A big weekend

It's the UK, it's January, there's a fair bit going on...

Around this time each year we mark the generally accepted date of Sherlock Holmes's birth - Jan 6th. The Sherlock Holmes Society of London and the Baker Street Irregulars both hold significant events around this period.

The Commons' Dining Room

Saturday 11th brings the SHSL's Annual Dinner at the House of Commons in London. No doubt attendees will have the next day's broadcast of His Last Vow at the back of their minds as they tuck into the usual fine repast. There will however be an undercurrent of melancholy as the society will be marking the 100th anniversary of the onset of the First World War which was memorably referred to by Sherlock Holmes in His Last Bow:

"There's an east wind coming, Watson."
"I think not, Holmes. It is very warm."
"Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age. There's an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it's God's own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared."

Written by Alistair Duncan
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