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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.
All are welcome to join us and share our interest in all things Sherlockian and Doylean.

Next Meeting

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

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From Holmes to Sherlock
with special guest Mattias Boström
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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!

  
Royal Mail Issues Holmes Stamps  Ten new stamps from the Royal Mail commemorate Sherlock Holmes and the 10th anniversary of the BBC television series. Six of the stamps feature designs from the series, each with a hidden message that can be seen under ultra-violet light or by looking at the Royal Mail's press release here. The other four stamps are on a very attractive miniature sheet with art by Lithuanian illustrator Karolis Strautniekas, and feature images from four of Conan Doyle's favorite stories. The complete set of 10 stamps comes in a nice presentation folder and sells for about $18. The press release gives complete ordering details.
 
 
Mycroft Marks 10th Anniversary of BBC's Sherlock  In a video made for Sherlock's appearance on the Chinese network Youku, Mycroft Holmes (Mark Gatiss) takes note of his brother's foibles, the difficulties presented by the pandemic, and the 10th anniversary of the BBC series, all in just two minutes of droll monologue. It's a treat for Sherlockians, and a reminder that a re-screening of the series (or at least part of it) might be a worthwhile endeavor while the plague is still upon us. Click on the image to see Mycroft's message.
 
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.
 
A Nagging Crossword -- Winners Announced, Solution Revealed  Four Sherlockians have entered the Winner's Circle after correctly solving Verna Suit's enjoyable Sherlockian Crossword, entitled "The Horse of Course." Congratulations to Sean Duncan, Ann Marlowe, Rich Krisciunas and Tammany Kramer. The Red Circle's Committee on Things Like That is busy selecting appropriate prizes (and hoping that the winners can come to the next live Red Circle meeting to claim them!). Although entries are now closed, you can find the puzzle here, and see the solution here.
 
It is nice to hear that so many of you appreciate various forms of what Holmes called "pawky" humor. Keep your contributions coming and they'll find a place here. Tammany Kramer has suggested. . .“The Most Grave Victuals” — Holmes visits an old university classmate, and the atmosphere in the dining room is unusually somber. 
 
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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