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The Liebster Award

liebster5I was nominated by Vicki Turner Goodwin from The Page Turner to do the Liebster Award. Thanks for including me in The Liebster, Vicki – much appreciated.

The Liebster is an award given to small bloggers to help them gain some more views and get recognized.

The rules for the award are:

Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.

Answer 11 question that the blog gives you.

Give 11 random facts about yourself.

Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.

Let the blogs know you have nominated them.

Give them 11 questions to answer.


Questions asked by The Page Turner and answered by me, are as follows:

  1. What is your best memory?

My best memories are too personal to discuss here. Sorry!

  1. Are you part of a fandom?Bas and Nige

I’m a big fan of everything Sherlock Holmes – from the original Conan Doyle books to the films, TV series and (given the chance) the costumes.


  1. What singer do you endlessly listen to?

I can’t get it down to just one, so: Nick Drake, John Martyn, Jez Lowe, David Gray, Kate Rusby, Ralph McTell and Jake Thackray.

Jez Lowe

  1. What is the number one thing on your bucket list?stevie king

I don’t have a bucket list. There are lots of thing I’d like to do but putting them on a list (physical or imaginary), is never going to happen.

  1. Who is your favourite author?

Stephen King – he’s the guy that makes me want to be a great writer.

  1. What movie can you watch over and over again?

There are a few: ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’, ‘Funnybones’, ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ and ‘Sideways’.


  1. What motivates and inspires you?

I love the creative process, so anything that involves making or producing a piece of work, whether it be writing, drawing, music or whatever, always makes me feel worthwhile.

  1. Do you have any pets?

I’ve had lots of cats and the odd dog over the years, but I don’t have a pet at the moment.

  1. What is your favourite book series?Lee-Child-Book-190x179

Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’ books. I don’t think Child is the best writer ever, but with this series he has a knack of keeping the reader on edge and I’m constantly yearning to read the next book. As I’m only up to book 10, I’m still catching up.

  1. Where is your dream vacation spot?

I’m not a big fan of sitting in the sun, but I do like to be warm, so probably Koh Samui, Thailand.

  1. Why did you start your blog?

I started the Watson Letters blog as a bit of fun to indulge my Sherlock Holmes fantasies. It began as a series of emails between myself and a friend but is now a solo effort. It’s also become a bit more serious since I brought out Volume 1 of The Watson Letters. Putting it into book form was a bit of a mad experiment, but people are buying it, so it must be okay!


Eleven Random Facts about me:

When I was studying Drama, I did some TV ‘extra’ work and appeared in several episodes of the children’s TV series Byker Grove.

I once appeared in a play written by a friend, which required me to be naked on stage.

I was taught to play the guitar by Tom Jones (that’s my Uncle Tom Jones, not the famous singing Welshman).

tom jones
I met Princess Anne at the opening of a garden centre project.

When I was a kid, I was run over by a Co-op delivery van.

I was a co-founder of WACtheatre – a theatre company run by actors and writers in Abethe Body in the Bag 150xrdeen, Scotland.

While working as a taxi driver, I walked into what I thought was an open door, only to find it was made of glass and it was shut!

I studied Drama at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.

I wrote six songs for my stage play ‘The Body in the Bag’.

In my teens, I read John Wyndham’s ‘The Day of the Triffids’ ten times.

Day of the triffids









I love making cakes and recently baked a ‘Leprechaun Hat’ cake to help raise money for Sport Relief.









My questions to you:

  1. What is the most dangerous thing you ever did?
  2. Which person do you most admire?
  3. What is your earliest memory?
  4. What are you most proud of?
  5. Which period in history would you have enjoyed living in?
  6. How many books have you read this year?
  7. Who is your favourite musician, and why?
  8. What was your favourite book as a child?
  9. Have you met anyone famous?
  10. If you were stranded on a desert island, which item or object would you not want to be without?
  11. If it were possible to live forever, would you want to?


I nominate:

Shea at Shea Oliver

Lucy at Wayward Women

‘Billy Sykes’ at The Whitechapel Whelk 

Yvonne at Krista Yvonne

Steph at S C Richmond

Dale at Dale Britton    

Carole at Carole Louie

And BookLoverWormBlog


Posted by on March 26, 2016 in Uncategorized



Sidetracked and Legless…

from Dr J Watson to Sherlock Holmes Esq:

From the diary of Doctor Watson

NB I have included this missive from my companion as it has some bearing on the case I am presently transcribing, though as usual, Holmes has embroidered the facts rather more than even I would have done…

Delivered by hand to Drumnadrochit police station (again, an embellishment, as the aforementioned structure is little more than a shepherd’s hut on the outskirts of the village).

Watson ,

I trust you are suffering a high level of pain and remorse following your ill-considered night of what can only be described as a foolhardy loss of sense and elevated propensity towards hedonism and debauchery; in your favour, it was most out of  character, especially with your recent adherence to The Temperance Movement…(though the attractive lines and charming demeanour of its Lady Chairperson may well have played rather a large part in your frequent attendance at its meetings…); be that as it may, I must admit to a degree of surprise at the alacrity with which you accepted  the Invitation tendered by the local Fish Farm Workers’ Union, to see round their Place of Labour and  inspect its workings… I had no idea you were remotely interested in such things…you always expressed mild disgust at the stench issuing from Billingsgate Market and similar set-ups, avoiding the Stalls bearing various denizens of The Deep and passing your handkerchief around your nose whenever our Path crossed a Fishmonger’s Establishment  –  you even requested a clothes-peg  on visiting 221B and finding Mrs Hudson preparing a member of the Piscine family for our Evening Meal…This sudden change of heart on your part even caused me to wonder whether I was accompanied by the Real Doctor Watson, or whether Professor Moriarty had succeeded in finally creating that, about which he has always dropped hints  –  a Doppelganger – virtually indistinguishable from the Original –  born from an Evil Intelligence and use of The Black Arts…truly The Stuff of Nightmares…but I digress.

Surely you must have had an inkling of what was in store for you when you observed the enormous bottles of Spirits and Comedy Stuffed Genitals poking from the Panniers and Crates carried by the Sheep accompanying the local worthies, as they issued their Invitation – that played a large part in my own refusal to take up their Offer. However, I will not add insult to Injury and rub salt in your wounds (though I believe you already had the pleasure of that experience, if Local Gossip can be believed. I overheard two Worthies discussing your Involvement, and gleaned this snippet, between their guffaws and sniggers at the Bar of the “Beastie’s Bollocks” earlier this evening). Your Streak through the Townswomen’s Guild’s Annual Crowdie and Cranach Night fairly caused a Commotion with some members requiring the application of Smelling Salts and others causing a Riot in their attempts to gain closer inspection.

The Final Straw came when you attempted to relieve yourself in the corner of the Public Lounge of “The Mannie’s Chunter”, believing yourself to be in the Rest Room. The Local Constabulary were alerted, and you ended your evening  lying on a pile of straw in the Overspill Cell with your head in a bucket (or more accurately, a Fish-Box, breathing in the aromas of its previous incumbents…though by that point you were insensate and more or less unconscious).

I will be round to collect you in due course.


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Posted by on April 12, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Baltimore (Absolutely Final) Diaries (Totally)…

From Sherlock Holmes Esq to Doctor Watson:

Watson – I was rather peeved at your hasty departure the other day, and as a result I allowed young Stevenson to lead me astray – yes, I can hear your muttering along the lines of ” don’t need any Leading to do That”…and yes, I am aware that my inherent inclinations have led me down the path of Debauchery and Dissolution once or twice..but then you’re hardly Mr Prim and Proper yourself, old thing.

I shall desist  this childish name-calling forthwith, as your telegram set out the situation succinctly –  The Woman is in need of our assistance; we must marshal our forces and ride to her rescue –  excuse my choice of phrase, Watson, but I have been forced to read some Tosh which I found in Stevenson’s Lodgings – the man does not possess a decent Library; for one who makes his living from the Craft of Writing…hard to believe, I know…this lack of worthwhile matter is indeed somewhat shocking…also if I have to swallow one more slice of toast covered in that infernal comestible I may expire.

I will be back to Civilisation as soon as possible, with much relief at the prospect…Stevenson is collating yet another precis for his infernal preserve-touting venture as I write…the stench of the marinating fruits is stinging my eyes and throat to a degree I could not have imagined.

Yours, a tad inebriated, SH.

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Posted by on March 9, 2015 in Uncategorized


Biscuits for the taking of…

From Dr Watson to Sherlock Holmes Esq:

Well, that’s an explanation I’m looking forward to…

Yous, Miffedly


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Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Uncategorized



Firstly, I must extend my hand in the true spirit of honest humility, hoping you can clasp it in like sentiment, without any rancour incurred from my lengthy absence. the reasons for which I am unable to divulge at the present moment.

I am, due to circumstances pertaining to said absence, a somewhat changed individual, given to periods of sustained meditative silences, unfuelled by my former substances – I have been impelled by what I have lived through recently to take a different view of this dream-within-a-dream which we call “Life”. I shall reveal to you shortly the background to my Epiphany.

Your friend, SH.

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Posted by on April 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

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