The Equinoctial Gales

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   Many a Holmes story seems to begin when the wind and rain lashes down against the window panes at the end of the apartment in Baker Street.

   These are referred to as 'The Equinoctial Gales' in The Five Orange Pips'. The equinoxes occur around March 21 and Sept 21 when night and day are even, and the latter are the more violent.

   In Shakespeare also, many a tale starts on a dark and stormy night, and this site is inspired by those who like nothing better than to sit and chat about first class writing on such evenings.  

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