Jump to content

All Activity

This stream auto-updates     

  1. Today
  2. Better hurry, while such things are still an option.
  3. Yesterday
  4. I confess I neither take any notice of ratings or give any feedback... I need to start one day.
  5. I'm noticing more and more ratings without reviews. Recently, one product that I was interested in had good ratings from a few dozen people -- but no reviews whatsoever. Ratings are better than nothing, I suppose, but I prefer to know people's reasons for their ratings. Otherwise a five-star review could be one of those meaningless "it just came today and I can hardly wait to try it" things, and a one-star review could be just an "it took two weeks to get here" rant. Considering the increasing frequency of reviewless ratings, I suspect that Amazon is actually encouraging them -- which leads me to wonder whether we'll wake up one day and discover that Amazon reviews have disappeared entirely, like the late lamented review comments. I fervently hope I'm wrong about that!
  6. Last week
  7. We'll look forward to your Speedy's report next year, then! Actually, it seems to be the maps that are being difficult. I've tried both Google and DuckDuckGo, and neither one is producing consistent results for various addresses in that area. They can't even seem to agree on whether the hotel's address is/was #23 or #19. So there's another assignment for you, Bev! Go to Leinster Gardens and determine which numbers correspond to the fake houses. By the way, Henry VIII is/was by no means a four-star hotel. I happened upon a review on Yelp that says "We pretty much knew what we would be getting when we booked this room - cheap, convenient lodging in central London. However, I didn't expect the room to be quite as small as it was. There was room for a double bed - only. The bed touched each wall on either side." She does, however, go on to say that everything was clean.
  8. I can't tell you which story it's in or quote the exact passage, but it's my impression that it was stated Holmes keeps Watson's checkbook locked up in his desk so that Watson can't bet too much money on the horses. Hopefully one of our Holmes fanatics will set us straight!
  9. Even though it's called the "Underground," some of it runs above ground -- the line to Gatwick Airport, for example, starts out underground in Central London, but then emerges from its tunnel and runs above ground the rest of the way to the airport. And city-to-city trains tend to go underground in Central London. The defining difference is that the Underground AKA Tube trains run on their own set of tracks and have their own stations, whereas the city-to-city trains run on other tracks and have their own separate stations. (Also, stations are further apart for the city-to-city trains, the trains run less often, and the trains themselves are different in a number of ways.) Leinster Gardens is a street in the Bayswater area of London, so yes, when the trains pass under the missing houses, they are in Bayswater. According to one site, the hotel is no longer in business, which may be complicating my attempts to locate it (at #23) in comparison to the facades. I'll check into this further tomorrow (unless somebody beats me to it). Yes, please, anyone who has any news since last year, please share!
  10. Since gambling was common place during Victorian era UK, I think it's not uncommon for the good doctor to do do a little gambling.
  11. In the stories the narrator claims that Watson bets on horses, but not large amounts " in the bank large amounts.." to digress a little this is from the musical Oliver! Then there's that chequebook Holmes keeps locked, but why is never explained. I'm using "narrator" rather loosely. The doctor has an army pension and is wounded in the shoulder. Stamford introduces him to Holmes. At first Watson is worried about the cost of the rooms but is curious about the un-Victorian guy Stamford is keen to introuduce him to. You have to admit that Holmes is really not your typical Victorian gentleman! I always thought the doctor stayed away from hazard. Gambling was common in the Victorian era among all classes, but dr. Watson seems to be an ordinary man, an average Victorian physician.
  12. https://moovitapp.com/index/en-gb/public_transportation-20_22_Leinster_Square-London_and_South_East-site_27596771-2122 according to this the Overground is at no 20-22, not necessarily 23 Leinster Gardens. A hotel called Henry VIII gives the facade as its real address and it's 4 star at least.
  13. I checked online and I think it was the word "carriages" that I found confusing. In most cities trains and metro are different. In London Overground is the trains that get from city to city and Underground is the metro, for example. it seems I made a confusion with the empty hearse when Sherlock is talking to a youth about disappearing compartments.He's talking about trains and British English there. I found out that the Tube(metro) passes near Bayswater . SHERLOCK (over phone): ... the empty houses. (The camera rises up towards the rooftops of the buildings.) SHERLOCK (over phone): They were demolished years ago to make way for the London Underground, a vent for the old steam trains. (The camera lifts over the top of the houses and reveals that behind their front walls there is nothing else of the buildings. The houses on either side are complete but these two have only the front wall remaining, and underneath the houses runs a train line along which a Tube train now passes by.) As for Speedy's am interested as I don't live in London, so any news anyone?
  14. Went and looked that up on YouTube. I'd say Imelda Staunton is in no danger of being typecast! And good heavens, the comments say that other (rather peculiar looking) person is Emma Thompson?! Looks like Trelawney has kinda turned the tables on Umbridge!
  15. I caught the end of a "Celtic Thunder" performance on PBS, and this cute song about animals was on, which is now stuck in my head. I'm pretty sure my dog does not appreciate me clapping his paws together whenever I get to that part, but he's taking it like a champ.
  16. I love that movie. One of my favorite black-and-whites.
  17. My latest acquisition is this jade dagger. I bought it because the blade is reminiscent of storm clouds rolling in. I call it --*dramatic turn*-- 'Skyscraper'. I currently have my eye on one of these beauties. I'm especially fond of the orange one.
  18. The other day we watched an episode of Murder, She Wrote in which Angela Lansbury played not only her usual role of Jessica "J. B." Fletcher, , but also Jessica's English cousin Emma, part-owner and star singer of a traditional London music hall, who sang a song called "Little Yellow Bird." I looked it up, to see if it really was an old music-hall song, or if it had been written for the show, and found that a] it was written in 1903, and b] in the 1945 movie Portrait of Dorian Gray, it was performed in a nightclub / music hall setting -- by Angela Lansbury (age 18). So of course I went looking for that scene online: ... and of course it's now stuck in my head (where it has at least displaced "My Bonny").
  19. Come to Indiana and I'll give it a try!
  20. Doubt that I'd be surprised, having already seen Imelda Staunton in two night-and-day roles. But I've never seen Nanny McPhee -- what sort of role does she play in that?
  21. Sometimes I download background music from movie trailers I particularly like. The song currently on repeat in my head is the one from the "Eternals" trailer.
  22. Coping with depression by impulse buying additions to my bladed weapons collection. *sheepish* Retail therapy...?
  23. Earlier
  24. If that's the case, then certain readers may be surprised to know of her role in 'Nanny McPhee'.
  1. Load more activity
  • Newsletter

    Want to keep up to date with all our latest news and information?
    Sign Up
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of UseWe have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.Privacy PolicyGuidelines.