Roger Johnson, Mole End, 41 Sandford Road, Chelmsford CM2 6DE
200 8th May 2000
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put up its postal charges yet again, and I just cant afford to absorb this
latest increase. In less than two years, postage to America, Japan, Australia,
etc. has risen from 40p to 44p to 45p, and postage to Europe has risen from 26p
to 30p to 34p to 36p! So much for the benefits of the European Union . . .
Peter Blau reports that Sy Weintraub died on 4th
April. He produced The Hound of the
Baskervilles and The Sign of Four
for TV, with Ian Richardson as Holmes; though enjoyable, they suffered by
comparison with Granadas excellent series. Edward Gorey died on 15th April.
He applied his unique gothic genius to illustrating various Sherlockian
publications, most prominently in the credits for the Mystery! series on American PBS TV. E.W. McDiarmid (The Bruce-Partington
Plans, BSI) died on 27th April. A founder of The
Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota, he was there to celebrate their 50th
birthday in 1998.
Congratulations to Michael Doyle and Christopher
Roden, both subscribers to this newsletter, who were appointed Master Bootmakers
at the January Awards Dinner of The
Bootmakers of Toronto. (Christopher joins his wife Barbara, who was already
entitled to the letters M.Bt. after her name.)
Adventures of the Second Mrs Watson by Michael Mallory is a very neat idea stylishly executed. Sherlock
Holmes knew where he stood with Mary, the first Mrs Watson, but he thinks that
the doctors spirited second wife Amelia takes up too much of his friends
time. She has quite a different view on the matter, and as she is pretty much
the detectives match in ingenuity, intelligence and stubbornness the
relationship is not exactly smooth. These twelve exceptionally clever stories
give us a fresh view of Holmes and Watson, and a lot of entertainment besides.
Youll find echoes of real life crimes here (a bizarre solution to the
Ripper case, for instance), as well as new twists on Canonical matters. This
attractive 168-page paperback is published by Deadly Alibi Press Ltd (P.O. Box
5947, Vancouver, WA 98668-5947, USA) at $15.99.
Before the publication date of 17th May, Dan
Kilcups Chinese Box Mysteries, volume
II can be ordered from the Washington Needs You charities website at
<www.needsyou.org> at $16.00 (post-paid within the USA); $8.00 will go to
the Hospice of Northern Virginia. Orders for this 260-page hardback can also be
placed with Amazon.com and Barnes&Nobles.com, at $24.00.
Ted Nyes even more improbably titled volume of
Sherlock Holmes stories, The Teddy
Bears Ribbon, and Other Tales, is due shortly from Halvon Press, priced
at NZ$15.00 or £5.00 plus postage (51 Irvine Road, The Cove, Dunedin, New
Zealand; e-mail <email@example.com>).
Bob Ellis passes on news that the Minstead Womens
Institute has published a millennium history of the village, naturally including
material about Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. The cost is £12.50 plus £2.50
Holmes Puzzles of Deduction by Tom Bullimore was published in April at £3.99 by Sterling
Publishing Co. (Orca Book Services, Stanley House, 3 Fleets Lane, Poole, Dorset
Phil & Karen Woolley tell me that the Black
Cat Bookshop can now take orders and messages by e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
and that they have a website in the making, at <www.blackcatbookshop.com>.
New in at the shop is a set of beautifully painted miniature metal
figures, seven in all: Jack the Ripper, Holmes, Watson, a victim, a
shocked bystander, a PC and a Chief Superintendent. Price is £50.00 the
set, plus postage (£4.00 in the UK; ask about overseas rates).
Bert Coules Unrecorded
Cases of Sherlock Holmes hasnt yet been broadcast, but the BBC Radio
Collection announces a recording for release on cassette in September. In
November the Beeb plans to release a boxed set of The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, at £127.65 plus
VAT. An unabridged recording (I dont know who the reader is) of The
Musgrave Ritual, The Red-Headed League, The Speckled Band &
The Final Problem has been issued at £12.99 by Sound Room (Gazelle Book
Services Ltd, 4 Falcon House, Queen Square, Lancaster LA1 1RN). And as of this
month the first 8 cassettes of the 1945/46 radio series The
New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, with Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce,
are available in Britain from Simon & Schuster Audio.
Issue 36 of Sherlock
Holmes: The Detective Magazine offers a new Sexton Blake story by John Hall,
Bill Nadel on The Thin Man, Gaynor
Coules on Natasha Cooper and her Willow King novels, Sarah Neville on The
Moonstone, Paul Chapman on the Shadow, Toby Earnshaw on Randall
& Hopkirk (Deceased), Mike Ripley on The
Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, Christine Simpson on the
Dorothy L. Sayers Society, Kathryn White on doctors who go wrong, Roger Forsdyke
on Victorian punishment, David Stuart Davies on The Last Vampyre and Reginald Owens A Study in Scarlet - and of course much more besides. The magazine
is published six times a year, at £3.50 or $6.00 the issue. A six-issue
subscription is £20.00 (Europe £22.00, rest of world £25.00 or $40.00) from
the Admin. Dept, PO Box 100, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 8HD. The US
representative is Classic Specialties (PO
Box 19058, Cincinnati, OH 45219, USA; e-mail <email@example.com>).
Charles Hall has produced a handsome new bust of
Sherlock Holmes and a flat-backed model of Conan Doyles birthplace, 11
Picardy Place, Edinburgh. He says, I may put these models on the market in
July. To find out more, drop a line to 12 Paisley Terrace, Edinburgh EH8 7JW.
Even non-smokers might like to have the 221B
Baker Street Collection, a boxed set of six cigars (in Churchill, Torpedo,
Pyramid, Lonsdale, Corona and Grand Corona sizes), with attractive Sherlockian
labels. They can be had for $30.00 plus postage from GSI, South Illinois Route
59, PMB 175, Aurora, IL 60504, USA. (*The
proprietor, Karen Jeffery, is the sister of our subscriber Geoff Jeffery.*) Check
the website at <www.CUs4Cigars.com>.
Charles Hall passes on news that members of the Japan
Society Scotland have written to city leaders in Edinburgh calling for Liberton
Bank House (where Arthur Conan Doyle lived between the ages of 5 and 7) to be
rescued from McDonalds bid to build a fast-food restaurant on the site.
From 9th to 25th May, the Hay Gallery at Colchester
Institute will house an exhibition, by various artists, entitled Drawing
Dead Detectives. It will be open 9.30 - 5.30 Monday - Friday, and 9.30 -
4.00 on Saturdays.
The first Murder Mystery Dinner at The
Sherlock Holmes public house was extremely enjoyable, thanks to the
excellence of the restaurant and the engaging ingenuity of the Irregular Special
Players. Check about future such events with the managers, Sue & Ken
Collier, on 020 7930 2644 (fax 020 7839 5864). The pub is at 10/11
Northumberland Street, just near Charing Cross Station and Trafalgar Square. (*If
you fancy mounting a Murder Mystery party, you can contact the Irregular Special
Players at 170 Woodland Road, Sawston, Cambridge CB2 4DX.*)
Elfed Jones of Yesterdays
News (43 Dundonald Road, Colwyn Bay, Clwyd LL29 7RE; phone 01492 531195)
says that he can supply copies in very good condition of The Times (London) and The
Pall Mall Gazette at £10.00 each.
The central public library in Dunedin, New Zealand,
currently has a Sherlock Holmes exhibition, thanks to The Antipodean Holmesian Society, whose founder Ted Nye will give a
talk there on Holmes and his creator, on 9th May at 5.40 pm. Unlike Arthur Conan
Doyle, but like John H. Watson, Ted is a graduate of St Bartholomews Hospital
The entertaining but historically deeply flawed TV
film Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of
Sherlock Holmes will be broadcast in America on Mystery! on 18th and 25th May. David Stuart Davies tell me that more
adventures of Joseph Bell and Arthur Conan Doyle are being produced.
The Annual General Meeting of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London at the Savage Club on 18 May
will precede a talk by Peter Horrocks on Horse-drawn Traffic in the Canon.
host The Second Bimetallic Colloquium
at McGill University in Montréal on 2 - 4 June. Write to P.O. Box 883, Stock
Exchange Tower, Montréal, Québec, Canada H4Z 1K2 for information about this
important Sherlockian convention.
host the 4th annual Reichenbachfall Games
& Picnic at Shannon Falls near Squamish (Fran Martin, 13020 - 104
Avenue, Surrey, B.C., Canada V3T 1T7).
From 16 to 18 June, The Phoenician Tin Traders and The
Franco-Midland Hardware Company will investigate The Devils Foot
country, on and around the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall (Brian Knuckey, 1 Cross
Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2EY).
The Poor Folk
Upon The Moors
will explore the same area in their first weekend expedition, 30 June - 2 July.
Shirley Purves has details of The Poor Folk, at Lea House, Couches Lane,
Woodbury, Exeter EX5 1HL.
Periodicals received. The Illustrious Clients News,
April 2000 (The Illustrious Clients, Steven T. Doyle, 540 W. Sycamore Street,
Zionsville, IN 46077, USA) (*Ed &
Karen Lauterbach remember the Sherlockian bard Charles E. Lauterbach; Steven
Doyle argues convincingly that Dr Watson was a slob, and reports on The
Friends of Baron Gruner, one of the most exclusive Sherlockian societies*).
The Antipodean Holmesian Society Newsletter,
April 2000 (Ted Nye, 51 Irvine Road, The Cove, Dunedin, New Zealand) (*Derek F. Evered contrasts the medical skills of A. Conan Doyle and
John H. Watson*).
The Petrel Flyer,
March/April 2000 (The Stormy Petrels,
Len Haffenden, 1026 West Keith Road, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada V7P 3C6) (*Michael Doyle considers the life and character of ACD; Michael Higgs
examines amputation in the Canon*).
Communication, Special Paste-Up Issue 2000 and
March/April 2000 (The Pleasant Places of
Florida, Jeff & Wanda Dow, 1737 Santa Anna Drive, Dunedin, FL 34698,
USA) (*the former is Sherlockian cuttings
from here and there; the latter recommends what sounds like a pleasant
restaurant at 10063 Dixie Highway in Clarkston, Michigan - its called 221B
from the Spermaceti Press, April 2000 (Peter E. Blau, 3900 Tunlaw Road
NW #119, Washington, DC 20007-4830, USA; e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>) (*the
great Sherlockian newsletter*).
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