A Photographic Tour of Sherlock’s London
To fans of the novels and the BBC series, the locations featured in the Sherlock Holmes stories are almost as iconic as the characters themselves.
The most famous of all is 221B Baker Street, the home of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Although London’s official Holmes museum now bears that number, the address was completely fictional when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published the first “Sherlock” novel in 1887—building numbers on Baker Street did not yet extend that high. The flat shown on the British television show is actually located on the much-quieter North Gower Street, near Euston station.
Next door to Sherlock’s imaginary home is Speedy’s Cafe, a frequent filming spot for actors Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Martin Freeman (Watson). Speedy’s is a real restaurant and a destination site for super-fans—they even have a Sherlock-themed wrap on the menu. Another notable filming location for the television series is St. Bart’s Hospital in Smithfield, the oldest hospital in Europe and backdrop for Sherlock’s final showdown with arch-nemesis Moriarty.
By Yuri H.
Unlike I imagined, Eleanor & Park tells a fairly serious story. The painful moments are frequent and the happy moments are fleeting. The book’s cover, showing young protagonists listening to music through intertwined headphones, once again proves true that adage about judging and book covers.
Initially, I had thought there was far too much emphasis on the physical appearance of Eleanor and Park. Eleanor is fat, her hair is red and wild, freckles smother her skin, and holes litter her jeans. Park is half-Korean, short, skinny, and sometimes wears eyeliner. The reader is constantly reminded of these details. Given that the book is pretty short, it gave me the impression that physical traits saturate the story.
But at some point I finally thought, When was the last time I read a book, in particular a book driven by romance, in which the main characters are fat and/or Asian? Maybe Eleanor and Park’s physical traits come off so strongly because they are not carbon copies of attractiveness. If you visit Rainbow Rowell’s blog, she actually addresses questions like, “Is Eleanor Fat? Or Does Eleanor Just THINK She’s Fat?” and “Why is Park Korean?” Sadly, Rowell is obligated to answer such questions because she gets them from us readers all the time. Eleanor and Park are not idealized (read: thin, attractive, white) fictional characters. This kind of nonstandard beauty in books is rare and important, so if anything, it should be emphasized. Also, maybe it isn’t that physical appearances dominate the story, but that we are simply more sensitive to what is different. We are hyperaware of things only when there is something unusual about them.
I had also thought Eleanor’s homelife was far too abusive to simply be a backdrop in the story. Her alcoholic stepfather is a monster. She shares a closet-like room with four siblings. The neglect is horrifying to the point of distraction, that by the time Eleanor is on the school bus, it’s hard to be excited about her reading X-Men with a cute boy. I kept thinking Eleanor’s homelife has to be addressed, it has to be resolved.
But the terrible truth is that a difficult homelife can in fact simply be the backdrop of someone’s life. There is no resolving, there is only surviving, and Eleanor goes beyond survival. She finds love and connection and good despite her circumstance. I may have been too distracted to focus on Eleanor reading X-Men with Park, but Eleanor wasn’t. The story does not promise a happy ending, far from it. But it does promise readers that it can happen, it is possible for people to find good in a sea of bad.
That’s right. I am officially employed as of last week! I am enjoying the experience as a newbie so far, and I am looking forward to learning more stuff ahead. I feel so blessed to have been brought to a company that has a very nice working culture and environment, and having to spend most of my office hours with a super cool boss and a funny teammate. I have talked to some psych batchmates recently regarding their work experience and most of them do not like the current work that they are in. Some have plans of resigning by the end of their 6th month, while I heard one who already resigned by his 2nd month of stay. I heard a lot of stories about corporate being such a tough nut to crack, and I agree that being in the corporate world exposes you to the politics of the adult world that can be very surprising and tough. But so far, I feel very welcomed by the whole HR team that I currently belong in, and they are not the scary people I thought they might be (well, except for the two ultimate bosses of HR. Gotta be cautious around them;>). I am not that ambitious too (yet) to even involve myself in the palakasan aspect of work. All I know is that I have to learn everything that I have to learn, perform my best in each new task given to me, and just enjoy the ride. I am happy to tell you that I don’t have scary stories to say on my part as a new corporate gal. I hope there will never be! :)
Cheers to new beginnings!
“Just because you won’t be able to do it in the way you imagined or want it doesn’t mean everything is ruined. Things are just a little different, and you can still find a way to make [it] special and memorable.”
Thank you. Thank you so much for this message. I feel grateful for having the courage to hit that ask button. I’m so glad I did.