(Shades of Charlotte's Web...)
Welcome to the fourth edition of The Brettish Empire. We have another jam-packed issue, so let's move right along....
"Our persuasive editor was able to convince me to visit the Sherlockian Holmepage on the WorldWideWeb, and give a report to TBE. (Actually, she just asked: being one who never passes up an opportunity to surf the 'net, I was off like a shot :->) Here is my report:
"Chris Redmond's 'Sherlockian Holmepage' is chock-full of pointers to information about Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, and other things that might be of interest to Sherlockians.
"First, are some pointers to information about Chris Redmond, including a few books he's written. Then, a brief bio of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and a pointer to a bibliography. Next is a set of pointers to five different sites that have full-text versions of one or more Sherlock Holmes works. Then, a set of pointers to various Holmes information on the 'net. Included in this are a list of illustrated works and a complete booklist. Also, there is "alt.fan.holmes" and the a.f.h. FAQ, followed by information on the Hounds of the Internet mailing list.
"If you don't have Web access, you can get more information about the Hounds of the Internet by sending email with no subject, and the word 'info' as the entire text of the message to: firstname.lastname@example.org (note that is a 1="ONE" in gitvml).
After the Hounds of the Internet pointer are various pointers to Will Frick's Sherlocktron, including lists of Sherlockian societies, publications, merchandise and dealers, along with the members of the Baker Street Irregulars.
"The next Sherlockian Holmepage entry should be of special interest to the TBE set, 'Kathy Li's List of the Granada Television Episodes'. .
"The final two entries in the Sherlock-related list are a home page by someone who calls himself 'Sherlock' [Could it really be him? <G>--llo], and a list of bulletin boards and discussion groups. Following the Sherlock-specific information is 'Resources in Related Areas'. This includes, among other pointers, the text of some other works by Conan Doyle, a couple of newsgroups, and the Movie Database at Cardiff, which I mentioned in "TBE #3" (word sure gets around, doesn't it?)
"For those who are interested, there's a wealth of information for Sherlock Holmes fans on the Sherlockian Holmepage. If you have a Web browser, I certainly recommend you check it out. If you don't have a Web browser, get one!! <g> This is Jeff Wolfe, reporting for TBE News...<G>"
Thanks, Jeff, for a very informative report. I understand that America Online (AOL) will be providing WWW viewing capability to its subscribers sometime in 1995. Being an AOL subscriber, I'm looking forward to this!
"I started watching Sherlock Holmes Mysteries by pure luck! [It was good luck, too!--llo] It is true; I hope this does not make me less of a fan or unknowledgeable [Not in my book--llo]. It was through a review that I spotted in a book called Movies on TV/Video for 1992 and they gave the series (every episode, mind you) six stunning stars. I was amazed--it was perfect across the board every time.
"I was living down in Kansas at the time, and when they decided to re-run the series on PBS, I decided to watch to see what all the hoopla was about. Outside in our garage, in the sultry heat of those summer nights in Kansas, I hooked up my TV every Friday night and tuned in--I was hooked. Most of the credit went to Jeremy Brett's performance. His stunning intensity and full range of emotions as Holmes left me spellbound. I immediately went to the local library in Topeka and started taking out anything with Sherlock Holmes' name attached to it...it could have been entitled 'Sherlock Holmes' Favorite Pipes Over the Years' and I would have taken it out. And, it was namely due to Mr. Brett (and of course, his good looks don't hurt :->) I also became quite attached to Edward Hardwicke and his mature and compassionate performance as Dr. Watson. (Yes, I started watching the later episodes first.)
"But, ever since then I have been a loyal fan--writing stories, reading articles, taping episodes and looking forward to any news prevalent to either Mr. Brett or the show."
Thanks, Kim--your write-up was long-awaited and much appreciated. And, speaking of things "long-awaited", I've heard that PBS may be showing The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes series during the Fall 1995 season of "Mystery!".
"The search for the centre of Conan Doyle's creation continues and will continue for many centuries to come.
"In the meantime, Peter Haining has collected this amazing addition to the legend. More insights, more nuances, more subtleties. The mosaic of Conan Doyle's invention has some new, rich colours and shapes.
"As Holmes would say, 'Pray continue!'"
Kim adds, "And it is signed by the man [JB] himself!" (Thanks again, Kim.)
And now, your editor has a homework assignment for all of you. Go to your local library or bookstore and find The Friendly Shakespeare by Norrie Epstein. (It's a white paperback with an etched caricature of the Bard on the front.) Turn to page 133. Who is that in the picture at the top of the page? And just what is he doing with that lovely "lass"? (The explanation is below the picture.) Thanks to MizPat for tipping me off to this book.
"An interesting sideline to your mention of the Baker Street set at Granada: My son has been sending work resumes ('cv's'--'curriculum vitaes') to several British companies and agencies because he would like to live and work there eventually. One agency called him about an opening at the Abbey National Building Society. The name rang a bell somewhere in my mind, and upon researching the year's worth of London Times in my office at home, I located a short article about Abbey National, whose address includes numbers 215-229 Baker Street. I do believe it was posted once on the 'net, but I'm not sure. It was about a company down the street, a museum, which wants all the mail which is directed to Abbey National on behalf of Sherlock Holmes sent to them instead, so they can hawk their souvenirs. (Yes, there are people who actually write to Sherlock Holmes, inquiring about his health, even asking him to help locate lost pets, etc.!) It was decided by the postal service that they would continue to send Holmes' mail to Abbey National, where they have a secretary who answers the letters. It was also noted that the Sherlock Holmes Society actually believes the present 221 Baker Street is below the location for the original address.
"You were right in saying that Granada once went to a lot of trouble to make the sets realistic, right down to the horse manure in the street. I thought of the fragrance the time Holmes in The Eligible Bachelor fell into a 'mud' puddle while dressed in his sleeping gown. It seems that at one time everyone involved was truly interested in making the series as real as possible. I read that even Jeremy did research into the the types of pipes and caps which could appropriately be used at certain times in the production."
Thank you, Pat. Well, this wraps up another issue of TBE. Remember, you, too, can join the ranks of TBE contributors. Just send comments, questions, essays, etc., re: J. Brett to my e-mail address.
Take care, everyone. See you next time!