Geo. F. Trumper in “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

You learn something new every day… did you know that Trumper’s shop from “HDYGG” is still a London establishment? From a David Suchet Facebook group:

“In that episode Poirot is seen at Geo Trumper’s. Trumper’s was and still is a famous establishment in London for scent, shaving items, mostly for men. I sent away to Trumper’s and got 2 bottles of Trumper’s cologne – I was so happy to see that it was literally in the same box, same type of bottle, that Poirot used in this episode. It smelled fantastic.” -Wendy Charvat Bishop

Thanks for the info, Wendy!

Agatha Christie: 100 Years of Poirot and Miss Marple



BritBox expands its collection of quality programming, partnering with Abacus Media Rights on a documentary commemorating the 100thAnniversary of Agatha Christie’s first novel. Premiering October 10 on BritBox in the U.S. and on Channel 5 in the UK, Agatha Christie: 100 Years of Poirot and Miss Marple explores the influences and impact of history’s most published author.

Already home of the largest collection of Agatha Christie stories in North America, BritBox will celebrate the centennial of Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, with an exclusive documentary, Agatha Christie: 100 Years of Poirot and Miss Marple .The film examines 10 of Christie’s most beloved novels, discusses her writing influences and delves into one of pop culture’s most famous protagonists, Christie’s fictional detective, Hercule Poirot. A Honey Bee production for Channel 5. Executive produced by Ed Taylor and Ros Edwards and directed by Sean Davison. International distribution by Abacus Media Rights.

Featuring interviews from New York Times best-selling author Anthony Horowitz, actors Hugh Fraser (Poirot) and Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Christie’s great-grandson James Prichard, the detailed documentary analyzes Christie’s inspirations and the importance of the settings for each of the following novels: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Murder on the Orient Express, Murder at the VicarageDeath on the NileAnd Then There Were None, Five Little Pigs, A Murder is Announced, The Pale Horse, and Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case. 

The streamer has been expanding its Christie Collection since May with the addition of at least one new Christie title each month. In addition to this documentary in October, BritBox will add film adaptations: Agatha, Alphabet Murders, Murder at the Gallop, Murder Most Foul, and Murder, She Said as well as a radio documentary entitled Agatha Christie – Speaking Her Own Words, a collection of Christie reading from her own journals and discussing her life and works.

“Agatha Christie” ambigram

Hey everyone, I bet you thought I’d disappeared forever. Well, like many people, these past five or so months have been really hard on me, and the isolation that is COVID-19 is only a small part of it. Depression and personal issues have been weighing me down badly… BUT… I do have an ambigram to share with you.  🙂  I have a gallery show of ambigrams coming up next month, so that has more or less forced me to work on a couple of things. This particular ambigram is one I created quite awhile ago, but I decided to make a proper painting out of it (8″x10″, acrylic). So here you go…

Poirot Scrabble

Mysterious things can happen in these days of quarantine…

“An interesting study in the laws of probability,” said Poirot. “The mathematical chances against that happening would be high, I fancy.”
-Sad Cypress

Poirot Gourmet: Liège waffles

I know, it’s been ages since I blogged. So much theatre stuff has been happening lately! But I’m here now with an edition of “Poirot Gourmet” that I’ve been meaning to post for awhile (I’ve got a couple posts in reserve). Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

I recently found a box of Belgian waffles (Mountain Waffle Co.) that specify Liège as their origin. Not to be passed up!

Toast them up, add some imported Sirop de Liège (one of the region’s specialities) and a glass of orange juice, and you’re in gourmet breakfast heaven! There is so much sugar in this picture, it is not difficult to understand why Poirot had a sweet tooth.  😉 Liège waffles have pearl sugar and are HEAVY– you can eat just one and be full!

Did you know that Brussels waffles are significantly different from the Liège kind? Here’s an interesting blog post about it.