Monthly Archives: March 2013

The BSDB nominated for a 2013 Hugo Award

Now, I know what it feels like having one of my 2012 publications nominated for a Hugo Award. I first met Marty and Ed Koch at Pulpcon in Dayton Ohio, back in 2006, and we started the project then. Martin developed health issues and the project was completed after Martin’s death with his wife Rosalind, and his co-worker John Helfers.


Bateman’s in Burwash, East Sussex

Late last spring I visited John Michael GIbson at his home in Angmering to sort through 110 boxes of book, papers and correspondence of the late Michael Harrison (d. 1991). On the Sunday prior to my departure, John,  his wife Brienne and I traveled to the Churchyard cemetery in Brightling to find the grave of Michael Harrison — unsuccessfully I might add, and tramped though the cemetery in the rain for longer than we cared to. Siimultaneously the Queen was sailing down the Thames with a substanital flotilla in the rain. We also visited Brian Pugh in Crowborough to view view Arthur Conan Doyle’s home there, which has been convert to a Home for Long Term care of the elederly. John and I were very impressed with the life size statue of ACD on a pedestal on a downtown corner, located outside a public house wehre everybody was watching the Queen.

We also planned to visit Rudyard Kipling’s home in Burwash, just north of the cemetery, but did not, because of the latest of the hour, and we didn’t want to keep Brian waiting. Kipling’s Home has been presersed as a Museum by the National Trust. It is on my list of places to visit on my t=next trip to England. And here comes the reason for this post: —

In a conversation with my friend John Robert Colombo recently he recounts that he toured Bateman’s with his wife Ruth on a trip through the south of England by car a couple of years ago now. In an alcove behind Kipling’s study he saw a substantial object — an eightsided, Canadian Nickle. John is always on the lookout for anything Canadian, and he iinquired from whence it had come. The curator did not know; John was unable to handle it to learn whether it was made of wood, or nickel. John did and does not know! I do not know, and certainly Michael Harrison no longer knows. Does any reader of this blog, or facebook friend know? Certainly the Canadian nickle is no longer made with nickel, but that’s another story.

If I were to venture a out-of-the-blue guess: Kipling received this as a gift, perhaps from the International Nickle Cmpany on one of his visits to Canada as a thank you for an appearance, speech or dinner engagement. Google and the internet have not been helpul on this occasion. But then, does it really matter. Of course not.


Acronyms and Pre- & Post-Nominals

Over the past couple of months, I regularly run across acronyms, that I am simply not familiar, or perhaps a better word, ignorant. Every time I visit 23 (Hamilton) Field Ambulance, I am bombarded with conversation with multipe acronuyms in every sentence, I suppose in the 1970s when I was a young kean Medical Officer I used many acronyms of the day with abandon, and then when I was a practsing Physican I certainly used multiple acronyms in my  notes. Well here is the real deal, every time one crosses my path now, I ask the speaker to clarify exactly what he or she is talking about? My explanation is that I am an old guy now, and life has moved ahead of me! And if its in a letter, an e-mail, a facebook posting, a twitter, a podcast and or now a tumblr.. I immediately go to Google for a clarification, and usually end up on a wikipedia entry, for a wiki-comprehensive answer! The next day I have forgotten most of them. I am (not yet) a “texter”  but the generation one or twice removed certainly all are! I’ve seen a couple of message and the language appears to be a strange combination of abbreviations, acronyms, no vowels, et al. — all based on the English Language.

Another form of abbreviation is the use of post-nominals for business stationary, business cards, signs. The letters after your name is the way observes you qualifications for a job, position, profession, Military recognition and University degrees. The list is signicantly different with a common element for the United States of America, Canada and England. Wikipedia is invaluable in sorting through the differences.

Literary societies also grant degress, sometimes to a ridiciulous extent bordering on the absurd. I don’t think that the two sets of post-nominals should be combined at the same time. I do think it leads to confusion. This is truly a case where there is no wrong answer. Whatever the individual chooses to do is right-and-correct  for him or her.

For example, the use of Esquire (Esq.) after one’s name. I thought that it was for a man, upstanding in the community — in the old days, a Squire, and should not be combined with other initals acquired in his lifetime. But now I read that it is a term adopted by the legal profession in the US of A, and that a lady lawyer can legitimately use it as well, and they do! I think there is a contents here for a small monograph here, perhaps titled — The Dynamics of Sherlockian Post-Nominals: A Treatise on Titles, Investiture, Medals, Medallions and Awards for Meritorious and/or Long Service in the Literary Vineyards of Detective Fiction; and the felicitous ordering of them after the last name on stationary and business cards — and the alike.


“Trevvy” by Felix Bennett

I published two books by Sax Rohmer in 2012. Both are for sale in Canada, but I can’t sell them for resale in the USA because of the restrictions of the copyright law there. Here is the link to my webpage for readers who wish to order a copy. Felix Bennett took a couple of photographs of the Rohmer home in the UK and they are pictured in the book. Felix sent a copy of a a watercolour of “Trevvy,” and I share it here.

Trevvy of Crime Magnet

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Posted by on March 16, 2013 in Rohmer, Sax


Auction of 12 Tennison Road, South Norwood

Evening of 27 February (3 extracted facebook posts)

George Vanderburgh announces a time sensitive Conan Doyle alert!
ACD’s home at 12 Tennison Road, South Norwood goes on auction at 12 noon 28 February 2013 at the Radisson Blu Hotel. It is lot no. 52. It is live on the internet. Go to Select “on line auction” Choose Barnett Ross, and click on View Auction. You will have to register in order to enter. Perhaps we will “see you” there?although I will have to get up at 0700 EST. You can also view the property by using Google earth, and simultaneously alk up and down Tennison Road. Didn’t see the London Council plaque, but perhaps you will?

O800 of 28 February

I have the Barnet and Ross On-Line auction, and I am listening to the auctioneer as I write this. We are at Lot #20, with a 2.5 second delay. Remarkable this. Remember we are waiting for lot #52. I’m going to call John Gibson, on a separate line, (can’t use the magicJack here) when Barnet-Ross starts Lot #51

Lot 52 came up at approximately 0909 EST. There were 3 bidders on the floor, and no one on the telephone that I coud see. The bidding started at 650,000 pounds and was unsold at 725,000 which did “not quite meet the reserve.” John Gibson (Angmering West Sussex) listened in with me, and he predicts, and I agree with him, that one of the floor bidders will speak to the auctioneer after the sale, and if the reserve is 750,000 as we might guess, that it may sell then. The auctioneer mentioned that it was the former home of ACD, the creator of SH. John observed that he was 20 years younger, he would have been very interested in this property. What might have been! I should have had a second computer here to use the Magic Jack simultaneously; but I didn’t, so had to rely on a land line (across the pond) instead

Here’s a link, provided by Peter Blau which should also be of interest, and there is a picture of the back of the house, and the strip of land which accompanies the property. southnorwoodtouristboard