January 18th, 2012

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Conan Doyle Weekend, Haslemere, Surrey: 15 to 17 June 2012

The Conan Doyle window in the Sherlock Holmes Pub, London
Photographer: Rakshita Patel

Cut and pasted from the Conan Doyle Weekend Facebook:

Fantastic weekend in Haslemere, Surrey: June 15th - 17th 2012

Celebrating the life and works of one of our most renowned authors, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

A fun packed weekend for lovers of Conan Doyle which will include various Sherlock Holmes actors and aficionados. Those taking part include Roger Llewellyn, Andrew Lane, Alistair Duncan, Roger Johnson and more! Not to missed!

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Top Telly Tip: Birdsong - 9pm, BBC1, Sunday 22 January

Photo credit: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/tubetalk/a355730/birdsong-first-look-at-bbc-ones-new-show-picture.html

Continuing my very occasional series which promotes only the best things coming up on the box, I am going to recommend Birdsong, which will begin airing on BBC1 at 9pm this coming Sunday (Sunday 22 January).

Cut and pasted from the BBC website:

Birdsong: BBC One's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' modern classic

Eddie Redmayne and Clémence Poésy star as the passionate young lovers Stephen and Isabelle, brought together by love and torn apart by the First World War, in BBC One's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' modern classic, Birdsong.

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Raks's Reaction

I have not seen this but I cannot wait! I am recommending this because Birdsong is one of my favourite books EVER. I love Sebastian Faulks, and he is one of my favourite modern authors.

I still vividly remember when I read Birdsong for the first time. For me, there is a slow start, as I was not that gripped by the affair, but as soon as it got to the trenches the book came alive for me. The way it describes the experience of war for a soldier, the camaraderie, strong friendships and the ties that bind, along with the horror, brutality and futility of war, just took hold of me and gripped me and I could not put the book down. If you have not read the book, read it now!

Available from Amazon for £4.99:

Synopsis cut and pasted from Amazon:
Set before and during the great war, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experiences of the war itself.
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The top 10 portrayals of Sherlock Holmes

Photo credit: http://virtualvictorian.blogspot.com/2009/12/sherlock-holmes-this-christmas.html

Cut and pasted from the Den of Geek! Website:

Many actors have attempted to fill the shoes of Sherlock Holmes, but who pulled off the best portrayal of the Baker Street detective? Here’s Alex Westthorp's top 10 list ...

It was 125 years ago that a young Scottish physician called Arthur Conan Doyle wrote some stories about a master detective, mainly to amuse himself between appointments at his surgery. His creation, Sherlock Holmes, loosely based on his mentor, forensic surgeon Joseph Bell, first appeared in the 1887 Beeton’s Christmas Annual, in a story called A Study In Scarlet.

The maverick detective has since appeared numerous times in films and on television, portrayed by a cornucopia of eccentric actors from around the world, though chiefly from Britain and America.

Follow the link to see Alex's top 10 and to have your say:

Raks's Reaction

I think EVERYONE knows who my favourite is ...

My favourite Sherlock in the traditional deerstalker:

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

My favourite Sherlock in The Coat, which has replaced the deerstalker as THE must have Sherlock fashion accessory!

Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/sherlock-production-stills/
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"He was my best friend and I'll always believe in him." Dr John H. Watson

John (left) and Sherlock (right) in happier times.

Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/Sherlock/series-1-promotional-photos/

Breaking News ...

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Fall

He was a fake and a fraud.
(Raks's says No he wasn't - he was a genius!).

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Sherlock Holmes Statue, Baker Street

Just randomly found THE most breahtakingly beautiful image of the Sherlock Holmes Statue outside Baker Street Station on the internet and just HAD to have the photo on the com ...

Photo credit: http://www.theawl.com/2011/11/sherlock-holmes-and-the-adventure-of-the-impudent-scholars

My feature on the statue is here:
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Wikipedia joins blackout protest at US anti-piracy moves

Wikipedia has taken its English-language site offline as part of protests against proposed anti-piracy laws in the US.

Users attempting to access the site see a black screen and a political statement: "Imagine a world without free knowledge."

Wikipedia is my gospel. It is blacked out today. Find out why: