It is a little known fact that Astragal is a great fan of Sherlock Holmes. Indeed, one can draw a great deal of similarities between this learned aesthete and Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation. Both are impeccably dressed and fond of a cape. Both, too, enjoy fine wines and a wholesome brandy, and, on occasion, the odd puff of opium if it is on offer. And, of course, both are always in search of the truth. So it was a great pleasure, if not a little surprise, to hear that our comrades in Moscow have commissioned a statue to be built of the world’s most famous ratiocinator. But Astragal took even greater pleasure to hear that Holmes was a hit with the Soviet citizens on the big screen as well. The Ruskies even had their very own variation on Holmes’ misquoted catchphrase: ‘Elementarno, Vatson!’ The decision, then, to build a statue of the detective seems elementarno indeed.