January 4th, 2012

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Stephen Lawrence Trial: Justice at Last

Cut and pasted from the OBV website:

Dobson and Norris Guilty of Stephen Lawrence murder

Doreen, Neville and the rest of the Lawrence family have had to wait nearly 19 years for justice to be done. Today at the Old Bailey, a jury of their peers found Gary Dobson and David Norris guilty of Stephen Lawrence’s murder.

To read Simon Woolley's piece, follow the link:
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The Risen Christ, Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon

Photographer: Rakshita Patel

Whilst I was up in Stratford-upon-Avon on 30 and 31 December, I paid my first visit to Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare's Church), where Shakespeare was baptised and where he is buried. I really enjoyed my visit - it has an excellent gift shop.

One of the images that really spoke to me, and that I took away with me by taking the photo above, has nothing whatsoever to do with the Church's Shakespearean connections. It is an image of the Risen Christ which I think is absolutely stunning.

Sadly, there is absolutely no information about it in the Guidebook to Holy Trinity Church, but I think it is beautiful.

If you want to find out more about Shakespeare's Church, here is a link to the website:
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The true love of Sherlock's life: Mrs Hudson

Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/Sherlock/series-2-promotional-photos/

Quite rightly, people have asked me to explain further my assertion that "A Scandal in Belgravia" shows the deep and everlasting love that Sherlock has for one woman ... Mrs Hudson.

I stated that Sherlock loves Mrs Hudson above all other women, that he admires and respects her, and will do his utmost to protect her from any harm (physical or emotional).

What is my proof?

- Sherlock, I get a sense, lacked maternal care and affection. One example of this is when Mycroft volunteers to pour the tea at the Palace, "I'll be Mother", and Sherlock's quip "And there is a whole childhood in a nutshell". Sherlock wanted a mother who looked after him, took care of him and showered him with affection - he deserved that! - but, for whatever reason, this was not forthcoming

- Mrs Hudson is the mother Sherlock never had. She does all the things that Sherlock's mother never did - fusses around him; takes care of him and looks after him; worries about him; and sees to all his physical and emotional needs

- Sherlock's love for Mrs Hudson is the purest kind of love you can have. It is the deep seated love that a son has for his mother, when that mother means everything to him

- Sherlock's protectiveness of, and towards, Mrs Hudson I found profoundly affecting and deeply moving. The way Sherlock barks at Mycroft when Mycroft says "Shut up, Mrs Hudson", and the pain in Sherlock's eyes and face when he sees the injuries that Mrs Hudson has sustained at the hands of the henchman, followed by his violent and brutal treatment of the henchman who hurt her, shows this.

Sherlock's love of, and for, Mrs Hudson, and his admiration and respect for her qualities, is clearly shown in the scene below:

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

Case proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. Case closed!
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Bring Back Sally, GatMoff!

Forget Irene Adler, who I really do not care for one iota, I want GatMoff to Bring Back Sally!

I thought that Sally was one of the most interesting characters in Sherlock Series One and she was one of my personal favourites. I love the fact that she is a strong black woman, working a professional job, living an independent life, and working her way up the career ladder at the Metropolitan Police Service.

There was also the very interesting Sherlock-Sally dynamic. I was firmly in the camp that there was a backstory between Sherlock and Sally.

Their first interaction when Sherlock arrives at the crime scene was very telling.

I thought that either:
a) Sally had a crush on Sherlock (what woman wouldn’t?) and he was indifferent or more likely rejected her in his haughty manner, or
b) they had a brief relationship where Sally invested more than Sherlock and it ended with Sherlock ending the relationship.

Otherwise, how could someone as intelligent as Sally resent/hate Sherlock so much unless there had been something between them in the past? Sally SO acts like a spurned lover - hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and this is most definitely the case with Sergeant Sally Donovan!

What reinforced this idea for me was Sherlock describing Sally as an “old friend” in a very sarcastic manner and his pointed – and very ungentlemanly - remarks to her about spending the night at Andersons.
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End of Year (2011) Audit: Most Popular Community Tags

I was an auditor in a past life and so I could not resist doing an end of year audit on which tags were the most frequently used on the community.

The results are in!

Top 3

1. national theatre — 174 uses
2. benedict cumberbatch — 156 uses
3. sherlock — 124 uses

The National Theatre therefore remains THE most popular tag on the community, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Sherlock in hot pursuit. This community therefore continues to be founded and built on the very firm foundations of the National Theatre, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sherlock.

Of course, the National Theatre and Benedict Cumberbatch came together in 2011 in the spectacle that was Frankenstein:

Photo credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/8343655/Frankenstein-in-pictures.html

Numbers 4-10

4. bbc — 119 uses
5. tv — 95 uses
6. film — 82 uses
7. theatre — 81 uses
8. mark gatiss — 77 uses
9. big society — 73 uses
10.politics — 73 uses

The next 7 most popular topics show that I am beginning to talk more about TV in general, and in particular the BBC. And the community now features a range of theatre and film, not just National Theatre and not just Benedict Cumberbatch films. The community is also beginning to look at politics and big society issues.