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    Warsaw, Poland
  • Interests
    Apart from Sherlock Holmes it's Poirot, Jane Austen, feminism, modernism, contemporary literature. Add to that Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, D,H. Lawrence, F.S. Fitzgerald. I don't live in the past. I've read books by Liz Trenow, Katharine, McMahon, Victoria Hislop. I read also books about history by Anne Sebba and Anne de Courcy. Type the names of those authors online if you feel like it, maybe you haven't heard of them.
  • Favorite series 1 episode
    A Study In Pink
  • Favourite Series 2 Episode
    The Reichenbach Fall
  • Favourite Series 3 Episode
    The Empty Hearse
  • Favourite series 4 episode
    The Abominable Bride

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  1. Do any of you read the Sherlock Holmes inspired stories edited by Laurie R. King? I've read " For the Sake of the Game", but didn't like it that much, sorry. You may move this post to an appropriate heading if you wish. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a joyful Christmas with your loved ones. May you always be cheerful and in good health. Well, I'm fine and feel safe, althought right next to the border terrible senes are happening. My parents are with me. Both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have taught us to face bravely difficult moments and I believe we should trust them. Conan Doyle also faced many harships though I doubt he starved like Tim from the Dickens story. Let's not forget the brave women like the not so rich cyclist Smith and others. Oh and my leg is fine. I've been training despite a few interruptions when the gym closed. Sure, it's not healed, but I'm unlikely to be an invalid. Thank you all for reading my questions and any remarks are appreciated. My profile isn't packed with questions so you're welcome to browse. Greetings to new members.
  2. Carol, I'm glad you're well. As for me I fell on the pavement in 2012 and the doctor didn't heal my leg right. It was serious because I couldn't bend my knee and had to walk like THAT Goebbles up the stairs. I found this out only in 2015 when I felt pain. Apparently it takes time for the effects of bad treatment to show. In October 2021 I tripped because the wind blew. I just waited a lot for the bus near my grandmother's flat and when I reached my area this gale came up. In Europe we don't quite have tornados and hurricanes. I knew the wind would blow and this bus didn't arrive on time, though I went to the stop in advance. Recently I started to feel pain. After this fall I stood up and bend my knee. After a week I had a nice cut like an 8-year old would get and forgot about it. There's something wrong with this one leg of mine! I fell on the same leg. As for Mary by "hallucinations" I meant like a primary school pupil who is lying ill in bed thinking it saw a grandma it liked and tells a parent it has seen her. It's a fever, a high one, not a real ghost. I took it to mean an issue of imagination, some sort of projection. The mind still baffles scientists from various disciplines. John is living in a kind of fantasy and I was wondering if Sherlock is functioning in a world of his own as well. Mary could "appear" to them both, but I doubt she'd do that at the same time. This isn't a half-dead zombie or vampire multiplication sort of issue. I took Mary as a single entity and wasn't clear how she is "visible" to both men. From the answers I have a better pciture. The idea she "comes" to them separately and John can't hear what she "tells" Sherlock seems plausible. If anyone wants to add anything they're welcome. I need to take medicine for the next 2 months and go for a control visit. Hopefully everyone is well and still interested in all things related to Sherlock Holmes, etc.
  3. Thank you for your interest. Does that mean you're thinking of 'hallucinations' a very ill child might have and think s/he x has seen a dead grandmother? Children aged 8 may have not so harmful fevers (nowadays) and other ailments that may last two weeks even. It took me a few months to come up with a way to paraphrase your helpful comments, everyone, and I'm still in the process of curing my leg. Don't worry it's not broken and the phantom of a wheelchair doesn't hang over my 30+ body.
  4. I meant suppositions of ghosts rather or mysterious apparitions that are mentioned in the stories, but I'm not against you moving the question.
  5. Sorry if this isn't the right category, but since ghosts appear in numerous adaptations of the Canon and quite a few stories by Conan Doyle I put this question here. You may move it elsewhere if it's possible. What I mean is the scene when Sherlock's phone buzzes with the Irene Adler sound. John clearly sees Mary's ghost at one point, but does Sherlock see her too at the same time? Not in my view. The camera implies each man sees her alone even if the other man is in the same room at the exact moment. She tells them both things, but when Mary talks to Sherlock John can't hear or see her and vice versa, correct? I thought she appears to each man in turn. Sherlock sees her, but then John can't see her talking to Sherlock even though he's in the same room. They never see or hear her both at the same time, right? Does anyone have another opinion? Ghosts in films appear to a group of people, but they may appear to important people in their lives individually. Obviously Mary is one ghost, she doesn't multiply as an entity. This isn't a zombie or whatever interpretation. Sorry if this sounds confusing. Hopefully I've been clear and if not you can ask.
  6. Kat

    Mary Morstan

    What did Sherlock mean when he told Mary at Leinster Gardens that the police will see her face on the facade and reach conclusions? This is a question I asked on this forum and it offers some of my ideas about Mary that maybe some of you might like to read. I list sources when necessary. There are some things that some users may be unaware of regarding how Mary was presented by Moffat. Did Mycroft knew Mary was a freelancer? Why didn't he try to save her when Sherlock told him Ajay is around? is another question of mine. Notice nowhere do I say that Mary Morstan was perfect. In fact John isn't either in this series.
  7. I'd like to thank Carol for giving us all valuable information in her reply to my comments. Some of the things she wrote about were new to me like Charlie's Chaplin's descendants and painting. I found some time to look here now. Kabul has made ma devastated as well some 'domestic' issues with Belarus. I was hoping MF would say something in an interview or give a brief remark to a competent journalist, who is sensitive about a death and is not running after sensations.
  8. I've just learned that Ms. Una Stubbs didn't know her father's parents. Her grandmother Annie was an illegitimate child and had a child in a workhouse in 1908! Could it be her father? No idea, but he was born in 1908. Her mother was Irish. Una means lamb in Irish and Latin in unity. Does anyone know more? It's not a typical UK name like your Anne Smith. Of course it's lovely, but it's unique. I'd associate it with Italy or Romania using logic, not England. I remember when Sherlock said that famous quote it was Christmas and he was eating mince pies in the 2012 episode. He took one out of the fridge, with white icing! Not sure about her father's orgins. Almost everyone is paying tribute. Moffat and Gatiss are devastated, but Cumberbatch may be more upset as he knew the actress as a child. Couldn't see any message from Martin Freeman, though. What will happen now? I posted a few months ago that maybe a new season will be out in 2023. It must be in my profile. There's a list of what I posted perhaps. What a sad story. For consolation I may say the lady died before Friday 13, which is tomorrow from a European perspective.
  9. If you've read Christopher Redmond's book " In bed with Sherlock Holmes'' pay little attention to it because the author has said it's outdated. Be aware everyone. It's from 1982. He's written other books since then about the detective. As for Klinger I was trying to be gender neutral to see other people's reaction. For sure he's a man, but we are witnessing a new time in the history of linguistics. This can't be ignored. I just wanted to see how certain remarks look in print in terms of English grammar.
  10. I'm not sure if Baring-Gould is credible in his opinions. I trust Leslie Klinger, though s/he makes mistakes. However, they're not like the ones Baring-Gould makes. Holmes: By the way, Watson, you know something of racing? Watson: I ought to. I pay for it with about half my wound pension. Holmes: Then I’ll make you my Handy Guide to the Turf. This is from Shoscombe Old place and I think there is a discussion about Watson's knowledge of racing in The Silver Blaze. I got the idea when I read the story 10 years ago that both Holmes and Watson know about betting. I wondered if Watson would be so foolish as to make debts from cards in a gentleman's club as he's quite moral and serious. Holmes wouldn't bet either as he knows you don't win at a casino.
  11. What about the Silver Blaze? Isn't betting on horses mentioned there by either Holmes or Watson? I can't remember now. However, I do remeber reading about horses and betting in the context of Watson somewhere. Ideas rarely come out of thin air. Some fans have dismissed Baring-Gould as hardly credible, but it's nice to read other people's opinions. Christopher Redmond is a better analyst in my opinion or Leslie Klinger, but they're not perfect, naturally. They just seem more modern in their approach post 1970 that is. Theft is serious, I always knew appealing to others pays off, metaphorically to be clear.
  12. It does seem quite peculiar that a man like Watson would bet on anything from horses to boxing fight results. I don't think gambling suits him as he seems wise and knows how much money he has to live on.
  13. Carol, thanks for telling me about British city to city trains and the metro. As much as I like most things British some issues still confuse me and I bet not only me. I wouldn't expect a 3 star hotel in such an area, but can't check it out myself.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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