April 5th, 2011

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Canon: Moriarty

The following passages are from The Final Problem:

Sherlock Holmes on Moriarty:

“His career has been an extraordinary one. He is a man of good birth and excellent education, endowed by nature with a phenomenal mathematical faculty. ... But the man had hereditary tendencies of the most diabolical kind. A criminal strain ran in his blood, which, instead of being modified, was increased and rendered infinitely more dangerous by his extraordinary mental powers. Dark rumors gathered round him in the university town ..."

“He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. He is the organizer of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city. He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. He has a brain of the first order. He sits motionless, like a spider in the center of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows well every quiver of each of them".

These passages on Moriarty are some of my favourite in the entire Canon!
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Interview with Nick Hytner, Director of the National Theatre

This needs no introduction!


What are your personal hopes for the NT over the next ten years, and what do you hope will be your legacy to the National Theatre?

There are so many hopes. I hope that my legacy will be new generations of writers, actors, directors, designers, musicians and audiences, who are all of them confident and all of them committed to the large-scale public events on which we thrive. We are different from other theatres in scale. I think because we're different in scale, honestly, we're different in impact. I think that hunger to work on a large scale, and to experience in a large scale, was abating and I hope that I can bring that back, red-bloodedly. But at the same time as talking about the new generations, I do think of it as my responsibility to maintain what's there and to make sure that the high standards and the excitement that I have inherited from all my predecessors as Director are maintained: that the great actors continue to act here, the great plays continue to get performed here, and performed well. As with all great cultural institutions, it's partly maintenance, partly renewal. I hope that my legacy is, to a certain degree, healthy enough to be maintained, and to a certain degree by the time I leave, outmoded enough to be rebelled against, because I think that has to happen every time.


Look at this:
What books have you most enjoyed recently?
James Shapiro's 1599; Alan Bennett's Untold Stories; David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas; Diarmid McCulloch's Reformation; Meredith Daneman's biography of Margot Fonteyn; Julian Barnes' Arthur and George…

Julian Barnes - Arthur and George - I am onto this!
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OMG - It has arrived!

The Vesuvius Club audiobook read by Mark Gatiss has arrived! 6 CDs - 6 hrs 37 mins of Mr Gatiss. I am in heaven! My Mark homework is now being prioritised - this is top of the list - move out of the way Mr Cumberbatch!

My promo for it is below:

Mark Gatiss reading The Vesuvius Club complete and unabridged (6 CDs 6 Hrs 37 mins) has suddenly shown up on the BBC Audiogo site (the home of BBC Audiobooks):


From the BBC website:
Lucifer Box is the darling of the Edwardian belle monde: portrait painter, wit, dandy and rake – the guest all hostesses must have. And most do. But few of his connections or conquests know that Lucifer is also His Majesty’s most daring secret agent, and when Britain’s most prominent scientists begin turning up dead, there is only one man his country can turn to. Lucifer Box deduces and seduces his way from his elegant townhouse, Number 9 Downing Street, to the seediest stews of Naples, in search of a secret society; one which may hold the fate of the world in its claw-like hands – the Vesuvius Club.

Get your copy in now!
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Exclusive: Frankenstein Closing Night Party Invitation

This is my invitation. It is copyrighted. It is professionally produced. No use of this invitation without prior permission is permitted.

I am having 200 posh copies of this invite professionally produced. They will be going to staff at the National Theatre, the Undershaw Preservation Trust, The Sherlock Holmes Society of London, the Swivel Theatre Company, the Home Office, the Department for Communities and Local Government, All Souls, Salsateca, the Metropolitan Walkers, Brunel University, Lambeth Libraries, dancy_dreamer, and gozadreams.


Sherlock Holmes Quotes.

"l'Homme n'est Rien l'Oeuvre Tout" (the man is nothing, the work is everything) - Sherlock Holmes.

One of the best quotes in the canon, and i can actually see him saying that.  Also appears in the BBC shows, a little different, but same context, when he is talking to John about his gap in knowledge.

My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence.I crave for mental exaltation". Sherlock Homes.

in my opinion. The best quotes ever. =)

just sharing my thoughts of the day.
yeah, i'm bored... -_- and i too.. abhor the dull routine of the existence.


first post, yay!