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Jan 30, 2019

“Look at this advertisement” [STUD] 


For well over 100 years, Sherlock Holmes has been seen in advertisements around the world. The fact is: Sherlock Holmes sells. He's good for brands.


There are a number of instances of brands that were mentioned within the Sherlock Holmes stories themselves. What are they?...

Jan 23, 2019

“Who were these German people” [ENGR] 

Sherlock Holmes had a number of encounters with German people. Who were they, and how did these interactions reflect on international relations at the time? 

This is the first in a new series on Trifles focusing on international elements of the Sherlock Holmes stories.


Jan 16, 2019

“the smartest of the Scotland Yarders” [SIGN] 


If you ask anyone familiar with the Sherlock Holmes stories to name a Scotland Yard inspector, they'll invariably answer, "Inspector Lestrade."


But Sherlock Holmes had a healthy respect for a handful of other police inspectors, both from Scotland Yard and from the...

Jan 9, 2019

“to play games of that sort” [REIG] 


This marks the first in a semi-regular series on Trifles in which we spend time talking about sports and games in the Sherlock Holmes stories.


In this episode, we look specifically at board games that were mentioned in the Canon and discuss their history and origins. 


Jan 2, 2019

“the tall, black-bearded figure” [HOUN] 


We begin our third season with a discussion of facial hair in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Specifically, beards. That's right, hipsters: you've got company. Very, very old company.


Interestingly, we found that many of the more famous bearded characters in the stories...