Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Deer Stalker Hats and Monocles: the Annual Sherlock Pilgrimage...

Some people fish, others paint and others watch television. Yet 70 members of the Sherlock Holmes Society spend their spare time making a pilgrimage to the Reichenbach Falls and acting out scenes from their hero's final struggle with Moriarty. Here is a video of them in action.

The Apprentice...

On this day...Aldous Huxley was hired as a schoolmaster at Eton in 1917. After deterioring eyesight had put pay to a career in medicine, the future author of 'Brave New World', returned to his alma mater to teach French. Yet it is one of his students that is arguably more noteworthy. Eric Blair, who would later use the pen name George Orwell, was impressed with his teacher's mastery of language despite Huxley being, by accounts, a poor educator.

This is only one of many relationships forged between authors throughout history. Famous pairings include:
  • C.S. Lewis & J. R. R. Tolkein
  • Bram Stoker & Oscar Wilde (Stoker married Wilde's fiance)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald & Ernest Hemingway