October 31st, 2011

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A Study In Sherlock

Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon

This book is worth promoting because it is Sherlockian, it is now available from Amazon at the bargain price of £5.39 (free postage and packing), and because it is edited by Leslie S Klinger.

Cut and pasted from Amazon:

Today's top authors including #1 bestsellers Lee Child, Neil Gaiman, and Michael Connelly pen stories inspired by the Sherlock Holmes canon. Co-edited by leading Holmes experts Laurie R. King and Les Klinger, more than a dozen bestselling superstars unveil stories inspired by the greatest detective. With mystery, comedy and illustrations, A Study in Sherlock will reveal new insights into Holmes.

Buy it here:
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Goodbye to The Tempest starring Ralph Fiennes

This sensational production closed yesterday (Saturday night). My feature on this Tempest is here:

Photo credit: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/sep/08/ralph-fiennes-tempest

In tribute, I will close with my favourite lines from the play, which are these:

Act 4 Scene 1

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
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Happy Halloween

And so I give you my inspiration for my Walk for Life this year ... The Wicked Witch of the West!

Photo credit: http://www.andrewgarvey.com/wizard/characters/TheWickedWitchoftheWestProfile.html

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"The Wicked Witch of the West is a character and the main antagonist in the fictional land Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum in his children's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

In the 1939 feature film "The Wizard of Oz", Margaret Hamilton plays the Wicked Witch of the West as a stooped, green-skinned witch, dressed in a long black dress with a black pointed hat. This representation of the Wicked Witch has become a standard for what witches look like and an archetype for human wickedness.

While this relationship is not mentioned in Baum's books, in the movie, the Witch is the "sister" of the Wicked Witch of the East, who is killed when Dorothy Gale arrives in Oz. As a result, the Wicked Witch of the West's role is made more prominent as she seeks revenge against Dorothy for killing her sister."

To read more about the Wicked Witch of the West follow the link:
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Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat Booksigning, Waterstone's Piccadilly

Thank you to an anonymous livejournaller for tipping me off about this! Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat will be doing a booksigning of the Sherlock Holmes stories, where they have written the introductions, at Waterstone's Piccadilly on Wednesday 2 November at 5.30pm.

Follow the link for more details:

It says that Mark and Steven will be signing copies of these two books but that no merchandise or memorabilia will be signed. This is a good event to go to if you want to meet Mark and Steven, but not if you want to get an autograph on something of value, either in monetary terms or to you personally.

I have Mark's book. If I am honest, I am disappointed in the quality. There are much much much nicer editions available at better prices. The Mark and Steven intros are only 2-3 pages long. The editions have no illustrations, Paget or otherwise. The editions have no photos. There is no "Sherlock" in them, bar the cover branding, which I think is poor (and if I am brutally honest, completely naff!). It is clearly targeting the Dr Who/youth market which misses the point of the new audience/readers attracted to the Canon through Sherlock. So great opportunity to meet Mark and Steven but I do not recommend these editions of the stories in the slightest!

Follow the link for an edition I do thoroughly recommend:

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Sherlock Holmes Collection

This is a Sherlock Holmes Collection that I do recommend - it is beautiful (no illustrations though).

You can buy it from Amazon here for £6.29:

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A beautiful hardback for the price of a paperback. White's Pocket Classics offer the best-loved classics in an irresistible small hardback with original illustrations embossed on the covers and all the features of a fine edition - coloured endpapers, marker ribbon, illustrated title pages and new typesetting - combining the best contemporary design with the luxury of a hardback and introductions by today’s popular authors, to make the most appealing classics available at a paperback price and a perfect gift. This edition of Sherlock Holmes' greatest cases uniquely combines Holmes' most famous case, The Hound of the Baskervilles, with Arthur Conan Doyle's own twelve favourite Sherlock Holmes stories.

This is way better than the Mark Gatiss book! (sorry Mark).
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In Time, starring Justin Timberlake

Photo credit: http://www.disneydreaming.com/2011/08/29/in-time-movie-posters-with-justin-timberlake-and-amanda-seyfried/

Justin Timberlake's new film "In Time" is out tomorrow (1 November). I saw selected highlights at the Empire Big Screen and it looked amazing!

In the future people stop aging at 25 and must work to buy themselves more time, but when a young man finds himself with more time than he can imagine he must run from the corrupt police force to save his life.

Even though I have not seen the film, I myself will be rushing to see it, and I am recommending that everyone else do the same!
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Christmas Cards 2011

I give you the Sherlock Holmes Society of London's 2011 Christmas cards:

A brilliantly scintillating blue stone

He held out his hand and displayed upon the centre of the palm a brilliantly scintillating blue stone, rather smaller than a bean in size, but of such purity and radiance that it twinkled like an electric point in the dark hollow of his hand.
- The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

My cards arrived today. They are stunning. I definitely made the right decision in choosing to run with the Society's cards this festive season. Ron Tiner's illustration is truly beautiful and the colours on the card are very rich. The full quote from the Canon story (as cited above) is on the back of the card along with a lot of context about the story. I love the cards!

The cards are £6 for a pack of ten, inclusive of postage and packing and you can buy them here:
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BFI TV Preview: Sherlock, Series 2 Episode 1 - A Scandal in Belgravia + Q&A

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TV Preview: Sherlock
Series 2 Episode 1: A Scandal In Belgravia + Q&A

The date for this screening has changed from the 6 December to the 8 December.

BBC1's much praised, multi-award winning drama Sherlock returns for a second series. The contemporary version of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, caused a sensation last summer, delivering an audience of over 8 million viewers.

Thurs 8 December

Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with cast and crew.

Follow the link for more details:

BFI Members priority booking opens on 1 November.
Public booking opens on 8 November.

Today has proved a bumper day for Sherlockian news!