Top ride ideas for the new BBC-themed amusement park

SHERLOCK (Image Credit: Hartswood Films for Masterpiece)

SHERLOCK (Image Credit: Hartswood Films for Masterpiece)

My first reaction to the news that a BBC-themed amusement park is in the works was pure, unadulterated excitement. My second reaction was to try and figure out exactly how much money I would need to visit the park in its proposed location of Kent, England. The answer is probably too much for a person who still hasn’t managed a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Continue reading

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SHERLOCK (Image Credit: Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films for Masterpiece)

A Study in Standings: Ranking the ‘Sherlock’ episodes

SHERLOCK (Image Credit: Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films for Masterpiece)

SHERLOCK (Image Credit: Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films for Masterpiece)

I rang in the New Year as any good nerd should, by sitting on my couch and watching the third installment of the hit BBC crime drama Sherlock. Seven months later, BBC One rocked the world by announcing via Twitter that Sherlock’s hiatus after Season 3 wouldn’t be quite as long as the gaps between the previous seasons — a special will air before three new episodes. “Shooting on the #Sherlock special will begin in January 2015, with the series shooting later next year. #221back,” read one of the tweets. Catch up on your Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and see if you can guess which stories will be adapted for the new season. For now, let’s look back and revel in the mysteries of the deerstalker-wearing sleuth of 221B Baker Street. Continue reading

Benedict Cumberbatch (Image Credit: Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox/AP Images)

Benedict Cumberbatch made his Comic-Con Debut with ‘Penguins of Madagascar’

Benedict Cumberbatch (Image Credit: Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox/AP Images)

Benedict Cumberbatch (Image Credit: Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox/AP Images)

The first day of geeky goodness kicked off with a bang, or should I say Cumberbang!  San Diego Comic-Con opened its doors to over one hundred thousand people on Thursday, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite superheroes, doctors and time travelers and The Daily Quirk was on hand to bring you the highlights of the Penguins of Madagascar panel.  The focus of the panel was very much on the immensely talented, Benedict Cumberbatch, who made his Comic-Con debut, but he shared the stage with fellow Penguins of Madagascar star and amazing talent in his own right, John Malkovich, and moderator Craig Ferguson. Continue reading

COLOUR ME GOOD BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (Image Credit: Mel Elliot)

Mel Elliot Introduces ‘Colour Me Good Benedict Cumberbatch’!

COLOUR ME GOOD BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (Image Credit: Mel Elliot)

COLOUR ME GOOD BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (Image Credit: Mel Elliot)

I am officially a Cumberb*tch, part of the Cumberbatch tribe, Team Cumberbatch, a Sherlockian if you will. If you have no idea what any of that means, let me say it in simpler terms: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH.

The past year has only grown my love of this awkwardly adorable man. I binge watched Sherlock (and have rewatched it too many times), I loved him in Stark Trek and 12 Years a Slave and every new story about him made my heart jump. He is the perfect kind of celebrity- he’s quirky, he’s funny, and he’s somehow handsome. And did I mention, he’s Sherlock?

I don’t understand my adoration for him, but I don’t even care. Continue reading

Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington and Benedict Cumberbatch in SHERLOCK (Image Credit: Hartswood Films/BBC)

Don’t Sink My Ship! The in-fighting among fandoms.

Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington and Benedict Cumberbatch in SHERLOCK (Image Credit: Hartswood Films/BBC)

Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington and Benedict Cumberbatch in SHERLOCK (Image Credit: Hartswood Films/BBC)

It’s whispered across space, time, ComicCon, and the web – “I didn’t choose the fandom life, the fandom life chose me.” Be you a SuperWhoLockian, a Potterhead, a Trekkie or something entirely different, you know how it goes: You fall in love with [insert obsession here] one day, and the next day, you begin to seek out others with whom you can obsess. You may find others to bond with on Tumblr, LiveJournal, a fan site or among already existing friends. Regardless of where you find people who are equally as in love with that special show, movie, band, etc., it’s all over. Once you’ve made contact, you’re in the fandom. Continue reading

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson in SHERLOCK (Image Credit: BBC)

The Top 4 Questions ‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Needs to Answer

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson in SHERLOCK (Image Credit: BBC)

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson in SHERLOCK (Image Credit: BBC)

For all those who consider themselves “Sherlocked,” I’m sure you must be bursting with excitement for the newest season of BBC’s Sherlock coming New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2014.

I know the wait has been tiresome and seemingly endless but the highly anticipated premiere will arrive in just a few days. Season 3 is so close you can almost taste it! Speaking of taste, a couple of trailers, teasers and photos were released to the public giving all of us a small taste of what to expect in the upcoming season. This small sneak, however, just makes us crave Sherlock all the more. The suspense has become almost unbearable!

I know, as a fellow Sherlock fan, sharing the top four questions I’m most looking forward to seeing answered in Season 3 would definitely give some sense of relief.
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An Interview with Artist & Tea Blender Extraordinaire Cara McGee

Cara McGee (Image Credit: Cara McGee's Instagram)

Cara McGee (Image Credit: Cara McGee’s Instagram)

Cara McGee is an artist of many talents. Comic art, tea blending, and social media prowess all fall under the realm of things Cara has added her own talented and unique spin on in the past few years. An alumni of the prestigious SCAD Atlanta, Cara is an excellent example of a modern day artist making her work accessible to the public through social media in a fun and engaging fashion (without it feeling like one big ad campaign). In fact, Cara comes across as genuinely humbled by her skyrocketing success and is extremely dedicated to her fan base, which is tens of thousands strong on Tumblr alone. It’s her appreciation of her fans and her willingness to connect and interact with them, both within the social media context and in the real world, that sets her apart in the newly rising field of  the “Tumblr Famous” and caught our interest here at The Daily Quirk… well, that and the tea.

Cara’s signature tea blends on Adagio, a site for creating and purchasing ecologically responsible premium tea blends, are among the site’s best selling signature blends and have garnered her the nickname “the tea lady.” Inspired mainly by comics, books, and television, Cara has blends that appeal to every tea taste and many fandoms (including Sherlock, Doctor Who, Sailor Moon, and The Hunger Games just to name a few), all of which she’s actually a fan of herself. Even if you’re not a big tea person, when you get a look at the custom labels Cara draws for each blend, you may be tempted to buy some just for the art!

I was lucky enough to catch up with Cara McGee between conventions to talk art, tea, and Tumblr for The Daily Quirk. Read on for the interview! Continue reading

Quirky Item of the Week: Cara McGee’s Adagio Signature Tea Blends

Sherlock Tea Blends by Cara Mcgee (Image Credit: Cara McGee / Adagio)

Sherlock Tea Blends by Cara Mcgee (Image Credit: Cara McGee / Adagio)

I like tea. That revelation is probably no surprise to anyone who reads this site often, but it bears repeating given this week’s quirky item is the Adagio Signature Tea Blends of Ms. Cara McGee (read our interview with her). There was a time when I thought being a tea connoisseur was tasting the difference between Lipton and Tetley, but in college my friend Sophie opened my eyes to the wonderful varied world of teas and I haven’t looked back since. Over the years, I’ve gradually gotten more adventurous in my tea drinking branching out into loose leaf and discovering what colors and blends I like, and which are just not my cup of tea. Continue reading

10 Gifs or Less: A tale of ‘Sherlock’

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It is no secret that I have a fondness for BBC’s Sherlock. When we decided to start a new series of articles called A Show in 10 Gifs of Less, where we try to sum up an entire television show using a few Gifs, I knew right away I wanted do Sherlock (consider that a double entendre if you like).

BBC’s Sherlock, created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (feel free to shake your fist in the air angrily while saying either of those names) is a modern day take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories about an enigmatic british detective with exceptional powers of deduction and a penchant for the violin. The show stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his roommate and partner in crime solving, Doctor John Watson. Sherlock and John’s chemistry (whichever way you read it) is phenomenal, the stories are brilliant, and each episode feels like a satisfying short film with a few signature Moffat twists thrown in for extra fun and continuity. Here’s the show in 10 Gifs… Continue reading

A television junkie’s outlook on the 2013 Golden Globe Awards!

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey (Image Credit: Gavin Bond/NBC)

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey (Image Credit: Gavin Bond/NBC)

Even though the night really belongs to the movies, the Golden Globe Awards often finds some of its best moments stemming from the television acknowledgements that are handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. For the most part, this section of the awards is the only reason I tune in. My inner child has no use for the categories of Best Motion Picture (whether drama or comedy or musical), or for the same actors and actresses to be nominated in the same categories. It’s boring. Continue reading

A Look at Melbourne’s Very First Sherlock Convention!

Image Credit: Melbourne Sherlock Con

To say that the reinvented Sherlock series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, has taken the world by storm is an understatement. Fans around the world are waiting with bated breath for series three and filling the Sherlock void by planning meet-ups and conventions in the meantime! An ambitious Sherlock fan in Australia named Rebekah decided she would plan Melbourne’s first Sherlock Convention and was kind enough to share with us a bit about what inspired her to do so and how it went!

Read on for the interview!

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An Open Letter to British Television

Image Credit: Hartswood Films for MASTERPIECE

Image Credit: Hartswood Films for MASTERPIECE

Dear British Television,

Why are you trying to kill me? Between the anxiety you induce by making me wait forever for a new series of a show and then the heart wrenching you compel when the show finally comes back, I’m convinced you want me dead. Maybe I’m being a little paranoid and this should only be addressed to the shows you send my television all the way across the pond and not all of British Television… and I guess I can exclude the comedies, although some of them have made me laugh so hard I’m pretty sure I’ve stopped breathing for a second, but still. It’s like you know what you’re doing to me and every other fan out there, and I can just picture some of you (ehm ehm Moffat) sitting in a dark room somewhere wringing your hands while you laugh evilly about what you’ll do to us next.

Waiting for new episodes of one of yours series is like being in a long distance relationship with someone who only cares enough to give you short teases of what is going on with them and sends you pictures that make you even more curious than you were before. It’s cruel cruel torture and you know it. That being said, please don’t stop. I live for those small bit of joy even if you could care less about the agony you put me through.

And it’s not just the waiting. Every show from Doctor Who, to Luther, to Sherlock, Being Human and Downton Abbey seems specifically designed to shatter my existence. Why do you make these characters who it is impossible not to become emotionally attached to and then make me worry for them so? I won’t even go into what the The Reichenbach Fall has done to my emotional well being. It’s just wrong. Why can none of your characters have a little bit of prolonged happiness without the entire world being pulled out from under them? Why British Television? Why?

Even worse, why do you parade out such a ridiculously handsome smorgasbord of men and then make their characters so incredibly attractive, flaws and all? Aiden Turner’s Mitchell was the first vampire I ever fell for and Dan Stevens portrayal of Mathew Crowely makes it impossible not to swoon, and while we’re talking about swooning Idris Elba’s troubled cop John Luther is one hunk of messed up goodness. To this day, I can barely talk about how much I mourn the loss of  the sexiest nerd to ever exist, David Tennant, as the Tenth Doctor, but we can’t get into that or I may start crying instead of finishing this article. Not to mention that whoever came up with casting Benedict Cumberbatch, with his ethereal sharp features and the voice and the eyes and the height and the everything, as Sherlock should be both knighted and then shot for what he’s done to women everywhere.

Did you not know I would fall in love with every single one of them? No, you knew British Television and you did it anyway because you are clearly out to get me. You have turned me into a woman who would happily go to jail for polygamy… if it were possible to get a fictional character to fall in love with me and marry me. Who am I kidding? I would take the actors themselves in a heartbeat. I would even accept a one out of two deal on the falling and love and marriage as long as there was some sort of physical contact clause included. Of course, that will never happen either no matter how many nights I stay away praying to gods of the fandoms.

British Television, it’s like you were invented solely for the purpose of ripping my poor fangirl heart from my chest and then doing a happy dance while I lay on the ground in a puddle of my own tears begging for some more of the same. Our relationship is clearly unhealthy, with you wanting me dead and my high degree of compulsive obsession, but alas I fear it’s destined to continue until you succeed or another country starts putting out such compelling dramas.

Sincerely,

Ashley G

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