David B. Beckwith
born in the Lake District of Cumbria, in the United Kingdom.
In 1969 my parents emigrated to Perth, Western Australia,
me and my two younger brothers with them. After two
High School I then studied Mathematics and Philosophy at the
University of W.A., it was there that I started dabbling
I am now a retired I.T. Professional (Operating Systems and
I'm multi-lingual (knowing English, French, German, and
- the latter three largely now forgotten), a polymath, a
a painter, a gardener, a lexicographer (but not of the Times
London calibre), and an avid traveler (having
circumnavigated the globe,
visited Antarctica, and spent more than six months in
South America. As a musician I am also an accomplished
and player (recorder, French horn, clarinet, organ,
I'm now teaching myself to play the electric guitar - a
most recently my expertise is with a CD or MP3 player!
on a two and a quarter hectare (more than five acres)
in a rural region bordering onto the metropolitan area of
my wife Antoinette and I grow vegetables, tend an orchard of
two dozen fruit and nut trees, and we raise chickens for
Brilliantly coloured parrots (Redcaps and Ringnecks: a
pestilence to the
fruit trees), rabbits (there are several warrens on the
rabbit-sized marsupials (Quendas, perhaps better known by
European given name of Bandicoot) visit us daily. In the
spring vibrantly iridescent blue wrens abound.
cheeses, fruit and grape wines, sausages, and paint when I
not writing Sherlock Holmes stories on one of my three Linux
The rich and famous company in Redmond has had nothing to do
the creation of these stories: LibreOffice on LINUX was
started writing in 2009 with the story of the "Scotched,
Strung Scotsman" after being put under considerable pressure
a story by two old school friends, Christopher and David.
The other David
has since published two short stories of Sherlock Holmes
humourous and very ex-canonical, whereas my collections are
strictly canonical as can be (given that Conan Doyle made
errors in his chronology). When halfway through writing the
I created a 'chronology' to fit together all of the
published Conan Doyle
tales. This includes a credible pseudo-history commencing in
with the birth of Holmes's father, the lives of Holmes and
their fateful meeting in 1881, Watson's marriages, and
through to (and
beyond) Holmes supposed 'retirement' in 1903. This 'history'
revised repeatedly over the years, it is included in Volume
II - and has
been revised yet again (and again!) and the most recent
on this web-page.
page was created by the author using Linux MINT (c) 2013
- 2017 David B. Beckwith.