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Meet The Members » Post Your Absence » January 17, 2013 5:21 pm

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Sorry for not being online much lately. I'm just really busy with work and life...
But I will try to read through my favorite categories over the weekend

TV Programmes » Doctor Who » January 1, 2013 12:10 pm

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sherlockskitty wrote:

I  hope it's not  regeneration,  too.   I  think it's  a  generation gap.    Clara   was her name back in 1842,  (the date  for the  Xmas 2012 special)   and then Oswin Oswald  was the name   for  when  she was on the star ship ALASKA  which crashed onto that dalek planet.   I  think it's a   generation/descendant  sort of thing.   It's a timey-wimey....thing.   I  hope those writers at dr who  have thought all this out properly.    Still,   it  gives us fans something to think about,  right?   After all,  they  did   something weird with River Song's timeline, too.   (When the dr  met her for the FIRST time,   SHE   was  meetting HIM  for the LAST  time)

At first I thought that Clara is Oswin's great great grandmother or something, but then she knew the exact words Oswin told the doctor at the asylum, so it cannot be as simple as that.

And yes, waiting is a pain, and you don't get better at it just because you're made to wait for three different shows.

Meet The Members » Post Your Absence » January 1, 2013 12:00 pm

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Wow, the cheese tray fight sounds like a Christmas to remember for sure! ;-)

I had a good time, thanks. Too much food, too much drink, but within socially acceptable limits I would say.
New Year's eve was fairly warm here this year (-1 during the night), so it was actually quite nice to be outside, join the crowd and watch the fireworks.

Just a little sad as always that all the festivities are over now... back to work tomorrow... oh well.

Meet The Members » Post Your Absence » December 30, 2012 7:33 pm

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I'm back, so did you all have a great Christmas?

Hope I didn't miss too much?
Don't really want to root through all the threads to check... too busy getting ready for New Year's party :-)

TV Programmes » Doctor Who » December 30, 2012 7:32 pm

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I just watched it yesterday, as I was away over the holidays, and must say I liked it a lot better than the last few Christmas special. Granted, it was not really all that "Christmassy", but I didn't mind that. It was nice to have a fun episode for a change, with lots of comedic references and jokes.
I wouldn't say it was any stranger than the Christmas invasion or the one about the Starship Titanic. Dr. Who is always strange, and even more so at Christmas.
I'm actually quite curious to see the outcome of the "Who is Oswin"-story, but I hope it's not something to do with regeneration.

Meet The Members » Post Your Absence » December 23, 2012 6:09 pm

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I'm just popping by to wish you all a great Christmas, and enjoy the time off if you can!
I'll be back soon, be good, everyone :-)

Latest News » Benedict Cumberbatch on the future of Sherlock » December 20, 2012 2:20 pm

Thanks for the update!

I think the comparison with people like Will Smith who started out as TV actors is not applicable to Benedict and Marting, because they both were considerable well known actors at the time they accepted their parts in Sherlock. Ok, so probably Star Trek and The Hobbit are a step up regarding international fame, but it's not like they were begging for work before.
Also, as Ivy has said (and others in other threads), BBC Sherlock is "massive" by British TV standards, and has been sold worldwide. It's not a bad job to have, even for someone who has been working in Hollywood.

Sherlock Games » Caption Competition - Week 11 » December 20, 2012 9:48 am

Sherlock: Why are all the neighbours so angry at us?
John: When I said I liked purple, I meant your shirt, Sherlock - not paint the whole d*** house!!

Meet The Members » Post Your Absence » December 14, 2012 7:50 am

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Sounds like a good plan, Kazza!
I won't be online over Christmas either, cause I'll be celebrating in a more rural part of the country, but I'll be back on the 26th, so you will hardly notice I'm gone.

It's Canon » Is it worth it? » December 6, 2012 3:17 pm

Much of what I would have suggested has already been posted, so I will just add some advice based on my own experience:

Many ACD's Sherlock Holmes stories are short stories, around 20-50 pages long. They would therefore not take too long for you to get through, even if you don't have a lot of time or energy to read.
Also, if you feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stories and cases, why not start with "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" rather than buying the full collection? It consists of 12 short stories, the first one being "A Scandal in Bohemia", which would ease you into the world of ACD nicely. If you don't like e-books, just get a cheap paperback copy, you can get them from around 5 EUR.

As tempting as it may be, I would not recommend to start with " A Study in Scarlet", as it is a full novel (ca. 160 pages), and not really "typical" Sherlock Holmes at all.

Regarding the language, I pretty much agree with what everyone has said, maybe just two smalls thoughts on the side:
- While 19th Century language might be a little difficult to get used to, it is very consistent, i.e. once you have read a few stories, it will seem a lot easier.
- ACD's books are among the most popular worldwide, so please do not worry about reading a translation, they are very good. If you feel you would get more enjoyment out of reading the German version, by all means do. As Mattlocked pointed out, you might miss more by not precisely understanding a definition than by reading a good translation.

Suggestions, Questions & Technical Help » Christmas Design » December 6, 2012 12:57 pm

Personally, I would like the idea of a Christmas/festive design .
I think something non-flashy would be nice, maybe just a change in background colour or the header? Like Sherli, I don't feel anything actually religious is necessary or appropriate, but maybe a little red and green could cheer up the atmosphere without offending anyone's taste or feelings.

Sherlock Poetry, Stories & Books » Book Club 5th December (IDEN) » December 6, 2012 9:45 am

Tantalus wrote:

I'd go read it right now, but I'm off to the gasfitter's ball.

Actually, I've read it numerous times. What exactly are we to do once we've read it?

You post your own little review, or your thoughts, whatever you want really.

I have read it, though I might have to go over the details again before I post anything... just remember that it was a bit far fetched IMO... but I'll give it another shot, and maybe change my mind.
See you back here in a few days!

Meet The Members » Whatever happened to...? » December 6, 2012 9:43 am

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Ivy wrote:

That's not what I meant, I meant that I just wouldn't announce that I can't (or don't want to write) at the moment (anymore).I just would pop in when I have the time or the interest again.

That is true, and of course you don't have to exuse yourself every time you leave for a while or don't feel like posting, this is not a club after all.
But sometimes you might not even notice that you are not posting much lately, or you don't think anyone has noticed your absence, and then this thread can help. If you see that are being missed, you can give a reason, or let us know if and when you'll be back. Of course, if someone has genuinely gone for good, they won't read this thread, and then we'll never know why they left.

Btw, just to explain my own situation, I come here every day and read the newest threads, but if I have nothing in particular to add, I won't post. So people might not "see" me for a while, unless they keep a keen eye on the "members online" notice at the bottom of the page. But I am there, in the background, watching...

Introductions Please... » Just popping in... » December 6, 2012 9:33 am

A warm Viennese welcome to you, KG. Glad to see new people are still coming in, looking forward to reading your posts!

Fan Meet Ups » Off to see The Hobbit (World Premiere in Wellington, New Zealand) » November 25, 2012 6:19 pm

As much as I would love to come, but New Zealand may just be little far for a weekend trip from Vienna ;-)

Have fun, knowing how much the rest of us here envy you!

TV Programmes » Doctor Who » November 25, 2012 6:15 pm

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I have seen that sketch so many times, but it is still hilarious! Absolutely love it!

The Reichenbach Fall » Moriarty's fox tie pin » November 22, 2012 12:01 pm


Reichenbach Fall is full of fairy tale references, and that Moriarty loves these little hints and riddles. I'm quite sure he picked the pin for a reason. The fox is known as a shrewd animal, and is often portrayed as a cheat in fables and fairy tales.

That said, I don't really believe these small hints are directly linked to the solution of the "fall". As you say, Susi, I think Moftiss want to keep the hardcore fans happy, they love all their little details and references.

The Great Game » John's reaction to Sherlock's deduction » November 21, 2012 10:33 am

Davina wrote:

Unless the plot requires them, suddenly, to not work or not have signal. You know, at the time when it will cause the most problems...

True! Such a modern TV/film classic... a character is completely alone and in urgent need of help, when suddenly their phone stops working

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