so proud of getting the legendary batsman W.G. Grace out (caught by the wicket-keeper off his bowling) that he composed a celebratory poem called ‘A Reminiscence of Cricket’ which began:

‘Once in my heyday of cricket,
Oh, day I shall ever recall!
I captured that glorious wicket,
The greatest, the grandest of all.’

2. He tested drugs on himself. He wasn’t a cocaine addict like his creation, Sherlock Holmes, but, as a student doctor, he was fascinated by the effects of alkaloids as drugs. As a locum in Birmingham he tested the effect of the potentially poisonous plant gelseminum on himself, gradually increasing the amount well past the fatal dose. The wife of the doctor he was working for threatened to tell his mother. But he wrote up the experiment for the British Medical Journal.

3. His first story, written when he was six, was about a group of men surprised by a Bengal tiger. He later wrote that he learnt early on that, as a writer, it was ‘very easy to get people into scrapes, and very hard to get them out again’.

4. With his friend J.M. Barrie, he wrote a comic opera called Jane Annie: Or, the Good Conduct Prize. The subject matter - about some male students infiltrating an all girls’ academy – could have been interesting. But the effect was dire. George Bernard Shaw described it as ‘the most unblushing piece of tomfoolery that two respectable citizens could conceivably indulge in public’.

5. He was an early advocate of the Channel Tunnel. Before the First World War he argued this was essential to safeguard food and other essential supplies in the event of hostilities.

6. He disliked writing his Sherlock Holmes stories and tried to kill his detective off at the Reichenbach Falls. He believed he was destined to write much greater works of literature, particularly historical novels, such as The White Company, about the Hundred Years War, published in 1891.

7. One of his many public campaigns (along with Divorce Law Reform and the rehabilitation of George Edalji, the half Indian solicitor accused of animal molestation – the subject of Julian Barnes’s novel Arthur and George) was for better body armour for the troops in the First World War – a subject on which he wrote to The Times on 4 August 1916

8. Conan Doyle’s horoscope (now in the British Library) shows that he was born at 4.55 am on 22 May 1859. His rising sign was Gemini (with Mercury as his ruling planet) while his moon was in Aquarius.

9. His first Sherlock Holmes story A Study in Scarlet was published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual 1887 – exactly 120 years ago. In draft form the story was known as ‘A Tangled Skein’. Before publication it featured a detective called Sherrinford Holmes who shared rooms at 221B Upper Baker Street with a character called Ormond Sacker.

10. Six days after his death, Conan Doyle appeared at his own memorial service attended by 6,000 people in the Albert Hall – or so claimed the medium Estelle Roberts who was conducting proceedings. In keeping with his spiritualist beliefs, an empty chair had been reserved for him – and he duly obliged with his presence. His widow Jean later said she never took a decision without his say-so.

(cross posted)

Dec. 31st, 2007



Happy New Year and a gift :)

I try to finish it this year, honestly! :)

This year's idea is to use Paget illustrations for every month from a story that takes place in this month. The first one is from The Abbey Grange. The link leads to Galleries, and the picture itself is quite large, which means that it should should be good for printing. :)


Edit: The Gallery with 6 months of calendar.

Nov. 24th, 2007



Peter Haining, RIP

Peter Haining

November 19, 2007

Acclaimed author Peter Haining has died suddenly at the age of 67.

Haining, who lived in Suffolk, wrote or compiled a number of books about Sherlock Holmes, including The Television Sherlock Holmes (at least 3 different editions that I'm aware of!), The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Sherlock Holmes Compendium and The Sherlock Holmes Scrapbook.

Haining also wrote about fictional heroes Poirot, Maigret, Doctor Who and James Bond. In addition, he edited many anthologies of horror and fantasy stories. Publication of his Mammoth Book of Modern British Ghost Stories is forthcoming, I understand.

There is an extensive bibliography here:

In 2001, he won the British Fantasy Awards Karl Edward Wagner Award.

It is believed the cause of death was a heart attack.

Nov. 18th, 2007



Sherlock Holmes weekend (ITV3) programmes

A couple of "new" documentaries, one presented by David Burke, are on this weekend. I've seen the second, and will try to record both tonight:

Elementary My Dear Viewer Sunday 18 November
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Sir Athur Conan Doyle enthusiast Richard E Grant investigates the complexity, intellectual flair, eccentric genius and testing character of Sherlock Holmes, celebrating the fictional detective's rich and detailed depiction with an array of clips from film and television archives, and interviews noteworhty fans including PD James, Edward Hardwicke and Robert Hardy among others.

The Shackles of Sherlock Holmes Sunday 18 November
9:00pm - 10:00pm
Actor David Burke, renowned for his television portayal of Dr Watson, delves into the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of arguably the world's most popular detective, to discover whether Doyle should be lauded not only for his famous creation, but also for other, largely unrecognised, achievements too.

Oct. 31st, 2007

secret six - scandal savage painting


A Sherlockian teddy bear.

I went to the SPIEL in Essen, Germany, last weekend and I saw something I'd like to share with you.

They said those teddies were damn expensive to buy though :(

Oct. 27th, 2007



Sir Arthur Conan Doyles other tales...

Another amusing edition of "QI" last night. According to Stephen Fry (or his researchers), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once sent an anonymous message reading "we are discovered. Flee, save yourself" to 5 friends to see what they would do. One of them disappeared forever!

I've just finished reading "Tales of Unease" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, selected by David Stuart Davis (author of "Bending the Willow/Dancing in the Moonlight" et al). Anyway, they were all entertainingly written, one or two creaked a bit merely because the same ideas have been plagiarised by other authors and film screenwriters numerous times since - it was refreshing to finally discover where the makers of Boris Karloff's "The Mummy" stole their plot and action from... and of course the recent remake with Arnold Vosloo in the part.

More pseudo-review/ravings behind the cutCollapse )

All in all, a fine collection that left me hungry for more. I think I shall have to put on some ghost stories DVDs tonight!

Oct. 14th, 2007



Networking Site

Scott Monty of the Baker Street Blog has created the Sherlock Holmes Networking Site

(cross posted)

Sep. 3rd, 2007



Jeremy Brett/Edward Hardwicke Interview

(cross posted in 221b_bakerst)

Aug. 28th, 2007



Outwitted by his Own Creation

Two reviews from the Sunday Times (26th August 2007) by John Carey.


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(cross posted in book_worm and 221b_bakerst)

Aug. 22nd, 2007


Articles about Crime Fiction

Off topic, but relevant to the subject matter :)

Interesting article from the BBC about the Crime Fiction genre, Herclue Poirot is going to become a comic book.

The Genre that Won't DieCollapse )

Also, Ian Rankin has been criticised for his comments about lesbians.

Curious case of Rebus and the lesbian thriller drillersCollapse )

(cross posted in several locations). </font></p>

Aug. 21st, 2007



Jeremy as Basil in The Picture of Dorian Gray

Just because posting to communities is fun, I'll post this rather unnecessary entry. :)

For all you Jeremy Brett fans:
Check out my screen caps from Jeremy Brett community about JB as Basil in The Picture of Dorian Gray!

And one teaser:


P.S. I think that the TV adaptation of the play sucked, but JB is always worth seeing :)

Aug. 16th, 2007

Tea Pot and Cups


The new Strand

I just started a new Yahoo! group for canonical fan fiction and would love for some of you to join. Here is the link: http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_New_Strand/

Please excuse my spamming.

Warm regards,

Jul. 10th, 2007


I am the most incurably lazy devil who ever stood foot in shoe leather...

I thought I had posted to this journal upon joining, because normally my joining a community is because I want to post to it. But I just went through the WHOLE thing and did not find a post by me. TSK TSK TSK

When I was in fifth grade, my father had spotted my book-worm personality, and started buying books that were adaptations for younger readers of great classics. The collection is called the Great Illustrated Classics. I think I read about half of the ones my father bought.

In sixth grade, one of the books he got contained three Sherlock Holmes adventures: the Red-headed League, the Copper Beeches and the Speckled Band (which was my favourite for a while). I read them and used one of them for a book report. My teacher was somewhat concerned of an eleven-year-old reading something so advanced. Her concern turned into outright fear when I read Stephen King's Fire Starter later, and mentioned the nail-pulling scene. If I dared enter the class with a book beyond Goosebumps, she confiscated it until the end of the class.

But that didn't stop me outside her course. I was reading the whole book over and over until I almost knew it by heart, and was watching the adventures of Shirley Holmes on TV. I loved when PBS did re-runs of Wishbone and I caught their only two episodes with Sherlock Holmes mysteries (Hound of the Baskervilles and a Scandal in Bohemia).

But, as my interests tend to do, I lost interest. I'm always jumping from thing to another, though in recent years I have a select few which I stick with more prominently. Besides Holmes, Vampires and the Phantom of the Opera are my favourites.

Unlike many of my interests, however, Holmes has had impact in other areas of my life: I am studying Ripperology (not in an educational establishment, but on my own time), and will be taking courses in Forensics and Criminology this year at university. I've already been able to impress my mother on a few occasions by noticing things she did not and being able to draw good conclusions as a result. My favourite being when we were watching the movie the Secret Agent together. She had seen it before me, and didn't tell me anything, but I was able to guess something at a certain point, which she hadn't noticed until later in her first viewing. If you have already seen this movie, let me know on my own journal and I will tell you in more detail what happened, so as to avoid spoilers.

Something I wouldn't mind discussing with people on here sometime, is the strange relation between Sherlock Holmes and the Phantom of the Opera. Many people who are Phans are also Sherlockians, and this phenomena interests me.

I remain, dear people, your obedient servant,

Jun. 21st, 2007



Rare Footage of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Jun. 19th, 2007



Sherlockian Podcast

The Baker Street Blog (http://www.bakerstreetblog.com) maintainer (Scott  Monty) is going to be starting a twice monthly Sherlockian podcast called 'I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere' (http://www.ihearofsherlock.com/). Scott is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and will be doing his podcast with another member of the BSI Burt Wolder.

(anyone who would like a decent pastiche that's been recently put on the 'net the BSJ don't publish pastiche in their journal, and I'd imagine that the SHSL don't either - Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Second Round by Mark Warddecker - follow the link for synopsis and link to the story)

(cross posted in my lj & 221b_bakerst)

Jun. 1st, 2007



Unfortunate News

For anyone who is interested, the spoof 'Hound of the Baskervilles' at the Duchess Theatre will be closing early on the 23rd June.

(cross posted in 221b_bakerst)

May. 27th, 2007

Tea Pot and Cups


A Bit of Brett and Laurie

I made some Jeremy Brett and Hugh Laurie avatars for your use! I figured that many Holmes fans like House, M.D. and may like some of the Hugh Laurie avatars that I made. Not all of the Jeremy Brett avatars are Holmesian. Please credit if you can! Thanks!


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Much thanks to Melinda of Holmesian.net for making the screencaps used to create these avatars!

May. 26th, 2007



A Collection of Links

Whilst have a bit of a hunt through my journal archives, I came across the pictures I posted of the Sherlock Holmes Society walk I did in April 2005. You may find them amusing - http://sherlock2040.livejournal.com/26475.html

In a moment of shameless advertising:

I've been reviewing the excellent Russian series from the late 70s - early 80s, so far I have only done 'Study in Scarlet', but I will probably continue. I'm also planning to do some more in-depth things, also my review has been translated into Russian by alek_morse over at ru_sherlockiana. Here are the links to the (English) version, recommend that if you do read my reviews check out the comments discussion as well:

Part 1 - http://sherlock2040.livejournal.com/70992.html
Part 2 - http://sherlock2040.livejournal.com/74420.html
Part 3 - http://sherlock2040.livejournal.com/78824.html
Part 4 - http://sherlock2040.livejournal.com/87489.html

I've written an essay response to Barbara Roden's essay about Sherlock Holmes and the Ladies published 1996. I am also being encouraged by the SHSL chairman to write an article for the journal, so will report back about that when it becomes more 'real'.

If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy of the Russian series, you can do so at http://www.ruslania.com/ priced 68 EUROS, which is about £45.

Cross posted in 221b_bakerst

May. 23rd, 2007



Annotated BLOO, er, BLUE!

From Rod Mollise on the alt.fan.holmes Usenet group - another annotated adventure!

"Yep...took long enough...I know. I had intended this one to be up for
the Christmas holidays, natch. All I can say is "it's been a long
semester." ;-)

"Anyhow, if you'd like to read my annotated "Blue Carbuncle," just go


"There's been one major change this time; the story is in Adobe Acrobat
(.pdf) format instead of Word format. Why? Well, it's smaller, and
that can be helpful for folks with slow Internet connections. Most
importantly, it provides a good-looking _standardized_ reading
experience. My experience was that the stories didn't always look
right unless they were read on the same version of MS Word I used to
create them.

"Drawbacks? Naturally, they are not interactive anymore. If a note runs
longer than can be accomodated in the balloon, you'll have to page to
the end to read the rest. With Word, you'd just click to open a pane
at the bottom of the screen.

"Also, you can't add your own annotations, of course.

"All in all, I think the pluses outweight the minuses, but I can easily
post Word versions as well if anyone cares.

"What's next? SPEC, and then on to the end of the _Adventures_ and then
to the _Memoirs_. ;-)

"Your Sherlockian friend,
Rod Mollise"

May. 22nd, 2007



Colin Jeavons screengrabs

Inspector Lestrade as you (may) have never seen him before...






From Hitchhikers. More to come for my Colin Jeavons gallery later.

May. 19th, 2007

Tea Pot and Cups


Holmesian Avatars

I made some Holmesian and Brettian avatars for your use! Please comment and credit if you can. Thanks!


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Much thanks to Melinda and other members of Holmesian.net for making the screencaps that I used to create these avatars.
baby me


Jeremy Brett-Sexyback

Mmm, most definetly!



Don't normally make icons but running out of things to do when I can't sleep, so I had a go :)

Holmes - Vasily Livanov (Василий Ливанов)
Watson - Vitaliy Solomin (Виталий Соломин)

Screen gabs from 'Study in Scarlet' (Шерлока Холмса и доктора Ватсона: Красным по Белому)

Anyone interested, I've been reviewing this episode over at my journal - final part of the review is due this Sunday and I'm doing an in-depth look at the costumes, props, setting, script and commenting on the translation :)

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

(Recommend you read the comments discussion, and alek_morse has been translating my thoughts in Russian over at ru_sherlockiana)

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Traditional rules apply - if you take please credit :)

(cross posted in 221b_bakerst)

May. 13th, 2007



Cushing on UK TV

Just a quick heads up for anyone who can receive the UK digital channel "Film 4+1", they're showing the Hammer version of HOUN with Peter Cushing and Andre Morrell (and Christopher Lee) at 20:20 BST!

Sorry for the late notice but I've only just found out!

Apr. 21st, 2007



New Offerings

Pleased to be able to offer to download the following:

'Sherlock Holmes' - by William Gillette.(1899)
1981 Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts production starring Frank Langella 

Time - 2:16:28 
Resolution - 640x480
Video tape transfer 

Trivia - This is 12 year old Christian Slater's first filmed speaking role.


New York Times ReviewCollapse )

Screen GrabsCollapse )


'The Singular Case of Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund Freud' audio book.

By Cecil Jenkins
Sherlock Holmes - Ronald Pickup
Dr Watson - Norman Rodway
Sigmund Freud - Andrew Sachs

Originally broadcast 6th Feb, 1990.

(31.51MB | MP3 128kbps)

Torrent HelpCollapse )

Cross posted in 221b_bakerst

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