IN SIR Arthur Conan Doyle's novel, The Adventure of the Retired Colourman
(published in 1926) Sherlock Holmes says "Amberley excelled at chess - one mark, Watson, of a scheming mind.
Holmes inquires in his 60th and final appearance, The Adventure of the Retired Colourman
100 YEARS AGO: Yesterday afternoon a fire broke out at the shop of Joseph Earp, drysalter and colourman
, 24, Cheapside, and within an hour the premises were completely gutted.
No one, no matter how well informed about ERAs and RBIs, has an overview of the specific action taking place; no one is equipped to be an ironic commentator - not the TV colourman
, not the Skydome organist.