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Chapter 12 - Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson
The year was 1979, Leonid Brezhnev’s eyebrows were getting more and more unruly and his speech more and more slurred, the period later known as the “Era of Stagnation” was at its most turgid, and Soviet troops were about to enter Afghanistan. Russians’ enthusiasm for Soviet ideology was low, and their interest in what was happening on the other side of the Iron Curtain was high. The public was listening avidly through the crackles to foreign radio stations broadcasting into the USSR, and the inventing and telling of politically- charged jokes in the company of friends was turned into an art form.
Against this background Lenfilm, the Leningrad film studio, was digging around in its warehouses for any furniture and fittings that could help recreate the atmosphere of Victorian England, or to be more precise, the furnishings in one famous set of lodgings at 221B Baker Street, London.
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“— Бэрримор, что у меня хлюпает в ботинке?
— Овсянка, сэр.
— Овсянка?! А что она там делает?
— Хлюпает, сэр.”
“— Barrymore, what is that slurping about in my shoe?
— Porridge, sir.
— Porridge? What is porridge doing in my shoe?
— Slurping about, sir.”