Just back from a few Sunday straighteners and A Christmas Carol is on the box with the wonderful Alastair Sim in it. Has there ever been a better diverse author than Dickens? I remember passing his house in Pompey but I never realised the breadth of his skill until later. The French/Germans/Yanks and all the rest of the world can't hold a candle to the British for literature. We were the best,Swift /Thackeray, I'm beginning to read them all now Enjoy our British authors when you can. Except Hank Janson books in the early fifties? the original dirty book. Who remembers them? "He reached out and brushed her breasts"us kids went wild with lust and anyone in the vicinity was liable to be killed from exploding fly buttons! Happy memories! sex was a mystery then that needed to be explored,not now. It's in your face all the time!is that a cliche or a metaphor?