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What the Dickens

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Very few people have known London as well as Charles Dickens. Apart from the fact that he lived at more than twenty different locations around the capital he regularly walked ten, fifteen and sometimes more miles, observing Londoners, speaking to Londoners and viewing the city and its buildings and districts storing the smells, the accents and the noise in his astonishingly accurate memory for his novels and writings.

If you want proof, grab any half decent history book on London or many of the thousands of books with some celebrity’s take on the capital and look in the index. Almost guaranteed that under the entry Dickens there will be many lines of references as there might be for Pepys , Doctor Johnson and Christopher Wren. No other commentator spoke to Londoners in the way Dickens did. A workaholic, an insomniac , a man who knew his talents and destiny from a very early age Dickens was in every sence a man of his time and possibly the first great celebrity of our modern era.
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2012 has arrived!!

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It’s curious how you spend hundreds of days getting to December then, like a flash January  is upon us and there are suddenly 300+ days till next December. For the Minchenden Estate Walking Society(MEWS), this will be our 8th year of walks, and for the Lynton House Walkers, sponsored by Solicitors Lyndales, our third season.  So what is in store? Well for MEWS  a mix as before… a couple of London walks at either end of the season interspersed with half a dozen or so country walks which if last year was anything to go by might have to be rescheduled or cancelled whether through weather, weddings or other engagements.

2012 is promising to be an exciting year for the  UK and in particular  for  the  capital and the temptation to plan the programme around the Olympics/ the European Cup/ the Diamond Jubilee whilst appealing is likely to be resisted….although one of the great anniversaries that of that great Londoner Mr. Charles Dickens is bound to make at least a cameo appearance if not a full walk on part. (Please don’t remind me that Dickens was born in Portsmouth!!) And thats not all. There is the Boris v. Ken election in May and a whole raft of cultural programmes to tie in with this Olympic year.
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