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    Well, "tea" is, after all, an old slang term for marijuana.
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    You poor kid! Just keep a stiff upper lip and think of England!
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    Maybe it was more than just a tea. Well, what I can do is to go back and pester Arwel again.
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    Thank God for Arwel... And I say that as an atheist!
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    Unbelievable, is it? And we have got a little present:
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    A freckled complexion wouldn't have been too desirable in the Victorian era, where a milky complexion was prized, but now that I think of it, Dr. Watson had an expanded reaction in a pastiche I read. I was hot and heavy with the collecting of those during my renewed Sherlock-reading phase; between short story collections and novels, I think it has to be over 200. So those tend to get mixed up in my mind with the original details. It looks like the Doc had a very positive reaction to Miss Hunter's intrinsic qualities, but we know his type is the porcelain blondes like his Mary. He was very taken by another Violet (Smith) in The Solitary Cyclist who is described as such a face. I think that would have been pre-Mary.
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    They are the same world over. But Western women are often regarded as sexually easy and available. Many of them do come to Japan for sex work, especially from the former Soviet Republics. If one's English is not good enough to get a teaching job, but she's reasonably pretty, the hostess bars are always looking for foreign hostesses. That's a big yakuza-run outfit. I struck up an acquaintance with a Western bar hostess at our shared gym. This one was American. Her management was paying her gym fees because it was a job requirement for her to keep fit. They gave her money for clothes, too, and took her shopping and told her what to buy for her 'work clothes'. She was incredibly candid. I just hope she didn't get in over her head. Hostessing is not 'legally' supposed to involve sleeping with customers, but in reality it usually does. I couldn't read most of the print in my world, but I couldn't let that hold me back, either . .I didn't have that luxury. Usually my best guesses were somewhat close to the mark, but sometimes I got interesting surprises when I opened my groceries and realized that what I brought home was not what I thought I was buying. I did have some English speaking friends and job support, but it was nearly complete immersion. That's a painful, but seriously effective way to learn, and it really becomes yours if you have to live through it. Like with the chopsticks . . I had practiced plenty of times before hitting Japanese soil. Let's just say that I was properly motivated for the first time to learn tout suite when I was in a mom and pop noodle shop that didn't offer forks. It was master o-hashi quick or starve. Once I had, it was hard to remember that I'd ever thought it difficult.
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    I assume that Moftiss took the "adventuress" tag seriously. But I just checked: The word is used only once in the story, and it is the King of Bohemia who applies it to Irene. Considering his likely motives, I take the term with a large grain of salt. As you say, most Victorians would have made similar assumptions merely because she was self-reliant, so he presumably feels perfectly safe in making the accusation -- he doesn't bother to offer the slightest bit of substantiating evidence. (I have the feeling that Watson was taken in by the ploy, considering his comments about her "dubious and questionable memory.") The concept of an Adler-Moriarty alliance does seem to appeal to those making filmed adaptations -- Moftiss is not the only one. But yes, their Irene has blood on her hands, and not just indirectly from her connection with Moriarty. As you say, there's that corpse with the "bashed in" face, the one that looks enough like Irene otherwise to fool Sherlock Holmes. I have a whole lotta trouble believing there just happened to be one of those available when Irene needed it.
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    It has been observed by many others that Moffat isn't great at writing women. He certainly mucked about with two of the primary women of the Canon. I like Una Stubbs' Mrs. Hudson very much--for once a fully-fledged spunky personality in her own right; not just Sherlock Holmes's house drudge who is scandalized by his unconventional behavior. And Molly was a welcome addition. But for the two females who were 'The Woman' respectively for our detective pair, their modern counterparts are definitely more morally corrupted than the originals. 'A Scandal in Belgravia' is my favorite episode of the series, although not really for this version of Adler. It's a joy to see Sherl matching wits with a mind as canny as his own, who is also quite a bit more worldly in the carnal sense. In the original story, Irene actually gets the better of Sherlock Holmes (twice) when he anticipates her moves too late. In her own time, the Woman is a scandalous figure, an 'adventuress' . . which has a negative connotation of a morally lax woman who uses her feminine wiles to extract money and position from men. It is basically synonymous with prostitute. Conan Doyle's Adler was a world-renowned opera singer, world-traveled and single, and that was enough to make her an adventuress in most people's books. A woman living her life without a man on her own terms was suspect. What the story shows is an artistic woman who is betrayed in love by an untrustworthy cad who is an extremely powerful person, and the photograph she endeavors to get herself featured in and hide away is her insurance policy against a man who could easily have her killed. She earns Sherlock Holmes' admiration in the end for her brains and resourcefulness. He also will vouch for her moral character and winds up being the witness at her wedding to a man who is going to treat her better. A woman who makes her living by sex work and extorting her high-profile clients is certainly an 'adventuress' for our time, but a great deal more morally corrupt than the original. I think Doyle classed Adler and Sherlock as 'friendly antagonists' . . .The Woman and he have opposing objectives when it comes to this picture in her possession which compromises his client, but Adler is not a 'bad person'. Moffat's Adler is a very bad girl indeed, in bed with terrorists, quite literally, with every bit of her for sale. She becomes a villain, since she's Moriarty's henchwoman as much as Sebastian Moran . . and that was never in Canon. The original story ends much more happily, and the person who gets his comeuppance is the one who deserves it--the conniving 'King of Bohemia' . . a thinly veiled stand-in for the Prince of Wales, Edward VII. I'm guessing Doyle was not a fan of the son, but he does have Sherl shoot 'VR' into the sitting room wall later. Nobody is dead in the original tale, only embarrassed. Irene nearly kicks off an international terrorist incident, deals a blow to British intelligence . . extorts any number of people, and who is the dead woman in the morgue on Christmas Eve who is supposed to be her? Just more collateral damage.
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    In my view, which I think is justified when we consider the last two seasons of the series, Moffat and Gatiss peaked too early. I was really surprised, and a little nonplussed, that they decided to end S2 with 'The Reichenbach Fall'. In the stories, the incident at the Reichenbach Falls firmly separates the two halves of the Holmes-Watson partnership into a 'Early period' and "more mature period". The two disparate friends had been living and working together for a number of years--at least 4 or 5 in canon time, if not chronological time for the readers--before SH pulled his disappearing act at the Falls. When we convene with Watson and Holmes in "The Empty House" and Watson has been grieving for three years, the two seem to have reached a more sedate place in their partnership. Perhaps if Mofftiss had rearranged some of the episodes and ended S2 with the Hound and saved the Fall for the next season, there wouldn't have been such a shift in tone so abruptly between the two halves of the series. With Sherlock such an established hit in its first season, I'd say the chances of it being cancelled after a second season were about nil. They could have introduced Mary earlier and not gone in such a bizarre way with the character. Mary is a smart cookie; what a shame they couldn't find a way to have her apply that brain to helping the partnership rather than tear it apart. Why couldn't she have been that nurturing, kind, fun-loving nurse John fell in love with? Mary represents hearth and home for John Watson; Mofftiss turned her into the enemy, and that betrayed this character completely. I think the Fall would have been better to end the third season and then they could have explored CAM in S4. The whole 'Euros' thing was a misfire. The actress was great; it's a bravura turn, and a arch-villain was needed with the demise of Moriarty and CAM. But to make this person Sherlock's sister? Just wrong. Completely at odds with the Canon, where it is and always has been the two Holmes boys against the world. Mofftiss tried to turn the Holmes' boys childhoods into a Dennis Lehane novel. Please. (Shutter Island reference). S3 was anticlimactic after the Fall, but in retrospect after S4, has some really good stuff in it. (Apart from the revelation about Mary, of course.) 'The Sign of Three' is my favorite. We still liked Mary then, thought she was a great girl, perfect for John. The opening bit of E3, with the riff on 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' and "Billy" . .brilliant. Lars Magnusson was a fantastic villain as CAM. But why, why, did they have to make it go so wrong with Mary?
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    In which part of the country does your friend live? Their experiences with bureaucracy doesn't surprise me a bit. Having experienced day-to-day life there as a 'gaijin' (outside person) for going on six years, I can say, truthfully, that Japan is one of the most xenophobic cultures in the world. Their institutional racism and distrust of anything 'foreign' is rooted in the many, many centuries Japan spent isolated and insulated from outside influences. Japanese culture has a lot to recommend it, but it is not a comfortable, easy or particularly kind place to be for anyone who is out of the mainstream in any way. They've got the highest rate of suicide really, in the world, followed closely by other Asian countries. The pressure to conform and to excel within very narrow parameters of 'acceptable behavior' is extreme. The life of a 'han-bun' (half/mixed) like your friends' daughter is going to be fraught with difficulties because she will never be accepted as fully Japanese in that society, no matter that she speaks Japanese natively and impeccably and does everything else her peers do. She will have a Japanese surname, which will help, but if she displays any Western features in her appearance . . or if she's raised to be bilingual and speak perfect English. .she will always be regarded as 'less than' full Japanese. That's the reality. Maybe the bureaucrats were in their own way trying to smooth her path a little by rejecting a name they deemed 'too American/too weird'. Some names, like 'Sara' can be both. I wonder if your friend was there at the window too, at the time. If the Japanese father had gone himself alone, I wonder if their first choice would have gone through. Handicapped people in Japan aren't accepted, either, and for all its technological and archtectual advances, there isn't a law like the ADA to protect and promote accessibility for disabled citizens. To be differently abled is to be defective, and according to Buddhist philosophy, a disability is a judgement from the gods upon the sin of either the individual or their parents, and as such are shameful things to be hidden away from society.
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    Hi, Arcadia, I'm just arrived to this thread. Glad you put this here, since rewatching is the only way to go. Now that it's the 10th anniversary, no more opportune time. I watched this series before I went back and delved into the Canon, and so on a rewatch, it's fun to find all the little Easter eggs which Mofftiss have left for those looking for them. Jeff(erson Hope), Cabbie, is indeed the chief antagonist of ASIS. 'Laureston Gardens' plays a role. Of course, we meet Lestrade, Mrs. Hudson and the crew. Ben looks incredibly young in the pilot. I'd never heard of this actor before, though unbeknownst to myself I had seen him in bit parts in a couple of costume dramas, looking very different than Sherlock. He was 34, but looked much younger. I thought, 27 at the outside. The most notable thing about A Study in Pink is the fact that it created a new supernova star in the firmament literally over 90 minutes one Sunday. I think it happened with Sherlock was whipping the cadaver, personally. That's when I fell for him! The first meet cute scene--quite sublime. Mike Stanford, naughty Matchmaker, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts . . all the way going back to 1887. By the time we get to Sherlock wearing the orange shock blanket, the partnership had solidified into something great even before John had moved in properly.
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    Some little details by Arwel. https://www.denofgeek.com/tv/sherlock-10th-anniversary-behind-the-scenes-set-secrets/
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    Sorry, we don't have dogs, so I have no idea. But why are you letting the dog lick your butt -- stores still out of toilet paper?
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    NOOOOOOOOO Well, I think if you have a cat, an exorcist's number would be handy too.
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    Nope. I vote that the picture is real, these creatures are both liquid and gravity-is-myth-er.
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    Lol, true! I just didn't want to overexplain or elaborate too much, since no one actually asked for the information. I try to curtail my tendency to educate people on subjects they never wanted to be educated on (a 'fault' I'm oft criticized for). Anyway, Carol and I will be teaching a Japanese language class on Wednesdays at 8/7c, if anyone's interested.
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    My cat can almost definitely read. I put a sign on my wardrobe door saying, 'do not let Katsu inside' (katsu is my cat, as you might have guessed). I came back, and the sign had been ripped up and shoved under the wardrobe. So I opened the door, and, surprise, surprise, there he was. I think he ripped it up so nobody saw it!
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    I think this is a cue for my swan story and I apologise in advance if I have already told it on here. My parents live in Scarborough, which is quite a famous English sea side town. In Scarborough there is a well known park, it has walks over bridges set around an ornamental lake. We were visiting there with some of Brian's friends from Manchester. All of a sudden the friend's wife pointed to a sign on the bridge which said: swans must not pass beyond this point. She looked very puzzled and said to me: but how do the swans know? At which point I fell apart laughing: the sign was referring to the swan BOATS, not the real swans that were swimming along with them! My pal was most amused that Yorkshire swans were so clever, they could actually read!
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    What's wrong with those idiots? Do they honestly believe that cats are unable to read?
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    And that's all for real! According to this article, "Councilman Clements ... was defeated in a landslide in November’s election."
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    And the best part is, the cat won't outgrow it in a couple of years.
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