McMurdo’s Camp

March 13, 2010

Holmes Conference in Vermont, June 2010

Filed under: 1 — Matilda @ 4:16 pm

A Sherlock Holmes Conference, Sherlock Holmes: The Man and His Worlds, will be held in at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, June 24 – 27, 2010. Panel discussions, receptions, films, lectures, wine and hors-d’oeuvres, theater events and varied Holmes-related activities are all planned. Reasonably priced room & board are available on-campus. For more info, go to

February 4, 2010

A Day to Remember

Filed under: 1 — Matilda @ 12:09 am
It is the fourth of February in the year 2010. It has been a severe winter, and the snow lies deep in the gorges, the valleys, and upon the hillsides and frozen lakes. The county snow-ploughs have, however, kept the roads open, and life is going on pretty much as usual, but with fewer down-state tourists.

Here, among the lumber-camps of Michigan, we like to pause on this day and drink a toast to honor one of our own, who traveled down to Chicago looking for better opportunities, and from there went on to achieve eternal fame as a man who almost fooled Sherlock Holmes, but not quite. Sadly, he didn’t fool Moriarty either.

To Bertrand Edwards !

December 27, 2009

Compliments of the Season

Filed under: 1 — Matilda @ 4:54 pm

Here is wishing a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all members and visitors. And for you friends of Sig, God Jul!

November 12, 2009

Holmes Weekend in Ohio

Filed under: 1 — Matilda @ 11:18 pm

The city of Cambridge, Ohio, USA, in Southeastern Ohio, decks itself out in Victorian splendor in the weeks leading up the the Christmas holidays. Then, following Christmas, on the weekend of January 8 -10, they host a Sherlock Holmes weekend. It is centered around a mystery written by local playwright Anne Chlovechok, titled The Case of the Taylor Tontine.

This is one weekend before the BSI Holmes weekend in New York City. McMurdo’s Camp has no relationship with the event or organization, but we think it looks interesting. Additional information can be found at Or you can call them at 800-933-5480.

October 14, 2009

Apology to Our Readers

Filed under: 1 — Matilda @ 10:57 am

It may appear that McMurdo has gotten a little slow or lazy with upkeep of the site.  Fact is, while we have been busy, the real constraint is our internet access.  Options are very limited here in the North Woods, but for the last couple of years we have had fairly decent access using Alltel, a cell-phone service that provides internet service through its phone system.

In August, something changed.  We were told to punch in some new codes in anticipation of the Alltel/Verizon merger, and since then our access to the internet drifted between zero and poor.  This has hampered our ability to maintain the site.

We are being told that in the middle of October things will improve.  We are keeping our eyes open  and our fingers crossed.  We appreciate your patience.

June 8, 2009

Audio Files of the Canon

Filed under: 1 — Matilda @ 6:56 pm

Camper Jim Zych (rhymes with bike) has presented an article telling us how and where to find and download MP3 files of all the Holmes tales.  You will find this in the “PAGES” in the box on the right, under “Trifling Monographs”.  It’s free, legal, and simple.  Help yourself.  It has all the Holmes stories read by good readers, as they were originally published.  These are not radio shows or dramatic re-enactments.

May 27, 2009

Dayton Symposium 2009

Filed under: 1 — Matilda @ 11:35 pm

Camper Jim Zych (rhymes with bike) attended this year’s syposium and provides the following report, which was delayed slightly.  Jim had a singular mineral adventure on the way home, but that is all in the passed, and everything is fine.

Sherlock Holmes 28th Symposium

Dayton, Ohio

May 15-17, 2009

The Merry Wives of Watson

Friday evening there was a Reception Party hosted by the Agra Treasurers of Dayton. I had a chance to meet several of their members. There were refreshments, munchies and ham and cheese sandwiches. Everybody was looking forward to the papers that were going to be presented and, unlike last year, were very happy with the weather (last year was a blizzard which resulted in this year’s Symposium being scheduled for May).

Saturday morning was registration, which mainly meant pickup the information packets, any T-Shirts or Sweatshirts that participants ordered and tickets for dinner that evening. Since that took about 5 minutes, there was a lot of time left for browsing though the vendor tables. There were 7 or 8 vendors selling anything from books to photographs and prints as well as other Sherlockia such as pins, embroidered items and records.

Saturday afternoon was the main part of the conference. A total of 10 papers were presented including a skit of what Dr. and Mrs. Watson’s life at home may have been like.

There was a cocktail hour, buffet dinner and Readers’ Theater afterwards. Unfortunately I had a commitment on Sunday to attend so I was not able to stay for these.

On Sunday morning they traditionally have a continental breakfast and a “Brain Buster” quiz. Although these quizzes are tough, everyone has a great time with them.

Next year, the theme of the conference will be “Investigating the AmeriCanon” which will concentrate on Americans that Holmes deals with, American Villains and answer the question “Did Holmes ever travel to the Americas?” It will be held May 14-16, 2010 in Dayton.

Contact Cathy Gill for more information. Her email is

Jim Zych

While in Dayton, Jim presented information on downloading and saving readings of the Canon, in complete original form.  McMurdo’s Camp will place this information in our “Trifling Monographs” section in the next few days.

December 1, 2008

McMurdo’s Camp Style Manual

Filed under: 1 — Matilda @ 12:50 pm

Housekeeping item:  When writing a non-fact type article, it is sometimes necessary for the writer to refer to himself.  There are different ways of doing this, and to this author, they all seem a little clumsy.  I don’t like first-person singular, and first person plural seems better but has its own shortcomings.  A better way  has not made itself known to our writing staff, however, and we are aware that I have not been consistent.  A standard needs to be established.

We have decided that first-person collective (plural) will be the standard used at McMurdo’s Camp.  We at McMurdo’s Camp will refer to ourself(ourselves) as “we” or “us”.

June 11, 2008

McMurdo’s Camp Hotties!

Filed under: 1 — Matilda @ 2:28 pm

This has nothing to do with Holmes, but is an odd story that might amuse some of you. The software used for this web site,, stores some statistics and related information that the site author can review. I noticed that we just had a big spike in the number of views (hits). It shot way up and then dropped down to the normal trickle in a day or two. WordPress also has a feature that shows what search-engine terms were used to find the site. There was a group of strange ones, involving women, such as Women of Camp McMurdos, McMurdo girls, and the like.

Turns out there was an item on the national newswire involving Station McMurdo, which is a permanent settlement of scientists and researchers in Antarctica. The story was that the UN, or whatever agency manages the research station, had recently issued condoms to all their personnel. Condoms had always been available at the commissary, but due to the nature of the closed society, that could lead to embarrassments, so a decision was made to give some to everyone whether or not they needed or wanted them.

The cyber-voyeurs of the world hoping to read about hot times at Ice Station Zebra were probably disappointed when they hit this site. Oh, well !

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