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As a bit of a nerdy collector of Holmes/Doyle books, dvd’s, cd’s etc I’m often pleased with myself when I make a find. I may be the only one posting on this thread but here goes.

 

I’m a happy man

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Mods - I hope that this thread is ok?

 

As a bit of a nerdy collector of Holmes/Doyle books, dvd’s, cd’s etc I’m often pleased with myself when I make a find. I may be the only one posting on this thread but here goes.

 

I’m a happy man

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I’m useless with languages, even English, but I’ll have a guess that the sentence reads “they were the footprints of a gigantic Hound!”

I’ve heard it before somewhere

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I’m useless with languages, even English, but I’ll have a guess that the sentence reads “they were the footprints of a gigantic Hound!”

I’ve heard it before somewhere

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Mods - I hope that this thread is ok?

 

It's in the right sub-forum, it's a coherent topic, and it's expressed in a civilized manner.  Don't worry, Herlock -- if you ever goof, we'll be happy to move the thread for you!  You really needn't ask.

 

... I prefer Derek in in most recent project, Last Tango in Halifax.  That is a very good, intergenerational drama-comedy series about two families in Yorkshire who are forced to get along (or not) when the patriarch and matriarch respectively reconnect on Facebook after 50 years and get married

 

Ooh, that sounds wonderful -- thanks for the recommendation!  Such things do happen in real life, and it's good to see that acknowledged.  I've added the first series to our Amazon wish list.

 

At first I assumed it was set in Canada, but then I learned that there's also a Halifax (presumably the original) in Yorkshire.

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Cheers Carol.

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Mods - I hope that this thread is ok?

 

It's in the right sub-forum, it's a coherent topic, and it's expressed in a civilized manner.  Don't worry, Herlock -- if you ever goof, we'll be happy to move the thread for you!  You really needn't ask.

 

... I prefer Derek in in most recent project, Last Tango in Halifax.  That is a very good, intergenerational drama-comedy series about two families in Yorkshire who are forced to get along (or not) when the patriarch and matriarch respectively reconnect on Facebook after 50 years and get married

 

Ooh, that sounds wonderful -- thanks for the recommendation!  Such things do happen in real life, and it's good to see that acknowledged.  I've added the first series to our Amazon wish list.

 

At first I assumed it was set in Canada, but then I learned that there's also a Halifax (presumably the original) in Yorkshire.

 

 

Carol,

 

I assumed the same thing before I watched it--that "Halifax" was in Nova Scotia.  The fact that the entire cast is British should have tipped me off.

 

Last Tango is an example of what the British do so very well in their television--comic, tragic and all colors in between.   Plus it makes Yorkshire look very attractive, too, while at the same time 'real'.  Top notch actors all 'round.  Our Rupert Graves appears in S3 in a guest role.

 

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More Holmes nerdiness. I’ve just exchanged a few emails with Roger Johnson who is honorary editor of The Sherlock Holmes Journal. He informed me that a copy of a 1929 Holmes movie has surfaced in Warsaw. It’s another Der Hund Von Baskervilles made in Germany starring an American actor called Carlyle Blackwell. It’s being shown at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in August and then it’s planned to release it on dvd at some point.

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... I prefer Derek in in most recent project, Last Tango in Halifax.  That is a very good, intergenerational drama-comedy series about two families in Yorkshire who are forced to get along (or not) when the patriarch and matriarch respectively reconnect on Facebook after 50 years and get married

 

Ooh, that sounds wonderful -- thanks for the recommendation!  Such things do happen in real life, and it's good to see that acknowledged.  I've added the first series to our Amazon wish list.

 

At first I assumed it was set in Canada, but then I learned that there's also a Halifax (presumably the original) in Yorkshire.

 

Carol,

 

I assumed the same thing before I watched it--that "Halifax" was in Nova Scotia.  The fact that the entire cast is British should have tipped me off.

 

Last Tango is an example of what the British do so very well in their television--comic, tragic and all colors in between.   Plus it makes Yorkshire look very attractive, too, while at the same time 'real'.  Top notch actors all 'round.  Our Rupert Graves appears in S3 in a guest role.

 

I hadn't heard of any of the main actors before, so I was free to be ignorant regarding Halifax as well!  :P  (Besides, I've *been* to the one in Nova Scotia.)

 

Yup, I noticed that RG is in all (six?) episodes of the third series.  :applause:  Also, the fellow who played AJ in Six Thatchers is in all of the first series, so I'll (eventually) get to see him in (one assumes) a different sort of role.  The DVD is now on our wish list, and we're keeping an eye on the price.

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Der Hund Von Baskervilles is not a good movie by the way but I didn’t expect it to be. Bruno Guttner who plays Holmes dresses in a pair of plus fours like a reject from a Jeeves and Wooster story. Still glad I’ve got it though

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Der Hund Von Baskervilles is not a good movie by the way but I didn’t expect it to be. Bruno Guttner who plays Holmes dresses in a pair of plus fours like a regent from a Jeeves and Wooster story. Still glad I’ve got it though

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When I need an umlaut or a tilde, I Google the word (without the diacritical marking), then copy what comes up and paste it into my post.  Of course that might be a bit tricky with "fur," there being a similarly-spelt English word.  Maybe "fur" German?  Or if that just translates English "fur" into German, maybe fur German to English?  Aha!  Googling fur German did it -- it also got translations, but the first thing up was this: für

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Hmm.  I see that my comment of Saturday is blank.  The quoted box posted and the rest is missing.

No matter . .it was my pawky attempt at a German reaction to hearing that Der Hund von Baskervilles was not a good movie.  :P

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More Holmes nerdiness. I’ve just found a 1932 Czech movie called ‘Lelicek In The Services Of Sherlock Holmes’ which I’ve just ordered👍 I’d never seen it listed anywhere.

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Er ... sounds a bit like a porn film..... :P

(Sorry, sorry, I've just been editing things in the Johnlock thread. It does things to your mind..... :rolleyes: )

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You’re right though, it does. To be honest it doesn’t sound like a great film but.....a collectors lot👍

I might be pleasantly surprised. At least I haven’t spent a lot of cash on it. It was less than £10.

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I’ve just taken delivery of 35 Sherlock Holmes related postcards that I bought from eBay for £6.99. I know have around 50 Holmes postcards and I want to collect more.

Amongst the 35 there was one that intrigued me. It was an old photograph of Groombridge Place which is a moated Manor House near Tunbridge Wells in Kent in the south of England not too far from London. I could see any Holmes/Doyle connection though until I checked Wikipedia. Apparently it was the house that Birlstone was based on in The Valley Of Fear (the moat was a clue that I should have spotted.) The house has quite a colourful history. At one time it was used by a gang of smugglers. It also has something called ‘The Drunken Garden’ (I don’t know why) which was a favourite of Doyle’s.

On the reverse side of the card there is a message in small neat writing. Just general family stuff. It’s impossible to read the name of the sender but it’s addressed to a Miss GL Whelpton. I googled it and there was an artist of the same name who sold work at auction rooms like Bonhams (one of the top auction rooms alongside Sotheby’s and Christie’s ) Her name was Gertrude L. Whelpton, she exhibited between 1913 and 1921 (but she was still painting in 1927) and she lived in Eastbourne in the south of England.

The card is dated August 1921 and the address is Miss GL Whelpton, Clive Cottage, Furness Road, Eastbourne. So it must surely be her? It’s a pity that it wasn’t written by her rather than to her. Nice little bit of history though.🙂

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In addition, baring in mind the conversation about ‘Johnlock’ there is one postcard where Holmes and Watson are kissing! It has a title ‘The Unrecorded Adventure Of Sherlock Holmes’. No other info though.

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51 minutes ago, HerlockSholmes said:

In addition, baring in mind the conversation about ‘Johnlock’ there is one postcard where Holmes and Watson are kissing! It has a title ‘The Unrecorded Adventure Of Sherlock Holmes’. No other info though.

You'd probably be more up on this than me, Herlock, but didn't some wags at the time the Adventures were being published in the Strand make up stories of Holmes and Watson's erm, intimacy, at Baker Street?  It wouldn't have been unusual for two unmarried guys to share digs in a city as expensive as London, then or now.  But I recall reading somewhere that even in the Victorian era there were 'wink, wink, nudge, nudge' type intimations being made about the exact nature of the domesticity at Baker Street.  For all I know, Oscar Wilde might have started them.  If you know of any examples of early Johnlock, feel free to share.

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I can’t bring any to mind Hikari but that doesn’t mean that they didn’t exist. Doyle would certainly not have approved though.

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As I mentioned on another thread I went to a Book Fair in Birmingham today. And for all  the Tolkien fans we drove right past Sarehole Mill. 

The name Tony Hancock will probably mean nothing to most on the forum. He was an English comedian who committed suicide many years ago. My friend is a big fan and so we also went to see the house that he was born in. 

As for books. I saw a copy of Doyle's memoirs which I have in paperback so I thought I'd have a look. I discovered that it had been signed by Adrian Conan Doyle and was for sale at £750! How much would it have cost if it had been signed by Sir Arthur!? 

I bought Baker Street By-Ways by James Holroyd (1959) who as a former President of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. Its a biography of Sherlock Holmes (£20)

I also bought The Return Of Arthur Conan Doyle edited by Ivan Cooke. This copy is from the sixties but the original was printed in the thirties under the title Thy Kingdom Come. Its alleged that it includes words transmitted from the hear after by Doyle to certain sages. 

I'll try and read it soon but I don't hold out much hope of getting all the way through the nonsense. 

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Had to post this. I think this is brilliant.

 

 

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Baker Street By-Ways was an enjoyable read. Quite nostalgic. From a time when there was a resurgence of interest in all things Holmes. New societies were forming and research on The Canon was going at full speed. After reading this book I’ve ordered ‘My Dear Holmes’ by Gavin Brend form 1951 which is advertised on the back cover. It never ends😀

Ive also seen a copy of Baker Street By-Ways selling for £60 so I might have had a bargain?👍

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Glad you enjoyed the first of your purchases, Herl. 

David Marcum emailed me a photograph of his Sherlock Library, otherwise known as the clubhouse of the 'Diogenes Club West' (membership: 1 + deerstalker).  This is a truly impressive space for an American suburban home and not some ancestral pile in England on a par with Downton.  David tells me that the fireplace is in the other room, its mantel adorned in a place of honor by 'Deerstalker Prime' (my term)--the very first deerstalker he ever wore (out).  He was a 19-year-old in college.  What kind of shape do you suppose this battered chapeau would be in now? (David is our age, and has been though many deerstalkers since then.  I think  he's bought 10 of them on various London sojourns.  I ask you, what would even the #1 Disciple of Sherlock Holmes, who lives in the American South and does not hunt, to my knowledge, need with more than one deerstalker at a time?

In gratitude for his wife's longsuffering of his little obsession hobby, he rather grudgingly allows some of her books to reside in the Sherlock Library.  I gather she refuses to remove them.  "She's stubborn,' says D.  Since his library only contains a fraction of his books, the rest of which are piled up all over the rest of the house, I'd say she darn well has a right to stake a claim to a tiny bit of bookshelf real estate.

Still awaiting a reply to my query as to whether there is a Persian slipper keeping Deerstalker Prime company.  I don't think David is a smoker, but he'd have to have it, for completeness, you know . . .

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