|Sherlock Holmes was by all accounts born on 6th
January 1854, and for more than a century his name has been known in every country of the
world; and not only his name, but his appearance too. The hawk-like features and piercing
eyes; the dressing-gown and pipe; the deerstalker cap and magnifying glass - these details
are so familiar that if he were to appear amongst us today we should know him at once.
He is still
however an enigmatic figure, as wrapped in mystery as the crimes he tried to solve, and as
in most legends, it is often difficult to separate fact from fiction.