The Game is Afoot Watson

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Sherlock Holmes & Dr. John Watson (Jeremy Brett & David Burke)

“The game is afoot Watson” as spoken to Dr. John Watson by none other than Sherlock Holmes. The team of Holmes & Watson might have been the original Dynamic Duo. Conjured up in the fertile mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes & Watson have prospered through many incarnations. Jeremy Brett and David Burke might have been the most historically correct actors to play the duo, but I still love the portrayal Basil Rathbone and the bumbling Nigel Bruce brought to the big screen (1939 – 1946), and their earlier radio programs.

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Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce

I’m an admitted Anglophile and love everything British (even though I’m German-American by birth). I especially love English writers: Dickens, Doyle, Greene, Maugham, and Kipling to name but a few. In these troubled times I often find myself harkening back to simpler times. Reading Sherlock Holmes is still a hoot: The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Gloria Scott, The Musgrave Ritual, The Man With the Twisted Lip (they’re all like dear old friends—a bit musty, a bit eccentric, but so damn likeable). If you like to read, or watch old movies, give Sherlock & Watson a try.

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes

I mentioned in an article, posted not too long ago, that I had downloaded The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes from Amazon. It isn’t cheap for an eBook at just under $24 usd, but worth the price in my opinion. Alas, I’ve almost completed it. Throughout the years I’ve read every single Sherlock Holmes story (and book) many, many times. They never disappoint. These old stories hold up well, and continue to delight new generations of readers. The movies are good (dated), but it’s the books themselves that captivate me. A dreary day, a crackling fire, 3-fingers of Scotch whisky, a pipe full of tobacco, and an old dog, and Sherlock Holmes. Nirvana.

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Stephen F. Dennstedt

Photographer, Writer, and World Traveller

Lima, Peru

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