Short Story of the Month

The Island of the Giants

The cannon-ship of Her Majesty Setter landed on that island 11th June of the year 1857, nine days after it had been led astray by unexpected storm while on its course to Mumbai, where we should load supplies for our sail to Andamans and to Malay Archipelago. I was working as a ship’s doctor, despite being biologist by profession. I took this job because it was only possible way to visit faraway lands, where, as I hoped, I could find peace for my curious soul.

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Being of the Month

Dorr-karing

This boggart resides near the door. In Sweden, let's be precise. Currently, if he does not move out, he must be bored as hell because his duty is blow out candles.

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Sherlockiana: Failures of Sherlock Holmes

He was not always successful. And he was not afraid to admit it. Extreme modesty is not one of the characteristics of Sherlock Holmes, however neither are arrogance and superciliousness. Looking for his failures is made harder thanks to the loyalty of his chronicler, although even doctor Watson wrote about some of them. They completed Holmes’ character and made the picture of genius detective more human

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Quote of the Month

"I‘m a h’exceedingly rich merchant banker of Lithuanian h’extraction, wot’s got a wife, two kids, and an aging old mum to support,” the Toad confessed, tipping his hat over his eyes and sticking his thumbs into his waistcoat.
“I don’t believe a word of it,” said Penelope.
“Neither do I,” said Parrot. “A merchant banker, indeed. A Toad like you couldn’t add two and two together.”
“You don’t ‘ave to, if you’re a banker,” the Toad assured him. “ ’Onest, you don’t ‘ave to know mathematics and things. It’s just looking after people’s money for ‘em and telling them they can’t ‘ave it when they want it."

— Gerard Durrell. The Talking Parcel

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"Things just happen. What the hell."
Didaktylos*
* Terry Pratchett. Hogfather

 

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