October 27, 2013
I would like to endorse the call for a congressional hearing to change the way travel insurance is marketed ["What That Policy Covers," by Catharine Hamm, Oct. 6]. We foolishly bought travel insurance for a trip to Ireland in May. The insurance was marketed to cover discontinuance of the trip because of illness. A week before our departure, I developed severe shoulder pain and visited the ER. Tests revealed nothing, nor did my family doctor find anything a few days later. We left for Ireland and joined our tour group, but the pain returned, this time in my neck and more intense.
October 16, 2013 |
The third season of the beloved contemporary revamp of "Sherlock" doesn't have an air date yet, but the show's creator, Steven Moffat, is telling the press that his very in-demand stars, Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, are all aboard for a fourth season. That is, if the BBC orders one. "We had to inform the BBC that Martin and Benedict had commissioned a new series," Moffat told the British publication Radio Times. "They signed themselves up. They both announced that they were carrying on -- so that's good.
October 8, 2013 |
It's elementary--or is it? Sherlock Holmes and his investigative powers are the subject of an interactive exhibition opening Thursday at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland. Visitors will learn about Holmes and his methods, the world that inspired Holmes' creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the history of forensic science. Expect footprints and splatter patterns too. Museum-goers also will have a chance to develop their detective powers by using a book of clues instead of the museum map while trying to crack a Sherlock Holmes mystery written especially for the show by Conan Doyle biographer Daniel Stashower.
September 20, 2013 |
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who is having a stellar year with "Star Trek Into Darkness" and the upcoming "12 Years a Slave," "The Fifth Estate" and "August: Osage County," will be brushing up on his Shakespeare next fall on the London stage, London's Daily Mail reported Friday. The Daily Mail said producer Sonia Friedman confirmed she was in "active discussions" with Cumberbatch to have the actor play Shakesepeare's Hamlet in a new production to be directed by Lyndsey Turner.
September 9, 2013 |
Forget the FBI or Scotland Yard. When it comes to solving the grisly murder of a young, beautiful gold mining heiress, the only person who could possibly crack the case is a writer (and maybe a neurologist.) While authors published in the journal Neurology usually confine themselves to discussions of nervous system disorders, the journal's latest issue asks readers to complete an unfinished mystery penned by a late Neurology editor and pillar of his field, Dr. Robert Joynt. In addition to heading the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Assn., Joynt was a man of encyclopedic knowledge who deeply enjoyed the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes.
September 5, 2013 |
What could a neurologist possibly have in common with such legendary fictional sleuths as the hard-drinking Philip Marlowe, the impossibly perceptive Sherlock Holmes or even rumpled Detective Colombo? Pretty much everything, say two experts. In an offbeat paper published Wednesday in the journal Practical Neurology, authors argue that detective stories have been part of the fabric of neurology ever since it became a discrete medical specialty. When searching for clues to make a diagnosis about a nervous system disorder, neurologists employ a distinctly Holmesian alter ego, according the study's coauthors, Dr. Peter Kempster, a neurologist at Australia's Monash Medical Center, and Andrew Lees, professor of neurology at University College London.
June 28, 2013 |
Here's what we've deduced: Actor Jonny Lee Miller , who stars in "Elementary," and his wife, actress Michele Hicks , have listed a Los Angeles home for sale at $1.659 million. The Spanish Revival-style house, built in 1936, features a beamed cathedral ceiling in the living room, a formal dining room, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,832 square feet of living space. A sun room runs the length of the house and opens to a balcony and terrace. Another terrace off the master bedroom has stairs leading to the garden below, which includes an oak tree and lawn.
June 14, 2013 |
The popular British mystery series “Inspector Lewis” begins its sixth season Sunday on PBS' “Masterpiece Mystery.” Set in the quaint university town of Oxford, the series stars Kevin Whately as the down-to-earth detective Robbie Lewis and Lawrence Fox as his cerebral young partner Hathaway. Guest stars this year including Fox's uncle, Edward Fox, and former “Dr. Who” Peter Davison. Whately, 62, has been playing Lewis most of his adult life. In 1986, he began filming the acclaimed series “Inspector Morse,” based on the Colin Dexter novels.
June 4, 2013
We already spoke to Holmes. You didn't think we'd forget Watson , did you? Join us today at 1:30 p.m. PDT as "Elementary" star Lucy Liu talks about her role on the hit CBS television series with Times staff writer Glenn Whipp. We'll look at how the role of Watson changed over the course of the season and, yes, we're sure the topic of an eventual Holmes-Watson romance will come up at some point, though we may well let you do the asking on that one. But that's not the only question you can pose.