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Hounded by the Baskervilles

Continuing interest in the legend of super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes is by no means a bad thing unless you work in an office based on the site of his home at 221B Baker Street, London.

Such is the fate of Abbey National senior media relations manager Gug Kyriacou, who has to field dozens of calls a day from inquisitive Japanese callers asking to speak to Holmes.

Apparently, things have got so bad that Gug spends half his day reeling off fascinating facts and figures about the detective dandy from a pre-prepared script worthy of the Sherlock Holmes Appreciation Society (if such a thing exists).

Deerstalkers off to Gug then, with a recommendation from the Diary that any readers with children tasked with learning about the great man should give Gug a quick call first (if you can get through).

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