A Golden Evening

Last night saw the AGM of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. This took place at the National Liberal Club on the Embankment in London.

At the conclusion of the main agenda it was time to announce the winner of the 2nd Tony and Freda Howlett Award. This award came into being in 2009 and recognises published Sherlockian / Doylean works written by society members. Yours truly was gratified to discover that "Close to Holmes" (which you can see me holding on the left) had been shortlisted for the award. Alas it went elsewhere on this occasion but I am nonetheless very flattered to have been shortlisted.

Then came the SHSL Eggheads competition. The Eggheads consisted of Guy Marriot, Society President; Roger Johnson, Co-Editor of the Society Journal; Heather Owen, his fellow Co-Editor; and finally Catherine Cooke the society's events secretary. A formidable line-up indeed.

There were two teams of challengers. The first team defeated some Eggheads but ultimately lost in the final round. Then came the turn of my team - The Old Mycroftians.

We won all our rounds, in my case I got all three of my questions correct in the round "The Fair Sex" (although I had to take a guess at one question). At the end it was down to Catherine Cooke to defend the Eggheads earlier win. Despite her gallant efforts we prevailed. The closing round of the competition was presided over by Kevin Ashman from the real Eggheads team on the BBC.


  1. Well done on the Eggheads competition and the award nomination.

  2. Well done on the shortlisting. That's brilliant.

  3. Sounds like a good night all round. I can't watch Eggheads because that C J bloke drives me crazy!

  4. Thanks for all the good wishes. :-)