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Happy 165th Birthday to Arthur Conan Doyle

We had a good thread about Sherlock Holmes and Watson here:
https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/books-movies/happy-135th-anniversary-to-holmes-and-watson

and now the birthdays keep coming -- Today is the 165th birthday of their creator, Arthur Conan Doyle

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Conan_Doyle

I didn't realize until now that he was born in Edinburgh, raised in Lancashire, did a junior year abroad in Austria, and then finished at a Jesuit school back in Edinburgh. People say that he gave up on Catholicism and adopted even nuttier beliefs in spiritualism and freemasonry because his experience in Austria wasn't buttoned-up-Victorian enough.
I also didn't know that he was a multi-sport athlete and dabbled in architectural design as well.

Quite the Renaissance man!

Imagine what an influencer he would be if he lived in our times.

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Further to Cyn's comment the other day you've now got to 2.500 and your Orange Star!!

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Thanks for this reminder, Avi, and the link to that old thread. I've found the old 1950s Holmes series on Crackle and working through it gradually. Not as appealling as I found it as a Holmes-obsessed child, and most of the stories aren't Conan Doyle creations.

Like I said before, I feel like I should get academic credit for reading your historical posts. ;-)

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I'm not nearly as observant as Holmes and Watson so if Cyn had not mentioned the badge change I might not have noticed it for a week!

Have there been any dramatizations of Doyle's life?
I think it would make a great movie or short tv series.

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Holmes and Watson Go Camping

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine they lay down for the night, and went to sleep.

Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

Watson replied, "I see millions and millions of stars."

"What does that tell you?"

Watson pondered for a minute. "Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I supect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Why, what does it tell you?"

Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke. "Watson, you imbecile. Someone has stolen our tent!"

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He was also the first goalkeeper for the team that became Portsmouth FC.