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    The Great Game
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  1. Sorry, just now seeing your comment. I am thinking specifically of foods consumed by our Baker Street duo as written by ACD. Mrs. Hudson normally does breakfasts, with the other meals a bit hit or miss, but our bachelor diners often went to their favorite restaurant, Simpson's, for heartier fare, when Sherlock Holmes felt hungry, so that would open the menu up for more than just eggs and kidney pie. Our birthday celebration may have to stretch to multiple meals, houseparty style. We could do "Mrs. Hudson's Breakfast/Tea" plus other food inspired by alternative versions. I love Japanese food, so "Miss Sherlock" would get a nod, as well as dishes from the parts of the globe Holmes says he visited on his Hiatus. That would include food from Scandinavia as well as the Middle and Far East.
  2. I'm open to menu suggestions. Sherlock barely eats and John likes anything, so the menu is wide open. Drinking of Scotch and Brandy optional. This is a fantasy party, so anything goes! This is the kind of thing that die-hard BFI types pay hundreds of pounds/dollars for the privilege, but I envision something far less stiff than those annual dinners. Particularly if we could get Benedict to agree to come in character. We must, alas, settle for the benevolent spirit of Jeremy Brett.
  3. It's always been a fond wish of mine to have a Twelfth Night party in honor of the Great Detective. Foods would feature items from Mrs. Hudson's table as named in the cases plus fine Scotches and brandies. Sadly, no one in my real-life orbit shares my passion for Sherlock Holmes and any way, I've missed my chance this year . . .again.
  4. Me, too, on both counts. I scanned several reviews of this film which pan the songs as 'unmemorable'. My reaction: "Da fuq you talkin' bout?" They are all catchy. At the time, the movie was considered a disappointment, having failed to top the box office receipts or critical acclaim from the previous Bricusse musical, "Oliver!" "Scrooge" utilized many of the same sets at Shepperton Studios. Albie Finney (RIP) was only 34 years old at the time, and underneath the old man schtick portrays a very spry old coot. Some critics disparaged his singing . . again, I'm like . . . totally appropriate to the character, the raspy speak-sing style. If Scrooge burst out in an operatic baritone, that'd be strenuously out of character. This is a very dark story at its heart, and few of the dramatic versions (I'm thinking of the one with George C. Scott) are so ponderous and bleak--the music balances out the darkness. For another sad/zany treatment of this story (sort of) . . check out "The Man Who Invented Christmas" with Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens.
  5. Anton Rogers (Tom, the Hot Soup Man) leads the show-stopping number from "Scrooge" (1970). Watched it again just the other night. Now, it's in my head and I can't get it to leave.
  6. Some fans insist that it should be pronounced 'BOW (Rhymes with Sow)-ee' . . Baby take a BOW not BOW as in, on a present. But David self-identified as the latter, so that's pretty definitive. David's birth name was Jones. The director Duncan Jones is his firstborn.
  7. "The Little Drummer Boy" was a childhood favorite here. My parents owned three (3) Christmas albums, and Little Drummer Boy was on the Ray Conniff Singers one with the Santa girl on the cover. I'd race into the living room where our biga$$ stereo was and get out my little coffee can drum and drumsticks (pencils). I really identified with the underdog hero of this story. But I can understand that from an adult perspective, this song can be twee. I still like it, but could gladly give "Do You Hear What I Hear?" a miss for the rest of my life. David Bowie did his famous duet on Bing Crosby's variety show in 1977. David balked at singing the song, stating that he hated it. "I wanted to be on the show because my Mum loves you (Bing), but I'm not singing that song." This was on the day of taping so they were in a bit of a bind, but some brilliant producer came up with the lovely countermelody that DB was happy to sing. They don't play this one on the radio anymore, despite it being performed by two music legends, at least one of whom who left us far too soon. Also, the debate over how to pronounce Bowie ends here: David himself says 'Bow-rhymes with-hoe-ee'. The singing proper begins at the 2:00 mark. Feel free to fast-forward over the painful pre-song banter.
  8. Yes, 221 Baker Street is like the boarding platform to Hogwarts; if you are a Muggle without a guide, you will never find it.
  9. Probably because they are the only ones with a connection to Conan Doyle. Nobody cares about the lawyers and accountants that comprise the other 5.
  10. My friend the seamstress altered clothes for people at work and she charged $3 a leg. Even if the going pro rate is double that, it's only 10% of the price you paid. They sound like nice trousers and worth altering.
  11. A lot of pasticheurs have Mrs. Hudson uproot herself from London to follow her exasperating tenant to the Sussex Downs to keep house for him there, but although this is an appealing idea, I don't think that's what Conan Doyle intended. Mrs. Hudson is a lady of property in London and as such is rather well-off. She could of course have sold up and moved to the country because she felt bereft of being abused and taken for granted by Sherlock Holmes, the big slob. But it seems more likely that Mrs. Hudson retained her place and standing in town, and some local lady looks in on Sherlock Holmes daily and cooks his meals. Doubtful she would live in in a tiny cottage. This begs the question--what *did* happen to 221A and B Baker Street after Sherlock decamped? I favor the theory that Mycroft bought Mrs. Hudson out so that the site could be kept as a perpetual museum to his little brother and also used as an MI:5 safe house/place for top secret meetings. Plus Sherl would have needed somewhere to crash on his occasional jaunts to London in service to His Majesty's Government. His continuing involvement in the shadow services while ostensibly tending bees in retirement on the Downs was a closely-held government secret. After the death of the Holmes boys, 221 Baker Street must have disappeared like Brigadoon, to materialize again when, and only when, another worthy occupant appears. Mrs. Hudson retired to Italy and there, late in life, found amore again with a passionate younger Italian man who owned a vineyard. That is how I like to think of her anyway. And I think of her resolutely as "Martha".
  12. For indeed, "Mrs. Hudson, the landlady of Sherlock Holmes, was a long-suffering woman." She not only had to put up with "the very worst tenant in London" but a physician, who, in his writings, treated her like an extra in her own house. Poor Mrs. Hudson. In the uber-masculine milieu of Conan Doyle's Victorian London she is treated with about as much consideration from her bachelor tenants as the furniture, notwithstanding that Dr. Watson often expresses appreciation for her solid Scots cooking. As the landlady, she's in a bit of a strange position. She serves her tenants, cooks for them, clears up after them, worries about them and announces their callers, at all hours and at no small inconvenience to herself. But at the same time, she's much more than a skivvy -- they are living in her lodgings by her leave and they are expected to pay her every month for the privilege (plus extra for all the damages, I imagine.) Mrs. H. is house-proud and works hard to keep a respectable establishment despite Sherlock Holmes's best efforts to foil her. She is incredibly indulgent toward him, even though he deserves to be booted out onto the street for his cavalier treatment of her rooms and dismissive to downright insulting treatment of herself and her staff. She probably was a young widow who got into the lodging business, or the 'Mrs.' could have been an honorific title, as was the custom for single women in business so they would be accorded more respect than a 'Miss'. I like what Mofftiss have done with Mrs. Hudson, giving her an entertaining backstory and making her a fully-fleshed out character in her own right. In 'The Murder of Mary Russell', Laurie R. King envisions a provocative alternate version of the landlady of Baker Street. I myself did not much care for her idea of Mrs. Hudson (whom she has given the unexpected name of 'Clarissa'), but it was certainly imaginative. In King's version, Mrs. H. meets the 19-year-old Sherlock Holmes as a femme du monde in her early 30s--*not* the grandmotherly prototype we have been conditioned to expect.
  13. Better late than never . . .Happy Birthday, Mr. Brett. https://www.ihearofsherlock.com/2019/11/remembering-jeremy-brett-on-his-86th.html#.XcG1lppKiUk
  14. Dame Jean Conan Doyle hand-selected the 8 people that make up the Estate before she passed away. There are three family directors, comprised of a step-niece/distant cousins, I think. Of Arthur's four surviving children by two wives (2 girls and 2 boys) none of them had any children. The two girls never married; the two boys did but died quite young and without issue. So I should rather say that while there are family connections by blood or marriage, none of them are actually of Arthur's line. The eighth person with no tie to the family must be a lawyer.
  15. Condon may have had a loophole to wiggle through since a Holmes at 93 was well beyond the purview of any post-retirement stories which Conan Doyle ever wrote. Holmes was sixty in the last story. I could understand the Estate's ire if people were reworking original stories in this period without paying the proper obeisance--at last check a $5000 'licensing fee' for every single occurrence of a post-retirement Holmes appearance. Maybe the Condon team paid them off to go away. The Estate must have similarly hassled the author of the source novel upon which the movie is drawn--A Trick of the Mind. Just a few more years to go and that particular income stream will dry up. The country of publication also matters. The movie is entirely set in Sussex, so the cottage and beehives and everything Sherlock did in retirement is front and center. But I think the production was British and the script was produced in Britain by a Briton and the property of a British company, so take that, Conan Doyle Estate. David Marcum, editor of the collected New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, is constantly soliciting manuscripts for new volumes, and he releases 1-2 of these a year. Sometimes three, depending on the material he gets. He started in 2015 and is up to Vol. 15 or 16 by now. These are published by a British publisher, so I think the Conan Doyle Estate can do nothing about that except gnash their teeth. Good. Les Klinger and Laurie King ran afoul of the Estate in 2014 because the project by Americans was being put out by an American publisher . . who pulled the book for publication rather than take on the Estate. But Les (a top copyright lawyer by day) took the Estate to court and prevailed, so the book was allowed to go forward. I think the Estate will try and get as much money as it can during the 3+ years it has left, though. Rather telling that the Estate contributes nothing to the restoration/upkeep of Undershaw, former Conan Doyle home and current home of the Stepping Stones School for special needs students. David Marcum's project is a labor of love entirely in support of the school and its preservation as a Conan Doyle museum. Of course, none of the Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd. are actually family. Rather telling where their priorities lie, and their priorities all go 'Cha-ching!'
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