Christmas quiz: The answer and the next question

The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge’s two children. What were their names? The boy’s name was Ignorance and the girl’s was Want. Dickens, who had suffered great privation in his childhood, had an abiding interest in the welfare of the children of the poor, and used his writing talent to bring attention to the dreadful conditions in which they lived and worked. He supported financially the Ragged Schools movement, along with Lord Shaftsbury and other Victorian philanthropists. The Ragged Schools were so-called because the children who attended them were wretchedly clothed, coming as they did from the slums. The … Continue reading Christmas quiz: The answer and the next question

Christmas Quiz: The answer and the next question

Question 2:  In 1867 a Chicago manufacturer did something unusual after attending a reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’ given by Dickens on his American tour. What was it? Mr. Fairbanks, a Chicago man who manufactured scales, was so moved by Dickens’ book (or perhaps by Dickens’ reading of it) that he voluntarily closed his factory on Christmas Day and gave his employees the day off with pay. Moreover, he gave each employee a turkey!   _______________________________________________________ Question 3:  The Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge’s two children. What were their names?   Indifference and Need                                    Degradation and Despair Ignorance and … Continue reading Christmas Quiz: The answer and the next question

Christmas quiz : The answer and the next question.

Answer to Question #1 When did Dickens write ‘A Christmas Carol’? ‘A Christmas Carol’ was Dickens’ response to a government report on the dreadful conditions experienced by child labourers in mines and factories. After reading the report, published in the autumn of 1843, Dickens set aside ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, which was the current novel-in-progress, to deliver what he referred to as “a hammer blow on behalf of the poor man’s child”. Dickens began the book in October, 1843 and it took him about six weeks to write it. It was published in time for Christmas that year.   Question #2: In 1867 a … Continue reading Christmas quiz : The answer and the next question.

Corrections to the community cookbook

We’ve noticed there are some errors in our community cookbook. Please take note of the following corrections: Nous avons remarqué quelques erreurs dans notre livre de recettes communautaire. Prière de noter les corrections suivantes:   Apple Cranberry Sauce (page 64) In the Ingredients, include a 12 oz. package of fresh cranberries.     Salmon and spinach in puff pastry (page 79) Here is the rest of the recipe that follows the line: Place skinless salmon along the width of the puff pastry, leaving a ½ – ¾ inch border on the sides and at the edge closest to you. Distribute … Continue reading Corrections to the community cookbook

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

This is an edited version of Neil Gaiman‘s lecture for the Reading Agency, delivered on Monday October 14 at the Barbican in London. The Reading Agency’s annual lecture series was initiated in 2012 as a platform for leading writers and thinkers to share original, challenging ideas about reading and libraries. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/15/neil-gaiman-future-libraries-reading-daydreaming Continue reading Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming