January 1st, 2012

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Sherlock Holmes and the curious case of the author's ruined mansion

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There is a feature article in the Independent on Undershaw.

Selected highlights cut and pasted from the Independent website:

Campaigners fighting to save Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's crumbling former home have been boosted by a High Court decision to allow a judicial review of a case that might have tested the wit of the author's most famous creation.

Undershaw, the house Conan Doyle had built at Hindhead, Surrey, was where he wrote The Hound Of The Baskervilles and many other Sherlock Holmes stories. The Scottish author and his family occupied Undershaw from 1897 to 1907. After Conan Doyle sold the house in 1921, it was run for many years as a hotel. However since its acquisition by a property speculator in 2004, it has fallen into disrepair. Were Conan Doyle to return to his old home today, he would be distressed by the spectacle. Most of the windows, including that of the study at which he sat writing The Hound Of The Baskervilles, are either smashed or boarded-up.

Waverley District Council has given planning permission for the house to be divided into three separate dwellings, with five more homes to be built in the grounds. The Undershaw Preservation Trust wants the building preserved as a single dwelling. Many point to the site's tourism potential as a museum dedicated to the man whose most famous character continues to fascinate film-makers.

To read the feature article in full, follow the link:

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You are not alone, Michael Jackson

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I have just been up in Birmingham, spending time with my two nephews. This post is for my oldest nephew, who is a huge Michael Jackson fan. He chose the photo above to illustrate the post.

We were listening to this song together and I just loved the lyrics. The songwriter is R.Kelly, and it is taken from the Album HIStory - Past, Present and Future, Book 1, which was released in 1995.

It is dedicated to everyone who has lost someone close to them this year.

You are not alone

Another day has gone
I'm still all alone
How could this be
You're not here with me
You never said goodbye
Someone tell me why
Did you have to go
And leave my world so cold

Everyday I sit and ask myself
How did love slip away
Something whispers in my ear and says
That you are not alone
For I am here to stay
Though you're far away
I am here to stay

You are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we're far apart
You're always in my heart
You are not alone
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Radio Times magazine: 31 December 2011-6 January 2012

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Cut and pasted from the Radio Times Website:

Celebrate the new year with Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Steven Moffat - and free books!

What better to follow up the Doctor Who Christmas special than a new episode of Sherlock, which returns to BBC1 on New Year’s Day? Very little, we reckon.

So in the new issue of Radio Times we’re ringing in 2012 with Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Steven Moffat, who join us to talk about the new series and the show’s literary origins.

And if that wasn’t enough Sherlock for your buck, we’re also giving away three exclusive Radio Times book editions of some of the Baker Street detective’s most famous cases, with the first of three collectable tokens included in the new magazine...

Also this week:
Adrian Lester explains why he’s leaving the frustration of being a black actor in Britain behind and hustling to make it big in Hollywood
We’re giving you the chance to win a year at the theatre and be part of the judging panel at the Olivier Awards
Our critics share their thoughts on the 40 best programmes from 2011

To find out more, and read all about it, follow the links:
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Happy New Year! Welcome back Sherlock!

Happy New Year to all Readers of The Umbrella Organisation!

In celebration, I have been slaving away all night to produce this cake. As anyone who knows me will know, my culinary skills are zero, so I have not at all baked this cake, it is just the best Sherlockian cake that I could find on the internet. Anyway, tuck in!

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The cake is also, of course, in celebration of the fact that Sherlock is returning to our screens TODAY after a very long absence.

So Hello 2012 and Welcome Back Sherlock!

Sherlock Returns: A Scandal In Belgravia, New Year's Day, 8.10pm, BBC1

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The true love of Sherlock's life

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New Canon

A Scandal in Belgravia shows the deep and everlasting love that Sherlock has for one woman. A woman he loves above all others, and who he admires, respects and will do his utmost to protect from any harm (physical or emotional). That woman is ... Mrs Hudson.

Scene in 221B kitchen:

Shame on you, John Watson.

Shame on me?

Mrs Hudson leave Baker Street? England would fall.

Sherlock puts his arm around Mrs Hudson in a loving and protective embrace.

- A Scandal in Belgravia, Sherlock Series 2, Steven Moffat

To read more, follow the link to the Official BBC Sherlock website for Series 2:

And something for the purists:

Old Canon

To Sherlock Holmes she is always THE woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a lover he would have placed himself in a false position. He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer. They were admirable things for the observer--excellent for drawing the veil from men's motives and actions. But for the trained reasoner to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor which might throw a doubt upon all his mental results. Grit in a sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his own high-power lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a nature such as his. And yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.

- A Scandal in Bohemia, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle