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Thursday, 5 January, 2012

The bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens falls on 7 February. No other author had such a gift for literary entertainment on so vast a human scale. The Rainy Day favourite Dickens novel is David Copperfield and among the quotable gems is this observation by Wilkins Micawber, which is so apt for 21st-century leaders of debt-laden countries: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”

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