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  1. 2 points
    I take it you're careful to remain well inland?
  2. 2 points
    Don't worry, Herlock -- the forum judges who's "online" and who's not by how long it's been since their last keystroke. You could have been sitting in front of your computer for the past half hour and still be counted "offline." And as long as you're on your own computer (or tablet or phone), there's absolutely no need to log out, ever. You can even be logged in on two devices at once, the forum doesn't seem to care. Logging out is primarily for shared devices, such as library computers. Come to think of it, that may be one reason he chose to rent rooms that were one story *above* Baker Street!
  3. 2 points
    I prefer 'preoccupied'. It isn't just Maud Bellamy, though Holmes has noticed the young lady. He's only 50 at this point, so it's not *that* gross. I think he's a bit off his game owing to it being the first investigation he has embarked upon without Dr. Watson at his side, or at least, within hailing range. And he's still finding his way in his uncustomary environment of 'the country'. I find the story a bit of a charming anomaly because it gives us a Holmes who actually seems to be enjoying himself doing the 'retirement' thing. He takes walks on the beach; he swims every day . . he's even made some pals, as he seems to be on friendly terms with a number of the locals. This gives lie to the prevalent image of SH as a crabby hermit who is not socially functional without Dr. Watson to lubricate his way with other people. He's also navigating the brave new frontier of writing something for an audience which is not a scientific monograph. I wish Conan Doyle had given us more of these Sherlock-narrated tales. Or just more tales, full stop.
  4. 2 points
    I think the Holmes-narrated pastiches must be too numerous to mention and certainly to remember! . . one that I really enjoyed (even though it is reviled by David Marcum for tinkering with Holy Writ) is Sherlock Holmes: My Life and Crimes by Michael Hardwick. Reminiscing from his Sussex cottage in retirement, Holmes decides to finally come clean about what really happened at the the Reichenbach Falls and sheds some surprising light upon his relationship with his archnemesis, Prof. Moriarty.
  5. 2 points
    Holmes stupid!! besleybean wash your mouth out.😃
  6. 2 points
    TERRIBLE. The clues in the title !!! 😕 Saying that, im sure when it was written readers were less aware of the wildlife of the world. They didnt have documentaries e.g The Blue Planet played on a constant loop, introducing us to less heard of creatures.
  7. 2 points
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0506450/fullcredits/?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm Herl, this IMDb entry lists Mark Boyle and Alf Joint as the two stuntmen who gave us that spectacular fall over the Reichenbach Falls.
  8. 2 points
    I first 'met' the Great Detective through two books in my middle school library when I was about 13: The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I've always been drawn to mystery stories, even before this, so I liked these books well enough, though the central characters--two middle-aged Victorian gentlemen--didn't share anything in common with my life as I knew it. I'd like to say I was a Sherlockian from that moment, but . .not really. It would be many years before I picked up another Holmes story, but I did continue to follow the adventures of the Great Detective via my other favorite medium of film. I have seen most of the popular films made since the 1970s featuring SH. It wasn't until BBC Sherlock drew to a close that I recommitted myself to serious Sherlockian reading. A friend threw down the challenge to read the entire Canon, which I did, collecting along the way hundreds of other pastiche stories about Holmes and his Doctor. Why do I love Sherlock Holmes? I love him for his mass of contradictions that makes him such a fascinating and ultimately human character. Holmes has a great brain, but he's not just a reasoning machine, devoid of human emotions and frailties. He'd like people to believe that. He wishes it were true of himself. To me, Sherlock's heart and his passions are quite nearly the equal of his great brain, but he has trained himself through rigorous discipline of mind and body to master his 'human' side in service to the science of deduction. He is very good at it . . but his secret is that he actually feels as deeply as he thinks, and this humanity slips out at times despite himself. The character of his trusted sidekick and best friend Watson allows Sherlock to show those aspects of himself in the safety of his home and this rock-solid companion which he keeps hidden from much of the rest of the world. Holmes is the full range of humanity packaged in the form of a man of logic and deduction. Sherlock Holmes is a mystery wrapped in an enigma whom we catch tantalizing glimpses of. He is a man of hidden sorrows and he carries the great burden of his intellect, that quality which sets him apart and makes him without peer in the world . .(save one--his brother). He has got faults, and Watson usually takes the brunt of them . . but on another level, SH has some Christlike tendencies. He's more than human, and yet very human at the same time. Has very few trusted friends, but to those he is very loyal in his own way . . and he is fundamentally Good, always choosing Justice over the law when he must choose. For a man who says he doesn't much like his fellow man, he consistently demonstrates Love toward them in the broadest sense. He's quite a creation . . this man who never lived and so can never die. He's Real like the Velveteen Rabbit is Real . . because he is so beloved by so many and has been for 140+ years. Sherlock Holmes makes me want to be a better version of myself. What a feat for a fictional character.
  9. 2 points
    Good god, I'd given up this forum as mostly dead! That's good, I didn't think we did. I've watched a few police dramas recently, and it gets on my nerves that they all seem to be constantly roughing up people when arresting them. It's OTT and stupid. I'm glad Lestrade doesn't.
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  11. 1 point
    Oh, Carol, I assumed all the time you are a woman!
  12. 1 point
    That episode is unforgettable. Oh yes, I saw the movie as well. You really sorta have to, because it’s the actual ending of the series. I can’t say I loved the ending or found it very satisfying (it got pretty crazy too), but they did the best they could with a limited budget, limited time frame, and no manga yet to guide them. I read that they’d planned out something much more massive for the movie, as well as enough material for a 3rd season. But because the production rights were being transferred to the producers of Brotherhood, they were forced to cut a huge amount from the film and latter part of the series and wrap it up very quickly. So it was quite rushed and not entirely what they intended. I can’t help but wonder what could have been if they’d been allowed to continue...
  13. 1 point
    And interview about Brexit and the no-hawk hairstyle. http://collider.com/benedict-cumberbatch-interview-brexit/#poster
  14. 1 point
    Hi all, I finished the complete collection and no butler. It must have been a pastiche, but from where I don't know as I always remembered it as the genuine article. It wasn't vital information but just something to add a little colour to what will probably be a very dry academic paper. Thanks for your suggestions. If I find it I will let you know.
  15. 1 point
    Recently, just as a change from binging on Granada episodes, with all the technical limitations of the 1980s, I stumbled upon a production of The Merry Widow, by Franz Lehar, where, contrary to My fair Lady, JB does all his singing in his own voice, and it's a treat. Not to mention his Byronic curls. Now... where have I seen this hairstyle again? Moftiss version, perchance? And Plaidadder has written a wonderful meta called The Best and Wisest Adaptation on the Granada series, which is thoughtful, insightful and about 90% spot-on. Addendum: You have got to hand it to the French, they do everything in style: Sherlock Holmes received the Legion d'honeur for saving the Mona Lisa in The (original) Final Problem, Jeremy Brett received the same award by the French president a few months before dying. Meanwhile, on the British side, not even a single BAFTA or other honour for his multifaceted talent. Oh, well, maybe getting out of the EU, AND staying out, may prove salutary in the end.
  16. 1 point
    Had a nap, now back to studying.
  17. 1 point
    Me neither. But I've been so disappointed in the recent movies that I have seen that keeping up with them just isn't a high priority for me. Just noticed that the online buzz says the fourth Trek reboot has been shelved. I will say they'd have been fools to make it without Chris Pine, so if they're not willing/able to pay him what they're contractually obligated to pay him, they're better off just forgetting the whole thing.
  18. 1 point
    Me too! Anyone want to wipe my memory for me? How about "Late"? 😛
  19. 1 point
    Oh, and meant to say, I doubt that Sherlock meant it that way, can't imagine him discussing his sex life with Molly. I suspect he meant it literally, but smiled because he was aware it could also be a euphemism.
  20. 1 point
    Yes, she says it. I suspect Sherlock believes money just happens - like the morning tea. As for Mycroft - he delegates someone to do this - it's legwork. Or Sherlock knows a tax consultant whom he helped to put some shelves up. (is this a sentence in English?)
  21. 1 point
    I assume Mycroft. Who else could get him to keep records? Or more probably, collect the necessary information for him, through umm channels. But how do British taxes work, anyhow? Does everyone have to keep records and fill out annual tax forms like we do? What about self-employed people?
  22. 1 point
    Well reminded Hikari. I have a list of Holmes related births and deaths but hadn’t checked it for a while. No apologies for this short clip of The Master at work. Best Holmes ever.......no doubt👍
  23. 1 point
    BTW - it fits here and in the Side Effects as well - I still chat with the Cloak of Levitation on Twitter. Recently I wondered who is behind the account, but then I decided I didn't want to spoil the magic. Aaaand… your obsession is bad when you see this smilie and think of Sherlock.
  24. 1 point
    No, it was just that Mycroft thinks of himself as being very important. Secondly being a drama queen, at least from Sherlock's POV (but honestly, it's hard to say who of them is a bigger DQ) The gay man interpretation was used by a "Mycroft-is-gay" fraction, but makes not much sense in that situation IMO. I mean in the show's universe, not in the mess we did out of it.
  25. 1 point
    When you see Lara Pulver in the opening credits to Spooks and think the Woman changed sides
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