Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Browsing the Web. The Harpooners of the Sea Unicron

I came across this image.

Many years ago the Harpooners helped and supported an actor, Darryl Maximillian Robinson pull of a production of  The Final Problem.

He put the production on at our local pub as a preview to the stage production.

Darryl Maximillian Robinson could pull off one of the best British accents we had ever heard.

Usually when someone did something of a Sherlockian nature with the HSU; make a presentation, help with logistics, etc., we would make them and honorary member. Jeremy Brett recieved one.

Back then the Harpooners had many fun awards. Since their name came from a seafaring Sherlockian tale, all the awards were whales or something nautical.

Great fun.

The Games Afloat. So we had name issues?

Way back in 1993 The Harpooners of the Sea Unicorn brought the first (two) Sherlockain conventions to the St Louis area.
We chose to call it The Games Afloat. Pretty original we thought. Captures the sense of Playing the Game.
We invited speakers from all the local societies, and then some.

But now we are being told we had naming issues. To quote  "which doesn't have the same name issues as its predecessors", referring to upcoming Holmes in the Heartland event. 

 Of course we had two conventions with that name, so I guess we suffered twice.

And this quote about namin issues comes from someone who claims to be a non-elitist Sherlockian.

We called it 'The Games Afloat' because we were holding the convention on a Victorian era Showboat called the Goldenrod.
Pretty cool idea, we thought. But I guess we did not understand that we could not use the term Afloat because the boat was tied to a dock. Apparently Afloat and floating doesn't mean the same thing.
But he goes on to say, (which, well, technically it was on a floating riverboat, but the boat didn't leave the dock, as I recall).  So, name police, what was the problem. 

So tell me again why The Games Afloat is a naming issue?

I guess we should have called it The Games tied to the dock. Or, If we were moving we would be the Games Afloat, but we are not convention. 

Perhaps if the boat had left the dock we could have had the first Sherlockian dress up on water skis!

Considering the Illinois name police is always calling out others who make distinctions reflecting on differences in Sherlock celebrations, if you didn't know the source you would be surprised.

Sometimes those who claim to be the least elitist are, well, perhaps the most.

Seven Samurai indeed.

Well that's what happens when us newbies (back then) try to fit in with the elite.

Call out the Sherlockian naming police. I think the headquarters are somewhere in Illinois.

Not sure why he couldn't just say he was looking forward to Holmes in the Heartland without finding issues with the other area conventions.

Oh, . . . maybe we didn't make a big enough deal about him.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Seven Degrees of Sherlock Holmes - Who would have thought, Jim Nabors.

If you grew up in the 60's, you knew who Jim Nabors was. Either from his sit-com or from his singing.


Jim Nabors, 1930-2017 had an uncredited part in,

'Take Her, She's Mine' 1963


Which also featured Robert Morley 1908-1992


Who played Mycroft Holmes in 'A Study in Terror' 1965


So, there you have it, there you are.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Finally, something to talk about. . .


'Sherlock Holmes 3' coming to theaters Christmas 2020

There, I am done talking about it.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes on Timeless

As I mentioned yesterday, this weeks episode of Timeless was called 'Mrs. Sherlock Holmes'.

And since the show likes to blend fact with fiction I was not expecting the show to have come up with another fictional character to add to its leads.

Instead this episode focused on the abilities of Mary Grace Humiston.
An early 20th century woman who made her name known as a lawyer and part time detective.

While we will never know if Ms. Humistons personality was indeed Sherlockian, they played that for all it was worth in the episode.
Enough so that you could see a show built around 'Mrs. Sherlock Holmes' and the very Sherlockian way she was played.
Well done.
One thing I like about shows the blend fact in fiction is that they make me want to go find out how much of the fact is actually fact and how much is fiction.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Timeless - Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

Although I haven't watched it yet, the latest episode on the NBC TV show 'Timeless' is called 'Mrs. Sherlock Holmes'

I gonna have to check it out.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Almost put it in my pocket. . .

While visiting a small Carnegie Library on Friday I checked out the shelves for Sherlock Holmes books.















This library is celebrating it's first one hundred years this summer.

In the old part of the library the shelves are just as old as the building.
And many of the books pre-date the building its self.

We found many copies from the late 1800's
Like I said, I went looking for Sherlock Holmes books, and more specifically any works by Doyle.

I found the four shown copies you see in the picture. (No not the Roddy Doyle one, the one to the right of it.)

While I have seen individual copies of The Complete Sherlock Holmes, The White Company and the Lost World before, I had never seen a copy of Great Shadow.


 I looked inside and found the copyright date on this addition as 1920.

Wow!

While the thought of slipping it into my pocket was only fleeting, I can not fib and say the thought of finding some way to get it home did not cross my mind.

But it still rests on the shelf where I noticed it.

May ask the librarian if I can make a donation some day to acquire it.

We'll see.

I did find another couple of books in the romance section that had Holmes' name in the title.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

While at the library yesterday . . .

. . . . this book was in the 'New Fiction' area.

I will let you know what I think.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Did anyone read It!

Apparently when a doll house was made for Queen Mary, started in 1920, that contained a new Sherlock Holmes story written by ACD.
Did anyone read it?











Somewhere in this little library is there an unknown Sherlock Holmes story?

Some nice photos.


And yes it has been read.