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HerlockSholmes

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About HerlockSholmes

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    Detective Chief Superintendent

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    221c Baker Street
  • Interests
    Sherlock Holmes/Doyle and The Whitechapel Murders 1888
  • Favorite series 1 episode
    A Study In Pink
  • Favourite Series 2 Episode
    A Scandal In Belgravia
  • Favourite Series 3 Episode
    The Empty Hearse
  • Favourite series 4 episode
    The Final Problem

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  1. HerlockSholmes

    Sherlock Holmes Chess Pieces

    If you want a chess set you could try one of these👍 https://moneyinc.com/most-expensive-chess-sets/
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    A Collector’s Lot

    I’d want the chair to be attached to a Ferrari for that kind of money Carol,
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    A Collector’s Lot

    I saw it and I want it but I’m being ‘sensible’ at the moment and so couldn’t justify buying it at the moment. I once saw a Holmes chess that was on sale for well over £1000 many years ago. Strangely the white King (Holmes) wasn’t that great but the black King (Moriarty of course) was brilliantly done. A spoke to a guy in the shop who was also looking at it and I remember him saying that “only American tourists could afford it.” I knew that you were all loaded Carol😃🇱🇷
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    Whats Your Favorite Case?

    Carol, you’ve certainly been doing some detective work👍 The Carlton Club was originally in Pall Mall from 1832 but it’s now in St James Road. It was the original headquarters of the Conservative Party and is still associated with the party although they now have new more modern headquarters. As you said it’s a very exclusive club. I looked this up (I won’t try and claim I knew it all😃) Carlton House Terrace was original part of St James Palace grounds which had a house on the site. It was owned in the early 18th century by a man called Henry Boyle who became Baron Carleton, hence the name (although the spelling changed.) The Palace and grounds were demolished in the 1820’s when the Royal Family moved to Buckingham Palace. Carlton House Terrace is still a Crown Property. An interesting suggestion on the double-barrelled name.
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    Whats Your Favorite Case?

    Here I go cursing my memory again but I once read something in an article concerning Athelney Jones but I can’t recall where. I think the gist of it was that Athelney Jones might have been a double barrelled name. Wasn’t there a Holmes story which involved an officer called Peter Jones? I think that the writer was suggesting that Peter Jones And Athelney Jones might have been one and the same ie Peter Athelney Jones. If only I had a memory☹️ Yes it is strange that Lestrade was never given a Christian name. In pastiches George has been used more than once. The same with Sholto for some reason, From the way that you describe Athelney Jones in Horowitz book you could be describing Anderson too. He started out as antagonistic but ended up an acolyte obsessed with guilt over his death. Someone needs to ask Moftiss if they read Horowitz?
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    Whats Your Favorite Case?

    I can’t help recalling an episode of the Russian Holmes series starring Vasili Livanov which is based on The Speckled Band. It’s worth watching if anyone hasn’t seen it by the way. The subtitles were a bit sub par though and often humorously so. So in this episode Stoke Moran became Stock Moron! With Doyle we have to turn a blind eye to the fact that there’s no such snake as a swamp adder but I don’t mind doing that. We have a classic ‘evil step-father’ as Hikari said added to the creepy house with dangerous animals roaming the ground and even a few potentially sinister gypsies thrown in. I think that the first thing that attracted me to The Red Headed League was the outlandish idea of the league itself. I can always picture Brett describing Athelney Jones as “an absolute imbecile at his profession...”
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    Whats Your Favorite Case?

    I can never answer that question. Or at least I rarely give the same answer twice. The Speckled Band is often near or even at the top of lists of ‘best’ Holmes story’s. The Bruce Partington Plans is usually up there too; it’s certainly one of my favourites. I’d always put The Hound up there too because it’s such an iconic story. I’ve always loved The Red-Headed League too and The Naval Treaty and Silver Blaze and The Norwood Builder and The Empty House and........I think you get the picture😃
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    Jeremy Brett

    No argument from me on this point👍
  9. I was thinking of buying the mp3 set. It’s about £28 on eBay at the moment but I’m really trying to be sensible with my Holmes collecting. ☹️ Who am I kidding? I’ll get them eventually of course. I can also recommend the Holmes radio series staring Clive Morrison as Holmes. For me he’s the best radio Holmes (even better than Hobbs)
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    Recently watched movies

    Today I got my pre-ordered copy of Der Hund Von Baskerville which had been missing for years. It was filmed in 1929 and was the last silent Holmes movie. It was a touch expensive at £35 (around $45) but worth it (to me at least😃) Carlyle Blackwell’s Holmes is described in the movie as the genial detective. Has Holmes ever been called genial before? There are some pretty atmospheric scenes and I believe that they spent more money on the Dartmoor scenery than they did for the brilliant Rathbone Bruce version. There’s also a 1914 short Holmes Hound to watch which I’ll watch tomorrow along with the extras. A day of Holmes collecting utopia for me. Id recommend this to anyone but I can’t see anyone dashing out to buy it😃
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    Doyle canon/pastiche film collection

    I never thought of the Sign Of Four Wontner movie.👍
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    The Language (and travel) Thread

    I think I unwittingly invented a phrase there Carol😃 I haven’t a clue where that one came from. ‘By a long chalk’ is more like it. Its the Queen’s English not mine after all😃
  13. HerlockSholmes

    The Lion's Mane

    Absolutely Hikari. I think it always rankled that he never got the plaudits that he might have expected, and certainly hoped for, from his historical novels. I’ve read a few and they’re pretty good but then again I’m not the best judge by a long straw. They certainly aren’t remembered in anything like the same way as Scott or RL Stevenson. Although Doyle dismissingly called his Holmes stories his ‘police mysteries’ but they made him and he knew it.
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    The Lion's Mane

    And this is why I live in a country where there’s nothing more dangerous than a badger😃
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    The Lion's Mane

    It’s indicative of how Doyle regarded his detective fiction in comparison to his historical fiction when we consider research. For his book The White Company for example he did huge amounts of research as he wanted to get everything just right from weaponry to battlefield tactics to historical background. When it came to his Holmes stories however he simply wanted to tell an interesting and exciting tale. He got many things wrong and made many errors. If he hadn’t have we wouldn’t have people writing scholarly pieces on the minutiae of the stories to this day. If he’d have taken more care to be accurate and done more rigorous research there would have been no need for a Baring Gould or any of the many other commentators, critics and chronologists.
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