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Ep. 8 – The Man with the Twisted Lip

The Man with the Twisted Lip is Geordie’s favourite Holmes story – so here is over 2 hours of why. Was Neville St. Clair murdered in an opium den by the vile beggar Hugh Boone? How do the various TV and film versions stack up? And why does Mrs. Watson refer to her husband as […]

Of Lip Twists and Plot Twists

And here we go. This is the cover art that had Geordie almost convinced he was looking at an old photo of a real person.   And in its natural habitat.   Here’s a gallery of Eille Norwood disguises – impressive!   These are the PDFs for Download that we refer to in the podcast. […]

Footnote 6 – Types of London Beggar

This is really a preface to The Man With the Twisted Lip, coming on July 17. Happy listening!

The Five Orange Addenda

OK, it’s really only one addendum, but I couldn’t resist. Our listener(s) write(s) in to help us remember things we can’t. If I write any more there will be no need to actually listen.

Ep. 7 – The Five Orange Pips

The Five Orange Pips is one of a handful of Sherlock Holmes stories in which Holmes completely fails. He sends client John Openshaw out the door at Baker Street only for Openshaw to be murdered minutes later. Indeed, far from seeming to be remorseful about the client’s death, Holmes takes the murder as an affront […]

Pips and Misdemeanors

Quite a mixed bag this month. Let’s start with author Charlotte Anne Walters’ excellent article from her blog. This is the article we quote from at one point. You can click the entry below to check out the original. Walters is the author of Barefoot on Baker Street, a pastiche in which a young street […]

Footnote 5 – What if Holmes had been written by Harold Pinter

Playwright Harold Pinter (1930-2008) was famous for writing as people really spoke. Or at least how people spoke in the Britain of the 1950s/60s/and ’70s. There is almost no exposition to explain what is happening. Context comes from stage direction and what, inevitably perhaps, became known in the world of theatre as a “Pinter pause”- […]

Ep. 6A – The Boscombe Valley Mystery Part 2 – Enter the Deerstalker

That famous hat that Holmes wears? It’s called a deerstalker cap. Part 2, of The Boscombe Valley Mystery in which we indulge our curiosity about the origins of the deerstalker and do our best to factually verify or debunk different theories about why this type of hat has become so indelibly associated with Sherlock Holmes. […]

The Boscombe Valley History – Part 2 – Deerstalkers and Ulsters

Welcome to the visual support page for Episode 6A The Boscombe Valley Mystery Part 2. Here you can see all the different illustrations we talk about in that eps of the podcast. But we’re not going to re-hash everything. You need to listen to the podcast! Below left, is Sidney Paget’s brother Walter, reputed to […]

Footnote 4 – Nothing of Value by Alan Bradley

Today, a chilling story called ‘Nothing of Value’ by Alan Bradley. It’s to be found in the anthology Beyond Baker Street, edited by Michael Harrison. It was the inspiration for a story by Geordie Telfer, To Be Young Again, presented on Feb. 21, or 2/21. Happy Listening!