It's that time of year, when Sherlockians and Holmesians across the globe wish each other a Canonical holiday greeting that still holds its weight today, amidst the politically correct phrases that are uttered.
As a reminder, we take the quote from 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle,' which opened thusly:
I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holrnes upon the second morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season.
And as we near Christmas, our thoughts naturally gravitate toward The Baker Street Journal Christmas Annual, which for 2005 is titled "Once a Week in Baker Street: the Boucher-Green Years." Baker Street Irregular H. Paul Jeffers examines the flurry of creativity that went into creating the Sherlock Holmes radio series starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.
But the news that you're proabably interested in is this: the Annual will go to press next week and will likely be mailed on January 10. Be on the lookout for it. If you haven't ordered your copy yet, get over to the Baker Street Journal.
And while we're on the subject of Paul Jeffers, not only is he an avid Sherlockian, but he is a noted scholar whose area of expertise is Theodore Roosevelt, as well as other historic figures. Some of his many other books include:
- The Adventure of the Stalwart Companions (Holmes and Teddy Roosevelt)
- Murder Most Irregular
- The Perfect Pipe (a reference book)
- The Good Cigar: A Celebration of the Art of Cigar Smoking