Sherlock Holmes’ “retirement cottage”, East Dean, Sussex, England
…The seafaring town of Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, is the place where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first started stockpiling short stories in 1882. He had nothing much else to do at the time, as he was attempting to set up a medical practise and patients were slow to enroll on his books.
Four years later, his first Sherlock Holmes story—A Study In Scarlet—was published, and slowly public interest in this hawkish detective began to grow.
Now Portsmouth is hoping to claw back some public recognition as the spiritual home of Sherlock Holmes with a £25m (about $42m) theme park near Sir Arthur’s old house in Southsea.
RDJ!Holmes and BBC!John. I keep imagining bohemian, charming RDJ!Holmes going about seducing an overwhelmed BBC!John, and eventually having his very wicked way with him.
echoes through time - chellefic - Pairing(s): Canon!Holmes/Canon!Watson, BBC!Sherlock/BBC!John - Rated E - Pairing(s): Canon!Holmes/Canon!Watson, BBC!Sherlock/BBC!John - Fandoms: Canon!verse, BBC!verse.
Mummy sends a trunk from the Holmes cottage in Sussex to 221B. Its contents alter the way John and Sherlock see themselves and one another.
Jumbled - bendingsignpost - Pairing(s): None - Rated G - Fandoms: Elementary!verse, BBC!verse.
This is definitely not the city Joan went to bed in.
Sticks and Stones - robotsdance - Pairing(s): BBC!Sherlock/BBC!John - Rated T - Fandoms: Ritchie!verse, BBC!verse.
"Here one can see the various artwork used when the Canon was first published–including not only the most well-known drawings of Sidney Paget, but lesser-known artists who illustrated various international editions."
Holmes, [Jeremy] Brett said, has taken a toll on several actors who have played the part. He recalled a conversation he recently had with Robert Stephens, who played Holmes in Billy Wilder’s 1970 film “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.”
"He said, ‘I tried to commit suicide when I played the part. It ended Basil Rathbone’s career. Do you understand? He is all trimming. He is a man without a heart. If you try to become someone who is hollow, you fall straight down the well and bang your head. But you have survived it."
The conversation was a great revelation to Brett. Now he suddenly understood why he would compulsively wash his hair and wear bright colors after a day’s filming.
"It has been a bloody miracle I survived," Brett said. "There are those who put on the calabash pipe and the cape and hat and just go straight through it—the ones who act him and don’t try to become him like Christopher Plummer and John Neville. The ones who try to be him face this dilemma. The encouragement I have been given has pulled me through."
from The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier
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