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londonphile:

londonphile:

So… Benedict Cumberbach asked me (yeah really) to tell all of my followers thank you for the gift, (which was a Porto wine bottle) and he also said ‘Tell them to download The Fifth Estate on iTunes’.
The man knows how to promote stuff.

So you know what to do. Oh and if you are a follower I did tell him hello from all of you and you can reblog or like this post for a chance to win the above signed label :)

*still deaded*

Just some notes: giveaway closes on 28/02/14, this is supposed to be for followers, but you don’t have to follow to be a fan of Benedict so there is no need to be following me to have a chance to win, I’ll notify the winner via ask box, if I don’t get a reply within a reasonable amount of time, I’ll chose someone else, I’ll mail it anywhere… 

This was supposed to end today, but there are so many notes I think it’s only fair to add some goodies. So:

1st: the label

2nd: Cabin Pressure Series 3 CDs

3rd: STID blu-ray (UK)

4th: The Times Magazine - Moran interview

5th: Shortlist Magazine - Khan cover

I’ll give you until 8/03/14 to reblog/like.

watsonwarrior:

*~ GIVEAWAY TIME ~*

I am giving away this copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles with an introduction by Benedict Cumberbatch, signed by the man himself. The signature is a 100% legit; I got it at Elementary Con.

Important stuff:
• You have to follow me (watsonwarrior) since it’s a giveaway for my followers
• Reblog as much as you like, but be considerate with your followers
• Likes do not count
• Giveaway blogs do not get a chance to enter
• I will ship worldwide and all costs are on me
• The giveaway closes on the 18th of March

I will pick the winner randomly and he or she must respond within 48 hours. Make sure you have your askbox open.

If there are any other questions, feel free to contact me!

not-his-last-bow-sherlock:

professorfonz:

cosmoglaut:

221bee:

cosmoglaut:

(Arwel’s tweet)

Note the bottom. Birth year is 1977. In this font, I can’t think of any other digit that would partially look like this, is repeated and gives credible birth year. This, for me, settles the age debate.

Interestingly (probably just a prop issue?) the Fall date is absent. I mean, John would notice something like that…

So this means that Sherlock was 33 when he and John first met. Also, that would make Mycroft about 40 at this time.

He’s approximately three years younger than John.

He was 12 when Carl Powers was murdered and he “made a fuss” to the police.

He was about 28 when he first met Lestrade.

He is now 36 years old.

Excellent!! Though, assuming they met on Jan 29th, 2011, Sherlock would be 34. From ASiB, we know John was 37 that year.

So, the age difference is, as you said, 3 years. Which puts John’s birth year at 1974. But above news is from the time after the events at pool. So, it’s possible that John’s birth date could be in 1973 (roughly) July-Dec and he would still be 37 at the time of above news.

Mycroft’s birth year could be 1969-1970. As in, he could have been born anywhere between roughly September 1969 - April 1970 to be called 7 years older. (Stretching it more causes my mind to adjust 7 years to 7.5 years, and that is not a canonical number for me!)

He met Lestrade around the age of 28, meaning he wasn’t just out of University. Actually we don’t even know whether he completed any degree. What was he doing then? Rather, what could he be doing before meeting Lestrade? There is his addiction. Did he kick it after meeting Lestrade? Before? Because 28 years is a long time, most people are well set into their jobs (Dull), and Sherlock invented his after this? Oooh… will there be some inklings to this in series 3 given that there’s going to be some family time (speculated)?

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FINALLY! I have always believed Sherlock’s age was similar to Benedict’s. Great sleuthing, cosmoglaut! I salute you.

WHY DOESN’T THIS HAVE LIKE A GIZZILION NOTES THIS IS PHENOMENAL

silentauroriamthereal:

anigrrrl2:

trescontinenteswatson:

deadspy:

OKAY THIS HAS GOT TO BE PROOF THAT MARY IS TIED TO MORIARTY

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? THIS IS FUCKING BRILLIANT.

Interesting. :)

(Source: skulls-and-tea)

watsonwarrior:

*~ GIVEAWAY TIME ~*

I am giving away this copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles with an introduction by Benedict Cumberbatch, signed by the man himself. The signature is a 100% legit; I got it at Elementary Con.

Important stuff:
• You have to follow me (watsonwarrior) since it’s a giveaway for my followers
• Reblog as much as you like, but be considerate with your followers
• Likes do not count
• Giveaway blogs do not get a chance to enter
• I will ship worldwide and all costs are on me
• The giveaway closes on the 18th of March

I will pick the winner randomly and he or she must respond within 48 hours. Make sure you have your askbox open.

If there are any other questions, feel free to contact me!

londonphile:

So… Benedict Cumberbach asked me (yeah really) to tell all of my followers thank you for the gift, (which was a Porto wine bottle) and he also said ‘Tell them to download The Fifth Estate on iTunes’. The man knows how to promote stuff.
So you know what to do. Oh and if you are a follower I did tell him hello from all of you and you can reblog or like this post for a chance to win the above signed label :)
*still deaded*

londonphile:

So… Benedict Cumberbach asked me (yeah really) to tell all of my followers thank you for the gift, (which was a Porto wine bottle) and he also said ‘Tell them to download The Fifth Estate on iTunes’.
The man knows how to promote stuff.

So you know what to do. Oh and if you are a follower I did tell him hello from all of you and you can reblog or like this post for a chance to win the above signed label :)

*still deaded*

Why Mary Did Not Intend to Kill Sherlock and Why Sherlock Forgave Her So Readily

wellingtongoose:

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As  follow on from my previous article: Why Mary shot Sherlock.

I explain in more detail:

1. How we know that Mary did not intend to kill Sherlock from the position of the bullet wound. She shot him in the liver not the heart or the lungs. 

2. Why she chose that particular spot above all other organs, she was not trying to kill him slowly. 

3. Why Mary is a morally interesting character, and much more than just another villain

4. Why Sherlock forgave Mary

5. Why Mary was unhappy when she heard Sherlock had lived

Thank you to everyone who sent in questions, submission etc. My inbox is now overflowing. I aim to answer all you questions in one post. 

The Anatomy of a Killing

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aspieat221b:

Ignore my craptastical editing skills, okay?

Because we’re focusing on where Sherlock got shot. Since you know, it did technically kill him.

The red dot is the bullet wound, emphasized so you know where it is. Ignore the black ones, those were just for lining things up.

So in the first picture, the one that has the organs, it shows the bullet wound in the liver. The liver is kind of important, and also loves to bleed. I mean, hey, what doesn’t?

Now, the second picture is more interesting. It shows the major blood vessels. See that big blue one that the red dot is right on top of? That’s the inferior vena cava, which only carries blood from the whole entire lower part of the body back to the heart.

Considering the bullet didn’t exit, and Molly was talking about the bullet being lodged, this was probably where it ended up. So good job Sherlock on the mind palace thing and falling backwards, because you sure as hell don’t want to bleed out from that. 

Here’s some facts. Nearly a third of all people with IVC injuries die before they get to hospital. The mortality rate of IVC injuries is high. A 2006 study had a 56% mortality rate. Plus Sherlock had an associated liver injury, which certainly wasn’t helping. 

Bottom line, Mary did save his life calling an ambulance, but he wouldn’t have needed it in the first place if she hadn’t shot him. I get why she did it, but all I’m saying is Mary could have aimed a little lower and to Sherlock’s right. That would have been nice. 

(ps- In the study, the hospital stay was an average of 25 days, give or take 14 days. Bad Sherlock for skipping out.)

His Last Vow – Why Being A High Function Sociopath is So Important to Sherlock

wellingtongoose:

Analysis of why Sherlock’s self-acclaimed title of high function sociopath is so important to his character development even though Sherlock is most definitely not a sociopath.

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What can we deduce about His Heart?

I have written several different articles on why Sherlock cannot be a sociopath (Walking Nightmares for Medical Students, Dear Sherlock Stop Calling Yourself a sociopath). To sum them up:

1. There is no such thing as a sociopath; the condition is actually called psychopathic personality disorder (a sub-classification of antisocial personality disorder).

2. Sherlock definitely doesn’t have psychopathic personality disorder because he has a conscience, demonstrates true empathy and altruism. These are things that a true psychopath does not have and will never achieve.

Thus please do not confuse Sherlock with true psychopath personality disorder.

Sherlock knows he is not a high-function sociopath. A quick browse through the Hare checklist (for diagnosing psychopathic personality disorder) will have told him that and I fail to believe that Sherlock never bother to research his own self-acclaimed psychiatric condition.

So why is being known as a high-function sociopath so important to Sherlock? Why does he constantly repeat this to everyone: strangers and friends to the point that they become convince of it too?

The answer to this question gives us a fascinating insight into Sherlock’s heart.

 

If Not Healthy, at Least Successful

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Labels can be derogatory, debasing and dehumanising. Sherlock has acquired a whole host of labels throughout his life. His elder brother labelled him stupid, the children at school no doubt labelled him as an outsider, Sally Donovan labelled him a freak .

Sherlock understands the effects of being labelled as much as any child who has ever been bullied. He has felt the pain, the isolation and hopeless generated by people’s inhuman methods of separating out “otherness” and abusing the power it brings them. I see the consequences of bullying everyday in faces of my paediatric patients. It manifests as an array of different psychiatric disorders but at the root of it all is the deep overwhelming sense of isolation that comes from being labelled as “other”.

The most interesting and, I feel, very moving aspect of Sherlock’s personality is that he did not allow this to be his downfall.

Sherlock is not a machine, he feels emotion as much as the rest of us do but he turned what could have been an utterly destructive childhood experience into an inner strength. In essence he made it his life’s mission to beat everyone who has labelled him at their own game – by turning what is used as weapon against him into an emotional shield. However Sherlock’s shield is not impenetrable, there are still plenty of things that can hurt him but the important thing is that he has a coping mechanism and it has kept him sane.

I would not say his approach was particularly healthy but it has stopped him from developing any psychiatric disorders so it was successful.

What is even more interesting is why Sherlock choose to label himself a “high function sociopath”. I really don’t believe this is just an exercise in scaring others. It is the most invaluable part of his emotional coping strategy.

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sherlock:

farfromfamouscomedy:

FAR FROM FAMOUS comedy is back with a vengeance, SHERLOCK style!

In honor of Season 3 premiering (and since it’s so very fun to pretend to be Sherlock for a while) here’s another Sherlock sketch. This time, Sherlock faces his most annoying and troublesome enemy yet: autocorrect.

#shrelocklvies #sherlocklives

NOT MYCROFT

His Last Vow – Sherlock, Drugs and Urine Tests

wellingtongoose:

Analysing Sherlock’s drug use, what drugs he was taking and whether he is an addict.

 

Choice of Poison

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Several people have asked me what drug Sherlock was taking during the opening scenes of His Last Vow. The most logical deduction for a single drug would be heroin for the following reasons:

1. Sherlock is clearly sedated and opioid/opiate based drugs like heroin are sedatives, unlike cocaine which is a stimulant.

2. Heroin is one of the most freely available and popular recreational drugs on London’s streets today. From personal experience of working in a busy A&E department in London, I can say that we get a great deal more heroin users coming through our doors than cocaine users, who are the second biggest group of drug users that require medical attention. Other drugs like cannabis are probably more widely used than

From personal experience Sherlock definitely looks like a heroin user coming out of a high during his interacting with John during the opening of His Last Vow. The aggression towards of Mycroft is also very typical of heroin users when the drug is wearing off and they start to feel the effects of biochemical withdrawal. I too have been on the receiving end of violence from drug users and I have to say that Sherlock clearly exercised quite a lot of self-control by not breaking Mycroft’s arm.

Additionally, I wrote in a previous article: Sherlock, His Drug Habit and the Science of Addiction that ACD!Holmes used a 7% solution of Morphine, and opiate. It would be rather fitting that his modern counterpart would be using heroin, an opioid.

Of course the evidence I have presented so far is all rather circumstantial.

What I am very certain of is that Sherlock wasn’t just taking one drug. He was most likely high on a cocktail of different drugs and John suspected as much.

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Season 3: The Mirror of the Troll (meta translated from Russian)

pennypaperbrain:

This meta was written by cantadora_09, and published on the Russian livejournal Sherlock community. I (pennypaperbrain) asked permission to translate and post it here, with a link. Please don’t repost it anywhere without the original attribution.

This is the most interesting critical meta I’ve seen on Season 3 I think… and I hope it’s survived my attempts to import it into English. Mistakes, misunderstandings (my Russian comprehension is adequate but far from native standard) and blurrings of meaning are mine.

Original Russian text here.

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A little BBC Sherlock Christmas-y click-and-drag game

(thanks to latenightjimmy for the idea)

Lestrade surprised me with a riding crop!

I gave Sherlock a dinosaur and he kissed me! 

TheNorwoodBuilder: A Study in White: The 5 best uses of the word "ejaculate" in Sherlock Holmes.

gunslingerannie:

Okay so back in the 1800s, “ejaculate” was a synonym for “exclaim”, which results in some rather unfortunate turns of phrase, especially when you add a genius detective and his overenthusiastic doctor pal into the mix. I give you:

The 5 best uses of the word “ejaculate” in…

TheNorwoodBuilder: A Study in White: The 5 best uses of the word "ejaculate" in Sherlock Holmes.

gunslingerannie:

Okay so back in the 1800s, “ejaculate” was a synonym for “exclaim”, which results in some rather unfortunate turns of phrase, especially when you add a genius detective and his overenthusiastic doctor pal into the mix. I give you:

The 5 best uses of the word “ejaculate” in…