Friday, February 17, 2017

Seven Degrees of Sherlock Holmes - I missed this one Bernard Fox

Bernard Fox 1927-2016

He played Watson to Stewart Granger's Sherlock Holmes in 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' 1972

He was also in the Sherlock Holmes parody The Privat Eyes (1980) with Don Knotts and Tim Conway.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Art in the Blood

If you have followed this blog for more than a week you well know that I love art work involving Sherlock Holmes and the 'lighter side' of the Canon.
So get this book was a real treat because I have always loved Scott Bonds treatment of the Canon.

This book covers most of the work Bond has done on Sherlock Holmes with captions explaining way the work was relevant when he did.
Glossy and well made, the book is a lot of fun.

Jeremy Brett in St Louis

In 1991 Jeremy Brett made an appearance in St Louis to promote Masterpiece and the new episodes of Sherlock Holmes.
The Harpooners of the Sea Unicorn helped host the event and provide a good display of Sherlock Holmes stuff. For many of us it was a chance to meet Mr. Brett.
Here are some photos we stuck together to show the crowd in attendance.

Jeremy is in the black suit to the right in this photo at the table.
The Harpooners display is on the left in both photos, in front of the Union Jack.

Here is a photo of him with us at the display.
As I have posted before, the young man with Brett correspond with him up until Brett's death.

Monday, February 13, 2017

This just in, especially for Mid-West fans of the Hound

The Lyceum Theatre in historic Arrow Rock will be performing 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' this August, 5 - 13. This is a small regional theatre held in an old church. I have been to several plays here and it is a great venue.

Contact info.

Lyceum Theatre
PO Box 14
Arrow Rock Mo. 65320

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Life is good, life is great.

Just spotted this today at the newsstand. A little pricey but I got one anyway.

Having now had the time to take a look at it;

It is well put together and very glossy.
While not adding any new info for older Sherlockians, it could be considered a good primer for newer Sherlockians just coming on board.
A little pricey, but what the heck.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Harpooners of the Sea Unicorn #328 - FINA

Attended the latest meeting of the Harpooners of the Sea Unicorn (HSU), who have now been at it for 28 years. Most of them good years.
I believe two records were set at this meeting.
The first was the attempt (successful attempt) to live broadcast the meeting on Facebook.

Ten members were present.

While a few technical issues need to be worked out, it seemed to be a success in that a few comments were made during the meeting from other states.

The second record set I believe was in the number of presentations or papers on FINA.
We had four very different presentations made on things to be found in FINA.
The gamut running from gaming matrix to how many times things happened in three's in the story.
BSI member Bill Cochran was present and as usual gave a very good paper.

Discussed was how much Holmes had planned out the trip that concluded the Final Problem and how much was left to chance.
While first reading FINA we are lead to believe that Holmes' death was just the end result of this continental chase. But after further reading, as suggested by Bill, the entire process was well planned out by Holmes to bring about the result that happened.
I will post Bill's (and the others) paper here once it comes out in the newsletter.

When reading these tales over again for each meeting I always try to spot something that I had not noticed before, something I think could make a good topic of discussion.

There probably is not much that has not been covered in FINA, as would also be the case with the other 59 stories.
But I came across something I had not heard discussed before ( which may just mean I had not come across some one's thoughts on the subject ).
Several paragraphs in, when Holmes is telling Watson about Moriarty this information is given;
'. . . where he set up as an army coach."
We have heard a lot about the papers Moriarty contributed to science. And that he had been a professor of Mathematics at some smaller university.

But I have never read or heard any discussion of him being an army coach.
Now I doubt that that meant we would have seen him coaching the football team at an earlier Army/Navy match.

But I can imagine several teaching positions in the army that would require mathematics skills;
artillery, codes/intelligence, weather, etc.
While the military at this time was not as advanced technically as we are now, mathematics would still have played a large role.
Are connections while teaching for the army how Moriarty and Moran came together?

It was a very good meeting and made me want to go back and read once again FINA.