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Happy birthday, Sherlock

According to the National Archives, today is Sherlock Holmeseses birthday. The birthday of the character? The birthday of the creation of the character? I dunno. They don’t say. They do say

Scotland Yard used to receive many letters from individuals hoping to make contact. Allegedly a secretary was later employed to respond, explaining he was no longer detecting and had left London to enjoy a rural retirement in Sussex.

Hey, we could be fictional neighbors!

p.s. ever since I told WordPress I use a British keyboard, it changes my Z’s to S’s and puts all those gay extra U’s in stuff.


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 21, 2019, 8:21 pm

You share a birthday month with Sherlock Holmes!
Ever since that Reichenbach incident he hasn’t been the same man you know.

If you as Google about Reichenbach Falls –
Google’s “People also ask” box will helpfully provide the question for you:
“How did Sherlock Holmes died (sic)”

Clearly we need the King’s English version of this Centurion more than ever –

And all roads then lead to the Hull and East Riding Museum

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 21, 2019, 8:49 pm

“… with reference to your letter of the 16th ultimo blah blah blah… ”
Yes, Chief Clerk,
Why use a simple one-syllable word when three syllables will do?
Next on the bureaucrat’s idea pad:
“… with reference to your letter of the next 16th penultimo blah blah blah…”

Comment from Paula
Time: May 21, 2019, 10:10 pm


It’s January 6, 1854.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 21, 2019, 11:18 pm

How are you enjoying Birthday May?

Comment from Weaseltablet3
Time: May 21, 2019, 11:51 pm

Very much, thank you. The weather has cooperated.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: May 22, 2019, 2:07 pm

Doyle told us that Holmes retired to keep bees in Sussex. In David McDaniel’s 1967 Man from U.N.C.L.E. novel The Rainbow Affair, he (McDaniel, I mean) had fun by having Solo and Illya, the heroes, encounter almost all the classic British crime fiction characters: the Saint, Father Brown, Miss Marple, Dr. Fu Manchu (whom Thrush is trying to recruit; he is not impressed by them), and his daughter. There’s even a brief walk-on by John Steed and Mrs. Peel. Names are never given — it’s up to you to figure out who is who.

Well, at one point Solo and Illya go to consult a certain retired “consulting” investigator who raises bees in Sussex. He’s supposed to be nearly a hundred years old, but is still sharp — one William Escott. That was the pseudonym that Holmes used when he was traveling in America. Brilliant characterization by McDaniel all down the line.

Comment from Jon
Time: May 22, 2019, 5:16 pm

Apparently the fans think it was January 6th but the holiday gets celebrated today. For instance: http://www.sherlock-holmes.co.uk/bio/bio-one.htm

The “evidence” for 1/6 seems a bit scant from the article I read: character quotes 12th Night twice in the books and might have been hungover of 1/7 during The Valley Of Fear. Then again, Holmes was able to deduce from small details, so it’s rather apropos.

Comment from Jon
Time: May 22, 2019, 5:21 pm

Ah, it’s Doyle’s birthday!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 22, 2019, 6:25 pm

Oho! That makes sense!

Comment from Anonymous
Time: May 23, 2019, 12:30 am

Changes Zs to esses, huh? So, Holmez retired in Zuzzex?

Comment from iamfelix
Time: May 23, 2019, 7:07 am

Ha ha

Comment from iamfelix
Time: May 23, 2019, 7:17 am

What I meant to say before I got the boot:

I was listening to a four program salute to Sherlock Holmes on satellite radio (Radio Classics) today, and Holmes and Watson were examining a mysterious note. Holmes said to Watson “There’s something unusual about this paper.” My first thought was, “Elephant shit particles???”

But, sadly, that was not it. It was just unusually thick stock. What a drag.

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