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S3 Filming - Please don't spoil

Well last night saw something of a battle erupt on Twitter with people tweeting pictures and comments from the scene of Sherlock filming in Bristol. Quite rightly there was a backlash against this with many people - including yours  truly - requesting that people desist.

There was an attitude from some of the spoilerers(??!) of "why should we?". Here's why...

1) Your tweets have the potential (no matter how remote) to have a negative effect on the series. They might choose to film less outside shots or impose draconian security when they do. Then those people who like to watch the filming without ruining things for everyone else will suffer. The lovers of the series could also suffer if persistent spoilers force the crew to film things differently.

2) News Flash! Twitter is not a private messaging system. Simply sticking a special hash tag on your tweets is not sufficient security. Going on Twitter and discussing real (or not) spoilers is like walking into a big room full of people and shouting something private to a friend the other side of the room. Everyone else in the room hears it whether they want to or not. Would you walk into a cinema and shout the ending of the film to those watching it? I sincerely hope the answer to that is "no".

If you are determined to swap spoilers at least set up a forum for it that is away from Twitter. You can then tell people where it is and they can go and look if that is their wish.

Can you do this for me - please?


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Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

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Identifying Arthur Conan Doyle’s homes


I have noticed a tendency for posters on the Internet to regularly mix up the homes of Arthur Conan Doyle. In my opinion this is because photos are sourced from the Internet where the images are devoid of context.

It is also not helped by the fact that the iconic photos that are used for each dwelling tend to be of very different rooms. For Bush Villas in Southsea (-1890) (where A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four were written) we generally only see the outside.

Arthur Conan Doyle stands outside his Southsea home/medical practice

For 12 Tennison Road in South Norwood (1891-1894) we see the outside, and most of the ground floor rooms.

ACD's South Norwood home in 2008 and 1892


ACD in his South Norwood Study. It was here that he penned the latter half of Adventures and most of Memoirs including Holmes's "death" at the Reichenbach Falls

For Undershaw (1897-1907) we tend to be limited to the outside and Arthur Conan Doyles’ study.

Undershaw

Undershaw Entrance Hall

ACD in his Undershaw study. Here he penned a lot of the Return and probably some of Hound

As we have pictures of the study for both Tennison Road and Undershaw we can at least tell them apart. However, when it comes to Windlesham (1907-1930) we are generally only able to see the picture of ACD reclining in a small chair with a book.

|ACD reclines in Windlesham
Often the best indicator is ACD himself. His age makes it possible to narrow down. He clearly looks older in the above photo than he does in the Undershaw study picture.



For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum


It was recently reported in the press that, shall we say, family disagreements were occurring among the management of the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum

Sherlockians will, as a body, have mixed emotions about this as the museum does somewhat polarise opinion. It stands at number 239 Baker Street but marks itself as 221B for obvious reasons. The house is representative of the period and has been furnished in a manner very much in line with the descriptions in the stories. There are disputes over some of the layout and contents but, to the casual observer, all looks pretty much as it should.Well that is aside from the odd blue plaque which states that Sherlock Holmes was resident there.

© The Sherlock Holmes Museum 
221b Baker Street, London, England 
www.sherlock-holmes.co.uk.

I have visited it a couple of times and I think it does have a certain charm and I think it is important that a site exists. Without it there would not be an appropriate site even remotely in the right place. Aside from the museum, there are two other locations that are visited by Sherlock Holmes fans. The first, and oldest, is the Sherlock Holmes pub on Northumberland Street with its mock up of the 221B sitting room. 

The 221B Sitting room on the first floor of the Sherlock Holmes Pub

The second is the address on North Gower Street which doubles for Baker Street in the BBC's Sherlock. Its popularity as a site is good news for the adjacent Speedy’s Café but its relevance as a location beyond the BBC series is non-existent.


"221B Baker Street" next to Speedy's Cafe on North Gower Street

Whatever you may think of the museum it is the only interactive Sherlock Holmes experience remotely in the right place. You can go into it, pick up books, sit in the chairs and pose for pictures. I think that, despite its flaws, it is a good resource (and clearly popular) and one that it would be a pity to see the end of if these disputes get out of hand.



For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

The journey of a young Sherlockian


Are you interested in Sherlock Holmes? Wondering where to start? Read about one Sherlockian's journey.




http://napoleonofholmes.com/?page_id=93

This young lady can also be found on @believeinsh2012

I would observe though that her gallery of Holmes actors is missing two very important ones. Arthur Wontner and Ian Richardson.



For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Book Review – The Wrong Passage


This book is a comprehensive look at the Sherlock Holmes story The Golden Pince-Nez. It contains a facsimile of the original manuscript along with comprehensive annotation and supporting essays. It forms part of the excellent Baker Street Irregulars Manuscript Series.

The editors remark that it is an under-appreciated story which is a sentiment that I agree with. In many respects this is a classic whodunit involving a small number of characters within a relatively confined space. It is also, in my opinion, one of the best stories from The Return of Sherlock Holmes. This series of thirteen stories made regular use of the deliberate hiding of something or someone. Out of the thirteen The Norwood Builder, The Six Napoleons, The Second Stain and The Golden Pince-Nez all involved something or someone being deliberately concealed. That's nearly a third of the entire series.

The book opens with a look at the origins of the story – how it came into being and some curiosities about the manuscript itself. It certainly educated me on a number of aspects that I’d been ignorant of before. In particular, I found the details about the number of different floor plans that appeared in different editions of the story to be fascinating. The facsimile follows this history and it, in turn, is followed by a series of related essays. These look at the actual unrest in Russia that forms the backdrop to the story all the way to a look at the eponymous spectacles.

Anna's suicide and the spectacles themselves
In my reading I noticed but one mistake and it was not serious. In an essay entitled Out of the Past, Bertram Fletcher Robinson’s detective Addington Peace is mentioned but is referred to as Addison Peace.


All in all, this is an excellent book. I would not say it was an entry-level volume though. If your interest in Sherlock Holmes is new and you desire to delve into some of the more esoteric aspects I would not recommend that you start your delving with this book.





For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Sherlock S3 - Filming starts today

The wait is, sort of, over. After last week's read-through, the filming of Sherlock Series Three Episode One begins today.



We know that it's episode one being filmed first as that was let slip prior to the read-through. We also know that the word "RAT" comes into it somewhere. In addition, we know that the episode will be based, to some extent, on The Empty House. I do wonder whether there will actually be an empty house though. Will our Sebastian Moran instead take a shot at Sherlock through the window of Barts?

Most importantly of all. Exactly how p*ssed off will John be and what form will his rage take.

Anything like this perhaps?




For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Credit where it's due


There are plenty of people out there who profess a great love for Sherlock Holmes yet, at the same time, show no interest in his creator. This has always struck me as down right weird. After all, the fans of the BBC adaptation Sherlock show an interest in the activities of its creators that sometimes borders on obsessive. Now is this because they find Moffat and Gatiss interesting in themselves or is it that they are interested in them purely as the spring from which the new stories pour forth?

In either event it is odd that Conan Doyle, as the ultimate creator, does not seem to get more attention. Come on folks. Without him you’d have no series, no fandom, nothing.

Who is more interesting? Creation or creator?

A great many authors of fiction end up bringing autobiographical elements of their own life or experiences into their work and Conan Doyle was no exception. His life can tell you (or hint at) the reasons behind so much of Sherlock’s world. Go on, pick up a (decent) biography of Conan Doyle. His life is fascinating and instructive.


For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.