Not much has changed since time of Sherlock Holmes

Astro’s Hits channel is currently showing ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’ – the sequel to the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

The 1984-1994 British series stars Jeremy Brett as the great detective and contains 41 episodes spread over four series – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984-1985), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986-1988), The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991-1993) and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994).

There were thirty-six 50-minute episodes and five feature-length specials.

Over the years, there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpiece, including one starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Dr John Watson in the 20th century.

Another modern version called Elementary – starring Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr Joan Watson – is also a recommended watch.

Even Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr, played Holmes in two movies and is working on a third one due out next year.

But it is Brett’s portrayal which is considered the most accurate of those in Doyle’s novels and the series a faithful rendition of his stories.

Although written nearly 150 years ago, one thing which struck me was how the so-called nobles and elected representatives treat people with contempt – including the police. That reminds me of Malaysia today.

How many times have our politicians and even those in higher positions used and abused their power to get their way or escape punishment?

There have been many such instances since the Movement Control Order began in March and before that.

So sometimes, fact and fiction are one and the same.

Anyway, today is the 165th day of MCO, and this is the 11th weekly edition of ‘The MCO Diaries’

GOOD NEWS (NOT), MORE DIARIES TO COME

And so ‘The MCO Diaries’ will continue until Dec 31 following yesterday’s announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) has been extended until the end of the year.

It is a wise move considering three districts in Kedah – Kenanga, Mawar and Melur – are now under TEMCO (targeted enhanced movement control order).

The good news is there were only 57 new cases this week (there was 100 cases the previous week) which take the number of local cases to 9,306. For the fourth week running there are no new fatalities, so the death toll remains at 125.

Worldwide, the number of cases is closing in on 25 million with nearly 840,000 deaths.

ULTRA SATISFACTION

Speaking of Astro, I recently received a free upgrade to the Ultra Box that allows me to watch 4k programmes (once I can afford to buy a 4k television set, that is).

There are pros and cons to the new box. One good point is I can record more than two programmes at once and still be able to watch another channel.

Previously, you could only record two channels but had to watch one of them or a recorded programme.

Another good point is that it’s hooked up to the Wi-Fi which means it is easier to access programmes that are on AstroGo.

I can catch up on episodes and even watch box sets of series I have missed (only if I have time).

The bad side of being hooked up to the Wi-Fi is well, you know how the Internet service is like in Malaysia.

Also, the remote is so slim, you have to fiddle around to find some of the controls such as rewind and fast forward – which unfortunately only works for recorded programmes.

There is no clock on the box, unlike on the old box.

Perhaps with more time, I can find out how to pause or rewind live programmes as the old remote could do.

Ultimately, it really lives up to its promise of delivering a new way of viewing television.

BLACK PANTHER STAR DIES

Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther in the Marvel series, died of cancer. He was 43.

Boseman, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side.

COVID-19 SWIMWEAR

FOOTBALL’S BACK … DID IT LEAVE US?

The new English Premier League season is two weeks away but today is the traditional curtain-raiser, the Community Shield (previously called Charity Shield) which sees league champion Liverpool facing FA Cup winner Arsenal.

If it seems like the previous season just ended, well, in a way it did as the FA Cup final was on Aug 1 while the last EPL match was on July 26.

But football really “ended” on Sunday (Monday morning in Malaysia) with the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.

So, who will draw first blood today? My money, as expected, is on Liverpool.

TANGGAL 31

With Merdeka just two days away, here’s a great number from the late Sudirman Arshad.

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