Bulgarian clerk vs Sherlock Holmes

If you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan you’ve probably heard of (or own) the book “The Sherlock Holmes Puzzle Collection: 150 enigmas for you to solve, inspired by the world’s greatest detective”. Well, guess what? It turns out there’s a very similar (but still very different) Bulgarian book by author Nikolai Penchev. It’s called “Старобългарски загадки” (“Bulgar mysteries”) and it’s actually part of a book series by the same name. You can check out the rest of the series here: Старобългарски загадки series.

The book follows the adventures of the royal clerk Clement, whom the readers may already know from the eponymous “Bulgar mysteries” series, as he unravels some very complex cases. Unlike the other books from the series this one feels more like a game as it challenges the reader to solve the mysteries alongside the protagonist. It is by no means a textbook – some of the “facts” are not historically true and are simply a fruit of fiction. Nevertheless, the book is a great way to spark young readers’ interest towards the chronicles of the First Bulgarian Kingdom. A huge contribution to this has the beautiful artwork of illustrator Boyan Yanev and the perfect polygraph execution. The book is hardcover and has 248 pages.

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Виолета Цветкова, AFISH.BG

The third part of the new mystery novel deserves a special attention as it is dedicated to the rescuing of the magnificent ceramic icon of St. Theodore Stratilat. Drawn by the talented illustrator Boyan Yanev, it resembles perfectly one of the most valuable artifacts in the collection of the National Archaeological Museum in Sofia. Of course the story of the abduction of the icon is fiction. In the novel the icon is stored in a monastery – a former fortress surrounded by a three-meter ditch in the center of a wiry fence maze. In order to get to St. Theodore Stratilat one must pass through a divided by squares hall where every misstep can trigger some kind of hidden mechanism.

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Виолета Цветкова, AFISH.BG

The puzzle-like novel contains over 100 riddles – riddles, brain teasers, puzzles and mazes whose logical reasoning and answers can be found at the end of the book. The characters embark on a search for a missing gospel, a lost treasure, an abducted icon and  a murder investigation in a sacred temple. The adventure requires wisdom, insight, resourcefulness and vigilance so as not to destroy their own lives. The solving of the mysteries is key to the development of the plot, so if you cannot solve them alone you can always look at the answers at the back. All of the sketches, maps and drawings help the reader to vividly imagine the world of the novel. Some of the mysteries may sound quite abstract but their purpose is to teach you to ponder beyond stereotypes and beyond the literal condition of the presented tasks.

As the story of St. Theodore Stratilat’s icon is so enticing and exciting here are some facts and conundrums about the original ceramic icon – exhibit at the National Archaeological Museum that inspired the kidnapping story in the third part of “Bulgar mysteries”:

  • It was created in the workshop of the Patleina monastery “St. Panteleimon” and 11 centuries later it is still considered  one of the highest achievements of Preslav ceramic production, a cultural value of national and global importance.
  • The icon is composed of tiles (with 12×12 cm measurements) made of purified clay with multicolored glaze decoration.
  • It was discovered in 1909 by Yordan Gospodinov during archaeological studies two kilometers southeast from the inner town of Veliki Preslav.
  • The icon was badly damaged when it was found – there were many fragments in “bulk” state. Its founder was the first to assemble the saint’s image from about 20 tiles back in 1911. Still, there are some elements that remain a mystery – much like the characters from the book, the real life scientists are trying to find the right place of all the pieces. The very last addition of fragments was done digitally in 2008 when archaeologist Georgi Maistorski published the name of the saint with Greek letters – by the time it was already positive that the image is of St. Theodore, but there are two saints with very similar characteristics: St. Theodore Tyron and St. Theodore Stratilat, both honored as warriors and martyrs, and (in addition) the second one – as a healer. So far, most researchers tend to agree that the icon of Patleina displays the image of St. Theodore Stratilat whose cult originated in the IX century.
  • There is no evidence that the real icon was ever an object of abduction like its  counterpart in Nikolay Penchev’s book. The real icon, however, has been repeatedly endangered because of the unprofessional restoration done back in 1912 and then again in the 70s, as well as the numerous exhibition trips outside of the country.
  • On the recommendation of experts who evaluated the state of the icon as critical, it was decided, in 2013, that it must be restored and reinforced by all rules of modern science. The process was completed successfully at the end of 2015.
  • It is worth noting the original decision of prof. Ivana Eneva who helped the production of ceramic tiles with the same dimensions as the original ones using a technology very similar to the medieval one. Mounted on an aluminum base they repeated the modular rhythm of the original and integrated the preserved fragments. With the returning of the icon in the exposition of the National Archaeological Museum a special glass with UV protection was mounted to the supporting base.

For any Bulgarians who might stumble upon this blog post here’s a short video material about the book from the Bulgarian National Television’s (BNT) archive: VIDEO.

Also, here’s some music to get you in the mood:

P.S. HAPPY EASTER, FOLKS!!!

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Weird long-legged-hopping rabbit gif but I felt that it somehow doesn’t entirely ruin the aesthetic of this blog post…

P.P.S. Long time no see. This was not a very easterly easter post, don’t mind me, I love you, bye.

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Now lets entirely ruin the aesthetic of this non-easter blog post and treat ourselves with THE SHERHOP. *Bunnydict Carrotpatch* I mean…

– Snowanna of 221B

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❤️Special Valentine’s Day message from SH❤️️

Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!💜 I somehow managed to persuade Sherlock to send some love to all of this blog’s lovely followers. Well…Sherlock is well, ammm…Sherlock, so… No hard feelings.

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How sweet of him…😅

Anyways, cheers to all the love birds out there! Show your love in the comments below!

– Snowanna of 221B🖤

Sherlock’s favourite emoji :)

Two words: *I mean…*😂

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Ok, this makes so much sense that from now on I will be officially referring to the simple Smiley guy as the *Don’t talk out loud. You lower the IQ of the entire street.*-emoji. Who’s with me?

P.S. What’s your favourite emoji? Comment it down below!

– Snowanna of 221B🦄

La La Land (Sherlock style)

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Sherlock Holmes render by AriesFX on Deviant Art/La La Land edit by me 🙂

 

CITY OF STARS

Written by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Noble Paul • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

City of stars
Are you shining just for me?
City of stars
There’s so much that I can’t see
Who knows?
I felt it from the first embrace I shared with you
That now our dreams
They’ve finally come true

City of stars
Just one thing everybody wants
There in the bars
And through the smokescreen of the crowded restaurants
It’s love
Yes, all we’re looking for is love from someone else
A rush
A glance
A touch
A dance

A look in somebody’s eyes
To light up the skies
To open the world and send it reeling
A voice that says, I’ll be here
And you’ll be alright

I don’t care if I know
Just where I will go
‘Cause all that I need is this crazy feeling
A rat-tat-tat on my heart

Think I want it to stay

City of stars
Are you shining just for me?
City of stars
You never shined so brightly

 

CITY OF CRIMES

Rewritten by Sherlock Holmes and Snowanna Christoph • Copyright © Snowanna of 221B/221B Music, Inc

City of crimes
Are you calling just for me?
City of crimes
There’s so much that I can see
Who knows? (Well I do. OBVIOUSLY)
I felt it from the first deduction I shared with you
That now all the criminals
They’ve finally been locked up

City of crimes
Just one thing a detective truly wants
There behind the bars
And through the smokescreen of the crowded police station
It’s a case
Yes, all I’m looking for is a case for me to solve
A homicide
A suicide
A forgery
A MURDER

A look into Moriarty’s eyes
To light up my skies
To open my mind palace and send it reeling
John’s voice, that says I’ll be here
And we’ll be alright

I don’t care if I know
Just where I will go
‘Cause all that I need is this crazy feeling
A rat-tat-tat on my heart

Think I want it to stay

City of crimes
Are you calling just for me?
City of crimes
You never called so loudly

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Sherlock Holmes render by AriesFX on Deviant Art/La La Land edit by me 🙂

Well… Hello there… What can I say… Welcome to the CRAY-CRAY side of the Internet.😂 I’m bored and this is what happens when I’m bored…😂

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Joking aside, this is my way of congratulating the creators of La La Land for the record 14 Oscar nominations they received. BRAVO!👏 I can’t even tell you how much I love this movie!

I hope you enjoyed our (mine and Sherlock’s) rendition of City of stars. Sherlock enjoyed it. Sherlock… You enjoyed it, right?

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…alright…bye…😅

P.S. Lets bless this post with the actual song❤️️

– Snowanna (and Sherlock?) of 221B

Shakespeare Sunday🎭 #2

I’m doing it again. 😀 Obviously I can’t resist the temptation. 😀 But it’s relevant I promise!

So last week I shared with you my favourite part from The Lying Detective (BBC’s Sherlock, Series 4, Episode 2), namely Sherlock reciting Henry V’s speech “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more”. You can check my post here.

Quite recently I became a proud Tumblr-er (is that a word?!) so I guess I could safely say that Sherlock reciting Shakespeare is my new aesthetic.😂 Do you know what’s the most precious definition of the word aesthetic? According to Urban Dictionary it is “something that tumblr weirdos say way too often and use it for every damn thing under the sun. A generally annoying word”. *lol, I laughed more than I should have*😂

So, in order to please my aesthetic, today I will be drawing your attention towards the first episode of series 4 of Sherlock – The Six Thatchers and that’s because we can find another Shakespeare quotation there. *yay* The scene goes:

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(GIFS from theabbeygrange on Tumblr)

So… “By the pricking of my thumbs…” – this is a quote from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Just a quick revision of this particular Shakespeare play:

A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.

The line “By the pricking of my thumbs…” followed by “Something wicked this way comes…” occurs after the witches have finished brewing their potion and is referring to the coming of Macbeth to their heath, when he comes to find out more about his prophecy. Premonitions, intuitions, that kind of stuff… 😀

They used the quote very clever in The Six Thatchers as a way to show us a different side of Sherlock – one that takes into account feelings and intuition in addition to the cold logic we so often consider to be all that Sherlock Holmes is made of. So, whether you like it or not it seems that Sherlock gets a funny feeling every now and then. 😀

Adieu my dear friends! Hope you enjoyed this post! Is Sherlock X Shakespeare your aesthetic, too?😂 Let me know in the comments below! 😉

P.S. Lets end this properly.

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“By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.” ― William Shakespeare, Macbeth

– Snowanna of 221B

DROP THE BASS😎🎧

Possibly the best thing you’ll see today.;)

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P.S. Sherlock agrees with DJ Spock.

– Snowanna of 221B

A much needed virtual present🎁

Present? I LOVE presents! What is it? What is it??? *-*

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Lets open it…

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YEEEESSSSSS!!! LOOK!!! A SHOCK BLANKET! Much needed, indeed!😄

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Lets put it on.

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Ahhh, much better!

Well, hi ho!😄 Today I’m sending virtual shock blankets to anyone who’s in need of one. Why should I need one you may ask? Oh, c’mon! You know why. It’s OVER. Sherlock’s season 4 is o-v-e-r. *😭* I’m not going to review any of it because it’s not really my thing. I’m just going to say that I LOVED ALL OF IT. I know there are a lot of mixed emotions (most of them negative *unfortunately*) concerning this *possibly* final season of the show but to me it all made perfect sense, the cinematography and the acting were exceptional as always and I cannot say a single bad word about it. As Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had once said:

“I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.”

Simple as that. And since I really don’t know what else to say I’m just going to express my appreciation for the last episode – The Final Problem by showing you a few picture edits I made for fun.

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The Final Problem Aesthetic Mood Board

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Eurus’s song

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My Baker Street Boys

Need I say more? Wrap yourselves up warmly in your shock blankets and have a cup of tea. Here’s to many more adventures to come! Stay SHERLOCKED!

THE END?

– Snowanna of 221B