We should all celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens today: a great writer, a passionate reformer, and a ceaseless entertainer. He is our Shakespeare of the novel, popular and prolific, comic and tragic, and his genius has as much delight in conceiving an Iago as an Imogen. He is the poet of London and of childhood, and he continues to remind us that education is not just the preserve of the unenlightened Gradgrind, a man ‘who proceeds upon the principle that two and two are four, and nothing over, and who is not to be talked into allowing for anything over’. As the man of Facts learns, it is also the understanding that ‘there is a wisdom of the Head, and that there is a wisdom of the Heart’.
– Senior Tutor, Matthew Uffindell
- Ask for seconds at a meal by saying ‘Please sir, (or ma’am), may I have some more?’ in remembrance of Oliver Twist
- Buy a friend or family member a tasty treat and present it to them, by calling yourself ‘the founder of the feast’ á la Ebenezer Scrooge of A Christmas Carol
- If you’re a lady, spend some time around your house in a favourite old dress, preferably an old wedding dress to channel Miss Havisham in Great Expectations
- Buy a Big Issue today and remind yourself ‘Tis a far better thing I do than I have ever done (in the last few minutes)’, just like Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities
Happy Dickens Day from Greene’s!