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Shangas last won the day on March 19 2013

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    Melbourne, Australia
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    History, Antiques, Sherlock Holmes.
  • Favorite series 1 episode
    A Study In Pink
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    A Scandal In Belgravia
  1. Thanks. Other members are welcome to share their photography here as well. Straight-razor manufactured by Joseph Rodgers & Sons. Cutlers to the royal family It's a beautiful shaver.
  2. The Singer is from 1936. But the design goes all the way back to the 1860s. Yes, it still works perfectly. The typewriter is a late 1920s Underwood Standard Portable. Here's another photograph: It's an absolute joy to type on. This also, still works (almost) perfectly. The shift-lock key doesn't function, but it's otherwise a perfect typer. By the light of the silvery moon... On a little street in Singapore... You can't run from, nor hide from, the thing that you've done, from the eyes, the very eyes of Notre Dame...
  3. Ready for a shave? Sweeney's waiting... Le Secretaire Noir... Singer collection: "Under the Clocks":
  4. Hello everyone, As I think I mentioned in my introductory thread, I like photography. It's a minor compulsion with me, but I enjoy it, nonetheless. I wanted to share with the members here, a selection of my photography. You're welcome to ask any questions about anything in any of the photographs. Don't be shy. I don't bite. My Writing Case: My Desk: "I could not possibly leave London! Scotland Yard feels lonely without me, and at any rate, it causes an unhealthy excitement among the criminal classes..." One of a number of machines I own, for some reason... "All the better to see you with, my dear..."
  5. "Do you know any swears?" "Well, bugger, bugger you, blast, bugger you, you beastly bastard..." "Bertie!...A public-school prig could do better than that!" "SHIT! Shit shit ass balls shit bugger..." "Do you know the F-word?" "Ffffoooornication?" "Beeertie..." "F***!" That's from "The King's Speech", if anyone's wondering. A wonderful film.
  6. Hahahaha. They weren't going off to the mines. They were going to find a dragon!
  7. "Fair Dinkum", "Strewth" (from "God's Truth"), "Blimey!" (from "God Blind Me") are all alive and kicking in Australia. Along with some shared vernacular from our British counterparts, such as bugger, blast and damn. Does anyone in England really say "Giddy Biscuit"? Or is that just Hugh Laurie in "Jeeves & Wooster"?
  8. Sadly, "Crroooyikey!" will forever be linked down here, to Steve Irwin the Croc-Hunter. I've never known anyone but the Brits, to say... "By Jove", "By George". 'By Jove' always makes me think of the really refined, upper-class aristocrats (think Jeeves & Wooster). I've never known anyone but the British, to say "Jolly good", or "Cheerio" (the cereal does not count in this instance). I've never known the British to ever say "dude". "Mate", "chap", "Buddy", "Chum", yes. "Dude" or "Pal"? Never. I've never known anyone but those OUTSIDE the states, to refer to Americans universally as "Yanks". Sorry chaps. Take it for granted; to us Imperials, you're a Yank whether you're from Florida, Nevada, California, Washington, Iowa, Jawjah, or Nue Yawk. And I'm sure there are loads for Australia...
  9. Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to Holmes we go, At a smartish pace for a puz'ling case, Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, heigh-ho, heigh-ho... Ahem...Sorry, the thread title just reminded me of the song. Welcome to the forum
  10. Common sense is not the box. The box is the limits of conventional thought. Imagination is what exists beyond the box. Common sense is the lid on top of it. How much imagination (and therefore, deductive ability, arguably) one would have, is determined by how much we can override common sense. To throw off the lid, and have our minds spill outside the box into the realms of imagination and fantasy, and to what extent. The more we can do that, the better we'd be at deduction.
  11. "Impossible". Nailing jello to a brick wall is impossible. "Improbable". It is improbable that the Queen will accept a flyswat made of bread-dough as a Christmas present. The difference is that one is clearly unobtainable, while the other has an element of chance, or the unknown, involved. Holmes would differentiate between the two by deciding how likely each one of these scenarios would be. I've done a few 'deductive puzzles' myself, and when you really think about it, it's not TOO difficult. Granted, some of the things I practiced on were fairly easy... It helps, I think, to have a big imagination. If you can't imagine, and think outside the box, deduction is extremely difficult. In another Sherlock Holmes board, of which I was a member before it went belly-up, I initiated a Deductions Game thread which was very well-received. To start off with, ironically, just as Holmes had started off with - I used a pocketwatch!!
  12. The differences between the Australian and New Zealand accents are quite marked once you get used to them. New Zealanders tend to mix up their vowels. A LOT. A typical sentence with a really thick New Zealand accent is almost indecipherable to those who have never heard it. Fur exemple, Nu Zullunders allus mex up their As, Es, Is, Os and Us. So Deck becomes dick, six becomes sex, fish becomes fush, Peg becomes pig, Chips becomes chups... The list is almost endless. And it can be quite amusing. Or annoying. One of the big peculiarities about the Australian accent is that in a way, it's a bit like the American accent; the closer you get to the equator, the thicker it becomes. Maybe it has something to do with temperature and vocal viscosity? I dunno. By the time you reach Queensland, it's like speaking treacle, with a hardcore drawl. "Yeeeeh gidday maayte. Owza gawn? Wedder rup 'ere's farrout buggehed up, yeh?" Another forum which I frequent had a member which proposed that, due to the number of flies that inhabit equatorial regions, beings which inhabit these lands are forced to keep their mouths shut, and speak out of the corners of their lips, creating, in his own words: "an accent of necessity".
  13. Somehow, Holmes doesn't seem to be the type to drink to excess, even on his birthday. Destructive to the mental faculties, wot?
  14. Found it. A 'dresser' is a surgeon's assistant. He'd help with such things as preparing the patient before operation, and he'd assist the surgeon during the operation, handing him tools and equipment and keeping an eye on things, to see that nothing went wrong. It sounds like a trained position. Not something that an orderly could do.
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