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The Red Circle is Sherlock's home in Washington DC. Now in our seventh decade, we continue to celebrate his immortality and enjoy each other's company.
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Next Meeting

Saturday, December 12, 2020
1:00 pm Eastern Time / via Zoom

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Sherlock Holmes in the 1920s
with special guest Mattias Boström
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Registration info below

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REGISTRATION OPEN for Red Circle December 12 meeting with Mattias Boström  We look forward to having you with us for our third virtual Red Circle meeting on Saturday, December 12 at 1:00pm Eastern Time (US and Canada). Our first two encounters in cyberspace have set attendance records, and we're sure you won't want to miss the next edition with Mattias Boström, who'll join us from Sweden to tell us about "Sherlock Holmes in the 1920s." We invite you to see the details here. Pre-registration is required, and it's easy. Just push the button below, fill in the blanks, and you'll get your confirmation email. Note that the logon URL on the confirmation is unique to you and should not be shared, but feel free to invite one and all to register on their own. You'll also see that the start time on the confirmation is listed as 12:30. We open our Red Circle clubhouse a half hour before the start of the meeting for socializing, so feel free to logon early and join in.
 

At this meeting we will return to the Red Circle tradition of designating an Adventure of the Evening (afternoon, morning), and have chosen "The Problem of Thor Bridge" for the occasion. The quiz will be based on this adventure, and all who register are invited (nay, encouraged), to send one or two questions (with answers) to Peter Blau. Wordplay, double-entendre, and general malevolence are encouraged. Alexander Braun at the Hounds of the Internet has posted two inquiries into this story in recent years, and we provide them below for your personal research.

 

Hounds of the Internet Thor Bridge Inquiry 2017

Hounds of the Internet Thor Bridge Inquiry 2020

 

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Malice Domestic honored by Mystery Writers  The Mystery Writers of America have announced that Malice Domestic will receive the MWA's Raven Award at the annual Edgar Awards Ceremony on April 29. The Raven Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing. Established in 1989, Malice Domestic is an annual fan convention that celebrates the traditional mystery (books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie, and loosely defined as mysteries which contain no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence). It's our local convention for mystery fans (and authors), and it will be held from April 30 to May 2, 2021 pandemic permitting. Details are here.
 
Notes on Enola Holmes  "Enola" spelled backwards is "alone," but Millie Bobby Brown has made lots of new friends with her portrayal of Sherlock and Mycroft's kid sister in the very popular Netflix offering Enola Holmes. Peter Blau offers some sidelights, notes and other musings about the film and related issues in this short Writing. Well worth a look.
 
Tiny Murders  Back in 2017 this page took note of a fascinating exhibit at Washington's Renwick Gallery called "Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death." As a forensics exercise in the service of detecting and solving crimes, Ms. Glessner Lee built miniature crime scenes in doll houses, and presented them as challenges for real detectives to ponder. Now, Les Klinger points us to a fine and detailed article in Atlas Obscura from the time of that exhibit. This photo of one of the miniature crime scenes contains a very Sherlockain clue, but you'll have to read the article to find the close-up image that reveals it.
 
The Red Circle had a wonderful time on Saturday, September 5, when more than 130 Sherlockians (and Holmesians) enjoyed hearing about "British Beginnings" with our guest Nick Utechin. You can read about Nick's talk and more in Carla Coupe's meeting notes. Plus, you can watch the video of the meeting by clicking on Nick's picture at the right.
 
Visitors from afar Many of us know Dr. Marina Stajic, one of New York's stalwart Sherlockians. For many years Marina was the toxicology expert in New York City's medical examiner's office, the perfect perch from which to survey all manner of poisonings in both the the Big Apple and the Canon. These days Marina is in Serbia, and it was from there that she joined us for our September 5 Red Circle meeting. At 4,670 miles from Washington, we reckon that Marina "came the farthest" to be with us, and it was great to have her along. She tells us she had a lot of fun at the meeting. Other international visitors came from Canada, Sweden, Argentina, Germany, France, Ireland and, of course, England. 
 
A New Dana Richards Quiz  More people than ever puzzled over a new batch of Dana Richards stumpers at our September 5 virtual meeting as they tackled his "Odd Man Out" quiz. If you didn't participate online--or even if you did--you can download the quiz here. Note that the first two pages are the questions, and the second two pages reveal the answers.
 

 

Virtual Victorians  Left coast Sherlockian Marc Kaufman sends along the wonderful image above from 1879. With so much of our Sherlockian world now holding forth in cyberspace, it’s remarkable to see this drawing from George duMaurier, published almost a decade before A Study in Scarlet. Maurier credits Thomas Edison for this incredible invention which he dubbed “The Telephonoscope,” but Edison invented no such thing. By 1879 Edison had come up with the carbon microphone, the phonograph and the light bulb, but even his motion picture “kinetoscope” was still years away. It’s a tribute to Maurier’s imagination that he conjured a world where “Every evening, before going to bed, Pater and Materfamilias set up an electric camera-obscura over their bedroom mantel-piece, and gladden their eyes with the sight of their children at the Antipodes, and converse gaily with them through the wire.” It was almost a century later that Bell Labs introduced the first “picturephone” at the New York World’s Fair. Your webmaster was on hand for one of the early demonstrations. It was a notorious failure commercially, even though the First Lady seemed entranced by the miniscule black-and-white image. But today, the educational, social, and Sherlockian worlds are being brought together by real-life Telephonoscopes. Just remember to unmute your microphone and shine a light on your face. You'll be gladdening your eyes and conversing gaily in a jiffy.

 

Red Circle's First Virtual Meeting Sets Record; Meeting Notes and Video available  Unable to meet in person, The Red Circle shattered attendance records on June 6 when our first virtual meeting welcomed at least 113 Sherlockians and Holmesians from across the US and England too. Special guest Laurie R. King joined us on the eve of the publication of her next Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell adventure, Riviera Gold. Laurie's talk was not only interesting, but comfortable, humorous and warm--a welcome tonic in these troubled times. You can read Carla Kaessenger Coupe's Meeting Notes here. Not only was there a record number of Sherlockians with us for the live meeting, but those who couldn't make it can watch the meeting, including the question-and-answer period with Laurie King by clicking the image at the right.
 
Red Circle Pins  Tom Fahres reports that a new supply of Red Circle pins has arrived and is availble for order. The pin has been proudly worn all over the Sherlockian world, from Rockville to the Reichenbach, so Red Circle members (which includes everyone who's ever been to a meeting) will treasure having their own. The price is $14.95 each, which includes shipping anywhere. Send an email to Tom to order.
 
Scuttlebutt: One Fixed Point in a Changing Age  Our own Peter Blau's monthly Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press has endured for some four dozen years, and has a permanent home right here on our website. It's the most remarkable collection of Sherlockian news and notes anywhere, and your webmaster recommends a monthly visit. The very latest edition is available now, as are past numbers. It's just a click away--use the "Scuttlebutt" button at the top of the page.
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