British Detectives Ringtone Round-up

Included are 30-second ringtones for:

  • Sherlock (The Game is On)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984) Opening
  • Poirot Opening*
  • Jonathan Creek Opening/Danse Macabre

M4R format for iOS
MP3 format for everything else, I guess

Follow the links, download the ZIP files, and extract the files to wherever you usually put your ringtones.**

* Yes, I know Poirot isn’t British (though he may have gotten citizenship, idk), but Agatha Christie was and so is David Suchet. Stop nitpicking.
** If you need help getting these on an iPhone, I’m your gal, just Ask, but for any other device, I’m useless.

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"When somebody provokes your anger, the only reason you get angry is because you’re holding on to how you think something is supposed to be. You’re denying how it is. Then you see it’s the expectations of your own mind that are creating your own hell."
- Ram Dass


Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman + "It’s called football"

I do not care about football, or soccer, or any other form of athletic endeavour, quite frankly. Nor am I an American. However.

If you’re British and you’re tempted to complain about what you consider to be an annoying Americanism, consider this: nine times out of ten, that word that is annoying you just an archaic term that originated in the United Kingdom. It has not been invented by some upstart superpower to irritate you. It is in fact most likely the direct result of the extended colonial enterprise conducted by your very own beloved homeland. Congratulations!

Immigrants have a funny tendency to cling on to the traditions, methods, and accents of their home country as they remember it. Nostalgia, perhaps? This is why, when my German mother appeared in post-war Canada in 1950, her teachers thought she was dumb for not being able to read Fraktur (the German alphabet), which had gone out of use in Germany ten years prior, two years before my mother was even born. That’s a thing immigrants often do. They cling, far longer than their home countries do.

This is why North Americans still use the word “gotten” while the English have long since abandoned it, why the English say “I am sat” and we still say “I am sitting” like grammar geeks, and why mocking our accents as “not real English” kind of makes you a dick.

North Americans have a modified version of the accent and language of the people who landed where they are. We’re not quite living fossils, but when it comes to language, the way we speak is evidence of a long history of empire, immigration, and shifting pronunciations. All of our accents have drifted since 1650, but North Americans’ have drifted less than those of the English. You’ve changed. We mostly haven’t. Who’s authentic now, eh?

Soccer is called soccer because at one point, presumably around the time when there was an influx of immigration from the UK to North America, it was the hip thing to do among the probably bearded and flashy young Englishmen to call association football "soccer," just like it was the hip thing to call rugby football “rugger.” The English have forgotten that this was at one point their very own hipster affectation, but the descendants of those stylish and on-trend sports fans have not.

There are things you may legitimately blame Americans for originating; let’s start with their baffling pronunciation for the letter Z. If we could all get on board with Z being pronounced “zed”, that’d be a fine thing.

So before you get tetchy about how North Americans speak and what words we use, remember that whole colonialist thing. That irritation you’re feeling is the unintended consequence of empire. Blame the Queen, or something.

(Source: ohgodbenny)

"Outsiders are pretty routinely baffled by the popularity of slash fic amongst women, even if they haven’t been presented with the cold, hard, numerical truth, given fandom’s (accurate) reputation as a primarily female community. Though there are, of course, no statistics to confirm exactly how few men participate in fandom, they are certainly a minority. Though fandom and fanfiction are technically public – once again, you can find anything on Google, and to quote a movie I don’t otherwise like much, “The internet’s not written in pencil, Mark, it’s written in ink” – fandom spaces can give the illusion of privacy, of a sort of gated community that isn’t actually gated at all, but simply not of interest to those not in the know. In much the same way that, hundreds of years ago, many women wrote extensively but typically only for private circulation amongst friends and acquaintances, fanfiction is part of an informal, communal cultural exchange, functioning not as a capitalistic enterprise but as a kind of gift economy: I’ll write you this story, a fanfic writer might say, e-mailing her friend snippets of prose; you write me something back."
- A Brief History of Slash (via lycanthropique)

(Source: morgan-leigh, via ivyblossom)

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