Inside 221B

Google Street View has officially become our Fairy Godmother making all our dreams come true. *alright, probably not all our dreams but still they did something really cool*

You can now take a closer peek at the oh so famous 221B apartment! All you have to do is go to Google Maps, search up 187 N. Gower St, London, click on the little street view guy, drop him over Speedy’s and voilà! Your eyes will be blessed with a detailed look of the set!

Here’s a direct link that will take you there:

GO INSIDE 221B

What’s your favourite thing about the apartment? Mine has to be…well…everything really…after all I named a blog after it.

Dr Watson says in a Study In Scarlet:

“We met next day as he had arranged, and inspected the rooms at No. 221B, Baker Street, of which he had spoken at our meeting. They consisted of a couple of comfortable bed-rooms and a single large airy sitting-room, cheerfully furnished, and illuminated by two broad windows.”

And here are some other details regarding the apartment, listed by Russell Stutler (the man who has drawn a very famous illustration of 221B Baker Street) who has apparently studied the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle very thoroughly:

A Study in Scarlet
a couple of bedrooms
large airy sitting room
two broad windows
sofa in sitting room
arm chair
table for dinner
stairs going down to the street level
Holmes’ door at top of stairs
also a passage at the top of the stairs
landlady passes their door to go to bed

The Sign of Four
cocaine bottle on corner of mantlepiece
velvet lined arm chair
gasogene and spirit case in corner
seventeen steps
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room

A Scandal in Bohemia
gasogene and spirit case in corner
seventeen steps

The Five Orange Pips
chairs on either side of the fireplace
lamp by Holmes’ chair
coat hook
side board
shelf next to Watson’s chair containing the American Encyclopedia
cupboard containing oranges
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Pipe rack within reach on the right of the sofa
wooden chair
basket chair

The Adventure of the Speckled Band
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room and it has a mantlepiece with a clock

The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
two easy chairs
line of reference books beside the mantlepiece.

The Adventure of the Beryl Cornet
one bow window
window big enough for Watson to stand in
window big enough for Holmes to look over Watson’s shoulder and see the street below
Holmes’ chamber is upstairs of the sitting room
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room

The Musgrave Ritual
coal scuttle
Persian slipper
letters stuck to the center of the mantlepiece by a jack knife
“V.R.” in bullet holes on the wall opposite Holmes’ arm chair
chemicals and criminal relics
bundles of manuscript in every corner which were on no account to be burned, and which could not be put away save by their owner
stool
large tin box in Holmes’ bedroom.

The Resident Patient (also in The Adventure of the Cardboard Box)
framed picture of General Gordon with a corresponding bare space
unframed picture of Henry Ward Beecher which stands on top of Watson’s books
Watson could see these from his chair
Holmes could see Watson’s face from his position curled upon the sofa

The Adventure of the Priory School
bearskin hearthrug near the table
table was between the hearthrug and the door

The Adventure of Black Peter
a room just off the sitting room

The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
lumber room upstairs of the sitting room which was packed with daily papers

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Holmes’ chair at the breakfast table faces away from the hearthrug
the sofa is a settee
Watson has a small medical shelf of books placed high

The Adventure of the Dying Detective
Holmes’ bedroom had pictures of celebrated criminals adorning every wall
black and white ivory box on mantlepiece
space behind the head of the bed large enough to allow Watson to hide

The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone
scientific charts on the wall
acid-charred bench of chemicals
violin case leaning in corner
coal scuttle containing pipes and tobacco
waiting room downstairs
bow window alcove large enough to hold a chair
curtain in front of this alcove
Holmes’ bedroom is just off the sitting room*
second exit in Holmes’ bedroom
gramophone in Holmes’ bedroom
second door in Holmes’ bedroom leading to the bow window behind the curtain

The Adventure of the Three Gables
low arm chair on one side of the fire
another chair opposite it
table between door and Holmes’ chair

The Problem of Thor Bridge
back yard is visible from Watson’s room
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room

The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger
pile of commonplace books in the corner

* A note regarding the location of Holmes’ own bedroom: The Adventure of the Beryl Cornet implies that Holmes’ room (called his “chamber”) is on the floor above the sitting room while The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone clearly puts Holmes’ bedroom just off the sitting room where it communicates with the alcove of the bow window. If you need to reconcile these two descriptions you can assume that at some point in time, Holmes moved his bed down to the room next to the sitting room. This could be the same room just off the sitting room which had been used as a temporary waiting room in The Adventure of Black Peter . The room upstairs could then be used as a lumber room dedicated to Holmes’ stacks of newspapers and “bundles of manuscript … which were on no account to be burned, and which could not be put away save by their owner” as mentioned in the The Musgrave Ritual . The Adventure of the Six Napoleons does mention a lumber room upstairs packed with daily papers.

Visit http://www.stutler.cc/other/misc/baker_street.html for more 221B awesomeness.

Here’s the old version of the 221B illustration drawn by Russell Stutler (drawn in 1995):

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And that’s the new version from 2008:

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+ the illustration with notes: 221B illustration with notes

Neat, isn’t it?

Until next time, folks! Take care!

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– Snowanna of 221B

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHERLOCK!!!🎂

Important day today, Universe! According to Christopher Morley (pioneer American Sherlockian), today – the 6th of January is Holmes’s birthday!🎈 So what’s really the deal with this date? Is it legit? 

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Firstly, lets talk about the year Holmes was born – 1854. In the story “His Last Bow” that is set in August, 1914 Holmes is described as it follows:

“He was a tall, gaunt man of sixty, with clear-cut features and a small goatee beard which gave him a general resemblance to the caricatures of Uncle Sam.”

So, obviously, if in 1914 Sherlock Holmes was sixty years old the simple mathematical logic leads us to the conclusion that he must have been born 60 years earlier in 1854 – so that’s that. Yay!

For the date itself things don’t seem that clear and certain but the theories are super fun and cool so lets take a brief look at them, shall we?

Christopher Morley (5 May 1890 – 28 March 1957) was an American journalist, novelist, essayist and poet. He was also one of the founders of the Baker Street Irregulars which is one of the largest and oldest Sherlock Holmes societies in the world that organizes gatherings (the first held in 1934). These meetings are by all means a guaranteed good time for the true Holmes fanatic – featuring special breakfasts, a full-dress banquet, cocktail parties, an endowed lecture and a theatrical performance, all in the course of several days. The Baker Street Irregulars got their name from a ragtag group of street urchins that Mr. Holmes occasionally hires in the books and some of the most distinguished members of the society include Isaac Asimov, Harry S. Truman and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Until the early 1990s, the organization was open to men only and in response to that injustice women formed the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes. 

Anyway, the true question is why Christopher Morley chose the date January 6. Here’s what he wrote in a US magazine called Saturday Review of Literature published on January 6, 1933:

I have not looked up the date, but if, as an astrologer has suggested, Sherlock Holmes was most likely born in January, some observance is due.

Therefore, if the matter has never been settled, I nominate January 6th (the date of this issue of the Saturday Review) as his birthday…”

So apparently an astrologer suggested that Holmes gives the impression of one true Capricorn. *shout out to all the Capricorns out there* It is believed that people, born under the sign of the Capricorn are ambitious, calm and composed in all situations, don’t count too much on emotions and prefer cold logic. Here’s a list of the best versus the worst Capricorn traits and characteristics:

Best: sensible, serious, practical, realistic, intense, loyal, responsible, down to earth, cautious, patient, self disciplined, dependable, ambitious, self motivated, forceful, determined, self-sufficient.

Worst: stubborn, uncreative / unimaginative, materialistic, self indulging, possessive (jealous), tendency to procrastinate, inhibited, conceited, distrusting, demanding, inconsiderate, controlling, bossy, introvert, pessimistic (tend to dwell on the past).

Capricorn people tend to like: planning things in advance, stability, security, routines,organization.

Capricorn people tend to dislike: unnecessary risks, chaos or unpredictability.

http://www.compatible-astrology.com/capricorn-traits.html

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You tell me – do you see Holmes in some of the aforenamed traits? There are definitely some that are spot on. Does that tell us something?

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Another more logical explanation Christopher Morley offered, regarding the birth date of Sherlock Holmes, states that  Sherlock Holmes quotes only one literary work twice: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – so January 6th is in fact the twelfth night after Christmas and from there it follows that this could be his birthday date (according to Christians). This however does not seem very plausible but it was the accepted explanation till 1957.

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In 1957 another member of the Baker Street Irregulars – Nathan Bengis – suggested another theory in support of the date  January 6th – he wrote in an article in the Baker Street Journal that in the beginning of the novel ” The Valley of Fear”  Holmes appears a bit moody and out of sorts which inclined Bengis to think that Holmes’ weird state was the result of a post-birthday hangover on that day and that day is mentioned as January 7th so the 221B duo must have partied hard the night before.😂

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Here’s an excerpt from that part of the novel:

“I am inclined to think—” said I (Watson).

“I should do so,” Sherlock Holmes remarked impatiently.

“Really, Holmes,” said I severely, “you are a little trying at times.”

And here’s what Bengis wrote:

“Surely it is clear that there had been some small jollification the night before in celebration of the Master’s (Sherlock Holmes’) birthday, and that his lack of appetite was the result of a hangover?”

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Later on, in 1962, William Baring-Gould, the famous writer of the book – “Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street”  repeated the Twelfth Night and hangover explanations which made it all even more solid in the mind of the public.

That’s it really…sorry if you’re disappointed but at least we have an actual date on which we can celebrate Sherlock’s birthday in our mind palaces (and not only) and lets not delude ourselves – we need an honorary Sherlock birthday party. In fact when it comes to celebrations on this date things get pretty serious – the grandest celebration of Sherlock Holmes’ birthday has been happening almost every year in New York since 1934 and is called the BSI weekend (BSI as in the Baker Street Irregulars). You can check out their official site here: BSIweekend.

Londoners, of course, have been celebrating Sherlock’s birthday in style, too since 1952 – the celebratory dinner is held on Saturday night + they also do a Sunday morning get-together where Sherlockians interact a bit more informally. The dinner is very ceremonial – there’s the Toney Howlett award that’s given to a *cool* Sherlockian, there’s a star guest speaker and there’s a sumptuous meal at The House of Commons (the lower house of the UK Parliament) – yes, you read that right. Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat (the creators of BBC Sherlock), Agatha Christie, Anthony Horowitz and many others have given lectures during the SHSL weekend. Here’s the official site: sherlock-holmes.org.uk

Of course the US and the UK are not the only places that celebrate Holmes’s birthday – there are more than 250 active Sherlock Holmes societies throughout the whole world that hold celebrations in all kinds of ways.

You can find a lot of interesting things on www.sherlockholmes-fan.com which has been the main source for this blog post.

So, to conclude this let me just say HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mr. Smarty Pants, we love you!!! ^_^

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P.S. Also, my best friend in the whole wide world, my sister from another mister, my one true pirate-soulmate-matey – Joanna (my Jawn😂💕shares the same birth date as Sherlock Holmes so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, matey, I LOVE YOU SO SO MUCH!!! And remember:

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My Watson by AshinGale-Effect/DeviantArt

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– Snowanna of 221B

🎶 This is bloody awesome🎶

⬇️This⬇️ HAS to be put on this blog because it’s BLOODY AWESOME!!!🎵

LYRICS TO SHERLOCK PARODY BY THE HILLYWOOD SHOW®

[SHERLOCK]
Hey, John, can we go crime solving?

[CHORUS]
What, what, what, what… [many times]
Bada, badada, badada, bada…[x9]
I’m gonna solve a case
Only got John Watson as my partner
I – I – I’m hunting, looking for a come-up
This is bloody awesome

[SHERLOCK]
Nah, walk up to the scene like, “What up? I got a big coat!”
I’m so pumped about murders, I’m Sherlock
Dirt on the ring, she must have been naughty
Lestrade be like

[LESTRADE]
“Damn! That’s a cold dead body!”

[SHERLOCK]
Rollin’ with a suitcase too, solved it like a piece of cake
Dressed in all pink, the killer made a big mistake
Draped in a white sheet, John sittin’ next to me
Probably should’a washed this…

[JOHN]
“You wearing any pants?”

[SHERLOCK]
“No.”

(Ding)

But s****, I didn’t wanna get dressed!
Typin’ it, bloggin’ it, Watson givin’ me some compliments
Examinin’ those sneakers someone else’s been walkin’ in
Body in the mortuary, I’m whipping’ and floggin’ it
The name is Sherlock Homes Address 221B Baker Street
I am gonna take the fall, I am gonna take the fall,
No for real – stay where you are –
Goodbye John…

[JOHN]
“Sherlock!”

[SHERLOCK]
Lazy silk robe and no house slippers
9 millimeter hand gun that I found diggin’
He had a pair of glasses, I stole his pair of glasses
I stole some eyeliner, then I drew a mustache
Hello, hello, my ace man, my Mello
John ain’t happy ‘bout my resurrection, hell no
I could take some Pro Wings, search them good, Bingo
Moriarty be like

[MORIARTY]
“Aw, he solved the Velcros…”

[CHORUS x2]
I’m gonna solve a case
Only got John Watson as my partner
I – I – I’m hunting, looking for a come-up This is bloody awesome

[SHERLOCK]
Whatcha know about rockin’ some curls on your noggin?
What you knowin’ about wearin’ a deerstalker?
I’m digging, I’m digging,
I’m searching for pink luggage
One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come up
There’s the woman who’s seductive
she’s naked and defrocked
Stole her phone, the code was SHERLOCKED

I’m at the flat, you can find me at (Baker Street)
Any, any client, I’m accepting at (Baker Street)

Your hubby, your aunty, your grandpa, your bunny
I took The Bloody Guardsman Case, second-hand, solved it in my Mind Palace
The Hollow Client that was solved in my Mind Palace
Serial Killers, Oh its Christmas in my Mind Palace
They be like

[MYCROFT]
“Oh, my brother’s a psychopath.”

[SHERLOCK]
I’m like, “Yo – a high functioning sociopath.”
Limited edition, let’s do some simple deduction
The Van Buren Supernova – that painting is a fake, b****

[JOHN]
Damn!

[SHERLOCK]
I call that getting swindled and tricked

[JOHN]
Damn!

[SHERLOCK]
I call that the science of deduction
That club was hella dough
But searching for a clue while intoxicated in this room is a hella don’t
Think hard, let’s play a game – a game of murder
Tryin to wake me from my drugs and you hella won’t
Man you hella won’t

[JOHN]
“Sherlock…cluin’ for looks…yeah!”

[CHORUS]
I’m gonna solve a case
Only got John Watson as my partner
I – I – I’m hunting, looking for a come-up
This is bloody awesome

[BRIDGE]
You know the game is on
I look incredible
I’m in this big ass coat
From that Flat 221B
You know the game is on

[JOHN]
“Damn right!”

[BRIDGE]
I look incredible

[JOHN]
“Ah, come on man!”

[BRIDGE]
I’m in this big ass coat

[JOHN]
“Big ass coat!”

[BRIDGE]
From that flat 221B

[JOHN]
“Let’s go!”

[CHORUS x3]
I’m gonna solve a case
Only got John Watson as my partner
I – I – I’m hunting, looking for a come-up
This is bloody awesome

[MORIARTY]
“Miss me?”

“221B”
Lyrics written by Hilly and Hannah Hindi
Arranged and Composed by John Hoge
Violinist – Seda Baykara

Here’s the Gag Reel:

Also, Sherlock’s Video Diary:

And a Behind The Scenes look:

+ The Hillywood® Clothing | Sherlock Parody Collection:

Honestly, this is so so good *in my humble opinion* that I’m not even going to comment on it – just watch it and possibly die from geek satisfaction.😂

Subscribe to the The Hillywood Show Channel here (they are truly amazing at what they do): SUBSCRIBE

Hope you’re all having a good day/evening/life/whatever. Peace out. 😘

– Snowanna of 221B

221B New Year’s resolution

Ahhh…that day of the year again on which we make promises we almost never keep…lets make it simple, shall we? Lets just promise ourselves that we will try to be less stupid in the new year and that we won’t lower the IQ of the street we live on. Yep…that should do it. Happy New Year everybody! Stay sherlocked!

Ииии отново този ден от годината, в който си даваме обещания, които знаем, че няма да спазим…нека го направим по лесния начин, става ли? Нека си обещаем, че ще се опитаме да бъдем по-малко глупави през новата година, и че няма да понижаваме IQ-то на улицата, на която живеем. Дам…това е. Щастлива Нова Година на всички!

 

221B New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas

New Year’s Eve Outfit ideas that won’t make you look as if you have mistaken the time of the year… (unfortunately Halloween is only once a year). Enjoy!

Идеи за новогодишната нощ, с които да не изглеждате така сякаш сте объркали празника…(за съжаление Хелоуин е само веднъж в годината).

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On the International Day of cinema: behind the scenes of Sherlock Holmes 🎥

On this day we celebrate the International Day of cinema, thanks to the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere, who on December 28, 1895 organized the first commercial screening. Here’s a behind the scenes look at Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2009).

В чест на Международния ден на киното, който празнуваме днес, нека надникнем зад сцената на филма на Гай Ричи – Шерлок Холмс: Игра на сенки (2009 г.), за да се потопим в магията на кинематографията.

Learn more about the pioneers of cinema: ⬇️

http://www.history.com/news/the-lumiere-brothers-pioneers-of-cinema

Научете повече за братята Огюст и Луи Люмиер, благодарение на които днес празнуваме Международния ден на киното: ⬇️

http://bnr.bg/post/100688061/velikite-evropeici-brata-lumier

Първите филми на братя Люмиер: ⬇️

The first films of the Lumiere brothers: ⬇️

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Sherlock Holmes inspired candles. What scents do you imagine when you think of Sherlock Holmes?

Свещи с ухания, вдъхновени от любимия детектив.

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http://kath-reads.com/ Ухание: сладък тютюн, дърво, кожа.

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http://kath-reads.com/ Ухание: сладък тютюн, дърво, кожа.

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*Etsy* Ухание: нотки на тютюн, черешово дърво и прохладен дъжд.

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*Etsy* Ухание: “221В Baker Street” е интелигентен, секси, и изискан мъжки аромат, който съчетава задимени, дървесни, кедрови нотки с велур, подсилен с нотки на цитрус и мента.

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*Etsy* Ухание: нотки на коняк, тютюн и едва загатната ванилия.

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*Etsy* Ухание: Карамелизиран тютюн, пачули, сандалово дърво.

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*Etsy* Ухание: незапален тютюн, книги, уиски.

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*Etsy* Ухание: съблазнителен аромат на книги с кожени подвързии и пращящ огън в камината.

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*Etsy* Ухание: кожа, тютюн, ориенталски опиум, кедър, черешово дърво, пачули, кехлибар, карамфил, розмарин, орхидея, жасмин, библиотечни книги.

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*Etsy* Ухание: сочни нотки на вишна.