Fixa Idea
Speaking of books, have you ever read one called ”the sherlockian” by graham Moore? It’s dual-time murder mystery, solved by modern times sherlockian and 19th century Arthur Conan Doyle. Really great read!

No, but I’ll look it up, thanks for the suggestion!

Do you remember at what age you read ‘the hound of baskervilles’? (I read it at 8-9. Scarred me for life :D )

I only read it two or three years ago - and somehow never seen the correspondig episode from the show either. (My scares-the-living-daylight-outta-me episode is The Devil’s Foot. With the fear-inducing poison gas…)

So, after trudging through the first two Ice and Fire books I really needed to read something light-hearted and funny. I heard about this relatively recent Swedish comedy, so I thought I’d give it a try. Boy, did I choose well!
The 100-year-old-man Who Climbed out the Window, written by Jonas Jonasson is one of the best books I’ve read all year. (If you’re familliar with Hasek’s Svejk, you might have a good idea, what you’re in for.)
The premise is seemingly simple: 100 year old Allan Karlsson climbs out the window of the nursing home and runs (okay, walks) away.On his way to nowhere-in-particular he ‘accidentally’ steals a large trunk. A trunk which is sorely missed. And this is where things get interesting.
This is exactly the kind of book you read to cheer yourself up: it has a crowd of whacky characters, boldly twisting storyline and great humour. It’s essentially a written cartoon, and never pretends to be anything deeper or more meaningful.
Give it a try if you come across it, it’s definitely worth it!
 

So, after trudging through the first two Ice and Fire books I really needed to read something light-hearted and funny. I heard about this relatively recent Swedish comedy, so I thought I’d give it a try. Boy, did I choose well!

The 100-year-old-man Who Climbed out the Window, written by Jonas Jonasson is one of the best books I’ve read all year. (If you’re familliar with Hasek’s Svejk, you might have a good idea, what you’re in for.)

The premise is seemingly simple: 100 year old Allan Karlsson climbs out the window of the nursing home and runs (okay, walks) away.
On his way to nowhere-in-particular he ‘accidentally’ steals a large trunk. A trunk which is sorely missed. And this is where things get interesting.

This is exactly the kind of book you read to cheer yourself up: it has a crowd of whacky characters, boldly twisting storyline and great humour. It’s essentially a written cartoon, and never pretends to be anything deeper or more meaningful.

Give it a try if you come across it, it’s definitely worth it!

 

30 days of Sherlock Holmes - day 1

How did you fall in love with Sherlock Holmes?


It didn’t actually happen all at once. First there was the Granada show, which I liked well enough. Inspired by that, I tried to read the stories but my English wasn’t nearly good enough back then. 

Then the 2009 film happened, then Sherlock happened, I picked up the books, re-watched the Granada show and fell in love.

30 days of Sherlock Holmes (books and adaptations)

lucrezianoin:

I couldn’t find any so I made one myself. Please tell me if there’s already such a challenge.

  1. How did you fall in love with Sherlock Holmes?
  2. What is the first SH adaptation you met (any media)?
  3. Top three favourite Sherlock Holmes tv show?
  4. Favourite adaptation of Moriarty.
  5. Top three favourite Sherlock Holmes movie?
  6. What is your favourite Sherlock Holmes novel?
  7. Link three Sherlock Holmes fanarts you love.
  8. Your favourite quote.
  9. An adaptation that, in your opinion, is underestimate.
  10. What is your favourite Sherlock Holmes short story?
  11. What is your favourite Sherlock Holmes adaptation (any media)?
  12. Your favourite fanvideo.
  13. Favourite adaptation of Irene Adler.
  14. Link three book illustrations you love.
  15. Least favourite Sherlock Holmes adaptation (any media)?
  16. What is your favourite pastiche?
  17. Favourite adaptation of Mrs Hudson.
  18. The SH story that scared/impressed you the most.
  19. Favourite SH cartoon.
  20. Favourite adaptation of Holmes.
  21. Holmes/Watson or non Holmes/Watson?
  22. Favourite adaptation of John Watson.
  23. Favourite guest character.
  24. Favourite secondary character (as in appearing in more than one story)
  25. If you could pick an actor to play Sherlock Holmes…
  26. If you could pick an actor to play John Watson…
  27. Funniest Sherlock Holmes adaptation.
  28. Modern day Sherlock Holmes (Elementary, BBC, Rathbone) or victorian age?
  29. Least favourite short story or novel.
  30. Favourite cover/edition of the Sherlock Holmes books.
pilferingapples:

fixa-idea:

Prompt no.4: Favourite friendship
The ABC’s leading trio (Picture alternately titled: Colour Me Surprised)
11:17-12:02 (full drying not counted)

Love the different outfits and body language- and I really like the way you do shading with lines and washes together.

Thank you! :) (That seemed to be the quickest way to do something presentable - the line-art alone would feel like too little, messy as it is, and an hour isn’t enough for colours, not on a traditional piece.)

pilferingapples:

fixa-idea:

Prompt no.4: Favourite friendship

The ABC’s leading trio (Picture alternately titled: Colour Me Surprised)

11:17-12:02 (full drying not counted)

Love the different outfits and body language- and I really like the way you do shading with lines and washes together.

Thank you! :) (That seemed to be the quickest way to do something presentable - the line-art alone would feel like too little, messy as it is, and an hour isn’t enough for colours, not on a traditional piece.)

linguistika:

221books:

cornflakepizza:

winchesterbr0s:

hesmybrother-hesadopted:

beesmygod:

“chuffed doesnt mean what you think it means”

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it means exactly what i think it means its just some stupid word that literally has two definitions that mean the opposite thing

This makes me really chuffed.

This post is quite egregious

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Well I’m nonplussed by this whole post.

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These are contronyms, kids.
Enjoy.

C’est terrible!*

*Either awsome or awful. Not a very helpful phrase.

Hi! I don't known if you check the 'sherlock Holmes' tag but lucrezianoin has a very nice 30 days of sherlock Holmes meme. I thought perhaps you want to do it as well.

Thank you, I’ll check it! :)

petermorwood:

art-of-swords:

Cross-Hilted Broadsword

  • Dated: late 19th century
  • Culture: British
  • Measurements: overall length 103.5 cm 

The sword has a burnished pommel and guard with sharkskin grip with wires. The straight, double-edged bifullered blade is marked ‘Fenton Brothers, Sheffield’. The sword is the type usually associated with the Scottish regiments.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Auction Flex


This is a Highland Regiment broadsword (or claymore) in “off-parade” dress.

Close inspection of pics 2 & 3 shows a hole in the pommel-nut. A metal bar passed through this hole gave leverage as the pommel was unscrewed, and then the entire hilt - pommel, grip and crossguard - was removed and replaced with the more familiar “on-parade” basket with its red velvet and leather liner and tasselled full-dress pommel. (According to Pooley Sword and WKC-Solingen, who took over from Wilkinson Sword, modern versions no longer have the interchangeable feature.)

Some authorities claim that the “one true claymore" (claidheamh-mòr = great sword) is a two-handed sword like this one from the British Museum…

 

…that its “clamshell” Lowland variant was not a claymore due to Gaelic not being spoken there, instead it was a “twa-handit swerd” with the ‘w’ in “swerd” being pronounced just as in “twa”…

…and that the basket-hilt broadsword was really a “claybeg” (claidheamh-beag = small sword.)

Arguments go to and fro, up and down, but according to John Prebble’s well-researched book “Culloden" (p.89 of my Penguin edition)

”...the clansmen called upon their chiefs as children to a father, asking for the order “Claymore!” that would put them to the onset."

David Morier painted “An Incident in the Rebellion of 1745” in 1746, using prisoners and equipment captured after Culloden as his Highland models. None of them are shown carrying “true claymores”, yet they weren’t calling for the order “Claybeg!" or "Basket-hilted broadsword!

If the men who fought and died at Drumossie Moor called their supposedly-wrong swords “claymores”, that may irritate weapon historians who find it untidy, but it’s good enough for me.

Also, the only exception to ‘not wank worthy’ being, as it must be pretty obvious by now, my country. I’m a shitty patriot but blind racism is where I draw the line.

Quite understandably. Thankfully, despite making stinky decision after stinky decision and slowly sliding back to the 1940s Hungary is just isn’t important enough to be widely picked at. I’ll pick at it any day, but I’m Hungarian, I can do it.