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The Blind Banker » Noticed any mistakes? » June 2, 2012 11:39 pm

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SherliB wrote:

Sherlock...incorrectly pronounces the word

Yes, these are things that I would have thought would have taken two ticks to get right...surely they have a Mandarin speaker somewhere in the BBC, even in Wales?!
Ok, so foreign words are difficult for a non-native speaker to get right but I too hoped they'd 'go deeper' into the accuracy of such things. Their audience is more likely to contain people who would notice any inaccuracy and appreciate their making the effort. Haven't Moftiss et al ever had their belief spontaneously shatter when such a thing occurs in a programme depicting something they know? And some viewers may even consider the programme as some sort of reference for accuracy, given the reputation of the hero and the attention to deatil crucial to the plots.
     In contrast I know they are doing their best with Benedict's violin playing - cutting away quickly or to him at the end of a piece to keep the view short and giving him a professional from whom to copy the bowing - far more than most programmes ever do. I think Brett's bowing was better, though still no vibrato (which looks odd in conjunction with the sound if you're used to watching real players). But vibrato is very tricky if you're not used to doing it (and I'm still rubbish at it!)
     Perhaps inevitably I feel a little rant coming on about aspects of the 'science/technology' (both as depicted and as described) that are wide of the mark and simply need not be so. I'm not talking about 'not wearing a lab coat', or even quiblling about the unrealistic sidelighting done 'because it which looks cool'! They could so easily ask a scientist to help them to come up with semi-believable fudges for the short comings, and again it would take two ticks. Eg Baskerville could have a secret superfast HPLC machine using which Sherlock could discover there really is nothing but sugar and water in the solution of Henry's sugar very quickly and a million times more plausibly

Sherlock Games » Sherlock personality quiz » June 2, 2012 10:51 pm

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Another Sherlock.
(Does Sherlock really like/not mind MP&tHG? How would he deal with the questioning to get over the bridge? Hmm. He's probably made a study of the weights of swallows.)
I've often wondered what I'd grab if there were to be a fire. Logically it should be passport containing visa, but instinct isn't the same.

Moftiss » Devil in Amber running on Radio4 extra » June 2, 2012 8:48 pm

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You're welcome, JaneCo, glad you enoy them too! 

If you would like a quick precis of the plot so far, I can provide one, but I guess there's stuff online already.

A Scandal In Belgravia » The Coventry Blitz Conspiracy » June 2, 2012 6:56 pm

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I think you put all that very well LSM.
    I guess those who work in the Forces or certain areas of gevernment, or historians who have access to private papers etc, are more used to the reality of the chaotic side to events. I remember very clearly being told how close certain negotiations in an African country came to failing by someone who was involved, I didn't want to believe it for the reason you give. I wanted to believe that at least 'nowadays' somehow everything goes exactly according to plan, 'in a gentlepersonly fashion'... The longer I live and learn, the more frequently I conclude there is/was no one right decision to many things, however it's reached, that can satisfy those at the time and those who come after. Glad I don't have to make those kinds of decisions.

LSM wrote:

...willingness to get delightfully lost in fictional tragedy while at the same time abhorring the real thing

Indeed! Something to do with 'knowing its fiction' so that tragedy isn't real?  Or being told the line of reasoning behind the shocking actions? Whatever it is, some writers are very good at it.

General Sherlock Discussion » You know you're obsessed with Sherlock when... » June 2, 2012 5:08 pm

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You've just finished reading 'The Sign of Four', and, whilst you're working to walk, a fire engine comes haring along to the junction you're approaching, halts abruptly at the otherwise completely empty junction, at a green light, and the occupants appear uncertain as to which way they should go, and you think "Oh no! They've lost the scent! Don't go to the left, that's toward the timber yard!"

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » National Theatre "Live"- Frankenstein » May 31, 2012 2:55 pm

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We have had both ways round on the cinema here too 
Benedict as monster last year, and as Frankenstein this year 
It was like both my Christmases had come, 12 months apart....

(They should give up the 'Live boradcast' riff. We also get some Shakespeare from they think we really belive they are starting their performance at 1 in the morning to suit EST?)


Sherlock Games » Animals mentioned in Sherlock » May 29, 2012 7:41 pm

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Ooh, good one... Has anyone posted the next bit, other wise go for it!

*work mode*
Edited to add later

... dogs as the size of horses (also in THOB)

Sherlock Games » Animals mentioned in Sherlock » May 29, 2012 7:05 pm

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Edited to say now had time to check online, and it's TGG.
Though perhaps there's something similar in ASIP?

Meet The Members » Post Your Absence » May 29, 2012 6:40 pm

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Hope it goes OK, tCO, perhaps you'll get a visit from Rolf Harris (or...equivalent person) ?

Meanwhile my only computer needs surgery. 
and it's going to have some days in computer hospital until the new part arrives (or I can have it back with everything white showing up as yellow as well as the horizontal lines across the middle which is all it had before and all it had when I booted it up there this morning when I took it in for dedustingetc and an estimate on the screen (sigh), and pay the labour twice over for dissection and reconstruction).
How will I live?
OK, I could stay at work really really late to post stuff- (oh, wait, that sounds like my life already) but I'm quite worried about waking up and not being able to get back to sleep without BBC radio on. I don't own a TV (or ipod or mobile phone because I am...fortunate? A luddite? not a technology fashion victim?  ), and my DVD player broke yonks ago. But there's all the other things I do on it, (family emails, other researchings etc).
(Stiff upper lip)
I do have CDs, and a little player, and I do have quite a nice library with real books in! 
I know, I'm lucky really.

Sherlock Games » Animals mentioned in Sherlock » May 29, 2012 2:36 pm

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A perambulating bear in (TGG)
with US connections.

Suggestions, Questions & Technical Help » Technical Help and Questions » May 29, 2012 4:13 am

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*regards animation*

There is?!!! Hee!

Now I've seen everything! 

(Yes, even how Sherlock survived, twice; just the observing to go, dagnabbit.)

Glad I could make it at least two smiling Brits on one giant continent.

Suggestions, Questions & Technical Help » Technical Help and Questions » May 29, 2012 12:35 am

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I guess my response is to say that after some hours of fiddling, swearing
(eg " 'pon my life, haf't  I never encounter'd such a format conversional conundrum since t'last time I dids't so encounter one" and similar archaic Blackadder-inspired utterances)
and rending of hair,
the answer was

"Ah, Britigander, if you are simply trying to save your nice .jpg etc image formatted to 100x100 pixels in Adobe Photoshop before following my other instructions, you will not realise that this is not an efficient way to do it. Because you like to keep your photos on your computer and share them with people in a different way from Flikr et al you can have had no idea that such programmes not only offer a way of putting images etc on the web for people to look at online in Flikr but also as spring board for situations like on websites until I, m0r, was a hero and told you; PLUS  they also offer a range of 'sizes' of your nice detailed image that, despite being only 100x something pixels, magically do keep all the fiddly widdly bits of not only the mitt that is Michigan Lower Province but the wonky shark/goat with a bag on its nose which is the Upper Province which you feel compelled to include for no reason, but it's a free world. Kind of.
    Therefore, put it on Flikr first and try testing the results of posting different size images in the message area using 'preview' on the 'bored' site until you feel confident enough to risk actually putting a url into the avatar url box and pressing 'go'.

only way waaaaaay more succinctly.

I really am a very very long way behind in knowledge about these things.
But nevertheless, behold my avatar success
(OK, yeh, channeling Buffy, old habits die hard. I need to get with the programme). 

Sorry I didn't explain very well, m0r , I do appreciate your patience with the less up-to-date-social sited such as myself. As a research lab specialist, training and trouble shooting are a

Other » The weather » May 28, 2012 7:46 pm

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It has been July for a couple of weeks on and off now! The kids who live in the other half of the unit are playing in the sprinkler jet outside my patio door.
It's Memorial Day, a holiday for most people in the US, so that's good!
We last had July for a fortnight in March. Then we had February for a while. Plants were very confused.
People just shrug and say 'That's Michigan weather for you'!

It's amazing how often weather here and that in the UK where my Mum lives resemble one another.  But living between two lakes we have a lot of thunderstorms/rain (last one on Saturday morning).

Time for another cup of tea.

Suggestions, Questions & Technical Help » Technical Help and Questions » May 28, 2012 7:32 pm

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Dumb question:

How can a 100x100 pixel avatar look as detailed as the ones on this board? Is it really a limitation of size (at any one time)?

Other » Snack Bar now open » May 28, 2012 7:11 pm

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I left you a big bowl of Sherlock-theme cat treats and cat tea Sherlockskitty- did you find them?
Perhaps they were too well hidden under another topic?    Sorry!
Anyway, here you are
*retrieves porcelain bowl and pours in iced tea*

(going to do homework on how to get images into posts)

General Sherlock Discussion » Things we will never know but are curious about » May 28, 2012 5:34 pm

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kissing as a greeting

But still not between blokes in UK, right?
(In the public gaze, a hearty hug is still as far as it goes judging from last night.)
Still a bit of taboo. Sigh. The ritualistic kissing of women at public events: double sigh. One doesnt always get a choice.

....take a leaf out of the Japanese book, and always carry discete wet wipes if more than the air gets lip contact... 

Introductions Please... » Oops » May 28, 2012 1:37 pm

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Hi Longsnowsmoon - Welcome!
I guess by American standards we are neighbours (waves Mitt)
What you say about getting hooked and drawn in...yes Sherlock is definitely enticing and you are in the right place.

Other Cast & Production Team » Everything we need to know about Lara Pulver including interviews » May 28, 2012 1:23 pm

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That looks quite a practically sized handbag. Besides camera phone, comb and compact, wonder what she has in it? Being practical, perhaps lots of Kleenex in those little packets, as crying may follow any result and can be handed round as necessary; and smelling salts in case the surprise of winning totally overwhelmed Andrew?

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Brilliant 'short train' simile, Davina, great instant image of big adoring eyes and tongues hangin out. 
(And perhaps Harry's too)

It's Canon » 'The Devil's Foot' reading now on R4e » May 28, 2012 1:11 pm

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Two episodes, the second one tomorrow, I expect. Available for 7 days to listen to whenever you want.

Moftiss » Devil in Amber running on Radio4 extra » May 28, 2012 1:04 pm

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We're already on to episode 3 but it is being read by the author (Mark) himself, with typical aplomb.

It was broadcast on Sunday but you can listen to it any time for a week afterwards. As far as I can tell, Radio4 extra is available free online anywhere outside UK.

It's about a British spy, Lucifer Box, and is set between the Wars. Since he is Mark's creation, Lucifer is a flamboyant, resourceful character, a kind of all-action (oh yes) version of Mycroft but with a very different sibling. And possibly flashier clothes.

Mark has also recorded Black Butterfly. Most of what is on this radio channel is broadcast at least once a year, though exactly when varies. 

And please can anyone tell me what the music is?

Just cllick on Radio on the BBC home site, and then Radio4 extra. It broadcasts drama, comedy (including Cabin Pressure) including , book readings etc, no news or music. Most of it was made for Radio4 originally, including all the Merrison/Williams or Sachs Holmes adaptations, and many other good things. They have a special section every day called 'The seventh dimension'  for science fiction, which includes anything from Poe to Red Dwarf. The Lovecraft readings are particularly fine IMO.
It has kept me sane since I left the UK.

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