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The Society’s Objectives

from its Constitution  To bring together people (especially those resident or connected with the South-West of England), who have a common interest in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle pertaining to Sherlock Holmes (the Canon). To encourage and promote … Continue reading

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From past Torrs: A Beginner’s Guide to Holmes and Watson

Sherlock Holmes’s family were country squires from the Reigate district; it is strange, therefore, that his early education was at an elementary school.  However, from there he was sent to the exclusive Priory School, which had only three students.  Although … Continue reading

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An Alpine Pass on “ski”

There is nothing peculiarly malignant in the appearance of a pair of “ski.”  They are two slips of elm-wood, 8ft. long, 4in. broad, with a square heel, turned-up toes, and straps in the centre to secure your feet.  No one … Continue reading

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A “Napoleon of horticulture”?

In the new Sherlock Holmes film “A Game of Shadows”, Holmes notices a gardening book next to Moriarty’s giant blackboard.  Moriarty a “Napoleon of horticulture”?  It may be that this thought rushes through Holmes’ brain.  He then sees the dried-up … Continue reading

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T(B)attered and torn, but not beaten

This is dedicated to those who suffered at the hands of the terrible storms that battered the United Kingdom earlier this year.  My thoughts are with them. [The Union Flag on the Cobb, Lyme Regis, 11th February.]

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Etaoin shrdlu

The Biography and Autobiography of Sherlock Holmes by Mycroft Holmes and Sherlock Holmes (Don Libey, Editor) The Watsonian: The Journal of The John H. Watson Society Conan Doyle: Writing, Profession, and Practise by Douglas Kerr Das Geheimnis der drei Mönche … Continue reading

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The Adventure of the Two Collaborators

In bringing to a close the adventures of my friend Sherlock Holmes[1]  I am perforce reminded that he never, save on the occasion which, as you will now hear, brought his singular career to an end, consented to act in any … Continue reading

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Chaplin’s first stage role (almost)

… Impressed by his performance as the newsboy, Saintsbury secured the role of Billy (the “boy in buttons”; right) for Chaplin, where they made three successful nationwide tours.  Chaplin’s performance was so well received by audiences and critics alike that … Continue reading

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Dr Watson’s Lighthouse Reflections

“LIGHTHOUSE n. A tall building on the seashore in which the government maintains a lamp and the friend of a politician.”  (Ambrose Bierce) In two stories in the Sherlock Holmes Canon, Dr Watson mentioned the lighthouse.  He did so first, … Continue reading

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William Lobb: plant hunter

Our President’s comments on the moss rose led me to do my own research on the subject: I came up with the following. There is a cultivar[1] of moss rose, ‘William Lobb’, so named in 1855 by its French breeder, … Continue reading

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