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A very very happy 200th birthday to Charles Dickens

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A very very happy 200th birthday to Charles Dickens

Post by SGM » Tue February 7th, 2012, 8:48 pm

You gave me much pleasure at school and sometimes later
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Post by Misfit » Tue February 7th, 2012, 8:59 pm

Did you see the Google doodle for him today?
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Post by Vanessa » Tue February 7th, 2012, 10:20 pm

There have been all sorts of TV and radio Dickens themed programmes on today. And Prince Charles has been leading the celebrations.
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Happy Birthday!

Post by Leonardo Noto » Wed February 8th, 2012, 12:03 am

Happy Birthday, to one of my favorites of all time!

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Post by boswellbaxter » Wed February 8th, 2012, 12:03 am

Thanks for posting this, SGM! I meant to but got distracted.
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Post by SGM » Wed February 8th, 2012, 6:13 am

I loved the Edward Pethybridge short readings on the BBC website.

I think he used to lead some of the Dickens walks round London but not sure if he still does.

We have not seen enough of him on TV since the Peter Wimseys decades ago.

Naturally the Simon Callow contributions are good value -- as ever.

Anyone reading Georgette Heyer's Friday's Child has to wonder how she developed some of her dialogue -- and find most of the influence in Dickens.

Unfortunately, I missed the Googe. Was it good? I suppose if they can celebrate the 150th anniversary of the largest snowflake (how do they know?), Dickens certainly deserves an honourable mention.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed February 8th, 2012, 6:11 pm

I just read that Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott-Thomas are doing a movie about him. They were both in "The English Patient".

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Post by DianeL » Fri February 10th, 2012, 1:40 am

The seventh was also Eubie Blake's birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder ... and Eddie Izzard! A good day for getting born. :)
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Post by The Czar » Fri February 17th, 2012, 11:57 pm

I need to give Dickens another try. My only exposure was a Dickens course I took on a study abroad in London. I hated him. I actually have a picture somewhere of our class dancing on his grave at Westminster Abbey (I know, its wrong, I was 18. Sorry Chuck.)

I loved A Child's History of England, but didn't like the other stuff. Where would be a good one to start with?
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Post by Madeleine » Sat February 18th, 2012, 11:37 am

[quote=""SGM""]I loved the Edward Pethybridge short readings on the BBC website.

I think he used to lead some of the Dickens walks round London but not sure if he still does.

We have not seen enough of him on TV since the Peter Wimseys decades ago.

Unfortunately, I missed the Googe. Was it good? I suppose if they can celebrate the 150th anniversary of the largest snowflake (how do they know?), Dickens certainly deserves an honourable mention.[/quote]

Just imdb'd Edward Petherbridge and he's still working and has been in the TV series Doctors, as well as the Borgias. There were a couple of posts on imdb about his walks, but they're from 2003 so I doubt he's still leading them!

You should still be able to see the Google image on the Google thread in this forum, it was lovely.
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