We're geeking out this episode with discussions on Victorian England and London, as well as a proper ode to the Granada Television Series! Join along as we giggle about chamber pots, the workhouses of London, and poisonous French ladies! We've got a Sherlock Season 2 Set Report, a PA about Undershaw, more fabulous news, more fabuous canon, and a fabulous song in honor of the fabulous Martin Freeman!
Babes: Curly, Kafers, Ardy, Jenn
Special Guest: Trudi
Episode 3 Reading List
"The Maul & The Pear Tree: The Ratcliffe Highway Murders 1811" by P.D James & T.A Critchley. Faber & Faber. 2000
"Necropolis: London & Its Dead" by Catharine Arnold. Simon and Schuster. 2006
"Beating the Devil's Game: A History of Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation." by Katherine Ramsland. Penguin. 2007.
"The Science of Sherlock Holmes." by E.J Wagner. Wiley. 2006
"Irrefutable Evidence: Adventures in the History of Forensic Science." by Michael Kurland. Ivan R. Dee. 2009
"London Labour & the London Poor" by Henry Mayhew. Oxford University Press. 2010
"The Gaol: The Story of Newgate - London's Most Notorious Prison." by Kelly Grovier. John Murray. 2009
"Mr Brigg's Hat:The True Story of a Victorian Railway Murder." by Kate Colquhoun. Hachette Digital. 2011
Episode 3 Companion Piece: 1892 Strand Magazine
The lovely Lyndsay Faye @LyndsayFaye is lucky enough to own a copy of the illustrious Strand Magazine, and was kind enough to give us a rundown of the contents and show us some fantastic images of it!
Some of the advertisements in this thing are the best part, including:
FOR ALL BILIOUS AND NERVOUS DISORDERS SUCH AS SICK HEADACHE, CONSTIPATION, WEAK STOMACH, IMPAIRED DIGESTION, DISORDERED LIVER AND FEMALE AILMENTS
ARMOUR'S EXTRACT OF BEEF
RETAINS THE TRUE NATURAL TASTE AND STIMULATING PROPERTIES OF OF FRESHLY COOKED PRIME BEEF IN A MORE MARKED DEGREE THAN ANY SIMILAR PREPARATION
YOGT'S OLD-FASHIONED SCENTS
"SCENT OF THE LILIES"
"SCENT OF THE HAYFIELDS"
"SCENT OF THE MOORLANDS"
"SCENT OF THE OLD GARDENS"
FOR POLISHING MEERSCHAUM PIPES
THE POCKET TYPEWRITER
THE PROPRIETOR OF "TIT-BITS" SAYS:
"I AM DELIGHTED WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL LITTLE MACHINE"
WTF? I mean, seriously. A pocket typewriter? What in holy hell? HOW? How was this done? Can I have one? How many can I have? How utterly steampunk is that? Are they kidding me?
THE BLACK KNIGHT: Being an Account of an Exciting Game of Chess.
Trust me, it is not.
LADY FLORRY'S GEMS
This is an adventure tale that also features the highly regrettable rocking of the n-word in all its nastiness.
PORTRAITS OF CELEBRITIES
This is seriously the People Magazine portion of the issue, and it is too cool. Sir Francois Gounod, W. S. Penley, Sir Lyon Playfair, and J. E. Muddock (F. R. G. S.) are a few of them. Is there a name cooler than Lyon Playfair? Is it reasonable to suggest that a man be named this? I put it to you.
Then follows "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor." Too cool for school. Not my favorite case ever to happen, of course, but I love the snarky exchange between Lestrade and Holmes about dragging the basin of the Trafalgar Square fountain. Holmes is such a tease.
Followed by BEAUTY IN NATURE, which is apparently part III of a series, and is covering the territory RIVERS AND LAKES, the argument being that they are natural and beautiful. The author has a pretty easy time proving this point.
Then there's a story called THE QUEER SIDE OF THINGS, a fanciful tale in which a man's body parts (nose, leg, etc.) keep inexplicably disappearing.