January 13th, 2012

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Police stop and search slashed

Photo credit: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-24027388-police-stop-and-search-slashed.do

There was an interesting article in today's Evening Standard on the Met Police's use of the power of stop and search.

Cut and pasted from the Evening Standard website:

Police in London will dramatically reduce the number of random stop and searches in an effort to improve relations with black people and ethnic minority communities.

Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has ordered a radical overhaul of the policy amid fears the force is alienating many Londoners.

Fierce debate has raged for years over the success of stop and search in London. Critics say it has alienated huge swathes of young people in ethnic minority communities. But senior police officers - as well as some community leaders - approve of the tactic as a deterrent to rising youth violence and teenage murders.

Mr Hogan-Howe has told colleagues he is concerned at the number of black people being stopped in London despite having done nothing wrong.

Follow the link to read the full article:
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Andrew Scott Interview

yvaine24 posted this photo already. But her version was not big enough for my liking!

Photo credit: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/andrew-scott-a-pinup-who-is-hard-to-pin-down-6288320.html

Brilliant interview in The Independent. Too good to edit down or pick out selected highlights. Read it in full (go on, you know you want to!):
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Chasing Cotards, starring Andrew Scott

Photo credit: http://films.imhonet.ru/element/1171278/gallery/

Sometimes believing you're dead....
is easier than knowing you're alive

Plot Outline cut and pasted from the Chasing Cotards Website:

Once a successful artist, Hart is now a shadow of his former self, his world torn apart by loss. He is consumed by a haunting portrait of his deceased wife and spends every moment studying her face, unable to forget. Knowing that she was taken away from him too soon, all he wishes is that she would return to breathe life into his world once more.

Back to The Umbrella Organisation ...

The Chasing Cotards Filmmakers have been good enough to post my review onto their Facebook and their Twitter. That is a privilege and an honour. I am humbled.

‎"it is a beautiful Shakespearean sonnet about love, loss, and grief; about a cherished love, lost and gone forever".
What a lovely review, I have to say it's nice to read that someone totally got it: http://mycroft-brolly.livejournal.com/220304.html

"it is a beautiful Shakespearean sonnet about love, loss, and grief; about a cherished love, lost and gone forever". http://mycroft-brolly.livejournal.com/220304.html

Follow the link to the Chasing Cotards website to get all the details, watch the trailer and download the film:
The Biggest Short Film of All Time (literally)

And, to conclude, this image is hauntingly beautiful and has been promoted straight onto the sidebar:

Photo credit: http://www.alexwatherston.com/film.html
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RIP Sherlock and Jim?

Photo credit: http://www.johnwatsonblog.co.uk/blog/19december

Steven Moffat talked about one of the keys to the success of the Sherlock Holmes short stories being the great beginnings. Conan Doyle knew that he had to draw people in. One of the best beginnings is that of The Final Problem:

It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes was distinguished. In an incoherent and, as I deeply feel, an entirely inadequate fashion, I have endeavored to give some account of my strange experiences in his company from the chance which first brought us together at the period of the "Study in Scarlet," up to the time of his interference in the matter of the "Naval Treaty" - an interference which had the unquestionable effect of preventing a serious international complication. It was my intention to have stopped there, and to have said nothing of that event which has created a void in my life which the lapse of two years has done little to fill. My hand has been forced, however, by the recent letters in which Colonel James Moriarty defends the memory of his brother, and I have no choice but to lay the facts before the public exactly as they occurred. I alone know the absolute truth of the matter, and I am satisfied that the time has come when on good purpose is to be served by its suppression. As far as I know, there have been only three accounts in the public press: that in the Journal de Geneve on May 6th, 1891, the Reuter's despatch in the English papers on May 7th, and finally the recent letter to which I have alluded. Of these the first and second were extremely condensed, while the last is, as I shall now show, an absolute perversion of the facts. It lies with me to tell for the first time what really took place between Professor Moriarty and Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

- The Final Problem, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

What happens next?
Watch the final episode of Sherlock Series 2 to find out - 9pm, BBC1, Sunday 15 January.

The Reichenbach Fall
The return of Moriarty. The crime of the century. Can Sherlock possibly survive?

For non-Sherlockians and non-Holmesians, Sherlock Series 2, Episode 3, The Reichenbach Fall, will be based on the Canon story, The Final Problem.
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The Undershaw Alliance on South Today (BBC Regional News Programme)

Photo credit: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/sherlock-holmes-and-the-curious-case-of-the-authors-ruined-mansion-6283413.html

South Today (BBC Regional News for the South) ran a feature on Undershaw and the Undershaw Alliance yesterday (Thursday 12 January).

All credit for the coverage has to go to David Rose, who created and co-ordinates Academics for Undershaw, and launched Crime Writers for Undershaw a couple of months ago. Together, Academics for Undershaw and Crime Writers for Undershaw, make up the Undershaw Alliance.

South Today covered Undershaw and the Undershaw Alliance's campaign. As David is based in Paris, I was the official spokesperson for the Undershaw Alliance. Our key announcement was that the Undershaw Alliance now numbers around 500 signatories, made up of academics and crime writers. Guy Ritchie has recently joined as one of our supporters (within the last month). We are working on a business case to save Undershaw for the Nation.

Our Mission Statement is to save Undershaw for the Nation by relaunching it as the Conan Doyle Museum and Centre for British and Irish Crime Writing, thus affirming its cultural value and Conan Doyle's place in the literary heritage of Great Britain and Ireland, and beyond.

We want Undershaw to comprise a Museum dedicated to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a gift shop, a library, crime writing courses and a writer in residence. It would be open and accessible to the public all year round.

I would like to thank South Today for publicising the Undershaw Alliance and our campaign.

The programme is available to view until 6.59pm today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0196rkr/South_Today_12_01_2012/
No longer available. It is past 7pm!

The clear win was the response from Waverley Borough Council. Councillor Adam Taylor-Smith said quite clearly that they were unhappy with the current owners and had had to step in on a few occasions already. That they backed a plan for an alternative for Undershaw. And that they as a Council would put pressure on the current owners to sell to someone interested in doing something with the property which would be a fitting tribute to Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes.
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War Horse out in cinemas today

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War Horse, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is out on general release across the UK today.

I have not seen it yet, and have no insider information, so I am posting a couple of reviews from sources that I trust:

Instead of going to see this (War Horse) I am going to have to go and see THAT other Sherlock Holmes film tonight (the Guy Ritchie one), in recognition of the fact that Guy has joined the Undershaw Alliance and has formally signed up to supporting our cause. It is not really that much of a burden as I have a sneaking suspicion that I am actually going to enjoy it!