Walking through Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last week, a German family of five surrounded me, all wearing large face masks and sunglasses. They weren’t robbing me, just asking me to take their photo. When I yelled the customary “Say ‘cheese,’” the dad joked: “We are smiling under here.”
The London townhouse where Charles Dickens penned “Oliver Twist” and fathered two of his 10 children has just reopened after a 3.1 million pound ($5 million) facelift as the climax of the bicentenary of his birth.
The bicentennial of Charles Dickens’s 1812 birth is getting an early toast at the Morgan Library & Museum. Displays show a clearly legible handwritten page from “The Pickwick Papers,” which Dickens began at age 24, and the unreadable scrawl of a leaf from “Our Mutual Friend,” started 28 years later.
Visitors to 10 Savile Row are greeted by photographs of the Sultan of Oman in full military regalia. Deeper inside the bespoke tailor shop Dege & Skinner, above a rack of silk handkerchiefs, hangs a smaller picture of Prince William.