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A Study in Desperation...?

Following on from my post re saturation I have been giving some thought as to why people, when creating their own pastiche works, sometimes go out of their way to change the formula. You only have to look at the Canon itself to see that this is (usually) a bad idea.

Weekend viewing....perhaps

I'm not doing anything too energetic this weekend. I need comfort telly. To my mind that means three basic ingredients. Rich Tea biscuits, a pot of coffee and....


Blog post comments - the situation

In light of some recent exchanges, and in the interests of this blog's readers, I'm going to re-state the latest position on comments.

Small technical update.

You can now use the left and right arrow keys to go back and forth through the posts on this blog.

Undershaw - another anniversary

It's one year to the day that the planning permission that would have seen Undershaw carved up into separate dwellings was quashed.

Sherlock Holmes and drugs

Readers of the Canon (and people who have watched some screen adaptations) will be familiar with Sherlock Holmes and drugs. However, only those who have read the Canon will be aware of the true position which is that Sherlock Holmes only ever turned to drugs when bored. Many adaptations have ignored this golden rule for reasons best known to their screenwriters.

Unseen footage - Langham Hotel Plaque unveiling March 19 2010

I was one of many members of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London who attended the plaque unveiling at the Langham Hotel on March 19th 2010. This short video, taken by me and not published before, shows Gyles Brandreth attempting to make his way to where the plaque was cited in order to unveil it.

Reichenbach - why Reichenbach?

Why did Arthur Conan Doyle choose the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland for Sherlock Holmes’s fateful clash with Professor Moriarty? Was it purely as a result of his personal visit there or were there other reasons?

Sherlockian saturation?


Some people would argue that it has never been a better time to be a Sherlockian. Two successful TV series (three when the Russian series starts) and a successful film franchise have led to a tidal wave of fan inspired blogs, fiction, Twitter, Tumblr and so on. Away from the internet there has been a surge in the production of Holmes pastiche works - be they books or plays.

Bank Holiday Viewing

Christopher Plummer's Holmes, despite being a little too emotional at times, is underrated. In his honour I shall be watching this today.





Defend ACD - Who decides literary importance?


Arthur Conan Doyle must be the most popular under-appreciated author of recent times. During many of the discussions about Undershaw and why the home of such a famous writer should not be accorded the same level of reverence as that shown for the houses of Dickens and Austen it was suggested that Conan Doyle was simply not in the same class.

It's Undershaw Day

Today marks one year since the case regarding Undershaw was heard at the high court. As you all know this subsequently resulted in the planning permission for Undershaw being quashed.

Why is Sherlock Holmes English?


I think it is generally accepted that Sherlock Holmes is English with some French ancestry. In The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter we learn that….

Weak men in the Canon

At the risk of being seen as turning on my own gender, let's have a look at weak male characters in the Sherlock Holmes Canon.

Happy birthday ACD



Subcutaneously my dear Watson

This is a book in serious need of a reprinting..

Plaque at Tennison Road - word from English Heritage

To recap on earlier posts...

Recently I reported that 12 Tennison Road had been sold. At the request of other Sherlockians, I approached English Heritage to alert them to the potential risk to the plaque that any redevelopment of the site might cause.

Has Sherlock stifled Sherlockian TV output?


I've never made a secret of the fact that I prefer a Victorian Holmes. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sherlock but I do feel that all the time it is on (and probably for some time after it finishes) we won’t see a Victorian Sherlock series on our screens (well not a new one).

English Heritage and 12 Tennison Road



I contacted English Heritage to make them aware of the situation with 12 Tennison Road.

Wracking my brains

I have, in the last few minutes, completed my draft report on the SHSL boat trip down the Thames which took place on Saturday May 18th.

Strong women in the Canon.


The Canon is blessed with, in my opinion, many notable female characters. Conan Doyle does not give us many shrinking Violets although he does give us three strong Violets.

SHSL AGM 2013


Last night saw the Annual General Meeting of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London at the National Liberal Club on London’s Embankment.

Tonight's destination


The scene of tonight's Sherlockian business is the National Liberal Club on London's Embankment.

12 Tennison Road is Sold


Arthur Conan Doyle's South Norwood Home at 12 Tennison Road has been sold for an undisclosed sum.

Sherlock Holmes Society of London - AGM May 16th

Tomorrow sees the Annual General Meeting of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London at the National Liberal Club in central London. Open to full members and their guests only its purpose is to report on the previous year's activities and outline the vision for the next twelve months.

Elementary rudeness


I was skimming through recent updates on Facebook yesterday evening when I came across a very unpleasant remark made by a lady to the effect that anyone who didn't like Elementary was a “snob” and had their head up their bottom (not the word she chose).

James Mortimer FRCS - Was Watson really wrong?


I think it safely goes without saying that one of the most often miscast Sherlockian characters is James Mortimer FRCS. Erroneously referred to as Dr Mortimer, this is the man who brings the legend of The Hound of the Baskervilles to Sherlock Holmes’s attention.

No Place As Holmes?


Like many of you reading this post, I have seen a great many actors don the deerstalker (not necessarily literally) to play Sherlock Holmes. Some are good, some indifferent and some awful.

However, when it comes to the poorer ones, what’s worse – one that is just nowhere near or one that is tantalizingly close but mucks it up with something silly? I would venture to suggest the latter.

London in 1927 in colour

Amazing colour footage of London in 1927. This was the same year that the last Sherlock Holmes stories were published. A colour glimpse into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's world. Three years later he would be dead.

Article publication date - *almost* confirmed

I am pleased to announce that it is highly likely that my article on The Hound of the Baskervilles will be published towards the end of the year in two journals.

How easy is it to get a Sherlockian article published in a journal?


Some Sherlockians out there will, at some point, try their hand at an article destined for one of the many society journals. So how likely are you to be successful?