EnigmaticPenguin (of death)

Here be lots of Mark Gatiss-obsession, Sherlock reblogging, random appreciation of Things-What-Be-Awesome and gif-experimentation. Most of my gifs are Gatiss themed and are tagged. Old gif dump posts can be found here and here. I like to spam the place with Mark-related things, particularly on Wednesdays.

The basics about me:

Folks usually call me Nicola - what with that being my name. I'm from Bristol in the UK, am 28 years old and apparently should know better. I've been in a variety of interweb fandoms over the years but am happily parked between the Gatissian and Sherlockian circles on the Venn diagram at the moment. I have two pet hamsters and one rather moth-eaten taxidermy squirrel. I go by alocin42 in a few other places online. I'm always happy to respond to queries or random questions; drop me an ask. I'm on twitter too but it's not particularly fandom related. My Gatiss-wife is the lovely Holly aka deathbygatiss. Penguins mate for life. <3

When I've remembered to tag them fic recs can be found here and here. I'm a multi-shipper in the sense that if it involves Mycroft hooking up with anyone (or indeed anything) then I'm all for it; from Holmescest to Johncroft to Mystrade (or all three combined) - seeing Irene for some recreational scolding or bizarre situations involving cake. He's my fandom little black dress and you'll get no shipping judgement here.


The Gatiss Guild is a loose, primarily carbon-based group of Mark Gatiss admirers on tumblr. If you're interested in Mark for his work, his life or his gorgeous ginger physical form then come on over to the Guild blog, follow the Guild twitter feed or join us by checking out the tag.

I also recommend checking out the Gatiss Wednesday tag as it's just about the most concentrated location of Gatissian goodness on the web. Wednesdays are happy days.
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The League of Gentlemen - Live at Drury Lane


Oh, League of Gentlemen… you are so very delightful.

If, due to some tragic state of affairs, any of you have never seen the recording of the League performing this in black tie at the beginning of their Drury Lane live show, then please take one minute and thirty eight seconds of your life to rectify that problem: [click here]

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"How would you know?" (or revenge is sweet) - The Holmes Brothers

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Do you know of any tumblr groups for Mystrade or Holmescest?
enigmaticpenguinofdeath enigmaticpenguinofdeath Said:

Hi Anon - I don’t even know what a ‘tumblr group’ is, sorry! Maybe try asking in the relevant tags?

I’m just going to take a moment to be a bit soppy, because that’s what I’m like. This evening I had to make the sad one-way trip to the vet with my last gerbil, Bagel, who’d been ill of late and unfortunately had reached the end of his little gerbilly road. So I wanted to make a brief post about my gerbil experiences to honour him and his predecessors.

I’ve been keeping gerbils since 2008 when I moved out of shared houses for the first time and was able to finally have pets. Gerbils really are smashing little creatures, and imho are far more interactive and fun to watch/play with than nocturnal and often grumpy solitary hamsters. Gerbils are social and love nothing more than to tunnel away in a nice large tank full of substrate and gnaw up cardboard and destroy everything in sight in a pleasingly furry little vandal kind of way, or pile up in a big gerbil ball with their cagemates and have a snooze. 

I first got the two ladies at the top - Shreddie (left) and Fruit Loops (right) as rescue gerbils from a local breeder/gerbil rehabilitator. They were my first small furries since I had a pet rat as a teenager, and they taught me a lot about fully responsible for another living creature for the first time paranoia (are they eating? are they drinking? can they reach the water bottles? do they know how to use water bottles? oh god how do I teach a gerbil how to use a water bottle?). Needless to say they got on with everything fine by themselves, with the main hiccup being that time Shreddie got out of the cage topper I built and escaped behind my gas fire… luring her back out was a fun way to spend an evening.

When they sadly passed on in 2011 I acquired the trio at the bottom from the same rehabiliator, and these chaps were brothers descended from Fruit Loops. Keeping to the breakfast theme I named them Bagel (the lighter grey one), Muesli (the black one) and Benedict (after the eggs not the Cumberbatch - the lovely badger-lookalike). They were an absolute delight, and nothing was cuter than seeing all three of them attempting to fit into the same hollow coconut to sleep in a gerbil-pile. There are two pictures of the trio because them all stuffing their faces with bits of green bean is super-adorable.

Unfortunately Benedict died when he was a little over a year old from a respiratory infection, so I had longer with just the other two chaps as a pair, but they were still lovely friendly little boys and a joy to look after, even if things like scent gland tumour (a common risk for boy gerbils) removal at the vets is rather eye-wateringly expensive and stressful for an anxious gerbil-parent! They’ve both gone to the big gerbilarium in the sky in the past couple of weeks and I will miss them as well as the other three. The time has come to say goodbye to gerbil ownership, at least for the present, as I’m hopefully going to be acquiring a rescue cat (or two!) as my next pet-project, and don’t really want one pet potentially eating the other.

So RIP Shreddie, Fruit Loops, Benedict, Muesli & Bagel. I hope you’re all enjoying unlimited sunflower seeds and have plenty of cardboard to chew in gerbil heaven. And if you’re considering getting a small pet, don’t just jump straight to the traditional hamster - why not consider getting a pair or trio of gerbils; you can read more about the sort of care they need here.

(If you need some more convincing, why not check out this very clever little chap running some amazing agility courses [x] - my boys never quite mastered anything that impressive, but they could demolish a toilet roll tube into confetti in about two minutes flat. So that’s something.)

Your loss would break my heart.What the hell am I supposed to say to that? 


My weak spot is protective!mycroft

It is the air I breathe

Worrying constantly can’t be good for his blood pressure when the object of his concern is a reckless serial-killer-baiting (former)junkie detective, but we love him for it. <3


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