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Last Sunday Public Broadcasting Systems (PBS) aired the second season of Sherlock on Masterpiece Theatre. For anyone who has lived in a box for the past two years, PBS’s Sherlock has generated more buzz in the Sherlockian world than anything else has. The series stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. It is set in present day London and it is the freshest take on the Master in years. There are so many subtleties throughout each episode that even the most discerning Sherlockian is satisfied and even mystified. The first season created large shoes to fill and the second season filled them perfectly and accessorized the first. I own a copy of season 2 but it is for British TV and only viewable on my computer. My encore viewing on the large screen, high definition television made the experience new all over.
Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman
Hot on the heels of finding three new languages with Canonical translation, I stumbled across a translation in Uyghur, a language spoken in China. I have a friend who works in a Chinese language bookstore in London looking into this book. I am not sure if Uyghur is written differently than regular Chinese or just spoken differently, like Mandarin or Hunan. They speak these differently but they written the same. I used the UNESCO Index Translationum and search ‘Doyle’ and I found many Chinese translations and one for Uyghur (Uighur). If there is a translation, it brings the total to 96 languages.
On Thursday the McKinney’s Kiwanis Club featured yours truly as their guest speaker. Several of the members heard my talk at the Dallas Kiwanis a couple of months ago and suggested my name. About sixty people turned out for the meeting and afterwards to a catered lunch of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans as I took the podium. I gave my standard talk on the history of Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, and playing the Game. I rambled for my allotted half-hour and received a nice coffee cup for my efforts and a loud round of applause.
At the McKinney, TX Kiwanis Club.
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