Episode 99: Chris Redmond

"Billy had appeared in answer to a ring." [MAZA] 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's a rare thing to find a Sherlockian legend these days, but Chris Redmond certainly qualifies as one. From his investiture in the Baker Street Irregulars at the tender age of 16 to his long association with the Bootmakers of Toronto, he is a respected speaker at all kinds of Sherlockian events. And online, he's probably best known for his longstanding and comprehensive reference site Sherlockian.net.

 

Chris's writing output is impressive, steady and ranges from the scholarly to the humorous. In Bed with Sherlock Holmes, Welcome to America, Mr. Sherlock Holmes and A Sherlock Holmes Handbook are all well known and in depth volumes about Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective. But in this interview, we move beyond the written page and get into Chris's inspirations and aspirations (still!).

 

You'll learn what Chris's initial career choice was before moving along to communications and how that initial proclivity stayed with him. You'll hear about some of Chris's great speeches, from the man who loved women to the hilarious take on how to give a Sherlockian presentation. As if there isn't enough to content with in simply concepting and assembling one, Chris shares the most difficult part of compiling a comprehensive biography of some 800 individuals. And finally, we have Chris's next book to look forward to in which he challenges each of 60 authors to determine why every Sherlock Holmes story is the best.

 

 

As usual, we couldn't do this without the significant support of Mary Miller for her extraordinary Patreon support! If you contribute at Mary's level, you get mentioned on the show. But we welcome any amount of support that you can muster.

 

Notes

1:50 Welcome and please take our survey at ihose.co/ihosesurvey

5:25 Sponsor: Amanda Lester, Detective

6:48 Introducing Chris Redmond

8:46 First meeting with Sherlock Holmes

11:25 The Toronto Public Library's Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

13:21 Discovering a world of Sherlock Holmes beyond the original stories

16:25 Chris gets started on the Internet

20:33 Setting the course for Sherlockian.net

26:19 Sponsor: The Baker Street Journal

27:50 Finding inspiration and training throughout one's career, and the Spiritualizing Sherlock Holmes project

33:20 Developing the content for A Quick Succession of Subjects

44:50 The impact of color in the Sherlock Holmes stories

48:22 Sponsor: Wessex Press

49:45 Lives Beyond Baker Street

59:10 An upcoming book project: About 60: Why Every Sherlock Holmes Story Is the Best

1:04:25 What Chris is reading now and his book habits

1:09:47 Wrap up

 

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Episode 98: Europe and Sherlock Holmes

"Oh, he has a European fame, has he?" [REDC] 

While Sherlock Holmes is firmly rooted in London, the connections to Europe in the Sherlock Holmes stories are many. But have you ever stopped to ponder, as a whole, how mentions of the Continent and various European countries stack up? You might be surprised.

 

Travel with us as Burt and Scott take a deeper look into some of the European influences that Conan Doyle infused into the various stories. From Moriarty's European reputation to the "European situation" mentioned in "The Second Stain." What was so delicate at the time and who was Lord Bellinger? We note how refugees were treated in Europe in the time of The Valley of Fear. We even do an accounting of Holmes's fine work for many of the royal houses of Europe.

 

In addition, we treat you to a rundown of some Sherlock Holmes news, we welcome Steve Mason as our quiz contestant and have a special themed Gas-Lamp from The Sherlock Holmes Journal to fall in line with our European topic. All this and more! 

 

As usual, we couldn't do this without the significant support of Mary Miller for her extraordinary Patreon support! If you contribute at Mary's level, you get mentioned on the show. But we welcome any amount of support that you can muster.

 

Notes

1:50 Hello and the perils of punctuation

3:52 Current celebrations in London

5:18 Brexit and The Now Show

8:33 Sponsor: The Baker Street Journal

10:45 Europe and Sherlock Holmes

13:00 WARNING: Two bad dad jokes within 30 seconds of each other

17:30 What was going on in Europe during the events of 'The Second Stain'

23:33 Europe and London as central characters

36:55 Holmes never ate chocolate (perhaps to avoid memories of Switzerland)

39:30 Two Sherlock Holmes museums in Switzerland

44:07 Sponsor: Wessex Press

45:17 Sherlock Holmes in the news

56:18 Sponsor: Amanda Lester, Detective

57:35 Mental Exaltation

1:07:40 Gas-Lamp

1:12:20 Final thoughts - please take our listener survey

 

 

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Many more links, articles and images are available in our Flipboard and Scoop.it sites at ihose.co/flipsherlock and ihose.co/scoopsherlock, as well as on the The Sherlock Holmes Community on Google+ (with over 3,700 members), as well as through our accounts on FacebookInstagramSnapchatTwitter and Tumblr.

 

 

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