This is a post I’m putting up at all my Blogs, even though that particular Blog may be unaffected due to scheduled posting, etc. Blog posts may be down a little at the moment and that for the last week or so. I have been ill with various illnesses and complaints for the last several weeks, so I have now decided to take the next week off from most Blogging activities in an attempt to rest and recover – if I can while still actually doing my very physically demanding actual job in the real world. I hope to return to Blogging full time in about a week’s time.

New Sherlock Holmes story discovered, written by Arthur Conan Doyle

Originally posted on Booktopia - A Book Bloggers' Paradise - The No. 1 Book Blog for Australia:

sherlock-holmesHistorian Walter Elliot has unearthed the first unseen Sherlock Holmes story in more than 80 years that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to help save a town bridge.

The 1,300-word tale starring the famous detective was found in a collection of short stories written for a local bazaar.

The story is entitled Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar.

It is believed the story – about Holmes deducing Watson is going on a trip to Selkirk – is the first unseen Holmes story by Doyle since the last was published over 80 years ago.

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Mr Elliot said ‘In Selkirk, there was a wooden bridge that was put up some time before it was flooded in 1902.’

‘The town didn’t have the money to replace it so they decided to have a bazaar to replace the bridge in 1904. They had various people…

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Wiki Wars: Inside the increasingly nasty battle for Wikipedia’s soul

Originally posted on Quartz:

At last week’s Grammys, the night’s top award went not to global superstar Beyoncé, as many expected, but to Beck, a singer-songwriter whose heyday many assumed was the alt-everything 1990s. Infuriated by the perceived snub, Beyoncé’s fan base set about vandalizing Beck’s Wikipedia entry with a series of juvenile edits, accusing him of “STEALIN BEYS AWARD” — as if he had done something far worse than accept a devalued prize from a notoriously out-of-touch academy.

This “edit war” — a skirmish, really — was documented by the Washington Post and BuzzFeed, among many others. But while the edits might seem funny, any veteran Wikipedia editor can attest to their familiarity. I should know — I’ve been editing Wikipedia now for nearly a decade — and I sympathize with my fellow editors who are left to clean up the mess. Mostly.

Wikipedia turned fourteen years old last month…

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