Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes

“My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.”

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four
The Hat & Pipe

According to several sources, Sherlock Holmes was born on January 6, 1854.  He has endured many iterations and will, no doubt, continue to do so as times goes on.  Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes.

I visited 221b Baker Street in September of 2009 and met Sherlock Holmes.  The gentleman, who was sitting in Sherlock Holmes’ chair confided that he came to visit one day and received an open invitation to return because he looked like Sherlock Holmes. His presence gave an authentic ambiance.  I like to think that he still visits.

Sherlock is looking out the window.

Sherlock is looking out the window.

34 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes

    • Isn’t it remarkable how Arthur Conan Doyle continue to inspire new generations. Grazie per aver visitato il mio blog e per i vostri commenti. Alcuni anni fa è andato in Italia per studiare la lingua italiana. Ho ancora molto da imparare. Avere un giorno meraviglioso.

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    • Thank you, Christy – an insightful comment regarding Dr. Watson. We centre on Sherlock, but without Dr. Watson, we would not have the famous detective. I’m very interested in reading the biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I hope to get to it soon. But now, I’m in the middle of Coco Channel and about 4 other books. Ah, what a grand predicament! 🙂

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  1. Interesting post and comments. I enlarged the photo of the room with all the memorabilia–an interesting study, as well. I understand that all detective and mystery adventures learn their very important methods and insights from Mr. Holmes.

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    • And I believe that is a sentiment shared by many others. Life has so many exciting challenges, how can we chose not to participate – to stagnate! Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great week…. 🙂

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  2. Bravo, this is the place I always wanted to see and i missed it every time! 🙂
    Do you know that Benedict Cumberbatch is now nominated for an Oscar playing the main role in a Norwegian produced movie (Tyldum)? … 😉
    Big hug!
    Dina xo

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      • We are off to see the film next week, I’m all excited. I saw the trailer als preview to on elf the most interesting films I have seen for a long time; Exhibition on screen, made by BBC for special cinemas, limited viewing:
        Girl with a Pearl Earing und andere Schätze vom Mauritshuis Museum in den Niederlanden.
        Watch out for “Exhibtion on Screen” – I’m sure you’ll love it. 🙂
        Big *hug*

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    • He was very complicated. I’m looking forward to reading his autobiography.

      “When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” Arthur Conan Doyle

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  3. Unlike Sherlock, I do not “abhor the dull routine of existence.” Now and then a simple, routine day is exactly what I crave. Love the photos. His house looks almost as cluttered as one might expect.

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    • I’m with you – I take advantage of calm moments because I know that they don’t last that long in our busy lives. 🙂 It was a very cosy sitting room and the perfect place to read a book and listen to music. Alas, closing time came all too soon. 🙂

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    • He is a favourite in our household as well. There is a book on my shelf that is waiting for me – “Memories and Adventures” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which is his biography. I must open the pages. Thank you so much for stopping by – very much appreciate.

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  4. Hi Rebecca!

    I am in a play at the Jericho Arts Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada running now for only a few more nights till last performance on Jan 10th. http://www.JerichoArtsCentre.com

    It’s called Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily (Full details below).

    About 10 days ago I took over the administration of our play’s two Facebook pages.

    Yesterday I saw your post on Sherlock’s Birthday on your On The Road Book Club and I am sharing a link to it today to the almost 6,000 people that see out posts! Just wanted to let you know.

    Here are the links to our two Facebook pages for our play “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily”.

    The first one is our regular facebook “Home” page:
    https://www.facebook.com/sherlockholmesjl

    The second one is our facebook “Event” page:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1528809417361939/

    We have posted a lot of cool photos (more to come) as well as some of our great reviews and a picture of the playwright, Katie Forgette with her Bio.

    I would love for you and the boys to come see the show if you can before it closes. I think you might really enjoy it. It is a stellar cast of Vancouver’s award winning actors. We are filming the performance tonight with multiple cameras as a teaser trailer for getting a broadcaster involved for a two-week on-location shoot, as we have also gotten the television and film rights.

    Hope you all are doing well,

    XO

    Tim Bissett (Dr. Watson)

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    • Dear Dr. Watson! I am so very glad that you stopped by for a visit! Without you, we would not have known the greatest mind in history (in my opinion).

      “So silent and furtive were his movements, like those of a trained bloodhound picking out a scent, that I could not but think what a terrible criminal he would have made had he turned his energy and sagacity against the law instead of exerting them in its defense.” Dr. Watson’s Observation of Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of Four

      Tim – you are a perfect Dr. Watson. Your charm and elegant manner are the embodiment of Sherlock Holmes’s best friend. Looking forward to seeing your play. The reviews are excellent! You are giving a stellar performance. I am celebrating your success! 🙂 ❤

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    • You would have loved him!!! He had a pipe in his mouth (that he didn’t smoke) and the famous hat and coat at his side. He spoke about his cases and the work of being a consulting detective. It was a reminder to me that you never know what will happen when you walk through a door! 🙂

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  5. Sounds like it was a very interesting visit indeed. I would love to come across that man. Wonderful!

    One of my favourite stories- an excellent quote. I love this day, along with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday (May 22, 1859). 😉

    Sherlock was almost exactly 100 years older than me mum. 😀

    Excellent post!!! Happy New Year!

    smiling toad

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    • When I stepped through the doors, I had the strangest feeling that Sherlock Holmes was indeed a actual figure in history. His name has become a a household word, but I think the greatest legacy comes from the brilliance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Consider how Sherlock Holmes’ method of deductive reasoning has changed the way we approach criminal investigations. How interesting that your mother shares Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday. Thank you for stopping by! Happy New Year – looking forward to the year ahead.

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    • I think that anything and everything is possible considering the many portrayals of Sherlock from Benedict Cumberbatch to Ian McKellen, to Robert Downey, Jr. Sherlock Holmes has gone global with Kōichi Yamadera playing Holmes in Japan. And yet, no matter the iterations, Sherlock Holmes remains ever universal and timeless.

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